Link, Isabelle and Animal Crossing Villager all get ready to race!
Two new downloadable add-on content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 for Wii U in directions the series has never seen before, while significantly expanding gameplay options. The packs, available by the end of November 2014 and end of May 2015 respectively, will be available for pre-purchase from tonight at AU$10.00/NZ$14.00 each (or AU$16.00/NZ$20.00 for both), and deliver an array of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda series and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.
In addition to these two new add-on content packs, a previously announced game update will go live tonight that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. As well as game updates, mariokart.tv, the Mario Kart TV web service optimised for smart devices, has also been updated to give users more in-depth game data whilst on the go, including the ability to check at any given time whether friends are playing Mario Kart 8 online.
Each AOC pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The AOC packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.
Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs will get access to eight new colours of Yoshi and eight new colours of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs prior to release, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new ‘Shop’ icon in the game or visit Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
The AOC packs are scheduled to include the following contents:
Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release: November 2014) - AU$10.00 (NZ$14.00)
Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release: May 2015) - AU$10.00 (NZ$14.00)
Pack 1 + 2 Bundle - AU$16.00 (NZ$20.00)
As a bonus for purchasing both packs - as a bundle or separately - you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.
Aug 18, 2014 / News
Link Mode and wider online features revealed, including co-operative play
Explore the vast open world of Reveria alongside friends and share your discoveries with a host of local and online features available to players of Fantasy Life, the much-anticipated role-playing adventure from LEVEL-5 coming to Australia and New Zealand on 27th September for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.
Link Mode, an online communication tool discovered by paying an in-game visit to the Guild Office in the town of Castele, is a feature that - once activated - allows you to connect with friends when they are playing Fantasy Life at the same time*, and exchange messages and valuable tips during gameplay. To keep your friends informed of your in-game exploits, Link Mode also contains a notification setting to communicate your achievements, and ‘Applaud’ the landmarks reached by others.
As part of the game’s wider co-operative features, players can get together with up to two friends via either local wireless or online multiplayer and explore the world of Reveria together, with online multiplayer incorporating its own chat feature for players to communicate while – for example - on a hunt, or foraging for precious items! So whether you are in need of reinforcements to defeat a powerful monster, or are seeking to trade certain items with friends via an in-game Exchange Box, taking part in co-operative play with friends will help you accumulate much-needed experience and items to aid in your adventures.
In addition, with the game supporting StreetPass functionality, watch out for other players turning up in your game as citizens of Reveria after a StreetPass encounter. Befriend these fellow players, and you may even receive new items. Meanwhile, in order to capture your most exciting moments in Reveria, you can also unlock the Snapshots function, which will enable you to capture in-game screenshots by pressing the START button - just another way to show off your adventures to others!
Prepare for an epic adventure set in a world filled with dry deserts, snowy mountain peaks, pirate-infested coves and more when Fantasy Life, an RPG containing dynamic life simulation elements, releases in Australia and New Zealand on 27th September for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. With the local and online multiplayer features, or by sharing notifications in Link Mode, explore the furthest reaches of Reveria together with friends, or simply at your own pace.
*Wireless Broadband Internet access required
Aug 15, 2014 / News
Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most recognisable figures in video game history will be speeding his way back to fans – both old and new – this November. Today SEGA announces that both Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U developed by LA-based Big Red Button, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS developed by Sanzaru Games of San Francisco, will be released on 29th November in Australia and New Zealand.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal star the electrifying team – Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and newcomer Sticks – who will band together to defeat both familiar and new powerful enemies. The games are part of the brand-new Sonic Boom initiative, an all-new Sonic experience that will usher in new gameplay based on action-adventure combat, new characters and environments as well as new storylines that will carry through the franchise’s first CG-animated series.
About Sonic Boom™:
The Sonic Boom TV series is a co-production between SEGA® of America, Inc. and OuiDo ! Productions. Executive producers are Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Meir and Jane McGregor on behalf of SEGA, and Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog on behalf of OuiDo- ! Productions. Baily and Co-Executive Producer Bill Freiberger are showrunners. Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team and driving creative force behind the Sonic games, is overseeing the series to ensure that it's true to the Sonic characters and universe.
Aug 13, 2014 / News
Plus, veteran fighter Meta Knight just announced for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
To celebrate the legacy of many popular fighters on the Super Smash Bros. roster in the lead up to the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on 4th October, Nintendo announces today that over the span of two weeks in August there will be Nintendo eShop discounts of up to 50% on more than 25 downloadable retail and Virtual Console titles on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS as well as Wii U.
