Updates about future Wii U games
Nintendo today announced a new global edition of Nintendo Direct. The broadcast will provide updates about future Wii U games and will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website in Australia and New Zealand at midnight between Tuesday 11th June 2013 and Wednesday 12th June 2013 (AEST).
May 18, 2013/ News
New Nintendo Direct also showcases range of Wii U games coming this autumn and winter
The next game in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog series will be exclusive to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announcing details of a worldwide partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic: Lost World is a new action-adventure platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on 11th June.
The Nintendo Direct also announced a new addition to the Mario & Sonic series, the first appearance for the series on Wii U, as well as revealing launch dates for Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and New Super Luigi U.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Today’s Wii U announcements included:
A separate Nintendo Direct sharing further news on future Wii U content will be aired around the time of E3.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Nintendo AU on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
May 10, 2013/ News
Full Details Revealed on Seldom-Distributed Psychic Pokémon
Available now until May 31, Pokémon Trainers across the Australia and New Zealand can add Deoxys to their Pokédex in a special distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.
Deoxys—an impressive Pokémon that can change its Forme—has long captivated fans with its mind-blowing Psychic-type powers and mysterious interstellar origins. Little is known of its past, but Pokémon professors have determined that Deoxys was originally a virus of alien origin: as it plummeted through the atmosphere on a wayward meteorite, the virus passed through a laser beam and mutated to become Deoxys.
Making its first-ever appearance in Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, Deoxys carries some moves that are special to this distribution. Trainers can torment their opponents with a balanced set of attacks and healing moves like Psycho Boost and Recover, then knock them off balance with Nasty Plot and Dark Pulse, two moves that Deoxys can’t normally learn on its own. If that balanced attack isn’t enough, raw power should be: for the first time, Deoxys arrives at Level 100.
Arriving in a Dusk Ball and holding a Life Orb to boost attack power at the expense of HP, Deoxys boasts the Pressure Ability, which can exhaust opponents by draining extra PP. Deoxys can also change Formes to suit any battle, altering its genome between the visually distinct Normal Forme, Attack Forme, Defense Forme, and Speed Forme if its Trainer brings it to a certain place in Nacrene City.
To participate in the Deoxys character distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, players will need:
May 6, 2013/ News
Play a wild assortment of GamePad games alone or together with friends and family
Wario and his zany friends are back in Game & Wario, a brand new, colourful collection of crazy games exclusively for Wii U! Launching on 29th June, the game utilises the unique setup of the Wii U GamePad controller and the TV screen in innovative and exciting ways for a Wario experience like no other that will keep you coming back for more!
Wario has dabbled in software development since the WarioWare series - and just loves to find new ways to play games with the latest consoles. In Game & Wario, he’s trying his hand at a certain new home console system with a Touch Screen in the centre of its controller… This results in a zany set of games that can all be played using just a Wii U GamePad and a TV screen, whether playing alone or with friends and family.
In Single Player, there are twelve games to enjoy that turn your GamePad into a variety of different objects for different gameplay challenges: use it as a camera, a bow that looses arrows into the TV image, or as a method to steer a skier to the disco, amongst others!
In CAMERA, you’re tasked with snapping photos of escaped criminals with your GamePad! The TV shows a busy street in Diamond City and holding up the GamePad allows you to take a closer look at the scene. Frame those crooks perfectly in your photos to catch them, and earn a high score!
In GAMER, take on the role of 9-Volt, a kid who’s been sent to bed with his favourite handheld gaming system, but is desperate to get a high score… However his mum is prowling around trying to catch him in the act of staying up past his bedtime! While playing microgames on the GamePad, you’ll need to keep an eye on the TV screen which shows 9-Volt’s bedroom, because you’ll have to pretend to be fast asleep whenever his mum pounces! Try to hide-and-play for as long as possible for a high score - just don’t get caught or it’s game over!
You can also try your luck with Chick-N-Win, the chicken-shaped contraption that lays surprise-filled capsules, and get one of over 200 weird and wonderful toys to play with; each one showcasing something fun or eccentric you can do with your GamePad.
Game & Wario also unveils a new twist on playing with others on Wii U: using only the GamePad you can share the fun with friends or family in four different games in the Multiplayer Mode!
In DISCO, you’ll be battling against a friend toe-to-toe in a dance-off, where the players are setting the pace and moves on the GamePad for points. Each player holds one end of the GamePad and tries to outwit his opponent with fancy fingerwork, rhythmically tapping the touch screen in three places to place moves his opponent needs to replicate... Each misstep earns the player’s opponent points – you’ll need the highest score to win – so make sure you can keep in rhythm!
In FRUIT, up to five players play together in different roles: one player becomes a dastardly fruit thief, using the GamePad to work in secret as the others play agents and watch the TV screen, using their powers of observation to find the thief in a crowd and spot when the fruits disappear. The agents have their work cut out for them with bustling streets, passing traffic and smoky chimneys obscuring the view. At the end of the game, each of the agents pass around the GamePad to point out who they think is the thief; but only the most eagle-eyed may win as the line-up of would-be fruit thieves look rather similar!
In ARTWORK, up to five players compete in a sketching showdown to see who can draw and guess drawings the fastest for a high score. Each player takes turns to sketch prompted words as fast as possible on the GamePad, with the other players guessing what the word might be. It’s a frantic test of communication with friends and family as points are earned both for correct guesses and for drawing fast, as one man’s squiggle is another man’s solution!
This game type is also integrated into Miiverse as Miiverse ARTWORK, where you can select one of four prompts to draw in 60 seconds, after which your mini masterpiece, or hilarious doodle, is posted to Miiverse to be appreciated by all! You can even submit your own words to be prompts for others to draw, which may even trend in the Gallery section of Miiverse Artwork as popular words other players are enjoying sketching!
Game & Wario launches exclusively on Wii U across Australia and New Zealand on 29th June, a fun-filled package of sixteen games and hundreds of toys all showcasing the myriad uses of the Wii U GamePad. Unleash Wario’s unique wares on your family and friends for a winter jam-packed with mischief!
May 2, 2013/ News
Virtual Console and Wii U Panorama View Also Launch
The next major system update for Nintendo’s Wii U home console is now available for download in Australia and New Zealand. The update delivers a host of enhanced features, such as improved stability and performance. As well as faster load times when switching between applications, the update also laid the groundwork for the launch of the Wii U Virtual Console service which allows Wii U owners to relive some of their favourite games from classic home consoles, as well as the launch of Wii U Panorama View.
Below is an overview of what the system update delivers:
Addition of Standby Functions Feature
· This feature enables data for purchased software, system updates and software updates to be downloaded and installed automatically even after the console has been turned off.
Updates to Miiverse
· Controls using the Wii Remote, the Wii U Pro Controller, and the Classic Controller are now supported.
· The input screen for handwritten posts is now also displayed on the TV.
· The input screen for handwritten posts now features an undo/redo button.
Updates to the Internet Browser
· Controls using the Wii Remote and the Wii U Pro Controller are now supported.
· It is now possible to switch search engines when performing a keyword search.
· It is now possible to navigate to the start page from bookmarks.
Update to Nintendo eShop
· When purchasing downloadable software, any available updates for that software will be downloaded at the same time.
Updates to Download Management
· It is now possible to reorder downloads.
· Newly purchased downloadable software will automatically install once the download completes.
Updates to Parental Controls
· The "Viewing Distributed Videos" restriction has been changed to "Entertainment Excluding Games". A screen requiring parental consent will be displayed before the first use of any non-game software (including video-viewing software) or other new service.
Enabled Direct Opening of Wii Menu
· When the Wii U logo is displayed after turning on the console, holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad will open the Wii Menu directly. (If no default user has been selected on the console, the user-selection screen will be displayed, and a user must be selected.)
Updates to System Settings
· Under Data Management, two USB storage devices can now be connected to move and/or copy data. You can move and/or copy data between the system memory and a USB storage device or between two USB storage devices. (Up to two USB storage devices can be connected when moving, copying or deleting data. In all other cases, only one USB storage device can be used at a time.)
· Under Data Management, you can now move, copy or delete data for a selection of software titles.
· The TV option now includes the option to adjust the screen size of the display on the TV. (This replaces the similar options previously available within Miiverse, Nintendo eShop, and the Internet Browser, which have now been removed.)
· The "Auto Power-Down" option has been renamed to "Power Settings", which now includes both the auto power-down setting and the new standby functions feature.
Improvements to System Stability and Convenience
· Improvements have been made to system stability and convenience for greater user enjoyment.
· The time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, exit software and return to the main menu, jump between applications and jump between software and Miiverse has been reduced.
Additional features were also released including:
A library of quality classic games from NES and Super Nintendo are scheduled for the Virtual Console service on Wii U, with favourites such as Super Mario World, Excitebike, Mario’s Super Picross, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! available at launch*. Many other gaming classics such as Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, while popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future.
Each game in the Wii U Virtual Console library has been developed to include off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and the ability to instantly save game progress. NES games will cost AUD $6.50 or NZD $8.50 while Super NES games will cost AUD $10.40 or NZD $13.60. People who have already downloaded these games to their Wii system can transfer them to their Wii U consoles and play them in Wii Mode at no charge. To upgrade and take advantage of the improved Wii U features, they can purchase them at the special discount price of AUD $1.30 or NZD $1.70 for NES games and AUD $1.95 or NZD $2.55 for Super NES games.
Wii U Panorama View
Wii U Panorama View opens a window to the sights and sounds of some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Wii U owners use the GamePad controller to look in every direction to control an immersive 360-degree video guided tour as these destinations come to life from the comfort of your living room. Imagine catching all the sights during a tour of London on a double-decker bus or exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Four individual video tours are offered for AUD $2.50 or NZD $3.50 each on the Nintendo eShop. An interactive preview is also available for download allowing you to taste the different experiences of the individual tours for free.
In order to perform a System Update the Wii U console needs to be connected to the Internet. Due to the amount of new features and applications included, the System Update may take an extended amount of time when performed during the initial set-up (for some users it could take an hour or more to download and install, for those who have completed the initial set-up this time will be shorter). During this time the Wii U console must not be turned off.
Please visit our Wii U Support website for more details on the System Update process.
Apr 18, 2013/ News
New Nintendo Direct focuses on the increasing roster of Nintendo 3DS games scheduled for release in 2013
In a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today, Nintendo revealed a whole host of news in relation to Nintendo 3DS. Topping the list for many gamers is a new Nintendo 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game is scheduled to launch towards the end of the year in Australia and New Zealand. Fans will also be excited to hear that a new game in the Yoshi’s Island series is being developed for Nintendo 3DS.
In keeping with the Year of Luigi theme, this Nintendo Direct announcement featured additional information on upcoming Nintendo 3DS games starring Luigi, including Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., Mario Golf: World Tour, and a new instalment in the Mario Party series. On Wii U meanwhile, further details were released on New Super Luigi U, due for release this winter in Australia and New Zealand.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit: http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect.
Today’s announcements included:
Nintendo 3DS News
Wii U News
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Nintendo Direct on Ustream UK http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK
Nintendo AU on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
Apr 3, 2013/ News
It’s time for Mario’s younger twin brother Luigi to shine, as he stars in Luigi’s Mansion 2, his haunted house adventure only on the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. Available now, it’s the first title in the Year of Luigi with plenty more to celebrate in the months to come!
Luigi’s Mansion 2 gives you the chance to be the reluctant hero in a cartoon adventure full of personality - even if Luigi can be a bit of a coward! Take on several mansions filled with cheeky ghouls and puzzling contraptions to contend with, on a quest to retrieve the pieces of the Dark Moon. Use the ghost-nabbing Poltergust 5000 vacuum cleaner to round up all the mischievous spirits, or the Dark-Light Device to help reveal tucked-away treasures for your growing collection, from glittering gems to stashes of cash! In addition, enjoy the brand new multiplayer mode where four friends can team up and take on three different challenges in the Thrill Tower both locally and online.
As announced by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during a recent Nintendo Direct presentation, 2013 is the Year of Luigi with several Luigi-centric titles launching this year. For the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles, a brand new Mario and Luigi RPG title will be coming to Australia and New Zealand this winter. In this game you will enter Luigi’s dreams to solve puzzles or battle swarms of enemies with multiple Luigi characters. Luigi will also be a playable character in Mario Golf: World Tour, teeing off this winter. On Wii U, you can join the Year of Luigi Community on Miiverse right now and share your experiences with Luigi as messages and drawings with fans across the world. Later this year, new downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U will change the game’s existing 80+ courses into all-new courses for a new adventure called New Super Luigi U, with the hero in green as the star!
Check out the latest trailers for Luigi’s Mansion 2 below:
Celebrate the start of the Year of Luigi with Luigi’s Mansion 2, available both as a download version from Nintendo eShop or as packaged software at retail.
Apr 3, 2013/ News
Coming soon is the eagerly awaited Nintendo 3DS instalment of Intelligent Systems’ tactical role-playing series Fire Emblem: Awakening. Join the adventure in Australia and New Zealand on the 20th April when packaged and Nintendo eShop versions are launched, or try the demo which is available from Nintendo eShop to give Nintendo 3DS players a taste of the action.
This week you can build a foundation to the saga with detailed information on gameplay, characters and the classes systems at the official Fire Emblem: Awakening website. In addition, you can also read the Iwata Ask: Fire Emblem: Awakening interview with Intelligent Systems.
In Fire Emblem: Awakening, you can create your own character and take him or her on a role-playing adventure. Join Prince Chrom and the Shepherds, and calm the animosity between the kingdoms of Ylisse and Plegia which threaten to turn into war, whilst hordes of undead rise to endanger the world. As commander of your army, devise a plan to rout and crush your enemies in turn-based battles utilising the unique skills of your units. Battles between units are shown as cinematic scenes where you can choose the camera position, for instance to see your finishing blow from a first-person perspective.
Build a formidable army of heroes through allegiances with the many characters you encounter who not only become stronger and more effective from your commands, but also form friendships and marriages to bear children who can fight alongside their parents. So you can choose to play as a matchmaker to bring lovers together, or as a strategist to create the strongest army yet. The progression through your heroes’ relationships makes every player’s game unique. The classic Fire Emblem feature of characters being permanently eliminated if they are defeated in combat is back, however there is the Newcomer Mode where fallen heroes can return to fight in the next battle for RPG fans who want to get into the series.
There are also other radically new features in Fire Emblem: Awakening: you can enjoy lush 3D cutscenes which are fully voiced in English or Japanese, utilise a new tactic where strategically placed characters on the battlefield build Support which increases their relationships and teamwork, and take on the new co-op challenges where you and a friend can connect your Nintendo 3DS and games together locally and take turns in defeating extraordinary enemies.
For the first time in the saga, you will be able to download additional content to expand your adventure via SpotPass and paid-for add-on content available at launch. Via SpotPass you will encounter legendary teams from other Fire Emblem titles in the series, and receive special items, new maps and co-op challenges for free. Via paid-for content you can broaden your core campaign with new battle scenarios that delve deeper into characters’ stories, gain new members in your party and carry over all experience points, items and gold you’ve reaped to your main quest. In addition, the first add-on content map will be free to download for a limited time at launch where you will be able to recruit a special legacy character to your main game!
Fans in Australia and New Zealand have keenly awaited the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, with US reviewers bestowing glowing reviews, including:
The Escapist, 10 out of 10 – “A game worth buying a 3DS for.”
IGN, 9.6 out of 10 – “The most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable.”
Metro, 9 out of 10 – “Elevates the series to classic status and in the process creates one of the most engrossing and accessible strategy games ever.”
GameSpot, 8.5 out of 10 – “A gaming gem."
Own this next chapter in the legend as Fire Emblem: Awakening launches across Australia and New Zealand on 20th April, as a traditional packaged copy at retail or as a digital download from Nintendo eShop.
Fire Emblem: Awakening Demo QR Code
To download the demo, just use the outer cameras of your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system to scan the QR Code shown here.*
* A wireless Internet connection is required to download software from Nintendo eShop.
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Mar 20, 2013/ News
Nintendo announces that LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, launches in Australia and New Zealand on 27th April 2013. The handheld title puts the action of LEGO CITY into the palms of players’ hands allowing for portable exploration as Chase McCain.
Developed by TT Games, LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins is a prequel to the upcoming Wii U title and stars Chase McCain as a rookie cop on his first exciting adventure in LEGO CITY. Explore a city full of LEGO bustling with wacky characters, brought to life on your Nintendo 3DS, and learn the ropes of police work with Chase McCain, donning disguises for special skills when solving missions and fighting crime on the city’s streets. You can call up your Scanner from the Touch Screen and move your Nintendo 3DS, utilising the motion sensors, to analyse the LEGO CITY environment for audio or visual clues. On your first job as a cop you encounter the crime kingpin Rex Fury and it’s your mission to put him behind bars!
In upcoming Wii U exclusive LEGO CITY Undercover, set after the events of the Nintendo 3DS version, Rex Fury has escaped from prison! LEGO CITY fans looking forward to recapturing Rex can now also get to know the city's colourful cast of characters in a series of webisodes on YouTube. In the series of six webisodes leading up to the launch of LEGO CITY Undercover, fans can discover the stories behind Chase McCain and other key players in the hunt for Rex Fury, including Chief Dunby, the head of the LEGO CITY Police Department; Chase's bumbling buddy Frank Honey; colleague Ellie Phillips, who chimes in through the GamePad; Natalia Kowalski, Chase’s girl who’s gone into witness protection; and a host of bad guys Chase must defeat to bring Rex Fury to justice.
