NINTENDO GIVES PLAYERS UNPRECEDENTED FREEDOM OF ADVENTURE IN THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

Jun 15, 2016 / News

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild represents the next great boundary-breaking adventure from Nintendo. The game marks a new pinnacle for the franchise, and today Nintendo gave the world its first look at the immense, living and breathing world of the Wii U version of the game at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. The game challenges and surprises players at every turn, while giving them incredible freedom to explore the massive world found in this open-air adventure.

Today Nintendo gave fans just a taste of how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes the franchise to new heights. Nintendo’s booth at E3 immerses attendees in the world of the game. As E3 attendees investigate Hyrule, they can explore the game any way they want because the world is so vast and players are not required to take a pre-determined path. This sense of freedom and vastness will truly come alive in the final game when the experience isn't limited by the restrictions of a show floor demo.

During a Nintendo Treehouse: Live demo, Nintendo showed that heroic Link needs to be resourceful as he explores his environment. It’s important for players to become familiar with their surroundings so they can find weapons or collect them from defeated enemies. Food helps Link sustain his hearts and can give him a temporary boost or ability that will sustain him.

The game breaks with some conventions from the series. For example, many of the minor enemies are no longer scattered randomly around the world, as many now live together in colonies. Link can climb towers and massive structures to get a bearing on his surroundings. He can even reach the top of mountains – any mountain he can see, he can climb. He can paraglide to lower areas or even use his shield to slide down a mountain. Link will travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks.

 

 

The game’s wild world surrounds Link, and he must pay attention to changes in climate, as a shift in weather or temperature can affect the environment and his ability to survive in it. A sudden downpour might douse a roaring campfire or a lightning storm might be attracted to Link’s metallic weapons. Players might need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat.

More than 100 Shrines of Trials dot the landscape, waiting for players to discover and explore them in any order they want. As players work their way through the traps and puzzles inside, they’ll earn special items and other rewards that will help them on their adventure. Puzzles in the game often have multiple answers, and secrets can be found everywhere. Exploration and discovery are a huge part of the fun.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both the Wii U console and Nintendo’s next system, code-named NX, in 2017. The game also includes compatibility with amiibo, which are sold separately. Nintendo announced a new series of amiibo figures specific to the game that includes Link with a bow (“Archer”), Link on horseback (“Rider”), and a “Guardian” that is the first amiibo with flexible parts.

 

 

The existing Wolf Link amiibo works with the game as well: when players tap a Wolf Link amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller, Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help players to hunt.He has three hearts, unless players carry over save data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Wolf Link disappears when his hearts run out.

 

 

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is clearly the star of Nintendo’s presence at E3, Nintendo Treehouse: Live also gave Pokémon fans something to go wild about this morning: the world premiere of live gameplay from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the seventh, and newest, era of the core Pokémon series. The games*, made for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, include new Pokémon, a new Pokédex, a new region and a new battle format to enhance the Pokémon experience in almost every way.

In the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, players embark on a new adventure as a Pokémon Trainer. They catch, battle and trade new Pokémon characters on the tropical islands of the Alola Region, which is comprised of four islands rich in natural beauty and an artificial island.

Players can choose from one of three new Partner Pokémon (Rowlet, Litten and Popplio) and discover the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon (Solgaleo and Lunala)

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 18. More information on the games can be found at www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/en-au/, and a video showing today’s reveal can be found at YouTube.com/Pokemon.

Anyone who wants to keep tabs on Nintendo’s activities at E3 from afar can keep an eye on Nintendo Treehouse: Live on Nintendo’s Twitch channels. The remainder of today’s show will be dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The final day of Nintendo Treehouse: Live begins at 3am AEST on Thursday June 16, and will primarily offer a showcase of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (launching on June 25), Monster Hunter Generations™ from Capcom (launching on July 16), Paper Mario: Color Splash (launching on October 8) and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (2016). Additionally, viewers will get their first look at a new Mario Party game for Nintendo 3DS that includes additions and changes to make it much more fast-paced and portable-friendly – players no longer have to wait for their turn, as everyone moves at once. Mario Party Star Rushlaunches in Australia and New Zealand on October 8.

Also on October 8, Nintendo will launch new amiibo in the Super Mario series. The collection will feature the debut of amiibo figures for Daisy, Waluigi and Boo – and the Boo amiibo figure glows in the dark! The collection also introduces new poses for Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Launching first on October 8 in Australia and New Zealand will be Boo, Donkey Kong, Rosalina and Wario, followed by Waluigi, Diddy Kong and Daisy on November 5.

