mostwantedFrom Wednesday July 23, Target Australia are offering Need For Speed Most Wanted U for $29. That’s a pretty good price for this under-rated open world racer.

We were lucky enough to get this much enhanced port before EA abandoned Wii U completely, so you’ll be pleased to know the Wii U version is a ton of fun to play, the graphics are exceptional and the racing action slick, and lightning fast.

Even EA’s own website calls the Wii U version “the definitive” experience.

There’s also a robust online component and while most people are probably playing Mario Kart 8 these days, racing with others is still fun and you can voice chat with straaaa-aaangeerrrs…ooo-ooo-oooh.

If you haven’t played it I recommend picking it up for $29, for sure.

Target is also selling all first party Wii U titles (including Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze) for $57.

There’s also Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 7 for $43 when the sale starts on Wednesday July 23.

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Not only does it draw attention to something that pretty shocking that happened at e sport event Evo in Las Vegas recently, but he calls out an article I wrote on here rustyshell about Mario Kart 8. You’ve got a new fan, EventStatus.

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Big-W-LogoBig W are advertising a $10 clearance on Wii, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo 3DS and (really?) PS2 games.

Apparently there’s hundreds of titles on offer. Good luck with this one, let me know if you find a bargain!

The offer ends on Wednesday July 23rd.

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I posted a wish list of things I wanted to see in Mario Kart 8 before its release and a reflection piece after having spent a decent amount of time with the game.

Of the fourteen things I discussed, there’s one thing I still cant get over.

I’m adamant there needs to be a better way to avoid the blue shell than by the use of an item.

I originally said I wanted the blue shell modified, for fairness:

“As the weapon evolved, it became a punishment for leading the race. This is not on in my book”.

Any Mario Kart fan knew that after the brutal and downright unfair over use of the blue shell (or “spiny shell” to some) in Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo were going to tone down the frequency of the item appearing in the next console version. But that wasn’t going to be enough, I wanted a way to completely avoid the blue shell while in first place.

We all know the Super Horn item allows us to counter the blue shell. So effectively, I’ve got my way to beat it. But I still wanted to be able to avoid the blue shell using my skill, not the luck of having the right item at the right time in a race.

This isn’t the first time an item can be used to escape the blue shell. In Mario Kart Double Dash!!, the well timed use of a boost mushroom could propel you out of the blue shell’s blast radius.

This was certainly tricky to pull off, and exhilarating when you did. But you still had to use an item to do it. Those who played Double Dash!! know you could hold multiple items at a time in that game, so you could kind of have a mushroom “in the bank” in case you were threatened by a blue shell.

In Mario Kart 8, you can’t pick up a second item. I don’t want to hold on to a Super Horn in case a blue shell comes along. I know there’s a better way to handle this whole thing, and I suggested a Blur style series of lightning bolts that land just ahead of first place, offering players a slim chance of avoiding the bolts and maintaining their momentum.

Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing Transformed did a similar thing, using a swarm of wasps to hunt down first and stop in a few clusters across the track in front of them. It was tricky to navigate your way around them, but when you pulled it off it was a real rush.

Nintendo borrowed the Super Horn idea from (at least this is where I know it from) Sonic All Stars Racing’s Mega Horn item. The two both create a sound wave boom that spins out all players in its radius.

I wish while Nintendo was borrowing ideas from other kart racers, they’d have borrowed one that could really have added to the Mario Kart experience and finally given players a way to use their skills as a driver to achieve the holy grail: avoiding the blue shell.

Do you have any ideas on how to modify the blue shell to make it escapable through the use of skill? Let me know by leaving a comment!

 

ebgameslogoEB Games Australia have posted placeholder prices for amiibo figures and new limited edition GameCube controllers.

amiibo figures are going for $29.95 while the Gamecube controller adapter and the controllers themselves are listed at $69.95 each.

I understand placeholder prices are just estimates (or “expected prices”) until more information is available, but surely EB can’t think amiibo figures are going to go for anywhere near $30 each?

I was thinking more like $10-$12.

As far as those GameCube controllers go, they are beautiful and I should very much like to have one. But $69.95 for a piece of thirteen year old gaming equipment? No. $25 maybe.

Add $50 for the adapter to be able to actually use it? I don’t think so. The adapter should be somewhere in the vicinity of $15-free.

Would you pay $30 for a single amiibo figure? Or $70 for a Gamecube controller? Leave a comment!

 

ebgameslogoFirst of all the Wii U LAN adapter for $9. Although the website is currently listing the item as “out of stock”, but I grabbed one at my local store.