Fight crime on the go with Chase McCain in LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins for Nintendo 3DS which launches across Australia and New Zealand on 27th April, or do some police homework from the comfort of your sofa in LEGO CITY Undercover for Wii U which launches on 28th March, available as a packaged game or as a digital download via Nintendo eShop.
Mar 19, 2013/ News
The smash-hit Wii game is getting a portable 3D makeover that makes the already-amazing layered graphics pop, and will be available for Nintendo 3DS in Australia and New Zealand on May 25. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be made available both as a packaged game and as a digital download via Nintendo eShop, and an exclusive 3D video is available now in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Feb 27, 2013/ News
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on 23rd March 2013, and you can get a glimpse of the incredible adventure that awaits you with a free demo for each system, now available to download from Nintendo eShop.
If you’re taking your first steps in the world of Monster Hunter, you can learn the ropes in a quest aimed squarely at beginners, while experienced players can dive right into a more advanced quest against a formidable foe. And because Monster Hunter is all about customisation, you can arm yourself with one of 12 different weapons before heading out to make your mark.
The demos offer a sneak peek at the intense and rewarding action on offer in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. The full game on Nintendo 3DS offers local multiplayer for up to four players, while Wii U owners can join forces and hunt online with other players. Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners can even play together via local wireless, meaning you can create your very own hunting party at home.
Save data is also inter-compatible between both versions of the game, meaning players can transfer their data between systems to take the hunt with them wherever they go. Play in high-definition on the big screen with Wii U before transferring the save data to Nintendo 3DS and continuing the adventure on-the-go.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS XL will be released across Australia and New Zealand on March 23rd. Look out for a Wii U Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Premium Pack, as well as a bundle including a black Nintendo 3DS XL system with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate pre-installed, both released on March 23rd.
Whet your appetite for the action at our Nintendo 3DS Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate gamepage and Wii U Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate gamepage
Please note: Broadband internet connection is required to download demo. Internet usage charges may apply. Consult with your ISP.
Feb 25, 2013/ News
Following the latest Nintendo 3DS Direct which detailed many of the exciting releases in the year ahead, Nintendo Australia today announces release dates for several highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS™ titles which will make their way to Australia and New Zealand in the coming months and be available at retail and as digital downloads from Nintendo eShop.
Luigi's Mansion™ 2 sees Luigi stumble through multiple mansions to capture ghosts and solve puzzles armed with his trusty ghost-catching vacuum cleaner, the Poltergust 5000 and, in a series first, in addition to download play the game will feature a local and online multiplayer mode. The game is a fully-fledged sequel to the Nintendo GameCube title that first put forth Luigi as the reluctant hero, battling his own nerves and a bevy of ghosts on a mission to save his brother Mario from a haunted mansion. On Nintendo 3DS, Luigi will face an even greater challenge for solo players to enjoy in addition to the new multiplayer mode. Luigi’s Mansion 2 will be available on the 28th March 2013.
Fire Emblem™: Awakening will launch on the 20th April 2013 only on Nintendo 3DS. In a world ruled by two mighty dragons, dark forces rise and threaten to destroy the kingdom of men. Set out on an exciting adventure and experience battles packed with action, strategy and danger in Fire Emblem™: Awakening. Building on a variety of elements from previous Fire Emblem games, Fire Emblem: Awakening offers an experience that both dedicated fans and newcomers to the series will enjoy. Traditional turn-based combat sees you requiring both skill and strategy to complete stages successfully, while the new 3D visuals see each battle come to life like never before on Nintendo 3DS.
Coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS on the 18th May 2013, the all-new Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity game introduces a vast world populated only by Pokémon. Here, you too have become a Pokémon and can choose to play as Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, or Axew and it is your mission to battle your way through Mystery Dungeons that have sprung up across this world, and to uncover a fiendish plot that threatens your new home and its Pokémon inhabitants. No dungeon will appear in the same way twice, so an infinite number of possibilities can unfold. In this new game, players can discover Mystery Dungeons accessible only through Magnagates, mysterious portals activated when the Nintendo 3DS system’s cameras are used to scan round objects in the real world, such as soccer balls or clock faces. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity also introduces wireless multiplayer features, allowing as many as four people to work together to battle through dungeons.
Get ready to enjoy a whole new life in a town shaped entirely by you as Animal Crossing™: New Leaf comes to Nintendo 3DS on the 15th June 2013. Continuing the much-loved freeform gameplay from previous Animal Crossing titles, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a game without any restrictions. There are no goals, no story, not even an ending – instead, you can enjoy life in your new town in any way you choose. And since time in the game moves at the same pace as in the real world, every day brings new experiences! Packed with new animals, new experiences and new ways to have fun, both long-time fans of Animal Crossing and newcomers to the series are sure to enjoy everything that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has to offer. It's a new life... live it how you please!
If you haven't already, be sure to watch the latest Nintendo 3DS Direct for more information on these games and more Nintendo 3DS titles coming soon as well as in the future.
Feb 18, 2013/ News
Nintendo Australia announces today that the upcoming Wii U™ exclusive LEGO® City: Undercover, developed by TT Games, will be available in Australia and New Zealand on the 28th March 2013 as both a packaged game and on Nintendo eShop.
In LEGO City: Undercover, multi-talented cop Chase McCain is trying to arrest the dangerous Rex Fury who is responsible for the recent crime wave in LEGO City. To do this he goes undercover, exploring the sprawling open-world LEGO City and donning a range of different costumes for special abilities; for example, dressed up as a miner he can utilise dynamite, while becoming a robber lets him pry open doors. The unique properties of the Wii U GamePad controller come into play throughout the hunt for Rex Fury. The GamePad functions as a Communicator to talk to others, is used to scan the surroundings for clues or criminals, or to view the handy map and GPS route when driving around the city.
LEGO City: Undercover launches in Australia and New Zealand on the 28th March exclusively for Wii U. Stay tuned also for upcoming news on the prequel to the game, LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins, coming out later in 2013 for Nintendo 3DS™.
Feb 15, 2013/ News
Limited edition bundles featuring Capcom®’s Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate will be coming to Wii U™ and Nintendo 3DS™ XL in Australia and New Zealand on March 23rd. The Wii U Limited Edition Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Premium Pack not only features a black Wii U console with 32GB of storage*, but also a black Wii U Pro Controller and a copy of the game. The Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Limited Edition Pack, meanwhile, comes with the game pre-installed on a black Nintendo 3DS XL – a brand new hardware colour for the handheld system.
The world of Monster Hunter™ can be experienced alone or in local multiplayer for up to four players on Nintendo 3DS, while Wii U players will be able to form hunting parties of up to four players online – or enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. A demo will be available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions via Nintendo eShop shortly before release.
The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for Nintendo 3DS XL, which offers an alternative control method for players of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and other selected Nintendo 3DS titles, will be also be launching in Australia and New Zealand on the 23rd of March, in addition to a Wii LAN Adapter which can be used to connect Wii or Wii U to a wired home network. Wii LAN Adapter will be available at retail and from Nintendo Australia customer service.
* Total system storage (of which 25 GB is free space)
Feb 15, 2013/ News
Explore the world from your living room with a new application available to download from Nintendo eShop today
Coming to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U as a free download* today is a new application that brings Nintendo and Google together to allow users to travel the world using their Wii U GamePad controller. Wii Street U powered by Google offers the map data and 360° panoramic Street View images gathered by Google for a unique form of virtual exploration only possible on Wii U.
The Wii U GamePad is integrated with Street View in innovative and accessible ways: use the touch screen to type in exact addresses to fly to your favourite places, and thanks to the motion sensors inside the controller you can move it 360° to enjoy the entire view of sights around the world. The whole family can join in, as your 360° window on the world is displayed on the TV screen in the living room. Wander around wherever you fancy going or ask Nintendo to be your guide, with recommended places to visit built into the application for easy access.
Wii U is the latest home console from Nintendo and through the innovative Wii U GamePad controller offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software; it also features motion controls, an inbuilt camera, microphone and stylus for more detailed touch screen controls.
Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps that allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. In order to provide such 360° panoramic imagery, Google developed their own camera systems and now have a number of platforms for capturing imagery. The most common of course is the Street View car but they also have Snowmobiles and Tricycles, and most recently, they introduced the Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. Since being launched in 2007, Street View imagery is now available for more than 3,000 cities across 47 countries and even includes a slice of Antarctica.
Wii Street U powered by Google launches across Australia and New Zealand for Wii U today and is free to download for a limited time* via the Nintendo eShop, so grab your Wii U GamePad and enjoy exploring the world from the comfort of your home.
* The application is free to download for a limited time and will be available only as a paid download afterwards. The application is currently planned to be available for download and use until 31st March 2016.
The latest instalment in the Castlevania franchise is exclusive to Nintendo 3DS.
Following the recent distribution agreement between Nintendo and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, Nintendo Australia announces that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is scheduled for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS across Australia and New Zealand on 9th March 2013.
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, you take on the roles of multiple characters from the Belmont family across different eras, each of whom has unique abilities and skills. Featuring a deep strategic combat system and a huge array of combos, you will explore immensely detailed levels and encounter enormous boss fights. The action takes place within a unique, atmospheric setting that features high resolution 3D polygon graphics, and side-scrolling areas that segue seamlessly into full 3D battles.
The game takes place 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and reveals the story of Gabriel Belmont’s descendants, Simon and Trevor Belmont, as they battle their own destiny only to discover their true, shocking fate. Trevor Belmont, a knight of the Brotherhood of Light, sets out to avenge the death of his mother by his father, who has returned from years of exile to take up residence in a mysterious castle. Gabriel Belmont, who is now the powerful vampire Dracula, has declared war upon the Brotherhood and the scene is set for a cataclysmic showdown between father and son.
Shinji Hirano, the European President of Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, adds, “Nintendo 3DS is the perfect platform to release the latest instalment in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow franchise. Because of the console’s unique 3D capabilities and graphical power this will be the best looking portable Castlevania experience ever and will give fans of the series thrilling action on the go.”
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be available across Australia and New Zealand on 9th March 2013 exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
Please note: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is rated MA15+ (Strong fantasy violence) in Australia and R13 (Violence and horror scenes) in New Zealand.
Feb 6, 2013/ News
Starting March 4, a special Meloetta character distribution event begins at selected retail stores in Australia and New Zealand: selected EB Games and Target stores in Australia, and selected JB Hi-Fi stores in New Zealand. Pokémon fans will be able to add the much-anticipated Mythical Pokémon Meloetta to their Pokédex in Pokémon™ Black 2, Pokémon™ White 2, and the original Pokémon™ Black and Pokémon™ White games. Making its video game debut, Meloetta is a rare and powerful Pokémon with a musical flair—and a very special Ability in battle. For players new to the world of Pokémon, it is a great opportunity to enter the Unova Region of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 with a strong, uniquely gifted Pokémon right out of the gate.
This Mythical Melody Pokémon distribution event is only available for a limited time, so players will need to visit one of the selected retail stores beginning March 4 until April 19 for a chance to pick up Meloetta.
Jan 24, 2013/ News
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an instalment of Nintendo Direct today as he outlined Nintendo’s future plans for the console. Iwata revealed how the Wii U launch line-up will be bolstered by a long list of top game franchises headed for the new console. These are games that long-time players and newcomers alike will love to play, and everyone will be experiencing them in new ways, thanks to the integrated second-screen experiences enabled by the Wii U GamePad controller.
Iwata also detailed a number of enhancements designed to make the Wii U game experience more social, even if people are not playing in the same room. “The fun of video games is not only just playing games, but also sharing experiences together with people – even though they live far away, their skill levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time,” Iwata said. “We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together.”
The many announcements included:
Social and System Enhancements
Jan 18, 2013/ News
Play a free demo on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS from 21st February 18th
Nintendo and Capcom® announce that Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate will launch exclusively on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Australia and New Zealand on the 23rd March 2013.
Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version will be available in stores and as a digital download via Nintendo eShop. Anyone eager to experience a slice of the unique gameplay the series is famous for will be able to get their hands on a free demo for each version through Nintendo eShop from 21 st of February.
Players who own both versions will be able to transfer their own personal save data from the Wii U version to their copy on Nintendo 3DS, and vice versa, ensuring a seamless continuation from the HD experience at home to hunting on the go in immersive 3D.
The world of Monster Hunter™ can be experienced alone or in local multiplayer for up to four players on Nintendo 3DS, while Wii U players will be able to form hunting parties of up to four players online or enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. Wii U owners will also be able to make use of the built-in GamePad microphone to chat with their online hunting party.
Those Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners who are perhaps not familiar with the Monster Hunter series will be able to try Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate via a free demo that will be available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions on the 21 st February via Nintendo eShop. Featuring one Beginner and one Advanced singleplayer quest, the demos let players choose from 12 weapons as they gear up to tackle Lagombi and Plesioth.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the biggest Monster Hunter title yet, launches in Australia and New Zealand on the 23 rd March, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
For further details:
Monster Hunter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/monsterhunter
Monster Hunter on Twitter https://twitter.com/monsterhunter
Monster Hunter on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/monsterhunter
Dec 21, 2012/ News
Nintendo announces Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software line-up for early 2013
Following the release of Wii U Nintendo looks ahead at what new software is on the horizon for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL players to enjoy this Christmas, into the new year and beyond. With a diverse range of games for both platforms soon to launch there will be something for every Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owner to enjoy.
Those Wii U players who just want to carry on the party season into 2013 can do so with SiNG PARTY which launches on 19th January 2013. SiNG PARTY is an all-new singing and dancing game that lets singers face the crowd and will create an instant party in your living room thanks to the Wii U GamePad. Players will be able to continue their Wii U experience as they take on the role of ace cop Chase McCain and use a mixture of parkour skills, special undercover disguises and the unique functionality of the Wii U GamePad to investigate a huge open world as LEGO City: Undercover makes its way to Australia and New Zealand in early 2013. If you want to take a sneak peak into Q2 then only one word is needed….Pikmin. Pikmin 3 is on its way to Wii U in Q2 2013, so keep an eye out for more news in the near future.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will launch on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS simultaneously, in March 2013. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the most expansive Monster Hunter yet, with more than 2000 new weapons and pieces of armour to collect as well as many new monsters to hunt. With the Wii U version supporting 1080p Full HD and online multiplayer and the Nintendo 3DS version utilising 3D visuals and providing local multiplayer there will be a unique and stunning world for players familiar with the series or new to it to explore and enjoy. Players who own a copy of each version can even carry their save data from one version to the other and vice versa.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star launched at the start of this month for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL players to enjoy before Christmas. Fans won’t have to wait too long before Mario’s brother Luigi makes an appearance as in March 2013 Luigi’s Mansion 2 will make its debut. It’s up to Luigi, armed with his ghost-grabbing Poltergust 5000 vacuum cleaner, to explore a number of spooky mansions and capture all types of ghosts that run amok. These ghosts won’t give up without a fight though and there are some fiendish puzzles to solve along the way.
Taking a sneak peak into Q2, two games which have proved popular in Japan are making their way over to Australia and New Zealand. Animal Crossing (Temp name) for Nintendo 3DS and Fire Emblem: Awakening will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in Q2 2013, so continue to keep an eye out as more details on these games will be revealed.
Aside from the games available in retail outlets, there will also be a number of new games launching for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners to enjoy via Nintendo eShop.
Check out the table for a look into some of the games coming soon for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U.
Nintendo eShop software
Nintendo eShop software
For further details:
Wii U website http://wiiu.com.au
Nintendo 3DS website http://www.nintendo3ds.com.au
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/nintendo-3ds-video-tour/
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Nintendo Australia on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
Dec 21, 2012/ News
The Innovative New Pokémon Adventure Comes To Australia and New Zealand on 10th January, bundled With The Nintendo Wireless Keyboard
Those looking for a fun yet challenging way to practise their typing skills will love Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure for Nintendo DS, coming to Australia and New Zealand on 10th January 2013 bundled with the Nintendo Wireless Keyboard. Research over 400 Pokémon - including Legendary Pokémon - in this unique, typing-based game.
As you take on the role of the latest member of the Elite Typists' Club, your typing skills will gradually be tested to the limit as you attempt to accurately type the names of any Pokémon you come across on your journey to help Professor Quentin Werty and his assistant Paige Down with their research.
Fun for beginners and typing pros alike,Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure starts you off gently, with early levels only asking you to type the first letter of a Pokémon’s name before moving you on to much more complicated exercises as your typing skills develop.
By typing the name correctly, you will capture each Pokémon in your Typing Ball, allowing your team to research it. As you progress, you will encounter increasingly rare Pokémon, including the likes of Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom from Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.
The game offers lessons on finger placement as well as other tips to improve the accuracy and speed of your typing. Successfully tackle both aspects to build up combos and earn high scores that will improve your overall typist rank. As you progress, you will be able to unlock up to 60 different, challenging levels, go in search of rarer Pokémon to study, and collect up to 180 medals.
Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure comes with a special Nintendo Wireless Keyboard
featuring the standard English language key layout, which has been made to work with this game but may also work with other Bluetooth-compatible products. The package also includes the Nintendo DS Compact Stand that can be used to position your Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system as your hands use the keyboard.
Perfect for those looking to improve their typing and for fans of Pokémon adventures,Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure will launch for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS family of consoles on 10th January. For more information, please visit www.pokemon.com.au.
