Additional gameplay updates and new Hero Mode added to the critically-acclaimed adventure game
Zelda fans new and old alike can look forward to several updates and improvements when The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches on Wii U on March 5. High definition visuals give classic scenes like Link riding Epona across the Eldin Bridge and Wolf Link howling at the moon a stunning new look, while other additions affect how the game plays, including new gameplay updates and Hero Mode.
By using the Wii U GamePad, players can now easily manage their inventory, access the map and quickly transform into a wolf via the touch screen, all without pausing the game. Players will also be able to use the GamePad to access Miiverse and can even play the game off-TV. Miiverse posts can be decorated with dozens of new Twilight Princess-related Miiverse stamps, hidden away throughout Hyrule.
The addition of a new item, the Ghost Lantern, will aid Link in the Poe Soul retrieving quest. When Link holds the Ghost Lantern it will helpfully glow when it detects a Poe in the area. Similarly, the number of Tears of Light that need to be collected by Link at various points in his adventure has been reduced from 16 to 12, making these collection tasks easier. Furthermore, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as these have been modified to hold more Rupees.
Zelda veterans or brave new players who desire an added challenge can opt to play in Hero Mode right from the start. A testing new way to play through the main adventure, in Hero Mode Link will take double the normal damage and there are no health-replenishing hearts to be found. In a final layer of challenge the game world is also mirrored, so dungeon layouts will be reversed. For those in search of the ultimate challenge, tapping the Ganondorf amiibo on the Wii U GamePad when in Hero Mode will cause Link to take a staggering four times the normal damage until the play session ends.
Further tweaks and updates to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD await discovery by keen-eyed fans as they play through the adventure.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be available at launch on March 5 as a Special Edition bundle including the Wolf Link amiibo and an audio CD with a selection of the game’s official soundtrack (SRP AU$99.95).
With a number of gameplay updates, HD visuals and the addition of Hero Mode, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD provides an updated take on the revered adventure that should appeal to fans new and old alike.
Feb 3, 2016 / News
Social Experience with a Nintendo Twist Releases March Alongside My Nintendo Rewards Program
Nintendo’s first app made exclusively for smart devices, Miitomo, will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March for both iOS and Android phones and tablets. Today, Nintendo outlined the steps that fans can take to be among the first to get in on the social fun.
Starting 17th February 2016, people in Australia and New Zealand will be able to pre-register for Miitomo by creating a Nintendo Account using their Nintendo Network ID, social Network accounts or email address. People who pre-register for Miitomo will be among the first to be notified about the availability of Miitomo when it launches in March.
Miitomo is a social experience that uses Nintendo’s Mii characters to engage friends in a lighthearted, playful and welcoming social setting. Mii characters first debuted on the Wii console and to-date, more than 200 million Mii characters have been created around the world. Using Mii characters users will be able to interact with their friends in an entirely new way to spark fun and interesting conversations by answering questions such as “what song has been stuck in your head lately?”, “do you believe in aliens?”, or even “if you saw a nose hair sticking out of your friend’s nose, what would you do?” By answering questions in Miitomo users will be able to discover surprising information and secrets about their friends, as well as share their experiences with others easily by taking and sharing photos featuring their Mii using the Miifoto feature.
Nintendo’s new My Nintendo rewards program will launch alongside Miitomo in March 2016, and will be able to connect with Miitomo. A special Miitomo bonus will be offered to anyone in Australia and New Zealand that creates a Nintendo Account between 17th February and the launch of Miitomo in March. My Nintendo aims to become much more than a traditional rewards program. It is a more comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users with a Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience.
Including Miitomo, Nintendo plans to release approximately five smart device applications by the end of March 2017.
More information about Miitomo, Nintendo Account and My Nintendo, will be available at https://miitomo.com/ in the coming weeks.
Take on the challenges of the Cave of Shadows with the Wolf Link amiibo
March will be a blockbuster month for The Legend of Zelda fans thanks to a trio of new releases in Australia and New Zealand, beginning with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U on March 5 and followed by the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL Hyrule Edition system and Hyrule Warriors: Legends for Nintendo 3DS family systems on March 24.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is an HD remake of one of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the series, first released on Nintendo GameCube and Wii in 2006. Link’s battle to save Hyrule from the corruption of the Twilight Realm comes to Wii U with high definition visuals and can be enhanced with the power of amiibo.