As a special treat for fans, Nintendo eShop is offering discounts of up to 50% for some of its most popular games until June 23. Discounts have been applied to dozens of games, including multiple games in The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon series, as well as a number of Virtual Console games. In addition, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U is 35% off on Nintendo eShop until June 21, and users with a Nintendo Account who have subscribed to Nintendo’s promotional emails at the moment of purchase can get an additional 10% “Just for You” discount on the reduced price, for a 41% discount in total**.

To see details about all of Nintendo’s activities at E3, please visit http://e3.nintendo.com.


 

CELEBRATE THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF NINTENDO eSHOP WITH UP TO 50% OFF SOME OF ITS BIGGEST HITS FROM THIS FRIDAY

Jun 7, 2016 / News

Discounts available on select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U download software and Virtual Console titles until June 23

Nintendo eShop first launched on Nintendo 3DS on June 7, 2011 , and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, some of the most popular download-exclusive titles for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will be available at up to 50% off from June 10 to June 23 in Australia and New Zealand.

Those who wish to enjoy great adventures while on the go will be able to get 50% off classic Link adventures like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. Pokémon fans meanwhile can get 50% off Pokédex 3D Pro and Virtual Console title Pokémon Trading Card Game. Indie game enthusiasts should also keep an eye on Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig and Hörberg Productions’ Gunman Clive, which will both have discounts of 50% off.

For anyone who wants to discover – or rediscover – some classic Wii titles, both Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are available at half price on Wii U. Those looking for a futuristic racing experience can put their pedal to the metal and enjoy 25% off Shin’en Multimedia’s FAST Racing NEO and 50% off F-Zero.  Players seeking a truly retro experience can enjoy NES™ Remix and NES™ Remix 2, both on sale at a half price discount, as is SNES Classic Earthbound, which made its debut in Australia and New Zealand via the Wii U console’s Virtual Console service.

 

 

See below for the full list of discounted titles available on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop:

 

  • Art Academy™: SketchPad
  • NES™ Remix
  • NES™ Remix 2
  • FAST Racing NEO
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • Child of Light™
  • Little Inferno
  • Toki Tori
  • Trine 2: Director's Cut
  • Metroid™ Prime Trilogy
  • Super Mario Galaxy™ 2
  • The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda™: The Minish Cap™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • Super Mario World™
  • Super Mario™ 64
  • Donkey Kong® 64
  • Super Metroid
  • EarthBound™
  • Kirby's Adventure™
  • F-ZERO™

 

  • Pullblox™
  • Dillon's Rolling Western™ 
  • Pokédex™ 3D Pro
  • Pokémon™ Link: Battle!
  • 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure™
  • SteamWorld Dig
  • Gunman Clive
  • Zen Pinball 3D
  • Colors! 3D
  • Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH!
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Pokémon™ Trading Card Game
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Link's Awakening DX™
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Oracle of Seasons
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros. 2™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • Super Mario Land™
  • Super Mario Land™ 2: 6 Golden Coins™
  • Kirby's Dream Land™

 

Celebrate five years of Nintendo eShop with discounts on select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console titles from June 10 until June 23 in Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 


 

LEARN TO DRAW DOZENS OF DISNEY AND PIXAR CHARACTERS IN DISNEY ART ACADEMY, LAUNCHING ON NINTENDO 3DS ON JULY 16

May 25, 2016 / News

Share your magical creations and show your takes on beloved Disney characters via social media

Calling all budding artists and Disney fans! In the Disney Art Academy game, launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on July 16 at a suggested retail price of AU$49.95, you can use a wide variety of tools to learn to draw more than 80 Disney and Pixar characters in 2D. By setting your own pace through multiple easy-to-follow lessons, characters like Mickey Mouse, Nemo from Finding Nemo, Elsa from Frozen, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and Simba from The Lion King come to life on your Nintendo 3DS screen.

In Disney Art Academy, Disney and Pixar characters can be sketched or painted in many different ways. Using nine art tools like pastels, paintbrushes or markers, you can discover your inner artist by participating in lessons inspired by Disney art and animation. Each lesson guides you through a step-by-step progression to draw a single character. What starts as a series of lines and shapes will gradually evolve into a familiar character using your new art skills! If you ever want to take a break, lessons can easily be saved to continue from the same spot at a later time.

You can even add some extra flair with the magic brush, a new addition to the Art Academy series. With the magic brush, magical additions like stars, bubbles, and glitter can be added to your masterpieces – all easily accessed by using the touch screen on Nintendo 3DS.

