For dedicated Nintendo fans, one of the deciding factors that determined which color Wii U they purchased was the available accessories. At the time of release, the white Wii U only offered 8GB of storage, while the black deluxe model offered 32GB. That’s about to change in Japan, as Nintendo will be releasing a 32GB white model for those who want the extra storage space without the black veneer. This comes after Nintendo acknowledged that releasing the smaller 8GB Wii U was a mistake. Other accessories being released in the region include a new fast charge device for the Wii Remote, and a new GamePad battery upgrade. The improved battery pack features a 2500mAh battery over the standard 1500mAh and will increase play time from five to eight hours. The price is set at ¥3,150, which is around $30. The pack will be released on July 25. The last announcement is a set of quick charge items for the Wii Remote, including a battery pack, charging dock and a case and strap. This set will retail for ¥4,200 and will be available on July 13. There has been no word on when any of these accessories will be available outside of Japan, but E3 seems a likely place to announce new bundles and accessories, so stay tuned. [via IGN] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! local_offer japan Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Japan: 9 out of 10 best selling games in 2017 Switch sales return to normal in Japan, conso Potemkin Not bad news. Now bring it outside Japan and at a lower price point! Jim Wanstall 250GB – 500GB is just around the corner , can see this happening skoruppa u think? WiiU have SSD memory. 150gb SSD drive is really expensive 😉 Cerus98 The Wii U doesn’t have an actual SSD (D stands for drive FYI) While flash memory and SSDs are pretty much the same there are differences. But there is no SSD to replace with something off a retail shelf. SSDs instead of flash memory would make the Wii U even more expensive. Veries Seals Yessss indeed! jay Nintendo doesn’t use hard drives. If they did, The Wii U wouldn have launched with at least 120GB. Flash memory is way more efficient and stable that hard drives which tent to crash. Flash and SSD are also way more expensive though. That’s why the Wii only came with 512MB. 32GB of flash is a crazy upgrade! Bob Wilkerson Which is also why Microsoft only released 4GB XBOX360 that did not have a hard drive. If they put 16+ or even 8GB the cost would have not been much cheaper than the one with the 250GB hard drive. angel im good with my 32gb, i already have 1.5tb of external juancamiloarq I certainly need that battery upgrade. Super Buu I hope soon enough they’ll new Wii U models with bigger storage. I wouldn’t mind a 250 GB Wii U. Cerus98 That would be pushing it considering the Wii U uses flash memory and the largest I’ve seen in any card, camcorder etc is about 100 and they’re extremely expensive. That much space would jump the price up big time unless they redesigned it to fit an internal HDD. Clel Hey guys, in case you want images of this pack, here they are: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/05/32gb_white_wii_u_rechargeable_wii_remote_battery_and_2550mah_gamepad_battery_announced Sam That’s the right move. Lusunup They should of made them both 32 gb with a nintendo land copy I would of been so happy. White reminds me of nintendo, black reminds me of sony ; so i got the white one but i did not want 8gb of storage … Adrian N64 and gamecube were both originally black. Andreas Sunde And Playstation was originally white, afaik. Or, grayish. But still. Adrian SNES and NES were both some shade of gray too. All I know is white and Nintendo don’t have any special connection in my mind. But that is probably because I skipped the Wii console completely (I also skipped GC, but I at least played it a few times). Denvy I thought the Cube was purple. Veries Seals They had different colors. I had one of each. Denvy They did. I have a black one myself, but I believe the original color was purple, not black. Daniel Gonzalez Purple was the original color. I have a silver, however, but a purple controller. The silver one died out. Course the console was used so I’m not surprised. Adrian Maybe, I could be wrong. But I know It wasn’t white ;). Denvy Haha, definitely not white 🙂 jay No, Gamecube was a sick ass purple: Veries Seals lol bizzy gie Aaaaah. So that’s where the Xbox got its controller design. I see the slanted analogue