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New Nintendo Selects Titles Coming to Australia and New Zealand

Posted by Thomas Jones

Price drops scheduled Down Under

With the holiday season just a few months away, Nintendo of Australia has announced a list of "Nintendo Selects" titles set to be released in Australia and New Zealand at a new, cut price.

Some of the most popular titles for the Wii are being offered up to those who may have missed these titles orginally. The scheduled listing includes Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy and Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort (which conveniently come together on one disc).

The titles will be available from the 7th November and have a Recommended Retail Price of AU$49.95 (or NZD$59.95).

Will any of these Nintendo Selects titles be making their way onto your Christmas list? Or will you be purchasing something a little more current? Let us know below.

[via nintendo.com.au]

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User Comments (27)

StarDust4Ever

#2

StarDust4Ever said:

Too late, IMO.
$49 AU? That's nearly as much as what the titles retailed in the US when they were brand new... :(

conman2012

#3

conman2012 said:

Hard to say - Haven't got a Wii, have gota Wii U.
Smash and Kart, may as well wait for the new ones next year.
Wii Sports, nah, going to download Wii Sports club...
Maybe Galaxy, but then theres 3D world coming...
So out of all of them, maybe Zelda.

Now, if they rereleased Metroid Prime or Xenoblade, I'd be keen for that.

timp29

#4

timp29 said:

Wii sports seems a bit silly since wii sports club should be around the corner. Also, I'm pretty sure you could find most wii titles for $40 if you shop around

Tuurtledove

#5

Tuurtledove said:

Hmmm,
As a New Zealander I'm certainly glad we're getting a little recognition. You wouldn't believe how infuriating it can be to see Europe/America getting all these massive delights on such a continuos occasion. It took me four years of purchases to save enough stars to finally get an item from Club Nintendo. And it was a whimsically budget 50-60mm notepad set. Though $60 is still admittedly a little strange, especially when you're considering that most Wii games only cost about $80-90 these days anyway

SnackBox

#6

SnackBox said:

I'm happy this happening but it would have been nice if this sort of thing happened more often. I already bought all these as cheap as I could.

MeWario

#8

MeWario said:

Years too late, thanks for nothing Nintendo. Anyway most of these games are 10bucks second hand now.

boynerdrambling

#10

boynerdrambling said:

Gee Nintendo Aus, you couldn't have used your time a little better and maybe brought the Wind Waker bundle to us instead?

unrandomsam

#12

unrandomsam said:

Australians can just use the UK releases afaik. (On PAL systems).

But when there are laws like they have to actively encourage grey imports then there is no reason at all to not just get a US one. (Via a specialist drop shipping company in Oregon). Save an absolute fortune.

sillygostly

#13

sillygostly said:

This is bull. $50? Seriously? I bought Super Mario Galaxy over 4 years ago for $50, and yes, it was the Australian version and not a UK import. I also paid $60 for Super Smash Bros Brawl a week later; and Twilight Princess has been out of print for quite some time, with the game being cleared out for $10-$20 brand new a couple of years ago. The "Nintendo Selects" border is hideous so I'm quite glad that I own the games in their original packaging.

Of course, $50 is only the RRP, and the few department stores that are still selling video games are likely to cut at least $5-10 from the standard price.

Still, it's strange that they're bringing this to us now. The only Nintendo Selects game that was previously given an official release in Australia was some painfully generic fitness game.

SideScreamer

#14

SideScreamer said:

love yes!

Mario Kart Wii, Mario Galaxy, Brawl, etc... All over $80 in Australia. Serious.
Also, can never find Twilight Princess of disc anymore. Not that I need it, but this is good.
Watch the profanity please — TBD

flummerfelt

#16

flummerfelt said:

Why are games in Australia so expensive? $80 just seems like a lot for a new game, and $50 is a lot for a new select. I don't know the value of the dollar there though, so I'm lost. Especially since the Nintendo selects are so expensive, and you can get them for $15 over here in the states.

GamerZack7

#17

GamerZack7 said:

Let's see...I had Mario Galaxy for a week and never got around to getting it...I had Mario Kart Wii but miss playing it...I adore Smash Bros. Brawl yet don't currently own a copy due to an issue with my old one...I missed out on Twilight Princess but I'm curious to try it out...and I gave my copy of Sports Resort to my bro so I could get the combo pack I never got around to buying...so any of these could be potential purchases.

@flummerfelt: The Aussie dollar is near-parity with the US dollar, and prices for newer 3DS and Wii U games have dropped compared to older DS, 3DS and Wii games...but not by much. A new copy of Mario Kart 7 is around $70 AUD, compared with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., which costs $60AUD.

MadAdam81

#18

MadAdam81 said:

The funniest thing is DK County Returns is being sold for $89 at JB HIFI in Aus, 1 meter away from an advert informing that the new one will sell for $79.
The reason is that they keep selling quite a bit and halving their prices won't increase their profits.
PS JB are selling Scribblenauts Unlimited for $27.95...

pcruthven

#19

pcruthven said:

It would have been great to have these a few years ago when the Wii as actually accepted in NZ as a gaming system…. I’ve been paying “Nintendo Tax” for years and already have all of those games purchased at or near release for $80+ NZD. I love my country but my choice of gaming systems (Nintendo) makes me pay through the nose for games… and I do try to buy AU/NZ games because I want my Star Points, buy I give up for the more off beat/rear titles which are always over $100 NZD and I can get online from UK for ~$40 NZD inc shipping!!

SKTTR

#20

SKTTR said:

Hi. I haven't seen Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort before.

Is Nintendo Selects the only way to get Wii Sports + Resort or is there another edition of this game?
I really want this compilation disc for my collection.

Does it use the old saves or does it generate a new save file?
Is this game exclusive for Australia?

pcruthven

#21

pcruthven said:

@skttr
AFAIK Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort was only released as a bundle with new Wii's in AU/NZ.... It required new saves which was a bummer :(
Being the total Nintendo fanboy I am, I brought a new console just to get this ;)

unrandomsam

#22

unrandomsam said:

@flummerfelt Highest minimum wage in the world. (Still it is also the most import friendly place in the world favours the consumer in that case as well which is very uncommon).

unrandomsam

#23

unrandomsam said:

Places like Brazil or Mexico have it far worse as comparatively they have much less money but still obscenely high prices.

zapper14

#25

zapper14 said:

Would be great if xenoblade was re released in au and nz. I think club Nintendo au needs some new prizes as well for us to spend our star points. We don't get anything near as cool as they do at club Nintendo u.s.

Mario_maniac

#27

Mario_maniac said:

@SKTTR Australians could buy the two-in-one disc separately in addition to the bundle #21 mentioned. Off the top of my head I think it was already $49 AUS. Wii Sports could also be bought by itself for $29.95.

Other regions, I'm unsure, but the Aus copy would work on any PAL console.

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