Australian Wii U Release Date and Prices Announced

The Wii U is next console in line for the throne of the Nintendo empire, and it appears that the coronation will be happening sooner than expected. Today at the Wii U preview event in New York city, the official release date for the console was announced as well as the prices set for the two launch bundles, the Basic and Deluxe Sets.

The Nintendo Wii U will be making it’s way to Australia on November 30th, the same say as Europe. North American stores will be getting it a little earlier on November  18, while poor Japan will have to wait until December 8th, 2012. As far as the pricing goes, there will be two bundles available on launch; the Basic Set retailing for AUS $349.95 (US $299) and the Deluxe Set (also known as the Premium Set), with a price tag of AUS 429.95 (US $349).

The Basic Set is made up of 8GB of internal memory, a GamePad and charger, sensor bar and HDMI cable.  The Deluxe Set steps up the pace a bit, packed with a black console featuring 32GB of memory; HDMI cable; sensor bar; the GamePad, its charger and cradle; stands for both the console and Gamepad, Nintendo Network Premium service and a copy of the Nintendo Land game

The Network acts to reward gamers for their digital purchases in Nintendo eShop, with credit valued at arounf 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price. Save your reward points and you can be use them on future eShop purchases… once you reach at least 500 points that is.


Nintendo Land is a game that crazily combines the best of Nintendo in theme park-form. First announced at E3 2012, the game is set to retail for AUS $108 on its own. As the Wii U is being pushed as the gaming console for groups, Nintendo Land sounds like a good start to any player’s Wii U collection, allowing up to 5 players to adventure through the game’s 12 different attractions based on iconic franchises, including:

  • Donkey Kong’s Crash Course
  • Luigi’s Ghost Mansion
  • Animal Crossing
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Takamaru’s Ninja Castle


Check out some screenshots for Nintendo Land below, to get yourself ready for some Nintendo this November.

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