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.”
Game & Wario will be released outside Japan in June. The party game arrives on the 23rd of that month in North America, the 28th in Europe, and the 29th in Australia. Game & Wario features 16 mini-games – all of which are played using the Wii U GamePad – and it will be available for purchase at both retail and the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Fire Emblem Awakening has arrived in Europe and Australia at both retail and the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. In the strategy role-playing game, players assume the role of a tactician to aid a prince named Chrom, who is also a leader of a militia known as the Shepherds. To help you decide on whether you should purchase the game, check out our Fire Emblem Awakening review, or download its free demo from the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo of Australia and Japan has announced they will be terminating a select number of online services from June 28 for the Wii. Following suit, North America and Europe has since confirmed they will be closing down the channels listed here. The full statement from Nintendo can be found below:
We at Nintendo sincerely thank you for your continued patronage of our company’s products. We would like to inform you that a portion of the online services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued from 28th June 2013. We apologise to those of you currently using these services.
The affected applications are as follows:
- Nintendo Channel
- News Channel
- Forecast Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Mii Contest Channel
- Data exchange with Wii Friends via WiiConnect24*
* Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled.
From 28th June 2013, the above services will no longer be available even if they are started up from the Wii Menu. However, services other than those mentioned above, such as the Wii Shop Channel and “Today’s Accomplishments” on the Wii Message Board, will remain available.
- Nintendo of Australia
Nintendo Australia has announced that Fire Emblem Awakening launches Down Under on April 20th, which is a day after the game’s release in Europe. The tactical role-playing game launched earlier this month, February 4th, in North America. In our Fire Emblem Awakening review, we called it the best title in the Fire Emblem series, thanks, in part, to its beautiful visuals, engrossing story and deeply developed characters.
Nintendo today announced that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will land in Australia on June 15th, which is a day after the game’s release in Europe. Of the three regions, North America gets the game first on June 9th. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the latest game in the Animal Crossing series, and it’s exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. Right when the game launches, consumers will have the option to purchase its physical copy from retailers, or download its digital version from the Nintendo eShop.