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Wii to Hit Australia and Europe This December

Following the North American and Japanese launch dates, Nintendo announced that Australia will be getting the console on December 7, with Europe being last (but not least?) on December 8.

Aussie’s down under will be able to enjoy the console for $400 AU, which will get them the console, one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk controller and Wii Sports. Europeans will have to cough up 249 Euros (£179 in the UK) for the same package.

The company also revealed that first party games for the console will retail between 50 and 60 Euros (£35 to £40 in the UK), though no rates for third party games were revealed. Rates for the different controllers were also disclosed for Europe: Wii Remote – 39 Euros (£29 in UK), Nunchuk – 19 Euros (£14 in UK) and the Classic Controller – 19 Euros (£14 in UK).

UK Gripped by Conspiracy

Conspiracy, based in California, USA, has opened its doors in the UK today, announcing its launch title in the region to be Archer McLean’s Pool Paradise International Editon on the PS2; the game will retail for £15.

The publisher’s UK office will be completely autonomous and will establish its own identity with a number of goals and objectives mirroring its parent company. Conspiracy also disclosed that it has made successful negotiations at E3, announcements regarding which will be made over the next few months.

PS3 £425 in UK

Words from Ray Maguire, SCE UK’s Managing Director, has left many British gamers waiting for the PS3 in a state of shock: the console’s going to launch in the country for £425 starting November 17.

Apparently, the price is a “bargain,” according to the MD, comparing it to standalone Blu-ray players which will be retailing for £600-£700. The price mentioned above is for the “full” PS3 console; no reference to the 20GB model was made, hinting that the region might not get the lower-spec model.

In comparison, the premium Xbox 360 bundle currently retails for £280 in the region, making the PS3 around £150 more expensive. It is known that the British usually pay more for consoles, but this is ridiculous: according to a currency conversion on XE.com, the British will be paying almost $800 for the PS3 console, as opposed to Americans paying $600. THAT’S A PREMIUM OF $200 PER CONSOLE!