flacoamiiboThe Australian release date for Star Fox Zero is officially November 21, with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash releasing the exact same day.

The Falco amiibo is coming that day too, so it’s going to be a rough month on your wallet, especially if you intend to pick up Star Wars Battlefront the same week.

All this and just a week and a half later, on December 5, Xenoblade Chronicles X is released in Australia.

Bloody hell.

What a huge final quarter of 2015 not just for Nintendo and the Wii U, but for console gaming in general.

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shulkamiibo2Yep, Wii U’s much talked about exclusive RPG finally has an Aussie release date.

December 5, 2015 is when we’ll finally be able to play the follow up to Xenoblade, the immensely popular Wii game that showed the HD consoles how to do a modern RPG.

While it’s hard to truly decipher review scores from Japan, where the game has been out for months, all signs point to Xenoblade Chronicles X being worth playing.

And for Australia, Europe, and North America- worth the wait.

Sadly for the ladies, Shulk won’t be appearing in his undies this time. You can see that in Smash Bros. though, if that’s your thing.

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artacadThe Art Academy series already has a distinguished pedigree on the DS family of systems, so it’s surprising that the fully featured Wii U retail release, Art Academy Atelier has pretty much gone unnoticed.

Maybe Wii U owners have had their gamepad doodling fix thanks to the drawing function in Miiverse, or perhaps Nintendo spent all their advertising money launching Splatoon.

Either way, the game is out, and it’s cheap at retail.

Target Australia is selling the game for just $37, and if you ask me that’s quite a bargain for any art enthusiast.

Some of the stuff that’s being showcased in the Miiverse community for this game is mind blowing.

See more about Art Academy Atelier here.

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splinterThe acclaimed action game Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist was ported to Wii U in 2013, and by most accounts it’s really worth playing.

Target Australia is selling the game, new, for $29 right now.

I reckon anyone looking to boost their Wii U collection with a fun action game should pick this up.

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An unforgettable ad for a completely forgettable game.

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paint_artwork_1I just can’t seem to enjoy playing Splatoon.

It has all the elements of a winning game, not to mention the sales and critical praise to back it up.

There’s amiibo support, likeable characters, a unique art style, accessibility (from a gameplay perspective) with the below-the-surface depth Nintendo games are known for, a robust online component… the list goes on.

Last night I tried for a fifth time to approach the game, first I decided to focus on the single player game and relax into the controls without the pressure of online competition.

But alas, after a completing a few of the missions and collecting enough eggs to buy some stuff to use in multiplayer- I still wasn’t feeling it.

For me there’s nothing that stands out as thrilling, innovative or even fun about Splatoon’s single player.

The graphics in single player mode are nothing special, and the lack of voice work, and other elements of the presentation (like the choppy-as-hell hub) seems downright lazy.

So I headed back to the multiplayer lobbies, determined to get excited and addicted, like the rest of the Wii U owning world.

The game does a pretty good job of matching you with people with similar skill levels, and I like how the battles are short and sharp.

I also like how strangely satisfying it is to swim through the ink when you’re in squid form.

It’s a shame that same satisfaction doesn’t carry over when you’re in human form.

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I think what I most dislike about Splatoon is how disconnected I feel from my team mates.

I don’t have Wii U friends to regularly play with, so it’s mostly random worldwide players and me.

The lack of voice chat limits your ability to form a tactical understanding with your random team of internationals, and although the gamepad allows basic commands, darting glances to the gamepad from the television and back again really only works in theory.

Technically it’s teamwork, but realistically you’re running blind and I don’t like it.

I know I’m in the minority here. Most people, including many non-Nintendo fans, have really embraced Splatoon.

Nintendo are happy with the sales, and they continue to support the game with some great add on content which is not only keeping fans happy, but it’s keeping them playing.

I’m glad Nintendo has found success with a new IP, and no doubt Splatoon will be a popular franchise for them in the future. But I just can’t get into it. And I don’t think I ever will.

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devilsboxartWith the release of the polarising Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third just a week away, here’s what the Aussie retailers are selling the game for.

I’ll update this page as more prices are available.

As always, if you see any better, let us know by leaving a comment.

JB Hi-FI: $79

EB Games: $89.95 (ouch!)

Big W: $79

ozgameshop.com: $74.99

Target: Nothing yet.

The Gamesmen: Nothing yet.

Meanwhile, there’s no price on the Australian eShop. Expect $89.95 or some such silliness.

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When it comes to quality easter eggs, the Wave Race series never disappoints.

So, some twenty years after Wave Race 64 was first released, here’s YouTube’s The Easter Egg Hunter showing some amazing ones from the Nintendo 64 classic.

Please Nintendo. A sequel for the new machine. It’s time.

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MewtwqwWith the amiibo drought pretty much over, news comes that Mewtwo’s Smash Bros. amiibo is coming to Aussie stores on Saturday, October 24.

Will he be as hard to find as he is in the Pokemon games? Will he be as hard to find as the rest of his amiibo counterparts when they were first released?

I don’t know, but I do know my body is ready, my wallet is ready, and the staff at my local JB Hi-Fi better be ready.

You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell and Miiverse: zinger_AU

P.S. The only amiibo I am missing at this stage is Smash Bros. Peach.

You can check out the entire amiibo line up here.

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Sonic-Sega-All-Stars-Racing-box-artMario Kart Klone 2.

Like ModNation Racers and Cars 2, Sonic & Sega: All Stars Racing borrows many ideas from (and owes it’s very existence to) the Mario Kart franchise.

Unlike ModNation Racers and Cars 2 however, S&SASR brings virtually nothing new to the party.

Everything in the game is lifted from Mario Kart, but if you’ve played MK to death and you’re looking for something new- there is quite a bit of fun to be had here.

The game is available on DS, Wii, PS3 and 360. It looks prettier on PS3 and 360 of course, and in the 360 version you can race with Banjo & Kazooie.

There’s plenty of tracks to choose from, plenty of characters and nicely balanced weapons and karts to race with.

The tracks are also fun and have a good range of difficulty. It’s pretty much everything you want in a Mario Kart klone -including a 4 player split screen mode, and it’s one of the few games to come remotely close to capturing the essence of Nintendo’s franchise.

The omission of any multiplayer “cup” or tournament mode is baffling, however, and going back to the menu every time you want to race a new track is quite annoying.

The sequel, All Stars Racing Transformed fixed many of this game’s niggles, going on to be the best Mario Kart Klone of all, but this first entry is still worth picking up.

Thanks to retryquit.com for the box pic.

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