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Wii U Improvements Announced for Japan
Nintendo has made a host of Wii U announcements for Japan, including a new White Deluxe Bundle, 'fast charge' device for the Wii Remote and a GamePad battery upgrade accessory.
While the Wii U usually comes in either in a White Standard Bundle that comes with an 8GB hard drive or a Black Premium Bundle with a 32GB HDD, this new package will allow Japanese customers to mix the colour of the former with the larger storage space of the latter. While it's due out in the East on July 13, there's been no confirmation just yet if it'll be heading West.
Additionally, the company also announced a new and improved battery pack for the Gamepad controller. While the standard 1500mAh version that's bundled with the console offers between three to five hours of life, the new 2550mAh capacity pack will increase this to between five and eight hours. Due out in Japan on July 25, it's set to cost ¥3,150 (around £20 / $30 / €25).
Sony's Rain is Beautiful and Melancholy
Often the best thing about the announcement of a new generation of consoles is the late flourish of curious games that appears on the current ones. Announced last year at a Sony Gamescom conference rich with cool and unusual new titles, Rain is an interesting, quietly atmospheric PSN exclusive from Sony’s Japan Studio; there are glimpses of ICO and The Unfinished Swan in its creative, puzzley platforming and melancholy ambience. It’s about a boy who follows a spectral girl into an alternate dimension where he’s invisible unless he’s in the rain – a dimension filled with phantom monsters that chase and stalk you through the night.