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September 13, 2012 11:31 pm

Wii U out in Australia on November 30th, $349 and $429

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Nintendo Australia has just announced the price and date for the Wii U in Australia and we’re pretty happy with it. The Wii U will launch in Australia on November 30th, that’s the same day as Europe, before Japan and just 12 days after the US. Pretty awesome.

The Wii U will come in two packages here in Australia just like the rest of the world. The Basic Pack will be $349.95 and comes with the 8GB model Wii U. The Premium Pack at $429.95 will come with the 32GB model. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.

The Wii U Premium Pack also features a reward programme called the ‘Nintendo Network Premium’ that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points.

This price to us is pretty good, it’s ‘inflated’ over the US pricing but not overly so. It’s also good to remember that the Wii launched in 2006 at $399, you can get a Wii U for $349 and for only $30 more than you paid for a Wii, you can get the Deluxe Edition. We’ll have more thoughts on the price soon.

Partial Launch Game List

New Super Mario Bros. U: The new 2D platform game introduces a giant world map full of distinctive courses to discover. The GamePad can be used to play solo when the TV is in use and can also be used to assist other players when playing co-operatively. An all-new test of players’ Super Mario skills appears in Boost Rush mode, where auto-scrolling courses scroll faster the more coins you pick up, while in Challenge Mode any course can offer completely different gameplay depending on the specific nature of the challenge at hand. From Time Attack to 1-Up challenges, even Mario veterans will need to bring their best game to beat the record!

Nintendo Land: Each of the 12 attractions in this theme park  packed with famous Nintendo  franchises is a standalone game with multiple levels and gameplay modes. New Metroid Blast footage showed both co-operative and versus multiplayer shooting action, with different roles assigned to players using the GamePad or Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. In The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest players can clear nine  quests  leading to new unlockable levels on their own or working together, using bow and arrows on the GamePad or sword and shield using a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, while solo players can also enjoy the game’s Time Attack mode.

FIFA 13: Built on the authenticity, innovation and connection to the real-world of football that the FIFA franchise is known for, the game delivers revolutionary new ways to play FIFA that bring players of all abilities together, making it the most accessible FIFA console game ever made.

ZombiU™: New footage from this exclusive survival horror first-person shooter revealed the Tower of London location as well as  the Survival Mode in which the player only has one life to survive. The new video also showed the Weapon Crafting feature that allows players to customise their equipment directly on the GamePad, the use of a spraycan to leave messages made up from symbols for other players, plus new online features in which online friends who are turned into zombies will then turn up in the player’s game.

RAYMAN® LEGENDS : A video featuring series creator Michel Ancel highlighted how this new 2D platform game creates a unique  gameplay dynamic due to the different roles enjoyed by players depending on which controller they are using. The capabilities of the GamePad allow for a very tactile interaction with the game world – pulling objects, turning parts of the level around, protecting the other players and many other unique examples that require ongoing communication between all players too succeed.

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II: The most groundbreaking and viscerally immersive Call of Duty® experience yet. Rooted in near-future fiction, the title features an epic single-player campaign highlighted by branching storylines and non-linear missions, plus a re-imagined multiplayer that introduces players to some of the most cutting-edge weaponry and equipment that 2025 will have to offer.

Mass Effect 3™ – Special Edition: In a fight to save the galaxy in this third-person action game with RPG elements and an immersive storyline, players can use the GamePad for a new level of tactical control over the battlefield. An interactive back-story comic gets beginners up to speed on this epic saga while the inclusion of the “Extended Cut” endgame content completes the package.

Press Release

13th September 2012 – Following today’s European Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo Australia  announces that their latest home console, Wii U, will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 30th November, 2012. Wii U is an HD console that offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before, with brand new gaming experiences enabled by the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, whether playing alone or together with friends. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software.

Two launch hardware packs were announced along with the strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history. These include third-party heavy hitters such as FIFA 13 from Electronic Arts and Activision’s Call Of Duty®: Black Ops II, Ubisoft’s ZombiU™ and RAYMAN® LEGENDS as well as in-house titles like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. The Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed previously unannounced upcoming software titles exclusive to Wii U, such as Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3™ Ultimate and BAYONETTA 2, developed by Platinum Games and published by Nintendo.

The Wii U Basic Pack at the SRP AU $349.95* features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. The Wii U Premium Pack at the SRP AU $429.95* contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, and with 32GB of internal storage provides more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.

