Posts by: ZINGER

smashlogoIf you’re looking to pick up Smash for 3DS on the cheap, you’re still in luck because Target are selling it for $49 (until Wednesday, October 22) and JB Hi-Fi also have it for $49, apparently it’s regular price.

This is good news for us first party Nintendo fans, because games for 3DS and Wii U seem to be settling into low price points much quicker than they have in the past.

Now if we could just hit that magic $40 price point the Americans enjoy paying for their new release 3DS games…

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logo_3dsI mean, the Advance suffix is one that suggests power and progression, not to mention how well it rolls off the tongue. Gameboy Advance was an awesome name for the first hardware-improved Gameboy*, and the words just came out of the mouth so perfectly.

Gameboy Advance.

Not only did the GBA have an bad ass name to let everyone know it meant business, it also had a completely different form factor to the “candy bar” style original line of Gameboys. People could just look at its sideways orientation and they knew it was a new system, regardless of what they thought about the (original) shell’s purple colour.

3DS has seen it’s fair share of physical redesigns since it launched in 2011, but none have been as significant as the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS.new3dsxl

Not only does it refine the form factor of 3DS once again, but it adds a second analogue stick and increases the internal horsepower of the machine, which will result in exclusives for the system. In my eyes, that means it’s a new Nintendo system.

Evidently Nintendo thinks it’s a new system too, so much so that they thought they’d better make the point by calling it New 3DS. Or, New Nintendo 3DS to be exact.

No company names a major new product without some serious thought and debate going into it, and although I don’t have a marketing degree, I’ve gotta wonder what the circumstances were leading up to this naming decision, and why Nintendo didn’t agree on something more snazzy and serious.

I don’t think I know better from a business perspective, but from the creative and commonsensical perspective of a long time Nintendo fan, I don’t like the name. I don’t think (coupled with that silly looking font and logo that ties in with amiibo) the name “New Nintendo 3DS” does anything to help position the product where Nintendo themselves have said they want it to be- in the hands of the less passive gamer. The swinging Playstation Vita owner, perhaps?

I’m not saying Vita is a catchy or impactful name, but with Playstation preceding it, pretty much anything sounds awesome (try it: Playstation Hinge. Playstation Cushion. Playstation Canvas. Playstation Candle. …I could go on).

Nor am I suggesting there’s a big enough pool of disillusioned Vita owners that Nintendo should start making decisions to actively court them, because every Vita owner I know loves their machine, and they’re willing to go looking for the value in the system and its great experiences, as few and far between as us outsiders might consider them to be.

Those “more serious” gamers would in my mind consist of some VITA owners with enough cash to finally jump on board the 3DS train, but the majority would be these casual mobile gamers Nintendo apparently no longer has any interest in catering to.

Hopefully Nintendo can make these pathetic individuals realise they’re looking for a deeper, richer experience only a dedicated gaming device with physical buttons can provide.

Back to the name. New Nintendo 3DS just isn’t a name with much oomph or presence. It doesn’t mean business.

I’m going to argue that “3DS Advance” would have been the ideal name, and that it should have been coupled with a killer new logo that made its presence felt as a street credible alternative to gaming on your iphone.

After all, the New Nintendo 3DS XL features a “luxury look”, why can’t it have a luxury name and logo?

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*Hardware improved to the point where there was exclusives for the system

 

Have a look at this amazing original song and clip from YouTube user yungtown. It’s about his excitement at finding out…. oh, just watch it. Not only would the parodical lyrics make Weird Al Yanovic proud, but the guy has an amazing voice, too.

This vid is from 2013, sorry if I missed the boat. You can subscribe to yungtown’s YouTube channel here.

 

smashwiiuscrThe demo sold me on the idea of Smash on the small screen, but I’ll still be waiting for the Wii U version to come later in the year.

For those who are getting in on the action from day one, here’s a look at what Aussie retailers are charging for Nintendo’s latest AAA release. $44 ain’t bad, Target.

Big W: $54

Target: $44 (until October 8)

JB HiFi: $49

EB Games: $59.95

I’ll post any better prices I see before the game launches in Australia this Saturday.

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3dsllIt was a lemon wedge. Thanks, barkeep.

