SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC CREATIONS ON YOUTUBE AS YOU LEARN TO DRAW AND PAINT WITH ART ACADEMY: ATELIER EXCLUSIVELY ON Wii U

May 22, 2015 / News

With an extensive range of art materials and tools to choose from, anyone can become an artist with easy-to-follow lessons that teach you how to draw and paint

From 4th July, with Art Academy: Atelier the Wii U GamePad transforms into an artist’s canvas full of possibilities. The latest instalment in the popular educational software series offers 30 comprehensive lessons under the tutelage of a friendly master named Vince who takes you by the hand and offers information on concepts, theory and techniques. Artworks can be created from a wide variety of materials and tools, including charcoal for the first time in the series. The user can import and export images using an SD card, share their works via Miiverse, display them in a virtual in-game gallery and, in another first for the Art Academy series, upload time-lapse videos of their works being created to YouTube.

 

 

The Art Academy titles teach people drawing and painting skills on a touch screen that transfer to the real world - just follow the easy steps and create stunning masterpieces you might never have believed possible. Following the release of Wii U Download Software Art Academy: SketchPad – which offered budding artists a taster of the full experience – this new instalment offers a fully comprehensive drawing and painting package, with the stylus once again acting as your art material or tool and the Wii U GamePad touch screen as your canvas. By utilising the touch screen’s large surface as well as the ability to zoom in on specific areas of the touch screen, you can create highly detailed works. Gain inspiration from some of the artworks already created and shared by some Wii U users in the Art Academy: SketchPad Community on Miiverse.

Art Academy: Atelier offers a fun and interactive course of study called Lessons Mode where you follow step-by-step tutorials to learn drawing and painting techniques. The techniques handed down from your master Vince are categorised into groups called Beginner, Advanced and - a new category for Art Academy: Atelier - Tools, with the Lessons in each category increasing in complexity as you progress. By completing Lessons, you will become familiar with the reasoning behind the techniques and learn more about the masters of the craft. Of course the software can also be used to draw or paint freely thanks to the wide variety of available materials and tools.

Whether you have created fun doodles, work-in-progress artworks or finished masterpieces, you can show off your creative process by uploading a time-lapse video of the creation of your artworks to YouTube. Whether you set it to one, two or five minutes in length, the time-lapse video shows the process of creation from the first brush stroke to the last. You can also save your creations to an SD card to view on a computer, as well as view your work in a virtual Gallery. The Gallery also includes the Family Wall, where all household members linked to the same Wii U console can contribute their artistic touch to the same canvas.

You can share your creations via Miiverse, Nintendo’s network service that brings together like-minded communities from all over the world. Artwork created by others is sorted using predefined tags for easy searches and can be viewed without leaving the software. It can also be saved to the software or to an SD card for future use as a reference for your own work. What’s more it’s just a single button press away to access the Art Academy: Atelier Community online.

Art Academy: Atelier launches exclusively for Wii U on 4th July, offering a fun yet thorough course of study, a wide variety of materials from which to create, as well as multiple options for budding artists to share their works. Wii U owners who already purchased Art Academy: SketchPad from Nintendo eShop can upgrade to Art Academy: Atelier for a reduced price if they purchase it from Nintendo eShop.*

 

*Offer price: AU$44.75/NZ$63.15, regular price: AU$49.95/NZ$69.95. Art Academy: SketchPad must have been downloaded from Nintendo eShop on the same Wii U before the purchase of Art Academy: Atelier.

 


 

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Launching Early 2016

May 22, 2015 / News

Latest Chapter in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Series Coming to the Nintendo 3DS

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today the upcoming release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the latest instalment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be available in Australia and New Zealand in early 2016.

Players can look forward to even greater, randomly created dungeons that change each time they enter. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, players will battle alongside Legendary and Mythical Pokémon to save the world in a sweeping tale of adventure and mystery.

 

 


 

SHOOT FOR GLORY IN INAZUMA ELEVEN GO - LAUNCHING 18th JULY ON NINTENDO 3DS

May 22, 2015 / News

 

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow pit hero Arion Sherwind against a shadowy organisation intent on controlling football!

Since its debut, the Inazuma Eleven franchise has gained recognition both as a game and an anime series in Japan and in Europe, with the franchise shipping more than 7 million games worldwide, making Inazuma Eleven one of the most popular cross-media titles from LEVEL-5 – best known for the critically acclaimed Professor Layton series and Ni No Kuni.

 

 

After kicking goals overseas, the renowned soccer RPG series Inazuma Eleven is set to arrive on the shores of Australia and New Zealand for the first time at retail, and it’s up to a class of aspiring superstars to take to the pitch, go for glory and write the school of Raimon Junior High into the football history books, when Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow both launch for Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 18th July.

