On-demand streaming service Netflix will be hopping down under and on to the Wii U in late March. Nintendo of Australia and New Zealand announced the news to fans via Twitter earlier today. As part of Netflix’s plans to expand their online services into new regions, those living in Australia and New Zealand will be able to sign up from March 24. New customers will have a choice of three levels of service, including single-stream definition, two-stream HD, and a four-stream ultra HD plan. As of yet, a certified price structure has not been revealed.
Netflix originally launched on the Nintendo Wii back in 2010, which needed a streaming disc to activate the app. It launched later in 2012 for the Wii U in both North America and Europe, and has since offered its Super HD service to users in the US. The company also plans to expand its streaming services to Japan in late 2015. Unfortunately, we’ve still yet to hear solid information on the rumoured live-action Legend of Zelda TV series from Netflix.
Yacht Club Games has informed fans of the impressive and vastly successful Shovel Knight that it will be nearing an Australian and European release very soon. According to the developer’s recent blog update, the Wii U and 3DS versions have completed the final testing stages and are almost ready to hit Nintendo platforms overseas.
Fans of the valiant Knight in North America have been able to ready their sword for battle since late June, while bug and patch fixes has kept Yacht Club Games working at full speed in order to deliver a top-notch game. The developer says as long as “no unforeseen issues arise”, they’ll be able to provide a firm release date for European and Australian fans in the near future.
“Final Testing has drawn to a close! We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door! If no unforeseen issues arise, then a solid release date will be coming into focus soon!”
Yesterday the Australian Classification Board rated the long-awaited Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2. We know the game is coming this summer in Japan, but news of a release elsewhere has been extremely quiet. Hopefully this means we will get a western release date for Platinum Games next title at E3 next month.
Nintendo Australia announces that within the first weekend of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y hitting shelves 12th October 2013, combined sales exceeded 100,000 units – smashing all previous records for a Nintendo game in Australia and New Zealand. The previous Pokémon release of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version sold a combined total of more than 80,000 units in its first week of sales, and the combined sales of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y exceeded this in the first day alone.
The demand for these highly anticipated titles has meant that some retailers in Australia and New Zealand have been faced with an out-of-stock situation. Nintendo Australia is ensuring that additional stock will be available from this week to ensure consumers are able to begin their adventure as soon as possible. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are also available on Nintendo eShop, where consumers can download exciting Nintendo 3DS download software, Virtual Console and Nintendo DSiWare titles directly to their system.
EB Games Australia is selling a select few Nintendo 3DS games at a significant discount. Among the games on sale are lauded titles such as Kid Icarus Uprising 3D and Star Fox 64 3D, which both retail for $69 and are now being sold for a mere $28 a piece. Other titles include:
- Mystery Murders Jack The Ripper
- Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure
- Disney Princess: My FairyTale Adventure
- LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey
- Pokemon Rumble Blast
- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
- Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park Limited Edition
As gaming software can be incredibly expensive for Australians, this could be your chance to pick up some quality 3DS games for a cheap price. To see a full list of 3DS games currently on sale, click here.
Australia is getting Nintendo’s budget series of Wii games, Nintendo Selects, a full two years after they were released in North America. Despite the fact that the games retail for only $19.99 in the States, regularly-priced Wii games typically sell for $89-$99 Down Under, meaning that these “budget” Selects titles will still be priced at a rather high $49.95. The list of games to be sold under the Nintendo Selects brand in Australia will include Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Wii Sports + Sports Resort, both on one disc. They will join a few additional titles recently announced in Europe for the series. Nintendo Selects titles will all be available in Australia beginning November 7th.
Roy Morgan, the largest independent research company in Australia, has published its latest survey to find out which consoles Australian gamers are looking to purchase. The comprehensive survey states that 600,000 are looking to purchase a PlayStation 4 and 325,000 looking to purchase Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Just 1% of console owners have their sights set on a Nintendo Wii U.
“As we approach the launch of the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, it’s clear that the marketing focus of each brand and console differ dramatically. Sony continue to target heavy gamers with the PlayStation 4, promising higher graphics performance and a range of new titles. Microsoft appear to be promoting the Xbox One as a multi-dimensional home entertainment device.”
“Besides the obvious benefit of being slightly cheaper than its competitor, PlayStation 4 has probably inspired more intent to purchase because it appeals to committed gamers, a group that tends to adopt and upgrade technology earlier than the more mainstream market that Microsoft are targeting with Xbox One.”
“Those intending to buy the Sony PlayStation 4 are more likely to be buying the console for themselves, whereas those planning to buy the Xbox One are more likely to want to share it or purchase it for someone else.”