Wii U launching November 30 in Australia

Nintendo announced latest console will launch in ANZ territory end of November; basic 8GB launch hardware pack will cost A$349.95, premium 32GB launch hardware pack will cost A$429.95; launch line-up includes Black Ops II, Bayonetta 2 exclusive.

Nintendo has announced the Wii U console will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 30. An 8GB basic model in white will be available for A$349.95, while the 32GB premium model in black will cost A$429.95.

Wii U launching November 30 in Australia.

The Wii U basic model pack will come with a 8GB console, a Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter, HDMI cable, and a sensor bar. The Wii U premium model pack will include everything from the basic set, as well as additional memory (32GB in total), a stand for the console and GamePad, a charging cradle for the GamePad, and a copy of Nintendo Land.

The premium model for the Wii U will also feature the Nintendo Network Premium reward program, which was unveiled by Nintendo this week. The program grants points for digital purchases in the Nintendo eShop (valued at around 10 percent of the original price in the eShop). The credit can then be used for future purchases, once users reach a minimum of 500 points. Nintendo said the rewards program is currently scheduled to run until the end of 2014.

In regards to launch titles for the new console, Nintendo Australia referred to the line-up as "the strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history." Third-party launch titles for the Wii U include FIFA 13, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, ZombiU, and Rayman Legends. First-party launch titles include Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. (See below for full list.)

Overnight, Nintendo also announced a handful of upcoming Wii U-exclusive titles, including TT Games' Lego City: Undercover, Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and the Platinum Games-developed Bayonetta 2 (which will be published by Nintendo) and The Wonderful 101 (previously known as P-100).

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg also confirmed overnight that Skylanders Giants, 007 Legends, Transformers Prime: The Game, and Wipeout 3 are all coming to the Wii U, in addition to Black Ops II.

Nintendo also revealed that Wii U games will have a price point of US$59.99 in North America. No local details regarding local price points have been announced.

Nintendo also showed off titles that can be played on the GamePad alone, including Trine 2: Director's Cut, Toki Tori 2, and Nano Assault Neo, all available on the Nintendo eShop.

In addition, the publisher re-confirmed that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console (for example, users will not have to repurchase a Wii Remote Plus controller). For players who don't already own a Wii console, Nintendo revealed a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk, and sensor bar. Nintendo also stated that most Wii download software is compatible with Wii U, including previously-purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles, which will be transferable to the Wii U.

Below is a list of Wii U titles that will be available either on launch day (November 30) or the console's launch window (between December 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013).

NBA 2K13
007 Legends
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Transformers Prime
Skylanders Giants
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
Madden NFL 13
FIFA 13
Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition
TANK! TANK! TANK!
Rise of the Guardians
Ben 10 Omniverse
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Nintendo Land
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
Sing Party
Lego City: Undercover
Game & Wario
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Nano Assault Neo
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Darksiders 2
Toki Tori 2
Assassin's Creed III
Just Dance 4
Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
Rabbids Land
Sports Connection
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
ZombiU
Rayman Legends
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition

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SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Nintendo really ripped everyone off with the Portable handhelds and every single little upgrade they made to each Nintendo Portable charging nearly the same amount.. 

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

I think we get ripped off for how much we have to pay for games. The Wii U games are now on par with the PS3 and X360 games. I will be importing them like I do for PS3 and X360. Theres no reason we should have to pay 110 when in the US and UK they are around 60.

superbuuman
superbuuman

Pretty sure there will be pre-order deals coming close to launch from stores like DickSmith/BigW/JBHifi ...if its anything like 3DS you could probably get as much as $50 off the rrp when pre-order. Just gotta be on the look out . :)

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

gimmie one now! cant wait! hurry up november 30. good price i need a new toy till the new xbox and playstation 4

zakrocz
zakrocz

Seems very reasonably priced to me. It's pretty much just over half a weeks take home pay in Australia compared to well over a weeks take home pay in the UK.

 

The only thing putting me off is the lack of must have launch day games, but I'll probably get one on launch day if Nintendo Land & ZombieU get some very good reviews 

DarkPhoneix85
DarkPhoneix85

Has it been confirmed as to whether the Wii U and its games will be region locked?

killerwatzz
killerwatzz

One year of supremacy and then five of technological lag ?I am sure, what Sony\Microsoft next consoles will be way more powerfull, Nintendo is always in a hurry to release to the prejudice of the development of normal hardware.But price its seems fair enough - i am not sold of the system (not impressed by starting library and graphics as well its gimmick "pad"- joystick is really annoy me ), but yes, Sony\Microsoft consoles will be much more expensive, no doubt.

zygany
zygany

Was thinking about it, but (as usual) Australia gets screwed on pricing. $299 in the US, vs $349 here. Sorry Nintendo, but I don't think you'll be getting any more of my money.

forever_blank
forever_blank

420 With all those Launch titles... is heaven. For a brand new Xbox 360 with 250 gig its 450.00 A brand new system, which is superior hardware wise, whether you like it or not, is sweet.

natalieyan
natalieyan

wii U games are region locked.

not wise to get a console here in australia, as the new release game price are usually 99 or 108.

 

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Definitely waiting until both the price, and the library, are better.

