rosalinaamiiboRosalina’s meteoric rise to prominence in the Nintendo universe is unprecedented.

She’s become extremely popular with fans in a very short space of time, but there’s some people who think she’s hiding a monumental secret that explains why, despite being a newcomer, she’s very much entitled to her place among the Mushroom Kingdom aristocracy.

Watch these two videos to find out more, but first have a look at Rosalina’s achievements since we first met her in 2007:

  • Made her debut in the most critically acclaimed game of all time, and returned for the sequel a short time later
  • Was playable in the Mario Kart of the same generation as her debut appearance
  • Has a track named after her in Mario Kart 7, Rosalina’s Ice World
  • Appeared as a playable character in the Smash Bros. game one the generation after her debut
  • Her amiibo figure is one of the most sought after of all those available
  • She will appear in a console Mario Party title one generation after her debut, and she was playable in the handheld Mario Party Island Tour
  • Was a playable character in Mario Golf World Tour

But most astonishing of all, she appeared as a playable character in a main series Mario title just one generation after her debut, joining stalwarts like Luigi, Toad and Peach.

Being playable in a main series Mario game is an honour bestowed on only a favoured few, yet Rosalina has managed it with little to no resentment from long time Nintendo fans.

Now take a look at these incredible videos…

And part two…

I realise these videos are from a while ago, but still definitely worth watching and discussing.

Are you a Rosalina fan? What do you think the reason behind her incredible popularity is? Leave a comment!

 

miimakerLong story short, my Mii needed to update his hairstyle, a lot had changed since I created him in 2006.

Because he’s my Wii U user Mii- that is the one I use to log in to to my Wii U- I found I couldn’t edit him in the Mii maker.

Was he destined to live with that short spiky hair forever? Thankfully, no.

Here’s how to edit your user Mii, it’s quite easy but I thought I’d share it just in case there’s some people who can’t figure it out:

  • From the Wii U menu click on the Mii icon in the top left corner
  • Click on Change Mii, hit OK
  • Click Edit Registered Mii
  • Make your alterations as you would in Mii Maker
  • Click Register

Easy as that. Incidentally, I tried out all the longer hairstyles on my Mii, even the pony tails my mother hates so intently.

None of them suited him, so he’s still got his spiky hair.

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

 

eledeesboxEledees (or Elebits in other regions) was a cute little first person Wii game from KONAMI that saw players lift and throw objects around an on-rails environment in order to catch hundreds of tiny little creatures known as Pikmin. Sorry, Eledees.

As was the rules back in the early days of Wii, it was motion controls all the way. Innovative and intuitive use of the Wii remote was Eledees’ selling point.

Using the Wii remote’s pointer, you controlled what can almost be described as a plasma stream similar to (superficially at least) those used by the Ghostbusters.

You could use your plasma stream (or capture gun, as the game calls it) to lift objects and throw them around the environment.

The idea is to flush out those little Eledees and suck them up in order to harness their power and progress in the game.

The more Eledees you collected the bigger the objects you could lift, and the game rewarded players for using objects in innovative ways.

Aaaand lift, and throw...

Aaaand lift, and throw…

There was a four player mode that was rather forgettable, as well as some kind of level editor that I don’t recall ever using. According to KONAMI’s website you could share your creations via WiiConnect 24, a service which is no longer operational.

Eledees reviewed quite well, and in those early days of Wii, anything that wasn’t a mini-game collection was certainly looked at by Wii’s “core focused” audience. I wrote more about Eledees here.

It’s a shame there wasn’t a Wii sequel, because the gameplay ideas and the Eledees as characters showed real potential. The controls of course needed refinement, but KONAMI (like Ubisoft with Red Steel) should be commended for putting the Wii remote to imaginative use in a new IP.

I understand this post category is call Great Games Of Last Generation and while I’ll concede Eledees isn’t a great game, it deserves a mention because of the “hidden gem” factor.

Thanks to spong.com for the Eledees box shot and gamekult.com for the screen.

Did you ever play Eledees? Leave a comment!

 

Is it me, or is there something not quite right about the facial animations and lip syncing in the new MKX trailer?

The faces seem stiff and expressionless, and the movements of the mouths in relation to what the characters are saying are unconvincing.

I’m not hating, I’m a huge Mortal Kombat fan and I’m as excited as all get out about the new game, but it just seems a bit last generation-y to me.

