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September2012

  • News Nintendo Australia Brings Wii U to EB Games Expo 2012

    Nintendo, Ubisoft, THQ and SEGA join Warner Bros.

    Following yesterday's reveal that Warner Bros. will be bringing the Wii U to the EB Expo in Sydney in just over a week, we have now learned that it's not the only publisher coming to the party. Nintendo of Australia has announced today that it will also introduce the Wii U to the Australian audience...

  • News Wii U Will Be Playable At EB Expo 2012 In Sydney

    Warner Bros. Interactive showcasing their Wii U offerings

    You may recall that we reported last week that the EB Expo - set in Sydney in just over a week's time - will feature Pokemon Black and White 2 as the only playable title on a Nintendo system. However, we've since received some wonderful news from Joel Graham, Warner Bros. Interactive...

  • News EB Games Confirm Playable Titles at 2012 Aussie Expo

    Could Wii U make an appearance?

    As some of you may or may not already know, EB Games will be hosting its second EB Expo in October this year in Sydney, Australia, where it will showcase many new and upcoming titles. Today, the company has confirmed a list of playable games for the event. Unfortunately, Nintendo have only confirmed Pokemon Black 2...

April2012

  • News Australia Rates Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition

    That's right

    No, not Pokémon Conquest — the Australian Board of Classification (who we love) has rated Nintendo's feudal Pokémon crossover under its original Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition. The rating appeared earlier today and seems to guarantee a PAL territories release for the next Pok

January2012

  • News Australia Gets Chance to Win Mario 3DS Consoles

    And 3D Classics: Kid Icarus

    Europe, your maniacal grip on 3D Classics: Kid Icarus and those Mario 3DS consoles is loosening. Nintendo of Australia just opened up its very own It's a Me, Mario competition with near-identical rules to Europe's: register two 3DS games with Club Nintendo and you get a free code for Kid Icarus, with entrants over the age...

  • Rumour Harvest Moon 3D: Tale of Two Towns Due for PALs

    Ripe for the plucking?

    The Australian Classification board has turned up a rating for Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns. The official rating calls the publisher "RISING STARS", though undoubtedly this refers to Rising Star Games, the publisher responsible for the Harvest Moon brand outside of America and Japan. As HM is Rising Star's biggest series it's highly likely it'll bring the..

December2011

  • Out Now Nintendo 3DS Ambassador GBA Games (Australia)

    Get to it!

    Lucky 3DS Ambassadors in Australia and New Zealand: your GBA games are waiting for you right now. Vooks.net reports the games are available early for those living Down Under. Here's how to download your games: 1 — Enter the eShop from the 3DS Home Menu. It's the icon with the bag on it. 2 — Scroll to the far left and select...

November2011

  • News Australia Rates Mega Man X2 for Virtual Console

    Things are looking up

    Mega Man X2 is set to hit the Japanese Virtual Console next month, and while we can only speculate on when or if the game will see release outside of Japan, the Australian Classifications Board has given gamers a glimmer of hope. The site has rated the game for release in Australia, giving it a PG certificate and hopefully sending it on its way towards the Wii's download..

  • News EB Down Under Sells Super Mario 3D Land Early

    Ask and thy shall receive

    Australia's release delay woes have been well documented, but retailer EBGames is doing its best to take the sting out of it by selling Super Mario 3D Land early. While the game is down for an official release in Australia this Thursday, Vooks reports that branches of the retailer will sell the game as soon as it arrives in store: indeed, several stores have already sold..

October2011

  • News Blue Wii Heads Down Under with Donkey Kong In Tow

    Hide the bananas

    The reconfigured Wii console continues to spread its roots around the world, with Australia due to receive the blue machine on 3rd November. Whereas Europe gets the new colour with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Australian bundle comes with Donkey Kong Country Returns instead, and all for $198 AUS. It's...

  • News Picture Lives! is Now Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!

