New Nintendo Direct also showcases range of Wii U games coming this autumn and winter
The next game in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog series will be exclusive to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announcing details of a worldwide partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic: Lost World is a new action-adventure platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on 11th June.
The Nintendo Direct also announced a new addition to the Mario & Sonic series, the first appearance for the series on Wii U, as well as revealing launch dates for Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and New Super Luigi U.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Today’s Wii U announcements included:
A separate Nintendo Direct sharing further news on future Wii U content will be aired around the time of E3.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Nintendo AU on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
May 17, 2013 / News
WELCOME TO NINTENDO DIRECT!
Nintendo Direct is coming soon! Make sure you tune in to this global presentation on the Wii U software coming this Autumn and Winter.
May 10, 2013 / News
Full Details Revealed on Seldom-Distributed Psychic Pokémon
Available now until May 31, Pokémon Trainers across the Australia and New Zealand can add Deoxys to their Pokédex in a special distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.
Deoxys—an impressive Pokémon that can change its Forme—has long captivated fans with its mind-blowing Psychic-type powers and mysterious interstellar origins. Little is known of its past, but Pokémon professors have determined that Deoxys was originally a virus of alien origin: as it plummeted through the atmosphere on a wayward meteorite, the virus passed through a laser beam and mutated to become Deoxys.
Making its first-ever appearance in Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, Deoxys carries some moves that are special to this distribution. Trainers can torment their opponents with a balanced set of attacks and healing moves like Psycho Boost and Recover, then knock them off balance with Nasty Plot and Dark Pulse, two moves that Deoxys can’t normally learn on its own. If that balanced attack isn’t enough, raw power should be: for the first time, Deoxys arrives at Level 100.
Arriving in a Dusk Ball and holding a Life Orb to boost attack power at the expense of HP, Deoxys boasts the Pressure Ability, which can exhaust opponents by draining extra PP. Deoxys can also change Formes to suit any battle, altering its genome between the visually distinct Normal Forme, Attack Forme, Defense Forme, and Speed Forme if its Trainer brings it to a certain place in Nacrene City.
To participate in the Deoxys character distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, players will need:
May 6, 2013 / News
Play a wild assortment of GamePad games alone or together with friends and family
Wario and his zany friends are back in Game & Wario, a brand new, colourful collection of crazy games exclusively for Wii U! Launching on 29th June, the game utilises the unique setup of the Wii U GamePad controller and the TV screen in innovative and exciting ways for a Wario experience like no other that will keep you coming back for more!
Wario has dabbled in software development since the WarioWare series - and just loves to find new ways to play games with the latest consoles. In Game & Wario, he’s trying his hand at a certain new home console system with a Touch Screen in the centre of its controller… This results in a zany set of games that can all be played using just a Wii U GamePad and a TV screen, whether playing alone or with friends and family.
In Single Player, there are twelve games to enjoy that turn your GamePad into a variety of different objects for different gameplay challenges: use it as a camera, a bow that looses arrows into the TV image, or as a method to steer a skier to the disco, amongst others!
In CAMERA, you’re tasked with snapping photos of escaped criminals with your GamePad! The TV shows a busy street in Diamond City and holding up the GamePad allows you to take a closer look at the scene. Frame those crooks perfectly in your photos to catch them, and earn a high score!
In GAMER, take on the role of 9-Volt, a kid who’s been sent to bed with his favourite handheld gaming system, but is desperate to get a high score… However his mum is prowling around trying to catch him in the act of staying up past his bedtime! While playing microgames on the GamePad, you’ll need to keep an eye on the TV screen which shows 9-Volt’s bedroom, because you’ll have to pretend to be fast asleep whenever his mum pounces! Try to hide-and-play for as long as possible for a high score - just don’t get caught or it’s game over!
You can also try your luck with Chick-N-Win, the chicken-shaped contraption that lays surprise-filled capsules, and get one of over 200 weird and wonderful toys to play with; each one showcasing something fun or eccentric you can do with your GamePad.
Game & Wario also unveils a new twist on playing with others on Wii U: using only the GamePad you can share the fun with friends or family in four different games in the Multiplayer Mode!
