EU Wii U eShop lineup and pricing – Little Inferno makes launch, RRP for retail games

Nintendo-Nation reader RichardR received his UK Wii U in the post a day early, and has kindly passed on to us a list of prices as to what’s available on the eShop right now.

With publishers now in command of eShop price tags (and respective sales), will we be blighted with the RRP (which in itself is revealed with these price tags)? Did Little Inferno make it to the EU launch? Are there any unexpected surprises?

Let’s have a look (prices listed as GBP, we’ll update with prices in Euros as soon as we get them):

Wii U Download Exclusives:

Nano Assault Neo – Shin’en Multimedia – PEGI 7 – £8.99
Little Inferno – Tomorrow Corporation – PEGI 12 – £12.99
Trine 2: Director’s cut – Frozenbyte – PEGI 12 – £10.99 (Promotion)
Chasing Aurora – Broken Rules – PEGI 3 – £10.79
Puddle – Neko Entertainment – PEGI 3 – £7.19 (Promotion)
Toki Tori 2 – Two Tribes – PEGI 3 – Not available yet.
Wii U Demos:
FIFA 13 – Electronic Arts – PEGI 3 – Free
Wii U Disc Software:
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – SEGA – PEGI 7 – £39.99
Funky Barn – 505 Games – PEGI 3 - Not available but listed.
Warriors Orchi 3 Hyper – TECMO KOEI GAMES – PEGI 12 – £49.99
New Super Mario Bros. U – Nintendo – PEGI 3 – £49.99
ZombiU – Ubisoft – PEGI 18 - Not available yet.
Mass Effect 3 – Electronic Arts – PEGI 18 - Not downloadable.
Nintendo Land – Nintendo – PEGI 7 – £49.99
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT Wii U EDITION – NAMCO BANDAI Games – PEGI 16 – £37.49
Just Dance 4 – Ubisoft – PEGI 3 – £39.99
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade – NAMCO BANDAI Games – PEGI 3 – £49.99
FIFA 13 – Electronic Arts – PEGI 3 – £49.99
Darksiders II – THQ, INC. – PEGI 16 – £49.99
Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition – WARNER BROS. PICTURES – PEGI 16 - Not downloadable.
Ben 10 Omniverse – NAMCO BANDAI Games – PEGI 12 – £35.99
Wii U Applications:
UPLAY – Ubisoft – Not rated – Free
Nintendo 3DS:
(Everything from the 3DS eShop that’s either 3DS card or download.)

It’s pleasing to see Little Inferno and Puddle make the launch lineup, moreso to see an eShop promotion at launch for Trine 2 – again cementing how publishers now have direct control over pricing and sales.

Publishers appear to have stuck to the RRP for their Wii U releases (particularly Nintendo, where Nintendo Land is £49.99 RRP) – so either £49.99 or £39.99, with one exception being Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition at £37.50. Neat.

£50 for Nintendo Land – Monita looks as surprised as us.

The retail games as downloads situation in Japan is a bit rosier. Not only are have publishers (except Nintendo!) opted to set their raw eShop prices below the retail version RRP (by around 700 yen – or £5.50 – for most games), but Nintendo’s ambitious download cards scheme has launched in the region.

Here no eShop RRP is set on the cards themselves, retailers purchase them at wholesale and set their own pricing. Pricing competition among retailers generally leads to prices for the digital good that are lower than the eShop editions of the game. Hopefully when Nintendo launches this scheme we’ll see those prices fall for Wii U downloads.

Hopefully Rayman Legends’ demo drops into the eShop in time for launch tomorrow.

Many thanks to RichardR for collating Nintendo’s EU eShop wares.