Discontinuation of Club Nintendo

Jan 20, 2015 / News

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of Nintendo.

Club Nintendo launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2008 with the launch of Mario Kart Wii, and Nintendo fans have enjoyed countless software titles across the years, with their feedback and opinions helping to shape our business.

We’re working hard to create a new membership programme, which we plan to launch later this year. As a special offer, users who sign up to the new programme during the launch period will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D to a Nintendo 3DS system for free. Please stay tuned to the Nintendo Australia website for further details.

This new membership programme will replace Club Nintendo, so we will discontinue Club Nintendo according to the schedule given below. Thank you for all your support.

As Stars in your account will expire on September 30th 2015, please make sure you use them before this date. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.

Please stay tuned for more information about the new membership programme, including its launch date.

 

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Club Nintendo Discontinuation Schedule

 

April 1st 2015: From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged products, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in products that were in stock before this date, however.

April 20th 2015: Termination of the registration of digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Digital products obtained from Nintendo eShop after this date will no longer appear in the My Registered Games & Systems page in Club Nintendo. In addition, surveys for download software titles will no longer be available.

September 30th 2015: End of Club Nintendo programme. All Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible from this date.

 

New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL

These handheld systems are not registrable in Club Nintendo.
 

Stars

Please exchange any Stars in your account for items from the Stars Catalogue before September 30th 2015. Any Stars not used by this date will be lost, so be sure to use them as soon as possible. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.

 

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=Club Nintendo Discontinuation Q&A=

 

Q. Until when will I be able to earn Stars?

A. Registration for all products will be closed on September 30th 2015. Please make sure to register your products as soon as possible.

Q. What about the expiry dates for PIN codes?

A. PINs on Nintendo games will automatically expire 5 years from the original title release date in Australia and New Zealand (Please check product listing on Nintendo Australia website for all eligible Nintendo games and their release dates), or on September 30th 2015, whichever date is sooner. PINs on hardware will expire 30th September 2015. Please make sure to register your products as soon as possible.

Q. Until when can I submit post-play surveys?

A. Post-play surveys will be available until September 30th 2015.

Q. What about the registration of download software and Wii U hardware?

A. In addition to registration of a Wii U console, download software can also be registered without using PIN codes by linking your Club Nintendo account prior to the software download, however registration will no longer be possible after April 20th 2015.

Q. Until when can I sign up as a Club Nintendo member?

A. It is possible to sign up until September 30th 2015.

Q. Until when can I exchange Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue?

A. It is possible to exchange Stars for Stars Catalogue items until September 30th 2015. If you have any Stars, please be sure to use them as soon as possible. Stars expire 36 months after they have been earned. Unredeemed stars that are older than 36 months will be deleted from your account and cannot be used. Please check ‘My Account’ in Club Nintendo for Stars expiration information. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.

Q. What about unused Stars?

A. Any Stars not used by September 30th 2015 will be lost.

Q. Do I need to end my Club Nintendo membership?

A. No, there is no need to end your membership yourself.

Q. What about New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL?

A. These handheld systems are not registrable in Club Nintendo.

Q. When will it be possible to sign up for the new membership programme?

A. Instructions for how to sign up for the new programme will be provided to Club Nintendo members later in the year.

 


 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA'S MASK 3D AND MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE COMING 14TH FEBRUARY

Jan 15, 2015 / News

New Fire Emblem game, IronFall: Invasion and next line of amiibo on the way

During a Nintendo Direct presentation aired today, Nintendo announced that both the The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will release 14th February on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems in stores and on Nintendo eShop.

The presentation also announced the release date in Europe for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL – the brand new members of the Nintendo 3DS family which were released in Australia and New Zealand on 21st November last year, bringing a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming experiences.

Two limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL consoles will also be available from 14th February: a system featuring artwork inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D which will be available at select retailers, and one featuring an iconic emblem from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate which will be available exclusively at EB Games. Each console will retail at SRP AU$249.95 – games sold separately.

