super_mario_3d_world_wallpaper_by_rafaelmartins-d68nuqg-1024x576From Thursday April 10 to Wednesday April 23, Big W is selling Super Mario 3D World for $48. No self respecting Wii U owner doesn’t have this game already, but still it’s a great price. Mario Party Island Tour and Yoshi’s New Island are also $48 during Big W’s Easter sale.

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targetlogoTarget Australia are having a little bit of a sale until Wednesday April 23.

They’re calling it the Easter Gaming Sale, and here’s what’s worth looking at in the world of Nintendo.

  • The Lego Movie Videogame on Wii U for $64, 3DS for $39
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U for $27
  • DKC Tropical Freeze for $64
  • Arkham Origins Blackgate on 3DS for $39
  • Yoshi’s New Island for $49
  • A Link Between Worlds for $49
  • Pokemon Black & White for $49
  • Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy for $49
  • Mario Party Island Tour for $49
  • Rayman Origins on 3DS for $20
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf for $49

Something for everyone. I really need to play A Link Between Worlds, but I haven’t finished Skyward Sword or Wind Waker HD yet.


With the release of a ton of information about Mario Kart 8 over the last few days, I have to say even though I’m dying to know every detail, I still want to be surprised when the game is released on May 30.

I want to be surprised about which retro tracks made the cut, what new items are appearing, and what the new tracks look like.

So I’m officially declaring a Mario Kart 8 spoiler free zone. I’ve posted the latest trailer below, but that’s it. It is absolutely looking spectacular, there’s no question.

I’ve got a bit of time in leu up my sleeve at work, and you better be sure I’m taking it to play Mario Kart 8 to absolute death come the weekend of May 30. Here’s the latest footage.

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bayonetta2Speaking (in my last post) of New Zealand, I do complain a bit about the unfair pricing of hardware and games in Australia, but damn our poor neighbours in New Zealand are paying even more.

For example, you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2 from JB Hi-Fi New Zealand for $98.98 each, while in JB Australia they’re $79 each. In Oz a white 8GB Wii U costs $299, while in NZ it’ll set you back $444!

At EB Games NZ you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 for a whopping $108, while in Australia, EB has the limited edition for $99.95 and the standard for $79.95. Big difference.

A thought was spared. Good luck with changing your flag New Zealand, by the way.



nintendologoIf you’re easily surprised like me, you’ll be surprised to know Nintendo Australia took three little steps out from under their invisibility cloak this week.

First they finally spent the five minutes it takes to set up a Facebook page.

Next they took an extra five minutes and created themselves an official twitter account.

Then they announced they were going to attend all five Comic-Con Australia events.

Could it be they wish to remind us they actually exist?

While the social media things are things that should already have been happening for years, it’s pretty great to hear The Big N will have a presence at Oz Comic-Con. It’s awesome that the event is coming down under and although I won’t be there, I’m sure there’s plenty of fans keen to take Mario Kart 8 for a hover.

If Comic-Con comes back to Australia next year I might cosplay as Travis Touchdown.

Incidentally, the Facebook and twitter accounts are the official accounts for Australia and New Zealand.

I was about to instinctively get my back up about that for reasons no one really understands anymore, until I found out that Nintendo Australia took over operations in New Zealand in 2008.

If you click on New Zealand in the region selector, you automatically get routed to

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You can follow ME on twitter: @rustyshell and Miiverse: zinger_AU. I don’t like Facebook so I’m not on there.


eshopHere’s the first of what will become a regular post about goings on in the Wii U eShop.

It’s a shame that in Australia we always pay more than other places like the U.S, but it seems Nintendo are putting in some effort to make the eShop the dynamic online store it needs to be.

There’s a long way to go in a lot of areas, mainly the number of demos and trailers, but the one aspect of the eShop that needs the most work is Virtual Console. You would hardly even know it existed on Wii U.

The content hidden way down the bottom of the eShop with no distinguishing signage or title. Where are the Gamecube games? Where are the third party Nintendo 64 classics? Why are the prices so ludicrously high? I’ll get into all that further in future posts.

Right now though, there’s a couple of little deals worth mentioning:

  • Dr. Luigi for $13 (33% off until March 18)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 Year of Luigi Edition for $3.25 (50% off until March 18)
  • Bit. Trip. Runner 2 for $4.99 (66% off until March 20) I’d grab this now, it’s unreal. I wrote more about it here
  • Trine 2 is still $7.99 which is fantastic value, a true stunner of a game

Hilariously, there’s also a “sale” involving Darksiders II. It’s $55.95. Can you believe that? It’s down from $69.95 apparently.

