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NINTENDO GIVES PLAYERS THE CHANCE TO GET FIT FOR FREE WITH Wii FIT U FOR 31 DAYS

Published on September 19, 2013 in Gaming

19th September – Nintendo is offering Wii U owners a chance to download a 31-days trial version of Wii Fit U for free. Starting on 2nd November, Wii U owners can download a complete trial version of the game and get a head start on their New Year’s fitness goals by trying out all the activities found in the game for 31 days – at no cost. All you need is a Wii Balance Board and a Wii U system with a broadband internet connection.* Fitness fans can unlock the time restriction of Wii Fit U by simply synching a Fit Meter, available at retail separately, to the game. Nintendo announced the special offer along with a number of items related to active gaming during a Nintendo Direct video. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect.

The 31-days trial version of Wii Fit U will be available to download free of charge from Nintendo eShop between 2nd November 2013 and 31st January 2014 and will work for 31 days from the day it is first played. Using the software, users can stay active with 77 different activities, including 19 new training activities, many of which take advantage of the Wii U GamePad controller. Users who want to continue using Wii Fit U beyond the 31-days trial period can unlock the time restriction by synching a Fit Meter accessory (available at retail) with their trial version of the Wii Fit U software. This will allow them to continue playing Wii Fit U for an unlimited time. The Fit Meter will be released on 2nd November in black and at a suggested retail price of AU $29.95/NZ $39.95.

The Fit Meter accessory is much more than a pedometer – it’s an activity meter that tracks a wide range of everyday activity. It records not only the number of steps a user has taken, but it also takes into account the intensity of those steps – was the user running or walking? The Fit Meter also measures altitude, so wearers get credit for climbing stairs or walking uphill. All of these data points combined provide users with an accurate overview of their day’s activity, including a detailed calculation of the number of calories they burned. This data can then be transferred wirelessly to Wii Fit U via the Wii U GamePad with just a touch of a button. The Fit Meter transforms users’ everyday lives into workouts, encouraging them to get active and stay active.

Wii Fit U features many of the strength training, yoga and fun fitness games that have made the Wii Fit series so popular. Plus, there are new games that combine the Wii Balance Board and Wii U GamePad, including new dance routines such as hip-hop, locking and salsa that work out various parts of the body through simple dance moves. The game also gives players more ways to create their own custom workout routines. Users can also create or join a Miiverse Gym Community to share tips and support with other Wii Fit U users who have similar goals. Or people can create closed communities made up exclusively of their friends. The communities will help people stay motivated by giving them a venue to discuss their fitness progress with others.

For those who choose not to download the 31-days trial version, on 7th December Wii Fit U launches as a packaged game in two sets. One set includes the game disc and a green Fit Meter, while the other set includes the game disc, a green Fit Meter and a white Wii Balance Board.  The paid download version of the game will also be available on Nintendo eShop from 1st February 2014.

Some other announcements today included:

Wii Sports Club

The five beloved sports from the original Wii Sports – bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf – are making a dramatic and competitive return on Wii U. The games are being released individually as downloads on Nintendo eShop featuring HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology, as well as a much-requested online multiplayer versus mode, so users with broadband internet access can face off against competitors online. And that’s where the “Club” part of Wii Sports Club comes into play. Players will be registered to regional clubs and will be able to interact with one another via Miiverse during matches. People will be able to play casually against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to increase their club rankings.

Tennis and Bowling will be the first two sports available from Nintendo eShop on 8th November, with Boxing, Baseball and Golf scheduled to launch in the months ahead. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a trial pass that will let them play any available games for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass on Nintendo eShop for AU $2.60 and NZ $3.40  to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for AU $13.00 and NZ $17.00 each.

 

Wii Street U Powered by Google

An update to Wii Street U powered by Google is now available that incorporates the Wii Balance Board. People can walk the streets of familiar or exotic locales simply by taking steps on the Wii Balance Board, as the TV displays a streetscape from Google Maps. The Wii Street U powered by Google application is currently available as a free download on Nintendo eShop until 31st October.

*Depending on the Wii U hardware pack you own and your use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop. Basic Wii U hardware will require an external storage device.