The Super Smash Bros. Character Sale: New Challengers on Nintendo eShop from 15th – 21st August* features the following titles starring new challengers from the Super Smash Bros. roster:
|New Challenger||Title||Platform||Discount||Price Point on Nintendo eShop|
|Mii Fighter||Tomodachi Life (Nintendo)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Card/Download)||20%||AU$47.95 (NZ$63.95) Regular price is AU$59.95 (NZ$79.95)|
|Mii Fighter||Wii Party U (Nintendo)||Wii U (Disc/Download) )||30%||AU$55.95 (NZ$69.95) Regular price is AU$79.95 (NZ$99.95)|
|Villager||Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Card/Download)||30%||AU$41.95 (NZ$55.95) Regular price is AU$59.95 (NZ$79.95)|
|Palutena||Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Card/Download)||30%||AU$48.95 (NZ$62.95) Regular price is AU$69.95 (NZ$89.95)|
|Wii Fit Trainer||Wii Fit U (Nintendo)||Wii U (Disc/Download)||30%||AU$34.95 (NZ$41.95) Regular price is AU$49.95 (NZ$59.95)|
|Little Mac||Punch-Out!! (Nintendo)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.75 (NZ$4.70) Regular price is AU$7.50 (NZ$9.40)|
|Little Mac||Punch-Out!! (Nintendo)||Wii U (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.25 (NZ$4.25) Regular price is AU$6.50 (NZ$8.50)|
|Little Mac||Super Punch-out!!! (Nintendo)||Wii U (Virtual Console - SNES)||50%||AU$5.20 (NZ$6.80) Regular price is AU$10.40 (NZ$13.60)|
|Mega Man||MEGA MAN (Capcom)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.75 (NZ$4.70) Regular price is AU$7.50 (NZ$9.40)|
|Mega Man||MEGA MAN 2-6 (Capcom)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.25 (NZ$4.25) Regular price is AU$6.50 (NZ$8.50)|
|Mega Man||MEGA MAN 1-6 (Capcom)||Wii U (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.25 (NZ$4.25) Regular price is AU$6.50 (NZ$8.50)|
|PAC-MAN||PAC-MAN (BANDAI NAMCO Games)||Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.25 (NZ$4.25) Regular price is AU$6.50 (NZ$8.50)|
|PAC-MAN||PAC-MAN (BANDAI NAMCO Games)||Wii U (Virtual Console - NES)||50%||AU$3.25 (NZ$4.25) Regular price is AU$6.50 (NZ$8.50)|
From 22nd - 28th August, the Super Smash Bros. Character Sale: Veteran Fighters will let players get reacquainted with characters returning to the Super Smash Bros. series. To find out which titles will go on sale that week, stay tuned to Nintendo eShop, the Super Smash Bros. Facebook page or the Nintendo website. With over 25 games on Nintendo eShop on sale during August, it’s a perfect time to meet the colourful cast of Super Smash Bros ahead of 4th October.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first portable entry in the renowned series and lets up to four players battle each other locally or online using some of gaming’s most iconic characters. Compete with veteran characters from the series such as Mario, Link, Samus, Sonic, Pikachu and - just revealed today - Meta Knight, along with new challengers like Mega Man, Little Mac, PAC-MAN and Palutena; while for the first time players can also compete using their own Mii characters. Also brand new to the series is the ability to customise different aspects of your fighter, when playing locally or online with registered friends in a variety of multiplayer modes.
Smash and crash through Smash Run, a new 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. Defeated enemies leave behind power-ups and players who collect the most have advantages when - once time runs out - the final battle for the champion begins. It’s also possible to hone your skills in activities such as the new Target Blast, where you attack a bomb to charge it up then launch it at a range of targets to cause a chain reaction for a high score.
Fight against friends and family locally or online, or battle random challengers all over the world online in “For Fun” or “For Glory” modes. It’s a genuine, massive Super Smash Bros. experience that’s available to play on the go, anytime, anywhere. It’s also the perfect way to get to grips with the huge roster of fighters and their special moves, who will all return for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U when that game launches in summer 2014.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will launch in Australia and New Zealand on 4th October 2014 - dig into the legacy of its colourful cast of fighters with two weeks of sales on over 25 games for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS as well as Wii U on Nintendo eShop.
Aug 7, 2014 / News
For the first time ever, Nintendo’s Mario Kart series will be powered by some real-world horsepower. A software update on 27th August to Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will deliver a variety of new features for players, most notably the ability to download three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race in the game: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s.
