Nintendo eShop for Wii U promotion includes 15 percent off purchase of full games
Starting tomorrow, Nintendo eShop is offering a promotion so that fans in Australia and New Zealand can play some of the hottest upcoming indie games on Wii U.
For a limited time only, the Nindies@Home programme – launched recently in the United States and Europe – lets people download* free preview versions of nine Nindie games from Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Three different titles will be available each week until 20th August 2015, and best of all, once the full games launch, players of the Nindies@Home preview versions can save 15 percent on the price of each respective full version for one month after their release**.
Games and developers participating in the Nindies@Home programme include:
31st July – 6th August
7th August – 13th August
14th August – 20th August
*Depending on the Wii U console you own and the use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop.
** Full version must be purchased on the same Wii U the preview version was downloaded to. The preview version must be downloaded first.
Jul 30, 2015 / News
The next hit series from LEVEL-5 comes to Australia and New Zealand on 5th September
In a world where toy robots constitute more than just child’s play, can a group of middle-school children fight the forces of corruption to save that world from the brink of disaster? The answer awaits in Little Battlers eXperience, a role-playing game with real-time battle action launching 5th September on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which gives players a near-infinite amount of possibilities to customise their own LBX robot and bring it to life in battle.
Little Battlers eXperience is the first game for Nintendo 3DS in the next hit series from developer LEVEL-5 - the force behind series like Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven - which also spans a successful anime series, manga and toy line overseas. The game follows the first season of the anime, set in the year 2046 and telling the story of Van Yamano, a middle-school student who is a fan of the palm-sized LBX robots: a range of toys that were previously deemed too dangerous to control. Since the invention of Battle Boxes – dioramas made from an advanced type of fortified cardboard – kids can safely let their LBXs duke it out in dedicated arenas via remote control units.
The story kicks off when a mysterious woman entrusts Van with a special “AX-00” model LBX that she says could either save the world… or destroy it. Van soon finds himself in battle with a rival at school, as he tries to secure the Armor parts for his Achilles set. But as an evil organization called the New Dawn Raisers sets its eyes on Van’s prized possession, the stakes are about to get a lot higher – not only for Van and his friends, but for the whole world!
Customisation is key when it comes to besting your opponents - whether that’s the New Dawn Raisers or your mates down the road. So with more than 130 different models and over 4.000 individual parts to collect, it’s down to you to build a truly unique LBX, assigning Weapons, Armor and Core Units before you watch your creation come to life in battle.
These battles take place in the aforementioned Battle Boxes, which may look like little dioramas but in fact conceal miniature worlds inside. As you control your LBX from a third-person perspective, make sure you use the environments to your advantage, dashing and jumping to manoeuver your LBX in place for a well-timed attack. From melee attacks to long-raged assaults, your actions will deplete your Tension Gage and when that runs out, your power and speed will be dramatically reduced, so use your wits and adapt your play style to your LBX and its load-out.
Be on the lookout for heavily damaged opponents: you could risk a Breaking Blow to see them off once and for all, but failure will cause your LBX to overheat, which limits your movement speed and leaves you open to attack…
Up to 6 players can compete in battles via local wireless multiplayer, but whether playing solo or with friends, keep in mind that LBXs gradually wear out as they battle. If the Maintenance Gage depletes fully, the LBX parts won’t gain as many Tune-up Points at the end of a successful battle, so be sure to grease up your LBX to keep it in fighting shape.
Free Add-on Content will be made available via SpotPass on a weekly basis from launch until June 2016. Players just need to connect their Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet in order to download new LBX Cards, Quests and Capsule Toys.
Build the best LBX in the world and watch it come to life in battle as you take down the evil New Dawn Raisers from 5th September in Little Battlers eXperience on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Jul 28, 2015 / News
Key 2015 title accompanied by new hardware bundle, Cover Plates and amiibo cards
To celebrate the launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 3rd October, Nintendo Australia is launching a range of new products - including an all-new hardware bundle - to give fans of the series and new players alike a variety of options to enjoy a one-of-a-kind handheld gaming experience that only Nintendo offers.
