Aussie Wii U Price And Release Date Revealed

Aussie Wii U Price And Release Date Revealed
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We’re just received word from Nintendo Australia — and it’s official — the Wii U will be released on our shores on November 30. The premium ‘deluxe’ set will retail at $429.95 or you can pick up the ‘basic’ package for $349.95.

The Wii U premium pack seems like the most value for money, containing a black Wii U console a Wii U GamePad, and 32GB of internal storage, alongside a copy of Nintendo Land and a HDMI cable among other things.

With regards to the price itself — I’m actually pleasantly surprised. After the US and Japanese pricing, I had guessed that Nintendo would sell its premium pack for $499.95. A pleasant surprise then, and perhaps an indication we are set to see fairer game prices across the board here.

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          • Really? Which store from the U.S. are you purchasing from? But anyways, I don’t know about you guys but I’m impressed at the price they’ve set for BOTH packages, for one they seem quite reasonable compared to what we’re used to and honestly I thought they would charge $500 minimum. Will definitely buy!!! Good Job Nintendo!

          • Agreed, this is actually perfectly reasonable pricing. Let’s not get too hung up on the Australia tax here, it could’ve been a lot worse.

            AND we get it earlier than the US, don’t we?

          • Going to self correct myself here so no one else feels the need to: apparently we get it before Japan, but after the US. Weird.

          • Agreed. The price isn’t too shabby. Given the next gen Sony and MS consoles will likely start at their old starting prices (sitting me out of their range for 2 years or so), this looks like its gonna be the console for me to start with for the next gen.

          • …then why bother? I can understand importing a large price difference but if it’s almost the same then why not just support locally?

          • Because the games are cheaper to buy and import from the U.S. too. In the long run it does make sense to import the console and the games.

          • actually it doesnt make sense. Since you will be importing the console and the games from america for the same price, why not buy local console with warranty and import pal games from ozgameshop? Doesnt that make it cheaper and you will have more benefit?

          • Perhaps importing from the US is even cheaper than OGS? I don’t know. I never import from anywhere other than OGS.

          • I’m importing because my current Wii is from the US and so are all of the game and virtual concole purchases. If I wanted to keep both systems, I wouldn;t bother importing but I really don’t need to keep the Wii as the Wii U is backwards compatible and everything can be transferred.

            Also as jellyarrow points out, games are much cheaper and you can get them earlier.

          • Importing one unit from an online store and importing thousands directly from the manufacturer isn’t the same thing.

          • US price never includes the sales tax they have to pay.. always remember that. The AU price always includes the sales tax.

      • Increased shipping costs, higher wages for Australian workers, and GST.

        It’s actually not a bad price difference compared to some companies…

      • Extra $50 for the basic, $80 for the deluxe. Considering how hard we’ve been reamed over prices before, this is more of a gentle, “We swear we’re gonna use lube this time” kind of reaming.

      • Umm the price is incredibly good — $299 US = ~$328 AUD (after tax) and $350 US = ~$385 AUD(after tax).

        That is just $22 difference for the 8gb and $45 difference for the 32gb. Outside of 24gb space and Nintendo land what is the 8gb missing? It just seems like 32gb WiiU is for those that want Nintendo land and everyone else would be better buying an 8gb.

        • $299 US = ~$283 AUD
          $350 US= ~$331 AUD

          Not saying that the prices aren’t great, I think they are pretty good considering . However, our dollar is stronger than the US 🙂

  • Hey guys, I’m thinking of getting one of these, should i or shouldn’t i, I’m going to let katoku readers decide so whats your opinion, yes or no?

    • More like, coming with exclusive game Bayonetta 2!
      Or how about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – where you can play the game on the Wii U and 3DS!

      Try again ^_^

        • YES! I’d heard little about it until just now. Looks like something I’ll spend a considerable amount of free time on. I’m definitely getting the Wii U, although I’m unsure how happy I’ll be playing using half an old laptop as a controller :\

      • Lets not forget that Mass effect, Bayonetta, Assasins Creed, Batman, and many other games were not available on the Wii, but are coming to the Wii U. That is actually GOOD news, not bad. If games like these start coming to the Wii it only means third party developers will slowly but surely start making games for the Wii U. With such a reasonable AUS price, Wii Brand, New controller and the fact that tablet gaming is massive these days, i believe the Wii U will sell very well. Nintendo have done there homework.

  • I’m dumbstruck, amazing prices a lot lower than I thought perhaps I might preorder this after all. The release titles are nothing impressive though only game I would consider getting is NSMBU the rest.. meh

  • Really surprised by that price. I guess if you are one of the 10 who dont own a Wii, then buying the controllers and sensor bar start to inflate that launch price.