The storyline of Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow kick off with the tale of the young but talented Arion Sherwind as he begins his football career during hard times for Raimon Junior High. While Sherwind’s initial goal is simply to break into a formidable first team captained by the virtuoso player, Riccardo Di Rigo, bigger problems soon come to pass when the whole team is threatened with closure on the orders of Fifth Sector, a shadowy football governing body intent on controlling the ‘beautiful game’.

Offering a unique formula of RPG elements combined with football-based action, encounter over 1000 players to recruit for your starting line-up and discover over 100 in-game special moves to unleash, with certain characters and special moves exclusive to each version of the game. As well as presenting intriguing alternative storylines, each game offers exclusive Fighting Spirits which can be used by key characters, enabling players such as Arion Sherwind to summon a powerful force that can provide a skill boost or unique new Special Move.

As the story progresses, while new players can join your roster after victories on the field, players can also be recruited using PalPack cards, which can be obtained in-game and allow certain characters to be unlocked once specific conditions in-game are met. Alternatively, new characters, special moves and Fighting Spirits will also be available to receive via the internet from launch. With further game features such as Local Play functionality allowing up to four players to compete together, and StreetPass Challenges which allow fellow players to exchange information and take on each other’s teams, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get to know your strongest line-up!

While the unique soccer motif is the heart of the Inazuma Eleven series, the games also deliver on amazing role-playing game play. From the exciting and original story to the colourful characters, Inazuma Eleven has established a large and devoted global fan base of children and adults alike.

Discover the power of Fighting Spirits, get to bottom of a sinister plot by the shadowy Fifth Sector, and uphold the glorious football heritage of Raimon Junior High when Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow both launch for Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 18th July.

 

 

 


 

CARE FOR ANIMALS, FORGE FRIENDSHIPS AND SHAPE THE LAND IN HARVEST MOON: THE LOST VALLEY - AN ADORABLE FARMING ADVENTURE FOR NINTENDO 3DS

May 19, 2015 / News

 

 

From 20th June, create and personalise your farm exactly how you please as you help the Harvest Goddess restore the seasons

An exciting new life where you take care of animals, nurture flowers and crops, and make new friends awaits in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, releasing on 20th June for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Choose whether to play as a girl or boy, then get ready to shape the land to create your very own personalised farm. Fulfil the requests of visiting townsfolk, befriend them and even get married, all as part of a quest to restore the four seasons back to normal.

 

 

While exploring the mountains high above the Lost Valley one day, you become caught in a sudden snowstorm and find shelter with the help of a faint voice. When the storm lifts you find and help a kindly Harvest Sprite buried under the snow, who tells you all of the seasons in the valley have vanished except for winter. To return all four seasons to the Lost Valley you’ll need to farm the land with the help of the villagers, the Harvest Sprites, and even the Harvest Goddess.

In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley you can experience the freedom to create your own farm your own way, by moulding and shaping the land in a fully 3D environment. Dig down into the ground to create caves or stack the earth high to form mountains. Create fishing ponds and crop fields, and build roads and bridges to reach and explore new areas. Context-sensitive controls help streamline the action so that shaping your own world has never been so easy. Simply approach an object or area in-game and choose to perform an action like sowing seeds, picking flowers, or fishing.

Throughout your farming adventure a wide variety of animals becomes available to nurture, including cows for milking, sheep for their wool and chickens that lay eggs to sell. Tend to your livestock everyday by stroking and brushing the animals, keeping them comfortable, well-fed and happy, and they will provide you with better quality produce to sell.

As well as the daily care of your farm you will also meet and befriend local townsfolk who will offer you quests and useful items to purchase. Among the cute cast of characters you’ll also encounter bachelors and bachelorettes who you may even end up calling your husband or wife.

Offering a world you can shape your own way and the joy of seeing your crops and animals grow and blossom as you care for them, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is available in stores and from Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS from 20th June.

 


 

MARIO TURNS SILVER AND GOLD WITH TWO NEW amiibo COMING SOON

May 14, 2015 / News

Two new amiibo are coming to Australia and New Zealand, with Mario – Silver Edition amiibo and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo set to arrive in the coming months in limited quantities. Mario – Silver Edition amiibo will be available exclusive to EB Games launching 30th May, and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo will be exclusive to Target stores with more details to be announced soon – both figures will have a suggested retail price of AU$17.95.


