Nintendo unveils pile of AU/NZ release dates

Nintendo‘s recent Year of Luigi event raised the big question: When will all of these awesome, green plumber-themed games be released? Today, we have the answers, with Australian and New Zealand dates on hand for Luigi’s Mansion 2, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and – excitingly – Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Luigi's Mansion 2

Luigi’s Mansion 2

To start things off, Luigi’s Mansion 2, also known as Dark Moon, is headed to 3DS on March 28th, 2013.

The original game appeared on the GameCube back in the day, sticking Luigi reluctantly in the starring role, equipped with a flashlight and a trusty ghost-catching vacuum cleaner. This time around, the game also features a local and online multiplayer mode, meaning you can get your mates in on the action as you wander around these haunted houses.

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening

A month later, on April 20th, you’ll get your hands on Fire Emblem: Awakening, which is already out in the U.S.

Dark forces have risen in the world of two mighty dragons, threatening to destroy the kingdom of men. You need super skills to complete multiple stages, with turn-based battles against fierce enemies and exploring strange worlds, in an adventure packed with action, strategy and danger.

Whether or not you’re familiar with previous titles in the Fire Emblem series, this new 3D Awakening offers an all-new experience, built on a variety of bits and pieces from earlier games.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

A month after that sees a new pocket monster invasion. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity arrives in Australia and New Zealand on May 18th.

…and it’s a little bit different, too. The world is, of course, populated solely by Pokémon, and that includes you! Play as Axew, Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy or Pikachu, as you battle through Mystery Dungeons, uncovering a fiendish plot.

Unique randomisation means that no dungeon will appear in the same way twice, opening up an infinite number of possibilities.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

And finally – June 15th 2013 sees Animal Crossing: New Leaf arriving in Australia and New Zealand just days after the US/UK release, promising a “whole new life” for gamers. It’s been designed to continue the freeform gameplay of its predecessors, while removing even more restrictions.

Nintendo promises “No goals, no story, not even an ending” – exactly what we’ve been waiting for. There is, of course, new experiences, new animals and new things to do in your township, meaning that long-time fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with New Leaf.

…we might have had to wait for things, but, what can you say? This is an excellent stack of release dates from Nintendo.

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