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Punch-Out!! Gets Date Down Under

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Exclusively available at JB Hi-Fi on August 27.

Hey Australia,

Nintendo here. How's it going? We've got some great news for you today!

We understand if you feel like you keep getting the shaft on new releases, like with our nostalgia-party Punch-Out!! that people seem so enamored with. Hey, did you see North American Club Nintendo members that reached platinum will have the chance to download a fight with Doc Louis as their reward? It's pretty neat-o.

Anyway, our managing director down under, Rose Lappin, spoke to Kotaku and revealed that we're going to be bringing Punch-Out!! your way on August 27, available exclusively at JB Hi-Fi. Why just the one retailer? Lappin told Kotaku:

To be honest we didn’t have a lot of requests for the game. There’s a few people… there’s a lot of noise but not a lot of sales, that sort of thing. However there was one retailer that was chasing it, so that’s why we’ve decided to go that way. Of course, if it continues and consumers want it then that’s what we’re here for.

Sorry about the whole no-release-date-for-Excitebots thing. Maybe if demand was higher or if the game sold better in the States then we'd have more to talk about. Have fun with Punch-Out!! though.


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User Comments (18)



pixelman said:

Good for you Aussies! Too bad you still don't have Excitebots. It's odd that you got Punch-Out!! first.



Philip_J_Reed said:

One retailer only? Whatever they might say to justify it, it sounds as though they're setting the game up to fail. How strange.



Stevie said:

Wow, i was unaware that this had not being released in Australia yet. I fail to see the logic behind this, surely all they have to do is release the EU version or change the region coding for the NA version, seriously where is the difficulty or extra cost in making these very easy changes in order to sell more copies. Sometimes i wonder if Gibbons run the Nintendo marketing department.



Chunky_Droid said:

@Stevie: More often than not we just get the UK version of games, with a different ratings sticker slapped on (so we're not using the UK ratings system, which is far superior to the Australian ratings system)

Thank jeebus I have an American Wii and already own this great game.

Nintendo Australia = FAIL

All my friends who own Wiis want this game, two of them already imported the UK version because they're sick of waiting.



Rockbandmonkey said:

I found a site that had only bad things to say about this game, and then went and gave it a 9. Although I don't understand their review I still believe it to be a great game.



Kokstra said:

It's pretty crazy that people actually have to DEMAND Nintendo to release some software for their own console!



Objection said:

Lol, this announcement is pretty funny. NoAustralia may screw their gamers over but they definately have a sense of humor. Unless that was NL making the funny.



Knux said:

This sounds like a horrible idea. I feel sorry for you Aussies.



timp29 said:

Teabagged by nintendo australia. Doh!
Still waiting for the Conduit here as well I think.
Nintendo Australia should sell their wii's with lube.



Homer_Simpson said:

It's about time, damnit. I think this year has been NOAustralia's weakest year for releasing games in a long time...for a while there we were getting nearly all games at the same time as the UK, some even before. It's dissapointing.



Big_A2 said:

Hopefully this'll be the last time this happens this year...

But should I really be bothered waiting? Ebay is just a click and a 2 week's postage away...



Chunky_Droid said:

@Big A2: Depends if you wanna support Nintendo of Australia and hope they pick up their act in the future.

Me, no way, they almost didn't release Pokemon Blue/Red back in the day because they thought it wouldn't catch on



Big_A2 said:

@chunky_droid: Yeah, that's exatly why I'm hesitating to import. Apparantly, Australia represents less than 1% of the video game market.

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