As with the other Mario amiibo figures that have already launched, the Mario - Silver Edition amiibo and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo figures will work with all games that are compatible with Mario amiibo. For more information on amiibo, please visit: amiibo.nintendo.com.au 

 


 

A SMASHING NEW NINTENDO 3DS BUNDLE OFFER ENTERS THE FRAY ON 21st MAY COMPLETE WITH EXCLUSIVE COVER PLATES AND AN amiibo FIGURE

May 14, 2015 /

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to be available in a new bundle offer featuring a New Nintendo 3DS console, exclusive Cover Plates and an amiibo figure

With over 6.75 Million units sold worldwide, now is the perfect time to see what all the fun is about, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS coming bundled with exclusive limited edition Cover Plates, amiibo figure* and New Nintendo 3DS console** in a great-value special bundle available at EB Games (AU/NZ) and JB Hi-Fi (AU) stores while stocks last. Available from 21st May, this package gives fans the chance to enjoy all the fast-paced action of the first portable entry in the renowned series on their brand-new New Nintendo 3DS console, complete with limited edition Super Smash Bros. themed Cover Plates available exclusively with this offer. The bundle offer also includes an amiibo figure that you can use to train and battle as a Figure Player in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, with additional functionality in compatible software.

 



Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS lets up to four players battle each other locally or online using some of gaming’s most iconic characters. Compete with veteran and first-time characters such as Mario, Link, Samus, Sonic, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Little Mac and even your own Mii Character. New to the series is Smash Run, a mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version that gives up to four players five minutes to explore a huge battlefield, taking down enemies from almost every major Nintendo franchise and multiple third-party partners.

 


 

ONLINE DIGITAL EVENT AND NINTENDO TREEHOUSE: LIVE @ E3 BRING MORE GAMING EXPERIENCES TO FANS

May 14, 2015 / News

Nintendo World Championships Headline Nintendo’s Expanded Line-up at E3 2015

The E3 2015 video game trade show takes place June 16 - 19 in Los Angeles, and Nintendo of America’s main events taking place during E3 include:

 

Nintendo Digital Event

Once again Nintendo will deliver its main news via an online video programme. The Nintendo Digital Event will start at 2am AEST on Wednesday, 17th June (9am PDT in Los Angeles on 16th June). Viewers across the globe will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems. More details on how fans in Australia and New Zealand can watch the Nintendo Digital Event will be made available soon.

 

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2015 is ready to bring fans even more in-depth coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. The unscripted action, delivered by the gaming experts in the Nintendo Treehouse and various game developers, will be live streamed. More information about the specific times will be announced closer to E3.

 

Nintendo World Championships 2015

Nintendo of America will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from regional events across the USA, plus competitors invited by Nintendo of America, will meet on June 14th, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. In the end, one player will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend the tournament, while others at home in Australia and New Zealand can watch online.

 

Keep an eye on Nintendo’s social media channels and websites, as more information about Nintendo events during E3 will be announced shortly!

 

 


 

Pokémon Video Game and Trading Card National Championships Combine for Three-Day Pokémon Extravaganza on June 6 - 8 in Melbourne

Apr 29, 2015 / News

Melbourne to play host to Australia and New Zealand’s best Pokémon players on Queen’s Birthday long weekend with World Championships invites up for grabs!

A special treat awaits Pokémon fans when the Queen’s Birthday weekend rolls around, with the 2015 Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game National Championships combining for a three-day event for the first time at the Melbourne Park Function Centre in Melbourne.

A host of exciting activities will complement the main event, where players of both the Pokémon Video Game and Pokémon Trading Card game will compete for Championship Points that build toward coveted invitations to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, U.S.!

    

 



The competition will be split over the three days, with the qualifying rounds for the Trading Card Game and pre-registration for the Video Game taking place on Saturday and the qualifying rounds for the Video Game taking place on Sunday. Finals for both formats will take place on Monday, in what will be an exciting day of Pokémon action for both spectators and players. 

The Pokémon Video Game Championship Series is currently making its way around Australia and New Zealand with players competing using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and events, including the upcoming National Championships are open to all players and spectators!

Regardless of your experience in competitive play, all Pokémon fans are encouraged to attend events in the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series – they’re a great day of fun where you can play and trade with other Pokémon fans, as well as learning from the best!

Further information regarding the exciting events at the 2015 Pokémon National Championships will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the Nintendo AUNZ Facebook and Twitter!

 


 

Get Inked! Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack Squirts into Town 30th May at a Special Price!

Apr 22, 2015 / News

Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid amiibo figures help to unlock special gear

Everyone who can’t wait to get their tentacles on Nintendo’s upcoming action shooter Splatoon is in luck, with the Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack launching 30th May in limited quantities! This inkredible bundle includes a Wii U Premium console and a copy of Splatoon (game-disc) for a promotional suggested retail price of only AU$359.95. This specially priced bundle will provide another option for players looking to step into the world of Wii U, joining the currently available Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack which retails at SRP AU$429.95.

 

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Splatoon is a wild new game from Nintendo that combines the creative and family-friendly fun Nintendo is known for with ink-spraying, turf claiming action. In the game, players take on the role of the Inklings, customisable characters that can transform into squids at the touch of a button. After splatting opponents and covering a level with colourful ink, players can transform into squids and swim quickly through their own ink or use it to take cover and hide from enemies.

