And you thought you had it bad? [update 1]

It's purdy.
So, the Wii has been priced in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Australia. But how about all those die-hard fans over in New Zealand? Well, Nintendo hasn't forgotten about them. An excerpt from the official press release:

"As part of a global launch period, Wii will arrive in New Zealand on December 7th. Wii will be sold as an affordable, mass-consumer product at an R.R.P. of just $499.90. The price includes one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk controller and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii Sports games on one disc, which anyone can play using simple movements, experienced or not."

Now, before you freak out, they're not talking about US dollars there. $500 New Zealand dollars converted into USD is actually $331, only slightly more than the $315 (249 Euros) Europeans have to pay. Still, for a console supposedly heralded as a low-cost option in the next-gen wars, it sure is getting steep in certain parts of the world.

(Note: We still want to go to New Zealand. It's pretty!)

[Update 1: Sorry, South America! You're on there now.]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.