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A field test for Pokemon GO kicked off in Japan a couple of weeks ago. Those in Australia and New Zealand will be able to give the game a go “later this month,” according to developer Niantic.

If you’re in either one of these territories, you can sign up for the field test here. Keep in mind that doing so doesn’t guarantee access.


The Pokemon Company will be distributing a whole bunch of Mythical Pokemon this year as part of the franchise’s 20th anniversary, starting with Mew next month. However, before that, Hoopa is still being distributed. Those of you in Australia and New Zealand can now get this Mythical Pokemon from the sixth generation of Pokemon games.

Head to JB Hi-Fi, EB Games or Big W if you’re in Australia or JB Hi-Fi or EB Games if you’re in New Zealand to get a serial code which gives you Hoopa. The distribution runs from January 18th till January 29th. Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are all eligible to receive Hoopa.


As of today, Club Nintendo is closed in all regions – except Australia and New Zealand. Due to performance issues on the website, Club Nintendo Australia will continue to operate until October 8th. You have until that date to spend your stars and claim your rewards in the Club Nintendo catalogue.

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The black standard-sized New Nintendo 3DS will be available in Australia and New Zealand from October 17th.


Nindies@Home was held during E3 week in both North America and Europe. In Australia and New Zealand, however, there was a delay. This was due to classifications for the various demos that were required.

Nindies@Home will finally be coming to the two aforementioned territories on Friday. The same nine games will be playable at different points throughout the next few weeks:

31st July – 6th August – forma.8, Runbow, Extreme Exorcism
7th August – 13th August – Lovely Planet, RIVE, Typoman
14th August – 20th August – Freedom Planet, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, and Soul Axiom

Grabbing any of the downloads will provide a 15 percent discount when the full games launch.


The Nindies@Home program went live on the North American and European Wii U eShops yesterday. This is a brand new initiative from the Big N, which lets fans preview nine upcoming indie titles for a limited time.

In Australia and New Zealand, this offer has yet to hit the eShop. Nintendo explained in North America and Europe that game demos need to be classified before they’re released in these territories – hence the delay. The company added, “We are currently working with the developers to make it happen in Australia and New Zealand.”

Here’s the full message from Nintendo’s Facebook page:

The Nindies@Home programme has been announced by Nintendo in North America and Europe, where fans can access free preview versions of nine Nindie games from Nintendo eShop for Wii U for a limited time.

Down Under, unlike America and Europe, game demos need to be officially classified before their release, therefore in this region we require more time for these titles to be made available.

We are currently working with the developers to make it happen in Australia and New Zealand.

We thank you for being patient. Please stay tuned for further

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Nintendo is stocking several amiibo in both Australia and New Zealand. Earlier today, the company confirmed plans to bring back figures such as Little Mac, Captain Falcon, and the Wii Fit Trainer.

Nintendo wrote on Twitter a few hours ago:

We really need a restock here in North America. There are a whole bunch of figures that are practically impossible to purchase at the moment!


Nintendo has announced via one of its Twitter accounts that the gold and silver Mario amiibo will be sold in both Australia and New Zealand.

At Target, consumers will have an opportunity to nab the gold Mario. EB Games intends to sell the Mario – Silver Edition amiibo.

Note that both of these retailers will have “only a limited number available” of their respective figures. The Mario – Silver Edition amiibo launches on May 30, but there’s no word yet as to when the gold version is releasing.


Nintendo Direct will be featuring a special Splatoon Edition on May 7th across North America, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan

Here are the zone specific times:

North America – 10am EST

UK – 3pm BST

Europe – 4pm CEST

Australia/New Zealand – Midnight AEST

Japan – 11pm

Stay tuned for more details!

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With the discontinuation of Club Nintendo looming everyone is scrambling to spend their coins or stars. Today, Club Nintendo has updated its catalogue and added a pretty fantastic item. Members in Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand can now trade in their stars for a Majora’s Mask Light.With glowing eyes, this spooky Majora’s Mask emits a soft, orange glow when you flick the switch. Measuring approximately 12cm tall x 12cm wide, made of ABS, transparent ABS and PVC. The light is currently order able through Club Nintendo and will set you back 6000 stars. Sadly, this epic Legend of Zelda item is not available in North America.

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