Splatoon overflows with lots of ways to play: Teams of players from around the world will enjoy the frenetic four-on-four online “Turf War” mode, which tasks players to cover the most ground with their team’s ink while using the Wii U GamePad controller to see a top-down view of the map as it is covered in ink in real-time. Ranked Battle, which will be made available a short time after launch, will bring together with skill-based online rule sets, while in “Battle Dojo,” players enjoy local one-on-one matches with friends. Splatoon also features a robust single-player campaign that cleverly teaches players how to splatter, swim, leap, hide and climb walls, all using ink while battling to thwart the nefarious Octarian army.

Launching simultaneously with Splatoon on 30th May are Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy (SRP AU$17.95 each) and Inkling Squid amiibo figures, with Inkling Squid amiibo exclusive to the amiibo Splatoon Triple Pack which includes all three figures at SRP AU$49.95. By tapping one of these amiibo to the Wii U GamePad, players can gain access to special challenge stages that will make it possible to earn special gear not found elsewhere in the game.

Splatoon, the Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack and Splatoon amiibo figures launch 30th May in Australia and New Zealand. For more information about the game, visit http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/splatoon

 

 

 

 


 

UPDATED: Issue with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software update released on April 15th 2015

Apr 18, 2015 / News

 

UPDATE: Apr 24, 2015

A software update is now available that fixes a specific error where using Mewtwo in certain modes would prevent the user from connecting online. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

The software version after this update will be 1.0.7, as shown in the bottom-right corner of the game's title screen.

 

An issue has been found in the most recent software update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. This issue affects users who redeemed download codes for Mewtwo, which were distributed as part of the Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo Promotion, in either version. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

After using Mewtwo in Smash Run (a mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version), Classic, All-Star, Stadium, or Trophy Rush, and then connecting to the internet in the game, your Global Smash Power may be incorrectly identified as unauthorised data. From this point on, it will not be possible to connect to the internet from within the game.

We are currently preparing a software update to rectify this issue. Until this update is available, we recommend users refrain from using Mewtwo in Smash Run (a mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version), Classic, All-Star, Stadium, or Trophy Rush.

No issue has been identified with using Mewtwo in the following modes: Smash, Online, Smash Tour (a mode exclusive to the Wii U version).

When the software update is ready, we will update this page.

 

 


 

A Range of digital content for Nintendo eShop will be available via the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue

Apr 16, 2015 / News

 

It was recently announced via Nintendo Australia Facebook and Twitter pages that a range of digital content for Nintendo eShop will be available via the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue.

We appreciate your patience and wish to advise that we’re working hard to have this content available as soon as possible.

As previously announced, after 20th April, you will no longer be able to register digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. In addition, from September 30th 2015, all Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible.

The full list of downloadable titles to be available for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is as follows:

 

Title Name

Stars

Platform

Paper Plane™

360

3DS

Aura-Aura Climber™

360

3DS

Wii U™ Panorama View: Birds in Flight

360

Wii U

Wii U™ Panorama View: Carnival!