Undietaker
Undietaker

Wait people are gonna pay $420 bucks for this thing when the already superior compitition machines are half that price? LOL.... Damn talk about stupid consumers.

farcorners
farcorners

I don't know if I can hold it in until November 30, when I can have one. I'll have to cut down on liquids!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

this is great cant wait for it!!

does anyone know if it plays old wii games on it or does it have no backwards compatibility?

darksusperia
darksusperia

hang on, the premium set comes with the gamepad charge cradle but the basic doesnt? That seems a bit fooked. I probably wont buy the console but damn. You buy the basic package and already have to shell out more for a charging cradle for the tablet/gamepad which should come by default in both packages. nintendo, EA wants their marketing back. 

davedrastic
davedrastic

Price is ok. It couldn't have been any better. Pretty sure I paid $399 for the Wii so $349 is almost quite palatable.

 

 @AyatollaofRnR You can use external hard drives, although I don't think they've quite explained how open their system is. It's perhaps possible that you'll only be able to use certain Nintendo hard drives, but I doubt it. So if you can use any USB hard drive then the size of the internal memory shouldn't matter. I think. I wonder if using an external hard drive will open the door to pirating.

 

50 games for the launch window (up until March) is very strong, but let's be accurate. Some of those games are PSN/Xbox Live type games - such as Trine 2. Most of those games are not exclusive and will be released on PS3/360. Sure, perhaps the Wii U will have the best Black Ops 2 / AC3, (although I doubt multiplayer would be as good given the lack of user base), but will exisiting PS3/360 owners be tempted to buy the Wii U because of that? No. Will non current gen console owners be tempted to buy the Wii U because of that? Probably not in the face of price cuts for the PS3/360 which surely must be inevtibale and impending.

 

Some of the 50 games are ports of games that have already been available on PS3/360 (Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3) and have even been reduced in price. Why buy ME3 on Wii U at full price, when you can get it at a reduced price on PS3/360.

 

The Wii U is a new toy. New toys are good. It has a good price. It will have the best Nintendo type, kiddy type games out there. There wil be some exclusive adult titles too. It will work with HDTVs nicely. It has the new gamepad thingy, which will offer some novelty. And best of all, it will work with pre-existing Wii accesories. These are all good things.

 

They're not quite great things though.

 

 

 

 

Draconarius
Draconarius

In all likelihood, I'll be waiting a while before I get one. That's a lot of money they're asking, and all of the announced titles either don't interest me enough to justify a new console for them, or are re-releases of games I already have on 360/PS3.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Bayonetta 2? Not bad. The 8GB and 32gb seem a little inadequate for dlc and downloadable games though.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Cant say I will buy this over priced system that is not much more powerful then what we currently got out and a list of games that are focused on kids mostly and the ones that arent have been out for quite awhile on current systems except a few very very few. On top of that the WAY high price for another controller is just a rip off. The AUD is about the same as the USD yet we are charged50 to 100 more for the system and get nothing extra for the inflated cost...Nintendo is on the parth of joining failing companies like EA and Capcom etc on the GREED front.. Not good.

smuddybuddy20
smuddybuddy20

If you factor in GST alone that brings the rrp to $330. So a price point of $349 is very reasonable considering our smaller market

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @Undietaker Wii U is apparently more powerful and has a whole new concept control with a screen u can drawn on or use as a touch pad. i think it will be good to use and it can be used in so many different ways by developers making the games.

 

Wii U will be the superior console until then new xbox and playstation 4 come out about a year after it.  I think $420 isnt to bad considering i payed $1000 for the first 60GB playstation 3 when it come out in Australia.

 

I'm sure the new xbox and playstation 4 will be alot more than $420 when they come out.

superbuuman
superbuuman

 @darksusperia don't need the charging cradle...you can charge gamepad controller via usb cable like PS3. The charging dock is gonna end up another useless tool imo. They should have at least included a wiimote + nunchuck in the basic pack  :P

BludshedX
BludshedX

 @Wrathesoul I'm with you on getting charged $80 more for the premium pack. What gives? I was hoping Nintendo would do the right thing and break that backwards trend that so many aussies sheepishly play into and perpetuate.. well.. not that they get given much of a chance.

 

It's sad that we get charged more for exactly the same thing. It's because we have kangaroos and koalas isn't it? That's just as valid a reason as any other.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @GH05T-666  @Undietaker

 But worth it.. The PS4 in particular will  have some serious horses under it probaly as good as Avatar movie.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

@BludshedX My guess would be they know from the past they can milk Australians for extra money as well them watching places like EA and Capcom rip us off why wouldn't they join in and abuse Australia once again.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

 @SIDEFX1  @GH05T-666  @Undietaker Do you own NSMBU, Pikmin 3, ZombieU, The wonderful 101, Rayman Legends and of course the controversial Bayonetta 2? Didn't think so. People buy Nintendo systems because they get games and experiences only on their systems. How is Mario a kiddy game? because it doesnt have blood? Some Mario games I have played have frustrated me more than games like Mass Effect when it comes to difficulty. And I own all systems and enjoy them all for their different games and experiences. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @LJELLZ  @GH05T-666  @Undietaker 350-450 for games that i already own on PS3/XBOX..  So the $300 for each handheld Nintendo made is expensive ripoff.. I do not need a tablet controller.. I can imagine the experience already, I am not interested to change controllers or my gaming.. I like Mario games but i lack interest to play them.  I am just way more into mature games, Not kiddy songs and cute things of Mario just i am not interested to play anymore. 

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

 @SIDEFX1  @GH05T-666  @Undietaker I paid 1000.00 for the original PS3 and I'm guessing the ps4 will be around a similar price point. For the Wii U to be only 350-420 is awesome value for money.