In other news in today’s presentation, Nintendo also revealed a new game in the Fire Emblem series for Nintendo 3DS, a brand new third-person action game coming to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS called IronFall: Invasion, a line of amiibo featuring classic characters from the Super Mario series and many details about other upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Splatoon, and Mario Party 10.

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect.

Some of the key announcements covered in today’s Nintendo Direct include:

 

Nintendo 3DS

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: The handheld remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 game launches for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems on 14th February, launching on the same day as the ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Edition’ console featuring artwork inspired by the game. Players who experience the dark and twisted adventure on New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL can enjoy the super-stable 3D and enhanced camera controls using the C Stick.
  • New Fire Emblem game: A new game in the Fire Emblem series is coming to Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. Developed by the same team who created Fire Emblem: Awakening, the new adventure adds challenges never before seen in the series and asks players to make decisions that will affect the game’s world in new ways. More information on the game’s release will be revealed in the future.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: As players explore the world of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, they will face off against many ferocious enemies with up to three other friends locally or, for the first time on Nintendo 3DS, online using a wireless broadband Internet connection. Starting this week, an exclusive demo with three different quests and local and online multiplayer functionality will be made available by email to select Nintendo 3DS owners, complete with three additional Nintendo eShop codes that can be shared with friends. The ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition’ console will also release on the same day, exclusive to EB Games. By playing the game on New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL, players can experience C Stick functionality and super-stable 3D that makes for more immersive gameplay, while two sets of cover plates inspired by the game will be available for New Nintendo 3DS owners to purchase separately from 14th February.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS amiibo Compatibility: In February, a new system update will allow amiibo support for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS using the Super Smash Bros. series of amiibo and the NFC technology built into New Nintendo 3DS systems. The previously announced Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer for amiibo support on Nintendo 3DS will launch in the future.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: On 2nd April, a remake of the well-received Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii is launching exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. The new version offers 3D visuals and allows players to view the maps and character stats on the bottom screen. Another new addition to the game is a bonus mode that lets players view 3D models of the characters and listen to tracks from the game’s musical score.
  • IronFall: Invasion: Created by a small team of three talented indie developers for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, IronFall: Invasion brings fast-paced shooting action, with the gameplay perfectly suited for using the C Stick of New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. With 6-player local and online multiplayer, a dedicated single player campaign and 60fps gameplay, this new title from VD-Dev is releasing on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in February.
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons : Super Mario Bros. Edition: Based on the popular Puzzle & Dragons game – a puzzle game with RPG and strategy elements that previously launched in Japan – Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons : Super Mario Bros. Edition will launch as one package for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems in May. Puzzle & Dragons : Super Mario Bros. Edition features characters and worlds from the Super Mario Bros. series.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: On 16th May, Abraham Lincoln will bring together a team of talented agents to fend off an alien invasion. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will support amiibo figures. Players can use Fire Emblem amiibo characters Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina as playable characters in battle and unleash their Fire Emblem-related weapons against the aliens.
  • Pokémon Shuffle: Launching on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in February, Pokémon Shuffle finds players matching three or more Pokémon to clear them from the screen and finish stages. Players can download and start the game for free and purchase in-game items using Nintendo eShop funds.
  • ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY +: Coming in February 2015 for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, play as the legendary pilot Phoenix and control fighter jets that actually exist in real-life. The game includes compatibility with the New Nintendo 3DS system’s C Stick and ZR/ZL buttons for total control, while also offering amiibo support with unlockable jets styled on characters such as Link, Bowser or Fox.
  • Nintendo Anime Channel: A new video-on-demand service kicks off on 14th February, offering fans the chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon and Kirby with new content being added regularly. Access to the service is granted simply by downloading a free application from Nintendo eShop.

