The Wii U will launch in Japan on December 8, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced in a Nintendo Direct conference this morning.

Two SKUs were announced: an 8GB White Wii U complete with Wii U GamePad costing 26,250 Yen (£210), and a 32GB Black Wii U complete with Wii U GamePad costing 31,500 Yen (£250). Moth units use Flash memory for internal storage.

Nintendo also revealed the Nintendo Network Premium scheme, given to all buyers of the 32GB Wii U. This membership runs until December 2014 and grants members a 10 per cent discount on digital purchases and Wii points for purchases.

Both Wii U SKUs also include an AC adaptor, a GamePad AC adaptor and a HDMI cable. The Premium 32GB model also includes a stand for the system and GamePad, plus a charging dock for the GamePad. Additional Wii U Gamepads will cost 13,440 Yen (approximately £110), while Pro Controllers are a more reasonable 5000 Yen (£39).

Neither SKU comes complete with any original Wii Remotes or Nunchuck controllers.

On the game front, Nintendo confirmed New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land for launch, with both available either digitally or from traditional retail. No game will be packed in with the Wii U.

No US or European pricing or launch info was revealed, but details are expected during events taking place at 3PM BST this afternoon.