wormsbattleGot worms?

From its origins on the AMIGA platform to the flawless WORMS: Armageddon on Nintendo 64, TEAM 17‘s WORMS franchise has definitely stood the test of time.

The series’ first outing for Wii, WORMS: A Space Oddity was a serious disappointment, due to poor controls and a silly user interface.

Thankfully, WORMS: Battle Islands takes the series back to basics, and allows players to do what they want in a WORMS game.

You can name your teams, access your weapons easily, etc. all by using the Wii remote on its own or with the nunchuck, but with none of the ridiculous motion controls that let Space Oddity down.

WORMS is turn based strategy, control a team of worms which you get to name individually, use a variety of weapons and tools to have the last worm standing and win the match.

It’s simple and fun- especially with two or more players. Anyone wanting a decent WORMS experience should look no further than WORMS: Battle Islands on Wii, unless you can get hold of a Nintendo 64 and a copy of WORMS: Armageddon.


amiiboyaryoshWith the Australian release of Yoshi’s Woolly World merely days away, here’s what the Aussie retailers are selling the game for, with some prices for the amiibo bundle and stand alone Yarn Yoshi amiibo, too.


Game & Yarn Yoshi bundle – $79

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

Game – $58

Big W

Game & Yarn Yoshi bundle – $69

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

Game – $59


Only select stores are carrying Wii U products, my local has the game for $68

EB Games

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24.95

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.95

Game – $79.95

JB Hi-Fi

Game – $69

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

The Gamesmen

Game – $79.95

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.95

Dungeon Crawl

Game – $59.9o

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.90

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $34.90 (say whaaat?)


Game – $52.99

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.99

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24.95


Game  – $69

And the Australian eShop is selling it for… $79.95.

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Have a close look at the shape of the Yoshi’s Wooly World amiibo and there’s something quite unusual about the model.


Not the best Yoshi plush ever

Not the best Yoshi plush ever…

His nose looks a bit too big, his head out of proportion, and he is certainly in a weird pose.

He kind of looks like a cheap knock off, rather than an official tie-in product from his very creator.

I’ll still be picking one up, of course, when Yoshi’s Wooly World releases in Australia on June 26.

The game is also compatible with a whole heap of other amiibo, as evidenced in this video.

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Big-W-LogoStarting Thursday June 25, Big W is offering some pretty great deals as part of their “Toy Domination Sale”.

  • Yoshi’s Wooly World with Yarn Yoshi amiibo for $69
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World game for $59
  • Kirby & The Rainbow Paintbrush for $42
  • All the Super Mario Bros. collection amiibo for $10
  • Splatoon for $59
  • LEGO Jurassic World on Wii U for $59 (it comes out on July 1) and on 3DS for $39

Stay tuned for a full price round up of Yoshi’s Wooly World prices next week.


anotherworldWow, now there’s a bargain.

Until June 25, this updated version of one of the most iconic games of the 1990s is just $4.16 on both Nintendo eShops.

If you’ve never played this short but epic Amiga classic, you owe it to yourself to grab it now while it’s less than five bucks.

Much like Ocarina of Time or Super Mario 64, I think Another World is an important piece of gaming history everyone should experience at least once.

There’s just so much to like. The musical score is unforgettable, with perfect sound design that proves less really can be more- and the same rings true when one thinks about the simple yet immersive platform/action gameplay.

The atmosphere is dramatic and often intense without feeling forced, and the story, aided by the deft inclusion of cinematic cut scenes, is one for the ages.

It’s like a trip back to 1991 without the discomfort of sitting in a DeLorean.

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Thanks to nintendolife.com for the screen.


Have a go at the box art for Super Mario Maker and tell me there’s not a sneaky nod to Bob The Builder.

It’s sad times indeed when one of the few highlights of an entire E3 is some box art for a game we’ve known about for ages- but how can you look at Mario in this get up and not be reminded that all’s right in the world?

I lifted the graphic below from an article I read at oxcgn.com, reminding us to keep our faith in the company we’ve stuck by for so long and who at the end of the day, deliver us the very best gaming experiences time and time again.

It’s like Fashion Police for Nintendo fans. Fox looks awful, Mario looks fantastic, even if his look has been done before

It’s like Fashion Police for Nintendo fans. Fox looks awful, Mario looks fantastic, even if his look has been done before.

I hope you’ll read it, because Nintendo as an ideal and as a business needs more people like Yvan Zivkovic who aren’t afraid to stand in their truth as Nintendo fans and serious gamers.

I count myself as one of those people, and that’s one of the main reasons rustyshell.com even exists.

Can Mario fix Nintendo? Yes he can, and while we’ll soon forget about the disappointment this year’s E3 was met with, I can see why so many people have become disillusioned with the Nintendo they once new.

Not me though, I’m here till the end.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CIt seems Nintendo came good on their promise to replenish stock of the more rare amiibo, as there’s plenty of previously unavailable lines suddenly for sale.

Here’s a complete break down of who’s got what right now, bearing in mind it’s all correct at the time of posting.

I haven’t included prices because no one is gouging, (although some of ozgameshop’s prices are questionable) and some places will price match.

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I can’t help but notice how average the latest footage of Starfox Zero looks.

It looks more Gamecube than Wii U, and while I will acknowledge I haven’t seen it running first hand, what has been shown off so far is very underwhelming.

It’s pretty impossible to get excited by any of the footage, and to know there’s no online multiplayer as yet makes it even worse.

The model of Fox McCloud looks wrong too. He looks fat and angry.

Graphics aren’t everything in the world of Nintendo, but I hope the final game looks ten times better than what’s been shown this E3.

Hopefully the Arwing can do a barrel roll into a better looking game.



nessamiiboTarget Australia currently have a whole heap of Wave 1, 2, 3 and 4 amiibo available to buy online, including Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Pac Man, Ness, Captain Falcon, and more.

Click here to buy them.

Of course this is all accurate at the time I post this, who knows how long they will be there for.

There’s still no listing for the gold Mario amiibo which Nintendo say is a Target exclusive in Australia.

Many outlets are reporting that the gold Mario will not be available for pre order at any target stores.

More than that, it doesn’t even contain any gold at all. Ripped off.

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Yoshi’s Wooly World is looking completely awesome, as the Australian release date inches closer. The game comes out in Australia on June 26, a fair while before America.

Have a look at the latest footage released by Nintendo, and get excited.


Will you be picking it up at launch, or are you still too preoccupied with Splatoon and the Smash Bros. DLC?