GET THE LOWDOWN ON HYRULE WARRIORS WITH A NINTENDO DIRECT TO BE PUBLISHED ON 5th AUGUST

Jul 31, 2014 / News

In anticipation of the game’s 20th September launch, a new Nintendo Direct taking a closer look at Hyrule Warriors for Wii U will be made available on the Nintendo Direct website on Tuesday 5th August at 4pm AEST*.

* Fans who wish to watch the livestream hosted by Nintendo of America can tune in at 1pm AEST on 5th August at: http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct
 

 

 


 

PREPARE TO EMBARK ON AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE IN FANTASY LIFE - COMING TO NINTENDO 3DS ON 27th SEPTEMBER

Jul 25, 2014 / News

From Mercenary to Magician, Carpenter to Cook, prepare for a life filled with endless choice and epic adventures on 27th September when Fantasy Life, a role-playing game containing dynamic life simulation elements, releases in Australia and New Zealand on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.

Set in the fantasy world of Reveria, choose to live your life your own way, and at your own pace, with 12 Life classes to choose from, a vast open world to explore, hundreds of items to collect and craft, and countless characters to get to know throughout the land. At the heart of the game is the innovative Life system, which allows you to switch between Life classes at almost any point in the game, with your choices not only upgrading your character, but also shaping your journey along the way.

More details for the game will be revealed leading up to launch on 27th September, and in the meantime the trailer can be viewed on our official YouTube channel.

 

 

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NINTENDO INVENTS AND REINVENTS GAMING FOR EVERYONE WITH IMAGINATIVE NEW EXPERIENCES

Jun 11, 2014 / News

At E3, Nintendo Showcases Interactive Figures Called ‘amiibo’, a New Action Game Genre and New Ways to Play Its Fan-Favourite Franchises

Nintendo’s video games have always had an element that can put great big smiles on people’s faces: it’s that special Nintendo magic. It’s that certain undefinable something that makes people’s eyes light up, whether they’ve been playing for decades or they’re picking up a game for the first time. At this week’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo is showcasing the invention and reinvention of video game experiences – from unique new ways to play to new takes on fan favourite games and franchises.

 

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Please Note: This video is presented by Nintendo of America. Please check below for information specific to Australia and New Zealand.

 

Interactive figures called “amiibo”, scheduled to arrive this year, can be used with multiple Nintendo games, bringing a touch of Nintendo’s magic to the toys-to-life category. With the addition of amiibo to a solid lineup of games on the way, there has never been a better time to own a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS system.
 

New Ways to Play: The toys-to-life category as a whole is extremely strong on Nintendo platforms, and Nintendo’s approach with amiibo adds another dimension to the category. Not only can amiibo interact with a particular game, but a single amiibo will continue to entertain in surprising ways as they can be designed to be compatible across multiple games. Additionally, the Wii U GamePad controller shines in a slate of unique interactive games from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

amiibo: Figures of Nintendo characters can interact with multiple future Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in unique new ways, providing fresh game-play experiences and a great value for consumers with compatibility across multiple games. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love. By the end of the year, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category will inject energy into the genre. Nintendo will launch amiibo with around 10 figures. More will be launched during the summer season and throughout 2015. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to support amiibo. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. A new NFC reader/writer being designed for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch in 2015.

Games from Shigeru Miyamoto: Shigeru Miyamoto provides an early look at a slate of games he has in development that use the Wii U GamePad controller in different and interesting ways designed to unlock the full potential of the Wii U console.

  • Mario Maker (working title) offers up a Super Mario Bros. dream: the ability for players to use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from scratch. Place blocks and enemies anywhere and play through the level. With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the world of New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version. The game is scheduled for the first half of 2015.
  • Star Fox (working title) turns the Wii U GamePad into the view from the cockpit of Fox McCloud’s Arwing fighter. While the TV shows the perspective from behind the Arwing, players can also use the gyro sensors of the GamePad to intuitively and independently target enemies. Players can instantly switch between the Arwing and Landmaster tank with the press of a button, and the game also introduces a new helicopter-type vehicle. The game is scheduled for 2015.
  • Project Giant Robot lets players use the touch screen to build a giant robot. Once complete, the GamePad becomes a cockpit from which players control the robot as they try to knock opponents over. A unique combination of button and motion control adds leverage and momentum to their robotic punches. The game is scheduled for the first half of 2015.
  • In Project Guard the goal is to stop a robot invasion using a security system of 12 cameras as a last line of defence. Players mount a dozen security cameras around a perimeter before the invasion, and then monitor all 12 as the robot army invades. Cameras also can blast lasers, so players must look, search and shoot quickly if they want to survive the onslaught. The innovative use of the two-screen game play makes for a thrilling spectator experience, allowing anyone in the living room to join in on the fun as an additional set of eyes. The game is scheduled for 2015.

