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Post by Dan @ 07:31am 14/09/12 | 33 Comments
As expected, Nintendo revealed the various global region release dates and pricing for their new HD Wii U console early this morning, and the Australian specifics were sent along in a follow-up press release from the European Nintendo Direct presentation.

Australian shelves will see Wii U consoles leaving them on November 30th 2012, surprisingly, only a couple of weeks after the November 18th North American launch, and rather amazingly, a week before the December 8th Japan launch.

Unfortunately pricing isn't as equivalent (but we're used to that right?), with the "Wii U Basic Pack" (white console with 8GB of internal storage) calling for a SRP of AU$349.95, and the "Wii U Premium Pack" (black console with 32GB storage, Nintendo Land game, console stand, and charging cradle) pegged at SRP AU$429.95 . Both packs promise included HDMI cable, and Nintendo felt it prudent to mention that AC adapters for both the console and the tablet-screened gamepad were included in the purchase price.

In contrast, the North American pricing has been set at US$299 for the Basic, and US$349 for the Premium.

A press release over at nintendo.com.au has the full details, including an overview on the console's launch titles.



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Latest Comments
Infidel
Posted 07:41am 14/9/12
holy smokes that is a big frikkin price difference :O
Eorl
Posted 07:47am 14/9/12
Heck yes, now its time to pre-order the black edition. Can't wait for Monster Hunter 3 and Bayonetta.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:50am 14/9/12
It is because they have to use much higer quality HDMI cables in Australia. Because of our relatively low latitude location the data inside the cables slower so we need to include time altering Unobtanium in our HDMI cables. Hence the price difference. It is pretty obvious. It would be much worse if our AUD wasn't performing so strongly.
deadlyf
Posted 08:03am 14/9/12
Australian shelves will see Wii U consoles leaving them on November 30th 2012, surprisingly, only a couple of weeks after the November 18th North American launch, and rather amazingly, a week before the December 8th Japan launch.
Christmas sales aren't that big a deal in Japan.

With the price difference and time lag is there any reason to not just get the US model? Especially for the "premium" version.
ravn0s
Posted 08:15am 14/9/12
this console gets a big meh from me.
dais
Posted 09:23am 14/9/12
None of those games interest me. Bring on a proper Mario game, F-Zero, Metroid and Zelda.
Beezwax
Posted 09:59am 14/9/12
http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/news/nintendo_direct_47764.html

this is the most hilariously awkward promo video i have ever seen. watch just for the intro.
Hogfather
Posted 10:14am 14/9/12
I may or may not be a Nintendo fanboy but I'm going to buy the s*** out of this regardless of whether it sucks or not.
Khel
Posted 10:33am 14/9/12
Bayonetta 2 exclusive to Wii-U hey, thats a pretty big score.

Wheres the whole launch lineup though? They only mention 7 launch titles in that press release, is that the whole lineup? Because if so, thats incredibly piss poor.
Hogfather
Posted 10:40am 14/9/12
This article reckons Reggie has 50 titles scheduled for the 'launch window' of pre-March.

Smells like they just want to get in before Chrissy.
Zapo
Posted 10:47am 14/9/12
It's not a launch lineup anymore, it's a launch 'window' Khel. SO yeah, I'm not expecting a huge amount of titles at launch.

I want to know when Zombiu is coming out!
Hogfather
Posted 10:49am 14/9/12
If they really do have 50 games launching within a couple months though I'm fine with it, I haven't played ME3 yet so I'll probably Wii that and the family will get the Mario minigame thing.

That's already over $500, we wouldn't have the budget to throw down for many more games anyway.
TiT
Posted 10:57am 14/9/12
Do the old game cube games and wii games work with this?
glynd
Posted 10:57am 14/9/12
Sold ... Wii U Premium Pack and Rayman: Legends
Dan
Posted 11:14am 14/9/12
This is the table that Nintendo provided in the full press release, outlining the "launch window" games.
PublisherTitle
2K SportsNBA 2K13
Activision Publishing007 Legends
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
TRANSFORMERS PRIME™
Skylanders Giants™
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
CapcomMonster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate
Disney InteractiveDisney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Electronic ArtsMass Effect™ 3: Special Edition
Madden NFL 13
FIFA 13
FrozenbyteTrine 2™: Director’s Cut
Gaijin GamesRunner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe Inc.TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™2 Wii U Edition
TANK! TANK! TANK!™
Rise of the Guardians
Ben 10 Omniverse™
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
NintendoNintendo Land
New Super Mario Bros. U
NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
SiNG PARTY
LEGO® City: Undercover
Game & Wario
SEGAAliens™: Colonial Marines
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™
Shin’enNano Assault Neo
Tecmo KoeiWarriors Orochi®3 Hyper
THQDarksiders®2
Two TribesToki Tori 2
UbisoftAssassin’s Creed® III
Just Dance®4
Marvel Avengers™ Battle for Earth
Rabbids® Land
Sports Connection™
Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
ZombiU™
RAYMAN® LEGENDS
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentScribblenauts™ Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armoured Edition
Eorl
Posted 11:17am 14/9/12
Wii games work with it TiT, however GameCube games are not. Apparently they'll offer GameCube games in their virtual store.
Thundercracker
Posted 11:20am 14/9/12
I would purchase this but I'm time poor. PC games keep me busy enough at the moment.

