Join Mr Iwata and Mr Shibata for a variety of updates for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners
Nintendo has announced that a Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow, Thursday 2nd April at 9AM AEDT in Australia and New Zealand, with the news focusing on a variety of updates for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners. The broadcast will be hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata.
The broadcast will be streamed in the UK on 1st April at 11pm. In Australia and New Zealand, Check out the Nintendo Direct website from 9AM AEDT tomorrow (2nd April), where the broadcast will be streamed.
The wait for Netflix in Australia and New Zealand is over! The world’s leading Internet television network is now streaming in Australia and New Zealand, with the service available on Wii U.
A free, one-month trial is available to all new members signing up at www.Netflix.com or via the Netflix application on Wii U, which can be downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
At launch and beyond, members can enjoy an exciting range of exclusive and licensed content from many of the world's leading distributors including Warner Bros., BBC, FOX, NBC Universal, Village Roadshow Entertainment, Beyond Distribution, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The Walt Disney Company.
Consumers in Australia and New Zealand can find the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings via the company’s local Twitter and Instagram (@NetflixANZ), Facebook (www.facebook.com/NetflixANZ) and Tumblr (NetflixANZ) accounts.
For more information, visit: www.Netflix.com
Guide Kirby on a wave of Rainbow Ropes through a gloriously colourful HD world in this Wii U exclusive adventure
Featuring a unique control method and a visually striking world inhabited by quirky characters made entirely out of clay, Kirby’s eagerly awaited first Wii U adventure, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, arrives in Australia and New Zealand on 9th May. The game also includes multiplayer support whereby three friends can hop in and out at any time to assist Kirby, using Wii Remote controllers to play as Waddle Dees. Players can also use compatible amiibo figures once per day on every stage to power up Kirby with special abilities.
Kirby games have often experimented with inventive visual styles and unique gameplay twists, with past games having Kirby ride on hamsters and transforming into yarn. Kirby’s latest outing is no exception, taking place in a beautifully realised world of clay. Dream Land has been drained of all its colour and it’s down to Kirby to bring the colour back by traversing seven planets, defeating enemies and solving puzzles along the way.
In a control style moulded after the ground-breaking touch controls introduced in Kirby: Canvas Curse for Nintendo DS, players guide and guard Kirby by drawing lines on the Wii U GamePad touch screen using the stylus. These lines become Rainbow Ropes that Kirby rolls along, navigating obstacles and defeating enemies. Drawing Rainbow Ropes in creative ways like a loop will give Kirby a quick speed boost and they can also be used to protect Kirby from enemies and hazards, as well as to solve puzzles. For instance, using a well-drawn rope can block a waterfall or uncover a hidden area. Re-modelling the traditional Kirby format further, Kirby’s transformations into a tank, submarine and rocket in this game all come with their own distinct twist on the touch screen controls.
Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush can be enjoyed with friends or family members with support for up to three additional players to join the fun at any time. The player who controls Kirby draws Rainbow Ropes on the GamePad, while other players use Wii Remote controllers to play as friendly Waddle Dee characters to assist Kirby and help discover the game’s numerous collectibles. While ultimately everyone works together to reach the goal, each player’s collected stars will display at the end of each stage, encouraging a little friendly competition.
In terms of amiibo functionality, the Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight amiibo can each be used once a day, per stage, to power up Kirby with special abilities. By tapping a Kirby amiibo to the Wii U GamePad, players receive an unlimited Star Dash within a stage, which otherwise can only be activated by collecting 100 stars. A King Dedede amiibo outfits Kirby with a hat that grants him six health bars instead of the normal four, and the Meta Knight amiibo gives Kirby a mask that lets him use a fast dash that blasts right through weaker enemies.
Offering beautiful and unique visuals, innovative control mechanics, and a wide variety of gameplay challenges and playing styles for both single- and co-operative multiplayer fun, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush launches for Wii U on 9th May and will be available for purchase at retail and on Nintendo eShop for Wii U .
Feb 18, 2015 / News
Launched in November last year, amiibo interactive figures have provided fresh gameplay experiences across multiple titles such as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors. Fans can buy and collect amiibo to bring them closer to the games and characters they love, but with 29 amiibo in the Super Smash Bros. Collection already released, many amiibo have become hard to find in stores.
In the coming months, limited quantities of some amiibo figures will be replenished in stores, with some figures sourced from other regions that will feature non-AU/NZ packaging.
In addition to the replenishment of some amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category will expand on the 21st March when Super Mario Collection amiibo enter the fray, including new models of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser, as well as the introduction of Toad. Crossover amiibo characters from the Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario Collections like Mario, Luigi and Bowser will have the same functionality in all compatible games for Wii U, as well as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – so players can choose which design they like best!
Joining the 29 amiibo already released in the Super Smash Bros. Collection – Robin, Lucina, Charizard, PAC-MAN, Ness and Wario are planned to be released in April.