The new Wolf Link amiibo allows players to open the exclusive Cave of Shadows bonus challenge, a brand new area where skilled players can use the powers of Wolf Link and Midna to take on increasingly tougher enemies on each floor. The Wolf Link amiibo can store hearts earned in the game for the player to use while taking on the Cave of Shadows. After conquering the cave, you can save a record of your remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and attempt to beat your score whenever you want.
The game will also be compatible with five other The Legend of Zelda amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection. Both the Link and Toon Link amiibo will refill your arrows, while the Zelda and Sheik amiibo will refill the heart gauge. In a devious twist, the Ganondorf amiibo will cause enemy attacks to inflict twice as much damage until the play session ends. The new The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD amiibo Trailer on YouTube shows the game’s amiibo functionality in action.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be available at launch on March 5 on Nintendo eShop (AU$79.95/NZ$99.95) or in a Special Edition bundle at retail that includes the Wolf Link amiibo and an audio CD with a selection of the game’s official soundtrack (SRP AU$99.95).
For Zelda fans who prefer gaming on the go, the portable New Nintendo 3DS XL Hyrule Edition launching on March 24 is a striking, gold-coloured console featuring an intricate Hylian Crest design on the front (SRP AU$249.95). Like other New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, it offers better controls, enhanced processing power, amiibo support, as well as access to a wealth of gaming experiences.
From the NES original to The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, the lineup of games available for the system already features a selection of no less than nine games from The Legend of Zelda series’ thirty years of history*, and with Hyrule Warriors: Legends also launching on March 24, the tenth one is just around the corner.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends for Nintendo 3DS offers players the chance to experience the action-packed Hyrule Warriors game, originally released on Wii U, but with additional new maps and characters from The Legend of Zelda series. This time, Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD join the Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D on the battlefield. In addition, the new character Linkle joins the large cast of playable characters. Players will be able to command multiple characters on the battlefield for strategic moves and immediately switch between any of them to be in the thick of battle at all times.
The game will also be compatible with amiibo of The Legend of Zelda series characters, including the Wolf Link amiibo. By tapping the Wolf Link amiibo onto the NFC area of a New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system, or by using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory with Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL systems, players will be able to unlock enhanced weapons for Midna. Other The Legend of Zelda amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection will also unlock enhanced weapons for their respective characters in the game.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends will be available as standalone software (SRP AU$59.95) or as part of a Limited Edition bundle, featuring a watch that’s a replica of Linkle's signature compass, and a physical copy of the game (SRP AU$99.95).
Get set for a blockbuster month for fans of The Legend of Zelda series, with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U on March 5, followed by the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL Hyrule Edition and Hyrule Warriors: Legends for Nintendo 3DS family systems on March 24.
* The following 9 games from The Legend of Zelda series are currently already available via Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS:
Jan 16, 2016 / News
Pokkén Tournament, the upcoming 3D versus fighting game that lets players battle as prized Pokémon in fighting arenas, has today been confirmed to launch in Australia and New Zealand exclusively for Wii U on March 19, 2016 (SRP AU$89.95). Pokkén Tournament brings high-definition game play and spectacular, never-before-seen battles between some of the most recognisable Pokémon characters.
Those who purchase the first production run version of the game will also receive a special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, which can be tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller to unlock the Shadow Mewtwo playable character in the game.
New trailer and demo announced for upcoming sequel to the critically acclaimed RPG, Bravely Default
Epic RPG Bravely Second: End Layer comes to Nintendo 3DS family systems in Australia and New Zealand on February 27. Building on the critically acclaimed Bravely Default, the sequel offers both newcomers and returning fans a vast role-playing adventure, filled with deeply strategic combat, unforgettable characters and much more.
Bravely Second is the latest addition to the stellar line-up of varied RPGs on Nintendo 3DS family systems, joining titles like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and recent release Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. It also kicks off a landmark year that will see Fire Emblem Fates, Hyrule Warriors: Legends, and both DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King all reach Australia and New Zealand before the year is out.
The story begins when the evil Kaiser Oblivion abducts Agnès Oblige, the heroine of Bravely Default, and her bodyguard Yew Geneolgia pledges to rescue her from the kaiser’s Skyhold, an impregnable fortress floating high over Eternia. Along the way, Yew will need to team up with Magnolia Arch and other new faces, plus a few returning heroes like Edea Lee and Tiz Arrior, to survive foreboding dungeons and conquer fearsome enemies.
