Oct 2, 2015 / News



The Japanese Phenomenon Prepares to Take the World by Storm

.Yo-kai Watch is a multi-billion dollar franchise and cultural sensation in Japan, and from December 5, Australia and New Zealand will get their chance to experience the excitement when the massively popular role-playing game YO-KAI WATCH™ launches for Nintendo 3DS. Based on an original concept from top Japanese entertainment company LEVEL-5, Inc., Nintendo Australia, Hasbro and Channel 9’s GO! channel have teamed up to bring the Japanese phenomenon to local shores.



But what is a Yo-kai anyway? Is it a spirit? A monster? A ghost? Nope – a Yo-kai is … well, it’s just a Yo-kai! You might not see them because they’re invisible, but they’re all around you every day. And they’re often mischievous, mysterious pranksters who like to make trouble for you. Lose your homework, can’t keep a secret or find yourself running late to everything? Yo-kai probably made you do it. The Yo-kai are based on common concerns kids have, and by confronting those concerns, kids can learn to overcome them.

When YO-KAI WATCH launches for Nintendo 3DS on December 5, you can explore the world using your Yo-kai Watch to discover more than 200 Yo-kai, then befriend them and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths, so you must use them to challenge troublemaking Yo-kai and help people in the game solve their daily problems. In Japan, the three YO-KAI WATCH 2 games accounted for three of the six best-selling console and hand-held games in Japan for 2014.

In December, Channel 9’s GO! channel will debut the animated comedy series YO-KAI WATCH. The show follows the hilarious misadventures of an average boy and his involvement with the mischievous Yo-kai all around him. Our young hero obtains a special watch, empowering him to discover and summon Yo-kai, befriend them and then work together to solve everyday problems … problems that are often caused by other troublemaking Yo-kai!

The fun continues in Q1 2016 when Hasbro will introduce innovative play experiences for the Yo-kai Watch franchise, with the line set to include toys centred around collectible medals, each representing a unique Yo-kai.

In Japan, the TV program has been the top-rated animated show on TV TOKYO for kids 4-12 years old. Within 18 months since launch, the franchise has sold more than USD $2 billion in retail merchandise, and more than 8 million units of Nintendo 3DS video games have been sold in Japan alone.

The cultural sensation comes to Australia and New Zealand when YO-KAI WATCH launches for Nintendo 3DS on December 5.



Oct 1, 2015 / News

Fan Created Levels Have Been Played a Whopping 75 Million Times by Fellow Mario Fans around the World

With over 310 million units sold worldwide in the Super Mario franchise, it is clear to see that for the last 30 years, Super Mario fans have proven to be some of the most passionate, loyal and dedicated video game fans in the world. Since Super Mario Maker for Wii U launched on September 12*, it is clear to see that dedication continues, as today it was revealed that more than one million units** have been sold around the world so far, making Super Mario Maker the 32nd game in the Super Mario franchise to sell at least one million units globally.



With Super Mario Maker, Nintendo has a new way to measure fan engagement: level creation, and the addition of one million new “fan” developers has led to the creation of more than 2.2 million Mario courses, which combined have been played nearly 75 million times.

Using the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller, Super Mario Maker players can create levels in four different Super Mario game styles. The game offers dozens of enemies, items and power-ups, and lets people design everything from the terrain to where to place Warp Pipes. Completed levels can then be uploaded and enjoyed by other players around the world. Some seem simple, some offer fun challenges and some prove maddeningly difficult – it all depends on the designer. But everyone can find courses to enjoy and may find some courses to provide insightful inspiration for their own new creations.

For more information on Super Mario Maker please visit the game’s website.









Sep 28, 2015 / News


Set out into the Drablands – solo, or alongside two other players – to unravel the mystery of  the curse placed upon the Princess of Hytopia

In just over three weeks, form a legendary trio with your friends and tackle dungeons and boss battles together in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, coming to Nintendo 3DS family systems on October 24. Presented in the same top-down style as the critically-acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, prepare to solve inventive puzzles as a team and kit out Link in a range of outfits to enable new abilities that enhance your adventure.

In the Kingdom of Hytopia, a fashion-obsessed realm where sartorial elegance is celebrated, an evil witch has placed a mysterious curse upon Princess Styla, casting the realm into disarray. With citizens calling for the return of a legendary trio of “Totem Heroes” to protect them, and King Tuft offering a unique reward for whosoever lifts the curse, venture into the Drablands to hunt down the witch and restore peace and stylishness to the land.


