Wii U Nintendo Network to sell downloaded games at a discounted price. If you buy the premium console, that is

The Wii U premium console doesn't just come with an extra chunk of storage memory and a couple of plastic controller stands. It also comes with Nintendo Network Premium, which seems to be Nintendo's PlayStation Plus Lite.

Lasting two years from the console's launch (presumably to encourage early adoption and a big launch window investement in the more expensive of the two console models), Nintendo Network Premium offers a standard 10% discount across the board on all digitally downloaded games. This isn't the first time Nintendo has been seen to be aggressively pushing the digital market with the Wii U, apparently already offering "insane incentives" to publishers who put their games out on the Wii U's online shop.

How much of a bargain this turns out to be will obviously vary depending on how much downloading any particular player is likely to do, not to mention how many games will fit on the premium console's 32Gb flash memory. And of course, whatever Nintendo's digital download prices turn out to be like in their undiscounted form. Ninty has already set a fairly dubious precedent with the 3DS eShop.


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  • erin-davis - December 27, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    well this is cool I received a Wii points card code and I can't believe it actually worked! Try it yourself! Go to
  • chicgoods751 - September 13, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    Wonderful. Share a website with you , ( ) Believe you will love it. We accept any form of payment.
  • Funkzillabot - September 13, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    Ugh....that is extortion. Polite extortion. But extortion none-the-less.
  • CUFCfan616 - September 13, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Will these games be priced at stupidly raised prices for Australia like on the PSN and I'm assuming Xbox Live? What'd be the point of saving 10% if you're still spending $80 for a new game? Give me Australia prices :P
  • brazmanoqk - September 13, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    I'm also worried about the 32gb memory limit, their competition has hundreds. I hope we can get additions.
  • Fuzunga - September 13, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    You can connect up any external harddrive you want. That's the point of having the low amount of memory built in.
  • ObliqueZombie - September 13, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    This is actually pretty sweet. But knowing that the Premium black console has 32Gb of memory, I'm questioning if I'll be downloading much outside of older N64 titles. I sorely hope there's more memory to be found elsewhere.
  • zombi3grim - September 13, 2012 5:21 a.m.

    I wanna know how much the premium console costs...
  • bamit11 - September 13, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    $350 dollars
  • ObliqueZombie - September 13, 2012 6:11 a.m.

    Well that's not as bad as I was thinking it would be.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - September 13, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    No official western pricing yet. We should know in about half an hour. Watch this space... (or rather the homepage)

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