sticks and red, yellow, and green colors. Denvy So will they phase out the mistake of a SKU, 8GB version? I’m a little interested in the larger battery though. A shame it wasn’t initial released. It would be nice for early adopters to get a discount, but don’t expect it. Just wishful thinking. Cerus98 It’s just an accessory that was planned from the get go. The gamepad battery slot is way bigger than the current battery to easily accommodate much large capacities. Nyko has one ready to launch for like $15 but apparently got delayed until Nintendo released their own battery upgrade. Veries Seals Hopefully they will not. I hope they just make it a cheaper option. Maybe have it as a $149 to $199 unit. I have to buy another one for my daughters lol. Denvy With the Gamepad estimated at $170 that won’t be happening, imo. In reality, the Basic model just doesn’t sell. They’re on the shelves a plenty. In my area at least, I rarely see a Deluxe model lying around at say, Wal-mart or Target. Ashley King I’ve noticed this as well. My local Walmart has no deluxe consoles in stock, but the same three 8GB models have been there since November. Meanwhile, those 2 pikachu 3DS XL models on the shelf are tempting. Denvy It’s just not nearly as good a value as the Deluxe and people are realizing it. For 50 bucks you get 32GB, Nintendoland and the charge cradle and stand set. Not to mention the digital promotion. It’s a no brainer. If people are just strapped for cash, I would encourage them to just wait a little longer til you get that extra $50. jay Yeah I knew the Basic would be a problem as soon as it was announced. 2nd it gives trolls a reason to say “lol i see Wii U’s just sittin’ on the shelves”. Most the time they’re talking about the basic model. Veries Seals I totally understand Ashley. I live in a small town. It is the pits finding game products. I often have to travel to the next big city to get what i want. I had to drive 0ver 80 miles from home just to get the 8GB sku. Bob Wilkerson Same here.. Two best buys I have been into recently by me had no deluxe models in stock and a few 8GB ones. DemonRoach Nintendo still screwing early adopters and it hasn’t even been a year. Veries Seals I really don’t understand the problem. I am an early adopter and I am glad to see that they are adding more to the unit, even though like I said I never had a storage issue with the unit. The external USB hard drive has been an option offered by Nintendo since jump street. I was also an early adopter of the XBOX360 and the PS3. Both sold for $400 and up with 20GB hard drives. I am I the only one that remember this? The XBOX360 max’s out at 250 GB that is not a lot of space. H8ersBH8n People had a choice between the 8GB and 32GB….it’s their own damn fault if they bought the 8GB, not Nintendo’s. Veries Seals No really. In my case, there was no 32 GB units in stock when I bought one. They were sold out all over the state. I called all over to find one but they were out of stock but had the 8GB units available. Demand was super high at that time. But I was cool with it because I knew about the external drive options and had one I could use. But it is not the end of the world like some are making it out to be. Bob Wilkerson How is this any different than any other product at launch where the more appealing model is sold out leaving the less appealing one? To me color was not my deciding factor in the console but it is nice they are making an option for those that want a certain color. I also will not feel shafted if they released a 64GB model later at the same or lower price point because I will have all that extra time enjoying playing my Wii U that others didn’t. I already added a 1TB external so I am good on space for a while. Veries Seals I totally agree! I think they should continue to upgrade to add value over time. You and I used the same method to remedy our storage. jay Nintendo products hold their value. You can always sell it later and upgrade when you’re ready. H8ersBH8n Exactly. You can attach up to 1 terabyte of storage and people (mostly Wii U haters that don’t even have the system) are complaining about the small storage. Veries Seals actually you can attach up to 2TB’s of USB external hard drive 🙂 DemonRoach Nintendo should of known that a game cannot fit on their shitty 8gb system. H8ersBH8n If you are talking downloads then, yes, but retail titles can fit on the 8GB. bizzy gie What about the Xbox’s 4gb