 

For further updates:

Wii U website – http://www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu

Nintendo Direct website – http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect

Nintendo AU on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/nintendoau

 
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Bangarra Dance Theatre presents Dance Clan 3, November 20 – December 1 2013 at Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney

Published on September 19, 2013 in Mind Fun

From 20 November to 1 December 2013, Bangarra Dance Theatre presents Dance Clan 3, a new production commissioned by Artistic Director Stephen Page. For the first time, Bangarra has assembled an all-women choreographic team with four of the company’s senior female dancers each creating a new work. The resulting program of diverse styles and ideas will be presented as part of the inaugural festival, Corroboree Sydney.

Showcasing fresh voices and stories from the Bangarra family, Dance Clan 3 invites audiences into the heart and soul of Bangarra to experience our inspirational contemporary indigenous culture.  Bangarra artists Deborah Brown, Yolande Brown, Tara Gower and Jasmin Sheppard will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander story lines in pieces that will be performed by the entire Bangarra ensemble of 14 dancers.

Artistic Director Stephen Page says of the production, “it’s exciting to see the new choreographic voices of Bangarra emerging. The women of Bangarra are deeply connected to their culture and artistry and have strong and powerful voices. I’m eager to see what Dance Clan 3 brings to the evolution of Bangarra’s theatrical story-telling.”

Tickets go on sale on Thursday September 26 2013.

 
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MADMAN ACQUIRES KILL LA KILL SERIES TO PREMIERE ONLINE ‘DAY & DATE’ WITH JAPAN

Thursday, 19 September 2013: Madman is proud to announce the acquisition of hot new anime series, KILL LA KILL, from Aniplex of America premiering 3rd October on the Madman Screening Room (madman.com.au/screeningroom).

From the creative team behind fan favourite series, GURREN LAGANN, director Hiroyuki Imaishi (DEAD LEAVES, PANTY & STOCKING WITH GARTERBELT), script writer Kazuki Nakashima (RE: CUTIE HONEY, OH! EDO ROCKET) and character designer SUSHIO (ONE PIECE MOVIE 6, PANTY & STOCKING WITH GARTERBELT) have joined forces to form the new animation studio TRIGGER to bring fans this highly anticipated new series.

Ryuko Matoi wanders the land armed with a single red Scissor Blade and a single objective, to find and exact vengeance upon the one who wields the matching blade… her father’s killer. When she arrives at Honnoji Academy, a high school living in fear of its belligerent student council rulers, Ryuko stands against them in an effort to liberate school their iron grip and find out the truth behind her father’s murder.

In a first for Madman Entertainment’s Screening Room streaming service, KILL LA KILL will stream online and in simulcast, day and date, with the Japanese TV broadcast on 3rd October, 2013.

“We are thrilled to be working with Aniplex to bring this series to Australian and New Zealand fans within hours of its Japanese debut. Madman is very focused on giving local fans what they want, which is resoundingly the hottest content as soon as possible. This represents a new milestone for Japanese animation in our part of the world,” said Tim Anderson, Managing Director, Madman Entertainment.

KILL LA KILL will also release to home and further digital formats in 2014.

For more details, visit www.madman.com.au/screeningroom.

 
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SOUTH PARK HAVE THEMSELVES A TIME IN SYDNEY.

STAN, CARTMAN, KYLE AND KENNY WERE IN SYDNEY FOR ONE DAY ONLY

SYDNEY, Australia – To celebrate the 16th season of South Park, available on DVD now, Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny were out and about in Sydney yesterday.

The four boys were denied entry to Porky’s strip club in Kings Cross, but drowned their sorrows in a pie with peas at Harry’s Café De Wheels. They followed the footsteps of Angelina Jolie and had a photo with the koalas at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and practiced their Paris Hilton pose at Bondi Beach.

Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny pretended not to be scared on the SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye, before crashing a wedding under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The day ended with Stan, Cartman and Kyle waiting for Kenny at St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency.

Over the past 16 seasons, the cult show has explored the most controversial topics and featured a who’s who of popular culture.  From President Obama to OJ Simpson, Osama Bin Laden to Jennifer Lopez not to forget Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. The 16th season is no exception, with current events top of the show’s list. Already a winner of 3 Emmys®, South Park’s 16th season covers everything from Kony 2012 to Honey Boo Boo, with this season earning the show a nomination for the 9th episode, ‘Raising the Bar’.

 

 
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NOTICE: Diablo III Auction House Closure

Published on September 19, 2013 in Gaming

We are writing tell you about an important change to Diablo III: we’re going to be removing the gold and real-money auction house system from the game.