Dec 10, 2012/ News
Nintendo Network Premium is a special reward programme available exclusively to Wii U Premium Pack owners with a registered Nintendo Network ID.
With every purchase of software or add-on content, or download code redemption for downloadable software, or add-on content in Nintendo eShop on your Wii U, you can earn points at a rate of 6 points for each AUD (5 points for each NZD)* of the Nintendo eShop Price (inclusive of GST) of the respective download.
*Actual number of points earned may be higher.
Once you have collected 500 points, you can redeem them for an activation code, which can be used to add funds equivalent to AUD 7.00 (or NZD 9.00 for New Zealand) to a Nintendo Network ID on a Wii U console, or to a Nintendo eShop account on a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system.
(The period for earning points will end on 31st December 2014. The period for redeeming points will end on 31st March 2015. All activation codes not redeemed by 30th June 2015 will be void.)
Click here for more details.
When it comes to collecting coins in New Super Mario Bros. 2, you've all been really busy – the global total collected has now passed three hundred billion! And to celebrate, Nintendo is making the latest course pack for the Coin Rush mode available to download absolutely free from November 27th, 2012 until January 31st, 2013.
The Gold Classics Pack, the sixth course pack made available, offers three courses based on classic moments from the Super Mario series and takes inspiration from games such as the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. And better yet, you can grab it for free today and enjoy a slice of classic coin collecting! The free download is being offered for a limited period before the pack is made available for purchase on February 1st, 2013.
You can see Nintendo's Global President Mr Iwata reveal the Gold Classics Pack and talk about this free download offer in the latest Nintendo Direct Mini presentation. Alternatively, for a look at the Gold Classics Pack in action and for details of how to download it, be sure to check out the Add-on Content section of the official New Super Mario Bros. 2 website.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is available to buy now at retailers or to download from Nintendo eShop, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL.
Please note: course packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2 are downloaded using the Shop button of Coin Rush mode from within the game itself, and cannot be downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
Oct 26, 2012/ News
Penélope Cruz sets her own priorities when solving a gentlemans puzzle with her sister Mónica Cruz on set. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be in stores and available via Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL from Saturday, 27th October 2012.
Click here to visit the official Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask teaser site, and warm up your puzzle-solving skills with some mind boggling demo puzzles:
Oct 26, 2012/ News
The Connection Ambassador Promotion comes to a close on 21st November 2012, at 17: 00 (AEST)
This promotion rewards users who help others to connect their Wii consoles to the Internet. Both the helper and the person who is helped can receive a reward after registering each other’s Wii Numbers.
If you have participated in the Connection Ambassador promotion, please note the following:
If you have reached Gold or Platinum status but have not yet downloaded the titles you are entitled to, you will still be able to download them after the promotion has ended.
After the end of the promotion, it will no longer be possible to gift titles which you received due to your Gold or Platinum status.
After the end of the promotion, the person who has been helped can no longer receive 500 Wii Points if he or she has not started the Wii Shop Channel after both parties registered each other’s Wii Numbers.
To find out more about the many great reasons to connect your Wii to the Internet, including a vast library of original software and classic games, plus a whole host of varied and interesting Wii Channels, visit our Get connected page...
Oct 25, 2012/ News
Brand new courses just for Coin Rush mode are available today. You can now purchase and download* two new course packs as add-on content.
#4: Gold Mushroom Pack
Price: AUS $3 - NZ $3.75
Difficulty: 2 out of 5
More Gold Mushrooms than you can count!
#5: Coin Challenge Pack B
Price: AUS $3 - NZ $3.75
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
You wanted more coins? Here's your chance!
Two-Pack Set (#4, #5)
Price: AUS $6 - NZ $7.50
A set containing course packs #4 and #5!
*Wireless broadband Internet access required.
Oct 22, 2012/ News
Nintendo Australia confirm a host of upcoming first-party, third-party and downloadable games as well a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle!
Nintendo Australia confirm further details on upcoming titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS and a host of new downloadable games coming to Nintendo eShop.
The latest game in a franchise dating back to Nintendo 64, Paper Mario: Sticker Star will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 8th December and introduces a new sticker dynamic to Mario’s paper-craft world. Stickers are dotted around the landscape and can be peeled off and collected to bestow unique powers and special moves upon Mario. Players will even be able to make their own stickers using items found throughout their adventure.
By March 2013, team players will be able to experience first-hand the thrill of local multiplayer quests in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS, a hugely popular phenomenon in Japan. Hunting parties allow up to four intricately customised heroes to co-operate locally via their handheld systems, taking on terrific beasts together in a sprawling, menacing ecosystem. Cross-platform functionality will even allow three handheld players to connect locally with someone playing the same game on a Wii U console, or transfer their save data between the handheld and console versions, ensuring the game continues whether playing on the go or on the big screen.
The coming months will also see a wealth of releases for Nintendo eShop, including the sequel to the popular puzzle game Pullblox. In Fallblox, Mallo returns with a barrage of even trickier puzzles as the blocks in his path can now also drop down.
Players looking to download popular titles previously released as packaged software are also in luck, as SUPER MARIO 3D LAND, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 3D join the ranks of retail games now released for download directly through Nintendo eShop.
Puzzlers will surely be pleased with the impending launch of Level-5’s Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask on October 27th. For this Nintendo Direct, Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level-5, was on hand to discuss three new titles, created in collaboration with famous Japanese game developers, coming to Nintendo eShop starting with LIBERATION MAIDEN from Suda51.
Finally, if you’ve been clamouring to learn how to draw your favourite Mario enemies, now is your chance. A brand new Custom Lesson for New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art will show you how to draw your very own Goomba completely from scratch. This new lesson is now available via SpotPass so make sure you check the Custom Lessons section of New Art Academy when you receive the notification.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coin Rush course packs
Downloadable add-on content
Mario Kart 7
Star Fox 64 3D
SUPER MARIO 3D LAND
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword
Pokémon Black Version 2
Pokémon White Version 2
Pokémon Dream Radar
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Pokédex 3D Pro
Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique
Hydroventure: Spin Cycle
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Denpa Men: They Came by Wave
Virtue’s Last Reward
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Nano Assault EX
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Oct 12, 2012/ News
Nintendo Australia announce Wii U will be playable to the public at New Zealand Armageddon in Auckland, October 19th - 22nd 2012. This will be the first time Wii U will be showcased to the public in New Zealand with titles such as Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U available to play!
Nintendo Australia recently announced Wii U will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 30th November 2012 with the Wii U Basic Pack launching at the SRP NZ $469.95*, featuring a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. While the Wii U Premium Pack launches at the SRP NZ $569.95* and contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, with 32GB of internal storage providing more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the Wii U GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the Wii U GamePad, a sensor bar and Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature a HDMI cable and AC adapters for the console and Wii U GamePad.
Wii U, is a HD console that offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before. With brand new gaming experiences enabled by the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, up to five players** can jump into the fun, with up to four people using Wii Remote controllers and one on the Wii U GamePad. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software.
New Zealand gamers will be able to play a variety of the titles available at launch, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU.
* New Zealand price is based on currency exchange as at 20th September, 2012. Please refer to stores for best possible price
** Up to 5-Player play is dependent on the capability of the software
Brand new courses just for Coin Rush mode were announced today and will be available as course packs, each with its own concept.
Each course pack will feature 3 courses designed to play again and again so you can keep trying to get the highest score you can.
The course packs will be available 2nd October to purchase individually on Nintendo eShop. Priced at $3 each in Australia, $3.75 each in New Zealand.
Please see details of the individual packs below.
- Gold Rush Pack
Transform Mario into Gold Mario and collect a huge amount of coins. Try to reach the maximum total of 30,000!
- Coin Challenge Pack A
Coin Challenge Pack A is your chance to become world number 1! The three courses are designed to give you plenty of different ways to collect coins, it's up to you which route you take and which moves you use as you try to grab as many coins as you can within the time limit.
The official New Super Mario Bros. 2 website will feature rankings. You can compete for top scores against players from all over the world!
- Nerve-Wrack Pack
Nerve Wreck Pack may be your toughest challenge yet! Over the 3 courses , the difficulty has been ramped all the way up and one small mistake can lead to total failure. Nerve Wreck Pack is for players who are up for a challenge!
Sep 27, 2012/ News
Following the recently announced price and date information, Wii U will be playable to the public for the first time at EB Games Expo 2012, October 5th- 7th at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
"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," said Steve Wilson, Managing Director of EB Games Australia and New Zealand. "EB Games Expo will be the first time gamers in Australia get to go hands on with Wii U".
Nintendo Australia recently announced Wii U will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 30th November 2012 with the Wii U Basic Pack launching at the SRP AU $349.95, featuring a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. While the Wii U Premium Pack launches at the SRP AU $429.95 and contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, with 32GB of internal storage providing more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the Wii U GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the Wii U GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and Wii U GamePad.
Wii U, is an HD console that offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before. With brand new gaming experiences enabled by the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, up to five players* can jump into the fun, with up to four people using Wii Remote controllers and one on the Wii U GamePad. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software.
Australian gamers will be able to play a variety of the titles available at launch, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU.
For a full list of titles available to play during EB Games Expo, please see below:
For further details:
Nintendo Australia YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
* Up to 5 Player play is dependent upon the capability of the software
Sep 24, 2012/ News
Following the announcement last week that Wii U will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 30th November, 2012, Nintendo announces the following pricing details for New Zealand:
The Wii U Basic Pack at the SRP NZ $469.95* features a Wii Uconsole with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. The Wii U Premium Pack at the SRP NZ $569.95* contains a black Wii Uconsole and Wii U GamePad, and with 32GB of internal storage provides more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.
The Wii U Premium Pack also features a reward programme called Nintendo Network Premium that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points**.
Wii U is an HD console that offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before, with brand new gaming experiences enabled by the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, whether playing alone or together with friends. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website: http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect/
Wii U website: http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu/
* New Zealand price is based on currency exchange as at 20th September, 2012. Please refer to stores for best possible price
**Points value is around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price before GST. Please note that this scheme will only be available in countries where users can purchase content from Nintendo eShop. It is currently planned to run this scheme until the end of 2014.
Latest Nintendo Direct announces launch date, hardware packs, launch window software line-up, and previously unannounced titles
13th September 2012 - Following today's European Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo Australia announces that their latest home console, Wii U, will launch across Australia and New Zealand on 30th November, 2012. Wii U is an HD console that offers more choice and variety of gameplay than ever before, with brand new gaming experiences enabled by the innovative Wii U GamePad controller, whether playing alone or together with friends. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software.
Two launch hardware packs were announced along with the strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history. These include third-party heavy hitters such as FIFA 13 from Electronic Arts and Activision's Call Of Duty®: Black Ops II, Ubisoft's ZombiU(TM) and RAYMAN® LEGENDS as well as in-house titles like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. The Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed previously unannounced upcoming software titles exclusive to Wii U, such as Capcom's Monster Hunter 3(TM) Ultimate and BAYONETTA 2, developed by Platinum Games and published by Nintendo.
The Wii U Basic Pack at the SRP AU $349.95* features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. The Wii U Premium Pack at the SRP AU $429.95* contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, and with 32GB of internal storage provides more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.
The Wii U Premium Pack also features a reward programme called Nintendo Network Premium that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points**.
The Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview also unveiled new details on software titles that will be available on launch day:
New Super Mario Bros. U: The new 2D platform game introduces a giant world map full of distinctive courses to discover. The GamePad can be used to play solo when the TV is in use and can also be used to assist other players when playing co-operatively. An all-new test of players' Super Mario skills appears in Boost Rush mode, where auto-scrolling courses scroll faster the more coins you pick up, while in Challenge Mode any course can offer completely different gameplay depending on the specific nature of the challenge at hand. From Time Attack to 1-Up challenges, even Mario veterans will need to bring their best game to beat the record!
Nintendo Land: Each of the 12 attractions in this theme park packed with famous Nintendo franchises is a standalone game with multiple levels and gameplay modes. New Metroid Blast footage showed both co-operative and versus multiplayer shooting action, with different roles assigned to players using the GamePad or Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. In The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest players can clear nine quests leading to new unlockable levels on their own or working together, using bow and arrows on the GamePad or sword and shield using a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, while solo players can also enjoy the game's Time Attack mode.
FIFA 13: Built on the authenticity, innovation and connection to the real-world of football that the FIFA franchise is known for, the game delivers revolutionary new ways to play FIFA that bring players of all abilities together, making it the most accessible FIFA console game ever made.
ZombiU(TM): New footage from this exclusive survival horror first-person shooter revealed the Tower of London location as well as the Survival Mode in which the player only has one life to survive. The new video also showed the Weapon Crafting feature that allows players to customise their equipment directly on the GamePad, the use of a spraycan to leave messages made up from symbols for other players, plus new online features in which online friends who are turned into zombies will then turn up in the player's game.
RAYMAN® LEGENDS: A video featuring series creator Michel Ancel highlighted how this new 2D platform game creates a unique gameplay dynamic due to the different roles enjoyed by players depending on which controller they are using. The capabilities of the GamePad allow for a very tactile interaction with the game world - pulling objects, turning parts of the level around, protecting the other players and many other unique examples that require ongoing communication between all players too succeed.
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II: The most groundbreaking and viscerally immersive Call of Duty® experience yet. Rooted in near-future fiction, the title features an epic single-player campaign highlighted by branching storylines and non-linear missions, plus a re-imagined multiplayer that introduces players to some of the most cutting-edge weaponry and equipment that 2025 will have to offer.
Mass Effect 3(TM) - Special Edition: In a fight to save the galaxy in this third-person action game with RPG elements and an immersive storyline, players can use the GamePad for a new level of tactical control over the battlefield. An interactive back-story comic gets beginners up to speed on this epic saga while the inclusion of the "Extended Cut" endgame content completes the package.
Nintendo also lifted the lid on two games being created by Platinum Games. The previously unannounced title, BAYONETTA 2 and The Wonderful 101 are both exclusive to Wii U and will be produced by Atsushi Inaba. Known as Project P-100 at E3 and directed by Hideki Kamiya, The Wonderful 101 sees players combine the might of various heroes to fight off an alien invasion, while BAYONETTA 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed BAYONETTA(TM)and will be directed by Yusuke Hashimoto.
Capcom's Ryozo Tsujimoto revealed that Monster Hunter(TM) 3 Ultimate will be released for Wii U as well as Nintendo 3DS by March 2013. Fans can play the Wii U game with other players online, or connect to players of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game via a local wireless connection. It's even possible to play at home on Wii U and continue the save file on the go with the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.
Among the wealth of new game footage on display, a humorous new video of the upcoming LEGO® City: Undercover from TT Games was shown, another exclusive Wii U title that lets players assume the role of undercover cop Chase McCain in an open world packed with missions to complete. Players can don a wide variety of disguises to infiltrate different parts of the sprawling cityscape or hop on one of over 100 vehicles to take in its many sights. The GamePad acts as a multi-purpose gadget that can be used to scan the environment for hidden items, receive video messages from HQ and much more.
On Wii U, the Nintendo eShop will see titles which highlight the unique possibilities of the Wii U GamePad, as shown in videos for Trine 2: Director's Cut, Toki Tori 2, and the stylish Nano Assault Neo, which can be played on the GamePad alone.
Existing Wii owners will be pleased to hear that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console - with neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii owners won't need to repurchase peripherals they already own. For players who don't already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar. Most Wii download software is also compatible with Wii U, meaning previously purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles will be transferable to the Wii U console.
Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or during the launch window***.
Activision Publishing, Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Whether playing together or alone, Nintendo will deliver brand new entertainment experiences to the living room when Wii U launches in Australia and New Zealand on 30th November, 2012 at the SRP AU $349.95* for Wii U Basic Pack and SRP AU $429.95* for Wii U Premium Pack.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website: http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect/
Wii U website: http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu/
*New Zealand pricing information will be released shortly, please check nintendo.co.nz for further updates.
**Points value is around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price before GST. Please note that this scheme will only be available in countries where users can purchase content from Nintendo eShop. It is currently planned to run this scheme until the end of 2014.
***Launch window is defined as the period beginning 1st December 2012 and ending 31st March 2013.
Sep 13, 2012/ News
Nintendo Australia would like to confirm the recent update to the website highlighting Game Boy Advance titles are available on Nintendo eShop was posted in error. Nintendo Australia can confirm there are no current plans for Game Boy Advance games to be released on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS. We would also like to confirm Dr. Mario is available as a Game Boy title on Virtual Console via Nintendo eShop. We would like to apologise for any confusion this has caused.
Sep 12, 2012/ News
Nintendo today announced the next European edition of Nintendo Direct. The Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website on 13th September at 24:00 (AEST) and sees Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata take a closer look at the upcoming Wii U console. For Australasian specific info please visit Nintendo.com.au after the broadcast.
The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect/
Wii U website http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu/
The release of the Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 games is quickly approaching, and Nintendo is giving fans yet another reason to be excited for their 11th October launch. Consumers who purchase either of the new games will have the opportunity to connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required) before 12th November to receive the Mythical Pokemon Genesect for the first time ever through a free, limited time distribution. In Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, players will return to the Unova region and embark on a new adventure set two years after the events of the Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version games.
Genesect, the newly discovered Mythical Pokemon, has been restored from a 300 million year old fossil. Modified by Team Plasma, this Pokemon has a signature move called Techno Blast. Genesect is the only known Pokemon with this move. Genesect is a Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon with the ability to adjust its power levels based on the foe it's battling. This powerful Pokemon will be available from 11th October through 12th November.