system? DemonRoach What about? Its a system 7 years older that the Wii U. bizzy gie So? PS3 is equally as old and I can get a 500gb version. jay You wanna talk about screwing early adopters? Launch PS3’s were bricked. Only to be replaced by non-backwards compatible models. Almost no early xbox 360’s exist today. They have all gotten the red ring of death. AJ Chioino never had a storage issue with any console ive ever owned. wont have one with the wii u either. im a hard copy buyer. only digital games ill get is from VC which wont take up any memory at all. MC Robins Meh I don’t even use the 32GB in mine, but I did get my deluxe for $286. So I can’t really complain. R.D. Covenant Man I got jyped! I ordered mine from ebay for $287 =( All joking aside, I dont see any problem with storage, especially since I ordered a 2tb external for under $70. Veries Seals Now that is a great deal! MC Robins Just a heads up everyone Staples Price matches Amazon 😉 Joe Crook 2tb should last the life of the console. A great way to “future proof” your Wii-U. Well, storage-wise anyways. A big external hdd is a must as 32gb, let alone 8gb goes real fast. Not complaining though, Nintendo was able to keep the price of the system down by designing it this way. Not too keen on another $400-$500 system to be honest (This means YOU MS and Sony). Adrian Increase the gamepad battery duration by 5 to 8 hours? Or increase the gamepad battery duration from 5 hours to 8 hours? Because my gamepad (even on Netflix) only lasts about 3.5 hours. 4 if I’m lucky. Who gets 5 hours out of it? Veries Seals Try some of the options by Nyko. They have some newer batteries that will extend your battery life now. Cerus98 The battery replacement isn’t out yet. But it will extend it to up to 10 hours. Cerus98 Those who turn the brightness down. Archiq09 cool 😀 and for memory you can put a pc memory on wiiu if memory card has a USB outlet 😉 Veries Seals You know I actually thought about that as an option too. I wonder if it will work? Joe Crook If you’re asking if you can use an external usb HDD on the Wii-U to expand your storage, then yes. I have a 500gb one hooked up to mine, and I store my games on it. They are so cheap and prevalent these days, I recommend it highly. Veries Seals Thanks, but no, we were talking about the possibility of an external memory bay to upgrade actual system memory. I have a 1 TB drive hooked in to my Wii U. Cerus98 You can use external USB hard drives on the Wii U. They aren’t called memory though. Veries Seals I love my U. Looks like quality to me Shaise Mughal Yeah! I’m looking at mine right now! gamesplayswill I’m looking at mine… Shaise Mughal Yeah! Its so smooth, shiny, now you go on and enjoy it! gamesplayswill Aww, thanks Shaise! DemonRoach ^Someone just found out that p0rn works with the gamepad. gamesplayswill YES!!! YES!!!!…. YEEEES!!!!!!! Veries Seals lol, i thought i was the only one that looked at mine like that! :p Veries Seals Someone will have to prove to me that the U is not ready for battle. I stand behind Nintendo! I took a quick off screen shot for those who is in doubt. Need for Speed Most Wanted U in realtime. jay I heard someone say the Wii U is underpowered. *facepalm* People wanna compare the Wii U to consoles that aren’t even on market yet. Not giving a single chance to what the Wii U is putting out TODAY!! Veries Seals true Jay, but thats ok. we know the truth, and if i have to start posting my own screen shots to show them what the Wii U is working with then I will. I hate when some one quotes me an article that they have read. tell me what you know for a fact. NOt what someone else told you. you are absolutely correct jay! Shaise Mughal That certainly looks capable of competing with the next gen! In my opinion some 3rd party devs are like planning a conspiracy, Ubisoft games looked great! Shinen games do, frozenbyte game do. And 1st party games too ( Sega has been good to us to) Guest No. 3 *** That game is gorgeous!! It’s hard for me to resist buying it now that I’ve seen that picture. Sylux You sure that is WiiU and Not Playstation 3? It’s displayed on a Sony television xD Nah just kidding I found it funny the awesome screenshot from TV of a game on the WiiU which definitely is superior to PS360 version (as it should) and being displayed on a Sony televison haha excellent screenshot sir, really high quality screenshot I’m impressed. Veries Seals Yep. I even took the picture with my sony