Oct 24, 2014 / News

For the first time in the Smash Bros. series, eight players can join the mayhem at once

Nintendo has unleashed a deluge of information about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, launching in Australia and New Zealand on 6th December, including an eight-player mode, special offers for fans who get both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions and a variety of options and surprises exclusive to the Wii U version. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed video announcement named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50 Must-See Things, which is available to watch now via the Nintendo Direct website.

Some of the topics covered in the video include:

  • Eight-Player Mode: In a first for the series, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on special, larger stages to accommodate all the characters.**
  • amiibo Figures: Once a player touches an amiibo figure to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “Figure Player”. The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger as they gain experience through battling and are fed equipment by the player. Players can also have amiibo fight each other, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.
  • Online Multiplayer: This time it’s possible to team up locally with a friend to compete “With Anyone” online, amongst other options. In the future, players will be able to set up customised Tourneys and there will also be Official Tourneys. Voice Chat with Friends through the GamePad before and after battle, on the Fighter Selection and Results screens.
  • Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and, after a future update, share them with friends and other players around the world.
  • Controls: The Wii U version features more controller options than any other game in the series, such as the Nintendo GameCube Controller through the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, amongst others. In addition, players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS or 2DS systems to control the action on the TV screen in Smash Mode on the Wii U version.
  • Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labours. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters (including Mii Fighters) to the Wii U game, along with their customised equipment, costumes and hats.
  • Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who registers both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. on Club Nintendo during the promotional period will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games*.
  • Mewtwo: This veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in Autumn 2015 for anyone who registers both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game with Club Nintendo during the promotional period*.
  • Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more, including:
    • Smash Tour: A fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.Special Orders: In Master Orders, the more difficult the order from Master Hand you undertake, the higher your reward – but you only get to try once. In Crazy Orders, you pay to enter and battles get harder the longer you survive. Will you know when to stop and reap your rewards?
    • Special Smash Mode: Players can customise battles and play any way they like.Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
    • All-Star Mode: Unlike in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in reverse chronological order, and two players can battle through this mode together.
    • Event Mode: One or two players take on set character and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.


  • Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of selected characters’ greatest games.
  • Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages, with more variety, than any game in the series. There is now an expanded version of the original Battlefield stage named Big Battlefield. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby Super Star, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, features dual-plane battles with a foreground and background, and blast barrels that shoot players from front to back and vice versa. After launch, a new Miiverse stage will feature players’ posts from Miiverse, where posts will appear in-game to cheer on the fighters.
  • My Music: The game includes hundreds of songs and jingles that players can listen to, as well as settings to customise what music plays during gameplay. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.
  • Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star Mode, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all. Additionally, HD versions of the new fighter introduction videos are available to watch.
  • Ridley: Fans have been clamouring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while and now they’re getting their wish - but true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn the point for match results. If Ridley consumes the energy to the side of the ledges, he will become Meta Ridley - and all the more vicious!
  • Characters: The Wii U version offers players 40 characters plus Mii Fighters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.

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*Both games must be registered with Club Nintendo during the promotional period. Terms and conditions apply and will be posted to the Nintendo Australia website.

**Additional accessories required for multiplayer, sold separately.



Oct 23, 2014 / News

PlatinumGames’s Wii U masterpiece launches 25th October across Australia and New Zealand

Over the top. Breathtaking. Out of control. Stylish. Beautiful. Any of these words can be used to describe Bayonetta 2, which launches exclusively for Wii U on Saturday, and is developed by action-game maestro PlatinumGames. Fans of the original Bayonetta game know that the series stands out from almost any other video game series, delivering intense action, massive set pieces, gorgeous HD graphics and fluid, responsive controls. With Bayonetta 2, all this is dialled up, with the titular Bayonetta more powerful than ever, using wild new moves and weapons in single- and multiplayer to take down both angels and demons in a thrilling quest to save a friend from eternal damnation. Just another day in the life of the Umbra Witch herself.

With her magic-imbued hair, chic glasses and gun-toting high heels, Bayonetta is one of the most original characters in video games - and she doesn’t just sit back and wait to be rescued. In Bayonetta 2, players take control of this damsel-that-causes-distress to slash, shoot and guillotine through multiple chapters that find our heroine going head-to-head with a towering enemy while flying outside a skyscraper, taking down an ogre-sized angel on the back of a speeding train or confronting angelic foes while standing on the wing of a fighter jet; amongst other magnificent set pieces. By performing well in battles, players earn medals that reflect their performance, ranging from the room-for-improvement Stone to the perfect Pure Platinum medals.

For the first time in the series, players who want to take on battles with a friend can team up online with another player in Tag Climax. In this co-op mode, two players with a broadband internet connection can destroy legions of enemies together, playing as a variety of characters from the game. As players journey through the main story mode, they will unlock Verse Cards that can be used to unlock additional stages in Tag Climax, and the halos earned in Tag Climax can be used to buy new moves and weapons to bring into the next battle.