    Straight to the point

    Oddball 3DS eShop download Picture Lives! has been rechristened Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! in Australia. The Australian Board of Classification gave the game a G for General rating, you'll be pleased to know. You can check out a Freakyfor

  • News Australia, You Get the Reconfigured Wii Console Too

    Everybody's happy

    The Wii-without-GameCube-bits — still marginally shorter than its official title, "newly reconfigured Wii" — is coming to Europe in various colourful bundles, and a black Mario pack in North America. Australian shoppers who fancy getting in on the Wii action will also get chance to buy the console in the coming months, Nintendo Australia has confirmed. The console..

  • News Let There Be No Doubt - The Last Story is Australia-Bound

    Three out of four ain't bad

    Hironobu Sakaguchi's The Last Story will make its way to Europe and Australia next year, as the Australian Classification Board has granted the game an M certificate. That of course leaves North America as the only major English-speaking territory not to be looking forward to the game next year, but there's always hope that could change. No release date yet for PAL..

September2011

  • News Flame Red 3DS Heats Up Australia from 22nd September

    Just Europe left

    Brace yourself Australia: you're getting a new 3DS colour in three weeks. The Flame Red machine heads Down Under on 22nd September, retailing for $AU249.95. It follows the red console's North American launch on 9th September and its Japanese appearance back in July. Europe is still waiting information from Nintendo but it seems likely we'll hear soon. Of course, as soon as we hear..

August2011

  • News Nintendo eShop Cards Make it Down Under

    Slowly spreading out

    Australian outlets of EB Games have started stocking eShop cards for the 3DS, with Mario and Zelda-themed cards now available. As with Nintendo Points, you can use these new cards on the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop or 3DS eShop, though the points can't be distributed between the three: you must put the full value into one of...

  • News How to Check if You're an Australian Ambassador

    For 3DS, we mean

    Nintendo of Australia has released its tool to help you discover if you're in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador programme or not. All you need to take the test is your 3DS serial number, located underneath the console itself. Type it into the special webpage and Nintendo will do the rest. Note that this does not register you in the free game promotion, only checks to see if you are..

July2011

  • News Australia 3DS Price Goes to $249.95 on 12th August

    Free games for everyone!

    So we know about the European 3DS price drop and cheaper North American 3DS too, and now we have the next big piece in the puzzle: Australia. Nintendo of Australia announced the 3DS will drop to AU $249.95 from 12th August, down from $349.95. New Zealanders, your price will be NZ $343.99. As with the other territories, those...

  • News Metal Gear Solid 3D Delayed to 2012 in Australia

    Maybe elsewhere too

    Kotaku Australia is reporting that Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D has been pushed back from its expected late 2011 release date to next year. It's worth pointing out that this is based on a comment from an Australian Konami representative, and the most recent release schedule for Europe and North America pegged the game for a 2011 release. However, Konami's current..

June2011

  • Rumour The Mercenaries 3D to be Recalled in Australia

    EB Games allegedly making the move tomorrow

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D has gathered some negative attention lately when it was revealed that gamers will not be able to delete their save data, leading some to believe it's Capcom's method of deterring consumers from buying pre-owned copies. The third-person action shooter has an Australian retail release date of 30th June, but reports were in..

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Reclassified for Australia

    Dial M for Mature

    The Dead or Alive: Dimensions ratings saga hit Australia recently, when the game was pulled from sale as the Classifications Board revoked the game's PG certificate. Now the game has been re-rated and is cartwheeling towards stores across the territory. The game's received an M rating, with the consumer advice reading: Content may change online.; Violence and sexualised gameplay..

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D Soundtrack Coming to Australasia

    Club Nintendo members get ready

    Not to miss out on the soundtrack promotion for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, gamers down under will also be able to register the 3DS title and get their hands on that special CD. The remake of Link's classic Nintendo 64 adventure is scheduled for release in Australia and New Zealand on 30th June. Club Nintendo members who register their copy of the game..

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Pulled from Sale in Australia

    Game knocked out

    So far Dead or Alive: Dimensions hasn't had the best luck: the game was banned in Scandinavia in a child pornography furore, the game has now had its classification revoked in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. The Australian Classification Board removed the game's PG rating after media reports focusing on the game's...

May2011

  • News Okay Australia, Your Zelda 3DS Pre-Order Bonus Beats the Rest

    Music to your ears

    While a golden sleeve and poster is an acceptable way to celebrate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, what every gamer really wants is an actual ocarina. If you live in Australia — or intend to import from Down Under — your prayers have been answered.