Bravely Default’s innovative Brave and Default tactical battle system returns with even deeper layers of strategy. As before, players must balance risk and reward in turn-based battles: characters can make multiple moves in one turn, but this leaves them unable to move in subsequent turns. One new feature in Bravely Second lets players put their skill and their nerve to the ultimate test: after winning a battle in a single turn, brave warriors can immediately start another, more difficult encounter for the chance to earn increasing rewards. Chaining these battles together is a swift way to level up characters and jobs, but defeat means losing everything earned during those battles, so discretion should always be the better part of valour.
To conquer these tougher battles and devastatingly powerful enemies, players will need to make good use of the 30 character classes, known as jobs, to equip their characters with the skills necessary to survive. As characters gain job experience by battling, they learn new skills and abilities, giving players totally new tactical possibilities. For example, the new Patissier enfeebles foes with delicious desserts, while the Catmancer uses a deep understanding of felines to increase the team’s abilities and find useful items.
Upon its launch on February 27, the game will be available as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition including an Original Soundtrack CD, Agnès Mini Figurine* and a Deluxe Artbook of around 250 pages (SRP AU$169.95). The game will also be available solus and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop. A pre-launch demo focusing on the Three Cavaliers – Yew Geneolgia, Janne Angard, and Nikolai Nikolanikov – will act as a prelude to the adventure, and even allow players to unlock rewards in the full version of the game, depending on their progress in the demo. The demo will be available in Nintendo eShop on February 12.
With a vast world to explore, a deep tactical battle system to master and much more, Bravely Second: End Layer will kick off a great year of RPGs on Nintendo 3DS family systems when it launches across Australia and New Zealand on February 27.
* Please note this figurine is not an amiibo.
Pokémon fans have a lot to be excited about in the early months of 2016! Nintendo today announced three new Pokémon-themed Nintendo 2DS Special Edition hardware bundles will launch in Australia and New Zealand on February 27, whilst the Wii U 3D versus fighting game Pokkén Tournament has been slated for a debut this autumn. In addition, two new sets of Pokémon-themed cover plates for New Nintendo 3DS also arrive in February, whilst a packaged version of Pokémon Rumble World and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon are launching on January 23 and February 20 respectively for Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
In a fitting tribute to where it all began, the Nintendo 2DS Special Edition bundles include a Nintendo 2DS system in transparent red, blue or yellow and a pre-installed Virtual Console version of Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version or Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, corresponding to the Nintendo 2DS system’s colour. Sure to trigger warm feelings of nostalgia, the Nintendo 2DS Special Edition bundles (SRP $AU149.95) also feature classic packaging reminiscent of the original Game Boy games, a sheet of 15 stickers that can be used to customise the Nintendo 2DS system, and a download code for a HOME Menu theme.
Meanwhile, fans who own a New Nintendo 3DS system can look forward to two new sets of Cover Plates – a Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon set featuring artwork from the game on February 20 and another set decked out in artwork of classic Pokémon (SRP $AU24.95). The Nintendo 2DS Special Edition bundles and Pokémon themed Cover Plates, along with the Virtual Console releases in Nintendo eShop, will all be available from February 27, the same day that the original games first released in Japan in 1996.
Fans eager to control and unleash the power of their Pokémon in real time will be able to do just that this autumn, when 3D versus fighting game Pokkén Tournament launches for Wii U. With a cast of playable Pokémon including fan favourites such as Lucario and Blaziken, intuitive controls and an array of spectacular Pokémon special moves, Pokkén Tournament brings the rush of Pokémon battling into an entirely new genre of game.
Also arriving early this year is a packaged version of Pokémon Rumble World (SRP AU$49.95), set to launch in Australia and New Zealand on January 23 for Nintendo 3DS family systems. Originally released as a downloadable game on Nintendo eShop in April 2015, this packaged version will provide the full Pokémon Rumble World experience, alongside a number of features reconfigured especially for this packaged version of the game. On February 20, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for Nintendo 3DS family systems will launch (SRP AU$59.95). This definitive Pokémon Mystery Dungeon adventure features 720 species of Pokémon, random dungeons filled with near-infinite challenges, and the chance to team up and battle alongside some of the series’ most iconic Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. Until March 17, those who purchase the game on Nintendo eShop will receive a download code* for a free theme for their Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu featuring Charizard, Pikachu, Bulbasaur and many more. This theme is also available for those who pre-order the retail version at select retailers**.
*Download code displayed on screen in Nintendo eShop after purchases made during the promotional period.