Both the original Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 games include in-game costumes that will be a treat for any Nintendo fan. Bayonetta can wear exclusive costumes modelled after fan-favourite Nintendo characters such as Princess Peach, Samus Aran and Link. These amazing outfits aren’t just for looks, as the game changes in fun and unexpected ways when Bayonetta dresses up. For example, whilst wearing the Princess Peach costume, Bayonetta summons Bowser’s paws instead of infernal demons. Donning the Samus Aran costume allows Bayonetta to use the Arm Cannon to blast away foes. Dressed as Link? Bayonetta wields the legendary Master Sword – and you may hear a familiar chime after a puzzle is solved.

IGN, 9.5 out of 10 –  “One of the most satisfying action games I've played.”

Game Spot, 10 out of 10 –  “Nothing short of astonishing.”

GameInformer, 9 out of 10 –  “No matter what you do…you look and feel awesome while doing it.”

If your appetite has now been whet for Bayonetta 2 ahead of her arrival on Saturday, you can try the free demo available on Nintendo eShop which allows you to try out a slice of the non-stop climax action.

At retail, the Special Edition will bundle the original Bayonetta game with the packaged version of Bayonetta 2 (SRP AU$79.95). Digital versions of Bayonetta 2 (AU$69.95/NZ$89.95) and Bayonetta (AU$49.95/NZ$69.95) can be purchased on Nintendo eShop at launch, and if both games are purchased, a special discount will be applied during the purchase process of the second game, making the total for both games AU$79.95/NZ$99.95.

Bayonetta 2 launches 25th October in Australia and New Zealand at retail and on Nintendo eShop.





Oct 21, 2014 / News

Discover new details on upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launching on 6th December

Nintendo has announced a new broadcast named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50 Must-See Things, which will provide new details on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U coming exclusively to Wii U on 6th December 2014 in Australia and New Zealand.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50 Must-See Things will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website at 9AM AEDT on 24th October.





Oct 16, 2014 / News

Compiled in one action-packed game, rapid-fire challenges from 16 of Nintendo’s finest NES-era titles are making their way to Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems on 8th November in the form of Ultimate NES Remix, releasing at retail and on Nintendo eShop.

Ultimate NES Remix is a mash-up of classic Nintendo games that have been literally remixed to offer short, time-based challenges with a twist. As a definitive compilation of titles from NES Remix and NES Remix 2, both available on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Ultimate NES Remix features challenges from the following games-

Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., Metroid, Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II – The Adventure of Link.

From beating Ridley from Metroid, to performing the unusual task of making Princess Peach save herself, even the most seasoned of retro gamers will be tested, not least in the game’s Championship Mode, where players will take on a series of score-based challenges from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario. For those looking to test their platforming reflexes in a unique new game mode, Speed Mario Bros. is a full version of the original Super Mario Bros., but presented at super-speed, requiring players to think fast when blazing a trail for the goal pole. Meanwhile, for dedicated players who earn 3 stars in all of the game’s challenges, the Japanese version of NES Remix, Famicom Remix, will be unlocked, allowing the games to be experienced in fresh new ways.

In order for players to showcase their achievements to others, Ultimate NES Remix online leaderboards will be available for every challenge and mode in the game, allowing players to see how their scores compare against fellow competitors around the world. To check out the skills of the top performers, the online leaderboards will also contain a feature to watch videos of successfully completed challenges – perfect for picking up some handy gaming tips from players at the top of the rankings!

Pit your gaming skills against all manner of retro-era challenges remixed for the modern day when Ultimate NES Remix releases in Australia and New Zealand on 8th November.






Oct 10, 2014 / News

Who’s ready for adventure? Captain Toad certainly is, but he’s not the only one when Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker releases for Wii U on 10th January, with pink-pigtailed Toadette introduced as a second playable character in portions of the upcoming game.


Unlike traditional video game heroes, Captain Toad and Toadette don’t have any special powers – these tiny heroes can’t even jump! Plus, they’re terrified of just about everything, but face their adventures head on. Armed with headlights and a can-do attitude, they must make their way through enemy-infested locales like Wild West shanties and Goomba waterparks. Each location is bursting with puzzles to solve and secrets to unearth.


These tiny heroes are on the hunt for the ultimate treasure, a coveted Power Star. At the beginning of their adventure, Wingo, a giant, greedy bird who makes life difficult for these timid treasure trackers, makes off with their only Power Star, and even whisks away Toadette! Players must then help Captain Toad retrieve the Power Star and Toadette in order to unlock her as a playable character, and ultimately, defeat Wingo. In the process, they’ll encounter more than 70 fun, puzzling stages while also collecting stars and gems.


Captain Toad and his puzzling levels first appeared in Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The levels were such a hit with fans that he and Toadette are now getting their own game. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is just another way Nintendo is expanding its universe of games with familiar characters facing fun new challenges.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be available at the suggested retail price of AU$59.95.

