No Wii U Price Cut for Australia

This week Nintendo of America announced that it plans on knocking $50 off the retail price of its Wii U console in September and that it would launch a special Wind Waker HD Limited Edition Wii U Bundle that includes the game, the Wii U console, a specially branded Zelda gamepad, and a digital copy of the Hyrule Historia book.

While America is getting all of this, apparently Australia is getting a big fat goose egg.

According to Kotaku Australia and Vooks, Nintendo of Australia has confirmed that the special Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle will not be coming to Australia, nor will get the Wii U $50 price cut in the region.

While Nintendo of Australia is not ruling out a price cut at some point, both sites say that it likely won't happen before the upcoming holiday season…

Source: Kotaku Australia and Vooks by way of Andrew Eisen

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    Degraine says:

    The 'Australia tax' is pretty well known. And it applies to more than just games – software suites and OSes have had an arbitrary markup long before R-18 ratings became an issue. It's not about respect, or free speech, or any such nonsense. It's simply charging what the market will bear. And apparently, the Australian market will bear quite a lot.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    It has nothing to do with a "high horse."  It's actually quite simple – Aussies complain about the price gouging that they suffer in gaming, yet their government does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to treat the gaming industry with even a modicum of respect.  Why should said industry respect Aussies, then?

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Maybe Australians should do more to actually have freedom of speech.  As long as the Australian government – and, by extension, the Australian people, as shown by their inaction – allow "Refused Classification," no gaming company has any reason to treat Australians as equals on the world stage.

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