The Unova region of Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 has undergone significant changes, and new additions can be found in both Black City and White Forest. Black Tower is now a part of the Black City found in Pokemon Black Version 2, while White Treehollow is found in the White Forest of Pokemon White Version 2. In Black Tower and White Treehollow, players can do battle with high-level Pokemon to earn Exp. Points and items. The layouts of the Black Tower and White Treehollow are randomly generated, creating a unique experience that will challenge
players to solve their maze-like construction and defeat the Trainers that stand in their way again and again. The Pokemon Dream Radar game will also be available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 11th October. This downloadable Nintendo 3DS title allows Nintendo 3DS owners to catch some of their favourite Pokemon, including some very rare ones, and transfer them into Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2. If playing on Nintendo 3DS*, players can also transfer Pokemon they have caught with the Pokemon Dream Radar game into their Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 games .
Also launching later this Spring for purchase on the Nintendo eShop, the new Pokedex 3D Pro application for Nintendo 3DS allows players to learn all about their favourite Pokemon. This enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokedex 3D includes detailed information on over 640 Pokemon! For more information about Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, Pokemon Dream Radar and Pokedex 3D Pro visit, click here
* Pokemon Dream Radar is exclusive to Nintendo 3DS and plays exclusively in 2D
For the first time on home consoles, the quirky rhythm-based action of Rhythm Heaven--which was first enjoyed on Nintendo DS, now comes to Wii with Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise. Featuring 50 brand new rhythm games, gather your friends and family round the TV to experience a colourful world of eccentric characters and funny situations that Rhythm Heaven fans have come to know and love.
From playing golf with mandrill to controlling a flowerpot-punching karate man, everything has to be done in time to the beat to win. Try not to let the craziness occurring on screen distract you from the music because it is keeping the rhythm that counts. If you do stop to look at whats going on then you wont be disappointed, as each of the 50 rhythm games has their own short story featuring the classic Rhythm Heaven humour. Fans will also be able to switch between the Japanese and English soundtracks covering many musical styles. Some games can be played in co-op mode, so why not invite a friend to play with you? The aim is to play together and master the different rhythms; the more compatible you are, the higher your score!
Let your imagination run wild when Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! launches for Nintendo 3DS. Available as a boxed retail game and as a digital download on Nintendo eShop, bring your very own creatures to life, plucking each designed element from the depths of your mind to create something truly unique. Known as formees, your customised creatures are created on a drawing board featuring a large palette of shapes, body parts and colours that can be put together and tweaked to transform them into pretty much anything. The only limit is your imagination.
As the expanded version of the Nintendo 3DS Download Software title: Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!, this eccentric game is packed full of user-generated content and contains a wide range of new features for you to enjoy. Once you've mastered the drawing board and brought a team of formees to life, it is time to explore the side-scrolling platform aspects of the game, exploring your personally customised planet and completing quests as you go.
For the first time, you can now also showcase your formees with other Nintendo 3DS users in multiplayer mode, in addition to sharing them over StreetPass or via QR Codes. It also comes with the option of utilising Download Play, so if you wish to play with a friend who doesn't own the game then they will be able to join in with the creative fun.
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise for Wii and Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! for Nintendo 3DS will both launch in Australia and New Zealand on 13th September, 2012.
For further information on Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, Click Here
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Aug 26, 2012/ News
Fun gets even bigger for Nintendo 3DS! Nintendo 3DS XL is out now in Australia and New Zealand. This new version of Nintendo 3DS features 90 percent larger screens, making it the biggest screen ever on a Nintendo handheld console! Your gaming just got bigger!
You can try a Nintendo 3DS XL at some stores across the country.
See the list below to find your closest store. Just ask store staff in store to try the new Nintendo 3DS XL.
New South Wales
Aug 23, 2012/ News
Beginning 15th September at selected EB Games and Target stores nationwide, Pokémon fans can receive the newly discovered Mythical Pokémon Keldeo in their copies of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version. This colourful, incredibly powerful Fighting- and Water-type Pokémon cannot be caught during normal gameplay and this distribution is only for a limited time. Once players receive the Original Form Keldeo in their game, it can be transferred into the new Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2 games, arriving in stores on 11th October. In the new games, players will be able to play out a scenario that not only transforms Keldeo into a new form but also teaches it its signature move!
Because the Colt Pokémon cannot be found during normal gameplay, this distribution is the only way Pokémon players can receive it at this time. During the distribution period, 15th September through 10th October, Pokémon fans can bring their handheld console from the Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS family of systems and a copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version to selected EB Games and Target stores and receive a Keldeo that knows Aqua Jet, Leer, Double Kick, and BubbleBeam. As a Fighting- and Water-type Pokémon, Keldeo excels at moves that are super effective against seven different Pokémon types: Normal, Fire, Ice, Ground, Rock, Dark, and Steel.
Powerful in its own right, when transferred into Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2, Keldeo can learn its signature move, Secret Sword, and transform into Resolute Form, a new look that features a more prominent horn on its head. Secret Sword is a Fighting-type move, well suited to Keldeo's high Special Attack stat. Because Keldeo can learn this move from the very first stages of Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2, it will be a powerful ally as you continue your adventure.
This exciting Mythical Pokémon distribution opportunity is for a limited time only, so be sure to head to selected EB Games and Target stores between 15th September and 10th October!
To receive the Original Form Keldeo during the distribution time period, you will need:
Aug 17, 2012/ News
Penélope and Mónica Cruz get competitive with New Super Mario Bros. 2, launching for Nintendo 3DS on 18th August
Penélope Cruz, the Academy Award®-winning actress, has joined forces with her sister, fellow actress Mónica Cruz, to star in a new campaign for New Super Mario Bros. 2, the side-scrolling Mario game launching on 18th August for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL.
The TV advert, which will now launch in Australia, sees Mónica and Penélope taking a bet on which sister will reach the Goal Pole at the end of the course first - with a rather unusual forfeit for who finishes last... Watch the full advert at the official Nintendo AU YouTube channel and find out how the Cruz sisters settle a score after a romp through the Mushroom Kingdom!
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the first traditional side-scrolling Mario game to be made especially for the Nintendo 3DS system. It offers classic elements that Mario fans will love but also introduces several new concepts that add a fresh spin on the cherished gameplay. This time around, the many courses of the Mushroom Kingdom are littered with more coins than ever to collect - with the challenge of gathering one million as the ultimate goal.
The challenging Coin Rush mode delivers a careful balance between risk and reward, as players are tasked to complete three randomly selected courses while collecting as many coins as possible without ever failing once. Coin Rush scores can be shared as challenges with other players met via StreetPass(TM), while the option to play the entire adventure in Co-op Play together with a friend is another first for a handheld Mario platformer.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 truly is a family affair and will be available in Australian and New Zealand stores and, for the first time, simultaneously as a digital download from Nintendo eShop on 18th August.
Jul 30, 2012/ News
Dive into the world of Pokémon like never before when two new Nintendo DS Pokémon games and a downloadable Nintendo 3DS title arrive this October. The Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games are set to launch for the Nintendo DS family of systems (playable on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL in 2D mode) on 11th October, 2012. The Pokémon Dream Radar game will also be available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on the same day. This downloadable Nintendo 3DS title allows Nintendo 3DS owners to catch some of their favourite Pokémon, including some very rare ones, and transfer them into Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.
The Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games bring players back to the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Although this game takes place in a familiar region, there are many new areas to discover, and changes to familiar places for you to explore. One new area is Virbank City, home to Pokéstar Studios. Players will be able to visit Pokéstar Studios and star in their own movie with their favourite Pokémon. The movie a player creates premieres at the in-game theatre, where the audience gives it a rating. If a movie does well, players can make additional movies or even create sequels to existing movies. There are many movie genres to choose from, including romance, comedy and horror.
The Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games will also give fans of the original games a chance to catch up with some familiar friends. In this game, Cheren and Bianca return in new roles. Bianca is now the assistant to Professor Juniper, helping her with Pokémon research and Cheren is now a Gym Leader and a teacher at a school in Aspertia City - the starting location for this adventure.
In these games, players will also be able to catch Pokémon from outside the Unova region - such as Eevee, Riolu, Tyranitar, Arcanine and Mareep- right from the start of the game.
In addition, Nintendo has revealed new information about the Pokémon World Tournament that debuts in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Enter the Pokémon World Tournament, an exciting battle arena where players can challenge numerous Gym Leaders and Champions from previous Pokémon video games. Fans of the series will be able to battle trainers like Lance, Champion from the Johto region, and Volkner, Gym Leader from the Sinnoh region. Players can also use a variety of battle styles and moves found in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 against these classic opponents.
If playing on Nintendo 3DS, players can also transfer Pokémon they have caught with the Pokémon Dream Radar game into their Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games. The Pokémon Dream Radar game lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, to discover and catch Pokémon, many with special hidden abilities. Players can also catch hard-to-find Pokémon such as the new Therian Formes of Legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.
Also launching later this Spring for purchase on the Nintendo eShop, the new Pokédex 3D Pro application for Nintendo 3DS allows players to learn all about their favourite Pokémon. This enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3D includes detailed information on over 640 Pokémon! The Pokédex 3D Pro application includes in-depth sorting, comparison and ranking tools, as well as comprehensive details on what abilities each Pokémon can learn and how it evolves. Players can also take photos of Pokémon in the real world through its unique use of Augmented Reality Viewer.
For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2, Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro, click here.
Jul 9, 2012/ News
As a special gift to all Pokémon fans that are playing Pokémon Conquest, enter this password to make Gyrados appear in your Kingdom the following in-game month.
Click here for details on how to enter this password.
Jul 4, 2012/ News
Nintendo Australia can confirm KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will launch in Australia and New Zealand on the 26th July 2012.
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] features new worlds and never-before seen gameplay elements in the KINGDOM HEARTS series that are sure to excite both fans and newcomers. You take control of two of the most famous KINGDOM HEARTS protagonists, Sora and Riku, in an adventure that sees you meet a colourful cast of Disney characters, many of which are making their 3D handheld title debut.
Beloved Disney worlds, such as La Cité des Cloches (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and "The Grid" (TRON: Legacy) also make their series debut.
For more information, visit the official KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] website.
Jun 27, 2012/ News
On Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop offers games, applications, trailers and more - all available for instant download. Nintendo eShop opened its doors in June last year, and to celebrate over one year in business, we're giving you the opportunity to get some of the best-selling Nintendo eShop titles of the first year at discounted prices!
There'll be a selection of ten great games available at 20% off, from beloved vintage Nintendo titles to new classics:
From June 22nd until June 28th, the following games will be available at a discount:
From June 28th until July 5th, these titles will be reduced:
These deals won't last forever, so grab yourself a bargain before they go, and raise a smile for Nintendo eShop's first anniversary!
To see our latest games in the spotlight, find out more about our digital store, and view helpful tutorials, visit our dedicated Nintendo eShop page.
Jun 22, 2012/ News
Larger Version of Nintendo 3DS System Launches for $249.95* srp on August 23rd in Australia and New Zealand
A big year for the Nintendo 3DS system is about to get even bigger. In a Nintendo Direct video on June 22nd, Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available in Australia and New Zealand on August 23rd at the suggested retail price of $249.95*, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go.
Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Silver + Black, Red + Black, and Blue + Black. The new system's battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. With upcoming titles such as New Super Mario Bros. 2 (launching 18th August) being available as digital downloads as well as boxed retail games, you will be glad of the extra space.
Nintendo 3DS XL launches on 23rd August alongside New Art Academy, a new entry in the Art Academy series. The larger screens of Nintendo 3DS XL mean users will have even more room to unleash their creativity while enjoying art lessons that teach real-world drawing and painting techniques.
*All prices quoted are Suggested Retail Price (SRP) in Australian dollars
Jun 22, 2012/ News
As the days grow cold and wet, give the Winter blues the flick this School Holidays by heading down to The Nintendo Experience, 67 Swanston St, Melbourne.
With something for everyone, check out the free events listed below to see what takes your fancy, or pop into the store any time to take part in the colouring competition!
There's loads more activities happening at The Nintendo Experience these school holidays, so please check with the store for more details.
Super Mario Spectacular
When: Saturday 30th June, 10am - 4pm
Cosplay competition at 2pm
With New Super Mario Bros. 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U on the horizon, it's time to celebrate and brush up on a few Mario classics with a fun-filled day for the whole family. After receiving your special lanyard, take a tour through some Mario classics, old and new, on your way to receiving a special showbag* with plenty of goodies inside.
Show your true colours and take part in the Mario Cosplay Competition, where the best will walk away with games and trophies!
*Showbags are limited to the first 200 to finish their tour.
Mario Tennis Open Tournament
When: Wednesday 4th July, 10am - 4pm
Registration closes Midday
Mario recently smashed his way onto Nintendo 3DS in Mario Tennis Open, with all new ways to play and enjoy tennis with Mario and friends.
This tournament is sure to serve up an afternoon of fun with a single elimination tournament with prizes and trophies for the top 3 placed players!
With special lanyards for all who attend on the day and the chance to play a range of classic tennis games on Wii, this day is sure to ace its way through a rainy Wednesday.
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Battle Tournament
When: Sunday 15th July, 10am - 4pm
Registration closes Midday
Brush up on your Pokémon skills ahead of the release of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 later in the year at the latest battle competition to hit The Nintendo Experience in Melbourne. Train up your favourite Pokémon and put them to the test in this single-elimination, double-battle format competition. Full rules will be available in store on the day.
With prizes and trophies up for grabs, each competitor will also receive a special lanyard for competing. What better way to prepare for a big year of Pokémon ahead?
Jun 21, 2012/ News
Looking forward to new info, trailers and other news about the latest games - as well as titles coming up on the horizon - for Nintendo 3DS? Then look no further than the next edition of Nintendo Direct this Friday, June 22nd at 2pm AEST.
The European Nintendo Direct of June 22nd will be hosted by Satoru Shibata, President of Nintendo of Europe. The live broadcast will contain European details but stay tuned to nintendo.com.au for local Australian and New Zealand news.
Later you'll also be able to watch some of the videos on Nintendo eShop.
We hope you look forward to finding out more about the latest Nintendo updates & game news. Enjoy the show!
Jun 14, 2012/ News
Following on from all the new information released at E3 last week, Nintendo Australia can confirm New Super Mario Bros. 2 will release on the 18th August in Australia and New Zealand, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first title to release in-store and digitally, providing consumers the option to either purchase the game at retail stores or download the entire game directly from Nintendo eShop and participating retail partners.
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has a new objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with more gold coins than ever before and it's up to players to collect as many coins as possible throughout their adventure. Every level is filled with golden opportunities, such as gold rings that turn enemies into valuable gold versions and a Gold Flower that gives Mario the ability to turn almost anything in his path into coins. The game records all the coins players collect throughout the game, so completing a level is only part of the fun!
Also, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is an all-new side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario and Luigi! Two players who each own the game will have the option to play the entire game in two-player multi-player mode using local wireless. Coin Rush Mode allows players to collect as many coins as possible and challenge friends to beat their record via StreetPass.
Jun 12, 2012/ News
Nintendo announces Heroes of Ruin to launch on the 21st June 2012 in Australia and New Zealand, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Heroes of Ruin is a brand new adventure game created specifically for Nintendo 3DS, pushing social and online interaction to the forefront of gameplay through innovative use of the Nintendo 3DS hardware.
Heroes can choose to take the battle to the next level by connecting locally or over the internet to fight alongside their friends in cooperative multiplayer. Players can trade rare and powerful items through an in-game shop which has an inventory updated through StreetPass. Connect your Nintendo 3DS console online to download fresh daily challenges which allow you to earn rewards as you play.
The game challenges players to carve their own adventure as a Gunslinger, Alchitect, Vindicator or Savage, create and customise characters and battle an array of fearsome and dangerous creatures through an environment with routes that change with every play.
To view the latest 3D trailer from Tim Schwalk, producer of Heroes of Ruin at n-space, introducing the multiplayer aspects visit Nintendo eShop.
Jun 7, 2012/ News
Nintendo revealed a massive line-up of first- and third-party video games for its upcoming Wii U home console on June 5 at the E3 expo in LA, including new games in the Super Mario Bros., Pikmin, Wii Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, Assassin's Creed and Just Dance franchises.
All announcements made are global, please keep checking nintendo.com.au for Australian and New Zealand specific info!
The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. Video game publishers from around the world, including Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, SEGA, THQ and NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. are demonstrating how their biggest franchises are being reimagined for Wii U.
In addition to the wide array of established brands shown during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, Nintendo also revealed new games like Nintendo Land, a Wii U game set in a virtual theme park with a dozen attractions inspired by fan-favourite Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. Just as the motion-controlled games in Wii Sports helped players discover the fun of the Wii console, Nintendo Land brings the promise of the GamePad to life with a range of single-player and multiplayer experiences.
Nintendo Land introduces the entirely new dynamic of asymmetric gameplay, where the images being displayed on the GamePad are entirely different than what is seen on the TV. Giving the player with the GamePad different information, viewpoints, advantages and objectives creates completely new cooperative and competitive opportunities, and enables novice and advanced players to enjoy games together while not being forced to play above or below their skill level.
"The GamePad doesn't just introduce a new type of gameplay, it redefines an entire dynamic. With asymmetric gameplay, multiple experiences are possible in the same game at the same time. That's transformative," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "While games are the focus of this year's E3, the Wii U story also includes the enhanced social connections and integrated entertainment experiences created by the GamePad. We're providing a glimpse of that with the introduction of Miiverse and by revealing partnerships with some of the biggest content providers on the planet."
