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.
WayForward Technologies has confirmed, via Twitter, that Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition will be coming to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U in Australia. No release date is set for the download-only title as of yet, but the developer says it’s coming ‘soon.’ Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition was a Wii U launch title in North America, and consumers in the continent can download it for $4.99 until February 28th, when it will cost $9.99.
And we can finally confirm that Mighty Switch Force HD will be coming to Europe and Australia. No date set just yet, but soon.
WayForward Technologies’ Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition will finally come to Australia, as revealed by the Classification Board. There’s no release date for the puzzle-platformer, but at least we know it will eventually be released in the continent’s Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The Wii U version of Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition launched last year in Europe and North America.
Developer Terminal Reality’s upcoming first-person shooter, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, which is based on The Walking Dead television series, launches next month. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be released in Australia, Europe and North America. However, the Wii U console’s version only hits North America and Europe, as the game’s publisher, Activision, today confirmed that, based on customer demand, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct for Wii U will skip Australia.
“As with every game release, publishers decide which platforms to release based on customer demand. Unfortunately it wasn’t there for the Wii U sku on The Walking Dead.”
Nintendo Australia yesterday announced the release date for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, which is developed by MercurySteam and is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. The action-adventure side-scroller will be released in Australia on March 9th, which is a day after its European release.The game first hits North America on March 5th. Prior to its full release, a free demo of the game will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo Australia has revealed that players who’ve collected a million or more coins in New Super Mario Bros. 2 are eligible to receive a gift. To get a limited edition New Super Mario Bros. 2 certificate, and if you reside in Australia and have collected at least a million coins in the platformer, take a picture of yourself and your Nintendo 3DS, displaying your one million coin tally. After that, e-mail your photo to Nintendo, via the publisher’s website, by March 31st.