Buddy up with two similarly heroic friends via online* or local multiplayer, and co-operatively solve puzzles in environments ranging from lava-strewn volcanoes to icy caverns. Only by working as a team will you be able to progress through the various hazards lying in wait, but for those who master an area, bonus challenges can be unlocked for access to more valuable rewards. In order to communicate with friends during gameplay, you can send instructions using in-game emoticons, such as asking for their urgent assistance in taking down an enemy, or even in helping form a Totem, a new gameplay mechanic whereby all three Links can stack up on top of one another, making it possible to reach new locations.

Solo adventurers can choose to take on the perils of the Drablands in single-player format, equipped with a pair of replica Link figures called “doppels” that come to life on command, allowing you to control each one in turn. However, with Download Play functionality, players can always link up with two other Nintendo 3DS system-owning friends to take on the action, even if they don’t have a copy of the game.

To fit the fashion-focused world of Hytopia, meanwhile, collecting in-game materials lets you order stylish outfits at Madame Couture’s shop for Link to wear, with each one giving special abilities to help tackle the action. While fans of The Legend of Zelda series will recognise certain pieces, such as a “Goron Garb” outfit that allows you to swim in lava, or a “Zora Costume” that lets you swim with greater speed, with over 30 outfits to acquire, you can experiment with different looks in order to best tackle each area of the Drablands.


Finally, to share your great acts of teamwork and skill with others, secure a camera from the Photo Bro character managing the in-game Miiverse Gallery and snap away whilst out exploring the wilds of the Drablands. As well as posting these snaps to Miiverse, you can even unlock Miiverse stamps for each outfit you unlock in-game, which you can apply exclusively to your hand-drawn creations.

Assemble two of your most heroic friends and solve challenging puzzles together as the saviours of Hytopia in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, coming to Nintendo 3DS family systems on October 24.

For a full overview of what lies in store, check out this extended trailer on YouTube!



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Upcoming Games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on Show at EB Expo 2015

Sep 25, 2015 / News


Nintendo has an exciting line-up of games at this year’s EB Games Expo from October 2-4, including unreleased titles like Star Fox Zero, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and YO-KAI WATCH, as well as fun range of activities to enjoy at the show and on the booth.

Playable on Nintendo 3DS, the Japanese cultural phenomenon YO-KAI WATCH will give fans a taste of the multimillion-selling role-playing game that’s on its way to the west, and a special premiere screening of the anime comedy series will take place before making its TV debut. The premiere screenings will be held at 4:30pm on Friday, and 8:30am on Saturday and Sunday before the show floor opens, with attendees able to take seats from 30 minutes prior to the screening.

Also playable on Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Skylanders SuperChargers Racing (with guest stars Bowser and Donkey Kong) round out the handheld offering on the booth. As always, the expo will be brimming with Nintendo 3DS consoles, so don’t forget to bring your own to collect those puzzles pieces and enjoy StreetPass functionality and multiplayer fun anywhere!

On Wii U, alongside the highly anticipated new entry to the Star Fox series, fans will be able to get their hands on Xenoblade Chronicles X – the epic RPG coming December 5 – and Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water – the chilling new adventure creeping into town October 31 – with plenty of family favourites such as Splatoon and Super Mario Maker available to play too.

There’ll also be fun stage activities right throughout the weekend with heaps of prizes to be won. Bring along your amiibo and compete in the Super Smash Bros. amiibo Partner Battles – by tapping on a compatible amiibo, players will team up with their Figure Players to take on other teams! On Wii U, massive 8-player battles featuring 4 teams of player and amiibo will be sure to excite, while 2 on 2 battles for the Nintendo 3DS will sort out the best Figure Player trainers in the land!

Finally, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series, you can get your souvenir photo from the Super Mario Bros. selfie corner.

Stay tuned to the Nintendo Australia Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.




Sep 24, 2015 / News



Manage a successful boutique in a bustling city and take on varied new jobs – style clients’ hair, apply their make-up, design clothes, and hit the catwalk

Coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS family systems on November 21, Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward gives players the opportunity to rise to the top of the fashion world as the manager of their very own boutique. The fun goes far beyond the shop floor, as players can also let their creativity loose in four additional roles: hair stylist, make-up artist, model, and designer.