I supposedly have Australia’s fastest (non NBN) internet. It’s still not that great over Wi-Fi so the LAN adapter, something I never owned for the original Wii, is great for giving my online Mario Kart 8 game a boost.

It’s a shame the premium Wii U doesn’t have an ethernet port built in, but for $9 it’s an upgrade and it’s worth it.

They’re also advertising the Turtle Beach nLa gaming headset for $15, down from $45. I’ve never used them, but I found a review at canadianonlinegamers.com, for $15 they might just be worth picking up.

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jblogoNot only have JB Hi-Fi revamped their website and improved it immensely, but there’s selling a few Wii U games, new, for cheap:

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist for $25
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for $24.98
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited for $27.99

Incidentally, JB also have every announced Wii U game for pre-order at $79, except Watch Dogs at $69, and Just Dance 2015 for $49.

 

wii_sports_clublogoBut truly, this package has got to disappoint you. No table tennis or archery? What the hell, Nintendo?

And while the online features are great and golf has a whole new course, Nintendo’s HD remake of the biggest game of all time was really a bit of a fizzer.

The bowling alley looked rushed, the on screen decals felt cheap, and the new voiceover guy sounded like he just rolled out of bed, not like he was commentating an exciting day of (whichever) sport.

At $54.95 RRP, the retail disc is just $3 more than if you’d downloaded all the sports from the eShop for $13 a pop.

JB Hi-Fi currently has it for $54. I’ll tweet any better prices I see as the week goes on.

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marioonkartMario Kart 8 is a spectacular entry in the series, there’s no denying that.

As die hard fans, we’d all like to see things done differently to suit our individual playing styles, and we all had a list of features we hoped would make into the next console version.

Back in May 2013 I created such a list, entitled 14 Things I’d Like To See In The Next Mario Kart.

Then I avoided Mario Kart 8 spoilers like the plague.

With the game now out and selling truckloads, I thought I’d look back at those 14 things see how much of my wish list came true.

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nintendologoThere’s a neat chart from Nintendo showing lifetime sales figures for their machines.

Try as I might I can’t lift it from their website to show you, but here’s the link.

Not a bad track record, it would seem. I never knew the DS outsold the Gameboy. This is from a while ago but I just came across it and it’s cool, so check it out.

 

wiiulogoE3 2014 was one of the most memorable for Nintendo fans in some years- not only did Nintendo provide us with an entertaining and surprising keynote (or “Digital Event”) but the amount of exclusives for their home console just keeps getting better.

As gamers, we’re always looking at what’s “coming soon” for our favourite consoles, but this is the first time since before launch that I’m genuinely optimistic about the machine and it’s games reaching a large audience.

While I’m so far away from getting what I really want from Nintendo: a new Waverace game and a new Battalion Wars, I’m pretty happy that three original titles were announced, as well as a new entry in the Starfox series.

I’m less excited about amiibo. Silly name, and I don’t fully understand the potential.

Yoshi’s Wooly World looks awesome, and while I was underwhelmed by Captain Toad and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Maker and Miyamoto’s robot game look unreal. Mario Party 10 is coming too.

I could take or leave Splatoon based on the early footage. The Nintendo Treehouse video did nothing to help the cause.

Throw in Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Hyrule Warriors, Devil’s Third, and the new Fatal Frame game we know is coming (not to mention the Eternal Darkness sequel that is happening slowly, somewhere out there) and that’s a crap load of exclusives coming to Wii U. Now they’ve all gotta actually be good.

Are you more optimistic about Wii U’s long term success given the amount of promising exclusives coming? Leave a comment! P.S. I am aware Zelda is coming!

 

sblogoSuper Smash Bros. for 3Ds and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

A bit lame, I was hoping to see Nintendo come up with a few more synonyms for the word “fight”. Still, the titles are both simple and effective- if uninspired.

While I’m on the topic of Smash, I’m not sure I’m loving the idea of resurrecting the GameCube controller for the Wii U version.

Although I’m still adamant that the GC controller is the best controller of all time, I’d rather see Nintendo show the Wii U Pro Controller some love. It’s great, even though the ZL and ZR trigger buttons are a bit flimsy. Those sticks are fierce.

What do you think about the names? Will you buy the Gamecube adapter? Leave a comment!

 

dami1Dami Im’s Mii came to my 3DS today, bringing with her a new, “secret” Dillon’s Rolling Western Puzzle Swap panel.

Unfortunately she only gave me one Kid Icarus Uprising panel piece.

She then ventured forth with me in StreetPass Quest II, but got scared and fled back to Sony Music headquarters to film another un-epic music video to accompany an epic song.