In DISCO, you’ll be battling against a friend toe-to-toe in a dance-off, where the players are setting the pace and moves on the GamePad for points. Each player holds one end of the GamePad and tries to outwit his opponent with fancy fingerwork, rhythmically tapping the touch screen in three places to place moves his opponent needs to replicate... Each misstep earns the player’s opponent points – you’ll need the highest score to win – so make sure you can keep in rhythm!
In FRUIT, up to five players play together in different roles: one player becomes a dastardly fruit thief, using the GamePad to work in secret as the others play agents and watch the TV screen, using their powers of observation to find the thief in a crowd and spot when the fruits disappear. The agents have their work cut out for them with bustling streets, passing traffic and smoky chimneys obscuring the view. At the end of the game, each of the agents pass around the GamePad to point out who they think is the thief; but only the most eagle-eyed may win as the line-up of would-be fruit thieves look rather similar!
In ARTWORK, up to five players compete in a sketching showdown to see who can draw and guess drawings the fastest for a high score. Each player takes turns to sketch prompted words as fast as possible on the GamePad, with the other players guessing what the word might be. It’s a frantic test of communication with friends and family as points are earned both for correct guesses and for drawing fast, as one man’s squiggle is another man’s solution!
This game type is also integrated into Miiverse as Miiverse ARTWORK, where you can select one of four prompts to draw in 60 seconds, after which your mini masterpiece, or hilarious doodle, is posted to Miiverse to be appreciated by all! You can even submit your own words to be prompts for others to draw, which may even trend in the Gallery section of Miiverse Artwork as popular words other players are enjoying sketching!
Game & Wario launches exclusively on Wii U across Australia and New Zealand on 29th June, a fun-filled package of sixteen games and hundreds of toys all showcasing the myriad uses of the Wii U GamePad. Unleash Wario’s unique wares on your family and friends for a winter jam-packed with mischief!
May 2, 2013 / News
Virtual Console and Wii U Panorama View Also Launch
The next major system update for Nintendo’s Wii U home console is now available for download in Australia and New Zealand. The update delivers a host of enhanced features, such as improved stability and performance. As well as faster load times when switching between applications, the update also laid the groundwork for the launch of the Wii U Virtual Console service which allows Wii U owners to relive some of their favourite games from classic home consoles, as well as the launch of Wii U Panorama View.
Below is an overview of what the system update delivers:
Addition of Standby Functions Feature
· This feature enables data for purchased software, system updates and software updates to be downloaded and installed automatically even after the console has been turned off.
Updates to Miiverse
· Controls using the Wii Remote, the Wii U Pro Controller, and the Classic Controller are now supported.
· The input screen for handwritten posts is now also displayed on the TV.
· The input screen for handwritten posts now features an undo/redo button.
Updates to the Internet Browser
· Controls using the Wii Remote and the Wii U Pro Controller are now supported.
· It is now possible to switch search engines when performing a keyword search.
· It is now possible to navigate to the start page from bookmarks.
Update to Nintendo eShop
· When purchasing downloadable software, any available updates for that software will be downloaded at the same time.
Updates to Download Management
· It is now possible to reorder downloads.
· Newly purchased downloadable software will automatically install once the download completes.
Updates to Parental Controls
· The "Viewing Distributed Videos" restriction has been changed to "Entertainment Excluding Games". A screen requiring parental consent will be displayed before the first use of any non-game software (including video-viewing software) or other new service.
Enabled Direct Opening of Wii Menu
· When the Wii U logo is displayed after turning on the console, holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad will open the Wii Menu directly. (If no default user has been selected on the console, the user-selection screen will be displayed, and a user must be selected.)
Updates to System Settings
· Under Data Management, two USB storage devices can now be connected to move and/or copy data. You can move and/or copy data between the system memory and a USB storage device or between two USB storage devices. (Up to two USB storage devices can be connected when moving, copying or deleting data. In all other cases, only one USB storage device can be used at a time.)
· Under Data Management, you can now move, copy or delete data for a selection of software titles.
· The TV option now includes the option to adjust the screen size of the display on the TV. (This replaces the similar options previously available within Miiverse, Nintendo eShop, and the Internet Browser, which have now been removed.)
· The "Auto Power-Down" option has been renamed to "Power Settings", which now includes both the auto power-down setting and the new standby functions feature.