** To be confirmed and announced at a later date.
Jan 8, 2016 / News
Players can get the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa for Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire from January 18 through January 29 via a special code distribution at select retailers* in Australia and New Zealand.
Hoopa is a Mythical Pokémon that cannot be encountered through regular gameplay, and is recognizable by its two horns and the golden ring that adorns its trunk. Hoopa’s rings are said to have the power to bend dimensions and move objects across great distances.
Players will need a copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire as well as a system in the Nintendo 3DS family**, and the Hoopa they receive will be in its Confined form. When Hoopa is in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, it can transform into the powerful Hoopa Unbound!
This Hoopa comes with an awesome selection of moves, including the powerful Hyperspace Hole move, a Psychic-type attack that only Hoopa can learn! For more information, you can visit the official website!
This is the first opportunity to get the newly discovered Mythical Pokémon, so don’t miss out! Visit one of the select retailers from January 18 to get the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa while you can!
* EB Games, JB Hi-Fi and Big W stores in Australia. EB Games and JB Hi-Fi stores in New Zealand. Limit one per person. Only while stocks last. No purchase necessary.
** Wireless broadband Internet connection required when redeeming code
Dec 18, 2015 / News
Super Mario Maker Bookmark web portal lets players easily find courses to play later, while a software update adds new in-game items
Choosing the perfect course from the millions available to play in Super Mario Maker for Wii U is about to get a whole lot easier, with the launch of the new Super Mario Maker Bookmark web portal on December 22 alongside a software update that further expands the game’s course creation possibilities.
After making it onto numerous "Best of 2015" lists, as well as recently winning Best Family Game at The Game Awards 2015 show, Super Mario Maker is going from strength to strength and is sure to be a family favourite this Christmas, as the joy of making Super Mario courses is shared between generations. With millions of courses already available to play, Super Mario Maker truly offers something for everyone – and is about to offer even more.
Players will be able to access Super Mario Maker Bookmark from their computer, tablet or smart phone to see recommended courses, as well as find their ideal challenge by filtering all available courses by difficulty, game theme, course style and more. Players can also search using a selection of tags, making it easier to find courses that fall into a specific category such as automatic, puzzle, music and more. Any eye-catching levels can then be added as Bookmarks for instant access in-game*. These comprehensive options are also accessible on Wii U via the Course World in Super Mario Maker, allowing players to find a course and hit the Play Now button to jump straight into the action*. A link to Super Mario Maker Bookmark will be added to the Super Mario Maker gamesite after the web portal launches on December 22.
Also on December 22, a software update will be released that adds even more features to the game, including several items never before seen in the Super Mario series. These new features include:
Fire Koopa Clown Car: Perfect for creating shoot ‘em up-style courses, this volcanic vessel is capable of shooting fireballs as well as a powerful charged shot that can even destroy Blocks.
P Warp Doors: Unlike regular Warp Doors, these are only visible while a P Switch is active – ideal for creating truly devious Ghost House courses.
Bumper: This bouncy donut-shaped object sends Mario bounding away when touched.
Other additions: Super Mario Maker Bookmark will be accessible from Course World, while the course information page will now show the fastest clear time, as well as the first player to clear that particular course.
You can see the new items in action in a new video, or take a look at Super Mario Maker Bookmark in a separate trailer.
On top of these new ways to find and create courses, fans can also look forward to more Event Courses that, once cleared, each unlock a new Costume Mario to use. Currently available costumes include Frog Mario and the Mario Trio from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros., while a new Nintendo Badge Arcade Event Course will be available from December 18.
As enthusiastic creators around the world continue to craft and share their own unique visions of Super Mario courses, they’re also racking up some staggering figures. More than 260 million Blocks have been placed** – enough to build the Great Pyramid of Giza about 11 times – and if each of the 313 million-plus Coins** were the size of a $1 coin, they could make 107 Mount Everest-sized stacks. More fun facts can be found in this special infographic.
With the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website and new in-game items launching on December 22, plus more Event Courses on the way, Super Mario Maker is the ideal way to bring every generation of the family together for gaming fun this season.
* Software update required.
** As of November 27, 2015. Indicates the total number, including winged variants, that have been placed in uploaded courses.
Dec 16, 2015 / News
Bayonetta and Corrin join the fight, plus details on Cloud and more!