Nintendo GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros.: Many Super Smash Bros. fans grew up playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube system, and some will always prefer that system’s controller. The Nintendo GameCube controller also could be used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. To honour that devoted loyalty to a classic way to play, Nintendo is introducing an adapter that lets up to four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers work with Wii U. Nintendo is also launching a retro Super Smash Bros. Nintendo GameCube controller. Additionally, Nintendo is offering a special bundle that includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one special Nintendo GameCube controller and one adapter. All of these items are scheduled to launch the same day as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U this summer.

New Game Play: When creating new ways to play, Nintendo has been known to come up with new IP that invents a new genre. Sometimes Nintendo brings its magic to an existing category and reinvents it the Nintendo way.

  • Splatoon: Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own. Players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting out the opposing team members in turf war competitions. Each character can turn into a squid and swim through his or her own team’s ink – gliding up and down walls and under floors – with ease. Using intuitive controls made possible with the Wii U GamePad’s gyro sensor makes it easy to look around and aim, and the on-screen map displays the entire arena at a glance, both of which feel great and redefine multiplayer action. Splatoon is targeted to launch in the first half of 2015.

Fan-Favourite Characters and Franchises Come to Life in New Ways: Nintendo continues to reinvent the franchises that fans love and keep them fresh. Nintendo has exclusive characters and franchises that suit every taste.

  • The next instalment in The Legend of Zelda franchise: The newest game in the franchise, scheduled for 2015, introduces the first truly open world in a game from the series. Players can roam Hyrule Field or set off on a trek to distant mountains if they prefer. Players can get to any area they can see from virtually any direction. That’s one of the ways the game breaks with franchise norms and introduces new ways to play.
  • Super Smash Bros.: The famed fighting franchise appears for the first time in HD on Wii U this summer, and on a portable system for the first time on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 4. New characters, items and arenas add a freshly reinvigorated look and feel. Amiibo will add a different dimension to game play as classic Nintendo characters interact wirelessly in the game.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World: Yoshi looks like he has been knit from a ball of yarn and placed on the TV screen. This gorgeous HD Wii U game, planned for the first half of 2015, is filled with rich textiles like felt, yarn and cotton that look good enough to touch.
  • Kirby (working title): This Wii U Kirby adventure planned for 2015 is set in an HD, stop-motion clay-like world. Everything is made from clay and placed perfectly in a gorgeously sculpted landscape. Touch screen drawing mechanics with more variations in functions build on the controls of the fan-favourite Nintendo DS game Kirby Canvas Curse in this new game.
  • Hyrule Warriors: The game artfully merges the world of The Legend of Zelda and the style of Dynasty Warriors into one legendary hack-and-slash Wii U adventure. Players control hero Link or Princess Zelda, or might opt to play as Impa or Midna in their debut as playable characters. Familiar locations from The Legend of Zelda world subtly change to reflect the art styles of their original games. The game is scheduled to launch on Sept. 20.
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Get ready to embark on a new adventure through the Hoenn region. Players will catch, battle and trade Pokémon as they seek answers to the mystery behind Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre and their possible connection to Mega Evolutions. With new challenges to overcome and incredibly powerful Pokémon to encounter, these games are a true evolution in the Pokémon series. Launching 21st November in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Sonic Boom (SEGA): The Sonic Boom franchise comes exclusively to Nintendo platforms this November with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS.  Both titles will feature the “blue blur” as you’ve never seen him before, as Sonic and his friends embark on two new adventures focused on action, exploration and teamwork.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom): Launching exclusively on Nintendo 3DS in early 2015, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be the newest instalment in the popular Monster Hunter series. Along with an expanded set of moves and two new weapon types, players will be able to join the hunt with friends over the Internet via Wi-Fi.

 

In addition to the games listed above, some of the other games for Nintendo platforms featured at E3 this week include:

