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.
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.
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.
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. .
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:
The Fire Emblem Fates Launch Trailer is now available to watch below.
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:
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Apr 27, 2016 / News
Mobile app Miitomo crosses 10 million users worldwide; next apps will be games in the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing series
Nintendo announced a variety of updates during the earnings announcement for its full fiscal year, ended March 31. These updates included the first information about Nintendo’s next video game system, code-named NX.
“As we report the results of the last fiscal year, we also look forward to an exciting period ahead with further growth in our mobile business, new products for our dedicated video game systems and continued progress in our efforts to increase the number of consumers experiencing our IP through games, licensing and expanded entertainment,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.
For a complete overview of Nintendo’s financial announcements, as well as changes to Nintendo’s governance system, please visit Nintendo’s Investor Relations website at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en. Announcement highlights include:
Free download for Nintendo 3DS family systems and Wii U allows you to play a range of puzzles with any amiibo figure
amiibo owners in Australia and New Zealand will soon have a brand new way to enjoy Nintendo’s toys-to-life series, as puzzle game Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge arrives on Nintendo 3DS family systems and Wii U as a free download from Nintendo eShop on April 29.
First released in November 2014, amiibo are interactive figures based on Nintendo characters that let players access new content and experiences in compatible Nintendo games. Using an amiibo with compatible software is easy: just tap it to the Wii U GamePad, the NFC area on New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, or by using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems. With over 90 amiibo figures to collect and more than 25 compatible Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games in Australia and New Zealand, there are plenty of ways make the most of amiibo.
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, the latest title in the long-running puzzle series that began as Mario vs. Donkey Kong, is only playable through the use of amiibo figures. Players use the touch screen to guide a Mini Toy to the goal door in each stage by moving girders and changing the toy’s direction to make sure it avoids enemies, spikes, Thwomps, and any other perils that could put a stop to the march of the Minis.
While any amiibo figure can be used to play through the game, amiibo figures of certain Mario series characters will each open up a Mini Toy of that character for players to control. Would-be puzzle solvers must then make use of that character’s special abilities to reach the specific amiibo door and gain access to additional special levels. As well as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Donkey Kong, extra challenges can be accessed by scanning in amiibo of Rosalina, Diddy Kong, Bowser, Bowser Jr. and Yoshi, all of whom are making their first appearance in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.
Each of these Mini characters has his or her own special ability: eat enemies as Yoshi, travel across treacherous terrain with Bowser Jr.’s Spike Guard, or lift off with Rosalina’s Lunar Launch. Using these abilities can change the way that some puzzles can be solved, and also provides fresh approaches to the standard stages, including the chance to grab their character-exclusive tokens, which help unlock the ultimate challenges in the Star World.
Experience a new way to enjoy amiibo when Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge launches as a free download for Nintendo 3DS systems and Wii U on April 29.
Apr 19, 2016 / News
The first-ever animated short based on the Star Fox games and characters
To celebrate the upcoming launch of Star Fox Zero for Wii U on April 23, join Nintendo for the live-streamed world premiere of the Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins animated short on April 21 at 8am AEST. This special broadcast can be viewed with US English voiceovers all around the world at http://live.nintendo.com/.
Tune in live on Thursday morning for Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins, the first-ever animated short based on the Star Fox games and characters.
Kirby: Planet Robobot - amiibo Bundle to come with a new Kirby Collection amiibo
Planet Popstar is being invaded by the Haltmann Works Company and its robotic army, and only Kirby can put a stop to their machinations in Kirby: Planet Robobot, releasing exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems in Australia and New Zealand on June 11. Enemies better beware, as not only has Kirby got a range of both new and returning Copy Abilities, but the Robobot Armour that Kirby can pilot can make use of Scan Specs too!
In Kirby’s latest platforming adventure, Kirby can now explore Planet Popstar in brand new ways, as he can move scenery, access new areas, and uncover secrets by using the Robobot Armour’s handy Wrench. That’s not all it can do either, as by scanning enemies, it can unleash more powerful versions of some of Kirby’s well-known Copy Abilities, some of which change the platforming action in brand new ways. By analysing an enemy with the “Jet” Scan Spec, Kirby’s Robobot Armour will engage Jet Mode, causing it to fly across the screen in shoot-‘em-up style, while the “Wheel” Scan Spec activates Wheel Mode, turning Kirby’s Robobot Armour into a car that races between the foreground and background.