In the final video presentation dedicated to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, creator Masahiro Sakurai provided many details on previously announced character Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII, as well as introduced two new playable fighters to the franchise: Corrin from upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Fire Emblem Fates, and Bayonetta from the critically acclaimed Bayonetta games. Among the negotiable and realisable characters, Bayonetta was the no. 1 pick worldwide for the recent Fighter Ballot, which asked fans to nominate characters that they would love to see added to the Super Smash Bros. series.
In addition to detailed information about the new characters, Masahiro Sakurai also revealed two new stages coming to both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as downloadable content. Midgar – a cherished location for fans of FINAL FANTASY VII – will join the series as Cloud’s stage, while Bayonetta will feel right at home in the Umbra Clock Tower stage. New Mii Fighter outfits will also be added to the game, highlighted by a full costume inspired by Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
All of these new additions will be the last downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This new content brings the total number of playable characters to 58, the total number of stages across both versions of the game to 84 and the number of costumes and hats to 99 and 97, respectively.
Launching as downloadable content planned for February 2016, Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates joins the roster of both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Like Wii Fit Trainer, Robin and the Villager, players can choose to play as a female or male version of the character. Corrin has the blood of a dragon in his veins, allowing him to transform and pull off attacks like no other fighter. Corrin will be available as a download in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U for AU$6.50/NZ$8.50, or both game versions together for AU$7.80/NZ$10.20.
As revealed in a Nintendo Direct presentation last month, Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII is coming to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The character will have two costumes: one inspired by his original FINAL FANTASY VII outfit and one from FINAL FANTASY VII: Advent Children. Like in FINAL FANTASY VII, Cloud possesses Limit Breaks when fighting in Super Smash Bros. As Cloud gives and receives damage, or by using his Down Special Attack, his Limit Break meter will fill. Once full, Cloud can unleash his powerful Limit Break. While playing on Midgar, Cloud’s new stage, players can grab Summon Materia that call forth summons from the FINAL FANTASY universe such as Ifrit and Bahamut ZERO. Once activated, only the player who summoned will be safe from damage. Cloud and the Midgar stage will be available as a download in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U for AU$7.80/NZ$10.20, or both game versions together for AU$9.10/NZ$11.90 within hours of today’s video presentation.
Launching at the same time as Cloud, a new Chocobo hat for Mii Fighters will release as downloadable content. Also launching is a costume based on fan-favourite character Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a classic role-playing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System created in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX. Additionally, Mii Fighter costumes for Sonic the Hedgehog series characters Knuckles and Tails, and even more characters from other franchises, will be made available for download in February 2016.
The Umbra Witch herself is joining the giant cast of playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. A result of the recent Fighter Ballot, Bayonetta was the top request from players in Europe and among the top five in North America, and among the negotiable and realisable characters, Bayonetta was the overall number one choice worldwide. Just like in her action games, Bayonetta is a combo fighter in Super Smash Bros., chaining different kinds of attacks. Her signature move is Witch Time, which slows down opponents if they are within range. Her new exclusive stage is called Umbra Clock Tower, filled with moving platforms and even an alternate world. Bayonetta and the Umbra Clock Tower stage are planned for launch as downloadable content in February 2016, available for download in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U for AU$7.80/NZ$10.20, or both game versions together for AU$9.10/NZ$11.90.
As with all the other playable Super Smash Bros. characters, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta will also get their own amiibo figures. More information about these amiibo figures will be revealed in the future. Additionally, amiibo figures for current fighters Ryu, Roy and R.O.B. (Famicom Colours) will launch on March 19, while the Lucas amiibo will become available from January 30.
To watch the full video presentation, please visit the Nintendo Direct website.
Dec 10, 2015 / News
Minecraft: Wii U Edition to be made available on Nintendo eShop with Multiple Add-On Content Packs included
Mojang’s video game phenomenon Minecraft will launch on Nintendo’s Wii U home console on December 18 in Australia and New Zealand. Minecraft: Wii U Edition comes with multiple add-on content packs, and will be available in the http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendo-eshopNintendo eShop on Wii U. Nintendo and Mojang are also collaborating on new content for Nintendo fans to be released at a future date. More details about this content will be released at a later time.
Minecraft: Wii U Edition will feature off-TV play, so players can keep their games going on the screen of the Wii U GamePad controller if another family member wants to watch something else on TV. The game also comes with some of the most popular current Minecraft add-on content packs including:
In addition to the content that comes with the game, players will also be able to expand their experience with 16 additional add-on packs available for purchase within the Nintendo eShop at launch:
More add-on packs will also be available for the game in the future.