As your art skills improve and you create more and more Disney and Pixar characters, you may very well want to share your creations with others. That can easily be accomplished directly in the game by connecting to the Internet and sharing through Miiverse or social media via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

Completed artwork is also saved to the Nintendo 3DS system’s SD card, allowing you to upload your creations to a personal computer and print them out, and parents will be able to easily display their children’s art by printing their favourite drawings.

If you want to create outside the game’s numerous lessons you’re in luck, as Disney Art Academy includes a Free Paint mode that lets you draw even more characters any way you choose. In Free Paint, you can put your newly learned skills to the test by drawing on a blank canvas, or you can select from more than 80 Disney images to use as reference as you add to your virtual gallery. All completed artwork can be viewed at any time in the game’s Clubhouse, where you can also select your favourite pieces to be viewed in a personal showcase slideshow.

Learn to draw more than 80 Disney characters and show off your creations when Disney Art Academy launches on July 16 in Australia and New Zealand for Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit the Information for Parents section of our website.


 

BECOME BEST FRIENDS WITH A TEDDY BEAR BROUGHT TO LIFE IN TEDDY TOGETHER, COMING TO NINTENDO 2DS AND NINTENDO 3DS ON JULY 2

May 24, 2016 / News

Young children take care of a special teddy bear who can talk, walk, and play games in this new title that’s ideal for parents and children to play together

What child hasn’t dreamed of their favourite toy coming to life? That’s exactly what happens in Teddy Together, a new game joining the ever-growing catalogue of kid-favourite games like nintendogs + cats available on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which includes the entry-level Nintendo 2DS system. Ideal for parents to play together with their young children as they’re developing their reading and interpersonal skills, Teddy Together will be available from July 2 in Australia and New Zealand at a suggested retail price of AU$49.95.

The story begins when a teddy bear is delivered to the player’s house, along with a mysterious key. The magic starts when Teddy springs to life and starts to speak to the player! Children can give Teddy a name and enter their own name, creating an instant personal connection between the two new friends. From this point on, the tale of Teddy Together advances a bit each day as children learn more about the teddy’s purpose and the mysterious key, making it an ideal interactive bedtime story that parents and their young children can enjoy together.

 

This inquisitive little bear is particularly interested in learning more about friendship, and often asks the player questions like, “What do you do for fun?”, “How do you make friends?”, and “What’s your favourite food?”. Teddy will remember those answers and bring them up in conversation later on, forging a unique relationship between Teddy and the player, as the answers are always just between them*. Teddy’s cute reactions and encouraging personality are sure to bring a smile to any child’s face, which might even help them grow in confidence and self-esteem. Players can also introduce Teddy to their friends, who can give answers that Teddy will remember and even mention later on.

Teddy loves to eat too, so children can play fun minigames via the Touch Screen to prepare a range of meals, then feed Teddy. But be careful: sometimes the food will be too hot, and the player will have to blow into the microphone to cool it down! Teddy can be a bit of a messy eater at times, so a little light cleaning might be needed after a meal. Don’t worry: Teddy also loves to take baths, so is never dirty for long! Players can dress their teddy up too, with a big range of tops, hats, shoes, accessories and more, plus different fur colours to unlock too, making each player’s bear even more unique to them. Clothes, special lollies that unlock new fur colours, and seeds that can be planted in the garden are all purchased using coins, which are earned through playing or by tapping a compatible amiibo figure once a day.

The unique simulation game Teddy Together lets young children make friends with a teddy bear that comes to life, talking and asking questions to learn more about friendship. The game will be available for Nintendo 3DS family systems, including Nintendo 2DS which plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D, from July 2, 2016 in Australia and New Zealand.

 

*As Teddy Together does not have any online features, no words entered during the game are shared with Nintendo or third parties.


 

BRAND NEW BUNDLE FOR NINTENDO 2DS INCLUDES ACCLAIMED MARIO KART 7 FROM MAY 26

May 20, 2016 / News

Selection of Nintendo 3DS games including Mario Tennis Open and Star Fox 64 3D to join the Nintendo Selects value range 

The entry point to Nintendo 3DS games and franchises welcomes even more value with a new bundle for Nintendo 2DS set to include the acclaimed Mario Kart 7 – pre-installed on the console or via download code*. Releasing May 26, the new bundle will have a suggested retail price of just AU$149.95 (SRP AU$69.95 less than buying the console and Mario Kart 7 game separately).