Anyone keen to sell me some time?
Raven
Posted 11:21am 14/9/12
Wow. That's a worse launch line-up than the 3DS! :(
dais
Posted 11:41am 14/9/12
For people who already own another console or two, there is no point to buying this until they release some decent exclusives.
Hogfather
Posted 11:44am 14/9/12
For people who already own another console or two, there is no point to buying this until they release some decent exclusives.

Well, unless you want to try out the new pad-as-a-control thing, which the other consoles don't have, hey.

You know, the entire f*****g selling point of the console!

Premium includes Nintendo Land so if you were going to buy that then it pays for itself, and its black, cos black is cool yo.
Midda
Posted 12:07pm 14/9/12
Hopefully JB have a pretty good pre-order price, they usually do for new consoles. If I can get the premium for under $400, I'll most likely get one at launch.
paveway
Posted 12:34pm 14/9/12
this console gets a big meh from me.


it's like the iphone 5 update but for wii
Mantorok
Posted 01:03pm 14/9/12
Do the old game cube games and wii games work with this?
Wii stuff works, GameCube stuff doesn't. This was mentioned way back at E3. What Nintendo haven't mentioned is whether Wii software will still run at 480p or if it the WiiU can boost the internal resolution up to 1080p. Hopefully they'll add GameCube games to Virtual Console library as well.
Hogfather
Posted 01:10pm 14/9/12
it's like the iphone 5 update but for wii

Its nothing like the iPhone 5. There's a completely different controller just for starters?!

I feel trolled. Also your post was kinda short thar pavey. Gotta beef em up matey ;)

EDIT: Haha I went to share this on FB. Nintendo Australia fail.

grug09
Posted 07:38pm 14/9/12
Maybe i'm just getting cynical in my old age, but this thing is seriously unimpressive at the minute. The only this is the controller and well... Meh.

i imagine it will sell well, not as good as the Wii, but i really couldn't care any less.
mental
Posted 08:08pm 14/9/12
Well, unless you want to try out the new pad-as-a-control thing, which the other consoles don't have, hey.

You know, the entire f*****g selling point of the console!


Until the games I want to play that utilise it come out it's a bit meh. By then it will be slightly cheaper and I'll have more game choice so maybe I'll get hard then.
Whoop
Posted 08:28pm 14/9/12
None of those games interest me. Bring on a proper Mario game, F-Zero, Metroid and Zelda.

Every time I see a nintendo ad on tv there's some grown man playing mario on a DS that gets bigger with every new release (the ds, not mario).

Let the dead and bloody corpse of the ever so beaten mario horse go already.
fpot
Posted 08:32pm 14/9/12
Mario Galaxy and Mario Galaxy 2 were considered some of the finest games let alone Mario games of all time. I personally f*****g hate them but masochistic platformer fans f*****g loved them.
Spook
Posted 08:40pm 14/9/12
Mario Galaxy

that s*** was epic.
TicMan
Posted 10:14am 15/9/12
I checked out some videos so I can get prepared to join the hype machine fuelled bandwagon and the one that stands out is that Nintendo seems to have dropped their "family games only" image.
glynd
Posted 10:28am 15/9/12
dais
Posted 10:52am 15/9/12
Mario Galaxy

that s*** was epic.


yes
Jayman
Posted 02:37pm 15/9/12
I thought meh, but after watching the full video I was sold. Just the multiplayer mini game things in Nintendo land or whatever it's called looked fun as. Thinking this is going to be a big hit when my brothers kids are over. Also love high quality 2d platformers. And being able to play some of those games without the tv was also pretty cool.
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