Nintendo Wii U to go on sale in Japan on Dec. 8 for $335

Nintendo's new console has a price and release date, at least in Japan. The U.S. details are expected later today.

Nintendo today announced the Japanese release date and price details for the new Wii U console. The system will be available in that market starting December 8 and will cost 26,250 yen ($335) and up.

The Wii U will feature 2GB of RAM: 1GB for games and 1GB for system memory. Also, Wii game discs will sport a 25 GB capacity.

Similar details for the U.S. are expected during a Nintendo press conference New York on Thursday morning. You'll be able to follow along with the New York press conference with our live blog from the event, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The official Wii U bundles announced today for Japan (are as follows:

26,250 yen ($340) Bundle

  • Wii U console (white)
  • One GamePad
  • 8GB SSD

31,500 yen ($405) Bundle

  • Wii U console (black)
  • One GamePad
  • Power cradle
  • 32GB SSD

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