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Rated by OFLC

    The highly anticipated RPG is headed down under

    The OFLC, Australia's ratings classification board, has just rated Xenoblade Chronicles, awarding the title an M for fantasy violence. With this news, it's likely that an announcement of a North American release will be next, and you can rest assured that we'll keep our eyes peeled on the ESRB's new...

March2011

  • News Melbourne EB Games to Host Official 3DS Launch Party

    Launch games confirmed too

    Oh Australia: in all the excitement about the 3DS European and North American launches, with their special guests and exciting giveaways, somehow you got forgotten about. Don't worry though: we still love you, so here's the 3DS launch events you could be attending next Wednesday night. The official event kicks off next Wednesday night at Melbourne's EB Games store on..

February2011

  • News Australia Misses Out on Steel Diver and Pilotwings at 3DS Launch

    Titles vaguely announced

    We now know the North American 3DS launch games and the European 3DS launch games, leaving just Australia of the major English-speaking territories to receive its launch games. Nintendo has announced its own titles that'll be available with the machine on 31st March, and it's a disappointing sight – European and North...

  • News Australia Gets 3DS on March 31st for $349

    Last again...

    The launch date calendar for 3DS is now complete, with the announcement that gamers in Australia will be able to buy the console from March 31st for AUS$349, around £220 / $356 USD. The system will be available in Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue, but Nintendo of Australia has not yet announced the official launch line-up for day one. However, it will likely be similar to Europe's 3DS..

  • News Shantae Not Coming to Australian DSiWare Next Week

    Down, under, over and out

    The other day we reported on Shantae's European release date but we were unsure if that release date applied to Australia. Now we are sure: it doesn't. The official Shantae Twitter account broke the bad news that the game will not reach Australia on Friday, February 11th, the date the download hits European download stores...

January2011

October2010

September2010

  • News Aussies Can Share Their Favourite Mario Moments to Win a DSi XL

    Red, blue or yellow up for grabs

    North America's Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary site opened recently, and now Nintendo of Australia has launched its 25th Anniversary competition website offering one misty-eyed gamer the chance to win a brand new DSi XL. If your entry is selected as the best Mario memory, you could win a red, blue or yellow DSi XL as well as a copy of New Super Mario Bros.. Need..

  • News Australia Throws a Wii Party to Get Gamers in the Mood

    Check out one of Nintendo's flagship titles of the year

    Ahead of its 7th October release, Nintendo of Australia is throwing a Wii Party... er... party at a selection of shopping centres where the public can try out the game that's surely going to be one of the big-sellers this year. Various locations across Australia will be hosting the get-togethers and the celebrations start this Saturday on the..

July2010

  • News Oh Look, Australia Gets to Sin and Punish Too

    JB HiFi does what Nintendon't

    Nintendo might not think that Treasure's Sin and Punishment 2: Star Successor is worth the effort to bring over to Oceania, but somebody sure does. That somebody is retailer JB HiFi, who have taken it upon themselves to stock the game in limited quantities for sale exclusively through their brick-and-mortar stores throughout Australia. We liked the game quite a lot in..

  • News Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes Unleashes Its Kiai This October

    From the producer of Devil May Cry 4

    16th Century Japan is remembered mostly for its poetry and samurais; we think we all know which of those two we'd rather see in our video games (unless you wear a beret), and Capcom knows it too. Capcom has announced that Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes for the Wii will be launching on October 15 in Europe and Australia. From Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the producer of..

  • News Aussie Child Uses DS to Save Mother's Bacon

    Nintendo's dual-screen wonder to the rescue

    Next time you're in a potentially life-threatening situation you might want to make sure you have a handheld console nearby. A quick-thinking Australian schoolchild - credited only as "Christopher" - found a use for his DS that didn't involve training pocket monsters or defeating Bowser; when his family's car overturned after an attempt to avoid..