Feb 13, 2015 / News
In 2012, the Nintendo TVii application was announced as coming to Wii U in some regions. Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, the decision has been made not to launch the Nintendo TVii service in regions such as Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Nintendo will always strive to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all our users to enjoy, and with this in mind, the Nintendo Anime Channel – a new video-on-demand service on Nintendo 3DS which offers users the chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon and Kirby – launches 14th February. New content will be added regularly on Nintendo Anime Channel and access to this service is granted simply by downloading a free application from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
New action-shooter brings intense 60fps action, 6-player local and online multiplayer, and full single-player campaign
On 14th February, a three-year project by three talented indie developers is set to be unveiled exclusively on Nintendo eShop* for Nintendo 3DS, with IRONFALL Invasion bringing an energy-fuelled, 60 frames per second**, third-person action experience to handheld console owners. Best of all, some free content will be available from launch for players to try out the game.
At a time when Earth has been invaded by an alien horde, IRONFALL Invasion pits you in the military boots of a courageous resistance movement fighting to reclaim the planet from the clutches of the Dyxides. The action will take players across the globe, with intense battles raging across urban landscapes, underground laboratories, vast canyons, and even inside a volcano, with the constant need to find cover in the environments and keep an eye on your heart rate – if the latter exceeds 200, your fight is over.
For Nintendo 3DS system owners***, the touch screen is your key battle instrument, with the ability to aim at enemies using the stylus, while also enabling you to perform other actions like reloading weapons or dropping into cover. Meanwhile, for players with New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL hardware, the system’s C Stick allows for quick and precise aiming when targeting enemies in the heat of a stand-off.
There are two purchasable modes in IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion: Campaign and IRONFALL Invasion: Multiplayer.
- IRONFALL Invasion: Campaign features 11 action-packed single-player levels, as well as 78 additional challenges that are unlocked as you progress through your overall mission to liberate Earth.
- IRONFALL Invasion: Multiplayer allows for up to six players to face-off in local and online multiplayer scenarios, with 6 different arenas, classic modes from “3 vs. 3” to “free-for-all”, and even the ability to bet in-game credits, which are tied to a player’s XP and rank, on your chances of winning a match. On top of this, a Survivor mode gives you the chance to train solo and hone your skills against CPU-controlled opponents within a variety of time-based scenarios.
Downloadable from Nintendo eShop, fans can purchase either mode separately for AU$13.00/NZ$17.00 each, or the entire game for AU$26.00/NZ$34.00. Fans purchasing both modes separately will gain access to a new multiplayer weapon, the HR pistol, while those purchasing both modes together as one bundle will receive the HR pistol plus a Jukebox feature that allows you access to the game’s soundtrack. However, free content will be available to all players from launch, with the chance to sample the first level of IRONFALL Invasion: Campaign plus the local and online multiplayer features of IRONFALL Invasion: Multiplayer, including one multiplayer arena and a limited number of characters and weapons when compared to the purchasable mode.
Developed exclusively for Nintendo 3DS handheld systems by independent developer VD-DEV, prepare for intense 60 frames per second action and fluid gameplay that also maximises the unique features of New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL when IRONFALL Invasion lands on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 14th February.
To learn more about the game and the team of talented developers behind its release, a new developer interview feature with the team can be viewed at:
*Wireless broadband Internet connection required. The registration of Nintendo Network ID and acceptance of the network related terms and privacy policies required.
** Game runs in 60fps when 3D is turned off on a user’s system.
*** While not a requirement to play the game, IRONFALL Invasion is also fully compatible with the Circle Pad Pro accessory.
Avalanche of new releases include The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter™ 4 Ultimate, Limited Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, plus more!
10th February 2015 – At a time when the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has now sold over 50 million hardware units globally, two major software releases will headline a big day for Nintendo 3DS, with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Capcom®‘s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate set for release this Saturday. Both titles are playable on all Nintendo 3DS & 2DS systems, but feature added functionality when experienced on New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, such as super-stable 3D and enhanced camera controls using the C Stick. Two limited edition New Nintendo 3DS XL consoles – one featuring artwork inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and the other by Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - will also launch on Saturday to celebrate these highly-anticipated titles.
Meanwhile, exclusively on Nintendo eShop, IronFall: Invasion, an intense single-player and six-person local & online multiplayer action-shooter from three talented developers launches alongside familiar faces in Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe. In addition, a free video-on-demand streaming service named Nintendo Anime Channel becomes available for download from Nintendo eShop, with anime series from the likes of Kirby and Pokémon.
The full list of releases for Saturday 14th February in Australia and New Zealand:
The fun doesn’t end when the sun sets on Saturday though. More high-profile handheld games for Nintendo 3DS family of systems are scheduled for release in the coming weeks and months. These include: Pokémon Shuffle (launching in February), Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit! (7th March), Gardening Mama: Forest Friends(7th March), Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (21st March), Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, (2nd April) Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (16th May), and Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (May).
*Free bonus theme offers valid until 12th March 2015: Free download code for the Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Dire Moon" included with every purchase of The Legend of Zelda™: Majora's Mask 3D from Nintendo eShop. Free download code for the exclusive Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Gore Magala & Seregios" included with every purchase of Monster Hunter™ 4 Ultimate from Nintendo eShop. Free download codes for the three Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu themes "Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy +: ACES", "Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + ADF-01" and "Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy +: PHOENIX" included with every purchase of ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY + from Nintendo eShop.
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