Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle not coming to Australia

Australia is not getting Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle; announced Wii U price cut will not affect Australia.

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The new The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle that Nintendo announced earlier today will not be coming to Australia. As reported on Vooks, Nintendo Australia has confirmed that it does "not have plans to release [the bundle] in Australia and New Zealand at this stage".

Australia will be missing out on the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle.

In addition to this, Nintendo Australia confirmed to the publication that Australia will not be getting a Wii U price drop this year, despite the announcement of a price cut in the United States.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle will debut on September 20 in the United States. It will include a digital copy of The Wind Waker HD to be redeemable immediately, ahead of the game's retail launch on October 4. The bundle will feature a custom GamePad with Zelda graphics and the digital version of the Hyrule Historia book.

The Wii U has struggled thus far, selling 160,000 units worldwide in the April-June quarter and 3.61 million units overall. Nintendo is aiming to boost sales by releasing a steady stream of marquee titles, including Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

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21 comments
Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Rough year to be any kind of gamer in Oz, huh?

Amor1992
Amor1992

Nintendo CEO: Right gang, what're some ways we can gain more media attention in Australia?

Lackey 1: We could make the console and game prices similar to those in the US and Europe.

Nintendo CEO: Why bother, 95% of Australia alone aren't aware that they're paying us extra. Next suggestion.

Lackey 2: Well, we are going to announce both the Wii U price cut and the LoZ Wind Waker Deluxe Bundle the next day, so why don't we announce that not only will the price cut only be effected in the US and Europe, but that the Deluxe Bundle won't even be heading to Australia.

Nintendo CEO: Excellent plan! Those internet trolls Down Under will be moaning about this for months. Get to it!

justletmesignup
justletmesignup

what was already an absurd price difference becomes even more so. lovely

Veladus
Veladus

That's right, Nintendo.  Anger the continent with the weaponized ecosystem. 

d3nR
d3nR

I was waiting for a price cut to buy the wiiU for my son. Guess I'll just buy him that baby crock after all.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Wow that really sux for Australia.. 

If they want some Wii U sales why not release it in Australia and have the price drop as well?

If its in Europe then why not Australia? All that's different between AUS and EU Consoles is the Power Supply..

gosushi
gosushi

No love for Australia?

#racist....... :D

KnowsNoLimits
KnowsNoLimits

No loss here, already played this game years ago.


A price drop won't save the Wii U over here either.

superbuuman
superbuuman

 & we get screwed over as always. Lame Nintendo! No price drop because PS4 price is much higher in AU compare to US..where in US difference between Wii U & PS4 is only $50usd. :p

Draconarius
Draconarius

Well, that's our lot down under, apparently. We have to wait a month for everything, if we ever get them at all, and then pay a massive premium for the privilege. Blood-sucking sons of...

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

So Nintendo doesn't want to make any money in Australia then? Oh well.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@d3nR 

The Price-Cut will come, its a bad decision if they don't do it everywhere

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Draconarius Massive premium? Not really. If you're just looking at raw numbers on the price tags, then you're completely missing key points.

A) Minimum wage in Australia in much, much higher than in the US

B) Australian living standards are higher. We have a generous welfare system. We have a vastly different economy.
C) 10% of the price in Australia is GST.

D) Distribution and marketing costs in Australia are absurdly high.

There's a lot more going on than you realize.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@DraconariusLook on the bright side, when zombie apocalypse finally arrives, it will also take months before getting here, which is enough time to be ready.

justletmesignup
justletmesignup

@Lhomity @Draconarius 

B) i'd argue that welfare should not be a factor here… percentage wise so many more people are in work than on welfare that it shouldn't be a logical reason as to charge a premium for anything, let alone a console

C) GST is mirrored in other ways across other countries - sales tax in the US is just monitored by state, rather than a blanket 10% across all of Australia. and usually applied after the sale as well

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@Roccoroll @xOmniCloudx Clearly someone living with their parents responding to me and being a hypocrite. No logic or facts in your post lol. You might change when you grow up and get to be my age. Hopefully anyway. The world doesn't need more idiots.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@justletmesignup@Lhomity@DraconariusAgain with the word: "Premium". It's not really a premium.

We have different wage, and living standards. Comparing the price of such a product in two very different economies really doesn't make as much sense as you think it does.

You're looking at raw numbers. When you should be considering what those numbers actually mean, and acknowledging the difference in value.

$100 Australian dollars to somebody living in Australia, means a lot less when compared to $100 USD to somebody in the US. Comparing raw numbers, even if you're taking the exchange rate in to account, is simply not fair. 

You can do a lot more with $100 AUD in Sydney, than you can with $100 USD in Houston, even when our exchange rate is not too far from parity.

If you're selling a product for $100 USD in the US, you cannot expect to sell it at $100 AUD in Australia and end up with the same returns. That amount of money has a very different value, domestically. This relates not only to the cost for consumers, but for businesses as well. Distribution, marketing, taxes, and several other factors, all play a part. The cost for retailers varies too. Then there's the sheer lack of competition among retailers, and the size of the demographic also needs to be considered.

I'm not trying to defend any particular company here. Just trying to make it clear, that there are many factors behind price differences between countries. It's not fair to simply say we are being ripped off because one number is higher the other. You're talking about very different economies.

As for welfare, I presume you're thinking of Newstart, or the pension? That is a misconception. Welfare in Australia is more than unemployment benefits. A large number of Australian households are receiving various types of welfare, from rent assistance, to childcare and disability support, healthcare (Medicare), and other payments and subsidies. Even the clean energy household assistance package. All of which effect our living standards in various ways.

sm00bz
sm00bz

@Roccoroll @xOmniCloudx 
You're the uneducated one lol I don't know how stupid you'd have to be to pay $428 for a 32gb console -__-