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Rumor: Nintendo of Australia to solve New Zealand's distribution problems

We recently fretted over neglected Nintendo fans in New Zealand, as the country's Nintendo distributor had to file for receivorship (effectively taking them out of them distribution picture). Now, though, it seems that there's a light at the end of the tunnel for the Kiwis, and the loss of Softprint Interactive might not be all doom and gloom.

When we last mentioned the issue, we hoped that Nintendo would step up and take care of things themselves, but we never thought they actually would. Yet, current rumors are putting our doubts to rest. While an Australian company called All Interactive Distribution seems to be taking up things on the distributing end, Nintendo of Australia will supposedly support them and promote Nintendo products.

While this is certainly good news for Kiwis, we think it's also good news for Nintendo, as the company has had trouble gaining a foothold in New Zealand.

[Via GoNintendo]

Man uses Cooking Guide to seduce cougar

Need to put together an impressive meal to wow the girdle off an older lady friend? As demonstrated in the above commercial with Hamish (of Hamish & Andy fame), Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What to Eat? might have just the recipe you'll need to get your Golden Girl giddy. Older women go wild over yakitori, apparently.

Nintendo has several of these commercials for the cooking training game airing in Europe and Australia, three of which we've embedded past the post break, but none of them are nearly as saucy or entertaining. Do you have a secret, sensual dish that girls (or guys) can't resist? Let us know! We've always prided ourselves in our ability to cook a mean leche flan.

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September chosen for Australian Dragon Quest IV release

While Square Enix announced their intention to release Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen in "PAL territories" this September, they aren't the ones handling the Australian release. Ubisoft is the company's distributor in Australia and New Zealand, and thus the duties for Dragon Quest IV fall to them. Reassuringly, Ubisoft has made their intention to release the game for real official in a new press release.

Maintaining the numberless "Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen" title that should keep PAL gamers from finding out there have been other Dragon Quest games, the Australian release of the game is also planned for September. A specific date has yet to be revealed. Also ominously absent from this press release is any mention at all of Dragon Quests V and VI.

Gallery: Dragon Quest IV

Nintendo planning to Make 10 in Australia

It looks like the latest of Nintendo's training games to get localized will be Tashiten: Tashite 10 Ni Suru Monogatari, a Nintendo-published math training/adventure game about adding up to 10 in various, clever ways. A game called Make 10: A Journey of Numbers, developed by Tashiten developers Muu Muu, is now listed on Australia's OFLC ratings database.

If past training games are any indication, we can expect to see Make 10 in both Europe and Australia, where it will be a high-profile release -- but not high-profile enough for Nintendo of America to care.

After the break, we've embedded a short, adorable commercial.

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New old colors heading to Australia

Looks like the oft-neglected gamers in Australia are gonna get a bone for their DS dedication -- they're getting new colors, but not the new colors that are headed to Europe. Instead, Aussie Nintendo fans get a shot at the "senior edition" crimson and black Lite, as well as the more recent cobalt and black model. The two new models will be available as limited editions from June 19th -- the same week that sees Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (and Darkness) release.

Australia, of course, already has the Ice Blue Lite, in addition to the basic white, black, and pink models.

Images from Nintendo's DS training down under

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Reader Jessica is a wonderful and kind soul. She took our advice and attended the DS how-to training that recently took place in Melbourne, Australia. She was even so kind as to hook us up with some pictures from the event. And, there's a surprise at the end of the gallery, which is a gift she received while attending the event. She says that while the event was mostly dominated by children, she did manage to see a couple older people enjoying themselves.

Hit up the gallery below for some pictures from the event.

Gallery: DS Training Class in Melbourne, Australia

It beginsCute NintendogsWhat a wonderful sightNot a waste of a day

[Thanks, Jessica!]

Nintendo provides game-playing training down under

Nintendo is an odd company. While we won't argue the merits of doing something like this, we will argue that Nintendo could've used some new games. Confused? So are we, so let's break it down.

Basically, Nintendo is conducting an hour-long "beginner's class" with Animal Crossing: Wild World and Nintendogs, in the hopes that they can show people how great their really old games are. In all seriousness, we imagine the classes will mostly revolve around introducing the device to skeptical folks, as well as the ease of using the stylus on the touch-screen. It all takes place at ACMI, Screen Pit Room, Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne, so if you're anywhere near there this Thursday between 6:00pm – 7:00pm, show up and take some pictures.

Then send those pictures to us!

Oz needs better cooks, so Nintendo sends Cooking Navi to the rescue

It looks like we have some good news for Australians who need some help in the kitchen. Shaberu! Cooking Navi, the DS guide to preparing tasty food, is heading down under, according to a recent filing with the Australian Classification Board.

The game will be called Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What to Eat?, and will hopefully be available in the country soon. But, the way Europe is still waiting, we're not sure you should be holding your breath down there.

