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Mario & Luigi Wii U Premium bundle releasing in Australia on November 7th


Nintendo Australia has announced that an all-new Wii U premium bundle containing key titles, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, will release on November 7th. The special Wii U premium bundle will include a black 32GB console, black Wii U GamePad controller plus the “2 in 1″ disc which includes copies of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. No price point has been set as of today.

11th October 2013 – The lead up to Christmas is set to be an exciting time for fans looking for value and variety in their gaming, with the announcement of a new Wii U hardware bundle releasing on 7th November. The new bundle combines both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U in a special one game disc offering. 

 On 7th November, the release of the Mario & Luigi Premium Pack will offer both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U packaged as a ‘2 in 1’ disc alongside a black Wii U console with 32GB* of storage, plus a black Wii U GamePad controller. In New Super Mario Bros. U run, leap and stomp your way through a giant world map full of challenging courses and a variety of gameplay modes to sharpen your platforming skills. In New Super Luigi U, although the games basic play styles are the same as New Super Mario Bros. U, the 82 courses on the World Map have been replaced with brand new ones especially for Luigi. Containing seemingly improbable jumps, formidably hidden Star Coins and a time limit of 100 seconds to complete each course it’s going to be one speedy adventure.


Additional Links:

Wii U website http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu

Nintendo AU on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau

Nintendo Australia Image Library http://images.nintendo.com.au

Wii U update 4.0 now live!


Nintendo has just released the highly anticipated firmware update 4.0 for Wii U which adds an incredible list of all-new features for the console. The major improvement is the ability to now play Wii games entirely on the Wii U GamePad which should prove a useful tool for those who always have disruptions with other family members or friends. You can view the whole list of improvements below thanks to Vooks!

The ability to output Wii-only software to the Wii U GamePad

- At the moment once you boot Wii mode the GamePad shuts off, now you can choose whether you want the Wii-mode to display on the “both the GamePad and TV” or “TV only”. This is not Off-TV play, you cannot control the Wii games with the GamePad, you still need a Wii remote.

The ability to automatically receive demos and trial software from Nintendo

- Don’t want Wii Fit U? Nintendo is probably going to download it for you anyway.

Added USB Keyboard support

- Got some long Miiverse posts to type? Write it on a Keyboard

Added Nintendo Network ID setting

- You can now edit and manage your Nintendo Network ID from computers and smartphones.

Wii-only software now supported Dolby Pro Logic II

- Was missing since launch.

Update to the Wii U Menu

- Friends list is now viewable from the Wii U menu.

Update to ‘Settings’

- Allow or disallow automatic downloads of software.

- You can now output sound via the analogue port and not just HDMI. This will come in handy when connecting to older AV systems

Updates to Wii U Chat

- You can now use a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad for chat.

Updates to the Internet Browser

- You can now fast forward and rewind videos by holding L/R buttons during playback.

- You can now save and manage passwords for websites.

- If you use the internet browser while in a game you can upload the current screenshot to websites, social networks and blogs. Much like the website for Animal Crossing New Leaf. It will also automatically use the games hashtag on Twitter.

- PDF files are now viewable.

- If you’re a web developer there are now web developer tools and user agent switching features.

Improved convenience and stability of system

Call of Duty: Ghosts officially confirmed for Wii U


After such a long wait, Nintendo of America has finally confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be arriving for Wii U on November 5th. A powerful next-gen engine is included as well as players gaming as the underdog; a first for the Call of Duty series. Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote support are confirmed to be included in this highly anticipated title. Are you excited for Call of Duty: Ghosts on Wii U?

Mario Kart 8 details revealed in new interview


Mario Kart 8 will be releasing in April 2014 for Wii U and a recent interview featuring game producer Hideki Konno has revealed some interesting new info for the title. Apparently, unlike Mario Kart 7, Nintendo is taking full control of this upcoming Mario racer as well as starting on development around one year ago. Track width has also been narrowed comparatively to Mario Kart Wii. You can view all the details below!

- MK8 development began just more than a year ago.
– No others studio involved, 100% EAD Kyoto.
– About the GamePad use: “Our priority is to provide the remote display on the GamePad only. We have other ideas, but that’s all we can tell you for now.”
– Why no F-Zero instead ?: “H. Konno: It has always been a Mario Kart per console, so we wanted to get a new one to have more people interested by our new system. But I also hope that there will be an F-Zero.”
– About tracks size: “In Mario Kart 8 tracks have also been narrowed compared to Mario Kart Wii and reflects more the size of the road.”
– About customization: “Like Mario Kart 7 (but) with a little more choice”
– No editor even if they talk about it.
– About a Double Dash mode using the GamePad: “H. Konno: For Mario Kart Wii, 7 and 8, we decided not to use it. But this is a request that is often heard, so maybe we can meet this desire.”

