The Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's new hand held device which offers portable entertainment in 3D without the need for special glasses, launched today in Australia and New Zealand.
Nintendo's midnight launch took place at EB Games, Melbourne. Hundreds of consumers lined up from 10pm to get their hands on what is tipped to be the hottest selling console of the year.
Hundreds line up to be the first in the country to purchase Nintendo 3DS
Welcome to the Nintendo 3DS launch party!
Australia's self confessed #1 Nintendo fan is the first in line to buy a Nintendo 3DS
Attendees playing Nintendo 3DS before it is released
Nintendo fans received souvenir photo's of their very own Mii
Nintendo fan dressed as Link wins the Nintendo 3DS raffle
Nintendo 3DS allows users to play games in 3D, take 3D photographs and enjoy engaging new social applications that will offer a new surprise every day. Nintendo 3DS is available in Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue alongside 3D games including nintendogs + cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars, PES 2011 3D, Rabbids 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D and The Sims 3.
For further information visit: www.nintendo3ds.com.au
Mar 30, 2011 / News
Nintendo announces that Steel Diver will be available for the Nintendo 3DS from 12 May 2011.
Steel Diver is a new action-packed submarine combat game from Nintendo that immerses players in the 3D action with unique game controls and lush 3D environments. The player can choose from three different submarines, each with touch-screen control panels that players will have to master to guide them through treacherous undersea caverns while engaging enemy submarines, dodging depth charges and battling massive sea creatures.
Steel Diver also takes advantage of the built-in gyro sensor of the Nintendo 3DS system and contains stunning undersea graphics. The 3D in Steel Diver makes players feel like they are peering into an aquarium, with the action unfolding right before their eyes!
The combination of 3D game play and one-of-a-kind controls makes for an immersive combination that must be experienced to be believed.
Steel Diver SRP AU $69.95 and SRP NZ $99.49*
For further information, visit the Nintendo 3DS official site.
*Based on currency conversion rates as at 30 March 2011
Mar 30, 2011 / News
The Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo's new device which offers portable entertainment in 3D without the need for special glasses, launches tomorrow in Australia and New Zealand on March 31. Play games in 3D, take 3D photographs and enjoy engaging new social applications that will offer a new surprise every day. Nintendo 3DS will launch in Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue alongside 13 3D games including nintendogs + cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, PES 2011 3D, Rabbids 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D and The Sims 3.
"Nintendo 3DS represents a dynamic shift in how we interact with games and continues the tradition Nintendo has for changing the technology landscape in the same way it did with touch-screen gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006," said Greg Arthurton, Nintendo of Australia's Director of Marketing. "People will truly need to experience it to believe their eyes."
Nintendo 3DS also comes with a large selection of pre-installed software, including Face Raiders, a game that asks users to battle with funny depictions of their own faces, AR Games, Mii Maker, StreetPass Mii Plaza, Activity Log, the Nintendo 3DS Camera and Nintendo 3DS Sound. The Nintendo 3DS also features new connectivity functions called SpotPass and StreetPass.
The StreetPass feature offers a new element of fun and surprise when you meet another Nintendo 3DS user. StreetPass allows you to wirelessly connect with other Nintendo 3DS systems around you, as you move through your daily life. Each time you open your Nintendo 3DS you may find another Mii character has greeted you in the StreetPass Mii Plaza gathering point, which will subsequently aid you to complete StreetPass minigames. Many games also utilise StreetPass to exchange data and you don't even need to have the Game Card in the system. Once you see the green light on the right shoulder of your Nintendo 3DS, you will know you have exchanged data with someone and a new surprise awaits!
The SpotPass feature connects to Wi-Fi access points to go online automatically, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. It is compatible with public hotspots and you can also use your wireless broadband Internet connection at home. Once connected, the Nintendo 3DS system will be able to receive new content and updates on a regular basis.
From around late May, even more features will be available. People will be able to update their Nintendo 3DS to gain access to the Nintendo eShop to download new content, such as 3D games and classic games directly to the device. The simple update will also provide the ability to browse the Internet; play 3D video content; and transfer previously downloaded Nintendo DSiWare on a Nintendo DSi system to the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo 3DS launches across Australia and New Zealand on 31 March. For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit the Nintendo 3DS official site.
Mar 29, 2011 / News
Nintendo Australia announces that within one week of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version hitting Australian shelves on 10 March 2011, combined sales exceeded 77,000* units - smashing all previous records for week one sales of a Nintendo game in Australia. The previous Australian Pokémon release of Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version, sold a combined total of more than 45,000 units in week one of sales. New SUPER MARIO BROS. Wii sold through more than 47,400 in week one in November 2009. This makes the release of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version the biggest selling week one release of any Nintendo game, across any Nintendo console in the history of Nintendo in Australia. This takes total sales of all Pokémon games in Australia to more than 3 million units.
Make sure you explore the many new ways to enjoy Pokémon outside of the game, with the Pokémon Global Link website. Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version allow you to upload your saved data to the website www.pokemon-gl.com and use it to access specialised content. Enjoy a whole new way to play the game, as your actions while playing online will be reflected in your game's saved data.
Visit the website and discover three new areas of play - Pokémon Dream World, Global Battle Union and Global Trade Station
Redefining the Pokémon series, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version offer fans and newcomers alike a completely new adventure to discover and enjoy. Players will encounter more than 150 never-seen-before Pokémon, some of which can only be caught in each version of the game. Two of these Pokémon are the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom.
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are available exclusively on the Nintendo DS family of systems.
For more information, visit the official Pokemon Black and White Version gamesite.
* Sales data collected by Nintendo from retail partner reporting
Mar 11, 2011 / News
Soar over the tropical Wuhu Island and enjoy the fantastic sensation of 3D depth that puts you in the pilot seat, when Pilotwings Resort launches in Australia and New Zealand on 14 April 2011, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
This time, you can take control of the amazing 3D flying experience with your personal Mii character, using any of the Miis you create in Mii Maker to pilot the aircrafts. Jump into a plane, hang glider or rocket belt to explore the island at a leisurely pace or race against the clock to complete daring aerial manoeuvres in challenging missions.
Sign up to the Wuhu Sky Club and earn your pilot licence! Learn to pilot a plane, jet around with a rocket belt or hit thermals with a hang glider. Each aircraft has its own unique set of controls to master and in mission mode, you'll undertake various missions that will push all of your flying skills to the limit. As you complete more missions, your Mii character will progress from novice class to higher classes, unlocking new missions and features along the way.
If you fancy something a little more leisurely, scour Wuhu Island for hundreds of different collectibles in free flight mode to unlock different times of day, dioramas, new aircrafts, and much more! As you take in a view of the spectacular Wuhu Island sights, you can now share your experiences with friends and family members. In certain missions and in free flight mode you can pilot the hang glider to take snapshots in 3D and save them in an SD Card and view them on the photo album in Nintendo 3DS Camera.
So buckle up and get ready to take to the skies like never before, when Pilotwings Resort launches on 14 April 2011, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.
Pilotwings SRP AU $69.95 and SRP NZ $99.00*
*Based on currency conversion rates as at 11 March 2011