Is this the best the new consoles can offer at this stage? Surely not, but I’m pretty sure I saw comparable work in gamed like Uncharted 3 and GTA5 on older machines.

I get it’s only a trailer and there’s time to tweak things, but gross NetherRealm. Fix it please.

Also, here’s the fanboy alternative to the fourth sentence in this post:

“Is this the best the new consoles can offer at this stage? Surely not, but I’m pretty sure I saw comparable work in Dead Space Extraction on Wii six years ago.”

 

 

Mario Kart Klone.

Apart from Sonic Racing Transformed, ModNation Racers was the closest thing any other last generation console had to Mario Kart, and it was quite honestly nearly as good.

The create a track component is awesome and easy for beginners to create a basic track, and thanks to a dedicated online community, there is an almost limitless supply of new tracks to play so you’ll never get bored.

It’s funny how as soon as the game was released, there was people faithfully replicating nearly every Mario Kart track there is.

It’s also one of the few PS3 games to include a 4 player split screen mode, something Mario Kart players have been taking for granted since 1995.

ModNation Racers was sadly under rated and overlooked on its release, especially in Australia- but I’d definitely recommend giving it a go if you can track down a copy.

Did you enjoy ModNation racers? Leave a comment!

 

wilfredI’ve got 1900 stars in my Club Nintendo account, and although there’s nothing I’m really keen on redeeming them for, Nintendo Australia is assuring us there’ll be new items added before the service is discontinued on September 30, 2015.

The thing is, from April there’ll be no more new codes being given out for games or hardware, so I can’t see any way I can increase my star balance.

I’ve got every Wii U and 3DS game I want, and I’ve got every first party Wii game except Mario Sports Mix.

(I couldn’t find a full list of European titles that contained redemption codes, but have a look at this if you want an idea)

I received absolutely no stars for purchasing a New Nintendo 3DS XL which I’m still spewing about, so I don’t know where I can collect some more stars from at this point.

Maybe I’ll just have to buy a few Mario note books and perhaps some face cloths and be happy with those.

The best item I could ever afford.

The best item I could ever afford.

My favourite item from Club Nintendo was the Zelda 3DS XL carry case. I was using it as a toiletries bag before I bought a New Nintendo 3DS.

I also got some playing cards which were awesome.

Unlike the convoluted goings on in America, in Australia you have until September 30 to both redeem codes for stars and stars for items.

 

targetlogoYou know I’m not big on encouraging online game shopping, but according to vooks.net Target is having a sale on it’s eBay store and there’s some bargains to be had on Nintendo hardware and software.

Check out the story on vooks.net here and hurry because they’re reporting it all ends on February 22.

I also just realised it’s time to update my Target logo graphic.

 

charizamI don’t know why Nintendo can’t just recast all the amiibo models that are out of stock around the world, and I don’t care about the intricacies of how supply and demand make something valuable.

Nintendo’s amiibo figures are little bits of plastic that a LOT of people want and can’t get. Nintendo aren’t trading these things, they’re selling them.

If someone wanted something I was selling and only I could supply it, I’d bloody well make some more and sell them. Especially if I had investors to please and some of my other products weren’t selling as well as I’d hoped.

I’m not an expert in plastic die casting, nor do I understand what costs would be involved in dusting off the moulds and slapping together some more Wii Fit Trainers, but I sure as hell know that if Nintendo made more amiibo figures, they’d sell them.

Wave 4 is coming (here’s the line up) and come hell or high water, I’m getting a Charizard.

I only secured a Yoshi and a Donkey Kong from Wave 1 alhough I had the opportunity to get them all, and after missing out on everything else I wanted from Wave 2 and 3, I kind of resigned myself to the fact that the hunt is too difficult.

I thought about giving up, not even caring about the next wave. Take some advice from every five year old on the planet and let it go… let it go.

Then of course they announce Wave 4.

And one of my favourite Nintendo characters, and a main in Smash Wii U Charizard is included.

I’m going to have to get him, and once again spend the next few months wondering why the hell I’m obsessing over tiny little plastic statues.

At least this time it’s an awesome little plastic dragon.

No release date has been set for amiibo Wave 4.

Nintendo have an official amiibo compatibility chart you can see here.

 

mkxLogoWith the news that Mortal Kombat X will have platform exclusive fighters, I wondered who from Nintendo’s universe would be bad ass enough to take on Scorpion and co. if the game was to come to Wii U.

I might preface this by saying this is not a serious list, it’s fantasy. Just like the prospect of Mortal Kombat X appearing on Wii U is fantasy.