360

Wii U

Wii U™ Panorama View: Double-Decker Tour

360

Wii U

Wii U™ Panorama View: Rickshaw Around Kyoto

360

Wii U

Alleyway™

480

3DS

Donkey Kong™

660

3DS

Metroid™ II - Return of Samus

660

3DS

Super Mario Land™

660

3DS

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

660

3DS

Art Academy™: SketchPad

660

Wii U

PIKMIN Short Movies 3D

780

3DS

Punch-Out!!™

780

3DS

Ice Hockey

780

Wii U

Super Mario Bros.™: The Lost Levels

780

Wii U

Zelda II - The Adventure of Link™

780

Wii U

Super Mario Bros.™ Deluxe

780

3DS

Super Mario Bros.™: The Lost Levels™

780

3DS

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

780

3DS

Duck Hunt

780

Wii U

PIKMIN Short Movies HD

780

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda™

780

Wii U

Wii Street U™ powered by Google™

780

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda™: Link's Awakening DX

960

3DS

Splash or Crash

1000

3DS

Pinball: Revenge of the Gator

1000

3DS

F-Zero™: Maximum Velocity

1100

Wii U

Mario & Luigi™ Superstar Saga

1100

Wii U

Metroid™ Fusion

1100

Wii U

WarioWare, Inc™: Minigame Mania

1100

Wii U

Mario Kart™ 8: Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8

1300

Wii U

F-ZERO™

1300

Wii U

Pilotwings™

1300

Wii U

Super Mario World™

1300

Wii U

Super Metroid

1300

Wii U

Super Punch-Out!!™

1300

Wii U

Super Mario Kart™

1300

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past

1300

Wii U

Mario's Picross™

1400

3DS

NES™ Remix

1600

Wii U

Metal Torrent™

1700

3DS

Art Style: PiCOPiCT™

1700

3DS

Mario Tennis™

1700

3DS

Art Style: INTERSECT™

1700

3DS

Pullblox™

2000

3DS

3D Classics Xevious™

2000

3DS

SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle™

2000

3DS

TOKYO CRASH MOBS™

2000

3DS

Golden Sun™

2400

Wii U

Advance Wars™

2400

Wii U

Fire Emblem™: The Sacred Stones

2400

Wii U

Mario Golf™: Advance Tour

2400

Wii U

The Legend of Zelda™: The Minish Cap™

2400

Wii U

Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword™

2400

3DS

Mario’s Super Picross™

2700

Wii U

NES™ Remix 2

3400

Wii U

Hydroventure™: Spin Cycle

3400

3DS

Pullblox™ World

3400

Wii U

Dillon's Rolling Western™: The Last Ranger

3400

3DS

Wii Sports™ Club - Bowling

3400

Wii U

Wii Sports™ Club - Boxing + Baseball

3400

Wii U

Wii Sports™ Club - Golf

3400

Wii U

Wii Sports™ Club - Tennis

3400

Wii U

Chibi-Robo!™ Let's Go, Photo!

4400

3DS


 

UNCOVER AN EXCITING PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE IN FOSSIL FIGHTERS: FRONTIER - LAUNCHING ON 30th MAY FOR NINTENDO 3DS

Apr 8, 2015 / News

Explore, dig and battle your way through a prehistoric world, either as a solo explorer, or alongside friends!

Brave explorers – grab your excavation tools and prepare to head out into the wild world to dig up fossils, because on 30th May in Australia and New Zealand, Fossil Fighters: Frontier is coming to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems!

In Fossil Fighters: Frontier, play as a young Fossil Warden protecting precious Fossil Parks across the world from a cruel villain, Dr. Baron von Blackraven, who is intent on ruling the world using the power of Vivosaurs - extra powerful and extra colourful dinosaurs! Awaiting you in-game will be a huge 3D world with hidden riches to discover while travelling around in your customisable Bone Buggy vehicle. Track down precious fossils, excavate them, before watching them revive into Vivosaurs. You can then send these Vivosaurs - of which there are over 80 to discover in-game - into turn-based battles to take on your enemies.

 



To get a powerful line-up of Vivosaurs, excavate precious fossils in the wild using the touch screen of your Nintendo 3DS family system to carefully clean them – the better the excavation work, the stronger your transformed Vivosaur will be when it comes to battle. Fortunately for all explorers, however, various upgradeable tools like drills and hammers can be found in-game and used in the fun and intuitive excavation process. Selected dig sites might even present special challenges, which when completed allow you to get access to valuable and power-enhancing rare fossils.

Finding fossils and collecting revived Vivosaurs is only part of the fun, as you control these prehistoric creatures in epic battles! All Vivosaurs fall into one of five elemental categories - Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Neutral - and possess different attack moves and a special ability that will assist them in battle. There are many different types of battles in the game, including story-based battles that take place in the main campaign, daily tournaments accessed from the Fossil Stadium, or even StreetPass battles that let players train against other Vivosaurs they pick up while using the StreetPass feature.

Whether you prefer exploring with friends, or taking them on in battle, Fossil Fighters: Frontier has several multiplayer options to further the prehistoric-themed fun. Using the game’s local multiplayer functionality, up to three friends who each own a Nintendo 3DS family system and the Fossil Fighters: Frontier game can team up, take on enemy Vivosaurs side by side, or even visit dig sites. Each player travels in his or her own Bone Buggy and can work together to excavate extra-large fossils more effectively. In addition, the game offers functionality for local multiplayer battles with up to six players, or local team tournaments for up to three friends to battle side by side. For those with broadband Internet access, meanwhile, players can engage in one-on-one online battles, and fight to be top of monthly online leaderboards.

Uncover an exciting prehistoric adventure on 30th May when Fossil Fighters: Frontier launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. With local and online multiplayer possibilities in addition to the single-player experience, dig up precious fossils, revive powerful Vivosaurs and explore a vast 3D world with hidden riches to discover!

 

 

 

 

 


 

YO-KAI WATCH SENSATION COMING TO NINTENDO 3DS

Apr 8, 2015 / News

 

Multimillion-selling role-playing game headed to Australia and New Zealand

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, the role-playing game YO-KAI WATCH for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is coming to Australia and New Zealand. Published by Nintendo and developed by LEVEL-5 Inc.,YO-KAI WATCH centers on a boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai* and later summon them to fight other Yo-kai. Players can overcome challenges and help various characters solve everyday problems with the help of Yo-kai friends! These eccentric Yo-kai resemble anything from inanimate objects to mythical creatures.