  • News 172 Australians Hug Mario for a World Record

    Game also released Down Under today

    You may remember last week we told you of Nintendo's plan to launch Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Australia with a world record attempt for the most hugs by a mascot character in twenty minutes, and by jingo they've done it. The famous plumber got to grips with 172 people, each of whom received a photo of the momentous...

  • News Your Club Nintendo PINs Will Self-Destruct in Five Years, Australia

    So be quick

    Nintendo gamers Down Under have been enjoying Club Nintendo for a while now, and although its Stars Catalogue is lacking somewhat compared to other territories – something we investigated earlier this year – it still contains a few welcome bonuses. Recently a round of emails was sent out to Antipodean Club Nintendo members to let...

June2010

  • News Mario Wants Your Hugs, Australians

    Plumbing promotion next week

    Everywhere else in the world has already received Super Mario Galaxy 2: sorry folks Down Under, it's just a fact. You could yet have the last laugh though, as Nintendo's launch plan for the game could see you set a new world record for the most hugs of a mascot character in 20 minutes. Kicking off at 7am on July 1st at...

  • News Nintendo Connection to Tour Down Under

    Get hands on with Super Mario Galaxy 2 in a few weeks

    Gamers in Australia and New Zealand, we feel your pain: whilst North American gamers have had Mario's latest for a few weeks, and European fans get to play it in ten days time, you must wait a whole month from today to enjoy blasting off. Nintendo wants to ease that stinging feeling by bringing...

May2010

  • News Mario's Second Galaxy Romp Coming to Australia in July

    Bringing along the helpful DVD as well

    We just got word from Nintendo of Australia that gamers in the land down under will have to wait a little bit longer for their dose of Super Mario Galaxy 2 goodness. Instead of hitting store shelves on June 10th, the game will now make its Australian debut on July 1st. The good news is that the helpful DVD that Europe and Japan are getting is coming along for..

April2010

  • News DSi Gets Price Drop in Australia

    Now cheaper than the XL

    If you recall a couple of weeks back, we shared the news that Australia will be getting the DSi XL at $299.95 at launch. As the regular DSi was the exact same price at the time of the announcement, it makes sense that Nintendo of Australia have just made the announcement that the original DSi will be getting a price drop of $50 AUD, effective immediately, bringing it down to..

  • News 50,000 Hearts and Souls Poured into Australian Homes

    A tremendous first week for the Pokemon franchise down under

    Live in Australia? Like Pokemon? Apparently you do, because the new series releases Heart Gold and Soul Silver, have already sold more than 50,000 copies. That makes up approximately 0.2% of the population, which as small as it sounds, is quite an achievement for only one week on sale. The Pokemon train seems to be going as strong as..

  • News New Gifts for Club Nintendo Australia

    And about time too!

    You may remember a while ago we ran a story about Nintendo Australia's inability to control its Club Nintendo prizes. Well, it seems it's finally been able to give the service a breath of fresh air, as the first update for the country since its inception last March has finally come to fruition. That's right, Australians now have an actual reason to start registering products..

March2010

  • News April 15th - Australian DSi XL Retails for AU$299.95

    Aussies still not PALs with Nintendo on pricing

    The good news is that our friends down under don't have to wait too much longer for the DSi XL, however they're going to have to pay more than any other region. Currently you can pick-up a DSi XL in the US for $189.99 ( ~£125), in the UK for as low as £139.71 and Europeans for around €166 ( ~£149)...

  • Report Monster Hunter Tri Event Australia

    Fun, rumours and food abound!

    We were lucky enough to score a visit to Nintendo Australia's launch of Monster Hunter Tri on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. While there, we got a chance to play the new game, eat lots of food, and hear a few interesting things come up in conversation, none of which is to be taken as official, and currently only to be taken as rumour of course. We were greeted..

  • News Monster Hunter Tri Gets Australian Release Date

    Two different bundles available.

    It was revealed to us last night at the Monster Hunter Tri event in Sydney last night that Monster Hunter Tri will be coming to Australian shores on the 29th of April, 2010 as a standalone game, or in a bundle with the newly released black Classic Controller Pro. One of the best games visually on the Wii, Monster Hunter Tri contains an ecosystem where humans..

February2010

  • News Australia Gets Black Wii & New Remote Colours

    Colour coordinate your console and remotes in a way Bertie Bassett would be proud of.