When we initially designed and implemented the auction house system, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But after much review and player feedback, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot.

We’re working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down, but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. Please note that the final shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014. We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process, but feel free to check out our blog post on the subject, and stay tuned to Diablo 3.com for further details.

– The Diablo III team

 
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Samsung GALAXY Gear to land in Australia

Wearable technology to offer freedom in mobile communications

Sydney, Australia – Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Australia today announced the GALAXY Gear is available for pre-order tomorrow, Samsung’s first wearable mobile technology range and companion device for the latest GALAXY Note 3. GALAXY Gear will go on sale at selected retailers on Thursday, 3 October 2013 for an RRP of $369.00, with pre-sales commencing today at Samsung Experience Stores from 2pm.

Announced globally on September 5 in Berlin, Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, stylish design and Samsung’s latest mobile technology in the form of a sleek wrist watch.

“GALAXY Gear represents an exciting step for Samsung in pioneering innovation that provides users with a meaningful experience and offers greater freedom when using our mobile technology.” said Tyler McGee, Vice President – Telecommunications for Samsung Electronics Australia. “We feel GALAXY Gear will completely change the mobile technology landscape and we’re extremely proud to deliver the device to Australians just weeks after it was announced globally,” he added.

When in close proximity, Samsung GALAXY Gear operates as a companion device to the GALAXY Note 3 * through Bluetooth technology that gives users the ability make phone calls, use supported mobile apps and capture content via the GALAXY Gear camera. It is available in a range of six colours, including Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green (colour availability may vary by retailer).

“GALAXY Gear is a carefully crafted balance of premium design and high functionality. It’s a beautiful device that gives users the ability to create, read and interact with mobile content from their wrist. With GALAXY Gear, Samsung has created a new way for Australians to experience Samsung’s mobile content and communicate with the world around them.” McGee said.

Mobile Freedom in Wearable Technology 

Samsung GALAXY Gear lets users live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung GALAXY Note 3 device*. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, and delivers a preview of those messages on the device screen. It also allows users to accept or discreetly ignore messages received via their Note 3 mobile device from their wrist. When an incoming message or call requires more than a quick glance, users can respond using the Smart Relay feature designed to reveal more detailed message content on their companion Samsung GALAXY Note 3 device. 

Voice and Smartphone Operation 

Samsung GALAXY Gear includes an audio speaker that allows users to conduct hands-free calls, maintaining a verbal connection to their mobile contacts, all from the wrist*. Users can also verbally draft text messages and emails, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather from the GALAXY Gear using Samsung’s innovative S Voice feature^.

Audio and Visual Content Recording 

In addition to enabling smart controls linked to the latest GALAXY Note 3 device, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several new features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. Using the Memographer feature, supported by a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users on the move or participating in physical activities can record photos and video to create visual records^^. Extending innovation designed make capturing visual and audio content quickly, the Voice Memo feature lets users capture important conversations and convert audio voice recordings into texts on their companion Samsung GALAXY 3 device.

Features, Controls and Security 

The new Samsung GALAXY Gear mobile companion software features a security function called Auto Lock, designed to automatically secure the GALAXY Note 3 device any time the GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 metres away. Auto Lock will also unlock the smartphone when the GALAXY Gear is less than 1.5 metres in range.

Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by producing a beeping sound, as well as illuminating and vibrating when activated.

GALAXY Gear users can also skip through, play and pause audio and music files played on their companion GALAXY Note 3 device.

For the fitness conscious, GALAXY Gear also features a Pedometer that can track physical activity via built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors physical movements of the user so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distances covered when running or walking.

Designed for Fashion Conscious 

With a sleek design, available in a range of colours and engineered to be lightweight and attractive, Samsung GALAXY Gear form factor is rounded and easily wraps around the wrist for a comfortable fit.

GALAXY Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options giving users the option to personalise the device face. It also comes preloaded with 9 different clock options with further choices set to be made available for download via Samsung Apps soon. The GALAXY Gear experience can be further personalized by selecting from six wrist band colour options: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green (colour availability may vary by retailer).

Availability

The GALAXY Gear will be available for pre-sale purchase today and will go on sale Thursday, 3 October 2013 with an RRP of $369.00 at the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney. The range will also be available through selected Samsung retail partners and telecommunications operators.