I feel sorry for people who just want to download their retail titles. Just Dance 2014 is still $70. Batman Arkham City is still $80. Craziness.

Meanwhile, Coaster Crazy Deluxe is still not available in Australia.

I just don’t spend enough time on the 3DS to be doing one for that at the moment, but if you want to help me with that, drop me a line.

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nintendologoNintendo is turning off online support for its first party games on May 20, 2014. That’s a bit odd, seeing as backwards compatibility is a signature feature of 3DS and Wii U.

But, it’s the end of the line for the Nintendo Wi-Fi service, which really doesn’t matter for any games (for me at least) other than Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. I still go back to both games for an online match pretty regularly.

I’ll be clocking up a few hours online leading up to the release of Mario Kart 8 on both the older games, but it won’t be the same when you know you can’t play MK Wii online. Hopefully a Virtual Console release in the future, or ideally, some kind of integration within Mario Kart 8 will make up for the loss.

I read this first on IGN. You can look at what they said here.

It’s also interesting to note that Nintendo acknowledges Battalion Wars’ existence. See what I mean by clicking here.

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DixiekongBoth Big W and Target are offering Wii U’s latest AAA title, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, for less than $70.

Target has it for $69, and Big W for $68.

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Rayman_Legends_Box_ArtI just got an email from Ubisoft that I thought was interesting. They announced that the next generation of Rayman Legends is here! Finally!, I thought.

Then I remembered the game appeared on Wii U ages ago. Perhaps Xbox One and PS4 aren’t in the same generation as Wii U. I’ll have more on that soon.

Two Rayman Legends posts in a row? Oh well, it’s a great game no matter what system you play it on. You can have a look at the interactive graphic Ubisoft sent Uplay users here: raymanubisoft.

It’s quite impressive I must say- and that Michael Franti song. Absolute perfection.

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Pokemon is one of the many Nintendo franchises that hasn’t made the leap to HD yet. Fans have been wanting a console edition for some time now, and while I realise why it’s not going to happen, it’s hard to look at this image and not wonder what might be.

A realistic, HD open world Pokemon game would be just amazing. This picture, from the official 3DS website, is just a tease.



I think graphics comparisons are pretty silly, (I would, being a Nintendo fan) but I found this one particularly interesting. Rayman Legends is an awesome game on all platform I’m sure.

I found this on DigitalFoundry’s Youtube channel, and thanks to the super awesome music accompanying the video, I thought I’d share it. Is there any real differences?

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BT-Q3N9IcAE6E8aFinally we have a date. Mario Kart 8 will be released on May 31, 2014.

Iwata has previously said it will be a world wide release, and since Australia is part of the world, that means we get it on May 31 too. Good to see.

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On this lovely Valentine’s Day, we all watched the Nintendo Direct with bated breath. No big new announcements, but plenty of the old “remember what’s coming” thing. Here I break it down.

  • Little Mac gets a start as a fighter in Smash Bros. It’s about time. He was part of my dream roster, so I’m glad to see he’s in. He deserves it.
  • Play as you Mii in Mario Golf? No biggie. I don’t know why this game isn’t on Wii U…
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe… I’m sure the Kirby fans are hanging for it, but doesn’t 3DS have enough great platformers? I still haven’t finished Kirby 64 or Kirby’s Epic Yarn yet.
  • Yoshi’s New Island. Again, enough platformers? But till, no time limit suits me fine… I wish Mario 3D World had no time limits. The giant eggs are cool. Flutter Wings replacing the super guide or White Tanooki Feather? Yes.
  • Steel Diver Sub Wars looks a bit different, a bit slow, and a bit boring… but a “contemplative FPS” seems like a new genre- and free to try is always ok by me.
  • Pokemon Link Battle… Zzzzz…
  • Professor Layton Vs Pheonix Wright. Biggest rivals go head to head. I’ve never played a Pheonix Wright game, but this cross over looks fun, and a good direction for Nintendo to take.
  • Nintendo Pocket Football Club. Well, it’s on for the management fans. I’m not one of them but gee it looks cute. I’d still rather a new Mario Strikers.
  • Weapon Shop De Omasse. Managing a weapon shop? Sounds very odd. Looks like a lot of reading. Looks like a lot of touch screen tapping. No thanks. It’s out February 20.
  • Etrian Odyssey looks cool. Map your way to victory? I see. Damn 3DS has some unique games, such a variety and I’m sure I’ll be checking out the demo on April 18.
  • Ubisoft’s Child Of Light. Looks incredibly samrt, and god an Ubisoft know Wii U needs some games like this.
  • How much more footage can we see of Tropical Freeze? Nintendo are really flogging this, here’s hoping it’s as good as Returns.
  • NES Remix. I’m not interested in this at all, but I’m sure the fans are going nuts. To get a Volume 2 it must have been popular. I might try it one day, and it’s cool that you get a “full game” in Super Luigi Bros. Should this have come last year in the “Year of Luigi”?
  • Mario Kart 8 is looking as spectacular as ever. Finally a date!!! May 30th. I’ll be calling in sick that week.
  • X new gameplay footage. It looks incredible. What a shame we won’t get to play it with the Japanese voices. So awesome. The games battle system is a polished version of Xenoblades? Sounds good to every fan of the game.
  • And finally, Bayonetta 2. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. So ridiculouso.