 



Ever since it launched in October 2013, Nintendo 2DS has been the go-to system for newcomers to the world of quality Nintendo video games. The system plays nearly the entire library of Nintendo 3DS games in 2D, as well as most Nintendo DS games, and players with Internet access can compete online, or enjoy local multiplayer co-op experiences with other Nintendo 3DS family system owners.

Also on May 26, joining the classic titles already available for Wii and Wii U, the Nintendo Selects value range will welcome five of the most popular Nintendo 3DS titles at a new suggested retail price of AU$29.95. Whether you want to discover a game you may have missed the first time around or have simply been waiting for the best deal, the Nintendo Selects range offers varied gaming experiences at a value offering. The line-up is set to include:

Star Fox 64 3D: The Star Fox team returns for one of its greatest missions, originally released as Lylat Wars for Nintendo 64 in Australia and New Zealand. Blast enemies as you fly through ruined cityscapes and dense meteor fields, and take on friends in local multiplayer in this action-packed 3D shooter.

nintendogs + cats: Have you ever wanted to play with puppies and kittens in the palm of your hand? Look after a range of breeds, teach them tricks, enter them in different challenges and activities, and dress them up in a range of accessories. Different breeds are available to choose at the start of each of the game’s three versions: French Bulldog, Toy Poodle, and Golden Retriever. All breeds can be unlocked in all versions.

Mario Tennis Open: Thrilling tennis action for up to four players, either online or in Local Play. Run your opponent ragged with topspin, backspin, lobs and more, then get in position to pull off a stunning Chance Shot that’s sure to leave them completely bamboozled!

Yoshi’s New Island: Yoshi and Baby Mario are reunited for a free-wheeling platform adventure packed with classic Yoshi gameplay, all wrapped up in a collection of dreamy art styles. Hunt high and low for countless collectibles, and even smash through obstacles with the new Mega Eggdozers.

Mario Party: Island Tour: A content-packed party in your pocket! Dive into 80 hilarious minigames and share the fun with friends via Download Play, where four people can party on together with just one Game Card between them.

 

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Those looking to step into the world of Nintendo 3DS games, and current owners of a handheld system in the Nintendo 3DS family can both look forward to great value and great games when the Nintendo 2DS bundle with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed and five new additions to the Nintendo Selects value range both launch in Australia and New Zealand on May 26. .

 


* Consumers can check with their local retailer.

 

CHOOSE THE FAMILY THAT RAISED YOU OR SIDE WITH YOUR TRUE HOMELAND WHEN FIRE EMBLEM FATES LAUNCHES THIS SATURDAY

May 18, 2016 / News

 

Defend Hoshido in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or put a stop to King Garon’s machinations in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, arriving in Australia and New Zealand on May 21

After the series’ best-ever launch in the United States earlier this year, strategy fans in Australia and New Zealand are preparing to make a difficult choice: fight for the family that raised them in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest or fight for their true homeland in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, two new entries in the long-running strategic RPG series that release this Saturday, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Raised as royalty in the Nohr kingdom, main character Corrin’s life is forever changed when it is revealed that they were actually born to the neighbouring land of Hoshido, and were kidnapped as a child by the evil King Garon. Now both nations are on the brink of war, and the player must choose whether to protect the homeland of Hoshido in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or to side with the family who raised Corrin and put a stop to Garon’s machinations in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. The story is completed on June 10 with the download-only release of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, which sees players refuse to choose a side, and exposes the truth about the two kingdoms’ war.

Depending on the side chosen, the story will change drastically, providing wholly different experiences suited for differing player tastes and experience levels.Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright players can take on Challenge Maps to gain additional experience and money whenever they choose, making it ideal for beginners or those who first encountered the series in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Meanwhile, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest contains a different cast of recruitable characters and doesn’t contain Challenge Maps, making character growth harder and finances more scarce, creating a tougher experience that will be familiar to veterans of the older games in the Fire Emblem series. To experience the full story, players can purchase the version they don't yet own as well as Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (as paid downloadable content from June 10, 2016) in-game for AU$26 / NZ$ 34 each.

These new Fire Emblem Fates games for Nintendo 3DS have already proven themselves a hit with critics around the world: 

  • “Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a grueling, fantastic experience that not only matches the quality of its predecessor but possibly outshines it as well, more than earning its place at the table of must-play strategy/RPGs.” Game Informer – 9.25/10
  • “Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a wonderful tactical game that’s carefully tuned for series veterans.” IGN – 9.5/10
  • “Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation is an incredible accomplishment in marriage of storytelling and gameplay...it's a beautiful game.” GameSpot – 9/10

The Fire Emblem Fates Launch Trailer is now available to watch below.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

You can discover more details about the creation of these two games with the Developer’s Commentary videos.