Mario will leap onto Wii U in New Super Mario Bros. U, a new side-scrolling adventure that introduces new transformations for Mario and the ability for players to play as their Mii characters. The game also introduces the new Boost Mode, which can be used to add blocks, to help players avoid enemies, enable Mario to discover secrets or allow multiple players working together to perform a speed run in record time.
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a number of original and popular Nintendo franchises, joined the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 to introduce Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in nearly eight years. The game includes new challenges, new characters and mysterious new Pikmin types. The Wii U GamePad creates new player experiences for the real-time strategy franchise by reinventing the control scheme and challenging players in exciting new ways. Pikmin 3 also takes advantage of the HD capabilities of Wii U to more elaborately depict the rich natural landscapes, various creatures and the lovable Pikmin.
SiNG (working title) is a new interactive musical performance game for Wii U that gets everyone at the party involved in the music. With dozens of popular songs to choose from, everyone from novice singers and dancers to budding stars can join in on the fun. The main performer holds the GamePad while others in the room sing, dance and clap along with the music.
Wii Fit U is a new instalment in the Wii Fit series, a brand that has sold more than 40 million units worldwide. The game combines fun and fitness with new exercises and activities, and incorporates the GamePad in unique ways. It's compatible with the existing Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus owners can transfer their existing workout data. Nintendo also revealed the Fit Meter, an advanced activity monitor that will be packaged with the game which enables users to track fitness activities throughout the day, and upload that data back into Wii Fit U.
In LEGO City: Undercover developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo, players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they'll use the Wii U GamePad as a map, communicator and indispensable crime scanner. This is the first time that the LEGO City play sets have come to life on a gaming platform and it's exclusively on the Wii U console.
Also exclusive to the Wii U is a new franchise from Ubisoft called ZombiU, which puts players in the middle of London circa 2012 where an outbreak has infected the population, destroying their humanity and turning them into mindless monsters. Ubisoft will also bring the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed III to Wii U, as well as Just Dance 4, a new instalment in the Just Dance series.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is supporting Wii U with Batman: Arkham City: Armoured Edition, an enhanced version of Batman: Arkham City, which includes new gameplay that makes distinct use of the unique features of the GamePad. The publisher will also introduce Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U, marking the first appearance of the imaginative Scribblenauts series on a home console.
Other Wii U games revealed during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 include Mass Effect 3 from Electronic Arts, Darksiders II from THQ, Aliens: Colonial Marines from SEGA, TANK! TANK! TANK! and TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 (working title) from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.,Trine 2: Director's Cut from Frozenbyte and Rayman Legends, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, Sports Connection, Rabbids Land and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from Ubisoft.
Nintendo also revealed details about Miiverse, a new network communication system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalised Mii characters, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about, or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult level, or discover new elements of their favourite games that they never knew existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community. Eventually Wii U owners will be able to join Miiverse from a Nintendo 3DS system, PC or any smartphone or Web-capable mobile device.
Nintendo also revealed details about its broader entertainment strategy and the impact that the GamePad will have on how we find, interact with and watch video content. The company is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience.
In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen and dual analogue sticks, the Wii U GamePad also includes traditional buttons for gaming and the ability to function as a TV remote. Users can change channels or adjust the sound, whether they are playing games or just watching TV. The GamePad is tied to the console and TV, providing a perfectly integrated experience, no matter how it's being used. Players can move games from the TV to the GamePad, and different players can enjoy different experiences in the same game, depending on which controller they opt to use.
The Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 also featured games for the portable Nintendo 3DS system, including Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. More information about these and other games will be announced during a separate hour long presentation at 11:00am EST on June 7th. Members of the public can watch the event online at http://e3.nintendo.com
A replay of the complete Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, a "virtual hands-on" video that gives consumers who can't attend E3 a taste of the Wii U experience and additional Wii U and game details will be online at http://e3.nintendo.com
Remember, all announcements made are global, please keep checking www.nintendo.com.au for Australian and New Zealand specific info!
Jun 3, 2012/ News
It's E3 time of year again and over the next week you can expect to hear about lots of exciting new games and features from Nintendo heading your way soon.
We'll be hosting our Nintendo E3 presentation on Tuesday June 6th AEST, live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, but in order to kick off with a bang, we have a very special Nintendo Direct Pre E3 presentation on Wii U hosted by Global President Satoru Iwata.
Make sure you tune in for a headstart on exclusive Wii U information, direct from Nintendo, on June 4th at 8am AEST at the Nintendo Direct pre E3 presentation website. Don't worry if you can't watch it at these times - the presentation will be available after the live broadcast to watch as and when you prefer!
Jun 1, 2012/ News
Updated AUG 1 2012
Nintendo Australia would like to congratulate the following winners of the recent "It's-a me! Mario! Nintendo 3DS Campaign". These winners have won a limited edition Mario-themed Nintendo 3DS console!
All winners have been notified by email.
Click here to see the list of winners.
Jun 1, 2012/ News
Nintendo's All-Access Programming to Be Shared on the Web, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter -
The 2012 E3 Expo is right around the corner, and fans from all over the world can look forward to accessing the latest Nintendo news right from the comfort of their homes. Nintendo will be using a mix of online and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the video game industry's biggest annual trade show, taking place June 6-8 AEST at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Featured content will include the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, which viewers can access online at: http://e3.nintendo.com on June 6 at 02:00am AEST (9 a.m.U.S.A Pacific time). Don't fancy staying up all night? Check back to http://e3.nintendo.com to watch the conference and find out the latest announcements. Fans also will enjoy easy access to news and updates from Nintendo on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter throughout the E3 Expo, including information about the Nintendo 3DS handheld system and the upcoming Wii U console.
All announcements made will be global, please keep checking nintendo.com.au for Australian and New Zealand specific info!
Fans can choose from the following convenient ways to experience Nintendo content during the E3 Expo:
o Twitter: Australian & New Zealand Twitter users can follow Nintendo @NintendoEurope to receive tweets directly from the show. Nintendo representatives will also be live-tweeting events such as the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 on June 6. Remember to check back to nintendo.com.au for all Australian and New Zealand related news.
o Facebook: Facebook users can visit and Like the Nintendo page at http://www.facebook.com/nintendo to get regular updates from the E3 Expo and connect with other Nintendo fans. A special E3 Expo tab will make it simple to access E3 Expo content, including video clips and a Nintendo Instagram gallery. The Nintendo @ E3 Expo app will also allow users to stream the Nintendo All-A Remember to check back to nintendo.com.au for all Australian and New Zealand related news.ccess Presentation @ E3 2012 and other events on Facebook.
o YouTube: Nintendo will be posting video updates from the show on its YouTube Channels at: http://www.youtube.com/user/NintendoAU
The lineup of videos will include sneak peeks at upcoming hardware and software as well as interviews with game developers.
o Web: Fans can go online to visit the Nintendo All-Access @ E3 2012 website at http://e3.nintendo.com for in-depth information about new and upcoming games and hardware from Nintendo. The site will be optimised for smartphones, so people can keep up-to-date while on the go.
Presented annually by the Entertainment Software Association, the E3 Expo attracts video game professionals, journalists, analysts and business partners from around the globe. Additional information is available at http://www.e3expo.com
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Two new Pokémon titles for Nintendo 3DS are coming soon, complementing the upcoming launch of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 for the Nintendo DS family of systems later this year. In addition to the new entries into the series, Pokédex 3D Pro and Pokémon Dream Radar will both release in Australia and New Zealand in Spring 2012, giving players new ways to capture and learn about their favourite Pokémon.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 bring players back to the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Players who are familiar with Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version will immediately notice that the Unova region has transformed significantly in the new games. Embark on a brand new adventure starting in the new Aspertia City and discover what strange events are occurring and why the Unova region has changed two years after Team Plasma's defeat.
Players can also look forward to two new Legendary Pokémon, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, which are featured on the games' packaging. These powerful Legendary Pokémon each boast new devastating Ice-type signature moves; Black Kyurem knows Freeze Shock and White Kyurem comes ready for battle with Ice Burn. Black Kyurem will be available exclusively in Pokémon Black Version 2, while White Kyurem will only be found in Pokémon White Version 2. Developed for the Nintendo DS family of systems, the games can also be played on the Nintendo 3DS system in 2D mode.
Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control, and augmented reality technology by moving the Nintendo 3DS to discover hidden Pokémon. Shooting the Pokémon with beams allows players to catch them. Caught Pokémon from Pokémon Dream Radar can be transferred into Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, helping players build their roster of Pokémon. Pokémon Dream Radar also includes some hard to get Pokémon, giving players even more incentive to catch them for their game. Pokémon Dream Radar will be available for purchase via download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Pokédex 3D Pro is a fully enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3D application that includes detailed information about the more than 600 Pokémon featured in the history of the Pokémon video game series. Pokédex 3D Pro will include in-depth sorting, comparison and ranking tools, as well as comprehensive details on what moves each Pokémon can learn and how it evolves. The application also includes extensive augmented reality capabilities, including the ability to take photos of Pokémon in the real world. With Pokédex 3D Pro, all Pokémon are unlocked from the start, allowing players to access a wealth of information that will be useful as they play through Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Pokédex 3D Pro will be available for purchase via download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, Pokédex 3D Pro and Pokémon Dream Radar, visit www.pokemon.com.
May 24, 2012/ News
A massive Yoshi hunt will soon take place in Australia and New Zealand to coincide with today's launch of Mario Tennis Open! The hunt, entitled The Yoshi Chase, will involve tracking down a number of different-coloured Yoshis, playable in Mario Tennis Open, through corresponding QR codes released over the coming weeks.
The Black Yoshi and White Yoshi will be the first to be released but there are many more in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled.
The Black Yoshi will be distributed through EB Game stores and the White Yoshi through JB Hifi stores across Australia and New Zealand to coincide with the first weekend of Mario Tennis Open release. Get yourself into stores to hunt down these great exclusive characters!
Mario Tennis Open is packed full of Mario-themed arcade tennis action. Choose from singles or doubles matches, single player and multiplayer modes and a variety of special games such as Super Mario Tennis, Ring Shot and Galaxy Rally. With easy-to-pick-up-and-play gameplay and a range of modes to suit your mood, you will be serving up a storm before you know it.
May 15, 2012/ News
A creative new entry in the Pokémon family of video games delivers a new way for fans to enjoy this legendary series on the Nintendo DS family of systems. Pokémon Conquest, set to launch on the 21st June 2012, offers a fun new way to play Pokémon in a unique world called Ransei that is filled with adventure. Developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES Co., Ltd., the 2D game can also be played on the Nintendo 3DS system.
In Pokémon Conquest, players take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokémon. Together, they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter a variety of Pokémon, as well as Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. The game contains nearly 200 Pokémon, including many from the recent Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games, which have sold more than 250 thousand* copies combined in Australia and New Zealand.
As the battlefield unfolds in Pokémon Conquest, players must choose the correct Pokémon type to inflict maximum damage on their opponents. In the turn-based skirmishes, players choose different tactics for intense six-on-six battles, and battle conditions can change on every turn, keeping players on their toes in anticipation of what will happen next.
Visit the official Pokémon Conquest game page for more information.
*Sales data collected by The NPD Group Australia
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video game players will get the Pokémon of their dreams, and give their opponents nightmares, when The Pokémon Company International kicks off a special character distribution event next month featuring the Mythical Dark-type Pokémon, Darkrai. The elusive Darkrai comes equipped with a special attack and special Ability that send opposing Pokémon into a frightful scenario when used together. Specific details about the special attack and special Ability will be revealed when the Darkrai character distribution begins May 9th.
Coinciding with the Darkrai character distribution is the retail release of the Pokémon TCG: Black & White--Dark Explorers expansion. This brand-new expansion features Darkrai-EX and an intimidating lineup of other Darkness-type Pokémon such as Zoroark, Umbreon, and Sableye that will knock your opponent's lights out! The Pokémon TCG: Black & White--Dark Explorers includes more powerful Pokémon-EX cards that inflict serious damage during battle, including Tornadus-EX, Kyogre-EX, Raikou-EX, and Groudon-EX.
Find out more about the Darkrai character distribution and view Pokémon TCG: Black & White--Dark Explorers cards at Pokemon.com this May!
To participate in the Darkrai character distribution event beginning May 9th via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, players will need:
Prepare to hide behind your couch because Nintendo and TECMO KOEI GAMES are set to re-launch one of the scariest horror titles from the legendary Project Zero series this June exclusively for Wii. With all new motion gameplay features and innovative new two player modes, horror fans looking for interesting ways to get their scares need look no further than Project Zero 2: Wii Edition, launching 28th June 2012 in Australia and New Zealand.
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is a remake of the classic survival horror game Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly and sees you take on the role of Mio as she explores a mysterious cursed village with her twin sister Mayu. When Mayu follows a Crimson Butterfly deep into the woods, Mio has no choice but to follow when eventually they stumble across the seemingly abandoned village. Only by helping the girls to uncover the secrets of an ancient ritual and the abandoned village, now permanently shrouded in an eerie darkness, can you hope to escape it's grasp.
As you explore the dark and foreboding village it becomes apparent that you are not alone and the Twins are attacked by the ghosts of the former inhabitants. The spirits that haunt the village can once again only be defeated by using the Camera Obscura, a mythical weapon that allows you to interact with the spirit world. Whenever there is a ghost nearby you will see an indicator at the top of the screen showing how close it is to you; red indicates an evil spirit and blue that the spirit is good or non-offensive. Watch out because they could be behind you waiting to attack!
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition utilises the unique Wii motion controls allowing you to really feel as if you are in the haunted environment, your trusty flashlight is integral when exploring and moving the Wii Remote to explore every inch of the environment will allow you find hidden items and secrets. If you get too scared when reaching out to open doors or while picking up items, then you can release your grip or retract your hand by releasing the A Button. This new functionality can also be used to quickly avoid any ghostly presences which may prevent you from grasping items! So, be careful what you do, because you don't know what is lurking in the darkness and what you might find.
New to Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is the Haunted House mode, a real test of your courage that tries to scare you at every turn. The action is on rails and resembles an amusement park, 'haunted house' ride, by using your Wii Remote and Nunchuk you can move forward and look around your environment using the flashlight. You will be surprised at every corner with a series of increasingly scary situations and ghosts will appear randomly to make you jump.
To add to the fun a second player can join in and actually play against you, they will be able to control when the ghosts appear and also what sounds are emitted by the speaker in your Wii Remote. Their ultimate goal is to scare you so much with their unexpected scenes that you jump out of your seat.
To master the Camera Obscura and battle cursed spirits in the classic story mode and all new innovative Haunted House mode then look no further than Project Zero 2: Wii Edition when it launches on the 28th June 2012.
25th April, 2012 - Nintendo fans will have no shortage of reasons to smile this year as double Mario and Pokémon fun, as well as a new system update are all set to arrive on Nintendo 3DS within the upcoming months.
Nintendo can confirm that it plans to launch New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new, yet traditional side-scrolling Mario adventure game featuring Mario, Luigi and lots of other favourite characters from the Mario universe. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game is set to launch in Australia and New Zealand this August.
Nintendo fans in Australia and New Zealand are in for a double Mario treat, as they can also look ahead to the 24th May launch of Mario Tennis Open for Nintendo 3DS. Mario Tennis Open invites players to step onto the court with Mario and his friends for fast-paced tennis action and a mix of remarkable new tennis challenges. Players can play as their own customised Mii characters and choose from approximately 200 special items, including rackets and tennis gear that not only enhance their character's appearance but also modify their abilities. Players can also suit up their Mii characters with outfits that both resemble and offer the skills of popular Nintendo characters.
Mario Tennis Open will also feature an array of multiplayer options which include local play with friends and family in the same room or Download Play, which will allow up to 4 players to enjoy a game of tennis together using just one Game Card. There is also a very special online multiplayer mode which will allow you to play with friends and family and those in your local region online. If you fancy yourself as a tennis pro then make sure you tackle the regional leaderboard to see if you have what it takes to become a regional champion.
On 25th April, the next System Update is planned for Nintendo 3DS and will provide you with brand new functions to explore. By downloading* this update, you can create folders on the system's HOME Menu to organise your content. This new feature is designed to make it easier than ever for you to access your favourite downloaded games, videos and demos. Other elements of the update include the ability to receive "update data" distributions, such as the Mario Kart 7 "update data" scheduled across Australia and New Zealand in mid-May that resolves shortcut exploits in the game. Once this "update data" is released Mario Kart 7 players will need to ensure that they download it from Nintendo eShop in order to play online.
There will also be two new Pokémon download offerings coming later this year for Nintendo 3DS via Nintendo eShop. The first is a new motion-controlled shooting game which will bring Pokémon into the real world, right in front of your eyes, using the AR (Augmented Reality) features of the Nintendo 3DS system. You will need to move your Nintendo 3DS system and aim at the Pokémon moving around you in order to capture them. You may even have the chance to catch extremely rare Pokémon in this way. Once you have captured some Pokémon you will be able to transfer them to the new Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games which will launch across Australia and New Zealand for Nintendo DS, but which can also be played on Nintendo 3DS, later this spring.
When deciding your strategies for the new Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games, the second Pokémon download offering - a brand new Pokédex - is sure to be a big help. The original Pokédex 3D, which became available last year as a free download from Nintendo eShop, contained detailed data on over 150 Pokémon from the first Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games. But with this new version of the Pokédex, you will be able to check out every single Pokémon in the history of the Pokémon series. There will be many other new features too, so make sure you keep an eye out for further announcements.