    When the console was first announced to be available in its second colour in Japan, the gaming world (maybe not the entire gaming world) started to salivate at the prospect of owning the Wii in the console equivalent of sexy black lingerie. Likewise when it was available in Europe. From March 11, gamers in..

January2010

  • News Even More Nintendo Titles Get The Axe

    Shaking stilled, Battalions blasted and walls Charged

    Just last week, gaming blog Coffee With Games reported that Nintendo would be ceasing production and distribution of the Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation in the US. Now, several sites are reporting that the company is laying off even more games, some of which haven't even blown out their first birthday candle yet. According to the blog,..

  • News Club Nintendo Australia Left Behind

    No new rewards in the foreseeable future

    A few of our Australian readers have noticed a lack of updates in regards to the Australian Club Nintendo reward scheme, despite the new offers that the European and North American loyalists are now getting. In response we did our usual probing, firing some questions at the nice people from Nintendo...

November2009

  • News Giant Mario Coins Hidden in Aussie CBDs

    Nintendo holding strange new contest to win copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane? Haven't got much to do between Tuesday the 1st and Friday the 4th of December? Like looking for stuff? Well, you're in luck! Nintendo Australia are hiding coins in each of the three Central Business Districts in honour of the recent release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Each day's..

  • News Crystal Mario Surfaces Down Under

    Melbournians, show your NSMB Wii chops to win!

    The Nintendo Experience, EB Games of Swanston St, Melbourne are hosting the only launch event for New Super Mario Bros. Wii in Australia. From 9pm onwards on November 11th, everyone is invited to join in on the fun and have a chance to play the game with others before taking their own purchased copy home. They'll also be hosting competitions with the..

October2009

  • News Live Down Under? Try New Nintendo Games!

    Be one of the first to try out New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Australians! Nintendo of Australia are offering you the chance to give a couple of very anticipated Nintendo games a spin before they are released. It's not often that Aussies get the chance to do stuff like this, so if you live in the Sydney or Melbourne areas, why not make an appearance? Nintendo will have the two..

  • News Ashes Developer Loses A Third of its Staff

    Australian studio Transmission Games makes unfortunate lay-offs

    Despite the sales success of Ashes Cricket 2009 - and the enormous number of emails we receive about it here at Nintendo Life - the game's original developer Transmission Games (the Wii version was ported by UK-based Gusto Games) has just had to let go a third of its staff due to another potential project falling through. It's..

July2009

  • News Nintendo DSi Hits 100,000 Units in Australia

    The Nintendo train just keeps on rollin'!

    In only the 14 weeks the DSi has been available in Australia, the total amount sold has already hit 100,000. Now for a population of 21 million, that's already 1 in every 210 people (which for a country like ours is a pretty high impact rate in such a short time!). Here's more from Nintendo of Australia. Independent market research group GfK Retail and..

  • News Punch-Out!! Gets Date Down Under

    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...

May2009

  • News WiiWare Poker Game Too Sexy For Australia

    Nudity as an incentive proves to be too much for the land down under

    Poor Australian gamers. Not only do you often get neutered versions of M-rated games, but sometimes they don't even get to come out at all. You guys should really do something about that, because the archaic rating system has struck again against a poor WiiWare game. This time,...

April2009

  • News Henry Hatsworth Gives Australia a Miss

    Our tea-drinking hero won't be making the trip Down Under

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is certainly one of the freshest games to emerge from EA in quite some time. Featuring a unique brand of 2D visuals and old-school puzzle/platform gameplay, we awarded it a very respectable 8/10 when we reviewed it not so long ago. Bearing this in mind, it's clearly a game that should be experienced..

December2006

  • News Struth mate: Aussies can download TG-16 games too!

    Tie me kangaroo down, sport

    Here’s a short but sweet tip from one of our readers known only by the name of George. It seems that Aussie gamers who were originally thought to be blocked from downloading lovely TurboGrafx-16 games from the Wii Shop can in fact take advantage of a sneaky workround. Those flamin’ galahs at Nintendo can’t fool our boomerang chucking mates down under it seems..