Improvements to System Stability and Convenience
· Improvements have been made to system stability and convenience for greater user enjoyment.
· The time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, exit software and return to the main menu, jump between applications and jump between software and Miiverse has been reduced.
Additional features were also released including:
A library of quality classic games from NES and Super Nintendo are scheduled for the Virtual Console service on Wii U, with favourites such as Super Mario World, Excitebike, Mario’s Super Picross, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! available at launch*. Many other gaming classics such as Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, while popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future.
Each game in the Wii U Virtual Console library has been developed to include off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and the ability to instantly save game progress. NES games will cost AUD $6.50 or NZD $8.50 while Super NES games will cost AUD $10.40 or NZD $13.60. People who have already downloaded these games to their Wii system can transfer them to their Wii U consoles and play them in Wii Mode at no charge. To upgrade and take advantage of the improved Wii U features, they can purchase them at the special discount price of AUD $1.30 or NZD $1.70 for NES games and AUD $1.95 or NZD $2.55 for Super NES games.
Wii U Panorama View
Wii U Panorama View opens a window to the sights and sounds of some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Wii U owners use the GamePad controller to look in every direction to control an immersive 360-degree video guided tour as these destinations come to life from the comfort of your living room. Imagine catching all the sights during a tour of London on a double-decker bus or exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Four individual video tours are offered for AUD $2.50 or NZD $3.50 each on the Nintendo eShop. An interactive preview is also available for download allowing you to taste the different experiences of the individual tours for free.
In order to perform a System Update the Wii U console needs to be connected to the Internet. Due to the amount of new features and applications included, the System Update may take an extended amount of time when performed during the initial set-up (for some users it could take an hour or more to download and install, for those who have completed the initial set-up this time will be shorter). During this time the Wii U console must not be turned off.
Please visit our Wii U Support website for more details on the System Update process.
Apr 18, 2013 / News
New Nintendo Direct focuses on the increasing roster of Nintendo 3DS games scheduled for release in 2013
In a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today, Nintendo revealed a whole host of news in relation to Nintendo 3DS. Topping the list for many gamers is a new Nintendo 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game is scheduled to launch towards the end of the year in Australia and New Zealand. Fans will also be excited to hear that a new game in the Yoshi’s Island series is being developed for Nintendo 3DS.
In keeping with the Year of Luigi theme, this Nintendo Direct announcement featured additional information on upcoming Nintendo 3DS games starring Luigi, including Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., Mario Golf: World Tour, and a new instalment in the Mario Party series. On Wii U meanwhile, further details were released on New Super Luigi U, due for release this winter in Australia and New Zealand.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit: http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect.
Today’s announcements included:
Nintendo 3DS News
Wii U News
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect
Nintendo Direct on Ustream UK http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK
Nintendo AU on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau
Apr 12, 2013 /
We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the online services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued from 28th June 2013. We apologise to those of you currently using these services.
The affected applications are as follows:
- Nintendo Channel
- News Channel
- Forecast Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Mii Contest Channel
- Data exchange with Wii Friends via WiiConnect24*
* Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled.
From 28th June 2013, the above services will no longer be available even if they are started up from the Wii Menu. However, services other than those mentioned above, such as the Wii Shop Channel and “Today’s Accomplishments” on the Wii Message Board, will remain available.
Apr 3, 2013 / News
It’s time for Mario’s younger twin brother Luigi to shine, as he stars in Luigi’s Mansion 2, his haunted house adventure only on the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. Available now, it’s the first title in the Year of Luigi with plenty more to celebrate in the months to come!
Luigi’s Mansion 2 gives you the chance to be the reluctant hero in a cartoon adventure full of personality - even if Luigi can be a bit of a coward! Take on several mansions filled with cheeky ghouls and puzzling contraptions to contend with, on a quest to retrieve the pieces of the Dark Moon. Use the ghost-nabbing Poltergust 5000 vacuum cleaner to round up all the mischievous spirits, or the Dark-Light Device to help reveal tucked-away treasures for your growing collection, from glittering gems to stashes of cash! In addition, enjoy the brand new multiplayer mode where four friends can team up and take on three different challenges in the Thrill Tower both locally and online.
