WiiU Pricing revealed: Expensive Christmas

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Core Gaming Systems, the official distributor of Nintendo hardware and software in South Africa, has announced the recommended retail price for Nintendo’s next generation console – the Wii U – ahead of its 30th November 2012 launch in the country. That is the good news. The bad news, however, is the actual pricing.

In a recent Nintendo Direct announcement, two launch hardware packs were confirmed for Wii U – the Wii U Basic Pack and the Wii U Premium Pack – alongside the strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history.

The Wii U Basic Pack which features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in White, has a recommended retail price of R3,999.

The Wii U Premium Pack with Black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, 32GB of internal storage and bundled with Nintendo Land, has a recommended retail price of R4,599. Survival horror fans can also look forward to a limited edition ZombiU Wii U Premium Pack with Black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller, has a recommended retail price of R4,999.

Some good news accompanying these steep prices is that all first party Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console. With neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii owners won’t need to repurchase peripherals they already own. For players who don’t already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar going at a recommended retail price of R899.

Software titles, New Super Mario Bros. U has a recommended retail price of R599 and Nintendo Land R499. Other Wii U games to look forward to at launch and within the launch window include:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Darksiders2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • LEGO City: Undercover
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • FIFA 13
  • ZombiU
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Ninja Gaiden 3

Whether playing together or alone, Nintendo will deliver brand new entertainment experiences to the living room when Wii U launches on 30th November.

The Wii U Basic Pack, Wii U Premium Pack, accessories and selected launch titles, will be available at all major retailers at launch, which is the long of saying all stores stocking Nintendo software and hardware.

Now that you have all the details you can start creating that budget of yours for Christmas.