This third instalment in the fashion simulation series lets budding fashionistas run their very own chic boutique in the bustling Beaumonde City, home to hundreds of colourful personalities. Characters visit the shop and describe what they’re looking for, and it’s up to the player to pick out the perfect look, choosing from 19,000 items like casual dresses, eye-catching t-shirts, and those all-important accessories including bags and earrings. Make the right recommendation and the customer will leave thrilled, sure to spread the word!

On top of the thousands of in-game items with which to style customers, there are special pieces that can only be unlocked by tapping compatible amiibo during gameplay*, including Peach’s Princess Crown, Mario’s M-Hat and Yoshi’s Egg Hooded Jacket. New items will also be available to download after the game’s launch, while regular online themed contests will challenge stylists to show off their very best outfits. Couture connoisseurs can even organise their own contests for other players to join – perfect for finding inspiration and comparing ensembles.

In addition to the fun shop management gameplay of previous titles, four exciting new professions await dedicated followers of fashion, with the freedom to switch between them whenever they like:                         



Hair stylist and make-up artist: Styling clients goes far beyond clothes, with a huge range of make-up looks to apply at the beautician’s and countless creative hairstyles to delight customers at the hair salon.

Designer: Imaginative style enthusiasts can build their very own fashion house by designing a unique clothing and accessories line. Fashion labels are always on the lookout for up-and-coming designers, and often commission new items to complement their existing collection – a great opportunity to get noticed and spread the word about the boutique.

Model: Players can also show off their sartorial savvy as a model for in-game brands, each with its own vision and needs. It’s all about pairing the right outfit with flawless hair and make-up, then bringing it all together with the perfect pose. Images from photo shoots might even appear on billboards and advertisements around the city for everyone to admire!

Lastly, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the fashion world awaits at Caprice Chalet. Here, anyone with a taste for decorating can transform the rooms of a dollhouse into anything from a relaxing bedroom to a trendy boutique, then share them online or with other players met via StreetPass.

Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward will be available in Australia and New Zealand from November 21, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems. On the same day, a set of elegant white Cover Plates for New Nintendo 3DS consoles will also be available.


* The Nintendo NFC Reader / Writer accessory, available from October 3, is required to use amiibo on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS systems.



New Nintendo 3DS will be Available in Black from 17th October in Australia and New Zealand

Sep 21, 2015 / News


From 17th October, the newest member of the Nintendo 3DS family – New Nintendo 3DS – will be available in black in Australia and New Zealand.

Already available in white, New Nintendo 3DS enhances the user experience with additions such as new buttons, built-in NFC functionality, enhanced play controls, increased CPU power and the “super-stable 3D” function which provides players with a more comfortable 3D gaming experience when compared to other Nintendo 3DS consoles. When compared to its super-sized counterpart – New Nintendo 3DS XL - the compact system features interchangeable Cover Plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device, and with the introduction of a black console, there’s even more options to create your favourite look.

Also announced today, the New Nintendo 3DS + Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Pack (SRP AU$ 249.95) will arrive 5th November, and includes a white New Nintendo 3DS system with a pre-installed digital copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer*, a unique set of Cover Plates and one special amiibo card that allows the player to call up the card’s character and let their imagination run wild designing a house for them. The special bundle follows the release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on 3rd October, which gives fans with a penchant for interior or exterior design a chance to join the Nook’s Homes family business and make hundreds of their favourite animals happy by designing their dream home.


With the arrival of these two New Nintendo 3DS retail options, it’s the perfect time to step into the fun-filled world of Nintendo 3DS! A myriad of highly-acclaimed games such as Mario Kart 7, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are already available, and with exciting upcoming games such as The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (24th October) and Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (7th November), it’s the place to be for gaming on-the-go in the lead up to Christmas.


*Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is pre-installed on a 4GB microSD card as part of this bundle offering.






Sep 11, 2015 / News

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series by creating and sharing your Super Mario levels with players around the world

The Super Mario Bros. series arrives on Wii U tomorrow in the shape of Super Mario Maker, the game that lets the imagination of fans run wild by bringing their very own Super Mario levels to life.