Starting on May 21, downloadable content in the form of new maps will also be released on a regular basis. You can choose to buy each of these maps individually, or purchase Map Pack 1 for AU$23.40 / NZ$30.60 to get access to 11 maps, plus bonus content, as they are released. Map Pack 1 offers players a discount when compared to buying everything individually.

Also launching on May 21 is:

The New Nintendo 3DS XL Fire Emblem Fates Edition*

*Software not included. Exclusive to EB Games Australia and New Zealand.

 

A set of new Cover Plates** for New Nintendo 3DS systems featuring the warring families.

**Exclusive to EB Games Australia and New Zealand.

 

Finally, anyone purchasing Fire Emblem Fates via Nintendo eShop in the first four weeks after launch will also receive a free download code for the Two Kingdoms theme.

Fight for the family that raised you in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, fight for your true homeland in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or fight for the truth in Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation: the choice is yours. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for Nintendo 3DS family systems launch in Australia and New Zealand on May 21, and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will be available as paid downloadable content in-game from June 10.

 

 

 

 

 


 

GET READY TO HUNT! MONSTER HUNTER GENERATIONS LAUNCHES JULY 16

May 13, 2016 / News

 

Experience the latest Monster Hunter title on the New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition, also launching July 16

The hunt is about to begin, as Capcom®’s Monster Hunter Generations™ (SRP AU$59.95) will launch in Australia and New Zealand on July 16, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems . Also launching on the same day, the New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition comes in a striking red colour and features artwork of the game’s Fated Four, an elite group of powerful monsters (SRP AU$249.95 – game sold separately).

With the new Prowler game mode and revisions to help newcomers, Monster Hunter Generations is the most accessible entry in the series yet and the ideal jumping-on point for beginners. The new Prowler mode, where players can directly control one of the game’s Felyne characters, allows newcomers to get straight into the action of hunting and gathering without feeling overwhelmed. Prowlers enjoy simplified mechanics for gathering items and enjoy their own unique attacks and combos, making them a great learning tool for anyone starting out on their Monster Hunter journey. Any of the game’s single or multiplayer quests can be enjoyed in Prowler mode, allowing players of all skill levels, whether playing as a Hunter or Prowler, to hunt together.

Monster Hunter Generations allows players to take on a variety of unique monsters in over 20 different hunting locations, either solo or in local and online multiplayer modes. By collecting items from their hunts, players can craft more powerful weapons and armour, allowing even more dangerous quests to be taken on. With the choice of four different Hunting Styles and spectacular Hunter Arts special moves to equip, Monster Hunter Generations is the most customisable Monster Hunter experience yet. Players will also be able to get a taste of Monster Hunter Generations before launch, when a playable demo is released on Nintendo eShop this winter.

 

 

For the latest updates on Monster Hunter Generations, fans should keep their eyes on the official Monster Hunter Twitter account: @MonsterHunter.

With an all-new game mode and mechanics, there hasn’t been a better time to become a hunter than when Monster Hunter Generations and the New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition launch in Australia and New Zealand on July 16.

 

 

 


 

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon coming to Nintendo 3DS family of systems on November 18

May 11, 2016 / News

 

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 18, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

To find out more about these games, and to see the brand-new trailer that showcases new game play in action, please visit: http://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/en-au/

 

 

More information and details about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be unveiled throughout the course of 2016.


 

TWO BELOVED VIDEO GAME FRANCHISES COLLIDE IN THE SUPER MARIO MASH-UP PACK FOR MINECRAFT: Wii U EDITION

May 10, 2016 / News

 

Free Super Mario-Themed Game Update Available only on Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 18

In a match made in block-shaped heaven, Nintendo is partnering with Mojang and Microsoft to bring the imaginative worlds of the Super Mario and Minecraft series together. On May 18 in Australia and New Zealand, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack comes exclusively to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update. For the first time ever, players will be able to fend off blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones the same way they do Creepers and Zombies.

 

 

After downloading the update, players who own the Minecraft: Wii U Edition digital game which launched last December will have immediate access to new skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world, and a set of Super Mario-themed music and item textures, all inspired by games in the iconic Super Mario series such as Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Minecraft fans can take a closer look at the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in action in this trailer.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

The Wii U version of Minecraft features the full game, as well as many of the most popular previously released content packs. Downloading the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack gives players 40 new Super Mario-themed skins, which transform the game’s characters into familiar heroes like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, and even troublemakers like Bowser, Wario and all seven of Bowser's minions. All the world and item textures in the game will also be redone, providing players the opportunity to create their own Super Mario-themed locations within the world of Minecraft. While building, players will even enjoy listening to the smooth sounds of 15 pieces of music from Super Mario 64. Builders of all ages will love crafting massive new worlds using building blocks inspired by a series as accessible and recognisable as Super Mario.