 

Wii U

  • Splatoon: When players first start the colourful shooting game, they will begin in a central ‘plaza’ that connects to all the different modes in the game. The hub also grants access to a shopping centre that lets players customise their weapons and outfits. Splatoon launches exclusively for Wii U in May.
  • Mario Party 10: The new “amiibo Party mode” brings amiibo compatibility to the classic party-game series. Select amiibo from both the Super Smash Bros. Collection and Super Mario Collection will work with the game: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario. Tapping an amiibo to the GamePad lets players use that character as a game piece, as well as play on a game board themed to that classic character. Mario Party 10 launches for Wii U on 21st March, with a limited quantity of bundles including a Mario amiibo from the Super Mario Collection, plus a copy of the game, also being prepared.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: A new update on 21st March will add amiibo support to the charming Wii U game. Players that tap the Toad amiibo – releasing on the same day - to the GamePad can enjoy a new hide-and-seek mode where pixel art Toads are hidden throughout the stages.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: The upcoming Wii U game is an open-world RPG that allows players to seamlessly explore a vast world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is planned for launch in 2015.
  • Project Treasure (working title): A new teaser video was revealed in today’s Nintendo Direct featuring Katsuhiro Harada from Bandai Namco Games discussing a new game that is being developed exclusively for Wii U. The game will be free to download and start playing but requires an online connection as four players work together to complete varied stages, clearing traps, routing enemies and seizing treasure.
  • Wii Games Coming to Wii U as download software: Starting today, players will be able to download Wii games directly to their Wii U HOME Menu via Nintendo eShop for Wii U – no need to access Wii Mode. The first game that is available - released today - is Super Mario Galaxy 2. The future lineup of Wii games coming to Nintendo eShop on Wii U includes Donkey Kong Country Returns (23rd January) and Metroid Prime Trilogy (30th January). Other upcoming titles are Kirby’s Adventure Wii, Pandora’s Tower, Punch-Out!!, and a title not previously released in Australia and New Zealand - Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies. The Wii U GamePad can be used to control many Wii games that were compatible with the Wii Classic Controller. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid Prime Trilogy will be on sale for a special price of AU$13.00 (NZ$17.00) during their first week of availability. After the first week, these games will be available for AU$26.00 (NZ$34.00).

 

amiibo

  • Super Mario Collection amiibo: A line of amiibo inspired by the characters of the Super Mario series will launch on 21st March. The lineup includes new models of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser, as well as the introduction of Toad. Crossover amiibo characters from the Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario lines like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser will have the same functionality in all compatible games, so players can choose which design they like best!
  • Additional amiibo Figures: Robin, Lucina, Charizard, PAC-MAN, Wario and Ness amiibo figures, which are all compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and – when amiibo functionality becomes available in February – Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, will launch in April.

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars: In this puzzle/platformer hybrid, players guide Mini Mario toys to the exit door using touch control. As with previous games in the series, players can create their own levels and share them with other players online. In this game, players can “tip” the creators of the user-generated puzzles with stars, which can be used to buy new parts in the robust level creator. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will be available directly from Nintendo eShop for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on 21st March. As a bonus, players who purchase the Wii U version will receive a free download code for the Nintendo 3DS version, and vice versa.

 

 


 

CRUNCHYROLL APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE ON Wii U

Jan 9, 2015 / News

Thousands of episodes of anime shows are now available on Wii U. Starting today, Wii U owners with a broadband Internet connection can access the Crunchyroll application, a leading global destination and platform for anime, Asian dramas and more.

 

 

Now Wii U owners can have access to more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of hit licensed content, including the most popular current and classic shows like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Sword Art Online and Hunter x Hunter. It’s a great match for Wii U, which continues to offer a wide variety of quality software with recently released titles such as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2, in addition to eagerly anticipated upcoming titles like Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Splatoon.