Kirby himself also has a few new Copy Abilities which bear more than a passing resemblance to his competitors in the Super Smash Bros. series. Swallowing certain enemies will allow Kirby to unleash the power of his mind with the “ESP” ability, or throw pills and attack with a clipboard as “Doctor” Kirby. By scanning in the Kirby amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection* our pink hero can also become “Smash Bros.” Kirby for the first time since Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. With this newly updated Copy Ability, Kirby can unleash the powers that make him such a formidable fighter, like the Hammer Swing, Final Cutter, and the Stone attack, as well as the ability to shield from enemy attacks..
Other Copy Abilities can also be awarded via any currently available amiibo, often bestowing Kirby with an ability based on the character that was tapped. Become “Fire” Kirby with any Mario amiibo, let loose with the Parasol by scanning Princess Peach, send Sparks flying with Robin, or show off your swordplay with one of the other Fire Emblem character amiibo.
Releasing alongside Kirby: Planet Robobot will be the Kirby Collection amiibo, consisting of Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee and the mysterious Meta Knight. Tapping the latter three amiibo will grant Kirby a unique ability and a change of costume based on the character scanned, while the new Kirby amiibo will give our hero the UFO ability, allowing him to float in the air indefinitely and unleash powerful Heat Beams on unsuspecting foes. Fans eager to get their hands on this ability can also choose the Kirby: Planet Robobot - amiibo Bundle, which includes a copy of the game and a Kirby Collection amiibo of Kirby.
The Kirby Collection amiibo will also give Kirby a collectible sticker that can be used to customise the Robobot Armour. Additional stickers can be found by exploring each stage, or received via StreetPass from other players with a copy of the game By searching each level, Kirby can also find hidden Code Cubes, which will unlock additional stages after a certain amount are collected in each area.
But there is more! One new mode is Kirby 3D Rumble, a single-player isometric action-puzzler which tasks our hero with sucking up objects or enemies and eliminating all foes in as few moves as possible. By sucking up multiple enemies at once, Kirby can then unleash a powerful Star Bullet that will plough through any remaining foes caught in its blast and maximise his score.
Another new mode comes in the form of Team Kirby Clash, an action game with RPG elements which allows players to play with CPU-controlled team-mates, or join up with up to three other players via local multiplayer or Download Play** to take down a more powerful enemy as soon as possible. Kirby can choose between four classes based off of traditional RPGs, like the Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Doctor Healmore, and the Beam Mage. After each battle, each Kirby will gain experience and has the potential to level up, improving stats that will aid in subsequent battles. During battles, enemies also have the chance to drop four pieces of a magical tablet, which when gathered together will allow players to unleash special co-operative attacks.
It’s the rise of the Robobots when Kirby: Planet Robobot unleashes robotic fury on Nintendo 3DS family systems as it launches in Australia and New Zealand on June 11. The game will also launch as an amiibo Bundle on the same date alongside the Kirby Collection amiibo.
* Using the NFC functionality on New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, or by using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory for other Nintendo 3DS family systems.
** Only one copy of the game is required for Download Play using multiple Nintendo 3DS family systems
Apr 14, 2016 / News
Colourful shooting game for all ages asks fans to decide who they prefer: SpongeBob or Patrick?
Nintendo and Nickelodeon are partnering for a special SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest event in the colourful shooting game Splatoon for Wii U. On Sunday April 24* in Australia and New Zealand, players will battle it out to decide who’s Bikini Bottom’s more popular resident: SpongeBob or Patrick, from Nickelodeon’s hugely popular animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants!
The rules of Splatoon are simple: two teams of four players battle to claim turf by covering it with ink in their colour. Players control characters known as Inklings, human-like creatures that can change into squid form to swim through their team’s ink faster, or manoeuvre up walls to access hard-to-reach areas in battle. Outside of these Turf Wars, the city of Inkopolis is home to all manner of cool crustaceans, funky fish and other oceanic individuals, making Splatoon and SpongeBob SquarePants a match made in H2O heaven.
During the regular events called “Splatfests”, players vote on important topics like whether pineapple on pizza is delicious or disgusting, then team up with like-minded players to battle the opposing school of thought. In a first for Spatfests, players in Australia, New Zealand and Europe will play together with North American players as Team SpongeBob and Team Patrick compete for under-the-sea supremacy, with the results from both territories producing one final outcome to settle the debate once and for all. After voting opens Saturday April 16 in Australia and New Zealand, Inklings can show their allegiance by wearing a special Splatfest Tee of either SpongeBob or Patrick until the end of the event.
This Splatfest is also the perfect opportunity for players to try out eight new weapon combinations, called “Sheldon’s Picks”, which were added in a recent free software update. Inklings enter battle with a main, sub, and special weapon, and new sets offer fresh strategic options and ways to play.
As Splatoon gears up for its 1-year anniversary in May, it recently passed a major milestone of over 4 million copies sold worldwide, in addition to racking up multiple high-profile awards and nominations.
SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon since first premiering on Nickelodeon in July 1999. The series has been the most-watched animated program for more than 14 consecutive years and is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.
It’s the Bikini Bottom battle for the ages on Sunday April 24 in Australia and New Zealand as Team SpongeBob SquarePants battles Team Patrick in the next Splatfest for Splatoon, only on Wii U.
* Splatfest runs from 11pm AEST April 23 to 5am AEST April 25.
Apr 14, 2016 / News
New trailer showcases varied Hunter Styles, an all-new gameplay dynamic for the popular action RPG series on Nintendo 3DS
Monster Hunter fans eagerly anticipating the release of Capcom®’s Monster Hunter Generations™ on Nintendo 3DS family systems can look forward to the deepest, most customisable experience yet when the game launches in Australia and New Zealand this winter. New gameplay mechanics such as the individualised Hunter Styles and stunning Hunter Arts join the all-new Prowler mode for the newest instalment in a series which has already sold more than 36 million units worldwide.
For the first time in Monster Hunter history, players will be able to change up how they play with Hunter Styles and equip unique special abilities called Hunter Arts. With Hunter Styles players can now tailor their chosen hunter to how they want to play by selecting from four very different styles. Whether it’s focusing on mounting monsters by selecting Aerial Style, or maximising the Hunter Arts abilities that can be equipped with the Striker Style, there’s a way of play to suit every player. Each Hunter Style possesses unique movements and attacks only available to that particular style, encouraging players to experiment and find the perfect fit for how they want to play with each of the game’s 14 weapon types. A closer look at these unique playing styles in action can be found in the brand new Hunter Styles trailer premiering today.
Hunter Arts are spectacular special moves which can provide a powerful offensive flurry, a quick escape from attack, or even a helpful healing boost for a hunter and their teammates. Unleashing a Hunter Art at the right time can often make the difference in tight battles against powerful monsters. Only a limited number of Hunter Arts can be equipped however, so players will need to carefully strategise as to what suits their style of play best.
As well as mastering the new additions to playing as a Hunter, players can take on quests as a Felyne in the new Prowler mode. These loyal, furry companions now get to take a starring role as they can be directly controlled by players and set out on any of the game’s quests in single or multiplayer game modes, plus a selection of unique quests especially designed for them. Players can switch into Prowler mode quickly and easily from their house, can take two Palico supports with them on quests, or even join other hunters in local and online co-op modes.
Prowlers benefit from boundless energy, meaning they have no need for a Well Done Steak to replenish their stamina gauge. By already carrying their own supply of health-replenishing Acorns, Prowlers can restore their health with a quick bite and don’t need to carry potions like Hunters. Resource-gathering such as bug-catching, fishing and mining is also simpler than ever when playing as a Prowler, allowing advanced players to channel more time into hunting quests or forging and upgrading the hundreds of weapons and armour available to them. With their streamlined gameplay mechanics, general ease of use and the ability to participate in any of the game’s single or multiplayer quests, Prowlers are a perfect introduction for newcomers and the ideal tonic for battle-hardened hunters seeking something a little different.
As well as these new additions, Monster Hunter Generations also features:
For the latest updates on Monster Hunter Generations, fans should keep their eyes on the official Monster Hunter Twitter account: @MonsterHunter.
With a range of new and updated features adding a new twist to the traditional Monster Hunter gameplay, Monster Hunter Generations provides new challenges for even the most experienced of hunters.
Apr 5, 2016 / News
Action shooter Star Fox Zero includes exclusive downloadable demo for companion title Star Fox Guard
New details have been revealed about the next two games in the fan-favourite Star Fox series: action shooter Star Fox Zero and companion strategy title Star Fox Guard, both launching in Australia and New Zealand on April 23 exclusively for Wii U.
In the action-packed universe of Star Fox Zero, the TV displays a cinematic view from behind the Arwing while the Wii U GamePad puts players straight into the gunner’s seat, complete with immersive audio and intuitive motion controls for pinpoint aiming. A range of training missions help new recruits to master the game’s unique two-screen gameplay, and as their skills improve, players can return to these training missions to rack up better scores, then take what they’ve learned into the main game to discover new areas and beat their previous best performances.
As players progress through the game they’ll be able to return to earlier missions to find hidden collectibles and alternative routes that offer brand new challenges. For instance, the standard route through the bioweapon-filled planet Fortuna ends with a climactic battle against the imposing Monarch Dodora, but after clearing a certain story mission, confident pilots can return to Fortuna and choose to branch off in pursuit of Star Wolf instead. With multiple paths through the game bringing new challenges and surprises, there’s one to suit every skill level and play style. The Star Fox Zero Squadron trailer on YouTube gives a new look at the action of both Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard.
