Submitted by VOOK 956d ago | news

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

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 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. (Nintendo, Wii U)

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Shok  +   957d ago
If I was Australian.........I would not be a gamer. The pricing over there for video games is absolutely crazy.
-Mika-  +   957d ago
Australia Minimum wage is $15 an hour. So they can easily afford this.
Shok  +   957d ago
Ah, I was not aware of that. I guess that would compensate for the higher prices a bit then.
Megaton  +   956d ago
If that's true, then I think it's time to move to Australia, giant spiders be damned.
AlucardFury  +   956d ago
Holy Crap!! Minimum Wage? Damn!
AusRogo  +   956d ago
Haha yeah but still blows! 350 aint bad though, will consider this.
Rhythmattic  +   956d ago
Just to add

For junior employees, the minimum rates are:
Under 16 years of age $5.87
At 16 years of age $7.55
At 17 years of age $9.22
At 18 years of age $10.90
At 19 years of age $13.17
At 20 years of age $15.59.
snp  +   956d ago
We get similar 'average wages' though, and have much higher utility costs - and, frankly, all costs of living are higher (food, fuel, transport etc). Australian mortages are up to a few hundred percent higher than US relative to income.

Australia, in other words, doesn't get gouged because it's some sort of rich persons land and the US is third world. Most figures - bar the low 'minimum wage' - favour the US, and disposable income overall there's little difference.

Australia gets gouged because opportunistic companies are able to get away with it.
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Rhythmattic  +   956d ago
smh.com.au/digital-life/games/ blogs/screenplay/aussies-will-b e-charged-australia-tax-for-wii -u-20120914-25vk9.html
specialguest  +   956d ago
Not just giant spiders
World's most venomous snake, the largest species of crocodile, great white sharks, and baby snatching dingos.

Yet...I would risk all of that just to ride in a kangaroo's pouch and hug a koala and let it nap on my chest.
Salamander  +   956d ago
@ Special Guest

Kangaroos are more than likely to jump kick your head and koalas well they can gut you with their inch long claws.
Megaton  +   956d ago
Box jellyfish, too. The most poisonous creature on Earth.
Bathyj  +   956d ago
Yeah, we have all the good stuff that can kill you. I think we have about 7 of the worlds more poisonous snakes.

@ Megaton. Its the little spiders you have to worry about

@ specialguest.Over 50% of koalas have Chlamydia
specialguest  +   956d ago
@Salamander & Bathyj
sigh... my childhood dreams have been crushed.
ShaunCameron  +   956d ago
@ snp

<Australia gets gouged because opportunistic companies are able to get away with it.>

Or because of protectionist economic policies which discourages if not outright ban (foreign) competition, not to mention impose tariffs and duties on anything trying to get in the country. In other words it's the government that created the environment for these opportunistic companies to thrive in.
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snp  +   956d ago
True Shaun, more than enough blame to go around. Books for sure what you've said more than applies, as one example - the refusal of fed government to lift protection again there just a couple of years ago was more than idiotic (and proved almost instantly suicidal for our market - Angus and Robertson/Borders).

Regardless where you apportion blame for it beginning, though, it's gotten out of control. I mean, there's examples in the digital sphere where Microsoft is charging Australians $3000 for online digital copies/licenses they charge US citizens $800 for (exact identical product). Real gangster stuff.

Something has to be done about it.
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-Superman-  +   956d ago
My country, Norway minium salary is €2486(month) = 3209 dollars, month. And this is minium.

This 350 us dollars WiiU is damn cheap
Ck1x  +   956d ago
Damn $15 for minimum wage! Wow
Relientk77  +   956d ago
Wow, thats like double us here in the U.S.
NegativeCreepWA  +   956d ago
Here in WA its over $9.
blumatt  +   956d ago
Here in Kentucky it's only a mere $7.25 an hour for minimum wage.

I never knew Aussies had such a high minimum wage.

Gaming is getting too expensive everywhere honestly.
Salamander  +   956d ago
I live in Victoria and ive never earned less than $21 an hour, im currently earning $31 an hour... i still consider myself to be struggling.
Argento-Nox  +   956d ago
I'm in Vancouver, Canada and the minimum wage here is $10.25. I make about $31 per hr but the cost of living here is pretty high =(.

Australia is a nice place, I have good memories of my trip there but I found things pretty pricey there.
Picture_Dancer  +   956d ago
In Poland WiiU will cost about 1700zł with minimum wage of 8zł/h, so it's 213 hours of work, so it's 27 days, but including weekends it's about 2 months of work for WiiU.

How can people in rich countries like USA or UK even complain about console and game prices?
GenericNameHere  +   956d ago
Dear Australia,


Yours truly, a non-Australian person
live2play  +   956d ago
because they have the worlds most dangerous creatures there
people even get killed by hippos

they offer more money so people will go live there

but at a riskm:o
Salamander  +   956d ago
Hmm im not sure about hippos man, you might be refering to Africa.
BitbyDeath  +   956d ago
The most dangerous creature in Oz is the bogan.
They are pretty common and can often be found in groups around trains, schools, pubs even just walking down the street.
Bathyj  +   956d ago
@ BitbyDeath.

at least they are easily recognisable.
If you see flannel shirts and mullets, hide.
cloud495  +   956d ago
In NZ it's $480 and $580. :(
urwifeminder  +   956d ago
Struth you guys i love the giant spider action and snakes ,but bitbydeath is right boguns and drop bears are scary as hell the fear has made me dry like a dead dingoes donger.
Intentions  +   956d ago
If wii u cost that much.

Wonder how much the ps4/nextbox is going to costs >_<.
ChunkyLover53  +   956d ago
Well the leaked Microsoft document said they were aiming for at least one SKU to enter the market at $299. Probably an arcade version or a version with limited HDD space.

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