From 3rd October, Animal Crossing fans with a penchant for interior or exterior design can go all out with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Join the Nook’s Homes family business and make hundreds of your favourite animals happy by designing their dream home – some might even ask you to spruce up their garden! Go beyond home decor and try your hand at bigger projects like a school or a café and assign unexpected roles to some of your favourite animal friends.
At launch, a limited number of copies of the game sold in stores will come with one special amiibo card that allows the player to call up the card’s character and let their imagination run wild designing a house for them. What kind of home would you build for Tom Nook or Isabelle? Additional amiibo cards will be sold separately in packs of three. Out of these three, one card will always be a special amiibo card, meaning it features a character whose house you won’t be able to build without using its amiibo card. Each card can be used across multiple copies of the game, so they’re perfect for collecting and trading with friends.
Owners of New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems can tap the amiibo card to the NFC area on the bottom screen, while owners of original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can purchase the NFC Reader/Writer accessory to enjoy amiibo functionality in compatible software.
The launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS will be accompanied by the following additional releases on 3rd October:
Also coming later in Q4 2015 in Australia and New Zealand is the New Nintendo 3DS + Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Pack: a white New Nintendo 3DS system with a pre-installed digital copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer*, a unique set of Cover Plates** and one special amiibo card.
Whether you’re new to the Nintendo 3DS experience or an existing system owner, let your penchant for home design run wild with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer from 3rd October.
*Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is pre-installed on a 4GB microSD card as part of this bundle offering.
**The set of Cover Plates included in the New Nintendo 3DS + Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Pack will not be sold separately in Australia and New Zealand.
Jul 27, 2015 / News
On 6th August, a free software update* for Splatoon on Wii U brings a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level-cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Players will now be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle tested squid-squad around.
The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.
In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customisable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favourite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: if the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.
With this robust new update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ in Ranked Battle (both higher than A+).
While Inklings around the world are enjoying and mastering the current arsenal of weapons in Splatoon, two new weapon types will be available with the update, adding a new layer of strategy to the game. The bucket-like Slosher weapons hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range. By adjusting the angle, these new weapons can be used to splat opponents who are up high or even on the other side of a wall. With the Gatling-style Splatling, players can charge all-powerful ink. A maximum charge unleashes the full potential of this particular weapon type. In addition to the new weapons, more than 40 pieces of gear, including everything from a leather jacket to a sushi-chef costume are coming to the various in-game shops in Splatoon.
Despite its size and scope, this massive August update is not the end of the splat-tacular free content coming to Splatoon. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the winter and into spring, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. More details on these additions will be revealed in the future.
For more information about Splatoon, visit http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/splatoon/
*Wireless broadband Internet access required. Internet usage charges may apply. Consult with your ISP.
Jul 22, 2015 / News
To celebrate the launch of Super Mario Maker for Wii U on 12th September, Nintendo Australia is launching all-new hardware and software bundles to give existing fans and new players alike a variety of options to enjoy the unique flagship Wii U title for 2015.
The next evolution of the Super Mario Bros. series, Super Mario Maker for Wii U lets you not only play but also create and share brand new courses. The game wowed the crowds at the annual E3 expo last June and is set to unleash the creativity of generations of Mario fans as it launches just in time for the 30th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game.
Super Mario fans can look forward to the following releases on 12th September:
The Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available on its own from 12th September, while the Modern Colours variant will go on sale from 24th October.
Whether you’re new to the Wii U experience or an existing system owner, the perfect bundle for Super Mario Maker will be available from 12th September.
* For fans that purchase Super Mario Maker on Nintendo eShop, a PDF of the Artbook will be made available for download.
Jun 24, 2015 / News
Thousands of New Players Spawn Every Day
Melbourne, Australia – Nintendo has hauled up its nets, counted its catch and crossed another milestone. Physical and digital unit sales of Splatoon, the new squid-based game for Nintendo’s Wii U home console, have crossed 1 million worldwide, according to Nintendo’s internal figures. That figure includes more than 476,000 sold in the Americas, more than 368,000 units sold in Japan, more than 230,000 units sold in Europe and more than 20,000 sold in Australia and New Zealand.
"Since Splatoon launched across Australia and New Zealand on May 30, it has been great to see so many players competing in the ink battles", said Nintendo Australia’s Managing Director Tom Enoki. "With the school holidays approaching, the retail Toy and Mid-year sales provide families a great opportunity to join the fun and enjoy Splatoon with the Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack and amiibo Splatoon Triple Pack."
