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Upcoming Release Schedule for Australia

by Ben Kosmina - February 16, 2005, 1:10 am PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Nintendo Australia

Have a look at the list, which includes games which have been in America for months!

In preperation for the upcoming oh-so-close Nintendo DS launch, Nintendo Australia has supplied their current release schedule. Obviously, this will probably pretty dull if you don't live in Australia, but if you do then at least you'll know what will be coming out in Australia for the next five or so months. As usual, all dates are subject to change at any time. Righto, let's get started:

NINTENDO DS

  • Nintendo DS (inc. Pictochat and Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt demo) 24th February

  • Super Mario 64 DS 24th February

  • Wario Ware: Touched! 24th February

  • Asphalt Urban GT 24th February

  • Ping Pals 24th February

  • Spider-Man 2 24th February

  • Sprung 24th February

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 24th February

  • Zoo Keeper 24th February

  • Rayman DS 3rd March

  • Project Rub 10th March

  • Robots 10th March

  • The URBZ: Sims in the City 14th March (TBC)

  • Polarium 24th March

  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory 31st March

  • Retro Atari Classics Week ending 25th March

  • Pokemon Dash 7th April (TBC)

  • Mr. Driller May (TBC)

  • Need for Speed Underground 2 9th May (TBC)

NINTENDO GAMECUBE

  • Winnie the Pooh: Rumbly Tummy Adventure 3rd March

  • Robots 10th March

  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat 17th March

  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory 24th March

  • Resident Evil 4 24th March

  • Fight Night 2 28th March

  • Legend of Zelda: Four Swords 7th April

  • Baten Kaitos 14th April (TBC)

  • SRS Racing April (TBC)

GAME BOY ADVANCE

  • Advance Guardian Heroes 17th February

  • Winnie the Pooh: Rumbly Tummy Adventure 3rd March

  • Robots 10th March

  • DK: King of Swing 17th March

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 7th April

  • GBA SP Zelda Limited Edition 7th April

  • Wario Ware: Twisted! 19th May (TBC)

  • Pokemon Emerald Mid June (TBC)

Talkback

NephilimFebruary 15, 2005

quite odd esp when EB and a few other stores have the release of ping pals on the 25th, the day after
oh well

Infernal MonkeyFebruary 15, 2005

Mr. Driller in MAY? Hate you, Namco. ;___; And wow, is Australia the first to get Rayman DS or something? Also, anybody got any idea WHY EA isn't releasing a PAL version of NBA Street 3 for GameCube?

Worst decision ever.

Aussie Ben PGCBen Kosmina, Staff AlumnusFebruary 15, 2005

Well, you'll just have to wait an extra day before you can sink your teeth into Ping Pals. Ha ha.

And be happy we're getting Mr. Driller at all - I thought we were going to miss out again, like we did when Europe got Mr. Driller 2. Hopefully this means that the version we get will have a translated Dristone Mode and Single Card Multiplayer like the Japanese version I got does.

mantidorFebruary 16, 2005

O_o wow, I didnt knew Nintendo was so late with their releases... look at the bright side, you are at least getting it in your language, the only spanish Ive seen in a GC game is in RE4, and you are suppose to not understand it... while there's spanish versions of Halo 2.

Hostile CreationFebruary 16, 2005

Winnie the Pooh: Rumbly Tummy Adventure tpg.gif System seller.

DjunknownFebruary 16, 2005

What a strange, strange list. Aussies are getting Splinter Cell right around the American release date, but Four Swords is STILL missing in Action? What gives? Lazy/scared publishers who think they won't get good return investments?

I guess this begs for one of my patented dumb questions: Do they tailor-publish these games for the Aussies, or just ship the Euro-Pal versions and say "Come and get it! All 10 copies anyway..."? What's there to localize? English is English is English. It shouldn't matter, if its Canada, England, USA, Or Australia/New Zealand.

Are they not going to understand if say someone uses the word "Band-aid"? Must they input "Plaster?" Instead of Judge, A Barrister? (Imagine Final Fantasy Tatics Advance: Here comes the Barrister!)

Oh well, better late than never....

CaillanFebruary 16, 2005

The games are European. There's the heath and safety screen at the start which is European, and the language options which are European. A lot of the time numbers aren't even converted to the metric system.

NephilimFebruary 16, 2005

Also may want to bring up that Custom Robo isnt on the list
A game myself and a friend are also waiting for face-icon-small-sad.gif
Even if it got bad reviews, I still want it, since I enjoyed Zoids on cube.

TalonFebruary 16, 2005

Australia is clearly dominated by the PS2 and X-BOX. Most EB stores or any video-game store usually hide all the gamecube games in a small dark corner or behind a poll and some stores have even stopped selling gamecube games all together.

Although Nintendo has virtually been a non-existant force with its Gamecube in australia for some time now, I did notice PULSE has a huge NINTENDO DS advertisment across their main window on the corner of bourke and elizabeth st in Melbourne today. It seems in australia the only nintendo products that sell well are handhelds and the only products the shops actually want to display.

CaillanFebruary 16, 2005

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Although Nintendo has virtually been a non-existant force with its Gamecube in australia for some time now, I did notice PULSE has a huge NINTENDO DS advertisment across their main window on the corner of bourke and elizabeth st in Melbourne today.


I've noticed this over here as well. New Zealand is completely neglected by Nintendo, but the DS is getting a lot of exposure in windows normally dominated by awesome games such as Blood Rayne, Driv3r and Fable. Maybe Nintendo really are right and their market will expand dramatically.

vuduFebruary 17, 2005

What the hell. You guys get Polarium on March 24th? EBGames.com has it listed as April 18th for a US release. PGC's release schedule still has it as May 31st. It doesn't even show up on Gamestop.com. I am sad.

Infernal MonkeyFebruary 17, 2005

It's going to be $20-$30 cheaper than the average DS game too, according to DVDCrave. We win! Oh.. every other game..

NephilimFebruary 17, 2005

" Most EB stores or any video-game store usually hide all the gamecube games in a small dark corner or behind a poll and some stores have even stopped selling gamecube games all together"
EB adelaide has put DS straight across from the counter, proberly the most prime place
yet GBA is down the back, and Gamecube is between DS and GBA
In my view EB and Toy r us are proberly the biggest supporters of gamecube, they always get alot of stock (10+ of each game) and on release date, even if there 17year old employee's act like they secretly work for ign.

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