 

 

After the 2013 launch in Japan, the Nintendo 3DS game became a top-seller and was well-received by both critics and players. Along with the anime and manga, the YO-KAI WATCH phenomenon evoked wide-spread popularity and demand for the brand among children.

YO-KAI WATCH is launching in the United States, Europe, Korea, Australia and also New Zealand, demonstrating its global demand and appeal. Beyond video games, manga and anime television shows, YO-KAI WATCH has generated more than $1 billion in retail sales of toys and other merchandise in Japan, not counting games, music or publishing.

 

*Yo-kai: They are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike.

 

 

 


 

2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series Announced for Australia & New Zealand

Apr 2, 2015 / News

The introduction of Championship Points brings big changes - giving fans and newcomers more ways to play, as well as compete for travel awards to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston, U.S.!

Pokémon fans from around Australia and New Zealand will once again have the chance to compete in the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, with changes set to give fans and newcomers more ways to get involved in competitive play in 2015.

In previous years in Australia and New Zealand, players competed at Regional Championship events and top finishers were awarded travel awards to the National Championships, where they could compete for qualification and travel awards to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships. In the 2015 season, players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands with the introduction of Championship Points and Premier Challenge tournaments.

With Championship Points, players can compete throughout the season at Regional, National and now Premier Challenge events to earn these points that build toward coveted World Championships invitations. Premier Challenges allow specially approved Tournament Organisers to run video game events that provide a good opportunity for players to enjoy playing Pokémon with other fans and gain valuable experience and Championship Points at smaller events in the lead up to the Regional and National Championships. For more information regarding the accrual of Championship Points, please visit: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/pokemon-tournaments/earn-championship-points-vg/


With the introduction of Championship Points in 2015, players in Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone, with the top placed players in each age division qualifying for invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season:



Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier – Top 18
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 – Top 18
Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later – Top 10



In addition to their qualification, the top two placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award  to the World Championships!
For more information on the Pokémon Video Game World Championships and qualification, please visit:
http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/pokemon-tournaments/vg-world-championships/

To be eligible for Championship Points, players must have a registered Player ID attached to their Pokémon Trainer Club account and must opt in to the Play! Pokémon Program. Limited services will be available on event days so all players are encouraged to register in advance and be familiar with their Player ID prior to attending an event.
https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-trainer-club/sign-up/

In the lead up to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships, fans will have the chance to learn from and test their skills against some of the best players across Australia and New Zealand at the Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships to be held in the following cities:

 

 

Players compete at the 2014 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships

 

 

Players who place in the top 2 in each age division at each Regional event will receive flights and accommodation to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships, with details to be announced soon.

Players can begin to familiarise themselves with the official rules - Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats - for the upcoming events at: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/about/tournaments-rules-and-resources/


Regardless of your experience in competitive play, all Pokémon fans are encouraged to attend events in the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series – they’re a great day of fun where you can play and trade with other Pokémon fans, as well as learning from the best!
 

Further information regarding the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series in Australia and New Zealand will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the NintendoAUNZ Facebook and Twitter!

 


 

NINTENDO DETAILS NEW Wii U AND NINTENDO 3DS GAMES, MAJOR UPDATES TO CURRENT TITLES AND A WIDE RANGE OF NEW amiibo

Apr 2, 2015 / News

amiibo cards, new Super Smash Bros. characters, Mario Kart 8 in 200cc and an Animal Crossing spin-off game, among the numerous announcements in today’s Nintendo Direct

During a Nintendo Direct presentation aired today, Nintendo revealed brand new details about games in its line-up for 2015 and beyond, plus news about major updates to games that fans are already enjoying, as well as the latest on all things amiibo.

 

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Revealed for the first time today, in spring Animal Crossing fans will be able to put their home-design skills to the test in the newly announced Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Meanwhile, a totally new form of amiibo, “amiibo cards”, will also launch in spring, with the first set of cards featuring Animal Crossing characters. By using the first set of amiibo cards in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, players can enjoy a whole new Animal Crossing gameplay experience.

Today’s Nintendo Direct once again confirms Nintendo’s commitment to provide premium content updates to players and fans of games already released and being enjoyed by millions. A free update available to every Mario Kart 8 owner brings the brand new 200cc racing class to all courses. The fastest class ever in the history of Mario Kart adds a whole new dimension of challenge to the game, even for the most seasoned series veterans. Along with major add-on content and updates announced for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and StreetPass Mii Plaza, players can keep enjoying their favourite games.

The Nintendo Direct is jam packed with additional details on many of Nintendo’s eagerly awaited forthcoming releases, such as confirmed release dates for Splatoon and Yoshi’s Woolly World, more on Mario Maker and the announcement of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., plus the next Fire Emblem game. New games announced today include BOXBOY!, a charming puzzle-platform game from the creators of Kirby that is available now from Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, and a new instalment in the chilling and supernatural Project Zero series for Wii U.

