Jun 2nd, 2014


Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that it is phasing out the original black Wii U console, as well as several bundles that include the black console. The current models available in Japan are the original 8GB model that was phased out in the rest of the world, and a 32GB white Wii Sports Club bundle.

Bundles that are getting the axe in Japan include the Wii Party U bundle, New Super Mario Bros. U bundle, Dragon Quest X bundle, and the Monster Hunter 3G bundle. It interesting to see the color disparity between Japan and the rest of the world, as Nintendo has all but phased out the 8GB white console in North America and Europe. It’s not likely that the black console is disappearing entirely since it’s been included in the Mario Kart 8 bundle in the West, but perhaps Japanese gamers prefer the white color.

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  • Decker Shado

    Well.. if I break down and buy a Japanese Wii U to play imports, at least I’ll be able to tell them apart easily.

    • Petri

      I might do that, if Bayo 2 release to west is too far apart.

    • companyoflosers

      or just wait for the wii u version of the homebrew channel.

  • Petri

    Our local retailer phased out few bundles, for as low as 180€.

  • So, Japanese like white to black, huh?
    I see how it is.

    • Mario

      He looked better when he was black. -_-

      • SecretX

        i like both.

      • Black is how we will remember him. The lightskin was ok.

      • Rinslowe

        Yeah I think he just looked better natural… Colour aside, it was the extensive surgery that made him look out of touch with reality. IMO.

        Maybe that’s what he was going for though…

        • I think it applies to his musical talent as well. Thriller was bright eyed optimism and the falsetto, Bad and beyond turned to more paranoid grit, with a lot more emphasis on spectacle and flare.

      • mustdisqus

        his dad joe stated that he had vitiglo, a disease or condition that lightens the skin, although there are rumours he may have had bleaching over the years so that the entire body or face was one tone instead of blotchy, eg
        The main issue with the face over the years was definitely the nose, but even by attempting to correct that, he would always look feminine due to intense make up usage

        • Mario

          I know that. We talked about that in science class.

  • darkcreap

    Excuse my ignorance, but “phase out” means “cut the price” or “supress”?

    • dmalbini

      nope, it just means they’re going to stop supplying it.

      • darkcreap

        So that means “supress”.

  • darkcreap

    The bad thing is that there are two white models in Japan, which is bad if you ask me. At least in the West we have mostly black (the 32 GB one) and maybe there are some white left, but still you can distinguish the 8GB model from the 32 GB one.

    • lonewolf

      Hmm it says on the box?

      • darkcreap

        Agreed, but you risk someone confusing the boxes due to not looking properly at the number or the people not knowing the difference between 32 and 8 GB. I guess you can always change it at the shop, but, you know, more difficulties in enjoying the console. I think it would have been better if they the 8 and 32 GB consoles have boxes with very different colours to properly distinguish them despite both being white. I’m asuming that both boxes are nearly identical, which I haven’t contrasted, actually…

        • lonewolf

          Well the only way you can mistake the boxes if you buy it second hand if you go in a store and you ask for a white wii u 32gb the sales man will give it to you.

  • JBeauregard

    I prefer the white color, too. Black is good for hiding amongst my DirecTV box and my Xbox One, but boy does that shiny black like my finger prints haha

    • Adrian

      Why would you ever touch your WiiU console? Just curious

      • Decker Shado

        Why wouldn’t you?

        Oh, come here Wii U… let me caress you…. mmmm….

        • You’re making this too easy. I’m not gonna say anything.

      • JBeauregard

        Because it likes to be snuggled.

      • skewie

        Well I for one transport my Wii U alot between my friends’ houses, work and home. 🙂 It’s cool with a gaming console that fits in a messenger bag! ^^

      • Rinslowe

        What? You don’t spend hours caressing your Wii U? Shame on you sir!
        “Cookies need love like everything does Neo…”

  • uPadWatcher

    I have a feeling that Nintendo will be releasing new Wii U Deluxe bundles the next two seasons. Either Bayonetta 2 and/or Zelda Musou (Hyrule Warriors)… and hopefully an X bundle.

    • Zelda/X bundle is more likely than a Bayonetta bundle, either way i hope they do it. We may see something about a new bundle this E3 😀

      • Sdudyoy

        I have a feeling there will be a Bayonetta bundle as that will attract fans of the original to buy a Wii U.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        I think they’ll do an X bundle in Japan only (like they did with Monster Hunter), as the series isn’t hugely popular in Europe and some other parts of the world etc… A worldwide Zelda bundle sounds a lot more likely. I agree, they wont do a Beyonetta bundle. The series just isn’t as popular as people would like to think it is.

        • I’m not sure if they had a Monster Hunter bundle in the whole of Europe but i know for a fact they had one in the UK. Agreed on the Zelda bundle, first party game bundles are always the most likely.

  • Ducked

    The white Wii U just looks older, that’s why I prefer black. But you know what would be better? A red, or blue Wii U!

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Pokemon Red and Blue on Wii U. Damn full HD, awesome.

      • Ducked

        That would sell so many Wii U’s!

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          It sure would. But Nintendo is lazy to do that. Who know what pokemon we have in e3. I think Pokemon fighters from footage last year in Japan.

          • Wraithlord_Koto

            I think it’s more that they would pay so much on upkeep and it would take a good amount of attention away from the main cash cow franchise, not to mention putting it all in HD, especially if you want (like most people) all the Regions, and then it’d probably be subscription based, all of these things are firmly outside of what Nintendo does (except phasing out a loved franchise, but Pokemon’s a cash cow, so it’s exempt) Mostly referring to the MMO part, doesn’t sound very Nintendo to me

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Yep I agree. It is Cash Cow.

      • Maga

        Pokemon MMO in HD. Why not? WHY NOT?!

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Cost money. They could do it if their is appeal. We should ask Nintendo to do it so whose up for a petition. Aside from that we should contact them somehow if you have some sort of communications about doing stuff like that. Wii U fits perfect in MMO.

    • Zakariyya Al-Quran


      • Ducked

        A golden Zelda Wii U!

        • Zakariyya Al-Quran

          im crying from just the beauty of the idea

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3


    • Rinslowe

      Yeah for me I have the opposite view. Well almost. Picked up a white version standard about 12 months after the premium black 32GB. So got a little used to it.

      Still, black definitely looks better with all the other black components sitting next to it. Have the white one in my office at work. Mostly loaded with indies.

      • DoctorWily

        Wii U at work?? I want your job!

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    I love black man it fits perfect. Sames like a cool color to me.

  • anthony optimo

    Indigo Wii U or Mustard colored Wii U please.

  • steveb944

    They have a bunch of bundles over there, plus whatever else releases this year as well. I already bought a Zelda bundle just for a pad update, I can sadly see myself doing the same for an actual console skin change again.

  • Patrick Skollerud

    White? Guys, I would much rather have the GameCube-purple. I’m still fine with my black one though!

  • Paul T. Gaston

    As long as they still have the Zelda Wind Waker HD Bundle I don’t care what they fase out.

  • ray

    I would want a gold version with an awsome zelda collections bundle

  • Prizm

    Well guess what, us aussies still have the 8gb version on our shelves. I think I prefer white though. To me, black is dated, like hardware that belongs in 2003 or something.