I really like Dami, she’s got a great voice and a cool new single, and I like her even more now she’s associated with Nintendo. I just hope her record label finds her a better director for her next film clip.

Dami is being used by Nintendo Australia to promote Tomodachi Life.

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starfoxlogoI’ve been away for a while so I haven’t posted since E3. I just needed to acknowledge that finally we got confirmation that there’ll be a new Starfox game for Wii U.

Hallelujah.

About freaking time, Nintendo. This is what the fans have been asking for most. Confirmation and a few details is good enough for me.

 

 

eshopThe Wii U eShop is improving and evolving from month to month, which is great to see. Here’s my take on how things are right now, and what’s worth our attention. Hopefully you’ll have a chuckle, too.

Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition is out now. If you’re old enough to remember this absolute classic on Amiga, you’ll already be feeling that nostalgic curiosity and wondering if it’s worth the $10.40 asking price.

If those memories aren’t there, you’d probably watch the trailer and think “what’s the big deal?”.

And fair enough. It’s just a classic that resonated because it was unique and original. The soundtrack is unforgettable, and it looked fabulous at the time. It’s fantastic in every sense of the word, but if you don’t have anyone in your ear saying “you’ve got to play Another World”, wait until it comes on sale.

Meanwhile, Nintendo are still flogging Super Mario 3D World for $79.95. It’s a premium product, sure. But you can get it for $25 less at retail. Time to knock the price down a bit on your first parties, Nintendo.

Puzzle platformer Toki Tori 2 is 80% off, at $3.99. Comes recommended.

vconsolelogoOver on the Virtual Console front, we’re still waiting for the Gamecube games. Nintendo are really behind the eight ball on this. A Gamecube controller adapter is coming, and surely not for just one game.

Nintendo must think there’s enough people who own a Gamecube controller and a Wii U to warrant manufacturing and releasing a peripheral. They just mustn’t think those same people would pay to play F-Zero GX on the Gamepad. I don’t understand why that is.

Mario Power Tennis for $9.10? Get real. Super Punch Out!! for $10.40? Not a chance. At least Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training is free. Thanks for that, Nintendo.

Pac Man Collection for $7.80 is more like it- well suited to gamepad play. The arcade Pac Man by itself for $2.50 would have been better.

Super Mario Kart is $1.95. No word on how long for. Get it now.

And then have a browse through the Super Nintendo section of Virtual Console and wonder who’s making the decisions on what games get the VC treatment. Seriously, Vegas Stakes? At $10.40, it’s not even worth thinking of a gambling related pun to express my distain.

wii_sports_clublogoDon’t forget Wii Sports Club adds baseball and boxing to round out the line up of sports. What a shame, I was hoping for HD remakes of cycling and canoeing. Oh well.

There’s a 24 hour trial for both the sports which download automatically. $13 for both the new sports is alright, but you’ll still be pining for table tennis and hoping Nintendo reconsiders their position on this being the last Wii Sports Club update.

Finally, don’t forget about the free game you got with Mario Kart 8. I still haven’t decided between The Wonderful 101 and Wii Party U. The offer ends July 31st.

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And I’m agreeing with them.

I think overall the new tracks in Mario Kart 8 lack big-hitting wow-factor, with two exceptions: Cloudtop Cruise and Mount Wario.

I reckon these two stand out in a crowd of beautiful yet ultimately uninspired new tracks.

It seems Kotaku’s readers feel the same.

You don’t have to register, you can vote on their poll here.

 

Arnie_280_860679aI’m taking a month long holiday, so I won’t be posting on rustyshell until Tuesday July 2nd, 2014. By then I’ll have had time to really play Mario Kart 8, and I’ll have plenty to say about it.

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Mario Kart 8 is a pretty brilliant overall package, but I have to say I’m really disappointed with the recreation of my favourite track ever, Yoshi Valley.

Have a look at this comparison video by Nintendo World Report and you’ll see what a dumbed-down, mundane experience the once epic track has become.

Toad’s Turnpike has been butchered as well, but that’s a story for another day.

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wpid-img_20140531_105314_957.jpgTarget are selling Mario Kart 8 for $58 this weekend, $6 less than their advertised $64.

I’m not sure how long this will last and the Target staff couldn’t tell me, surprise surprise.

 

BT-Q3N9IcAE6E8aBig W has come good with the best price for Mario Kart 8, at $58.

They are also selling the Premium Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 for $398, that’s $30 cheaper than anywhere else.

If there’s anything cheaper leading up to MK8′s release on Saturday, I’ll post and tweet it.

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