On another topic, Nintendo Australia has announced that New 3DS (and the XL) will be available in Australia and New Zealand this November 21, and we’re the only territory outside Japan to get the system this year.

Watch the full video below, it’s the first Nintendo Direct From Australia.

Unfortunately this good news brings with it some terribly bad news… the name New 3DS is final. Here we go again…why didn’t they call it 3DS Advance?

Anyway, Tom Enoki thanks Australian fans for their support. You’re welcome, now shut up and take my money.

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infinity2There’s a few low-ish prices around the retail traps for the content rich latest iteration of Disney Infinity, cleverly and succinctly titled “Infinity 2.0″.

Very parent friendly, Disney.

Big W has the starter pack for the latest software, the biggest selling point of which is the arrival of MARVEL characters to the fold, for $68 including Thor, Ironman and Black Widow figures.

Big W are selling the figures at a whopping $15 but don’t worry… you can pick up the Iron Fist (who?) figure for half price when you purchase the starter pack. Talk about value!

Elsewhere…

Target: Starter pack for $68

JB Hi-Fi: Starter pack for $79, figures for $17

EB Games: Starter pack for $79.95, figures for $17.95

KMart: Starter pack for $69, figures for $12

Seen any better prices? Let me know! You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell

 

ghirahimSure, it might be a little mindless. A little repetitive. A bit of a Zelda fan’s wet dream. That doesn’t stop it from being a freakin’ blast to play, especially if you’re one of those Zelda fans.

And by most accounts it’s a very well crafted entry in Dynasty Warriors series. A win win for fans of both series, it seems.

I’ve never played a Dynasty Warriors game, and after reading and watching a few reviews of Hyrule Warriors, I still didn’t really know what to expect when I got the game home on Saturday.

I knew you had to fight against wave after wave of enemies with over the top weapons and special moves, and I knew who the playable fighters were.

I had heard the cutscenes were impressive, and the Zelda themed locales and plot points had been handled with a great deal of care and respect to the series.

All of these things I knew, I just wasn’t prepared for how utterly satisfying and it would be to mow down those hordes of enemies using Link, Zelda, or Sheik. Nor was I prepared for my Zelda fanboy to go nuts when I realised I was going to get to battle on familiar Zelda locales, and Midna appeared, it was as if I’d been reunited with an old friend I hadn’t seen since 2007.

A dose of nostalgia can mess with your judgement, so I’m always cautious (especially as a Nintendo fan) to make sure I’m not high on anything other than the thrill of the game itself when I’m playing new content in a franchise I love.

In the case of Hyrule Warriors, it’s more difficult to be as judicious, mainly because while officially connected through a timeline, a lot of the events and characters (and to some extent, the locations) in the Zelda universe haven’t seen each other or interacted before this game.

(Mild Spoilers. Just this paragraph!) Playing as Midna from Twilight Princess, battling enemies from Ocarina of Time in a Skyward Sword locale is actually kind of odd. Even some major plot points from certain games have been revisited, and begin there with different a character from a different Zelda game adds to that surreal feeling.

I see heaps of people on Miiverse asking things like is this game fun, if it’s worth buying, if you have to be a Zelda fan to enjoy it. I reckon it is worth buying. I reckon it’s a great Wii U exclusive and I reckon it’s a blast to play.

It’s true you won’t get those warm, nostalgia induced tingles or goosebumps if your not a Zelda fan, but if you’re up for something unique, fun and extremely playable, I say go for it either way.

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Charizard2Ever since Nintendo announced that a new Smash Bros. game was being developed for 3DS alongside the expected home console version, I was dubious about how the over the top action and overall grandeur of the series could be compressed into a handheld experience.

Even after all the stage reveals, the screenshots, and the gameplay videos, I still wasn’t sold on the idea, nor was I excited about being able to Smash anywhere, any time. Even when Nintendo revealed the 3DS version was to be released months before the Wii U version, I still felt like I could wait it out ’till that big screen experience I associate with the series came along.

But this Saturday it all changed, when Nintendo released the Super Smash Bros. For 3DS demo on the eShop. Even though you can only play on one stage and with a couple of characters, all the Smash Bros. charm is there. The epic music, the flashy effects, and the super fast gameplay all seem to be intact on the small screen.

