Thousands of New Players Spawn Every Day
Melbourne, Australia – Nintendo has hauled up its nets, counted its catch and crossed another milestone. Physical and digital unit sales of Splatoon, the new squid-based game for Nintendo’s Wii U home console, have crossed 1 million worldwide, according to Nintendo’s internal figures. That figure includes more than 476,000 sold in the Americas, more than 368,000 units sold in Japan, more than 230,000 units sold in Europe and more than 20,000 sold in Australia and New Zealand.
"Since Splatoon launched across Australia and New Zealand on May 30, it has been great to see so many players competing in the ink battles", said Nintendo Australia’s Managing Director Tom Enoki. "With the school holidays approaching, the retail Toy and Mid-year sales provide families a great opportunity to join the fun and enjoy Splatoon with the Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack and amiibo Splatoon Triple Pack."
Splatoon multiplayer* pits teams of four online players against one another as they try to splatter a majority of the playing area with their team’s colourful ink. Players can transform into squids and swim through pools of their own ink to move faster or maneuver up walls to access hard-to-reach areas.
*Note that broadband Internet access is required for online play.
Jun 17, 2015 / News
Play levels designed by others or create your own in Super Mario Maker for Wii U
This year Mario reaches an impressive milestone in video gaming: 30 years as a leading man in Nintendo’s timeless Super Mario Bros. series. At E3, Nintendo celebrates Mario’s longevity with a new instalment in the series called Super Mario Maker, one of many games at the show that transforms familiar characters and their games with unique new looks, styles and gameplay features. Players will see new instalments of beloved series like Star Fox, Yoshi, Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi, Xenoblade and Metroid, and enjoy the reimagining of Bowser and Donkey Kong as Skylanders figures that also have amiibo functionality with compatible Nintendo games.
During the Nintendo Digital Event video on the opening day of E3 2015 in Los Angeles, Nintendo announced games launching in the near future, with a focus on what fans can enjoy in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. To view the Nintendo Digital Event in its entirety, visit http://e3.nintendo.com. Nintendo will continue to share information on future games and initiatives in the months ahead.
Here’s a round-up of some of the news and games Nintendo is showing this week:
At the show, select Nindie developers will be featuring exclusive content and reveals on Nintendo Treehouse: Live programming throughout the week of E3. Titles include Runbow (13AM Games), FAST Racing Neo (Shin’en) and Typoman (Headup Games and Brainseed Factory) for Wii U, SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for Nintendo 3DS, and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid) for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
For details about these games and other Nintendo activities during E3 2015, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.
To ease the wait for fans anticipating the upcoming games, Nintendo eShop is hosting a big sale for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Players can get up to 30 percent off select games related to some of the top series being featured at the show, including Mario & Luigi, The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox. The sale runs from now until 22nd June.
Please note: some information in the Nintendo Digital Presentation and on the official E3 website may not be relevant to Australia and New Zealand. Please reference this press release for local information.
Jun 12, 2015 / News
During the E3 2015 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo will be offering up a host of ways for fans in Australia and New Zealand to follow the action. From a series of Nintendo Treehouse: Live instalments, to the Nintendo Digital Event, the following play-by-play reference guide details Nintendo’s live E3 coverage:
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U – New Content Approaching:
Tune in to a special video presentation hosted by Masahiro Sakurai on Monday 15th June at 00:40 AEST (Sunday 14th June at 16:40 CEST in Europe).
Check out the Super Smash Bros. website for details: http://www.smashbros.com/en-au/
Nintendo World Championships 2015 Pre-Show:
A special instalment of Nintendo Treehouse: Live will preview all the action of the Nintendo World Championships 2015. The show runs approximately from 07:35 – 08:00 AEST on Monday 15th June and can be viewed via the E3 website - http://e3.nintendo.com.
Nintendo World Championships 2015:
For the first time in 25 years, a Nintendo World Champion will rise. Eight winners from regional qualifying events around the U.S. will meet eight invited competitors at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition, but only one will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Watch the main event between 08:00 – 11:30 AEST on Monday 15th June via http://e3.nintendo.com.
Nintendo Digital Event:
Get Nintendo news about upcoming games and experiences straight from the source via the Nintendo Digital Event video presentation. Tune in to http://e3.nintendo.com 02:00 AEST on Wednesday 17th June for the live coverage (09:00 local time on Tuesday 16th June in Los Angeles).
