Aussies are used to getting stiffed when it comes to game releases and pricing. On the Wii U eShop front, we waited so long for Trine 2, we’re still waiting for Mighty Switch Force, and the prices of full retail releases are ridiculous. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Wii Street U is available now. I was expecting a lengthy-for-no-apparent-reason delay, but no. It’s here. So is the free to play, stripped down version of Tank! Tank! Tank!. I have wanted to try the game for a while and was preparing to wait for it to appear on the eShop. But I didn’t have to. When Iwata announced a few weeks ago that Balloon Fight would be available for 30 cents, I was expecting the Aussie eShop to charge 90 cents or more. But no, 30 cents. I was pleasantly surprised. The Trine 2 and Chasing Aurora discounts that everyone else got are here too, I have to say I was expecting the lower prices to skip Australia. It has seemed for some time that Australians simply pay more and wait longer for a lot of things when it comes to games. Not just from Nintendo, but across the board. A 12 month Xbox LIVE subscription in the U.S is $59.99 but in Australia it’s $79.95. Why? There’s no real reason. There’s been countless articles written about why we pay more for everything so I’ll leave it at this. Maybe the tide is finally turning. There’s on-time releases on the eShop and actual, physical media is less expensive at retail. Compare New Super Mario Bros. Wii being $79 at launch to NSMBU being $69. Hopefully this is a sign of good things- namely fairness- to come for Australian Nintendo fans and gamers in general.
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AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATES
Yoshi’s Wooly World – TODAY
Xenoblade Chronicles X – DEC 4
LEGO Jurassic World (Wii U) – JUL 1
Art Academy Atelier – JUL 4
Just Dance 2016 – OCT 31
Guitar Hero LIVE – OCT 20
Devil’s Third – AUG 29
Super Mario Maker – SEP 12
Skylanders Superchargers – SEP 24