If you are a Wii player, would you dare to revisit one of the scariest games of all time? If so, you are in luck as Nintendo and TECMO KOEI GAMES are set to re-launch one of the scariest horror titles from the legendary Project Zero series exclusively for Wii. With all-new motion gameplay features and innovative, new two-player modes, horror fans looking for interesting ways to get their scares need look no further than Project Zero 2: Wii Edition, which will launch in 28th June across Australia and New Zealand.
*To perform the free and simple recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply:
** All information provided in European Nintendo Direct is specific to the European market. Australasia specific information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Apr 19, 2012/ News
The Special Games mode in Mario Tennis Open lets players hone their tennis skills while enjoying tennis games with a Mario twist. Players can check out games such as Super Mario Tennis, which puts a classic Super Mario Bros. twist on tennis drilling. As they play through familiar game levels, they can use their tennis swing to stomp Goombas, and Koopas as they work their way toward the goal.
People can play as their favourite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom or even compete as their Mii characters. They can also customise their Mii characters with Mushroom Kingdom-themed tennis gear, which not only enhances players' appearances but also can boost their stats. The wide selection of available gear includes Bowser's favourite racket, a Bullet Bill outfit and Peach's tennis shoes.
In addition to a singles tennis match mode, up to four players can also compete online in multiplayer doubles matches. Players can also compete online for leaderboard standings in the Open Match mode.
Whether playing with other Nintendo 3DS owners in the same room or against distant friends using a wireless broadband internet connection, players can cooperate to take on a common opponent or stay competitive and try to claim the glory for themselves.
Players can opt to use intuitive touch-screen controls or the traditional button controls which are close to the controls for previous titles of this series. They can also switch seamlessly to the Nintendo 3DS system's built-in motion controls.
Apr 17, 2012/ News
To celebrate the 4th anniversary of Club Nintendo we have introduced new items to the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue.
Go gold with Club Nintendo's exclusive "Gold" edition Nunchuk. A perfect companion for your Wii Remote.
*Stock for this item is limited
Nintendo 3DS Pouch : Mario Hat / Luigi Hat
Stars: 1300 each
A soft pouch for storing your Nintendo 3DS console in the iconic style of Mario's or Luigi's hat.
Also fits Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS Lite and Nintendo DS (does not fit Nintendo DSi XL).
Club Nintendo is Nintendo's loyalty programme, which you can join by registering Nintendo products. By registering products, Club Nintendo members start collecting Stars, which can be exchanged for goodies in our Stars Catalogue.
All items are subject to availability.
Mar 21, 2012/ News
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games hit Australian stores in March 2011 and within one week sales combined sales exceeded 77,000* units - smashing all previous records for week one sales of a Nintendo game in Australia. To date, combined sales are now at more than 251,000 units.** Coming off the record-breaking popularity of these games Nintendo Australia announces today that two new Pokémon titles, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, are coming to Australia and New Zealand Spring 2012. Fans can anticipate plenty of new surprises when the games launch later this year.
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be available for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The games can also be played on Nintendo 3DS in 2D. More game details will be announced throughout the year.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.Pokémon.com.
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii home console, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.
* Sales data collected by Nintendo from retail partner reporting
** Sales data collected by The NPD Group Australia
Mar 15, 2012/ News
Available now on your Nintendo 3DS, via Nintendo Video, is the first of six Kid Icarus anime videos. Produced by three top studios, Production I.G, Studio 4°C and Shaft Inc., the 3D animations will be presented in six clips on a weekly basis.
Thanatos Rising features the angel Pit and his battle against Medusa's minions.
Medusa's Revenge tells the tale of Medusa, the Goddess of the Underworld, and her rivalry with Palutena, which stretches from far into Pit's past right up to the present day.
Palutena's Revolting Dinner centres around the Goddess Palutena and her attempts to deal with a great catastrophe in her Skyworld home.
Don't miss these exciting 3D adventures set in the world of the game - Kid Icarus: Uprising. Stay tuned to Nintendo video as new content is released regularly.
About Nintendo Video:
Nintendo Video allows you to receive assorted kinds of exciting 3D video content via SpotPass without lifting a finger! With a broad range of 2D and 3D videos available, such as movie trailers, sports clips, music videos, cartoons and more, there is sure to be content to appeal to everyone.
When you have access to a wireless Internet connection, you will automatically receive videos which will be saved for a limited time on your Nintendo 3DS system. You can watch the videos repeatedly, until they are replaced by new content.
Mar 15, 2012/ News
Pandora's Tower is the latest action-packed RPG to come from Nintendo and will be available exclusively on Wii from 12th April 2012. With real-time combat, motion controls, multiple endings and a unique relationship system, Pandora's Tower offers a unique experience and an epic story that will keep you engrossed for hours.
In Pandora's Tower you take on the role of Aeron, a soldier, as he battles to save his beloved friend Elena from a mysterious curse that is gradually transforming her into a demonic creature. Only by battling through the towers of a nearby fortress can Aeron save her from her gruesome fate. Using his sword and the magical Oraclos Chain, Aeron must defeat the creatures that lurk there and harvest their meat to feed to Elena. Only by eating all of the "master flesh", harvested from the largest monsters within each tower, will Elena be fully cured of the curse and free from its monstrous grip.
By returning to Elena to feed her meat from the smaller monsters, you can slow down the transformation - but only temporarily. You will need to carefully judge when it is best to return to her, as not coming back in time could lead to Elena's permanent transformation into a demonic beast.
Multiple possible endings and a New Game+ mode means that Pandora's Tower has great replay value and by mastering the unique relationship system you can change Aeron and Elena's fate. You must not only decide when to return to Elena to stem the tide of her curse, but also what items to give to her. After spending time speaking to her you will become more familiar with her plight and leaving her to continue your quest may become more difficult. Taking the time to build a bond with Elena could even change the ultimate ending of the story.
While exploring the labyrinthine towers you'll come across a wide variety of items. Mavda, a mysterious travelling merchant who can upgrade your weapons, can create special new items by combining two or more items that you have found on your journey. The items that you have discovered while exploring the towers can be given to Elena as gifts to strengthen your bond or be used to help you on your quest to battle the 13 masters - the choice is yours.
Pandora's Tower features an epic storyline with multiple endings affected by the decisions you make. Explore 13 challenging towers on a mission to save your friend, set to a powerful soundtrack consisting of some of the most popular classical music in the world, including composers such as Verdi and Tchaikovsky. Every decision you make will affect your ultimate success. The choice is yours.
Pandora's Tower launches exclusively for Wii on 12th April 2012.
Mar 13, 2012/ News
Add the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram or Zekrom to your game with a special distribution event beginning on March 10th and ending April 8th via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service*! The Pokémon that you'll receive into your copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version will be the Pokémon that is not available in that version during normal gameplay. So, you'll receive Reshiram into your Pokémon White Version game and Zekrom into your Pokémon Black Version game.
These Legendary Pokémon are Level 100, and have moves that make them extremely powerful in battle. Plus, you'll know they are special Pokémon because they come in a Cherish Ball and are adorned with a Wish Ribbon.
The opportunity to get these Legendary Pokémon won't be around long, so don't miss your chance to get Reshiram or Zekrom for your game!
*Wireless broadband access required for online features. For more information visit the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection website
How to get Reshiram or Zekrom via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection distribution
To get Reshiram or Zekrom, you need:
To receive one of the Legendary Pokémon in your copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version
Feb 24, 2012/ News
Over 25 years after the launch of the original Kid Icarus, Kid Icarus: Uprising comes to Nintendo 3DS on 29th March
Nintendo has revealed new details about the storyline and single-player game play in Kid Icarus: Uprising, which will launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on 29th March. Over 25 years after the launch of the original Kid Icarus game for NES, Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights.
Introduction: The game's story begins with the return of the Queen of the Underworld, Medusa, and her Underworld Army. Pit, a heroic angel, with the help of Palutena, goddess of light and guardian of the human race, must combat the forces of darkness as he battles Medusa and her minions by air and by land.
Fiend's Cauldron: An incredible new system that allows players to customise their play experience, the Fiend's Cauldron lets players adjust their desired Intensity ranging from 0.0 to 9.0 for each individual Chapter. As the Intensity increases, enemies will be more aggressive, have more energy and hit harder but players will be able to earn more Hearts and more powerful weapon drops by defeating them. Hearts are also used by players to purchase new weapons. The standard Intensity is set at 2.0 but players can precisely adjust this by 0.1 increments. In order to increase the Intensity, players must bet by placing an increasing number of Hearts into the Fiend's Cauldron. If the player is defeated during the Chapter, some Hearts will be lost and the Intensity will automatically be lowered.
Weapons: A wide variety of collectible weapons offers an extraordinary amount of replay value. With nine different categories of weapons, ranging from Divine Bows to Shot Claws, players can learn the unique characteristics of each weapon and determine which is best suited for each battle and their style of play.
Vehicles: Pit will have access to special vehicles during certain parts of his adventure, such as the Exo Tank. Pit can use the tank's powerful drift ability to defeat enemies with the tank's ramming horn.
Stand: Kid Icarus: Uprising uses a control scheme designed to fit the game's unique blend of flight, shooting and melee combat, and offers tremendous precision, speed and depth that rewards dedicated players. The left hand uses the Circle Pad, while the right uses a stylus, both at the same time. Every copy of the game will come with a free stand that holds the Nintendo 3DS at an angle above any flat surface, and provides players with a new kind of gaming experience.
Circle Pad Pro: Kid Icarus: Uprising is compatible with the Circle Pad Pro accessory, offering an alternate control scheme for left-handed players. With the Circle Pad Pro, the player holds the stylus in their left hand and uses the Circle Pad with their right hand.
More details about Kid Icarus: Uprising will be revealed closer to launch.
Feb 23, 2012/ News
Nintendo has been delighted to see many fans creating their own online communities with Mario Kart 7 on Nintendo 3DS. Fans around Australia and New Zealand are all racing against each other, no matter where they are located. Nintendo has decided to make an official community and invite everyone to join - Nintendo AUS/NZ Community.
Meet up online and race other Mario Kart 7 fans from all around Australia and New Zealand, plus special guest challengers!
The first challenge will be racing the staff at Nintendo Australia, Monday 27th February 2012, 6:30pm - 7:30pm (EST).
3, 2, 1....Race!
*Broadband Internet required to join in the fun!
Feb 21, 2012/ News
So you thought the party season was over? Well, it's only just begun as Mario and friends are back in an all-new entertaining family board game as Mario Party 9 launches on Wii 8th March 2012. The latest instalment in the ever-popular Mario Party franchise introduces all-new game modes, battles against bosses and playable characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, making Mario Party 9 a party that everyone will want to be a part of.
The latest addition to the Mario Party series encourages you to think one step ahead of your opponents to collect the most Mini Stars and defeat Bowser. Bowser and his buddies have stolen all the Mini Stars in the sky and it is up to you to achieve the ultimate goal of winning them all back, in order to become the Super Star.
Party Adventure is a new board game mode which rewrites the Mario Party rule book by allowing four people to move through the board in one vehicle. Players take turns as Captain of the vehicle by hitting Dice Blocks to move the party forward, hoping to land on lucky spaces. The vehicles also help to streamline game play and keep everyone involved in the action. This game mode challenges you to work with and against your rivals to compete in exciting Mini games to get the stolen Mini Stars back from Bowser and restore the shimmering night sky.
Mario Party 9 includes 80 brand new Mini games, accessible to all Mario fans and which will find players making pizzas, escaping haunted mansions, and even racing snowmobiles. When playing on a board, the type of space the vehicle lands on determines what type of Mini game is played.
Boss Battle is a brand new Mini game where up to four players must put their differences aside and combine their powers to defeat a series of classic Mario boss characters to collect Mini Stars, leading to a final showdown with Mario's ultimate nemesis, Bowser. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a team game though, while you may need to work together to defeat the bosses, you will win Mini Stars depending on your ranking and the amount of damage you have dealt to each boss. Deliver the final blow for a bonus that increases your chances to win.
New Mini game modes also allow you to play Mini games without having to complete a board, ensuring you can always enjoy the action, as and when, you like. You and up to three of your friends and family can hone your skills at any Mini game in Free Play mode, or try the Extras mode that includes Goomba Bowling and the puzzle-based Castle Clearout.
Mario Party 9 features an array of your favourite Mario characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, as well as introducing a few characters which are completely new to the Mario Party series.
With a host of new game options, characters and 80 new Mini games to master, all you have to do now is decide when to host your Mario party.
Let's Play Wii!
For more information, visit the official Mario Party 9 website.
Feb 16, 2012/ News
Join the quest with Pikachu and his friends to save the missing Pokémon and discover the mystery of an enchanting new world in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, available exclusively for Wii in Australia and New Zealand from 29th March 2012. As Pikachu and his Pals, solve the mystery of the missing Pokémon and save them from Wish Park. Only you can find out who or what is behind the disappearances in order to save the rest of the Pokémon.
Control one of four Pokémon characters in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig, all with unique abilities that will help you in your quest. Each of Pikachu's Pokémon Pals' unique skills could prove vital if you are to save the missing Pokémon from the trance of the mysterious world: Pikachu's Electric-type moves can help you to activate devices on the way; Oshawott has the ability to move through water; Snivy can move faster and jump higher than the other Pokémon, and Tepig can destroy obstacles on your quest.
This wide range of skills allows Pikachu and his Pals to adapt to almost any environment or situation, with easy-to-use controls that make PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond a game that young Pokémon fans and beginners can enjoy just as much as PokéPark veterans.
Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig aren't the only Pokémon you will get to know on your mysterious journey as there are nearly 200 other Pokémon that you can befriend to lend you a hand on your adventure, including many from the Unova region. The other Pokémon can challenge you to games where you may have to battle multiple opponents, play a game of hide-and-seek, partake in a game of chase or even compete in a quiz. Take on these Pokémon to prove your skills and they will reward you by becoming your friend and helping you on your quest to save the Pokémon.
While searching for Pikachu and his Pals, you will encounter Attractions, guarded by a Boss Pokémon. Once you have completed the Attraction, you will have to battle the Boss! You will have a choice of which of the four playable Pokémon you wish to use in the battle, but choose wisely as a particular Pokémon's unique strengths may be best suited to the battle and would therefore give you a greater chance of success.
Can you solve who or what is behind the mystery of the disappearing Pokémon? Join Pikachu and his Pals and befriend and battle many different Pokémon in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, from 29th March 2012 only on Wii.
Jan 30, 2012/ News
Nintendo Australia confirms that TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION will be available for Nintendo 3DS from 23 February 2012.
TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION for Nintendo 3DS sees the famous King of Iron Fist Tournament fought in 3D for the first time, with the unique functionality of the Nintendo 3DS delivering a more realistic and dynamic TEKKEN experience.
Resident Evil Revelations and the new Nintendo 3DS accessory Circle Pad Pro, will be available 2 February. Resident Evil Revelations will be available to players as a standalone game, but can also be played with the Circle Pad Pro. The Circle Pad Pro is a second analogue stick with two more shoulder buttons, enabling you to interact with the environments in Resident Evil Revelations in new ways. Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, available 8 March and Kid Icarus: Uprising available March (date TBC) will also be compatible with the Circle Pad Pro.
Jan 23, 2012/ News
Free demos of selected Nintendo 3DS games are now available to download from the Nintendo eShop. Available right now are Resident Evil Revelations and Cooking Mama 4.
Developed by Capcom specifically to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS features, Resident Evil Revelations delivers a true return to classic Resident Evil survival horror gameplay. The full game launches in Australia and New Zealand on 2nd February, but if you fancy getting your hands on, and test driving this ultimate horror experience before it hits the stores then head over to the Nintendo eShop now to download the Nintendo 3DS demo.
If cooking is your passion, then you must also try out the Nintendo 3DS demo for Cooking Mama 4 from 505 Games. Join Mama as she cooks up a storm and for the first time ever - in full 3D. Decorate Mama's kitchen and customise your utensils as you tilt your Nintendo 3DS to cook in a whole new way like never before.
Make sure you keep checking the Nintendo eShop, as it will be periodically updated with new game demos in the future, including a Nintendo 3DS demo for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D - Hideo Kojima's legendary Metal Gear series from KONAMI. This classic stealth action game will come to Nintendo 3DS this year with stunning 3D visuals and the Nintendo 3DS outer cameras and gyroscopic motion sensor will be used as integral elements within the gameplay. Also keep an eye out for a Nintendo 3DS demo of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games from SEGA.
In addition to Nintendo 3DS demos, the Nintendo eShop also lets you download an array of original Nintendo 3DS Download Software, 3D Classics, Virtual Console and Nintendo DSiWare games directly to your Nintendo 3DS system. If you want to access the Nintendo eShop, make sure you have first performed a system update via a wireless broadband internet connection.
Those who perform the system update will gain access to the Nintendo eShop and will be able to download a variety of applications for free including: the Nintendo Video application - access a range of exclusive 2D and 3D video content; Nintendo Letterbox - send messages, drawings, photos and sounds to your friends; and also Poxédex 3D - watch your Pokémon images come to life in 3D.
Visit the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS now.