 

 

Since launching in 2011, Minecraft has become a global phenomenon, selling more than 70 million games worldwide. The game places players in a massive randomly generated world and lets them explore, harvest resources and craft anything their imaginations can conjure. The Wii U version of Minecraft features Off-TV Play, touch screen functionality and online multiplayer.

Minecraft: Wii U Edition can currently be downloaded in Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Get ready to explore the world of Minecraft like never before when the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack comes exclusively to Minecraft: Wii U Edition on May 18.

 

 


 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN WITH MARIO & SONIC AT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES™, COMING TO Wii U ON JUNE 25

May 3, 2016 / News

 

New Duel Events allow you to unleash power-ups and chaos on opponents as you vie for Olympic Glory

The worlds of Mario and Sonic come together once more for 17 exciting events in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™, arriving on Wii U in Australia and New Zealand on June 25. Taking place in Rio de Janeiro, host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the latest instalment of the series features over 30 playable characters, the ability to play as your Mii, and plenty of frantic four-player multiplayer action to enjoy with friends and family, including the new Duel Events, which give familiar sports a classic Mario & Sonic twist.

 

 

Rugby Sevens is one of three sports, along with Football and Beach Volleyball, that comes with its own Duel Event. The action’s powered-up, familiar items like Bullet Bills and Chaos Emeralds are allowed, and chaotic multiplayer matches are guaranteed. In Duel Events, players build up Duel Points by pulling off actions like tackling, spiking or shooting, then have to score a try, point or goal to add these Duel Points to their total score. Last-gasp turnarounds and severe drubbings on an unprecedented scale await!

Players can also vie for gold medals in classic Olympic Games events like Boxing, Archery, and the 100m sprint, using either the Wii U GamePad in single-player, or with Wii Remote button controls in multiplayer. All events take place in venues modelled after the real-life venues of the Olympic Games, bringing an authentic touch of Rio to the proceedings. Rhythm Gymnastics (with clubs) and Rugby Sevens – the latter making its debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – are also playable for the first time.

Alongside the new events comes the new Heroes Showdown mode: an addition for only the most dedicated Mario and Sonic fans out there, as it’s unlocked after achieving first place or being in the winning team in all 17 player events in single-player, or by winning the Bronze Medal more than seven times in tournaments. Competitors join up with Team Mario or Team Sonic and battle it out against the other side in knockout rounds. Events are picked at random for a real test of all-around skill, and each round a character from the losing team is knocked out until either all members are knocked out, or Team Captains Mario and Sonic are eliminated, so it’s all on the line to be the last team standing.

Over 30 playable characters from the Mario and Sonic series appear, including some that are exclusive to certain events. Sporting hopefuls can put themselves in the game as their Mii, and take part in tournaments for each event. Coins and rings earned through gameplay can be used to buy additional costumes from the Mario series or Sonic series respectively.

Additional special tournaments can be accessed through the use of amiibo figures, which can be used after completing 25 tournaments. By tapping a Sonic amiibo to the Wii U GamePad, the Sonic League will begin, pitting a player’s Mii against characters from the Sonic series. Meanwhile, the Mario League can be played if any Mario amiibo is tapped, and will see players squaring off against characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. A special Mario or Sonic Mii costume will be earned for winning their respective leagues, while scanning in any other amiibo will reward the player with either coins or rings to use at the Item Stand for a chance to win additional costumes.

With 14 official Olympic Games disciplines and three Duel Events, over 30 playable characters and the ability to play as your Mii, and local multiplayer for up to four players, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ will offer everyone a chance to go for the gold when it comes to Wii U on June 25!

 

 

 


 

SLAY EVIL MIRAGES – AND SLAY LIKE A POP STAR – IN UNIQUE JAPANESE RPG TOKYO MIRAGE SESSIONS #FE, COMING TO Wii U ON JUNE 25

May 2, 2016 / News

 

The Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Fortissimo Edition includes six-track CD, artbook, a download code for extra content, and more

Anyone ready to take on a totally new kind of RPG experience should get ready to give a virtuoso performance in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, arriving on Wii U in Australia and New Zealand on June 25. In this new title from the RPG masters at Atlus, tactical turn-based combat and a story rooted in modern-day Japanese culture combine with stellar production values for a real one-off experience. This energetic game features a deep battle system inspired by both the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series imbued with a J-Pop twist, and includes real-life locations in Tokyo.