Samsung GALAXY Gear Product Specifications  

Processor

800 MHz processor

Display

 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)

Camera

1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus   Camera / Sound & Shot

Video

Codec: H.264

Format: MP4

HD(720p) Recording

Audio

Codec: AAC

Format : M4A

Featured Apps *

Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal   intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter.
Banjo   gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.
Evernote watch app makes it easy to   remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing   important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.
Glympse allows people to easily share   their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their   movements on a dynamic map.
eBay app allows you to complete all your   transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
Line is a global messaging service   available in over 230 countries worldwide.
MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and   exercise, empowering you to achieve your  personal health and fitness   goals.
Path is the personal network designed to   bring you closer to your friends and family.
Pocket, the leading way to save web   content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback   to GALAXY Gear.
RunKeeper is the personal trainer   in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay   motivated.
TripIt from Concur makes it   easy to organize travel plans in one place.
Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a   photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.

Samsung Services   *

Samsung   Apps
ChatON:   mobile communication service

Additional

Features

Smart   Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice Memo
Auto   Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
Safety   assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously,   and then user’s location information is transferred to selected contacts with   a specified emergency message.
2 Microphones   (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker

Connectivity

Bluetooth® v 4.0 + BLE

Sensor

Accelerometer,   Gyroscope

Memory

4GB   Internal memory + 512 MB (RAM)

Dimension

36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g

Battery

Standard   battery, Li-ion 315mAh

 

# The availability of each Featured App, Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub and Google service may differ by country.

* To access GALAXY Note 3 features, GALAXY Gear and GALAXY Note 3 must be in close proximity and connected via Bluetooth.   

^ Performance of S Voice function may vary depending on the language spoken and surrounding environment including ambient noise. 

^^ Internet connection required. Data and subscription charges may apply. 

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

 
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CALL OF DUTY®: GHOSTS SEAMLESS NEXT GEN UPGRADE PLANS

Published on September 18, 2013 in Gaming

Sydney, Australia – Sept. 18, 2013 – This is a very exciting year for Call of Duty® but also for gaming in general, with the next generation of consoles launching this November. We know you have many questions when it comes to upgrade plans, stats and content migration, and the different options you have as a consumer to purchase and play the game. That is why we have been working with our console manufacturers for the past two years on solutions to help make your transition to next gen as seamless and easy as possible. And we’re excited to be able to finally announce and provide more details on those programs today. From next gen upgrades for just $10, to information on keeping your Season Pass content, profile, and stats with you as you transition, to a full line-up of retail options and digital editions – we’ve got you covered for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Thank you for being the best and most loyal fans in the world, we can’t wait for you to experience Ghosts starting November 5th. Below are all of the details you need, but if you have any questions, please leave us a comment.

Xbox Next Gen Upgrade Offers

Introducing the Xbox Game Ahead Program

Gamers can purchase a disc-less dual-license digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts at participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $AUD109.95. This version will include the Xbox 360 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as well as the Xbox One digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts – linked and unlocked via a user’s Xbox Live gamertag. Look for more information on how to pre-order at participating retailers in the coming weeks.

Via the Game Ahead Program, players can also purchase a digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts directly from the Xbox Live Marketplace for a suggested retail price of $AUD99.95. And, when ready to upgrade to Xbox One, you can purchase a digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of just AUD & NZD $10 on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

PlayStation® Next Gen Upgrade Offers

Upgrade on PlayStation for just $10

The PlayStation upgrade program is completely optional for our fans, and applies whether you buy a new PS3 disc, or buy the game digitally from the PlayStation Store for PS3.

For a limited time, every new physical copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts for PS3 will include a flyer with a unique SEN code on it. Redeem the code packed into the PlayStation 3 version of the game on the PlayStation Store and download the PlayStation 4 version of the game for a suggested retail price of AUD & NZD $10.

Alternatively, if you buy the digital PS3 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts from the PlayStation Store, you will also be given the opportunity to upgrade to the PS4 version. Simply go to the PlayStation store and purchase the discounted PS4 version for a suggested retail price of AUD & NZD $10.You will then be able to enjoy the PS3 version on your PS3, and the PS4 version on you PS4.

These offers must be redeemed, and upgrades purchased, no later than March 31st, 2014; offers available globally.