To access Crunchyroll, Wii U owners can download the free application from the Nintendo eShop, which will allow premium Crunchyroll members to begin watching immediately. Crunchyroll premium members have access to the newest episodes of currently airing shows as soon as 1 hour after they air in Japan, all ad-free. Wii U owners who aren’t yet Crunchyroll members can sign up for a 14-day free trial of premium membership via the application or at the Crunchyroll website.

 

 


 

Third line-up of amiibo figures to launch 29th January in Australia and New Zealand

Dec 17, 2014 / News

Following the launch of the first 18 of Nintendo’s interactive amiibo figures in the lead up to the festive season, the third line-up of amiibo, previously announced to be releasing in February, will now launch 29th January 2015, featuring 11 iconic characters: Lucario, Rosalina, Bowser, Toon Link, Sheik, Ike, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Shulk, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man.

 

 

Each amiibo uses NFC technology to interact with compatible games in unique new ways, providing fresh gameplay experiences and a great value for consumers. Players simply need to tap them to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad to activate them, and some figures offer compatibility across multiple games – no additional equipment is required. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love.

 

 

 


 

POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY AND POKÉMON ALPHA SAPPHIRE BIGGEST EVER FIRST WEEK NINTENDO RELEASE

Dec 17, 2014 / News

17th December 2014 – With Christmas just weeks away, Nintendo Australia announces two new records set through sales of Pokémon titles for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles in Australia and New Zealand. Firstly, the record for biggest ever first week release for a Nintendo title – over 100,000* units previously set by Pokémon X and Pokémon Y just last year – has been surpassed by the latest core Pokémon titles. With combined sales exceeding 120,000* units in the first week, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has been taking players on a new adventure exploring the origins of Mega Evolution. With new Mega Evolutions of favourite Pokémon characters, new areas to explore and new ways to travel, fans who fell in love with the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games will feel like they are embarking on their adventure through the Hoenn region for the first time in these record-breaking titles.

In the same week, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y became the highest selling Pokémon games in Australia and New Zealand, taking the record from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, which released for Nintendo DS in 2007 – selling over 330,000* units life-to-date. Launched on 12th October 2013, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were the first core Pokémon titles to feature gameplay in 3D, and introduced players to Mega Evolved Pokémon in an exciting adventure through the Kalos region for the very first time.

“We’re thrilled to see players in Australia and New Zealand embracing the latest Pokémon titles on Nintendo 3DS” said Darryl Mohr, Nintendo Australia’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Considering the install base of Nintendo DS at the time of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, these two new records are a testament to the quality of Pokémon titles available for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles heading into the holiday season.”


The local announcement follows the recent news that as of 21 November, over 7.7 million units of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire had been shipped worldwide, and together with the recent release of two new bundles - Nintendo 2DS Transparent Red + Pokémon Omega Ruby and Nintendo 2DS Transparent Blue + Pokémon Alpha Sapphire there will be plenty of options for fun with the latest Pokémon titles this Christmas.

* Sales data provided by NPD Group and Nintendo Australia.


 

Pokémon fans - find out how to obtain the Eon Ticket this Thursday

Dec 15, 2014 / News

Have you received the Eon Ticket via StreetPass in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire yet?

Nintendo representatives will be distributing the Eon Ticket at the below locations this Thursday 18th December, 12pm – 12:30pm local time:

 



Melbourne – EB Games Westfield Fountain Gate, EB Games Greensborough Plaza
Sydney – EB Games Westfield Penrith, EB Games Westfield Miranda
Brisbane – EB Games Westfield Carindale, EB Games Westfield Chermside
Adelaide - EB Games Westfield Tea Tree Plaza
Perth – EB Games Lakeside Joondalup
Auckland – EB Games Sylvia Park

Be sure to turn on the StreetPass function on your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system and in the BuzzNav in your game - hanging out with other Pokémon Trainers might help you to get your own Eon Ticket so that you can obtain both Latios and Latias in your game! Good luck!

More details: http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-au/story/obtain-the-eon-ticket


 

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