To date, the Super Mario series has sold more than 310 million copies globally, with Mario, one of the world’s most recognisable entertainment characters, at its centre. With the release of Super Mario Maker, friends - for the first time ever - can have fun playing through Super Mario levels they create for one another! With the game containing a toolkit packed with iconic Mario enemies, items and areas at their disposal, fans can share their creations online, while checking out and rating an almost limitless supply of levels constructed by fellow players from across the globe*.

Reviews have been pouring in for Super Mario Maker ahead of its launch to fans around the world:

IGN – 9/10 – “ …a fun, flexible toolbox to build and play Mario levels like never before"

Polygon – 9.5/10 – “…new, awesome levels waiting for me every time I booted up the game”

GameSpot – 9/10 – “I look forward to returning again and again for more than just the amazing levels I know other people will create”

Game Informer – 9/10 – “…it already feels like the complete, 2D Mario creation tool we’ve been dreaming up since the first time we bounced off a koopa’s shell”

Aside from the game releasing at retail and on Nintendo eShop for Wii U as a standalone product, there are a range of other purchase options for fans who want to get involved with the level-creating fun:

Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack: a black Wii U Premium console, a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection (SRP AU$439.95)



Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection (SRP AU$89.95)


The Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available on its own from 12th September, while the Modern Colours variant will go on sale from 24th October.

Super Mario Maker releases just in time for a special landmark on 13th September, when video game fans from all over the world will be toasting the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series. With three decades having passed since the Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985, and Mario having traversed hundreds of memorable levels and defeated the dastardly villain Bowser on countless occasions, fans can check out some classic Mario moments over at the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary website.

Meanwhile, none other than the creator of the Super Mario series himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, has been helping clear up some long-running fan debates in his own inimitable way in a “Mario Myths with Mr Miyamoto” video.



Whether it’s littering a level with multiple Bowsers, transforming Mario into other Nintendo characters such as Pikmin, Wii Fit Trainer or Link using an in-game Mystery Mushroom item, or creating custom sound effects to insert into a level, with Super Mario Maker it’s the first time in 30 years that fans get to write the rules! Releasing this Saturday, fans picking up a copy of the game at retail can even learn more about the boundless possibilities in the game by perusing a Hardcover Artbook* coming with their copy of the game.

For more information on Super Mario Maker, please visit the game’s website. http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/super-mario-maker/


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Aug 25, 2015 / News


Non-stop launches in 2015 provide fun, entertainment & surprises for all

The end of year line-up for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is set to feature a vast array of games coming exclusively to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Everyone will be able to enjoy a choice of some of the best known and most loved franchises Nintendo has to offer. From Super Mario to The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox to Animal Crossing, Nintendo has a robust line up of hardware and software bundles, games and amiibo offerings to ensure unforgettable gameplay experiences in the lead up to, and beyond Christmas.

Let’s take a look ahead at some of the games and bundle offerings coming soon from Nintendo and third party publishers for Wii U & Nintendo 3DS.

Wii U Hardware Bundles / Accessories


Release date (2015)

Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack (WiiU Premium pack + Super Mario Maker + Hardcover Artbook + Mario (Classic Colours) amiibo


12th September

Wii Remote Plus Toad  


21st November

Wii Remote Plus Bowser


21st November

Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Premium Pack (Incl Black Wii U console + game  + Artbook + Map)


5th December


Wii U Software


Release date (2015)

Devil’s Third


29th August

Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

Disney Interactive

3rd September

Super Mario Maker Standard Edition Pack (Super Mario Maker + Hardcover Artbook)


12th September

Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack (Super Mario Maker + Hardcover Artbook + Mario (Classic Colours) amiibo


12th September

Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack


24th September

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

28th September

Guitar Hero Live


20th October

Just Dance 2016


22nd October

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (Nintendo eShop) - Trial version with purchasable full game upgrade)


31st October

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water Limited Edition bundle (incl game in its standalone packaging, a double-sided poster, an art book, four Spirit Photographs, and a SteelBook™ cover)


31st October

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash


21st November

Star Fox Zero


21st November

Xenoblade Chronicles X


5th December

Xenoblade Chronicles X Limited Edition Pack (Incl Game + Steelbook + Artbook + Map + Poster)


5th December

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Incl 2 x amiibo figures – Isabelle, Digby**,  + 3 x amiibo cards) Nintendo 2015


Nintendo 3DS Hardware Bundles / Accessories


Release date (2015)