 

 

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE follows a squad of Japanese teens, including high-school student Itsuki Aoi, his friend Touma Akagi, and aspiring pop idol Tsubasa Oribe. When a wave of evil Mirages attacks Tokyo and kidnaps Tsubasa, she and Itsuki fearlessly fight them off with the help of Fire Emblem characters Chrom and Caeda, eventually freeing themselves from the Idolasphere. When they return to the real world, they’re recruited by Talent Agency Fortuna Entertainment – secret defenders against the invading Mirages – and commit to destroying the evil once and for all.

As the story unfolds, players will explore dungeon-style Idolaspheres, each with a unique theme such as photography or television, where they’ll battle Mirages in richly strategic turn-based combat. Exploiting enemy weaknesses, inspired by Fire Emblem’s “rock-paper-scissors” weapon triangle system, deals extra damage and can lead to Sessions: combination attacks where teammates continue the onslaught to pile on the damage. Battle possibilities expand even further as combatants learn new skills and abilities, giving tacticians the ability to unleash spectacular special moves and devastate their opponents with strike after strike.

Players’ journey through this stylish adventure will be accompanied by the original Japanese voice acting (with English subtitles), as well as the original soundtrack created by Japanese company Avex, to fully immerse fans in a modern-day Tokyo beset by evil mirages.

Launching alongside the solus game (SRP AU$89.95) on June 25, the limited Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Fortissimo Edition (SRP AU$119.95) should be music to RPG fans’ ears. Arriving with an artbook, six-track Special Vocal Selection CD, song lyric cards and stickers, it also includes a download code for all planned downloadable content. These three packs, which will also be available to purchase separately in Nintendo eShop, include additional dungeon quests and costumes for several characters for the complete Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE experience.

Get ready to slay evil mirages – and slay like a pop star – in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, an exclusive Japanese RPG from the genre masters at Atlus, coming exclusively to Wii U on June 25.

 


 

SIDE WITH THE FAMILY WHO RAISED YOU, DEFEND YOUR TRUE HOMELAND, OR FORGE YOUR OWN PATH IN FIRE EMBLEM: FATES, COMING TO NINTENDO 3DS ON MAY 21

Apr 29, 2016 / News

 

DLC Map Packs 1 & 2 will provide new content throughout the year

The fate of two nations is in your hands when Fire Emblem Fates releases exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems on May 21 in Australia and New Zealand. The latest in the long-running series of strategic turn-based RPGs will see players choosing to side with the Hoshido family they were born to, the Nohr family they were raised by, or forge their own path in one of three unique campaigns in Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation respectively.

Fire Emblem Fates is the latest title in the franchise following 2013’s acclaimed Fire Emblem: Awakening, and will release on May 21 following the series’ best-ever launch in the United States earlier this year. Each entry in the Fire Emblem series spans across different nations and continents in the same world at various points in its history, and sees the player take control of an ever-growing army as they attempt to prevent war and restore peace to their realm.

For the first time in the Fire Emblem series, the player’s customisable avatar, Corrin, is the lead protagonist. Raised as royalty in the Nohr Kingdom, their life is forever changed when they discover that they were actually born to the Hoshido royal family, but were kidnapped as a child by the evil Nohrian King Garon. However, both nations are on the brink of war, and Corrin must now choose whether to help defend the kingdom they were born to, help reform the regime they grew up in, or reject both sides of the conflict in an attempt to broker peace between nations.

Each path that Corrin can choose – protecting Hoshido in Birthright, siding with Nohr in Conquest, or refusing to choose in Revelation – will change the story in significant ways, providing wholly different Fire Emblem experiences each suited to different play styles and player experience levels. Those who play Birthright will be able to take on the Challenge Maps, which allow players to earn experience and money whenever they choose, much like Fire Emblem: Awakening. As such, this path is ideal for newcomers, or those for whom Awakening was their first experience with the series. Conquest, however, contains a different cast of recruitable characters and does not have these Challenge Maps, resulting in more limited character growth and finances, and thus a tougher challenge more akin to older games in the Fire Emblem series, and is therefore most recommended for franchise veterans. The download-only Revelation path represents the ultimate challenge of the three paths, and will reveal the truth behind the war, and is thus recommended especially for those who have finished one or both of the other story paths. Revelation will also include the Challenge Maps and allows recruitment of all but two characters from the previous two campaigns, with one new character exclusive to the Revelation story.