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3:
Game experts from Nintendo’s Treehouse will deliver in-depth coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. Watch live gameplay and interviews with developers in this interactive show that kicks off immediately following the Nintendo Digital Event - scheduled to run at the following times:
Jun 10, 2015 / News
Limited quantities of Mario – Gold Edition amiibo are set to arrive in stores in Australia from 25th June. The figure – exclusive to Target Australia – will have a suggested retail price of AU$17.95 and will be available online and in the video game section in Target stores. Mario – Gold Edition amiibo is strictly limited to one per customer with no pre-orders available and while stocks last.
As with the other Mario amiibo figures that have already launched, Mario – Gold Edition amiibo will work with all games that are compatible with Mario amiibo. For more information on amiibo, please visit: http://amiibo.nintendo.com.au
For more information, please visit the Target website: http://www.target.com.au/
Jun 10, 2015 / News
The iconic ‘blue blur,’ Sonic the Hedgehog, will be racing once again in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, scheduled to release exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in Australia and New Zealand this summer. The game introduces more adventure, speed, exploration, and an all-new fire and ice gameplay element that will help propel the action. The game will also feature the triumphant return of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks.
Developed by Sanzaru Games Inc., Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a single player game with collaborative gameplay components that shares key characters, events, and lore of the Sonic Boom universe. Players will see Sonic and his friends in familiar settings as they embark on a brand new adventure to battle Dr. Eggman as well as an all-new super villain, D-Fekt. The team’s adventures will bring them to locations both familiar and new as they explore, race and protect their world.
To create an entirely new experience, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will infuse fire and ice elements throughout gameplay, enabling new abilities to play out in special character moves and interactions with environments. The new title also delivers gameplay that enables players to run through the game at top speed, or take their time with deeper exploration and puzzle play.
New to the title is the introduction of Bot Racing, a supplemental game tied to the single player story with multiplayer gameplay. The new Bot Racing feature is an extension of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice that is purely about racing and speed, where a user will unlock character themed Bots to challenge friends on fast courses or tracks.
Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991, and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers. Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles, Sonic has become a true global phenomenon with over 140 million videogames sold or downloaded worldwide across consoles, PC’s, mobile phones and tablets. SEGA’s iconic blue blur has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will be available in Australia and New Zealand this summer.
The future releases of both Bravely Second End Layer and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games among today’s announcements
During a short broadcast - a Nintendo Direct Micro - made by Nintendo of America last night, new game details and updates were delivered for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, including anticipated new releases coming both this year and in 2016.
To catch the full presentation in all its miniature glory, the Nintendo Direct Micro can be viewed now via Nintendo of America’s website. However, this is how today’s key announcements will impact Nintendo fans in Australia and New Zealand:
Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Jun 2, 2015 / News
A range of amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection will soon be replenished in store in Australia and New Zealand.
Some of the amiibo to be restocked include Villager, Bowser, Ness, Little Mac, Mega Man, Robin, Lucina, Captain Falcon, Charizard and Wii Fit Trainer.
Please check with your retailer for availability.
With an extensive range of art materials and tools to choose from, anyone can become an artist with easy-to-follow lessons that teach you how to draw and paint
From 4th July, with Art Academy: Atelier the Wii U GamePad transforms into an artist’s canvas full of possibilities. The latest instalment in the popular educational software series offers 30 comprehensive lessons under the tutelage of a friendly master named Vince who takes you by the hand and offers information on concepts, theory and techniques. Artworks can be created from a wide variety of materials and tools, including charcoal for the first time in the series. The user can import and export images using an SD card, share their works via Miiverse, display them in a virtual in-game gallery and, in another first for the Art Academy series, upload time-lapse videos of their works being created to YouTube.
The Art Academy titles teach people drawing and painting skills on a touch screen that transfer to the real world - just follow the easy steps and create stunning masterpieces you might never have believed possible. Following the release of Wii U Download Software Art Academy: SketchPad – which offered budding artists a taster of the full experience – this new instalment offers a fully comprehensive drawing and painting package, with the stylus once again acting as your art material or tool and the Wii U GamePad touch screen as your canvas. By utilising the touch screen’s large surface as well as the ability to zoom in on specific areas of the touch screen, you can create highly detailed works. Gain inspiration from some of the artworks already created and shared by some Wii U users in the Art Academy: SketchPad Community on Miiverse.
Art Academy: Atelier offers a fun and interactive course of study called Lessons Mode where you follow step-by-step tutorials to learn drawing and painting techniques. The techniques handed down from your master Vince are categorised into groups called Beginner, Advanced and - a new category for Art Academy: Atelier - Tools, with the Lessons in each category increasing in complexity as you progress. By completing Lessons, you will become familiar with the reasoning behind the techniques and learn more about the masters of the craft. Of course the software can also be used to draw or paint freely thanks to the wide variety of available materials and tools.
