Australian Club Nintendo Catalogue Updated

Still no Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama, but two new items have appeared on the Australian Club Nintendo website overnight: Hanafuda Cards for 3,000 stars and The Year of Luigi Coin for 1250. If the Luigi Diorama follows the European offering of 7,000, you’ll need a whopping 11,250 stars for all three…better get registering!

Hanafuda Cards – 3,000 Stars

Own a piece of Nintendo history with this traditional Hanafuda card set.

A protective case comes included with the card set. This card set features tastefully recreated Nintendo themed artwork. Hanafuda, meaning “flower cards,” is a traditional Japanese card game that dates back to the 1500s.

It is said that the modern design of the card set was created in the mid 1700s. Nintendo started out as a manufacturer of Hanafuda cards in 1889. Card set comes included with instructions on how to play “Koi-Koi,” a basic two-player game.

  • 48 Hanafuda Cards
  • Includes protective case
  • Features recreated Nintendo-themed artwork
  • Product Dimensions (Case): 5.7 cm x 3.8 cm x 6.3 cm; 100 grams
  • Product Dimensions (Cards): 5.6 cm X 3.1 cm

The Year of Luigi Coin – 1,250 Stars

Show Luigi some love with this special coin

Let’s celebrate The Year of Luigi! Mark this special occasion by getting your hands on this gorgeous, gold-coloured commemorative coin. This hefty metal coin comes in its own green velvety Club Nintendo pouch, to keep it safe and sound! Please note: the coin is gold-coloured only, it does not contain any actual gold. Coin weighs approx. 29g, is approx 40mm in diameter and 3mm thick. Pouch is approx. 50mm x 60mm.


Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama Coming to Club Nintendo in Australia!

So buried about halfway down the press release for the recent Nintendo Direct was this little tidbit:

In the meantime, with the Year of Luigi celebrations extending into 2014, a new Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama will be available early next year from the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue while stocks last.

So it’s definitely going to be available on the Nintendo Australia website, though yet to be listed at the time of writing. In the meantime, feast your eyes and drool:

Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama

Apparently it’s already available for pre-order on both the Europe/UK and US Club Nintendo websites ahead of a March 2014 release. It seems it won’t appear on the Australian Club Nintendo website until “early next year” as noted in the press release, but it’s only available “while stocks last”, so check often and order quickly. Oh, and according to Nintendo Life, it’s 7,000 stars in Europe, so make sure you’ve got enough!

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate roars into Australian stores on March 23rd – Wii U and Nintendo News from Vooks

Nintendo Australia this morning has announced the Australian release date for Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 on the Wii U and 3DS.

As expected it’s just a day later than the European date (feels good saying that) and it will also launch in New Zealand on the same date. The game will be available to purchase in stores but also on both the 3DS and Wii U eShops, like the rest of the world we too get the demo of the game on the 21st of February.

While the Wii U version is able to be played online like the Wii version was, the Nintendo 3DS version is missing this, however voice chat is in for both versions of the game.

via Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate roars into Australian stores on March 23rd – Wii U and Nintendo News from Vooks.


Dec 21, 2012 / News

Nintendo announces Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software line-up for early 2013

Following the release of Wii U Nintendo looks ahead at what new software is on the horizon for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL players to enjoy this Christmas, into the new year and beyond. With a diverse range of games for both platforms soon to launch there will be something for every Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owner to enjoy.


AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA announce rescheduled tour dates for September 2013


Heard these guys on triply j earlier today- awesome music!

Timber and Steel

Before the Morning
Image Courtesy of Tigertown

Sydney’s very own indie “family band” Tigertown recently released their brand new five track EP Before the Morning. We asked the guys from Tigertown to talk us through each of the songs from the new EP in the latest Track by Track. Here’s what they had to say:

“Morning has Finally Come” – We wrote this just after we finished our first EP. I think after about a year of writing together, we finally felt like we had found our sound and it was also the time that the rest of our brothers and sisters were joining the band so there was an over all feeling of anticipation. It was a year later that we recorded it but it still marks the start of being a band. We had just been to Peats Ridge Festival and were pretty inspired so I think everything we…

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Bored Nothing – Bored Nothing via The Brag [MUSIC: Album Review]

[MUSIC: Album Review] Bored Nothing – Bored Nothing - The Brag

Album: Bored Nothing
Label: Spunk Records
Rating: ****

From the humdrum small-town life vilified by Morrissey, to the whiney, woe-is-me grunge prominent in the mid-‘90s, musicians of the past few decades have proven that ennui can be a perversely invigorating thing. Melbourne’s Fergus Miller shows that boredom and frustration is still good fodder for the young and disillusioned with his excellent debut album as Bored Nothing. The choice of band name says it all, really.

