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07-ChasingAurora-WiiUThe criminally underrated Wii U eShop exclusive Chasing Aurora is now $3.99 on the eShop until September 9. This unique little multiplayer title is from Broken Rules, the guys behind And Yet It Moves, a WiiWare gem (which you can now get on PC).

The game offers local multiplayer for 5 players, and makes use of the “asymmetrical gameplay” that Nintendo talked up in Wii U’s early days, then subsequently forgot about (much to the detriment of the console itself, but that’s another story).

You fly a bird around a 2D environment in an unusual mix of racing, tips, (or “tag” for the Americans) and hide-and-seek. Multiplayer is certainly where it’s at with Chasing Aurora, and if you’re lucky enough to have four friends to play with you should definitely hand over four bucks to play this game.

What I have to say though, is it does take a little while to get to grips with what’s going on and appreciate the mechanics of the controls. This is amplified by the fact that the art style is so unusual.

On release, there was some issues with the frame rate but it has been fixed, and you can play using the Wii remote/nunchuck combo.

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edgemiyaYou can’t go to a corner of the gaming internet right now without seeing this epic Edge magazine cover featuring Shigeru Miyamoto, and it’s certainly a cover deserving of the interest it’s garnering.

Not only is it wonderful PR for Nintendo, but proclaiming the “return of the king” reminded every gamer over the age of thirty what an amazing role this man had in shaping our beloved past time into what it is today.

The look on his face from behind that gamepad reminded us he’s not done yet.

This will be the first magazine I have purchased since I was addicted to the puzzles in That’s Life! magazine back in the early 2000′s. I also bought an old issue of HUSTLER on eBay a couple of years back and it sneakily sits on my coffee table, among quality hardback reading material like Dinotopia and John Peel’s The Gallifrey Chonicles. But I digress.

Edge online encourages you to buy the magazine from here, and five pounds including shipping isn’t too bad. Unfortunately the subscription price is pretty hefty when converted to Aussie dollars, but it’s a physical product and you are getting what you pay for (i.e. quality gaming journalism).

It seems you can get older issues for ok prices on eBay, too.

 

Why didn’t Nintendo think of that when designing the white gamepad?

The new white version of Sony’s PS4 controller features a sexy white finish on its shell, but the thumb sticks and d-pad are a deliciously contrasting black. We all know the original white Wii nunchuck thumb stick had a seriously unsightly issue where it went from white to yellow thanks to all the gross things excreting from our thumbs.

The sticks on the white Wii U gamepad go through the same unfortunate discolouration, and it was a design revelation (at least to me) that black sticks and buttons on a white controller shell could look so awesome.

Considering the sensor bar is basically a big black band across the top of the gamepad, contrasting black sticks would have complemented it well, just like they complement the touch pad and buttons on the DualShock 4.

If I was any way proficient with photoshop I’d have mocked something up to further illustrate what I mean, but I think you get the idea.

You forget about the germs you can't see.

You forget about the germs you can’t see.

My only concern is that the DualShock 4′s grips are slightly porous, so I wonder if that material in Glacier White is susceptible to discolouration thanks to our grotty gamer palms.

Hopefully Sony has thought about it, because it’d be a shame for anything to damage the aesthetics of what I reckon is one of the best looking (and feeling) controllers there’s ever been. I got this pic from EB Game’s Australia’s website, I hope they don’t mind.

I’m happy mussing up my friends’ DualShock 4′s for the time being, but when Uncharted 4 is out I’ll fork out for my own. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell

 

What a day this has been for Mario Kart 8 fans.

Today’s update brought with it some incredibly exciting and unexpected news. Two new DLC packs are coming, and they’re worth getting excited about.

Here’s what we can extract from the screens Nintendo showed after the download completed, you can access the info from the MK8 main menu.

Pack 1 Contains:

  • Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach as drivers
  • A new F-Zero themed track
  • A new Excitebike themed track
  • Wario’s Goldmine and Rainbow Road from Mario Kart Wii (UPDATE: It seems on closer inspection, it isn’t a shot of Wii’s Rainbow Road, it’s just MK8′s RR, used to showcase the Blue Falcon)
  • F-Zero’s Blue Falcon car, as well as 3 other new vehicles
  • 8 new tracks over two cups

Pack 2 Contains:

  • Dry Bowser as a driver
  • Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing as drivers
  • An Animal Crossing themed track
  • 4 new vehicles
  • 8 new tracks over two cups
Still no Paratrooper. What gives?

Still no Paratrooper. What gives?

There was small pic of a dark, forresty looking track in the pack 2 screen. Does anyone know if this is a remake of a previous track? I can’t place it.