As announced by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during a recent Nintendo Direct presentation, 2013 is the Year of Luigi with several Luigi-centric titles launching this year. For the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles, a brand new Mario and Luigi RPG title will be coming to Australia and New Zealand this winter. In this game you will enter Luigi’s dreams to solve puzzles or battle swarms of enemies with multiple Luigi characters. Luigi will also be a playable character in Mario Golf: World Tour, teeing off this winter. On Wii U, you can join the Year of Luigi Community on Miiverse right now and share your experiences with Luigi as messages and drawings with fans across the world. Later this year, new downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U will change the game’s existing 80+ courses into all-new courses for a new adventure called New Super Luigi U, with the hero in green as the star!
Check out the latest trailers for Luigi’s Mansion 2 below:
Celebrate the start of the Year of Luigi with Luigi’s Mansion 2, available both as a download version from Nintendo eShop or as packaged software at retail.
Apr 3, 2013 / News
Coming soon is the eagerly awaited Nintendo 3DS instalment of Intelligent Systems’ tactical role-playing series Fire Emblem: Awakening. Join the adventure in Australia and New Zealand on the 20th April when packaged and Nintendo eShop versions are launched, or try the demo which is available from Nintendo eShop to give Nintendo 3DS players a taste of the action.
This week you can build a foundation to the saga with detailed information on gameplay, characters and the classes systems at the official Fire Emblem: Awakening website. In addition, you can also read the Iwata Ask: Fire Emblem: Awakening interview with Intelligent Systems.
In Fire Emblem: Awakening, you can create your own character and take him or her on a role-playing adventure. Join Prince Chrom and the Shepherds, and calm the animosity between the kingdoms of Ylisse and Plegia which threaten to turn into war, whilst hordes of undead rise to endanger the world. As commander of your army, devise a plan to rout and crush your enemies in turn-based battles utilising the unique skills of your units. Battles between units are shown as cinematic scenes where you can choose the camera position, for instance to see your finishing blow from a first-person perspective.
Build a formidable army of heroes through allegiances with the many characters you encounter who not only become stronger and more effective from your commands, but also form friendships and marriages to bear children who can fight alongside their parents. So you can choose to play as a matchmaker to bring lovers together, or as a strategist to create the strongest army yet. The progression through your heroes’ relationships makes every player’s game unique. The classic Fire Emblem feature of characters being permanently eliminated if they are defeated in combat is back, however there is the Newcomer Mode where fallen heroes can return to fight in the next battle for RPG fans who want to get into the series.
There are also other radically new features in Fire Emblem: Awakening: you can enjoy lush 3D cutscenes which are fully voiced in English or Japanese, utilise a new tactic where strategically placed characters on the battlefield build Support which increases their relationships and teamwork, and take on the new co-op challenges where you and a friend can connect your Nintendo 3DS and games together locally and take turns in defeating extraordinary enemies.
For the first time in the saga, you will be able to download additional content to expand your adventure via SpotPass and paid-for add-on content available at launch. Via SpotPass you will encounter legendary teams from other Fire Emblem titles in the series, and receive special items, new maps and co-op challenges for free. Via paid-for content you can broaden your core campaign with new battle scenarios that delve deeper into characters’ stories, gain new members in your party and carry over all experience points, items and gold you’ve reaped to your main quest. In addition, the first add-on content map will be free to download for a limited time at launch where you will be able to recruit a special legacy character to your main game!
Fans in Australia and New Zealand have keenly awaited the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, with US reviewers bestowing glowing reviews, including:
The Escapist, 10 out of 10 – “A game worth buying a 3DS for.”
IGN, 9.6 out of 10 – “The most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable.”
Metro, 9 out of 10 – “Elevates the series to classic status and in the process creates one of the most engrossing and accessible strategy games ever.”
GameSpot, 8.5 out of 10 – “A gaming gem."
Own this next chapter in the legend as Fire Emblem: Awakening launches across Australia and New Zealand on 20th April, as a traditional packaged copy at retail or as a digital download from Nintendo eShop.
Fire Emblem: Awakening Demo QR Code
To download the demo, just use the outer cameras of your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system to scan the QR Code shown here.*
* A wireless Internet connection is required to download software from Nintendo eShop.
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