  • The basic pack seems reasonably priced. The deluxe one should really be $399 though. Let’s wait and see how much games cost though!

    • According to EB (I know, not the greatest source but for now..) The launch titles will all be $108. The Lovecraftian iPad will be about $98 standalone. There’s no released prices I can find for the additional charger, stand or sensor bar, not to mention the potential saved money through the 10% off ninstorething. I think $428 is pretty damn reasonable for the premium pack. Oh, and it’s all black and shiny and pretty to boot.

  • Wait, let me get this right…

    The WiiU comes out in the US on the 18th of November (before Black Friday, aka the single largest shopping day in the US), Australia on the 30th of November and the 8th of December.

    WHEN THE HELL DID I LEAVE PLANET EARTH AND ENTER A PLACE WHERE NINTENDO RELEASES THINGS IN AUSTRALIA BEFORE JAPAN!

  • Well. Not only is Australia getting the Wii U before Japan, but taking into consideration the price of Nintendo Land (a pack-in for us, but required to be bought separately with the Japanese editions), we’re actually getting the console for cheaper than Japan is too.

    What kind of weird alternate universe have I somehow found myself in where this could be even remotely possible?

  • still doesn’t quite click with me (bad taste left in the mouth for jumping on the wii too early, to be left sidelined by lack of support), though surprisingly the price isn’t too bad, since the wii was $400? on release.

    Think i’ll stick to the ps3 for now, and start saving up for the ps4 down the line, considering it won’t be as nice on the wallet.

    • Yeah I am holding (although this is exciting and one of the best haunch lineups I’ve ever seen) to see whether this takes off before adopting. I’ve early adopted too many failures in the past (dreamcast, GameCube)

        • People need to remove their rose tinted glasses for a moment. The Cube had some great games sure, but did you see what was happening on the PS3 at the time. I think it probably had more great games than this entire gen combined.

          • Rose tinted glasses implies I”m looking back on fond memories that don’t actually hold up as well.
            I play gamecube games more than any other format overall excepting perhaps my PC.. maaayybe SNES. I actually find the exact opposite of what you are saying. Going back and playing PS2 games gives me the N64 rose tinted effect, the RPGs I loved seem much more slow and clunky, games are often choppy and don’t look nearly as good as I remember, and the controls/camera/general interface and gameplay setups feel archaic and template instead of built from the ground up like many gamecube games (whether they were or not) . Most gamecube games hold up exceedingly well, hence why I’m still playing them right now.

      • Also dreamcast wasnt a failure it was just released to late, its still my favourite console, has a game library of 688 official games plus countless unofficial, and still one of the best controllers in history.
        And is one of the most saught after second hand consoles in the world. (i own 2 :P)

    • I feel pretty much the same. I don’t begrudge anyone who wants a Wii U, that’s silly. But I think I’ll pass. I’m not a Metroid, Super Mario Bros or Zelda fan, so there’s probably only going to be a handful of platform-exclusive msut-haves that I’d be interested in. I need a higher attach rate than the 6 or so games I had on the Wii to make it worthwhile economically.

      Again, that’s just my personal circumstances.

      I think I’ve only bought about 4 games for my PS3 but at least it doubles as a Blu-Ray player. :/

        • I’m a massive fan of all those series but:
          1. The DS Zelda games were pretty crap, and Skyward Sword was incredibly tedious.
          2. I actually liked Metroid: Other M even though I hate what they did to Samus. That said, most people hated it.
          3. The 2D Marios have been pretty crap since 2006. People seem to be catching on to the fact that the games have been more repititive that CoD. The Galaxy games are great, but currently no announcements.

          If they can convince me that any of the games capture some of the brilliance of OoT, Mario Galaxy, or Super Metroid, I will buy a wii U for no other reason. I wait with bated breath.

  • WOW for once we didnt get screwed ova with ridiculous prices (looking at apple with ur iphone 5 AU prices) this is actually i really really good price, cost the same as a 3ds (basic) wen it was launched WOW

  • As soon as monster hunter 3 unlimited (which seems to be a wiiu port of 3g) came up, it immediately cemented my buying a wiiu.

    • In what way has an international product EVER released in Aus with identical price conversion? 33% isn’t perfect but it’s a definite step in the right direction. The sooner you leave interweb mentality of incessant and irritating cynicism and join the real world (where games are fun, the apocalypse isn’t nigh and everyone hates Dane Cook) the better off you’ll be.