Battles in the Fire Emblem series often see players take their small force of recruited soldiers against ever-increasing armies as they attempt to restore peace to their nation. Combat is turn-based, requiring careful planning as any false moves or failed attacks will see units become exposed and vulnerable to the enemy’s attack. Making strategy even more important is the fact that, should one of the player’s units be cut down in battle in Classic Mode, then they’ll either be killed off for good, or will become too injured to ever return to the battlefield to aid you.

The release of Fire Emblem: Awakening saw the introduction of Casual Mode, where fallen characters are revived after each battle. Fire Emblem Fates introduces Phoenix Mode, where any fallen allies will revive after each in-game turn, providing a new, easier difficulty level for newcomers and players who want to concentrate on the story. With Phoenix Mode, Casual Mode, and Classic Mode, players of all skill levels will be able to cut through the combat in a way that best suits their abilities.

Those familiar with the Fire Emblem series may also find themselves approaching combat in ways they haven’t before. By accessing Dragon Veins on the map, new pathways can be created and travelled across, while the terrain can be changed in order to aid progress or hinder the enemy, opening up unprecedented tactical possibilities. The weapons triangle – where axes beat lances, lances beat swords, and swords beat axes – has also been expanded to include magic, bows, and additional weapons, making careful planning and strategy even more important if you wish to keep your allies out of harm’s way.

After each battle, players can spend time in their base of operations, which allows them to interact with recruited characters, bolster their defences to keep out invaders, and build new structures, some of which are exclusive to the Hoshido or Nohr sides and allow the purchase of new weapons and items. Friends can face off against each other in turn-based combat in both online and local multiplayer; each side can take five of their favourite units into battle to see who the ultimate strategist is.

Meanwhile, tapping in* the Ike, Lucina, Marth or Robin amiibo will cause these heroes of past Fire Emblem games to appear in the player’s castle. After the third time these heroes have visited your castle, they can be challenged in combat. Should you prove to be the superior strategist, then they will join your force and can be used as an ally in future battles.

 

 

Both Birthright and Conquest are wholly different campaigns that contain unique challenges, and by accessing the Branch of Fate on the main menu, it’s possible to purchase the opposing path at a reduced cost, as well as Revelation when it launches on June 10, using Nintendo eShop funds. Strategists yet to decide which version they want to play through can find out more about these games in two Developer’s Commentary videos, A Tale of Two Families – Birthright and A Tale of Two Families – Conquest.

Those who want even more content have the option of purchasing Fire Emblem Fates Map Pack 1 via the Dragon’s Gate, accessible after the completion of Chapter 6, from May 21. The eleven downloadable maps that make up this pack will be released periodically from launch through to July, providing a series of extra challenges, opportunities to gain more experience and money, and even recruit a new character. Late July will also see the launch of Map Pack 2 in Australia and New Zealand, which will include another six downloadable maps, providing plenty of content to keep strategy fans busy throughout winter. An additional free piece of content will also be made available during the distribution of each Map Pack.

Fire Emblem Fates will also release as a Limited Edition, featuring a Game Card with all three story paths included, an artbook, a landscape dual-sided poster and an exclusive SteelBook® case. This Limited Edition also lets players get their hands on the Revelation story path before it releases on Nintendo eShop at the later date of June 10.

 

Overseas packaging shown

 

The New Nintendo 3DS XL Fire Emblem Fates Edition** will also launch in Australia and New Zealand May 21, providing the perfect opportunity for budding strategists to join the ranks of Nintendo 3DS owners and experience the latest entries in the Fire Emblem series.

 

 

Owners of New Nintendo 3DS systems will also be able to purchase new Cover Plates that feature the warring families of Nohr and Hoshido.

My Nintendo members will also be able to exchange 20 Gold Points for a 10% discount for Fire Emblem Fates ahead of its launch, with the discount applied for purchases from Nintendo eShop between May 21 and June 16. Those purchasing Fire Emblem Fates via Nintendo eShop in the first four weeks after launch will also receive a free download code for the Two Kingdoms theme.

Fight for your friends in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, fight for your family in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or fight for the truth in Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation: the choice is yours. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for Nintendo 3DS family systems launch in Australia and New Zealand on May 21, and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will arrive on Nintendo eShop on June 10.

 

 

* Using the NFC functionality on New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, or by using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, and Nintendo 3DS XL systems.

** Software not included.