The basic edition of the Wii U console comes with just 3GB of storage space, Nintendo has revealed in its latest Direct broadcast.

The Wii U Basic boasts 7.2GB of flash memory, however the console requires 4.2GB of that space for Nintendo Network ID and account data.

Meanwhile, the premium model offers 25GB of space after the necessary installs.

That means that games such as Nintendo Land (3.2GB) cannot be downloaded on to basic model, and instead must be run from the system's discs, which hold up to 25GB of data.

Nintendo is suggesting users purchase an external hard drive to solve the problem, as the Wii U can handle additional storage of up to 2TB.

The Wii U is due to launch in New Zealand on November 30.