Let the treasure hunt commence on 10th January when Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker releases for Wii U.



Oct 9, 2014 / News

Get ready for the 25th October launch with the free demo and launch trailer

It’s time to try the witch’s pistol-shoes on for size, with a demo of Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 now available on Nintendo eShop*. Nintendo revealed the demo at the end of the brand new launch trailer that’s now available on YouTube. Bayonetta 2 is developed by PlatinumGames and launches in Australia and New Zealand on 25th October.




The demo kicks off the action atop a fighter jet over a city. Unleash the new Umbran Climax to pummel hordes of angelic enemies, or artfully dodge them to engage in Witch Time and experience the unique gameplay of Bayonetta 2.

At retail, the Special Edition will bundle the original Bayonetta game with the packaged version of Bayonetta 2 (SRP AU$79.95). Digital versions of Bayonetta 2 (AU$69.95/NZ$89.95) and Bayonetta (AU$49.95/NZ$69.95) can be purchased on Nintendo eShop at launch, and if both games are purchased, a special discount will be applied during the purchase process of the second game, making the total for both games AU$79.95/NZ$99.95.

Bayonetta 2 launches 25th October in Australia and New Zealand at retail and on Nintendo eShop.


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Oct 7, 2014 / News

Season of Smash continues on 6th December with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and two waves  of amiibo on 29th November and 12th December

Strong launches in Australia and New Zealand, the Americas and Europe* have propelled the cumulative sales total for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to more than 2.8 million  worldwide. This first-ever portable instalment of the game has resonated with fans and critics alike, and its initial sales set Nintendo up for a strong Christmas season.

The “Season of Smash” is set for another boost as Nintendo today lifts the lid on the release date for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with the fighting series’ first foray into HD landing in stores on 6th December. The first wave of Nintendo’s interactive amiibo figures will launch a week earlier, on 29th November. Twelve iconic Nintendo characters will be included in the first round, with six more figures set to launch with the second wave on 12th December (SRP AU$17.95).

Fans will be able to purchase the standalone Super Smash Bros. for Wii U software at retail or from Nintendo eShop (SRP AU$79.95), from 6th December:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U + GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U (SRP AU$89.95) - Ideal for fans who grew up playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube system, this limited edition set features a copy of the game as well as the adapter that lets fans connect up to four Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers to a Wii U console.

Also available from 6th December will be a standalone black Nintendo GameCube Controller – Super Smash Bros. Edition (SRP AU$49.95). The standalone GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U will be available for purchase direct from Nintendo Customer Service.

Additionally, the previously announced first wave of amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category of interactive figures, is coming to shops on 29th November. The first wave is comprised of the following 12 amiibo: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth.



Today Nintendo announces the second wave of amiibo coming to shops on 12th December in Australia and New Zealand, including the following characters: Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon.



Each amiibo uses NFC technology to interact with compatible games in unique new ways, providing fresh gameplay experiences and a great value for consumers. Players simply need to tap them to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad to activate them, and some figures offer compatibility across multiple games – no additional equipment is required. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love. More amiibo will be launched throughout 2015. 

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will support amiibo from launch on 6th December, while other titles for which future amiibo support is planned include Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U, with more to come. A software update may be necessary to use amiibo functionality for these and other amiibo compatible games in the future.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches on 6th December at retail or digitally from Nintendo eShop. The first wave of amiibo will be available from shops from 29th November, with the second wave of amiibo figures set to land in shops on 12th December.

Note: Existing Nintendo 3DS systems will be compatible with amiibo functionality using a peripheral device (sold separately), scheduled to launch in 2015.


* Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launched on 13th September in Japan, 3rd October in Europe and the Americas, and 4th October in Australia. Cumulative sales reflect life-to-date totals in each of those regions. Data from Europe primarily covers Friday 3rd October to 4th October, as the great majority of retail outlets are closed on Sundays across Europe. All sales figures are Nintendo estimates for both digital downloads of games and physical sales.



Oct 7, 2014 / News

Personalise your portable with today’s system update

Nintendo has released a system update for Nintendo 3DS that will add new functionality to the handheld system.

As part of today’s system update, a new Theme Shop has been added to the HOME Menu that unveils themes for Nintendo 3DS. Themes allow Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners to personalise their systems by changing the menu background, icons and folders, and music and sound effects.


In addition to five simple colour themes provided with the update, a launch line-up of other themes are available for purchase now from the all-new Theme Shop*. These include eye-catching designs for the likes of Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi, while for Zelda fans a design showing the parallel worlds of Hyrule and Lorule from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds also features**. As a heads-up for budding town mayors in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, designs paying tribute to that game are set to release at the end of October as part of a weekly updated line-up.

* Wireless broadband Internet access required.

**Completely Mario, Completely Luigi, Completely Peach, Completely Yoshi and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: Two Worlds are priced at AU$2.60/NZ$3.40 each





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