Nintendo also lifted the lid on two games being created by Platinum Games. The previously unannounced title,  BAYONETTA 2 and The Wonderful 101 are both exclusive to Wii U and will be produced by Atsushi Inaba. Known as Project P-100 at E3 and directed by Hideki Kamiya, The Wonderful 101 sees players combine the might of various heroes to fight off an alien invasion, while BAYONETTA 2  is the sequel to the critically acclaimed BAYONETTA™and will be directed by Yusuke Hashimoto.

Capcom’s Ryozo Tsujimoto revealed that Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate will be released for Wii U as well as Nintendo 3DS by March 2013. Fans can play the Wii U game with other players online, or connect to players of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game via a local wireless connection. It’s even possible to play at home on Wii U and continue the save file on the go with the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

Among the wealth of new game footage on display, a humorous new video of the upcoming LEGO®  City: Undercover from TT Games was shown, another exclusive Wii U title that lets players assume the role of undercover cop Chase McCain in an open world packed with missions to complete. Players can don a wide variety of disguises to infiltrate different parts of the sprawling cityscape or hop on one of over 100 vehicles to take in its many sights. The GamePad acts as a multi-purpose gadget that can be used to scan the environment for hidden items, receive video messages from HQ and much more.

On Wii U, the Nintendo eShop will see titles which highlight the unique possibilities of the Wii U GamePad, as shown in videos for Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Toki Tori 2, and the stylish Nano Assault Neo, which can be played on the GamePad alone.

Existing Wii owners will be pleased to hear that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console – with neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii owners won’t need to repurchase peripherals they already own. For players who don’t already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar. Most Wii download software is also compatible with Wii U, meaning previously purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles will be transferable to the Wii U console.

 

 

 


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22 Comments


  1. MentalKnight

    YES! I have annual leave booked for this week! And I’ll be back from my holiday interstate by then too! A perfect launch date indeed. :)


  2. Matthew945

    Prices aren’t too bad after all. Definitely going with the Premium pack. Unfortunately the release date is the very weekend that I’ll be off to Sydney/Canberra for a whole week. Pointless to pre-order as I won’t be home when it arrives but it might be hard to pick one up on the trip. Either way I will be Wii U-less for a whole week. :(


  3. What about the Zombiu premium pack? The details on that were a little fuzzy.


  4. cd2

    It’s a little different to have Japan the last territory to get the system, they are normally first.

    Going to be an expensive launch. Black wii u, mario, zombi u and massive effect.


  5. Cav

    Nov 30th

    MY BIRTHDAY!!!!


  6. Tinky

    Hi Vook,
    Thanks for keeping us all up to date.


  7. Leiigh

    There was hardly any mention of Motion Controls, that was quite odd.


  8. Howie

    Damn i wont have enough money to buy it on launch day D:


  9. spraulin

    Any word on the process of transferring VC/save data/channels/etc from Wii to Wii U? If I trade my Wii in i’m assuming this will be quite hard if they want it on the spot.

    Also I’m assuming any existing credit on Wii Shop won’t transfer to the eShop? I better go spend my 5000 points balance now :D


  10. Firaenix

    Oh god.. everything I want from EB Games for the Wii U will end up costing me $830…

    - Wii U Black Premium Pack
    - Zombi U
    - Assassin’s Creed III
    - New Super Mario Bros. U
    - Wii U Pro Controller.

    Damn.


  11. matt

    haha exactly my thought!
    Feelings of extreme happiness shortly followed by the realisation of how broke I am going to be very soon….

    But so so sooooo worth the poverty :)


  12. cd2

    it would be sweet if you could transfer from 2 wii’s to the wii u..


  13. Tim

    That box is looking sexy!


  14. MysticLegacy

    Does anyone know if I will be able to transfer the 25th Anniversary Mario Bros. NES game from my red Wii to the Wii U?


    • Calztchi

      You should be able to, some *coughcough* pirates have been able to install a WAD (channel data) of SMB25 onto their Wiis for a while now, it’s just like any other game.


  15. J

    Aussie dollar is doing better than the US and yet we still get slapped with a price tag that sits $80 higher than them. If they can sell it there for x amount and make profit why charge us extra? Because we love Nintendo more and would happily buy it regardless? Hmmm..


  16. Burak H

    Remember though that the $350 premium price tag in the U.S. does not include tax, whereas our $429.95 RRP is inclusive of tax.


  17. Golden days to be a Ninty fanboy. We got two white Wii’s, will be good to have a shiny new black Wii U. I am looking forward to playing some under-played Wii games on my new Wii U gamepad. Great variety of release games, so much choice, 1st party Ninty games always a must for me, this Xmas I will be partying like it’s 2006.


  18. Redding

    Tempted to go NTSC for this console lifecycle.



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