It's been one of the worst-kept secrets of the show, but Nintendo has finally, officially, announced that the Wii U will be playable to the public at the upcoming EB Games Expo 2012, held October 5-7 at Sydney Showground.
Steve Wilson, Managing Director of EB Games Australia and New Zealand explains:
We are incredibly excited to be able to showcase Nintendo’s innovative new Wii U game console to Australian consumers at this year’s EB Games Expo. EB Games Expo will be the first time gamers in Australia get to go hands on with Wii U.
Show-goers will be able to spend some quality time with the console nearly two months before it is officially released Down Under, with the Wii U launching in Australia and New Zealand on November 30th, with the white Wii U Basic pack launching for RRP AU$349.95, and the black Wii U Premium pack launching for US$429.95.
The Wii U is Nintendo's first HD console, and the innovative Wii U GamePad controller means that - for games that support it - up to five players can jump in on multiplayer: Four Wii Remotes and one Wii U GamePad, offering an integrated second screen as well as additional controls.
...but the important bit for Aussie gamers: What will you be able to play at EB Games Expo? We've got the full list for you, right here - there really is something for just about everyone:
If you haven't yet got your tickets for EB Games Expo, you'd better be quick. The event's just two weeks away, and selling fast - there are only single-session general admission and multiple-session gamer passes available.
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