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.

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Shok2928d ago

If I was Australian.........I would not be a gamer. The pricing over there for video games is absolutely crazy.

-Mika-2928d ago

Australia Minimum wage is $15 an hour. So they can easily afford this.

Shok2928d ago

Ah, I was not aware of that. I guess that would compensate for the higher prices a bit then.

Megaton2927d ago

If that's true, then I think it's time to move to Australia, giant spiders be damned.

AlucardFury2927d ago

Holy Crap!! Minimum Wage? Damn!

AusRogo2927d ago

Haha yeah but still blows! 350 aint bad though, will consider this.

Rhythmattic2927d 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.

snp2927d ago (Edited 2927d 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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specialguest2927d ago

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.

Salamander2927d 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.

Megaton2927d ago

Box jellyfish, too. The most poisonous creature on Earth.

Bathyj2927d 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

specialguest2927d ago

sigh... my childhood dreams have been crushed.

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ShaunCameron2927d ago (Edited 2927d 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.

snp2927d ago (Edited 2927d 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.

-Superman-2927d ago

My country, Norway minium salary is €2486(month) = 3209 dollars, month. And this is minium.

This 350 us dollars WiiU is damn cheap

Ck1x2927d ago

Damn $15 for minimum wage! Wow

Relientk772927d ago

Wow, thats like double us here in the U.S.

blumatt2927d 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.

Salamander2927d 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-Nox2927d 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_Dancer2927d 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?

GenericNameHere2927d ago

Dear Australia,


Yours truly, a non-Australian person

live2play2927d 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

Salamander2927d ago

Hmm im not sure about hippos man, you might be refering to Africa.

BitbyDeath2927d 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.

Bathyj2927d ago

@ BitbyDeath.

at least they are easily recognisable.
If you see flannel shirts and mullets, hide.

cloud4952927d ago

In NZ it's $480 and $580. :(

urwifeminder2927d 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.

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