  • I’m actually quite impressed at the equality of the US and Australian price. Well done Nintendo Australia. Now release the fucking games day and date with the Americans.

  • Brilliant price at $429 considering the free game. Was expecting about that without a game! And an earlier than expected release date! Day one for me!

  • Very, very happy with those prices. I’ll be switching my pre-order to the premium bundle as soon as I knock off work. I wonder if we’ll get the Zombi U bundle too?

  • I am ringing EB at 9:00am and getting my preorder switched to deluxe. Nintendo Network premium, 32gb storage (I still havea 20gb X360) and NSMB2 for an extra $80? SOLD.

  • The Australian price includes GST, in the U.S. sales tax varies from state to state and is added on top of R.R.P., in come extreme examples for can pay 8% state sales tax on top of a local city sales tax of 3%.
    So that and GST is about 20% difference between US RRP less sales tax and Aussie RRP.

  • I can live with this. I think this will be the first pre-order I’ll have ever made for anything (I remember how the Wii was out of stock for months and months).

  • So it has to be a Wii Remote Plus? I’ve got one of the original Wii’s, before it even came out in black and before the controllers even had the Motion Plus adapter, which was long before the adapter was then built into the controller.

    So if I get this, I won’t be able to use my existing Wii Remotes? I’ll need some other ones?

    • I read elsewhere it is compatible with standard wii remotes. Either way you can find the wii remote plus addon for fairly cheap these days rather than buying the full new wiimote

    • It might depend on the games, some might only need a normal remote, some might need the extra precision of motion plus. I can’t imagine Mario requiring motion plus if you’re using remotes.

      I only have original remotes with the mp adaptor but I’ll probably buy a wii remote plus for me and the old ones can be ‘guest’ controllers.

  • Ummm. Are some of you kidding or do you really not understand the difference in values between currencies? Sure, you can look at current conversion rates, but it’s not Nintendo’s fault that one currency is weak as f*** compared to the other at the moment. With that kind of mentality, basically every product is more expensive in Australia compared to the US.

  • Very happy with these prices. Most likely will be cheaper from JBHIFI and the other big retailers as well. So no reason to complain people!

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  • Rather hold out for the PS4 launch or (maybe) next Xbox. The Wii U will surely have good games, but not for at least a year. Nice price, but nothing to justify the early purchase.

    • Yep, my thoughts exactly. Would rather not gamble $400 on a new console without a decent lineup of games to launch (which doesn’t seem to be the case here e.g. ports). Price would have fallen by the end of next year and the next gen sony and microsoft hardware would no doubt be shown off or even released by then so I stand to gain more by waiting and seeing out the options. Then there’s the considerable amount of games due out in the coming months (AC3, GTAV, Borderlands, hitman etc) for me to even think about new hardware.

  • Dunno why people always buy at launch. There are only ever a couple of launch titles. Just wait a year or so, the games arent going anywhere, they wont be any less enjoyable.

  • Not sure if I will buy one on launch, but will own it eventually. But it’s nice to see both packs include a HDMI cable instead of an AV cable.

  • It’s very reasonably priced. Pity that I really hate the controller gimmick and have no faith in Nintendo beyond Mario/Zelda/Metroid, because it’s nice to see a console maker not trying to rip us off or treat us as 2nd class citizens.

    I may however take advantage of the inevitable fire sales on the Wii and Wii games to finally play stuff I always wanted to play like this generation’s Zelda games, Super Mario Galaxy etc I switched from Nintendo to Sony when I jumped from SNES to the original PS and never looked back… but I still miss the Zelda series.

    • Yes now that i remember it this is an extremely reasonable price for the console. I bought a Wii at launch too and at that price so $429 for the deluxe seems quite reasonable. I kinda of was expecting a 500-600 price tag. Might have to preorder now.

  • Decent price but I will wait for some comparison reviews of games from sites like digital foundry or lens of truth before I commit, as if the only difference between the WiiU and 360/PS3 is a fancy controller I will hold out for other Next-Gen offerings.

  • Good price, but I’ll wait for the Durango and/or PS4 in twelve months. The specs on the Wii U already look dated, and I’ve never been a big fan of Nintendo, although now that they’re getting third-party games on there, it might get more interesting.

  • Dont forget guys, the US price is listed without tax. You’ll find the prices are not that far apart. We generally earn more per capita than the US as well. You can’t just go to a straight conversion, there are many more factors in play. A good example is the Jap price point, its line with your average Jap income. I wonder if they are all whining about the RRP?

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