Whether you have created fun doodles, work-in-progress artworks or finished masterpieces, you can show off your creative process by uploading a time-lapse video of the creation of your artworks to YouTube. Whether you set it to one, two or five minutes in length, the time-lapse video shows the process of creation from the first brush stroke to the last. You can also save your creations to an SD card to view on a computer, as well as view your work in a virtual Gallery. The Gallery also includes the Family Wall, where all household members linked to the same Wii U console can contribute their artistic touch to the same canvas.
You can share your creations via Miiverse, Nintendo’s network service that brings together like-minded communities from all over the world. Artwork created by others is sorted using predefined tags for easy searches and can be viewed without leaving the software. It can also be saved to the software or to an SD card for future use as a reference for your own work. What’s more it’s just a single button press away to access the Art Academy: Atelier Community online.
Art Academy: Atelier launches exclusively for Wii U on 4th July, offering a fun yet thorough course of study, a wide variety of materials from which to create, as well as multiple options for budding artists to share their works. Wii U owners who already purchased Art Academy: SketchPad from Nintendo eShop can upgrade to Art Academy: Atelier for a reduced price if they purchase it from Nintendo eShop.*
*Offer price: AU$44.75/NZ$63.15, regular price: AU$49.95/NZ$69.95. Art Academy: SketchPad must have been downloaded from Nintendo eShop on the same Wii U before the purchase of Art Academy: Atelier.
May 22, 2015 / News
Latest Chapter in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Series Coming to the Nintendo 3DS
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today the upcoming release of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the latest instalment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be available in Australia and New Zealand in early 2016.
Players can look forward to even greater, randomly created dungeons that change each time they enter. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, players will battle alongside Legendary and Mythical Pokémon to save the world in a sweeping tale of adventure and mystery.
May 22, 2015 / News
Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow pit hero Arion Sherwind against a shadowy organisation intent on controlling football!
Since its debut, the Inazuma Eleven franchise has gained recognition both as a game and an anime series in Japan and in Europe, with the franchise shipping more than 7 million games worldwide, making Inazuma Eleven one of the most popular cross-media titles from LEVEL-5 – best known for the critically acclaimed Professor Layton series and Ni No Kuni.
After kicking goals overseas, the renowned soccer RPG series Inazuma Eleven is set to arrive on the shores of Australia and New Zealand for the first time at retail, and it’s up to a class of aspiring superstars to take to the pitch, go for glory and write the school of Raimon Junior High into the football history books, when Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow both launch for Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 18th July.
The storyline of Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow kick off with the tale of the young but talented Arion Sherwind as he begins his football career during hard times for Raimon Junior High. While Sherwind’s initial goal is simply to break into a formidable first team captained by the virtuoso player, Riccardo Di Rigo, bigger problems soon come to pass when the whole team is threatened with closure on the orders of Fifth Sector, a shadowy football governing body intent on controlling the ‘beautiful game’.
Offering a unique formula of RPG elements combined with football-based action, encounter over 1000 players to recruit for your starting line-up and discover over 100 in-game special moves to unleash, with certain characters and special moves exclusive to each version of the game. As well as presenting intriguing alternative storylines, each game offers exclusive Fighting Spirits which can be used by key characters, enabling players such as Arion Sherwind to summon a powerful force that can provide a skill boost or unique new Special Move.
As the story progresses, while new players can join your roster after victories on the field, players can also be recruited using PalPack cards, which can be obtained in-game and allow certain characters to be unlocked once specific conditions in-game are met. Alternatively, new characters, special moves and Fighting Spirits will also be available to receive via the internet from launch. With further game features such as Local Play functionality allowing up to four players to compete together, and StreetPass Challenges which allow fellow players to exchange information and take on each other’s teams, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get to know your strongest line-up!
While the unique soccer motif is the heart of the Inazuma Eleven series, the games also deliver on amazing role-playing game play. From the exciting and original story to the colourful characters, Inazuma Eleven has established a large and devoted global fan base of children and adults alike.
Discover the power of Fighting Spirits, get to bottom of a sinister plot by the shadowy Fifth Sector, and uphold the glorious football heritage of Raimon Junior High when Inazuma Eleven GO: Light and Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow both launch for Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 18th July.