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

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

amiibo

  • amiibo cards: A totally new form of amiibo is coming this spring! The first set of amiibo cards will feature Animal Crossing characters and will be compatible with the new Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game. The NFC reader/writer accessory for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS that can read amiibo figures and amiibo cards will also launch at the same time.
  • The next waves of Super Smash Bros. amiibo: In May, two new amiibo in the Super Smash Bros. Collection will launch: Greninja and Jigglypuff. Then in winter, Palutena, Dark Pit, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. will join the amiibo family.
  • Play classic Nintendo games using amiibo: amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights is coming in May as a free download from Nintendo eShop for Wii U. With this title, Wii U users can unlock a variety of three-minute gameplay highlights from select NES and Super NES games, simply by tapping an amiibo to the GamePad.
  • Yarn Yoshi amiibo: A new set of Yoshi amiibo figures, made out of a knitted material, will launch alongside Yoshi’s Woolly World. Among other uses, tapping one of these yarn amiibo to the GamePad while playing Yoshi’s Woolly World will make another Yoshi appear, allowing players to control Double Yoshi. The Yarn Yoshi amiibo will be available in three colours: green, pink and light blue.
  • Splatoon amiibo: Launching simultaneously with Splatoon on 30th May are Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid amiibo figures, with Inkling Squid amiibo exclusive to a special pack that includes all three figures. By tapping one of these amiibo to the GamePad, players in Splatoon can receive special missions to unlock weapons and gear.
  • More Mario Kart 8 Mii racing suits: During 23rd April, a free downloadable update to Mario Kart 8 will add support for nine more amiibo characters: Wario, PAC-MAN, Olimar, Bowser, Sonic, Toad, Villager, Rosalina and Mega Man. Players can tap these amiibo to outfit their Mii characters in Mii racing suits themed to those amiibo characters.

Wii U

  • Mario Maker: Mario Maker launches exclusively for Wii U in September and enables users to easily create their own Mario courses and share them online with people all over the world! Various activities related to the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. are also planned throughout the year.
  • Splatoon: In addition to previously detailed single-player and online “Turf War” modes, action shooter Splatoon will feature a competitive “Ranked Battle” mode, which ranks and matches players based on their wins in 4-on-4 multiplayer games. The game will also feature a “Battle Dojo”. In this mode, players can enjoy local 1-on-1 battles with friends. One player uses the GamePad, while the other plays on the TV screen, competing to see who can pop the most balloons. Splatoon will launch exclusively for Wii U on 30th May.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World: The lovingly crafted new Wii U game launches on 27th June and overflows with challenges and hidden secrets. In addition to the challenging Classic Mode, Yoshi’s Woolly World adds Mellow Mode, which lets players of all skill levels play as Winged Yoshi. From launch, a bundle comprising a copy of the game and a Green Yarn Yoshi amiibo will also be available.
  • 200cc in Mario Kart 8: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, a 200cc racing class is coming to Mario Kart 8. Even faster than 150cc, the new high-speed class will be applied to all tracks in the game and makes braking an important consideration during a race! The new 200cc class will be offered as a free downloadable update to all Mario Kart 8 players during 23rd April. On this same day, the purchasable Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 - themed after Animal Crossing - featuring three new characters, four new vehicles and eight new tracks will also be released.
  • Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games hit Wii U Virtual Console: Available now, classic Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games are coming to Virtual Console on Wii U. Today brings Mario Kart DS and WarioWare Touched! for Nintendo DS and Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64. While playing Nintendo DS games, the TV and GamePad combination will provide various options for dual-screen layouts, while all Nintendo 64 games that supported the Rumble Pak will continue rumbling away on Wii U controllers. As a special offer, purchase any three of these games before 16th April and receive the fourth one for free on the same Wii U. Games scheduled for future release include Paper Mario for Nintendo 64 and Yoshi’s Island for Nintendo DS in May.
  • More downloadable Wii games on Wii U: Adding to the growing list of Wii games available to download from Nintendo eShop on Wii U, critically acclaimed titles Pandora’s Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies will arrive on 17th April and 1st May respectively. Both games will also be 25% off for one week after their launch.
  • Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project: The role-playing masters at ATLUS are developing a truly modern RPG, where everyday life exists alongside a secret world of fantasy, including characters from the Fire Emblem series.
  • New Project Zero game: Fans who have been clamouring for a chance to play the latest game in the unnerving Project Zero series will have their chance when it launches later this year for Wii U. Players will play as one of three different characters, each with their own storyline as they explore the cursed tourist destination, Mount Hikami. The Wii U GamePad is used as a camera to investigate the environments and soak in the supernatural atmosphere, as well as a means to fend off hostile spirits during quick bursts of chilling action.
  • Affordable Space Adventures: The Wii U GamePad transforms into the cockpit display of a stealth spacecraft in this Wii U exclusive. On a hostile planet, players need to carefully manage all of the ship’s systems to avoid danger and slip by monsters unnoticed. Players can fly solo or work together in local multiplayer as a crew of two or three players, each with their own specific responsibilities. Affordable Space Adventures is available from Nintendo eShop for Wii U from 10th April.
  • Swords & Soldiers 2: Coming exclusively to Nintendo eShop for Wii U on 22nd May, this side-scrolling strategy and action game is the sequel to the award-winning WiiWare title. Build structures and create an army to overpower the enemy on a 2D battleground. With touch screen controls it only takes a quick tap to heal your units, cast lightning bolts and unleash meteor strikes!