camera. I am not anti sony. but My Wii U rocks my sony TV. Thank you, lol. ps4ultimania … i have a sony tv sonyies geart but i having wiiu works beautiful on the tv Sylux Sony tv and nintendo consoles seem to go well together indeed funny story which happened to me on both ps and ps2 playing games on a Sony tv, somehow when switching 60hz on on these consoles displayed it black and white while N64 and gamecube played 60hz on that tv worked perfectly, it still baffles me how that was possible, using Samsung tv now though (the Sony tv still works and is placed in the bedroom nowadays) Waluigi Check this out Nintedward lol Megajon Anyone knows if Japanese accessories can be used on NA wii u? Cos if it is…well… U could buy an imported product! Shaise Mughal I dont think so, it’d be region locked, once someone imported a gamepad from Japan because they’re sold seperately there, and tried it on their North American Wii U and it didnt work Veries Seals Next example that the Wii U has software. Darksiders 2. I love this game! Hey and for those who say the Wii U don’t have games nor 3rd Party Support, I got 28 more games in my library that I own where that came from! by the way, this is one of my e-shop downloaded games running from my hard drive. Runs fantastic. If I remember right the game is about 10GB is size. H8ersBH8n I feel like they are gonna come out with a limited edition 32GB green Wii U for the “Year of Luigi”. Monomon Sigh… 32 GB White Wii U…I have the Black one…I would like to trade it for…like now!(of course I need to transfer data,which may come out in the future.) A SNES Day Off The battery upgrade was almost a given from Day 1 (particularly as the instruction manual outlines this process)… …but I would be very surprised if they released only 32GB models in both colour schemes. One of the original strategies for profiting on the Wii U was to justify a higher RRP for the 32GB model with cheap accessories and a storage upgrade. Perhaps Nintendo now realise that they’re actually saving very little money with the 8GB chips. In all honesty, I would love to see the 32GB model as the baseline and a 128GB version as the new ‘Deluxe’. Include all the original accessories and chuck in the new battery for the GamePad. If they could do that for £299, it would sell like hot cakes in a white model. Also, bring some cloud services to the Wii U/3DS. ItzameyaToad I don’t really think Nintendo made a mistake with the 8gb version. I think it is always good having 2 distinct models of a product, one for more casual people who are fine with 4gb of memory and only play a few games, and one for the more core/hardcore gamers who need more memory so they get the 32gb deluxe version. I think Nintendo also did an awesome job allowing people to use external memory SD card, external harddrive etc. cause it allows more freedom of the customer. I can spend an extra $60 on Amazon and get a 500gb hard-drive or $100 more and get a 1 terabyte external hardrive something Microsoft has always restricted with there consoles. Guest No. 3 The only problem being the Deluxe set is the one selling. : ItzameyaToad Well the deluxe is yes selling much more than the standerd 8gb version there are still those who are buying the cheaper 8gb version. It’s one of those thing’s where Nintendo knew alot of people would buy the Deluxe version but I also think they thought the standerd version would sell alot too and appeal to people who wanted an entry level console. Guest No. 3 If that was the case they shouldn’t have made as many white versions as they did. : ItzameyaToad Again I think they thought it would sell better than it has. Guest No. 3 Of course they thought that. But I still feel that it was a mistake to release as many white ones as they did. I mean, the white one paled in comparison to the Deluxe, and I wanted the white one! XD Agent721 The black set was sold out at Christmas, the white one did not. Nintendo missed out on quite a few sales by overestimating demand on the white one, but underestimating demand on the black. Many of those sales (parents) wont come back until this xmas or the kids bday, if at all. I think its wise to have a choice, but they shouldve known that the early adopters & xmas crowd would overwhelmingly prefer the black set. Madmagican BRING THE BATTERY PACK OUT OF JAPAN!! …I’m getting a little tired of having to play Wii U with a wire attached to the wall for my gamepad Game Master You do that to, so do I.