Nintendo Japan's Wii U announcements are going down right now.
Wii U launching on December 8, 2012 in Japan, $335 & $400 -Destructoid
As usual, fanboys that forget the yen-to-dollar conversion ratio are going apeshit, but this more or less confirms last weeks rumor of the $250-$350 price range options if the conversion rates hold. The difference being there are two packages instead of the rumored three. A Premium model with more internal memory, two stands (for the controller and console and a two-year premium membership to the premium tier of Nintendo Network, which sounds a lot like PS+ on PSN. Members will get a 10% discount on digital purchases and other deals.
So basically, the premium tier of the network will be as useless as PS+ generally is. Depending on the US price, I may or may not get the premium for the other stuff at least. Two years of premium membership - while arguably useless, is still better than nothing i suppose.
The WiiPad is $172, but probably more like $125. Still pricy, so be careful with that one. Comes with a AC Adapter for charging, too. I'll make sure not to drop this in the bathtub.
Pro Controller is in the 360 controller price range.
Games are falling within the $40 to $60 dollar range in terms of US prices. Disappointing the $60 mark could be there, but the $40 point existing at launch for some games does add some pressure to third parties that think they're special, I guess.
Wii U has 2GB of RAM, 1GB higher than the rumored estimate. The proprietary disc format holds 25GB.
There will be 32GB internal flash storage for the Premium version, you can also use a HDD of your choosing, external HDDs, USB thumbdrives and SD card support, so that's a nice range of storage options. Idiots, as usually are complaining about the number of confusing options open to them.
BC for Wii games, there will be Wiimote and nunchuck bundles re-released for Wii and Wii U games compatible to them
Wiiware and Virtual Console games will be transferrable from the Wii to the Wii U. (lolSony)
New Super Mario Bros U is indeed a launch title so yay Mario finally making launch after three pieces of hardware where he didn't. Nintendo Land, like Wii Sports before it, actually isn't bundled in Japan. Probbaly will be in the US, we'll know the details of the US launch at 10am EST.
I'll update the third party japanese stuff in a bit, the presentation for that is said to be later on today.