Jan 18, 2012/ News
Super Pokémon Rumble, the first Pokémon game in full 3D is available now only on Nintendo 3DS. It allows players to battle and collect more than 600 Toy Pokémon in 3D, without the need for special glasses.
As a special bonus for visitors of nintendo.com.au, the following codes will allow you to unlock two special Toy Pokémon in Super Pokémon Rumble.
Unfezant - 06326305
Stunfisk - 40747455
Download the FREE Pokédex 3D application available exclusively through Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS system, and start collecting data on over 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games!
This exciting new application lets you see each Pokémon in 3D. The detailed Pokédex also allows you to search, sort, and filter all of the data you receive in a variety of ways, making it the essential guide for Pokémon fans!
Dec 22, 2011/ News
This Christmas, Nintendo offers you the chance to send your festive greetings via your Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo Letterbox is a free download that will be available from tomorrow in the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo Letterbox is a simple and creative way to stay connected with your family and friends. Via StreetPass and SpotPass, you can send 2D and 3D messages, drawings, and photos taken from your Nintendo 3DS Camera. Plus you can even send voice messages that you record in Nintendo 3DS Sound.
Nintendo Letterbox gives you the perfect opportunity to send your family and friends personalised greetings this Christmas.
To download Nintendo Letterbox, visit the Nintendo eShop.
Dec 22, 2011/ News
Nintendo Australia confirms that it will be releasing TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in late February 2012 (date TBC).
TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION for Nintendo 3DS will see the famous King of Iron Fist Tournament fought in 3D for the first time, with the unique functionality of the Nintendo 3DS delivering a more realistic and dynamic TEKKEN experience. Players will choose from a selection of more than 40 characters and do battle on totally new stages alongside others redesigned especially for Nintendo 3DS. TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION will make the most of the Wi-Fi functionality of the Nintendo 3DS, and deliver fast-paced dynamic battles with impressive graphics running at a high frame rate.
For the first time on Nintendo 3DS, a full-length CG movie will be available on the game cartridge. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance is produced by Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degeneration, Death Note, Appleseed) and directed by Youichi Mouri (opening movies for TEKKEN 5 and TEKKEN 6: Bloodline Rebellion). Taking the history and legacy of the TEKKEN universe into a full-length CG movie, TEKKEN Blood Vengeance will be included on the TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION cartridge, in full 3D.
Dec 20, 2011/ News
Prepare for a survival horror experience when Resident Evil: Revelations launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system in Australia and New Zealand on 2 February 2012. Developed by Capcom specifically to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS features, Resident Evil: Revelations will be available to players as a standalone game, but can also be played with the new Circle Pad Pro, also available 2 February 2012. The Circle Pad Pro is a second analogue stick with two more shoulder buttons, enabling you to interact with the environments in Resident Evil: Revelations in new ways.
Set in 2005, Resident Evil: Revelations uncovers truths from the Resident Evil storyline between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 and is packed with terrifying moments that deliver a constant fear of the unknown through an intense storyline which is full of depth.
Intertwining story themes work together to build a brand new narrative with new locations and characters bringing intrigue and suspense around every corner. Series favourite characters from previous Resident Evil games return including Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield plus new BSAA members and head of the BSAA Clive R. O'Brian and mysterious agent Raymond Vester.
Jill Valentine and BSAA partner Parker Luciani have been sent to search for Chris Redfield, whose last known GPS data positions him as being onboard a supposedly abandoned cruise ship. Danger hides around every corner as you explore the confined space of the ship and face menacing new enemies and a virus; the T-Abyss.
Resident Evil: Revelations heralds the return of classic Resident Evil game play. In Campaign Mode you can investigate a range of different locations including the dark cramped spaces of a cruise ship and some treacherous snow covered mountains. With limited ammo and weapons, you fight off the infected enemies that lurk around every corner.
The brand new Raid Mode offers a different kind of Resident Evil gameplay experience, separate to the main campaign story, in either solo or co-op play. Compete in single player or
two player co-op as Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield on a variety of missions to defeat enemies. Earn points for the enemies you attack and select from a range of upgrades to improve your weapon's performance as well as levelling up your character. Both Campaign Mode and Raid Mode will provide players with a rich experience full of depth that will keep players continually engrossed in the game.
Built from the ground up specifically to make the best use of the Nintendo 3DS capabilities, players can now add a fourth control scheme to their Nintendo 3DS gameplay experience with the new Circle Pad Pro accessory which attaches to the Nintendo 3DS system. Use specific button combinations for more effective or expert play, or as a traditional "twin-stick shooter". You can also make use of the Touch Screen to solve puzzles, switch between weapons more easily and check out the labyrinthine map.
Experience this intense survival horror which is only available on your Nintendo 3DS system.
Resident Evil: Revelations, a true return to classic Resident Evil survival horror gameplay.
Resident Evil: Revelations SRP AU $69.95* and Circle Pad Pro SRP AU $24.95*.
Dec 15, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that Nintendo 3DS has sold through more than 200,000 units*. Confirmed by The NPD Group Australia, this sets a new record, making Nintendo 3DS the fastest selling console to sell through 200,000 units in only 37 weeks. Nintendo 3DS not only beat all other handheld consoles to this mark, but all home consoles as well.
The latest installment in the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 7, brings exciting 3D kart action into the palm of your hand. Up to eight friends can play Mario Kart 7, using just one game card, or play against Mario Kart 7 players from anywhere in the world via online play! Super Mario 3D Land reinvents everything fans love about Mario gaming with the first platforming environment in true 3D, presenting a 3D Mario game that plays like a 2D Mario game!
Nintendo 3DS is available in Cosmos Black, Aqua Blue, Flame Red, and the recently released Lavender Pink. Features include embedded motion sensor, pre-installed 3D software, internet connectivity and the ability to exchange content and data with other Nintendo 3DS owners via StreetPass. Plus you can adjust your 3D experience with the 3D depth slider which turns 3D to 2D. Not only can Nintendo 3DS games be played on the device, but also most existing Nintendo DS games can too.** Offering not only 3D gaming, but also the ability to take 3D photographs, and the recently announced function of filming your own 3D videos, Nintendo 3DS offers something for everyone.
*Confirmed by The NPD Group Australia
** Some Nintendo DS software cannot be used on the Nintendo 3DS system. Only 3D-compatible Nintendo 3DS software can be played in 3D. Nintendo DS / Nintendo DSi software cannot be displayed in 3D
***All prices quoted are Suggested Retail Price (SRP) in Australian dollars
For New Zealand price, please check with your local retailer
The use of 3D mode on Nintendo 3DS is recommended for 7+ years
Dec 15, 2011/ News
Nintendo has introduced new items to the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue.
Game & Watch Collection 2:
The Game & Watch Collection returns in this exclusive Club Nintendo game for the Nintendo DS. Includes three Game & Watch titles, including Octopus and Parachute, and Parachute X Octopus, a brand new Game & Watch title that combines both Octopus and Parachute and takes place in the Sea.
This game is playable in 2D on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS.
Mario and Blooper Sensu (Japanese Folding Fans)
Stars: 1250 each
Sensu (Japanese folding fans) are traditional Japanese accessories that have been in use for hundreds of years. In addition to the popular Mario design from last summer, Club Nintendo has introduced a new Blooper design to the collection.
Club Nintendo is Nintendo's loyalty programme, which you can join by registering Nintendo products. By registering products, Club Nintendo members start collecting Stars, which can be exchanged for goodies in our Stars Catalogue.
Click here to visit Club Nintendo.
Dec 8, 2011/ News
Befriend over 600 Toy Pokémon in the action-packed 3D world of Super Pokémon Rumble, available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS today! Select and create your own elite team of Toy Pokémon from those you've encountered, and prepare for high-octane action in real-time battles with other Toy Pokémon and giant Boss Pokémon!
As a launch day treat, we are providing you with two exclusive passwords to unlock two special Toy Pokémon in your game. For Tepig enter the following password 54870833 and for Snivy enter 49416440. Keep an eye out as both Toy Pokémon will appear somewhere in your game; when you find and defeat them in battle, they are guaranteed to befriend you. Ensure you talk to Munna in Easterly Town, which is the second town you'll visit in the game. After entering the correct password, Munna will tell you where to befriend the special Toy Pokémon. Additional exclusive passwords will also be revealed soon.
In Super Pokémon Rumble there's an epic adventure awaiting you in the towns and wilds of Toyland, with scores of different Toy Pokémon to befriend. As well as single-player mode, you can team up with a friend and take on the challenge together in co-op mode - and there's also a Nintendo 3DS StreetPass function, which allows you to send your Toy Pokémon Collection into battle against fellow players you pass by in the street!
For many more details and a sneak peek at everything that's in store for you, head to the official Super Pokémon Rumble website now!
Super Pokémon Rumble is available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
Dec 7, 2011/ News
Lights, Camera, Action... Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to capture 3D video, embark on new StreetPass Quests and transfer content from console to console as part of the latest Nintendo 3DS System Update, which takes place today.
The Nintendo 3DS System Update gives Nintendo 3DS owners access to a range of new features and enhancements. This includes 3D video capture, which will allow you to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video in the palm of your hands, so you can shoot your own mini blockbuster or simply capture your special family moments, all in stunning 3D.
The Nintendo 3DS video function also features some special filming options for the more creative enthusiast! Just some of the interesting options include: the Interval Shot feature, which allows you to record image after image in short timed intervals, producing a piece of time lapse footage. You could, for instance, demonstrate an icicle melting or a flower blooming. There's also the Frame Pick feature, which can be used to take many still images and join them together to create stop motion footage, in the same way an animation is created!
New features will become available in the StreetPass Mii Plaza, including new panels to swap and collect for Puzzle Swap. You will also have the option to embark on a new StreetPass Quest, with new tools to help beat your enemies, in addition to new hats to discover and collect.
Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to transfer content between their Nintendo 3DS systems*. Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo eShop account funds, and save data including photographs and audio can now all be easily transferred between your Nintendo 3DS consoles.
The Nintendo eShop will also receive an upgrade. Users will have the option to play demo versions of select Nintendo 3DS releases**, enabling players to try a game before making a purchase decision. There is also the option to conduct downloads whilst the system is in Sleep Mode, allowing multiple downloads to conveniently occur the next time users are not actively using their Nintendo 3DS.
For more information on this System Update, click here
For more information on how to perform a System Update, click here
*Nintendo 3DS Transfer Restrictions
**Whether a demo will be made for a particular software is decided by the publisher of that software.
Nov 30, 2011/ News
With the ability to drive underwater and glide through the air to find new shortcuts, all new kart customisation options, online play, brand new and enhanced retro courses and fun new race modes, Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS offers something for every racing fan when it launches in Australia and New Zealand on 3rd December 2011.
Mario Kart 7 gives you the chance to make the Mario Kart experience your own, in a customised kart made to your specifications. Players can race on land, underwater or through the air using new abilities which have been introduced especially for Mario Kart 7. The gliders automatically deploy when you launch off a ramp, allowing you to fly through the air or the new ability to drive through water, giving you new ways to overtake your rivals no matter what the terrain.
Nintendo is also introducing four new characters to the Mario Kart roster. Play as Metal Mario, first seen in Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64), Lakitu, Honey Queen, the queen who ruled over the bees in the Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) series, and Wiggler, Mario's iconic caterpillar-like enemy. In true Mario Kart tradition you can also choose to race as one of your favourite Mario characters, with popular characters making a special comeback in Mario Kart 7, including Rosalina, Daisy and Mario's rival Wario. In addition to these well-known characters, players can use their own personal Mii character as their racer. This large choice allows you to choose your favourite character and tweak your kart to create a tailor-made racing experience.
Mario Kart fans will enjoy mastering the 16 new courses, including Piranha Plant Pipeway, Wario's Galleon, Koopa City and Wuhu Mountain Loop, a rally course where you can race along an 'A to B' route, rather than the traditional three-lap route. Mario Kart 7 also includes some retro courses that fans will recognise, such as Mushroom Gorge from the Wii version and Luigi's Mansion from the Nintendo DS version. Fans can look forward to mastering 32 courses, made up of 16 new and 16 remastered retro courses returning in Mario Kart 7, including shortcuts and features that utilise the new abilities to glide through the air and drive underwater.
Players can also unlock parts for their karts by collecting coins during their races. Each customisable part gives you a competitive edge when racing in the different environments. Build your kart from a combination of frame, wheels and - for the first time - glider. A selection of frames such as Growlster,
Pipe Frame, Tiny Tug, Cact-X and Barrel Train can be added to a selection of wheels such as Slim, Slick, Wooden or Mushroom wheels to gain an edge over the varying terrains on the courses.
Mario Kart 7 brings together racers worldwide; simply connect wirelessly -locally or over the Internet-, to race against friends and Mario Kart fans from across the globe. You can even construct your own Communities and define your racing mode and items, so you can play your way against your friends.
The StreetPass functionality of the Nintendo 3DS system allows you to exchange data from your game with other players, including: player profiles that show VS Rating, win and loss records and the number of coins you've collected throughout the game. With SpotPass(TM) enabled you can receive a variety of ghost data to race against, even allowing for a full eight player race between you and the ghost data. All of this data will be available to players via the Mario Kart Channel within the game, for all StreetPass and SpotPass users.
Other new features you can look forward to include the Lucky Seven item, a brand new power-up that grants the driver a ring of seven different items: the Green Shell, Red Shell, Dash Mushroom, Banana, Bob-omb, Super Star and Blooper. With this power-up you now have seven different items at your disposal, and you have control over which to use. Other new items available for the first time in Mario Kart 7 include the Fire Flower that allows you to throw balls of blazing fire at your challengers and the Super Leaf, which makes the fan favourite Tanooki Tail appear on the back of your kart to knock other drivers and items out of the way.
Nov 29, 2011/ News
Capture 3D Video, enjoy new StreetPass Mii Plaza fun, and more, with the upcoming system update!
There's a system update coming soon for the Nintendo 3DS system which will enable all kinds of great functionality - and we can now reveal that it will be available in Australia and New Zealand by December 8th 2011.
Here's the lowdown on some of the additions to be enabled by this upcoming system update:
We'll have more to announce very soon, so watch this space for updates! Want to be ready right off the mark? Click here for more information on performing system updates.
Nov 24, 2011/ News
The Nintendo Experience was abuzz with excitement as over 300 fans joined Mario in attendance at the launch of two of the most anticipated titles of the year - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii and Super Mario 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS. Mario and Zelda cupcakes were the star of the menu, and fans relished in the chance to sample both games one last time before release, all the while enjoying the epic sounds of the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD, that comes bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (for a limited time only). The Mushroom Kingdom and the mystical land of Skyloft was only a click away as attendees starred in their own souvenir photos.
The crowd gathers in anticipation
Mario takes some time out with....Mario
Link and Zelda share a happy moment
Mario and Luigi prepare to be transported to the Mushroom Kingdom
There were Links, Zeldas, Marios, Luigis and a host of other fantastic costumes out in force as the dress up competition took centre stage. Congratulations to both Kate and Tori who impressed the crowd with their intricate Zelda and Malon costumes. With hand painted dress detail and even a clay fired custom Bowser brooch, both girls narrowly beat out the others when it came to the vote and were rewarded with their very own Flame Red Nintendo 3DS each.
The Zelda crew is dressed to impress
Clan Mario aren't about to let the Zelda crew steal the show
Zelda and Malon celebrate a win in the cosplay competition
Nintendo Australia would like to thank everyone that came along on the night and we look forward to seeing you all next time. Stay tuned for details regarding the Mario Kart 7 launch event to be held on Saturday 3 December, 9am -2pm at The Nintendo Experience, Swanston St.
For now, enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land
Nov 15, 2011/ News
The Legend of Zelda is regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed video game series of all time. To celebrate its 25th anniversary and to mark this occasion, Nintendo is releasing a special 25th Anniversary limited edition* Nintendo 3DS system, marked with the Hyrule emblem and gold-coloured embellishments and will be available December 1
Nintendo 3DS is home to some great The Legend of Zelda games to help you celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Zelda, including...
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, fully remastered from the original Nintendo 64 title, this adventure is packed with stunning 3D graphics and visual delights for fans, both familiar with and new to the franchise. Explore vast landscapes, mythical temples, dungeons, towns and villages - all in 3D!
The Legend of Zelda Four Swords 25th Anniversary Edition - To celebrate The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary, Nintendo are offering this free Nintendo DSiWare download. Enjoy this version of the very first multiplayer Zelda game, Four Swords with up to four players at once. You have to rescue Princess Zelda, who has been kidnapped by the Great Wind Mage Vaati. But, you won't get anywhere unless you cooperate - help each other out to solve the mysteries and puzzles that await you. This free download is only available until February 20th 2012.
The Game Boy Color classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is available now for download from Nintendo eShop. This handheld adventure sees Link shipwrecked on the mysterious Koholint Island. To return home, he must face a nightmarish new enemy and solve the riddle of the Wind Fish.
The following previously released Nintendo DS Zelda titles can also be played on Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks sets hero Link on a daring new adventure. Link voyages by train, which offers up new possibilities for problem-solving.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass - Link finds himself lost and alone in unknown seas. Featuring intuitive touch-screen controls and innovative puzzles offer new challenges for fans of the series and an easy-to-grasp introduction for beginners.
For more information on the anniversary celebrations, visit our dedicated The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary website!
