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Nintendo Newsletter: NX Preorders Already Open In Australia

by the NWR Staff - March 18, 2015, 8:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Australian Classification Board, ICXM, Nintendo, VOOKS

We don't know what it is or when it's coming out, but we guess the early bird catches the worm!

Today in Nintendo news, a particular Aussie retailer is getting a bit ahead of themselves, and the Virtual Console in North America adds a relative rarity.

Australian Retailer Already Taking Nintendo NX preorders

Even though all we know about the system is the codename, EB Games Australia is already taking preorders for the system codenamed NX that Nintendo announced yesterday.

Australian news source Vooks originally found the link on EB Games Australia's Facebook page. As with EB Games and Gamestop in other countries, the minimum preorder is AUS$50 (US$38.60).

Our Take: "There are not enough '...' to express my '...' when I saw this." - Donald Theriault

"I've already reserved three. How many are you getting?" - John Rairdin


Australian Ratings Board Reveals Pokemon Rumble World

A recent listing on the Australian Classification Board shows a game called Pokemon Rumble World, with a PG rating for mild violence and online connectivity.

The listing shows Ambrella as the developer, who were the developers of the three previous Pokemon Rumble games, and a "Multiplatform" listing for the system.

Our Take: "If this is online I'll be curious, but if it's crossbuy this will have my attention." - Donald Theriault


Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament revealed for North American Virtual Console

Nintendo's website has made its traditional Wednesday reveal of Thursday's Wii U VC release for North America, showing the 2005 GBA release Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament.

The platformer from Namco features Klonoa running through five worlds trying to fight off a host of challengers to earn the title of the world's greatest hero. Check out the video below to see how it plays via SpyroZap:

Our Take: "A bit of a rarity, it's nice to see it getting a second shot on Wii U." - Donald Theriault


Hyper Light Drifter Reveals Price Details, Will Not Release On Console in 2015

In an interview with the TiC podcast team, Hyper Light Drifter creative director Alex Preston admitted that the console versions of the game, including the Wii U, would likely release after 2015 and the MSRP would be $19.99.

When asked about the release date, Preston said "We have not yet announced the release date. We have only said 2015 for PC first. Consoles take some time so, for example, Xbox One has a certification process that you have to go through."

Some gameplay from the PC alpha version is below:

Our Take: "The delay hurts, but they want to put out a game that works in full which I have to applaud." - Donald Theriault


  • If there's one group of people who are thrilled with Nintendo's announcements yesterday, it's the shareholders. Nintendo shares have jumped nearly $8 in the trading since the NX/DeNA announcements, a 60% increase yesterday and a further 20% jump today.

Talkback

motangMarch 19, 2015

"What's NX'T" -> love it!  :cool;

MASBMarch 19, 2015

Why are usually 75-80 percent of the Staff responses by Donald? There are 20+ people on staff. Surely more can chime in (unless these articles are on a really, really tight deadline).

And why is Donald on staff anyway? Used to be, he was the cool outsider, running NFR, integral part of the boards, etc. Now? Just working for The Man. How disappointing. ;)

NX Preorders: I assume the $50 is just a deposit. If by some wholly unlikely reason, you were able to lock in the price for $50 by preordering, I'd be doing that right now.

Pokémon Rumble World: Multiplatform meaning 3DS/WiiU? Be interesting to follow. I wonder if the Amiibo floodgates for Pokémon would be opened for that game. The series doesn't seem to be that popular so they might not risk it (though they've released Amiibo-like figures for a past game).

Offtopic, but what is the Games section of the website for? I notice that the oldest games for it were released (or rereleased) in 2012. Is it just a way to catalog games info on the site from here on out? Presumably it would be a whole lot of work to add games from before 2012. Though not being a time-sensitive project, I guess it could be done a few games here and there.

Linkle LinkMarch 19, 2015

Quote from: MASB

Why are usually 75-80 percent of the Staff responses by Donald? There are 20+ people on staff. Surely more can chime in (unless these articles are on a really, really tight deadline).

I was just thinking that too. I was like "Our Take"? More like "Donald's Take". However, I just kept that in my head because I didn't think it was worth commenting on.

Mop it upMarch 19, 2015

Wait, was the NES not released in Australia? Is that why no NES in the pic?

Ask EB, they posted it. It may just be limited to the ones they sold.

Quote from: MASB

Why are usually 75-80 percent of the Staff responses by Donald? There are 20+ people on staff. Surely more can chime in (unless these articles are on a really, really tight deadline).

Well, for this one I was the only staff person buried under two feet of snow.

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