Picture this: a rival for LOL

As family board games go, Pictionary pretty much rocks our world, so the news that Sega's Pictoimage has been classified by Australia's OFLC, while a touch surprising, brightened our day. If it's being classified in Australia, there's every chance this could reach other English-speaking corners of the world.

Pictoimage coming out in the west may not be as random as it seems, however, especially as Agetec announced plans last month to localize Archime DS (as LOL in the U.S. and as Bakushow in Europe). Perhaps Agetec's gamble has convinced Sega that such a game could work outside Japan. Like LOL, Pictoimage will support up to eight players from one card, but also comes with a single-player mode, with a database of 300 drawn images.

Single-player Pictionary doesn't exactly sound like a mountain of fun, but we'll remain open-minded for now.

Gallery: Pictoimage

Club Nintendo heads down under

Aussie readers, take note of this day. It is one that shall go down in history for you if you're the kind of bloke or sheila who likes to own odd and wonderful things, like the Game & Watch collection or that Exclamation Warriors game. Club Nintendo is officially launching in Australia next Thursday, alongside the release of Mario Kart Wii.

This means that you fine readers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to redeem points from the games you buy and use them towards goodies in the Club Nintendo catalog. The idea of being able to alone gets us all hot and bothered, so we can imagine how excited you all must feel right now. No longer will you need to box kangaroos and wrestle deadly gators for kicks.

[Via Aussie-Nintendo]

Rumor: Australia to get two more DS colors

If those of you in the Land Down Under are tired of the same old DS Lites, some new colors might be on the way to freshen things up a bit. It's true that they aren't "new" in the purest sense of the word, as the two-toned crimson and cobalt colors have been around in the U.S. for a while now, but they'd be new to Australia.

Yet, if you're reading DS Fanboy, there's a pretty high chance you already own a DS, so new colors like this are nothing more than evil temptations. With that said, do any of you in the Australian region want this rumor to be true, or for the safety of your wallets, are you hoping otherwise?

[Via Go Nintendo]

Promotional Consideration: 'You know, for adults!'

Promotional Consideration is a weekly feature about the Nintendo DS advertisements you usually flip past, change the channel on, or just tune out.

Long before Nintendo began its international Touch! Generations campaign to beckon casual gamers with promises of trained brains and improved vision, the company was putting its marketing money behind the original Game Boy to expand its audience to adults.

The resulting commercials were cringe-inducing productions, so much so, it's hard to believe they captured anyone's interest at all. Of course, with Tetris leading the push, the handheld sold like hot cakes anyway, nullifying the ineffectiveness of the ads. But that doesn't mean we still can't dig them up and have a laugh at their expense!

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DS hits one million in Australia

With all the DS number love going around, why should we neglect Australia? Especially now that one million DS systems have been sold in the tiny continent.

Nintendo Australia announced the news today, propelling Australia into the ranks of DS champions. The one million mark may not seem impressive when stacked up against the sales in Europe and Japan, but considering that Australia's population is much smaller, it's a significant accomplishment.

Interestingly, one-fifth of the country's DS sales in 2007 occurred in the month of December. While that makes sense because of the holidays, it's still amazing that over 133,000 units sold in one month.

We're not even going to bring up the "it prints money" thing, because it's just too easy -- oh, wait. Damn.

Cutest cases EVAR

Australia-based Paper Plane Products is selling the cutest DS Lite pouches we've ever seen, their flaps fashioned after fattened cats and bunnies. Just look at those button eyes! And that pink nose! In addition to the cute mug, each case has a convenient handle, three cart pockets, and a button snap to keep everything secure. You can check out more photos past the break.

You'll pay a premium for this handmade look -- $49.99 per case. Shipping from Australia will also eat into your wallet, but the online shop has a lot of other adorable accessories that you can load your order with, like Lamb Lamb skins and card holders. You can buy kitten stickers to match your pouch cat!

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Five gifts that PAL gamers should import this Christmas

Gaming sites are inundated with holiday gift guides at the end of the year, listing the best and most popular games that everyone pretty much already has (or knows about). Well, we're not going in for that this year. Our gift guide will help you find the best gifts in categories the other sites won't cover -- because we just made them up.

Nintendo's indifference towards PAL regions is infamous, but there's arguably less room for complaining when it comes to the DS. See, the DS is (and we do not use this phrase lightly) an importer's dream. It doesn't faff around with region-specific software, there's a huge library of diverse and interesting NTSC-only titles, and the games themselves are cheap. As in, cheaper than they'll be when they arrive in the UK/Europe/Australia six months from now. Frankly, we can't think of a good reason for you not to import.

Which brings us to our latest anti-guide, featuring the five DS-related gifts that PAL regions won't be seeing until 2008 at the earliest -- if ever. All deserve to be imported without hesitation, so read on fellow PAL folk, and prep that credit card!

Continue reading Five gifts that PAL gamers should import this Christmas

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