* Available exclusively from EB Games while stocks last
Nov 8, 2011/ News
Nintendo has revealed more details about the captivating areas, items and game play in the massive The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game, launching exclusively for the Wii system on Nov 24. This week, Link journeys through the Lanayru Desert, where he must find his way through the puzzles in the Lanayru Mining Facility, sail across a sea of sand and discover new items to add to his collection. Newly revealed game elements include the following:
Nintendo will continue to regularly provide fans with select details and information about the game prior to its Nov 24 launch. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available as a standalone game or as part of a limited-edition bundle that also includes a gold-colored Wii Remote Plus controller. Additionally, every copy in the initial production runs of the game will come packaged with a special music CD containing orchestral arrangements of select songs that were performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.
For more information about the game, visit the official The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword website
Oct 19, 2011/ News
The Nintendo eShop Cards are here!
Available in two denominations: $15 and $30, the cards come with attractive Mario and Zelda designs.
You can purchase Nintendo eShop Cards from the following retail outlets:
Oct 19, 2011/ News
Nintendo is pleased to announce that the RSPCA has officially endorsed nintendogs(TM) + cats, a video game currently available on Nintendo 3DS(TM). Australian singer and animal lover Jessica Mauboy has also joined forced with Nintendo and RSPCA and will be appearing in Nintendo's latest television ads.
"If like me, you just don't have the lifestyle where you can look after a puppy or kitten of your own - whether you travel a lot, live in an apartment, or work long hours - nintendogs + cats is the perfect companion for you", says Jessica.
The RSPCA was thrilled to officially endorse nintendogs + cats, and it was not something that was taken lightly. Kellie Rutherford, RSPCA Partnerships Manager explains: "The RSPCA science team spent many hours with nintendogs + cats to ensure it was a game that promoted responsible ownership of a puppy or kitten. Every aspect of the game was carefully looked over to ensure it aligned with the RSCPA's key messages".
nintendogs + cats lets you find the puppy or kitten that's right for you and just like owning a real one, the more you train, care and love your puppy or kitten, the happier and more rewarding they become. Watch as your puppies and kittens learn to recognise your face, and you can even hold them in the palm of your hand with the Augmented Reality feature. Show affection towards them, and train them regularly and soon enough they will be running up and licking the screen with excitement when they see you.
All in amazing 3D without the need for special glasses, and recommended by the RSPCA! The RSPCA has endorsed nintendogs + cats because it helps teach players the real responsibilities of owning a puppy or kitten - walking them regularly, feeding them, washing them and making sure they get lots of love and attention.
Create a loving bond with your puppy or kitten, just like Jessica.
Oct 12, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that a newly configured Wii console will be available late October 2011.
The streamlined Wii console has been designed to sit horizontally on a flat surface, rather than vertically as the original Wii did. It will come in sleek black, or white, packaged with Mario Kart Wii, a Wii Wheel, Nunchuk and Wii Remote Plus, all for the same low price of SRP $199.95* - there has never been a better time to join in the fun this Christmas.
Wii has some great new titles out now including Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident and Xenoblade Chronicles. The highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will also be available on Wii in time for Christmas when it launches 24 November. Go Vacation on Wii will be available November and Kirby's Adventure Wii in December.
Unlike the original Wii, the new Wii configuration will not be compatible with Nintendo GameCube software and accessories.
* Suggested Retail Price. All prices listed are in Australian dollars. For New Zealand consumers, please check with your retailers
Sep 15, 2011/ News
Put your detective skills to the test with Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident available on Wii 22 September. Play solo or team up with friends to play this hidden object adventure game.
When a man named Winston Malgrave contacts the Mystery Case Files detective agency, he claims to have made the scientific "discovery of the century" and invites you to his island.
As Master Detective on the case, you must use your powers of observation to find items critical to solving the case and learn more about Malgrave's discovery--a mysterious and intriguing purple dust.
In order to solve the mysteries, you must explore the colourful and immersive landscapes of Malgrave Island. Along the way you will discover hidden object puzzles, where cleverly concealed items are scattered throughout a myriad of all-new and colourful scenes.
When you think you've found the item you are looking for, simply use the Wii Remote pointer to click on your discovery to tick it off the search list. But all is not as it seems. Some of the terms on the search list are intentionally vague so you'll need to think laterally to find all the items.
If you get stuck or simply want to share the fun, why not call on your friends to help you solve the intriguing, brain-teasing mysteries? Up to three other players can drop-in and work together to find those sneakily hidden items.
So keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you as you uncover the clues and solve the mysteries in Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident.
For more information, visit the official Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident website.
Sep 2, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that the nationwide Nintendo Connection Tour is back for 2011!
Commencing at Westfield Southland in Victoria on the 24th of September before coming to a shopping centre near you, the Nintendo Connection Tour will run until the 15th of October, offering Nintendo fans and new players alike the opportunity to sample some exciting new releases, as well as to play some family favourites!
There is something for everyone at the Nintendo Connection Tour! For the first time, the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be playable on Wii as well as exciting new titles on Nintendo 3DS: Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Kid Icarus Uprising, to name just a few. The activity will all be housed in a set inspired by The Legend of Zelda series, the adventure that has spanned a quarter of a century.
Don't forget, if you have a Nintendo 3DS, to bring it along to participate in StreetPass - a fun function of Nintendo 3DS whereby you can automatically exchange game data between Nintendo 3DS consoles. Swap Mii characters, exchange puzzle pieces, meet other puppies in nintendogs + cats, take part in Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Figurine Battles and more!
Available on the set will also be the Pokédex 3D application on Nintendo 3DS. Pokédex 3D is available for free on Nintendo 3DS via the Nintendo eShop, allowing players to view Pokémon in 3D and even use Pokémon AR (Augmented Reality) Markers to watch them come to life and take photos of them! Pokémon AR Markers will be available at the tour for all to try. Those who bring along their Nintendo 3DS can also take home some special photos- they will need to download the free Pokédex 3D from the Nintendo eShop to participate in this activity.
A special competition will also be available at each location, where one winner will receive all games shown on tour that are yet to be released (upon the launch of those games). To be eligible for the competition, and to receive a special Nintendo Connection Tour lanyard, you need to be one of the first 125 people to enter the tour set on each given activity day, so be sure to get there early!
There will be heaps of other giveaways each day and competitions for people of all ages and all skill levels, so don't miss out! Visit the Nintendo Connection Tour 2011 Official Website for dates and further information.
Sep 1, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that from 22 September, Nintendo 3DS will be available in a new colour - Flame Red. Flame Red will join already released colours Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black. Nintendo 3DS is priced at $AU249.95* and offers 3D gaming without the need for special glasses.
Nintendo continues to bring out great games for the Nintendo 3DS. Following on from the recent release of the universally acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendo will also be launching 3D versions of two iconic and all time favourite series, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Both games will be available this holiday season. These titles, along with current favourites such as nintendogs + cats, coupled with the upcoming release of Star Fox 64 3D on 15 September will now provide a selection of 3D games that everyone can enjoy.
Nintendo 3DS features the ability to take and view 3D photos, play pre-installed software such as AR Games, experience new connectivity functions with SpotPass and StreetPass and play Nintendo DS games. Nintendo 3DS provides something for everyone of all ages and video game experience and now it is accessible to even more people with the addition of Flame Red, in conjunction with the recently reduced price of $AU249.95.
To mark the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, the critically acclaimed video games series, Nintendo announces the launch of 'Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote' - a competition which goes live today to find some of the best, original Zelda-inspired Flipnote animations from across the globe using the Nintendo DSiWare software Flipnote Studio, which is exclusively available for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL.
Flipnote Studio is a fun and easy-to-use piece of software which is available for free to owners of Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL handheld consoles. It allows players to create their own unique and inspired short animations which can then be viewed online via a special service accessible with the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL: Flipnote Hatena*.
The 'Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote' competition, which is open for entries now and closes on the 10th of September 2011 at 7:59 AUS EST, invites Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to create and submit their own animated Zelda Flipnote, celebrating memorable scenes, unique characters and challenging puzzles from across Zelda's 25-year history. Using one of a few provided sample Flipnotes, aim to unleash your Zelda imagination by creating an original animation; animate Ganon battling, have Princess Zelda being rescued or perhaps animate Link solving a puzzle in one of the many dungeons featured in The Legend of Zelda series of video games.
Each entrant will be able to submit a single animation which will be judged by key members of the Nintendo Co., Ltd. development team who have been closely involved in the making of The Legend of Zelda series of games. Mr Takashi Tezuka, Mr Eiji Aonuma, Mr Yoshiaki Koizumi and the original creator of Zelda and Mario, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto will be looking for and choosing some of the most original creative Flipnotes which will then be posted on Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL and the Nintendo Channel for other Zelda fans to marvel at.
This global competition is part of a special 25th Anniversary website for the Legend of Zelda series. Visit the official The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary website to find out more about the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour which will be stopping off in London on 25th October 2011 for a one-off European date, as well as watch a Symphony Orchestra performance from the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 and delve into the history of The Legend of Zelda series. Stay tuned to the site as further information will become available on the ongoing series of events which will take place in 2011 to recognise a quarter of a century since The Legend of Zelda video game was first released in Japan in 1986.
2011 also sees the launch of new and updated Zelda adventures for you to enjoy. Available now for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a completely remastered version of the classic title. The game now incorporates 3D graphics, as well as a brand new control scheme which utilises the functionalities of Nintendo 3DS. Zelda fans should also look out for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword available on Wii later this year which makes full use of the Wii Remote Plus controller to guide Link on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda.
For more information visit the official The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary website
*In order to participate, you must register with Hatena. For full terms and conditions, please visit the Hatena website here
Please note that only users from the following countries can participate in this competition:
The UK and Ireland, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Jul 28, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that effective 12 August, Nintendo 3DS will be available for only SRP AU$249.95*. Previously Nintendo 3DS was SRP AU $349.95.
Nintendo Australia plan to offer an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program to consumers who have purchased the Nintendo 3DS at the original launch price. The program will enable those Nintendo 3DS owners to download 10 NES games and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for free from the Nintendo eShop.
These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before the price drop on 12 August. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:
1. Starting 1 September, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
Nintendo 3DS offers 3D gaming without the need for special glasses and is available in two colours, Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black.
*All prices quoted are Suggested Retail Price (SRP) in Australian dollars
New Zealand price for Nintendo 3DS from 12 August will be SRP NZ $343.99
Jul 15, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that Star Fox 64 3D will be available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on 15 September 2011.
Star Fox 64 3D invites players to take on the role of legendary Fox McCloud as they lead a fearless squadron of fighters in fierce aerial combat to battle the evil forces of Andross and save the galaxy from destruction. The rich 3D visuals provide a remarkable sense of depth, distance and position as players dodge meteors and blast enemy fighters out of the sky.
A complete graphical update brings a Nintendo classic into the era of portable 3D fun. The game makes effective use of the Nintendo 3DS system's dual screens: The top screen features 3D aerial combat, while the bottom screen displays characters and dialogue.
A new multiplayer option lets up to four players engage in fierce aerial combat via a local wireless connection (using four systems and one game card via DS Download Play). The multiplayer mode also includes new power-ups and special weapons. Players can use the Nintendo 3DS system's inner camera to display a live video feed of competitors' faces as they battle, bringing a new level of fun and personalisation to the multiplayer experience.
For further information visit the official Star Fox 64 3D gamesite
Star Fox 64 3D SRP AU $69.95 and SRP NZ $99.00*
*Based on currency conversion rates as at 15 July 2011
Jul 14, 2011/ News
Nintendo 3DS owners can now download* the new Nintendo Video application from Nintendo eShop, providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system.
The Nintendo Video application allows you to view specially selected 2D and 3D video content, including comedy clips, cartoons and music videos to name a few, and all automatically received via SpotPass when a wireless Internet connection is available.
Initial Nintendo Video content which will be available through SpotPass will include selected episodes of Oscar's Oasis - the charming cartoon TV series produced by TeamTO & TUBA, which has been broadcast across Europe, will become available to view for the first time in full 3D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
3D specialist D4D has also produced an array of exclusive 3D episodes of Magic Tricks for your Nintendo 3DS. Be entertained and stunned viewing classic card tricks and optical illusions in 3D, in the palm of your hand.
The 2D and 3D content will not stop there; in the near future Nintendo Video will be bringing you a host of additional content, including movie trailers, classical music concerts, children's animations plus much more content, all in full 3D.
For more information on Nintendo 3DS and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website.
*Broadband internet connection required. Internet usage charges may apply. Consult with your ISP
Jul 7, 2011/ News
Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Mario Kart Party Competition!
Trishan Don Bernard
Jul 4, 2011/ News
On Sunday, 26 June, the five winners of the Mario Kart Wii Scorecard Competition each enjoyed an exclusive Gold Class Cinema Session for 30 guests where they were treated to Mario Kart Wii on the big screen with their family and friends before relaxing to watch a movie. Competition Entrants were required to send in a creative photo after completing the Mario Kart Wii Scorecard, which is still available to download. It's perfect for organising a weekly family challenge, or for keeping tabs on whose lap times are the fastest! Stick it on the fridge and start racing. Remember, practise makes perfect!
Congratulations to the winners listed below, and all of the creative entries that poured in from around the country.
VIC - The Arandt Family
NSW - The Wilson Family
QLD - The Fry Family
SA - Danielle and Phoebe Borella
WA - Jayden and Bailey Wilson
Jun 23, 2011/ News
Nintendo announces that from 30 June 2011, Nintendo DSi will be available for only SRP AU $199.95* and Nintendo DSi XL for SRP AU $249.95. Previously Nintendo DSi was SRP AU $249.95 and Nintendo DSi XL was SRP AU $299.95.
The popular handheld consoles have sold more than 3.1 million units* (includes Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite) since the original Nintendo DS launch in 2005. Nintendo DS has sold the highest number of all video game consoles in Australia for six consecutive years.
Nintendo DSi launched in 2009 and was an upgrade to the Nintendo DS Lite. Nintendo DSi's features include: the Nintendo DSi Camera, two cameras with 11 different lenses; Nintendo DSi Sound - you can store, play and manipulate your music; SD memory card slot for additional storage space, ideal for your photos and music. Nintendo DSi is also a slimmer unit than the previous model, with increased sound quality, larger LCD screens and the Nintendo DSi Shop.
Nintendo DSi XL launched in 2010 and contains all the features of Nintendo DSi, but the screens are 93 per cent bigger than the Nintendo DS Lite screen. The wide-angle visibility of the larger screens makes Nintendo DSi XL perfect for sharing. Nintendo DSi XL also comes with preinstalled software, including: Nintendo DSi Browser - so you can browse the internet; Clubhouse Games - play classic card games such as Blackjack and Five Card Draw; A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Arts Edition - a fun brain training game that you can play for just a few minutes every day; Photo Clock - turns your Nintendo DSi XL into a photo frame with a clock and alarm function, choose from a range of clock styles and alarms; and Flipnote Studio - an application that can be used as a notepad to create animated sequences with the stylus. No matter what your artistic experience, it's easy to create, upload, and share your own animations with friends and family members.
A great range of software is available to play on both consoles, including Art Academy, Brain Training, Mario Kart DS, the Professor Layton series, New Super Mario Bros. and nintendogs, offering something for everyone, no matter what your age or gaming experience.
*NZ SRP - based on currency conversion rates as at 15 June 2011
Nintendo DSi as at 30 June $274.51; Nintendo DSi XL as at 30 June $343.99
Nintendo DSi previously $343.99; Nintendo DSi XL previously 30 June $411.73
**All sell through and market share information courtesy of internal tracking
Jun 23, 2011/ News
Fresh from the recent release of the critically acclaimed Kirby's Epic Yarn, the cute and adorable Kirby returns to Wii, as part of his own dedicated TV Channel. The Kirby TV Channel is available now as a completely free download and will feature TV shows starring Kirby, the legendary Star Warrior, as he battles King Dedede in Dream Land.
The channel will allow you to view over 50 Kirby episodes that will be updated twice a week over a six month period. Fans of Kirby will be able to check the programming schedule just like a real TV channel and choose from four streaming episodes at a time.
Every week, two new episodes will become available - one on a Monday and one on a Thursday. The episodes will be available to view for two weeks before being archived to make way for new episodes. Episode 1 is permanently unlocked so Kirby fans can watch how he came to land in Dream Land at their leisure. Keep a close eye on the channel, as watching episodes from the archives may be possible, ensuring you never miss an episode.
The Kirby TV Channel is available to fans in Australia and New Zealand.
Whether you have been a fan of Kirby since his debut in 1992 on the Game Boy with Kirby's Dream Land or have recently discovered the cute hero through Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii, the new Kirby TV Channel is the best place to help you to keep up to date with Kirby and his friends' fun adventures in Dream Land.
Jun 16, 2011/ News
Version 2.1.0-3E includes the following improvements :
An issue that could cause the screen to freeze under certain circumstances when using Ridge Racer 3D on a Nintendo 3DS system with system software version 2.0.0-2E installed has been fixed.
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user's experience.
Jun 10, 2011/ News
Congratulation to the lucky winners of the Mario Kart Wii Video Voting Competition!
Each person in the winning video wins a Wii(TM) Console and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. Each person in the video ranked second and third wins a copy of the Mario game of their choice-- to be selected from Mario Kart Wii, New SUPER MARIO BROS.(TM) Wii, or Super Mario Galaxy(TM) 2
1st Place: Naomi, Tracey and Alex
2nd Place: Dylan
3rd Place: Alex, Lachlan, Catherine and Sallie
To view the winning videos and other highlights, click here to visit the official Mario Kart Wii Website.
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