Nintendo releasing longer-lasting battery pack for Wii U GamePad


Nintendo has announced that it plans to release a larger capacity battery pack for the Wii U GamePad that boasts at least 3 more hours of gameplay. The current battery lasts 3-5 hours while this newly developed pack will allow gamers to use the controller non-stop for up to 8 hours. Nintendo will be launching this helpful battery pack on July 25th. We’ll let you know if Nintendo plans to sell this battery pack in your region!

HD graphics a big part of Pikmin 3, Off-TV Play available says Miyamoto


During Nintendo’s third quarter financial results briefing legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has spoken more about his upcoming Wii U game, Pikmin 3. He says that the HD graphics will play a big part in drawing consumers to the title and the map implemented into the game will also be fully displayed on the Wii U GamePad. Miyamoto also revealed that Off-TV Play will also be available for selection so players can have the chance to play the whole game straight from the Wii U GamePad.

“With regard to “Pikmin 3″ for Wii U, I don’t want to be misconceived, but the biggest draw of this game is the higher-resolution images through the high-definition graphics. You can even see Pikmin’s gestures with the graphics. We are not going to put asymmetric gameplay in a game if it is unnecessary. In this game, you can see the entire map on Wii U GamePad. The two screens of the TV and Wii U GamePad will let you see what you are doing at any time during your gameplay, which alone is a great evolution for a strategy game. As a side note, you can play this game only with Wii U GamePad. If it is hard to imagine what it will be like, maybe you can recall the visuals of the original “Pikmin” for Nintendo GameCube and imagine how you can play it with the smaller but more detailed screen in your hands. The two control sticks of Wii U GamePad will let you play this game more comfortably and, with a TV screen, the gyro sensor inside Wii Remote Plus will further help your gameplay. Wii U GamePad will give you style variations of playing this game and playing only with Wii U GamePad might be a good experience for you. I hope you will like this game.”

“You can play this game only with Wii U GamePad. If it is hard to imagine what it will be like, maybe you can recall the visuals of the original “Pikmin” for Nintendo GameCube and imagine how you can play it with the smaller but more detailed screen in your hands. The two control sticks of Wii U GamePad will let you play this game more comfortably and, with a TV screen, the gyro sensor inside Wii Remote Plus will further help your gameplay.”

Welcome to 2013! (at least in Australia)

Mario-Games-Characters-nintendo-25771665-1280-800Hey NintendoGlobe readers! 2012 was a massive year for Nintendo as our favourite gaming giant geared up for the launch of its brilliant new console, Wii U, which has started off excellently well. Plenty of worthwhile titles such as New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land, Mario Party 9, New Super Mario Bros 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Pokemon Black and White 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance allowed us to enjoy a full year of gaming on our Wii U, 3DS, and DS systems and we know that plenty more is in store next year!

Already confirmed titles to appear on 3DS in the first half of 2013 include Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf while a new Legend of Zelda title may appear by holiday season. Hotly anticipated Wii U titles include Pikmin 3, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate but expect countless more to be announced which should provide us with plenty of time to warrant our reasons for purchasing Nintendo’s new home console.

Nintendo 3DS XL has proved to be a much improved handheld over its little brother since it released in August providing consumers with the largest screens to have ever graced upon a Nintendo handheld which also provides a much greater gaming experience.

E3 2013 should be a much bigger spectacle for Nintendo this year as the focus will be emphasized on 3DS and Wii U games rather than the Wii U GamePad and console itself. There is every chance Nintendo may show off new Zelda and Mario Wii U titles but most likely Zelda 3DS will be revealed first. Some glimpses of Super Smash Bros 4 are on the cards as well as a trailer for Mario Kart Wii U so the expectations for E3 2013 will be quite high the closer we step towards the hallowed month of June.

What we do know is that Nintendo gaming looks to be very bright in 2013, the new announcements kept for the new year should turn out to be favorable for Nintendo, and I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for our Wii U and 3DS’ future! Thank you so much to all my followers who have joined me since I started NintendoGlobe one year and three months ago. You people are the reason I continue to write Nintendo news knowing it is being read every day and the support has been immense. I really look forward to providing even more professional news posts as I strive to become a successful writer and hopefully you will continue to enjoy reading my posts. Enjoy 2013 everyone!