Wii U

  • Bayonetta 2 (October 2014): Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds the sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. Maniacal magic, warped weapons and some serious attitude make up Bayonetta’s deadly arsenal. Best of all, the original Bayonetta game comes bundled with the retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2, complete with some Nintendo surprises and Nintendo cosplay options for Bayonetta.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title) (2015): The charming Mario vs. Donkey Kong puzzle series makes its way to Wii U. This HD entry takes full advantage of the touch screen on the GamePad controller as players guide the Minis (including Mini Luigi) to safety. The game also features a near-limitless puzzle-creation mode that allows fans to share puzzles and leave comments on Miiverse.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (AU/NZ summer 2014): The fan-favourite Captain Toad levels from Super Mario 3D World have inspired a game of their own. The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on an adventure through a wide variety of clever, colourful and fun levels that require players to use the GamePad to change their perspective to guide him to coins, gems, stars and safety.
  • Mario Party 10 (2015): A Mario Party becomes a Bowser Party as the player with the GamePad becomes everyone’s fire-breathing nemesis. During “Bowser Party” mode, one player gets to be the fire-breathing Koopa King and wreak havoc during the mini-games while other players try to dodge his attacks. Players can also enjoy classic Mario Party style game play as well.
  • Art Academy (working title) (2014): Art Academy on Wii U is a robust application that makes it easy for anyone to learn the basics of drawing or get in-depth with more advanced lessons. The Wii U GamePad makes a great canvas to learn, create and share with the most in-depth, robust lessons the series has ever offered.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015): The next massive sci-fi role-playing game from Monolith Soft, the creators of Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles, comes exclusively to Wii U. A terrible intergalactic war leaves just a handful of Earth survivors trying to live in a beautiful yet hostile environment.
  • Skylanders: Trap Team (Activision): With Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps, truly bringing Toys-To-Life™ and life-to-toys. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as the villains to fight for good. The Wii U version will be playable at the Nintendo booth. Skylanders: Trap Team will be available for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.
  • Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft): Just Dance 2015 is the latest in the world’s No. 1 dance game franchise and will be available worldwide in October 2014. Fans can dance along to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Summer” by Calvin Harris while using the fun interactive features like World Dance Floor, the online multiplayer feature and the new Community Remix feature that brings Just Dance fans into the actual game play.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Pokémon Art Academy (5th July 2014):  In Pokémon Art Academy, players take on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy. Through novice lessons the players are taught the basics of art, from simple shapes to colouring, and are introduced to various tools and techniques they will use to create art.
  • Fantasy Life (October 2014): Players embark on the adventure of their dreams as they craft, cast, battle and role-play. The innovative Life system lets players change to one of 12 Life classes at virtually any time to access different abilities. The huge fantasy landscape is filled with surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains and others who share a taste for the unknown.

 

Nintendo made many of its announcements during the Nintendo Digital Event, which can be viewed at http://e3.nintendo.com. Nintendo will be delivering news throughout the three-day show via Nintendo of America’s Twitch channel, including the Super Smash Bros. Invitational (taking place at E3 on 11th June, 09:00 AM AEST) and Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, aired during all hours of E3 (excluding the Super Smash Bros. Invitational event). 

 

 


 

DAMI IM - CHART TOPPING POP ARTIST & WINNER OF THE X FACTOR 2013 - NINTENDO AMBASSADOR FOR TOMODACHI LIFE

Jun 6, 2014 / News

Take the Mii Personality Test online and share your results on social media or share the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version with friends when you pick up a copy tomorrow!

Nintendo is pleased to announce Dami Im – winner of The X Factor Australia 2013 and ARIA Platinum certified artist whose latest single ‘Super Love’ is taking the charts by storm – as the official Nintendo Ambassador for Tomodachi Life, releasing this Saturday on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS! You can look forward to finding out all about Dami’s quirky Tomodachi Life stories when a series of episodes launches next week on YouTube.

 

 

From today, you can take the brand new Mii Personality Test on the Tomodachi Life website. This customised version of the personality setup feature in TTomodachi Life lets anyone discover which of the colourful personalities their lookalike Mii could have in the game through a series of fun questions and situations. The results will describe your character traits in Tomodachi Life, as well as which other personality type, décor and outfit would be your perfect match in the game. Anyone can easily share their revealing results on social media - and invite their friends to find out what personality type they are, too!

There are sixteen personalities in Tomodachi Life which define how Mii characters of yourself, friends and family will behave in friendship, and amongst other things, their taste in fashion and interior decoration in the game. Depending on your answers to five personality traits, such as how you express yourself in words, you’ll be able to discover if you are an Energetic Charmer or rather a Reserved Thinker. You can share the Mii Personality Test with a friend to settle whether they are indeed a Confident Leader or actually an Easy-Going Softie. With such diverse personalities for Mii characters of your nearest and dearest, imagine the sparks that’ll fly when everyone lives together on an island, and you’ve got the recipe for excitement and lots of laughs that makes Tomodachi Life. Your friends. Your stories. Your life.

In addition, when the game launches tomorrow, 7th June, each copy will include two free download codes* for the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version for Nintendo eShop, which will allow two players to try out the surprising gameplay on their Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems

The Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version offers the chance to sample the unique slice of Tomodachi Life, where two lucky friends or family members will be able to try their hand at creating Mii characters, all with their own unique voices and personality traits. Once the Mii characters have moved onto the island they will start to interact and players can try to solve their problems. When the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version is completed, players can unlock a rare panda suit item in one of eight colours, which can be worn in the full game which can be purchased at retail or on Nintendo eShop**.

If your friends like the taste of Tomodachi Life after completing the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version, they can move all the residents of their newly-founded island to the full game which can be purchased on Nintendo eShop or at retail and keep their progress***.

The Mii Personality Test is available today while Tomodachi Life is unleashed in Australia and New Zealand tomorrow, 7th June 2014, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, at retail or as a digital version on Nintendo eShop.
 

 


 

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