New Nintendo 3DS XL Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Edition (Incl White special design New Nintendo 3DS XL console + game download code + special amiibo card)


3rd October

Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory (Provides amiibo support on Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL & Nintendo 2DS)


3rd October

New Nintendo 3DS + Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Pack (Incl White New Nintendo 3DS console with mounted cover plates, game pre-installed + special amiibo card) Nintendo Q4 2015


Nintendo 3DS Software


Release date 2015

Little Battlers eXperience

Nintendo / Level 5

5th September

Skylanders SuperChargers Racing


24th September

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (incl. one special amiibo card*)


3rd October

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer + NFC Reader/Writer Pack (Game + special amiibo card + Nintendo NFC Reader/Writer accessory)


3rd October

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes


24th October

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash


7th November

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash + Chibi-Robo amiibo pack


7th November

Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward


21st November

New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates - Hello Kitty


28th November

New Nintendo 3DS Cover Plates – Yoshi


28th November



Release date (2015)

Classic Colours amiibo –

  • Mario

12th September

Super Smash Bros. Collection amiibo –

  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Sword Fighter
  • Mii Gunner
  • Duck Hunt Duo
  • R.O.B.
  • Mr. Game & Watch

26th September

Series 1 Animal Crossing amiibo Cards Pack (each pack contains 1 special amiibo card and 2 regular amiibo cards)

3rd October

Modern Colours amiibo –

  • Mario

24th October

Super Smash Bros. Collection amiibo –

  • Mewtwo

24th October

Super Smash Bros. Collection amiibo -

  • Falco

21st November

Green Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo

28th November

Animal Crossing amiibo -

  • Isabelle
  • Digby
  • Tom Nook
  • Mabel
  • Lottie
  • Reese
  • Cyrus
  • K.K. Slider


* Special amiibo card only available with limited number of specially marked copies of the game sold in stores.
** Available while stocks last.



Pokken Tournament Battles Its Way onto Wii U

Aug 24, 2015 / News


Arcade Hit Comes to Nintendo’s Wii U in Autumn 2016

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced the upcoming release of Pokkén Tournament for Wii U. Currently an arcade game available only in Japan, Pokkén Tournament for Wii U will be released in Australia and New Zealand in autumn 2016.

Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., producers of TEKKEN®, one of the most successful fighting-game franchises in history, Pokkén Tournament brings Pokémon to life in a way never before seen, where Pokémon in battle move in direct response to the player’s actions. The intuitive controls make this fighting game accessible to players of all skill levels, and the stunning visuals emphasise the size and power of each Pokémon.

“Pokkén Tournament combines the best elements of a traditional fighting game with an authentic Pokémon experience,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Fans will be thrilled to see their favourite Pokémon battle in a whole new way.”





Get a taste of Splatoon's thrilling ink-flinging 4-vs-4 multiplayer in a new Testfire event starting August 23rd

Aug 18, 2015 / News



No matter their age or skill level, everyone can enjoy some good clean fun in the unique action shooter Splatoon, only available for Wii U. Two teams of four players compete to cover the most ground with their ink in Turf Wars, fast-paced online matches where it’s mind over splatter, and tactics and teamwork win the day!

Anyone yet to take the plunge can sample the ink-flinging fun for themselves this month, with a special Splatoon Testfire event open to all Wii U owners. By downloading the free demo, available now from Nintendo eShop on Wii U, players can jump into one-hour Turf War sessions at certain local times each day from August 23rd to the 29th.



The full times and dates are as follows (all stated times are listed in AEST):

04:00 – 05:00 on Sunday 23rd

04:00 – 05:00 / 18:00 – 19:00 on Monday 24th

18:00 – 19:00 on Tuesday 25th

00:00 – 01:00 on Thursday 27th

00:00 – 01:00 on Friday 28th

00:00 – 01:00 on Saturday 29th


Meanwhile, Splatoon continues to get bigger and better, with a recent major software update introducing new ways to play with friends, two new weapon types, new gear and much more. For more information about the game, please visit the Splatoon website and stay tuned to the Nintendo Australia Twitter for ongoing updates.

Splatoon is available at retail and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop now, only on Wii U.


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Users who have played the Splatoon demo through a previous Testfire event must download a new version of the demo from Nintendo eShop. The previous version will no longer function.