Important information for Wii and Nintendo DS family system owners
As of May 20th, 2014, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will be discontinued and it will no longer be possible to use online features of Nintendo DS/DSi and Wii software such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards.
For a full list of which Nintendo-published games are affected, please visit our Support section.
The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will not be affected however, and will continue to be accessible after May 20th.
Feb 27, 2014 / News
The Nintendo Video service for Nintendo 3DS, which has been offering free 3D videos since July 2011 will be discontinued in Australia and New Zealand on Monday March 31st 2014.
Thank you for your patronage of this service.
Feb 14, 2014 / News
Nintendo Direct also announces launch dates for anticipated Nintendo 3DS titles such as Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, plus immediate release of Steel Diver: Sub Wars
This Nintendo Direct put a spotlight on a selection of upcoming titles for Wii U owners. From 31st May, start your engines when Mario Kart 8 brings the family-favourite franchise to Wii U - this time with Bowser’s minions on board as drivers! Today’s broadcast also delivered new footage of anticipated Wii U titles such as Bayonetta 2 by PlatinumGames, as well as the new game in development by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC. Additional surprises on show were the announcement of NES Remix 2, bringing new retro challenges and a Luigi-themed spin on a cherished classic to Nintendo eShop, plus the reveal of Little Mac from the Punch Out!! series as a playable character in both Super Smash Bros for Wii U as well as its handheld sibling.
In addition to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will continue to bolster its broad software line-up into 2014 with titles for all tastes and ages. Both Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe are set to tee off in May, while Yoshi is getting his own Nintendo 3DS XL Yoshi Special Edition* console to accompany the launch of Yoshi’s New Island on 15th March.
Over on Nintendo eShop, underwater warfare has arrived in the shape of Steel Diver: Sub Wars, now available as a free download, while a different type of battle will take place in Pokémon Link: Battle!, available as a downloadable title from 14th March.
With more details on Game Boy Advance titles launching from April on Wii U Virtual Console, as well as star appearances by Donkey Kong, Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright all part of today’s broadcast, the year 2014 is set to offer a host of memorable gameplay experiences for owners of Nintendo systems. Today’s Nintendo Direct can be viewed in its entirety at:
Highlights from today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast included:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
*Please note that the Yoshi’s New Island software is not included.
**Depending on the Wii U hardware pack you own and your use of it, an additional storage device may
Feb 13, 2014 / News
Join Mr Iwata and Mr Shibata for news focusing on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles releasing by the end of autumn 2014
Nintendo has today announced that its first Nintendo Direct broadcast of 2014 will air tomorrow, with a focus on revealing more details on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles releasing by the end of autumn 2014. The broadcast will be hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata.
The broadcast will be streamed in Europe on 13th February at 11pm CET. In Australia and New Zealand, check out the Nintendo Direct website on 14th February at 9am AEDT.
Feb 7, 2014 / News
Team Donkey Kong up with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong or Cranky Kong and fight the frost playing solo or with a friend
Donkey Kong and his D.K. Crew are back for another wild platform adventure in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, launching exclusively on Wii U on 22nd February 2014. This frosty jungle caper features colourful HD graphics bringing vibrant detail both to the big ape’s fur as well as the lush, dynamic scenery, paired with a chest-thumping soundtrack composed by the celebrated David Wise.
This time around, the Kongs have their island home invaded by the Snowmads: new cold-hearted foes who arrive on longships and, with a toot of a magical horn, turn the tropical paradise into their frozen fortress. To make matters worse, when the arctic cyclone sweeps over Donkey Kong Island, the Kongs are blown far away and must begin an epic journey spanning six differently-themed islands, to reclaim their banana hoard and thaw out their home. On each island, a multitude of fierce and frantic levels await that throw Rambi rides, underwater antics, epic boss battles and secret exits across your path. On many occasions, the new dynamic camera twists the action in a way never seen before, lending a more cinematic point of view to frenzies of Barrel Cannon blasts and Mine Carts careering off the rails.
In good Donkey Kong Country series tradition, DK can team up with a buddy on his back to gain extra abilities – and this time, there’s no less than three to choose from! The ever dependable Diddy Kong returns armed with his Peanut Popgun and Barrel Jet move to hover over deadly gaps. Also returning to the series is Dixie Kong with her Gumball Popgun, who whips up her blonde locks in the Helicopter Spin move to gain extra air in jumps. For the first time ever in the series, Cranky Kong joins the playable cast of characters. Armed with his trusty walking stick, he can help Donkey Kong traverse spikey terrain using the Cane Bounce move. When playing solo, seek out the most suitable buddy to discover the game’s many secrets – or team up with a friend who can take control of a sidekick of choice.
What’s more, each partnership offers a new combined attack called the Kong POW: collect 100 bananas to obliterate all on-screen enemies and turn them into useful items. What kind of items? That depends on your partner! For instance with Cranky Kong, all enemies turn into valuable Banana Coins which can be used in the shop that Funky Kong is running. Pop into Funky's Fly 'n' Buy to purchase a range of helpful items to aid in the adventure, such as new Crash Guards that protect you from damage when in a Mine Cart, or enjoy collecting figures from the brand new Capsule Toy Machine.
Your mad ape skills won’t go unnoticed if you feel like showing off, as the brand new Time Attack mode offers expert players worldwide online Leaderboards, with the possibility to share replays of your platform-hopping performances with other players. Learn tricks that could make you the fastest in the world and climb up those Leaderboards! Also, if you’re skilled enough, you may be able to unlock Hard Mode, where you are limited to one Kong only and have only one heart to make it through each level.