Your In-Game Stats and Profiles Transition With You

Whether you transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, or PS3 to PS4, your Call of Duty: Ghosts stats, unlocks, and more will seamlessly go with you, and be ready when you are. Utilizing your free Call of Duty account, which over 20 million of you already have by signing up for Call of Duty: ELITE, you can carry your profile with you from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and back again, or from PS3 to PS4 and back. It’s that easy. And if you don’t already have an account, it’s really easy to get one for free. Go to http://elite.callofduty.com to sign up now or you can sign up in game when you boot up Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Your Season Pass Upgrades at No Additional Cost

Priced at a suggested retail price of $AUD64.95, the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass will upgrade to next-gen (from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and from PS3 to PS4) at no additional cost. Offer is valid until May 31st, 2014.

The Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass is now available for pre-order on the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Store and at participating PC digital download retailers. The Season Pass includes access to four Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Map Packs, each delivering a collection of fresh Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer content and more. Gamers who purchase the Season Pass will also receive the Team Leader digital content pack that includes a unique multiplayer character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background.

A Variety of Digital Versions Available for Purchase

In addition, we are also excited to announce the full slate of Call of Duty: Ghosts digital versions across multiple gaming platforms – an array of compelling options from which gamers can choose.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for digital download on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC on November 5, 2013. Pre-orders are available now on the PlayStation Store and participating PC digital download retailers.

The game will also be available for download on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 when those consoles launch later this year. All digital versions of the Call of Duty: Ghosts base game will have a suggested retail price of $AUD99.95.

Also available for purchase is the Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition. The Digital Hardened Edition gives players an assortment of bonus digital content in addition to the digital download of Call of Duty: Ghosts. It includes the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass with the Team Leader digital content pack, bonus in-game Ghosts Insignia Pack and Digital Hardened Edition In-Game Item Pack.

The Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $AUD149.95, and will be available for PC on November 5th, as well as for Xbox One later this year. Pre-orders are available now on the Xbox Live Marketplace and participating PC digital download retailers.

 
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MADMAN PRESENTS A FRESH SLATE OF TRANFORMERS PRODUCT ROLLING OUT late 2013

Following the revelation that ‘Transformers 4’ will be titled Transformers: Age of Extinction (and of course, that there will be Dinobots), Madman is proud to announce that a new collection of fan-favourite Transformers releases, consisting of the Transformers Animated series and the Transformers Unicron Trilogy, will begin hitting DVD shelves and digital platforms from November, 2013.

The first release on November 20 will be the complete first season of Transformers Animated, the 2007 marquee Cartoon Network series which was the basis for Hasbro’s toyline of the same year leading into the release of the first Transformers live action movie.

All Transformers Animated releases will be available in widescreen on DVD, as well as HD across digital platforms. Madman will also be exclusively releasing the third season of Transformers Animated, which has been previously unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Closely following in December, Madman will unleash the first stage of the Unicron Trilogy with the first collection of Transformers Armada­, the 2002 series which featured staples Megatron, Optimus Prime and Starscream alongside fan-favourites such as Hot Shot and introduced the world to the ‘Mini-Cons’.

Consisting of Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon and Transformers: Cybertron – and named after the big bad villain featured across all three series – the Unicron Trilogy was a collaborative reboot of the Transformers universe, conceived out of America and animated and created in Japan by the likes of Studio Gonzo (Full Metal Panic, Hellsing), Actas Inc (Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children) and 3D graphics specialists, Studio A-CAT.

The series which followed Transformers: Beast Wars, the Unicron Trilogy features 3D computer generated robots and vehicles, along with epic anime-style story arcs.

Both Transformers Animated and the three seasons of the Transformers Unicron Trilogy have previously aired on Australian television on Cartoon Network and Channel 10.

Madman will continue to release further Transformers Animated and Transformers Unicron Trilogy collections on DVD and digital platforms into 2014, with a new release assured for each month leading up to May – ahead of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which will hit cinemas in late June, 2014.

This fresh slate of fan-anticipated releases further cements Madman’s long standing reputation as experts on Transformers lore and will perfectly compliment their extensive catalogue, which includes Transformers Generation 1, Transformers Japan Generation 1 (Headmasters, Super God Masterforce and Victory) Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Beast Wars.

 

 
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Packed to the Rafters Season 6 and Packed to the Rafters The Complete Series, available to own on DVD from November 7, 2013.

