One of the biggest criticisms levelled against 3DS was the lack of a digital store at launch, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has assured investors Wii U will land with a full download store.

Iwata didn't discuss the available types of software ā€” Virtual Console, WiiWare etc. ā€” but did confirm that Wii U owners can choose to buy their Nintendo-published games physically or via download, right from the start:

For the Wii U, we will start the digital download sales of packaged software that I just discussed, so our consumers can choose either the packaged version or the digital download version of the same software from day one of the Wii Uā€™s launch.

Nintendo hasn't revealed Wii U's internal storage capacity but we know it'll support USB external hard drives, so if you want to do a lot of downloading you'll likely need a HDD.

3DS retail downloads kick off in August with the launch of New Super Mario Bros. 2, but they'll be with Wii U on day one.

Satoru Iwata also confirmed that Wii U release date and price announcements will probably happen after E3.

[via nintendo.co.jp]