Team up with the Kongs in HD and use your platform-hopping skills to thaw out their tropical paradise, as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings onto Wii U exclusively on 22nd February 2014, available as a download from Nintendo eShop, or at retail as a packaged version.
Join two quintessential gentlemen in action on 29th March for an epic adventure – from London to the mysterious city of Labyrinthia
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the world of a legendary academic and puzzle sleuth is set to collide with that of a hot-shot, justice loving attorney from 29th March when Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Whether in the heat of a court case, or out on the streets of London or the mystical medieval city of Labyrinthia, prepare to witness two great minds come face to face with magic, witchcraft, and all manner of contradictions to get to the bottom of!
If you are new to either the Professor Layton or Ace Attorney series, this first crossover adventure for the pair combines the investigative and puzzle-solving game elements of Layton with the intense courtroom-based action of a Phoenix Wright title. Both characters are famed for their quick wits and powers of unearthing the truth, and in this joint outing will need to work together to leave no puzzle or court trial unsolved.
The scene is set in Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney when through independent circumstances both Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright – with their respective partners Luke Triton and Maya Fey in tow – cross paths in London with a mysterious woman, Espella Cantabella and subsequently find themselves spirited away to Labyrinthia, a world overseen by the shadowy figure of the Storyteller. This literary master of Labyrinthia has a gift for foreseeing the future, and with every prophecy penned is a tale destined to become reality. Aside from dispelling the people of Labyrinthia’s suspicions of foreign visitors, once Layton and Wright get acquainted and both remember their calling they must begin unravelling the unusual events of the city and save Espella from being condemned as a witch.
With the two quintessential gentlemen working in tandem, during court trials Phoenix Wright is able to use Hint Coins – a staple of the Professor Layton series – in order to narrow down options when presenting evidence, or provide helpful hints when cross-examining witnesses. After all, in the Witch Trials of Labyrinthia multiple witnesses to a crime can take to the stand, meaning Wright will need to be on guard to press any witness who is looking suspicious when another testimony is being given. Don’t be surprised in addition to see Layton stepping up to raise an objection, both on the side of the defence and the prosecution…
For those who finish the main story, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will offer Bonuses including exclusive artwork and music from the game. Make sure that throughout the course of your adventure in London and Labyrinthia you collect as many Picarats as possible – the higher the Picarat score you have at the end of the game, the more content will be unlocked. Once more for fans who complete the main story, free extra content can also be unlocked* gradually, with treats for fans such as twelve short new episodes for the game, and galleries featuring over sixty illustrations with comments from the development team on how they brought the two legendary gentlemen together for this unique adventure.
Two titans of law and order unite on 29th March when Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney launches in Australia and New Zealand for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Get your thinking cap on when facing all-new puzzles from the perspectives of both Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, and witness the law-enforcing pair battle side by side in the courtroom to secure justice and unravel the enigma that is the mysterious medieval city of Labyrinthia.
* Internet connection required for downloadable content.
Feb 5, 2014 / News
Sorry to keep you waiting! If you download and use the Pokémon Bank application before 14th March 2014 you can get a complimentary 30-day trial pass that lets you experience the service at no charge. For all the details, please visit: http://www.pokemonbank.com/en-au/
Pokémon Bank is an application and service for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that allows you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet!
Pokémon Bank is a powerful resource for players who like to obtain many different kinds of Pokémon, or for those who like to raise many Pokémon in preparation for battles and competitions!
Jan 24, 2014 / News
Embark on a magical journey with Baby Mario and the Yoshi clan in a quest to find Baby Luigi!
An enchanting adventure featuring ground pounds, flutter jumps, and countless enemies to devour and turn into eggs awaits when Yoshi’s New Island, the latest instalment in the Yoshi platform series, launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 15th March 2014. Rendered in a variety of art styles that illustrate the fairytale charm of the Yoshi universe, Yoshi’s New Island invites you to gobble up or stomp on enemies big and small in a bid to help safely reunite Baby Mario with his brother!
The tale of Yoshi’s New Island is a sequel to the Super Nintendo title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, and is set in a new location, Egg Island. In this new chapter in the series, Baby Luigi has been whisked away once again, leaving it up to the Yoshi clan to keep Baby Mario out of harm’s way and embark on a mission of discovery.
Yoshi fans who wish to book their Egg Island adventure by pre-ordering a copy of Yoshi’s New Island before the game’s launch can receive an added ‘egg-stra’ exclusive to EB Games stores in the form of a handy Yoshi Egg Game Case - the perfect carrier with which to store copies of your favourite Nintendo 3DS games or another cherished small item.
Whether you have followed Yoshi-dedicated games since the days of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, or are new to egg-throwing escapades of the Yoshi clan, set out on a magical journey when Yoshi’s New Island releases exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 15th March.
Jan 14, 2014 / News
Registration for the SUPER MARIO 3D LAND Welcome Promotion is now closed. Participants are reminded that the deadline to claim your download code is 14th February 2014 (9:59am AEDT). The deadline to redeem the code and download your game from Nintendo eShop to any Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system is 14th March 2014 (9:59am AEDT).
For more information, including instructions on how to claim your download from Nintendo eShop, please visit the official website - http://www.nintendo.com.au/super-mario-3d-land-welcome-promotion
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