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News: Nintendo Connection to Tour Down Under

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 you the game to a shopping centre near you with the..

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

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..

News: DSi Gets Price Drop in Australia

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

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

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..

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

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)...

News: Report: Monster Hunter Tri Event Australia

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

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..

News: Australia Gets Black Wii & New Remote Colours

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..

News: Even More Nintendo Titles Get The Axe

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

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...

News: Giant Mario Coins Hidden in Aussie CBDs

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

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..

News: Live Down Under? Try New Nintendo Games!

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

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..

News: Nintendo DSi Hits 100,000 Units in Australia

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

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 reached platinum will have the chance to download a..

News: WiiWare Poker Game Too Sexy For Australia

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, Gameloft's port of cell phone game Sexy Poker has..

News: Henry Hatsworth Gives Australia a Miss

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..

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

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..