 

. . .

Ganondorfganondorf

The most obvious choice, (besides a realistic Bowser) Ganondorf is the ultimate Nintendo bad guy whose look and attitude fit right in with the Mortal Kombat universe.

His flaming red locks should be used to hair whip, a la Sindel, and he should also be using Fi in sword form and she can speak in gibberish as she tries to come to terms with just having sliced Kung Loa into triangles.

ZantpicZant

Zant appeared in Twighlight Princess, and was as memorable for his indiscriminate fury as he was for his  scary ass helmet.

Who better to join the Mortal Kombat roster than a magic commanding, beast summoning lunatic known as The King Of Shadows.

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He doesn’t exactly have the dark, malicious swagger of most Mortal Kombat fighters, but isn’t it time a bit of humour came to the Dark Realm?

Johnny Cage tried to charm us by keeping things light, but Travis can take it one step further and be the ultimate insouciant kombatant.

ridleyRidley

Although Ridley isn’t exactly humanoid like all other Mortal Kombat fighters, I reckon it’s time for a flying purple dragon to make an appearance.

She’s one of Nintendo’s most enduring villains, and her maniacal penchant for the blood of everything and everyone makes her a good fit, as well as her having a cold blooded ally in Reptile.

King Gorongoron

There was Goro, so why not a Goron?

I’d love to see him dark, angry, and hairy like the Goron Chief we saw in Hyrule Warriors, and with the anger factor dialled up to twenty.

Shao Kahn isn’t the only one who can do some damage with an oversized hammer.

It’d be interested to see him in Xray though… what would be in there?

lizalfosLizalfos

Before this turns into a list of Zelda baddies, I just want to say being able to control Lizalfos would be a dream come true for me.

Give us a dark, realistic version of the character complete with machete and rock arm.

He can be reptile and Ridley’s hideous lovechild who’s coming back to exact revenge on his parents for abandoning him on a hot rock when he was an infant.

Brigadier Bettybrigbetty

Don’t let her cheery demeanor fool you, no one’s that happy all the time.

Battalion Wars’ Brigadier Betty could be the ultimate bad bitch.

She’s new Sonya Blade- all tongue, all attitude and all woman, and if Sonya can mysteriously shoot energy rings out of herself as a human, so can Betty.

empressEmpress Lei-Qo

And as for Empress Lei-Qo, It’s about time there was a “traditional” Asian female in the Mortal Kombat roster. 

Although I don’t remember Qo and Betty showing any specific animosity toward each other in the Battalion Wars series, you can create a “you slept with my brother then killed him” contention between the two, just for a touch of spice.

. . .

Who deserves a start in Mortal Kombat? Ghirahim? Shadow Mario? Leave a comment!

Thanks to zeldawiki.org and metroid-database.com  for the pics.

 

mp10picI must have missed the memo, because I just realised Mario Party 10 has a confirmed Australian release date.

It’s coming on March 21, and there’s a bundle with a new Mario amiibo.

There hasn’t been a killer mini-game collection on Wii U since Nintendo Land, nor has there been a killer Mario Party title since Mario Party 5.

“Asymmetric gameplay” was something Nintendo touted as a big selling point of the Wii U experience in the early days of the machine’s life, yet there’s only been a few examples of fun, effective use of this mechanic.

MP10 seems to have a big focus on this asymmetric gameplay, and here’s what Nintendo’s website says about the game’s features:

  • Grab the GamePad and play as Bowser for the first time in the series. In Bowser Party mini-games, one player gets to be the fire-breathing Bowser as he tries to burn, bonk or blast other players away. Up to four players use Wii Remote controllers to cooperate and survive as they confront the Bowser player, who is using the Wii U GamePad. It’s four against one, and being a party pooper has never been so much fun!
  • Control Bowser in a variety of ways with the Wii U GamePad. In Bowser’s Bad Breath, for example, the Bowser player moves the GamePad around to aim and shoot fireballs at the other players while they attempt to dodge them.
  • Colours and textures pop off the screen as the Mario Party series leaps into high definition for the first time.
  • Enjoy new mini-games in classic Mario Party style with up to four players.

mp10&amiibo

Here’s hoping for a true return to form for the series, after the steps in the right direction Mario Party 9 took back in early 2012.

I’ll do a price round up as we get closer to the release date.

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

 

tatsboxWii never needed Street Fighter IV.