The GLA model comes with special wheel options, while players can customise all three new karts with various wheels and gliders in the game. The new content arrives on the 22nd anniversary of the Japanese launch of the original Mario Kart game, Super Mario Kart, which launched on 27th August, 1992, for Super Nintendo.
Between 27th August and 23rd September, Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz will also host an online worldwide “Mercedes Cup” tournament. All competitors need is a Wii U console, Mario Kart 8, a broadband Internet connection and the Mercedes-Benz karts. Access to the “Mercedes Cup” in the game can be found in the online tournament section.
The Mario Kart 8 software update will also add a variety of new features designed to enhance the racing experience for everyone. These include:
Aug 5, 2014 / News
New Nintendo Direct broadcast takes a closer look at Hyrule Warriors, with Limited Edition software bundle also announced
Hyrule Kingdom’s most feared nemesis, Ganondorf, has today been revealed as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors for Wii U during a Nintendo Direct broadcast that takes a closer look at the game. Hosted by Yosuke Hayashi of Koei Tecmo Games, with Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo co-presenting, the Hyrule Warriors Direct is available to watch now via the Nintendo Direct website.
Alongside the opportunity to play as Ganondorf – and a host of other previously revealed characters from Zelda history - fans can also look forward to seeing both Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword as playable characters when the game launches on 20th September. With Zant’s bladed hands and summoning abilities, and Ghirahim’s formidable swordsman skills and powers of teleportation, players will be able to experience the most-feared enemies from The Legend of Zelda series like never before.
During the broadcast, Mr Hayashi shows how players can progress through Legend Mode, taking over enemy keeps to bolster their numbers and using familiar Zelda series items to overcome obstacles as well as towering bosses. Meanwhile Mr Aonuma is on hand to lift the lid on a few cameo appearances sure to please long-term Zelda fans.
Also spotlighted in today’s Nintendo Direct is the all-new Adventure Mode, which will offer a nostalgic twist on the original The Legend of Zelda game by taking players through a recreated version of its overworld map, with each block on the grid representing one stage with its own unique victory conditions. Transported into the world of Hyrule Warriors each time, in true Zelda fashion players will be able to explore the map and locate rare items, while new weapons and some playable characters are only unlockable by advancing in this mode.
For fans looking to keep up with the latest Hylian fashion trends, meanwhile, at launch a Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition software bundle will also be available at selected retailers, complete with a Hyrule Warriors scarf alongside a physical copy of the game. Paying tribute to the scarf Link wears in Hyrule Warriors, the blue and orange-coloured neckwear comes complete with the symbol of the Triforce boldly emblazoned across its front.
As a final reveal in today’s broadcast, fans who register their copy of Hyrule Warriors with Club Nintendo between 20th September 2014 and 17th October 2014 can receive a free download code for a Ganondorf Legacy Costume Set. Stay tuned for more information on how to get hold of additional Hyrule Warriors costumes in the future.
New Nintendo 3DS game is a portable dream come true for any Disney fan
A whole new world awaits players in Disney Magical World, launching across Australia and New Zealand on 25th October for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. After creating a personalised avatar and a customised dream life, players embark on a 3D fantasy adventure featuring more than 60 iconic Disney characters across a main central plaza and its surrounding worlds inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin and more. It’s all Disney, all the time as players interact with beloved characters, manage a café to earn in-game coins, set off on ghost-hunting quests and even visit friends’ towns via Local Play.
Endless opportunities for creativity and customisation allow the imagination to run wild in Disney Magical World. With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalised Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a café from its décor to its menu. As they foster its success through careful management, players can earn valuable in-game coins and even pique the interest of favourite Disney characters to stop by for a meal. The personal “My Room” retreat above the café offers another customisable opportunity with even more items and furniture.
For players looking for a dose of adventure, Disney Magical World features many exciting quests and unique collectibles. By collecting and using magic wands with different skill sets, players can battle through ghost-filled forests and dungeons. Players also can help various Disney characters retrieve missing hard-to-find items on these action-filled excursions.
With Disney Magical World players can connect with friends and showcase their creativity to one another. By connecting a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system via Local Play, they can check out the towns and cafés of friends and even exchange cherished items.
Adding to the adventure, a full world based on Pirates of the Caribbean can be purchased as add-on content from November 2014, where there will be new quests and characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow. You will also be able to take advantage of the Augmented Reality capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, with the distribution of Disney Magical World-specific AR cards. More details on these AR cards, and how you can get them will follow closer to the game’s release.
The fun-filled adventure begins on 25th October 2014 when Disney Magical World launches in Australia and New Zealand for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.
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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