A bit of a disappointment overall, no new Wii U games announced. But maybe next time. We really want Star Fox and Metroid.

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nintendologoGood day Australia, the latest Nintendo direct is going to air tomorrow morning, February 14 at 9AM Australian day light savings time.

I’ve watched every one of them, and for me the best place is streaming through the gamepad. It seems to run smoother and no freezing.

But seeing as most of us will be at work, so you might be best of watching it here.

I haven’t done a wrap up of a Nintendo Direct for a while, but seeing as this one should be a biggie, I’ll have one up tomorrow night. I want Metroid to be announced. It’s time, Nintendo. It’s time.

Here’s hoping for a happy Valentine’s Day, from me and Nintendo.

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watchdogsThere’s nothing to suggest it won’t. From what I can tell, Ubisoft have only (disappointingly) announced that the Wii U version won’t be releasing alongside the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions.

I seem to remember Ubisoft employees gushing about the Wii U version in the past, and while it may not be a priority now given Wii U’s low install base, nothing suggests our version won’t be released.

Ubisoft has been a great supporter of Wii U thus far, so I’ll be giving them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

There is no solid release window for the Wii U version.


wiiulogoI’ve already shared my dream first party Wii U line up, and while I haven’t had much to talk about lately, I thought I’d share my dream third party line up.

I hope it’s not totally obvious, and this isn’t a list about what games could “save” the Wii U or anything like that, it’s just the games I’d really love to see on the platform.

Leave a comment and let me know you’d like to see.

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tankAnyone who’s played Tank! Tank! Tank! knows it’s a rather shallow but fun distraction of a game for Wii U.

You can buy it in pieces or play for free on the eShop, but I reckons for less than $25 for the full disc, this is a bargain.

The game has it’s faults and I’ve written more about that here, but hey- the price is right at JB.

Incidentally, they’re also offering Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the same price.

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targetlogoTarget are selling Wii Fit U with the fit meter accessory, and Wii Party U with a black Wii Remote Plus for $69 each.

Not bad prices considering Wii Remote Plus sells for about fifty dollars and the fit meter for about $30 on their own. The fit meter is cool and useful, and who couldn’t use a spare Wii remote plus?


vconsolelogoNot the news we were hoping for. What we really want and need is Gamecube games and plenty more N64 titles on Virtual Console.

The service would be better off called Virtual Wasteland at the moment, I don’t see why Nintendo doesn’t focus on getting as many first and third party SNES, GC and 64 games onto the service as possible.

Given the 3DS and 2DS have backwards compatibility with DS games, you kind of have to wonder if there’s really the audience.

Will the TV be the top screen and gamepad be the bottom screen in the DS setup? How crappy will DS graphics look on a big TV? How will off TV play work? What games would you pay for again?

All questions I don’t think many people imagined they’d be asking when they work up this morning.

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BT-Q3N9IcAE6E8aSorry about that crappy headline.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today revealed that Mario Kart 8, Wii U’s most needed title, will be released sometime in May this year.

We were all expecting a quarter 1 release, so it sucks we’ll have to wait a whole lot longer. I’m sure it will be worth it, but damn this stings.

First world problems ahoy.