From 20th June, create and personalise your farm exactly how you please as you help the Harvest Goddess restore the seasons
An exciting new life where you take care of animals, nurture flowers and crops, and make new friends awaits in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, releasing on 20th June for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Choose whether to play as a girl or boy, then get ready to shape the land to create your very own personalised farm. Fulfil the requests of visiting townsfolk, befriend them and even get married, all as part of a quest to restore the four seasons back to normal.
While exploring the mountains high above the Lost Valley one day, you become caught in a sudden snowstorm and find shelter with the help of a faint voice. When the storm lifts you find and help a kindly Harvest Sprite buried under the snow, who tells you all of the seasons in the valley have vanished except for winter. To return all four seasons to the Lost Valley you’ll need to farm the land with the help of the villagers, the Harvest Sprites, and even the Harvest Goddess.
In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley you can experience the freedom to create your own farm your own way, by moulding and shaping the land in a fully 3D environment. Dig down into the ground to create caves or stack the earth high to form mountains. Create fishing ponds and crop fields, and build roads and bridges to reach and explore new areas. Context-sensitive controls help streamline the action so that shaping your own world has never been so easy. Simply approach an object or area in-game and choose to perform an action like sowing seeds, picking flowers, or fishing.
Throughout your farming adventure a wide variety of animals becomes available to nurture, including cows for milking, sheep for their wool and chickens that lay eggs to sell. Tend to your livestock everyday by stroking and brushing the animals, keeping them comfortable, well-fed and happy, and they will provide you with better quality produce to sell.
As well as the daily care of your farm you will also meet and befriend local townsfolk who will offer you quests and useful items to purchase. Among the cute cast of characters you’ll also encounter bachelors and bachelorettes who you may even end up calling your husband or wife.
Offering a world you can shape your own way and the joy of seeing your crops and animals grow and blossom as you care for them, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is available in stores and from Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS from 20th June.
May 14, 2015 / News
Two new amiibo are coming to Australia and New Zealand, with Mario – Silver Edition amiibo and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo set to arrive in the coming months in limited quantities. Mario – Silver Edition amiibo will be available exclusive to EB Games launching 30th May, and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo will be exclusive to Target stores with more details to be announced soon – both figures will have a suggested retail price of AU$17.95.
As with the other Mario amiibo figures that have already launched, the Mario - Silver Edition amiibo and Mario – Gold Edition amiibo figures will work with all games that are compatible with Mario amiibo. For more information on amiibo, please visit: amiibo.nintendo.com.au
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to be available in a new bundle offer featuring a New Nintendo 3DS console, exclusive Cover Plates and an amiibo figure
With over 6.75 Million units sold worldwide, now is the perfect time to see what all the fun is about, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS coming bundled with exclusive limited edition Cover Plates, amiibo figure* and New Nintendo 3DS console** in a great-value special bundle available at EB Games (AU/NZ) and JB Hi-Fi (AU) stores while stocks last. Available from 21st May, this package gives fans the chance to enjoy all the fast-paced action of the first portable entry in the renowned series on their brand-new New Nintendo 3DS console, complete with limited edition Super Smash Bros. themed Cover Plates available exclusively with this offer. The bundle offer also includes an amiibo figure that you can use to train and battle as a Figure Player in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, with additional functionality in compatible software.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS lets up to four players battle each other locally or online using some of gaming’s most iconic characters. Compete with veteran and first-time characters such as Mario, Link, Samus, Sonic, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Little Mac and even your own Mii Character. New to the series is Smash Run, a 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.
May 14, 2015 / News
Nintendo World Championships Headline Nintendo’s Expanded Line-up at E3 2015
The E3 2015 video game trade show takes place June 16 - 19 in Los Angeles, and Nintendo of America’s main events taking place during E3 include:
Nintendo Digital Event
Once again Nintendo will deliver its main news via an online video programme. The Nintendo Digital Event will start at 2am AEST on Wednesday, 17th June (9am PDT in Los Angeles on 16th June). Viewers across the globe will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems. More details on how fans in Australia and New Zealand can watch the Nintendo Digital Event will be made available soon.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2015 is ready to bring fans even more in-depth coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. The unscripted action, delivered by the gaming experts in the Nintendo Treehouse and various game developers, will be live streamed. More information about the specific times will be announced closer to E3.
Nintendo World Championships 2015
Nintendo of America will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from regional events across the USA, plus competitors invited by Nintendo of America, will meet on June 14th, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. In the end, one player will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend the tournament, while others at home in Australia and New Zealand can watch online.
Keep an eye on Nintendo’s social media channels and websites, as more information about Nintendo events during E3 will be announced shortly!