Also, if you purchase both packs you get 8 different coloured Yoshis to choose from, and 8 different coloured Shy Guys. You can use them in the game right away when you pay.

The news gets better:

  • Pack 1 alone releases November 2014
  • Pack 2 alone released May 2015
  • Pack 1 & 2 together cost $16
  • Packs individually cost $10 each

So buy both packs for $16, and that’s a dollar per track. Amazoing.

But I’m completely spewing that Paratrooper STILL got overlooked for a start in the game.

Nintendo are doing DLC their own way, and i’m loving it.

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mercIn the words of Barney Gumble, “It begiiiiiinns“.

Nintendo’s latest big news DLC update is here. It’s the one where you get three new vehicles and some upgrades to the already wonderful Mario Kart 8.

The best news is you won’t miss it, Nintendo’s made sure of it. You’ll be notified on the Wii U quick start screen with a button to directly download, or boot up the game and there’s a glaring new icon on the main menu, taking you through a simple download process.

It take mere seconds.

I thought it might have been automatic seeing as it’s an update, but this is just as good.

Nintendo is handling DLC with TLC, and for us fans, that’s freaking great news.

 

Outrageous. Nintendo America has announced on twitter that August is officially “Peach Month”.  She’s a freakin’ princess, and she gets a measly month dedicated to her? Luigi is a plumber, he got his own year! What the hell, Nintendo?

Can some feminist group or gender equality organisation please get up in arms about this? I would but I am too busy playing Super Princess Peach and Googling how I can get the Daisy costume in Bayonetta 2.

At least this guy’s behind her all the way:

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Most Wii U owners are aware there’s a significant update coming for Mario Kart 8, and included with said update will be three real world Mercedes Benz vehicles to race with, one of which is the new GLA.

Sounds great. I mean it’s free, after all- but there’s a surprising number of people out there that are put off by Nintendo effectively advertising Mercedes and their new product in Mario Kart.

Others flat out think real world cars and brands have no place in the greater mushroom kingdom.

First of all, I don’t have a problem with three free downloadable new vehicles. Real world vehicles are welcome in the Mario Kart universe as far as I’m concerned.

Sure, I’d much rather see my beautiful Australian built, Holden VF Commodore appear in the game. It didn’t appear in Gran Tourismo 6 and I’m still filthy about that, but seriously who cares what DLC is, as long as it’s free.

I’ve got my favourite vehicles (Pipe Frame, The Duke, and Standard ATV), so I doubt I’ll be using the Mercs after the first time I take them out anyway.

But truly, free real world cars aren’t the big news about this MK8 update. You’re really interested in these new features:

  • The course map can now be displayed on the TV, rather than just the gamepad
  • “Next Race” is now the top option when a race finishes. Here’s to another three months of accidentally pressing down once and skipping to “view highlights” (Well played, Nintendo)
  • Plenty of new stats including win/loss counter in online games, and total coins collected
  • Overall stability improvements during online play, because god knows Australians need as much stability as we can get when it comes to internet related anything

These are all welcome additions, but I’d really like to see (and this update gives me hope for) these features:

  • Lap and final finishing times
  • The return of the speedo, so you can really tell where your drift boosts are being most effective
  • Freakin’ heaps of new tracks

I for one welcome every bit of free DLC that comes my way, as well as every free improvement to already incredible games. Mario Kart 8 has been and will continue to be a system seller. Nintendo knows this, and the addition of the on TV map is a small (and rare) admission from Nintendo that they can, and are willing to, improve their first party games post release.

I know some people would really like to see a decent battle mode in MK8, so in light of this update I say to those people… there’s still hope.

By all accounts, the Mario Kart 8 update, including the Mercedes Benz DLC, will be available in Australia on August 27th. It should download itself considering is is an update.

P.S. Do you reckon Nintendo will sneakily remove fire hopping? It’s possible.

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chainchompAfter not really being excited about Nintendo and Tecmo Koei’s Zelda/Dynasty Warriors hybrid, two things from the latest Nintendo direct have me sold.

The ability to play as Lord Ghirahim from Skyward Sword is the first. From Bowser in Smash Bros. to Albert Wesker in Resident Evil, there’s just something inherently enjoyable about playable baddies. Ganondorf is playable in Hyrule Warriors too, but I’ve controlled him before.

The next thing that’s got me sold is being able to use Chain Chomp as a weapon. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen the footage. It looks incredible. I have always loved Chain Chomp. I almost got him tattooed on my arm, and I wanted to call this blog chainchomp.com, but the name was taken. So for me good old Chainey featuring in a Zelda themed game is a dream come true.

Hyrule Warriors is released in Australia on September 20.

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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!