With no major fighting franchises besides Smash Bros. to be found on the console, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was undoubtedly Wii’s premier fighting game.

And not just by default, but because it was a brilliantly put together package that stood up against the heavyweights other machines were host to, like Street Fighter IV and Mortal Kombat.

Fast, flashy, and difficult, TVC introduced most of the west to a bunch of characters we’d never heard of in the Tatsunoko brand, while letting us get our nostaligia on with a host of Capcom characters we know and love.

And in the case of Viewtiful Joe- know, love, and miss terribly. Where is he, Capcom? Seriously.

Frank West from Dead Rising was in the TVC roster, so were Megaman and Chun-Li.

Even Ryu didn’t mind going back to standard definition, as long as the material was high quality.

I’m not a fighting game aficionado, but I understand the developers of TVC went to some lengths to ensure the game was accessible to the less experienced while also providing enough depth and technicality to keep those rabid hardcore fighting fans happy.

A friend of mine who is a true hardcore technical fighting fan tells me they succeeded.

Great, but all that really matters is the simple fact that TVC is entertainment plus, and it’s rare to see a game that is as much fun to watch someone play as it is to be playing.

This makes waiting for your turn quite a lot easier.

Of course, this type of technical fighter takes a long time to master no matter where you sit on the fighting game experience spectrum.

Thankfully, a detailed instruction manual was included in the box (it was a monster), and so was the ability to have a characters moveset displayed on screen while you play, giving you that little extra guidance.

It wasn’t cheating by any means. It was “training” done right.

Back in 2010, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was a Wii exclusive the non believers envied, and I’m sure it’s on a few fighting fans’ wish lists to this day.

I’d love a HD remix. Exclusive to Wii U, of course.

ASSIST OK! Did you enjoy Ultimate All-Stars? Leave a comment!

 

mh4Not a bad price for the latest AAA title for 3DS.

It’s a big week for adventure fan’s wallets this week, but at least you can pick up the two big releases for 3DS this week for under $100 if you can shop at Target.

Remember JB Hi-Fi and EB Games will price match, you just gotta decide who you support.

All’s fair in love and retail, and I say go where the staff are friendly and respectful.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is released in Australia on February 14, the same day as Majora’s Mask 3D.

 

majoraRomance can go to hell this on Valentine’s Day this year.

The only relations I’ll be engaging in will be between myself and my New Nintendo 3DS when I boot up Majora’s Mask 3D, which releases in Australia on February 14.

Here’s a look at what Aussie retailers are charging for the latest Zelda remake from Nintendo, with Target coming good with the best price, at $48.

Big W – $58

Target – $48

EB Games – $59.95

JB Hi-Fi – $59

KMart – Unknown (try getting an answer from KMart about anything)

And the 3DS eShop is selling it for $59.95.

I’ll update this post if anything changes.

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

 

Jurassic Park is my favourite movie franchise of all time, so the thought of playing through all three adventures and the new movie in one LEGO game is beyond exciting for me.

LEGO games rarely disappoint, and neither does this trailer.

LEGO Jurassic World is coming to pretty much every platform, including Wii U and 3DS this June.

 

PUREPure risk. Pure fun.

PURE is 4 wheeler racing with huge jumps and insane tricks, set across breathtaking real world locations.

It’s the PURE world championship, and it’s up to you to get to the top. The game allows players to build their own ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) from scratch, and you’ll need to customize one for each style of race: stunt, race, and sprint.

Steering your ATV couldn’t be simpler- just hold the right trigger to accelerate and move the left stick to steer. There’s a few other control options, and one allows you to use the A button as accelerate- more akin to Mario Kart.

I recommend trying all of them first off to see which one you like best, because as you get into the more advanced trick combos, being comfortable with what button does what becomes super important.

Steering may be easy to grasp, but to progress through PURE you’ll need to master the stunts.

Stunts consist of a “pre-load” and a well timed button press to perform basic jumps, then more complex button presses for more complex stunts and combos.

The scenery is spectacular

The scenery is spectacular

You’ll also need to remember which stunts you’ve done recently, because the game will penalise you for repeating tricks or playing it too safe.

The pre-load in PURE really just means as you approach a jump you must pull back on the control stick until you’re almost in the air. This steadies your ride and prepares you for the jump, and that’s when you’ll use the left stick and press buttons to perform stunts.

The bigger the jump and the better your pre-load, the more air you’ll get and the more time you’ll have to pull off awesome stunt combos.