Once you get past the fact that the washed-out guitar music you’ve just put on is not from Brooklyn, Bored Nothing totally slugs you with its fuzzy slacker hooks. It’s a sound best classified as ‘dream pop’, though there’s an agitation at its core, reflected in shirty song titles like ‘Shit For Brains’, ‘I Wish You Were Dead’ and ‘Build A Bridge (And How About You Get The Fuck Over it)’. When song titles aren’t abusive, they seem cast-off and half-baked: ‘Popcorn’, ‘Bliss’, ‘Snacks’.

The lyrics and vocal delivery reflect this blend of aggression and submission. Much of it is a hazy reflection on Miller’s own life, his breathy vocals delivering stories about being young, getting stoned and skipping class. Otherwise, he chooses tragic outsiders as his subjects, sympathising with the late moonshiner and bootlegger Marvin Sutton in ‘Popcorn’, and a sufferer of a hair-pulling disorder in ‘Just Another Maniac’. You can pretty much dumb it down to a theme of ‘everyone’s fucked’, though it’s more succinctly put in the chorus of the album’s first song: “And it’s hard for me to say/But we’ve all got shit for brains.”

This is an astonishing first album from a new talent still finding his voice and individuality. I suspect there’s even better to come from this chairman of the bored.

Chris Girdler

via [MUSIC: Album Review] Bored Nothing – Bored Nothing – The Brag.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 2013 Australian Tour Dates

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will return to Australia in February 2013 to show off songs from their 15th studio album Push The Sky Away.

The band, which currently features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Ed Kuepper and Conway Savage will play Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and two shows at the Sydney Opera House with members of the Sydney Symphony. They will be performing songs from their entire back-catalogue and are promising “the grandest production of their career.”

Last here to headline All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2009, FL was at the band’s Adelaide sideshow: “The Bad Seeds live is a confronting and often alienating experience.This time out was no exception and whilst this configuration of the band has yet another new rock-orientated, glammier sound then before, their expertise, mastery of aural theatre and intimate knowledge of their back-catalogue left no possibility for a concert anything less than breathtaking.”

The news comes only days after the band released the single ‘We No Who U R’ – a sombre ballad which features a mysterious female vocal – you can listen to it here.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds tour

  • Tuesday, February 26 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • Saturday, March 2 – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
  • Sunday, March 3 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
  • Friday, March 8 – Riverstage, Brisbane

Tickets on sale Thursday, December 6

by Sarah Smith, via Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 2013 tour.

2012 ARIA Award Winners

Full List of the 2012 ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award winners.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Making Mirrors, Gotye
BEST MALE ARTIST – Making Mirrors, Gotye
BEST GROUP – The Temper Trap, The Temper Trap
BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Missy Higgins
BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM – Carried In Mind, Jeff Lang
BEST POP RELEASE – Making Mirrors, Gotye
BEST ROCK ALBUM – The Temper Trap, The Temper Trap
BEST URBAN ALBUM – Drinking From the Sun, Hilltop Hoods
BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM – Surfer Jeff, The Wiggles
BEST COMEDY RELEASE – Unappropriate, Buddy Goode
BEST DANCE RELEASE – In My Mind, Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay


ARIA SONG OF THE YEAR – “Brother,” Matt Corby

The Tallest Man On Earth Announces 2013 Australian Tour

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Tallest Man on Earth
Image Courtesy of The Tallest Man on Earth

With his addition to the 2013 WOMADelaide lineup there was always a pretty strong chance that Swedish folk sensation The Tallest Man on Earth would be touring Australia again – and now we’ve had that chance confirmed. The Tallest Man on Earth will be taking in shows in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart next March in what is truly a national tour.

We saw him last time he was out here and he was amazing – these shows are not to be missed:

Thursday 28th February – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Sunday 3rd March – HiFi, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 5th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th March – Zierrholz, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th March – Golden Plains Festival, VIC

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