Pilots up for an even fiercer challenge can tap in their Falco amiibo to unlock the Black Arwing, which has more powerful weapons but weaker defences, making it a potent but fragile weapon. Tapping the Fox amiibo unlocks a retro Arwing styled after the original Super NES Star Fox game, complete with retro music, to be used in the first Corneria stage.
Launching alongsideStar Fox Zero is the companion game Star Fox Guard, which puts players in the ultimate security guard job – defending mining sites against waves of robot invaders. The TV screen displays a bank of 12 surveillance camera feeds, each monitoring a different part of the mining site, and it’s up to players to switch between cameras to spot enemies and blast them before they reach the central tower It’ll take supreme awareness and multi-tasking skills to fend off the relentless robot approach, so it helps to have friends on-hand to call out camera numbers that show approaching enemies. Help is also on hand via the Fox and Falco amiibo, which can each be tapped once per day to call in team Star Fox for a powerful air strike that destroys attacking robots.
Successfully clearing missions bestows rare metals, which count towards unlocking additional missions and cameras with special abilities, like slowing enemies down or freezing them in place, adding another layer of strategy to the action. My Squad mode also lets keen tacticians create and upload their own enemy attack patterns to challenge others around the world, or take on other players’ best efforts. Meanwhile, the Star Strategists feature is updated every day to offer a popular challenge from across the globe.
Fans who purchase Star Fox Zero can get a taste of Star Fox Guard’s strategic action with an exclusive downloadable demo, only accessible though the main menu of Star Fox Zero. Save data can be carried over to the full version, so tacticians can pick up where they left off.
From April 23, Wii U owners can pick up Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard in a limited First Print edition including both games on separate Game Discs, and an exclusive SteelBook® case (SRP AU$99.95). This package is the only way to get a physical copy of Star Fox Guard, so collectors won’t want to miss out. Star Fox Guard (AU$19.50/NZ$25.50) and Star Fox Zero (AU$79.95/NZ$99.95) will also be available on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, and those who purchase one title from Nintendo eShop can get a discount of AU$6.50 / NZ$8.50 off the other!
*Available while stocks last
Anyone who wants to get into training can pick up the Nintendo 64 game Star Fox 64, available now in Nintendo eShop for AU$6.50 /NZ$8.50 (regular price AU$13 /NZ$17) until April 21, 2016.
Apr 1, 2016 / News
A Message about the Nintendo DSi Shop
In 2017 we plan to close the Nintendo DSi Shop, which has been available on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems since 2009. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for supporting the Nintendo DSi shop, and wish to ensure they can continue to enjoy Nintendo DSiWare.
If you have Nintendo DSi Points to spend, Nintendo DSiWare you want to re-download or Nintendo DSiWare you’d like to transfer from a Nintendo DSi/Nintendo DSi XL system to a Nintendo 3DS family system, you may want to do so at your earliest convenience, while the service is still available.
You can still add Nintendo DSi Points until September 30 2016 and purchase content in the Nintendo DSi Shop until March 31 2017. Please be aware that the ability to re-download Nintendo DSiWare games will stop at some point. More details will be available soon.
Note that even after the Nintendo DSi Shop closes, most Nintendo DSiWare will continue to be sold in the Nintendo eShop on systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.
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Mar 29, 2016 / News
Nintendo’s first smart device app is a unique free-to-start social experience
Don’t miss out on being a part of a Nintendo first! In the evening of March 31, Miitomo, the company’s first-ever smart device application will launch in Australia. Miitomo, which recently launched in Japan and has already passed one million downloads, is a free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters.
Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy: After downloading the app for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customise facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system using a QR Code.
Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it’s time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends respond to questions, they can give answers, a “heart” or a written or picture comment.
To preregister for Miitomo, sign up for a Nintendo Account at https://miitomo.com before March 31 to receive an email when the app is ready to download. People who create their Nintendo Account and preregister before March 31 will also receive Platinum Points for the new My Nintendo rewards programme, which will simultaneously launch with Miitomo. My Nintendo is much more than a rewards programme: it’s a comprehensive service that also rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users who link the app to their Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience. Platinum Points can be earned by interacting with Nintendo apps and services, including Miitomo. Gold Points are earned when purchasing digital versions of games from the official Nintendo website or Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Both Platinum and Gold Points can be redeemed for rewards like digital content and discount coupons.
Users who sign up for a Nintendo Account before the end of April will also be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D to their Nintendo 3DS system for free. To claim the download, users must link their new Nintendo Account to the Nintendo Network ID they use on their Nintendo 3DS family system, then visit the My Nintendo website between March 31 and April 30.
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