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Packed to the Rafters Season 6 and Packed to the Rafters The Complete Series, available to own on DVD from November 7, 2013.

Prepare yourself for the most emotional Rafters yet, in the heart-warming sixth and final season of Australia’s favourite TV drama. With more family drama, more romance and more laughter, Packed to the Rafters Season 6 is available on DVD from November 7, 2013.

Since its 2008 debut, the thirteen time Logie award-winning show has attracted consistently high ratings, with over one million viewers tuning in each week. The broadcast of the season finale was watched by 1.3 million Australians, earning the Rafters a well-deserved place in TV history.

In the final season, romance fizzles and sizzles as Dave (Erik Thompson) and Julie (Rebecca Gibney) continue to work on their marriage, following their recent issues. Dave and Julie make the decision to sell the family home and embark on a trip around Australia with baby Ruby.

Meanwhile, things begin to heat up with Coby (Ryan Corr) and Frankie (Brooke Satchwell), as the two finally acknowledge their feelings for each other, whilst Ben (Hugh Sheridan) decides to take some time away to heal his broken heart.

Nathan (Angus MacLaren) returns home with a massive surprise that will have enduring effects on the family, whilst Ted (Michael Caton) sadly confronts a health crisis, which will have ramifications on the entire Rafters clan.

Re-live all the drama, tears, love and laughter with the characters you’ve grown to love, with Packed to the Rafters Season 6 and The Complete Series Box Set, available on DVD from November 7 – the perfect gift for the family this Christmas.

 
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Get ready for action this October with an array of top rated PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita titles slamming their way onto PlayStation®Plus

PS Plus brings you exciting new arrivals for PS3 and PS Vita including Far Cry® 3 and Street Fighter® X Tekken®

SYDNEY, 18th September 2013 – Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) has today announced the October line-up for PlayStation®Plus (PS Plus) members including all-time favourites like Far Cry®3, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for PlayStation®3 (PS3) as well as Street Fighter® X Tekken® and Touch my Katamari™ for PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita). All titles will be available to Australian members starting from September 26th.

Venture beyond the reach of civilization in the mysterious Far Cry®3, where you’ll explore an island overcome by terrible violence and suffering. Whilst travelling with friends, you are taken captive and brutally attacked. Your last chance of survival lies in unravelling the dark secrets of the island and its disturbing inhabitants. Find a way to fight back and escape the island of insanity in this instant classic, available on PS Plus until October 23rd.

Also available for PS3 later this month is the hit game with a twist; Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Challenge your skills inside the magical surroundings of Warp Giana’s dream world and transform your abilities. Watch out though, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and use your speed to brave the dangers of Giana’s twisted dreams. This fast paced adventure will be available until December 25th.

In Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, you’ll delve into the depths of the mysterious Bitterblack Isle, where a dark labyrinth lies deep beneath its surface, haunted by the many voices of the Arisen and deadly secrets waiting to be uncovered. This game will also be available until December 25th.

For those who love to game on-the-go, grab your PS Vita and explore Street Fighter® X Tekken® where a deluge of hugely demanded characters join the fray in this tag-team based game. This dream collaboration between the two biggest fighting game franchises is now a reality and available to enjoy until October 23rd.

In the exhilarating ‘Shape changing and Ball rolling’ title Touch my Katamari™, you’ll find yourself rolling everything from tiny ants to towering skyscrapers with the flip of your fingers! This PS Vita game is packed with addictive features such as collection, shopping and many more to explore whilst it’s available until October 23rd.

That’s not all – with the exciting launch date of PlayStation®4 (PS4) approaching, fans will be thrilled to know that the PS Plus services will be available from launch day along with the exciting new titles DRIVECLUB™ PS Plus Edition and RESOGUN™.

The great news for existing members is that their memberships will automatically cover PS4 as well as PS3 and PS Vita, so all they’ll need to do is simply plug in and get gaming! PS Plus provides members with access to top-rated games* on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita throughout the course of the membership. Gamers also have access to immersive PS4 online multiplayer, great PlayStation®Store discounts and much more as part of their membership.

For those that haven’t joined PlayStation Plus, now is the perfect time. Buy a 1 year membership on the PlayStation®Store before 20th September 2013 and you’ll get 90 days extra free! PS Plus is AUD$69.95 for a one-year membership or AUD$19.95 for a 90 day membership.

*Top-rated is based on a meta-critic rating of 70+

 
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