Nintendo 3DS

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: This new spin-off title in the Animal Crossing series focuses on the decorating and home-designing aspects of the Animal Crossing games. Animals will ask players to design houses for them, and it’s up to designers-in-the-making to meet the animals’ requests by furnishing and decorating their homes. By scanning a new Animal Crossing series amiibo card to a New Nintendo 3DS system or NFC reader/writer accessory, players can design a room for that specific character on the card and scan additional cards to invite those characters to visit. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will launch this spring.
  • Fire Emblem (working title): For the first time in the series, the main playable character is not only a customisable avatar, but also the main hero or heroine of the game. Players must choose to take one of two major paths, resulting in two different experiences: the “Hoshido” side for a more traditional experience, or the “Nohr” side, which makes the story more complex and the difficulty level more challenging. The new Fire Emblem title will launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2016.
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition: This two-games-in-one package releases on 9th May. Puzzle & Dragons Z combines the key elements of a deep and strategic puzzle game, a dungeon-crawling RPG and a monster-collecting adventure. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition offers the same deep puzzle gameplay, presented in the Super Mario Bros. universe. For players who can’t wait until launch day to play, a free demo for Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be coming soon to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: Launching on 16th May, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is a turn-based strategy shooter featuring extensive single-player and multiplayer content. Multiplayer supports both local and online play across various modes such as Death Match - where each turn only lasts 60 seconds, Medal Battle – where teams battle to collect the most medals with limited turns in a limited time, and “A.B.E. Battle” – where players fight using a giant robot inspired by Abraham Lincoln himself. Players will be able to enter tournaments against players from all over the world and even host their own private tournaments.
  • New StreetPass Games: On 17th April, two new StreetPass Mii Plaza games will be available to purchase. In StreetPass Fishing, players visit islands to try to catch more than 150 types of fish and legendary monsters with bait received from Mii characters via StreetPass. In StreetPass Zombies, players receive items based on the hobbies of their Mii Plaza StreetPass characters to defeat a horde of zombies. Fans will also get the option to purchase StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, which adds features like StreetPass Birthdays and the new VIP Room.
  • BOXBOY!: From the celebrated developer HAL Laboratory, Inc., creators of the Kirby series, comes BOXBOY!. This monochrome platform-puzzle game tasks players with creating, casting and hooking blocks to navigate more than 150 challenging stages. BOXBOY! is available now, exclusive to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Pokémon Rumble World: The latest game in the Pokémon Rumble series is free-to-start (with paid content) and features over 700 Pokémon, all the way from the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue to the recent Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Pokémon Rumble World will launch on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 8th April.
  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains: Based on the popular anime, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains features four-player local and online co-op gameplay and leaderboards as players work together to defend the outer walls from the giant Titans. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will launch on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in May. For some early inspiration, the first two episodes of the Attack on Titan anime series are available for free on Nintendo eShop from now, until 1st July.
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt & Mighty Gunvolt: Experience thrilling fast-paced action in these two separate but related titles from acclaimed developer Keiji Inafune. Play as a powerful hero who can control lightning. Blast through stages, conquer intimidating bosses and challenge yourself to set new high scores. Azure Striker Gunvolt is available from 3rd April on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and until 2nd July, purchasers of Azure Striker Gunvolt will receive Mighty Gunvolt for free.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

  • New (AOC) challengers approaching!: The previously announced Mewtwo will join the roster of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as a downloadable character on 29th April. Players who have purchased and registered both versions of the game by 31st March will receive free download codes for Mewtwo on 15th April. In addition, fan-favourite character Lucas from MOTHER3, the sequel to EarthBound released only in Japan, is planned to join the all-star Super Smash Bros. cast in June as purchasable DLC. After a software update on 15th April, Super Smash Bros. players can also purchase more costumes for their Mii fighters, including outfits inspired by major game series, such as The Legend of Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles and Capcom’s Mega Man series.
  • Vote for your own Super Smash Bros. fighter: Starting today, Super Smash Bros. fans can visit http://www.smashbros.com to participate in a “Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.” Fans can use this ballot to vote for which character they would like to see added to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a playable character.