Nintendo has finally announced the launch details for its first real foray into high definition gaming with the Wii U, a neat little rounding off of the venerable super-selling Wii, with the added attraction of the Game Pad controller.
For Australia the Wii U will come in two forms, The Basic Pack at AU$350 gives you a white Wii U, Game Pad controller and 8GB of storage, whilst the Premium AU$430.00 option comes in black and ups the storage to 32GB and chucks in a stand for the console and charging cradle for the GamePad. Both packs sport a HDMI cable but interestingly only the Premium includes a game (Nintendo Land) and the sensor-bar needed for any Wii controllers you may have lying around that may be required for some games, particularly compatible Wii games.
What demographics is Nintendo aiming at with this Pack configuration? One imagines the main aim is to activate the ‘must update’ gene of the millions upon millions of current Wii owners. For those not concerned by console colour, the Basic Pack is the best option, bring your Wii controllers, and Nunchucks across to the new experience, oh, but don’t forget to make those controllers ‘motion plus’ and don’t forget the Wii sensor-bar.
Want a black Wii U? Then you will need to fork out the extra $80, but you also get an extra 24GB on-board memory (goodish), some cradles and stands (goodish depending on your intentions for housing the game console), Nintendo Land (always nice to have something to play) and a sensor bar (meh!)
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