It’s an absolute blast, and trying to fit in one more trick before you hit the ground is always nerve wracking fun.

The racing action is some of the best of the generation

The racing action is some of the best of the generation

Just wait till the first time you see your player mess up a stunt and come crashing violently (this is a Disney game, so no blood) back to earth. Awesome stuff.

There’s an intuitive create-a-vehicle feature which you’ll have to use to make an ATV for each of the three different race styles- race, sprint and freestyle.

It’s a shame there’s no two or four player split screen in this kind of arcade racer, but it’s an even bigger shame there hasn’t been a sequel.

Did you enjoy PURE? Leave a comment!

 

majoraBecause I have never played Majora’s Mask.

The 3DS remake is coming in a few weeks, and unlike The Wind Waker HD, this stop gap remake will be a totally new Zelda experience for me.

And I can’t friggen wait.

I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about Majora’s Mask, and there’s been more than a few articles floating around the internet over the past few months in which bloggers and journalist reminisce about why it was the best Zelda ever, or the most underrated ever, or how the 3DS version is the remake we had to have…

No doubt there’s some nostalgia clouding at work as excitement builds for gamers who are eager to relive the experience, but I’m still very much looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.

It will be like having never seen Star Wars and then getting to watch the re-release with the better visual effects and slight changes that improved the final product and allowed the audience to experience the film the way it was originally intended.

Probably not. Nintendo don’t fix what ain’t broke.

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D releases in Australia on February 14.

I will be doing a price round up as the date gets closer.

Will this be the first time you’ll experience Majora’s Mask? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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

 

samusThis is a damn good buy, especially for those like myself who didn’t pick up a Wii retail copy.

Unfortunately there’s no support for any controllers other than the Wii remote/nunchuck combo, but what did we expect?

I’m not huge on Prime 2: Echoes, but Prime and Prime 3 are absolutely incredible games, and certainly worth thirteen dollars to play for the first time, or the thirty-first time.

Metroid Prime looked absolutely incredible on the Gamecube back when it was released, and you better believe it still looks great today.

Prime 3 proved not only that Wii games could look amazing, but the Wii remote/nunchuck combo could be an immersive and intuitive control set up for first person shooters.

Reminds you how very welcome a sequel would be. Surely they’re already working on it…

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

 

NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CHere’s the lowdown on the Australian retailers who will be selling amiibo wave three figures, and how much they’re charging.

You can remind yourself about the wave three line-up here.

Just try not to look at all the others you missed out on from the previous sets. Sadface.

They are released tomorrow, January 29.

Target: $14

My local Target assures me there will be stock on January 29.

Big W: $15

Big W assures me there will be stock. Big W also previously told me Marth would be back in stock soon but it never eventuated.

JB Hi-Fi: $17

My local JB says they will have stock.

KMart: $15

Only some stores are stocking the figurines.

EB Games: $17.95 

EB Games told me to get in store early because there’s no guarantees.

Good luck in your quest for the amiibos you’re after.

Let me know how you go via twitter: @rustyshell or leave a comment!

 

VIVAWhack it open and taste the gaming goodness.

Create your own virtual garden and attract an amazing array of wild animals, known as Pinata. Use your knowledge of the species to cater to their every need.

Buy and sell at the local store, make friends with your neighbours and trade tips.

The colourful art style and seemingly child-friendly interface left Viva Pinata largely overlooked when it was released in 2006.

While it may not be as complex as some other strategy/simulation games, Viva Pinata is a great starting point for beginners interested in the genre.

Provided you have a half decent memory that is, because at times you have a lot going on. Multi tasking is the key to most games of this type, and Viva Pinata is no different.

You’ll also need to think outside the box when it comes to attracting new species of Pinata to your garden. You’ll need to understand the food chain and be brave enough to venture out at night to collect the nocturnal Pinata, some of which are cute, but not exactly friendly.

Don’t worry though, you can literally beat the stuffing out of them and allow the other Pinata to feast on their insides. Funniest of all, you’ll need to provide love nests for the Pinatas to mate, or ‘romance’ as the game calls it.

Viva Pinata is a great buy for 360 owners looking for something different. Even if you only play through once and disregard the online features, it’s still worth it.

There’s also a sequel called Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, and a game for Nintendo DS- Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise.

Be sure to use the advanced camera setting instead of beginner. You can change it in the options menu and I recommend you do from the start because it makes the game much more playable.

Did you enjoy Viva Pinata? Leave a comment!