Splatoon multiplayer* pits teams of four online players against one another as they try to splatter a majority of the playing area with their team’s colourful ink. Players can transform into squids and swim through pools of their own ink to move faster or maneuver up walls to access hard-to-reach areas.
*Note that broadband Internet access is required for online play.
Jun 17, 2015 / News
Play levels designed by others or create your own in Super Mario Maker for Wii U
This year Mario reaches an impressive milestone in video gaming: 30 years as a leading man in Nintendo’s timeless Super Mario Bros. series. At E3, Nintendo celebrates Mario’s longevity with a new instalment in the series called Super Mario Maker, one of many games at the show that transforms familiar characters and their games with unique new looks, styles and gameplay features. Players will see new instalments of beloved series like Star Fox, Yoshi, Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi, Xenoblade and Metroid, and enjoy the reimagining of Bowser and Donkey Kong as Skylanders figures that also have amiibo functionality with compatible Nintendo games.
During the Nintendo Digital Event video on the opening day of E3 2015 in Los Angeles, Nintendo announced games launching in the near future, with a focus on what fans can enjoy in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. To view the Nintendo Digital Event in its entirety, visit http://e3.nintendo.com. Nintendo will continue to share information on future games and initiatives in the months ahead.
Here’s a round-up of some of the news and games Nintendo is showing this week:
At the show, select Nindie developers will be featuring exclusive content and reveals on Nintendo Treehouse: Live programming throughout the week of E3. Titles include Runbow (13AM Games), FAST Racing Neo (Shin’en) and Typoman (Headup Games and Brainseed Factory) for Wii U, SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for Nintendo 3DS, and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid) for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
For details about these games and other Nintendo activities during E3 2015, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.
To ease the wait for fans anticipating the upcoming games, Nintendo eShop is hosting a big sale for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Players can get up to 30 percent off select games related to some of the top series being featured at the show, including Mario & Luigi, The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox. The sale runs from now until 22nd June.
Please note: some information in the Nintendo Digital Presentation and on the official E3 website may not be relevant to Australia and New Zealand. Please reference this press release for local information.
Jun 10, 2015 / News
Limited quantities of Mario – Gold Edition amiibo are set to arrive in stores in Australia from 25th June. The figure – exclusive to Target Australia – will have a suggested retail price of AU$17.95 and will be available online and in the video game section in Target stores. Mario – Gold Edition amiibo is strictly limited to one per customer with no pre-orders available and while stocks last.
As with the other Mario amiibo figures that have already launched, Mario – Gold Edition amiibo will work with all games that are compatible with Mario amiibo. For more information on amiibo, please visit: http://amiibo.nintendo.com.au
For more information, please visit the Target website: http://www.target.com.au/
Jun 10, 2015 / News
The iconic ‘blue blur,’ Sonic the Hedgehog, will be racing once again in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, scheduled to release exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in Australia and New Zealand this summer. The game introduces more adventure, speed, exploration, and an all-new fire and ice gameplay element that will help propel the action. The game will also feature the triumphant return of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks.
Developed by Sanzaru Games Inc., Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a single player game with collaborative gameplay components that shares key characters, events, and lore of the Sonic Boom universe. Players will see Sonic and his friends in familiar settings as they embark on a brand new adventure to battle Dr. Eggman as well as an all-new super villain, D-Fekt. The team’s adventures will bring them to locations both familiar and new as they explore, race and protect their world.
To create an entirely new experience, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will infuse fire and ice elements throughout gameplay, enabling new abilities to play out in special character moves and interactions with environments. The new title also delivers gameplay that enables players to run through the game at top speed, or take their time with deeper exploration and puzzle play.
New to the title is the introduction of Bot Racing, a supplemental game tied to the single player story with multiplayer gameplay. The new Bot Racing feature is an extension of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice that is purely about racing and speed, where a user will unlock character themed Bots to challenge friends on fast courses or tracks.
Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991, and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers. Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles, Sonic has become a true global phenomenon with over 140 million videogames sold or downloaded worldwide across consoles, PC’s, mobile phones and tablets. SEGA’s iconic blue blur has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will be available in Australia and New Zealand this summer.