I was surprised by how smoothly the demo ran, and how good the models looked. The 3D effect looks pretty serviceable, too.

There were times when the camera came close to being too wide, with the characters became so small you almost lost track of them. You can’t toggle the character outline either, something I thought they might include with this demo, considering it’s a feature which was designed to make play on the small screen a little easier.

Fair enough I haven’t played the full game, and hopefully I wasn’t just drunk on nostalgia and excitement brought on simply by playing new Smash content. What I have to say though, is that it certainly felt, looked, and sounded like a Smash game.

Maybe it will have to be a day one purchase after all.

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littlemacGood old mystery. It’s as good as dead in the gaming world.

I’m making rustyshell a Smash Bros. spoiler free zone, just like I did with Mario Kart 8.

I know most of the roster, but from here on out I intend to do everything possible to avoid spoiling the last few remaining characters I don’t know are in.

I chose my Smash Bros. dream roster a while back, and while I know a few of my picks have made the cut, (like Little Mac over there) I hope there might be one or two left I don’t know about.

I completely ruined (or should I say spoiled) Brawl for myself with the dojo website, day after day checking it for info and reveals. I haven’t been to the new official Smash Bros. at all, and I’ve ignored Sakurai on Miiverse completely.

This time, when that siren sounds telling me a challenger is approaching, I’m determined to be surprised.

At least once.

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hyruleWith the much anticipated Wii U exclusive Hyrule Warriors releasing on September 20, it’s time to look at the best retail prices.

There’s apparently some exclusive DLC content available from certain retailers but I can’t make head nor tail of it, and there’s no indication that the limited edition scarf set has the add-on content included in Australia.

Here’s what Aussie retailers are asking:

Big W: $64 (game only)

Target: $59 (game only)

JB Hi-Fi: $69 (game only) or $94 (with limited edition scarf)

EB Games: $79.95 (game only)

It’s pretty great to see this big new releases consistently under $60.

Don’t forget, if you register your copy of the game with Club Nintendo before October 17th you get a download code for the Ganondorf costume set.

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I only found this out just now.

Point Blank 1 & 2 have got to be among the most entertaining arcade games ever, and while the humble DS might not sound like the ideal platform to host a port of a two player light gun game, it actually reviewed quite well.

I played the hell out of both Point Blank games at Hornsby Westfield’s Timezone among other places, and every arcade I came across was (and still is) judged on whether they have a Point Blank cabinet.

You get bonus points if you have a Ninja Turtles 4 player set up, and double extra points for a four player Simpsons arcade cabinet. Some of my friends were #teambuckhunter, while I was #teampointblank all the way.

Back then, of course, this thing: # was only ever seen on the hash key, and it if you ever had to use one, you were politely reminded it was located “below the 9″. But I digress.

Needless to say, I have ordered a copy of Point Blank DS and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

How great is Point Blank? Did you ever play the DS version? Leave a comment! You can follow me on twitter: @rustyhell or Miiverse: zinger_AU

 

The Year Of Luigi was an interesting and fruitful PR exercise for Nintendo. It got me thinking who from the Nintendo stable deserves the next honour of having a year dedicated to them. There’s a few contenders, but I say it’s Yoshi’s time.

He’s been there from day one (almost) and he’s my favourite Nintendo character beside Paratrooper. Peach had this August (lame) dedicated to her, so she’s out. It’s always the year of Link the teacher’s pet, and a year of Samus still seems a long way away. Donkey Kong isn’t likeable enough.

Plus no one wants to go through the year with a brown themed anything. Stick to green, Nintendo. With Yoshi’s Wooly World coming next year, why not? I’d love a HD remake of Yoshi’s Story while they’re at it.

game-art-hq.com led me to this guy's awesome artwork by zoulouluvu

game-art-hq.com led me to this awesome artwork by zoulouluvu

I’m not alone in loving the green dinosaur, whether his name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas or not. There’s some awesome Yoshi fan pages out there, but yoshismoon.com is one of the best. Dadumm.

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800px-GameCube_controllerYou just can’t keep a good controller down.

Sony’s DualShock controller design for their Playstation machines has certainly stood the test of time, but using it generation after generation was a conscious, deliberate decision by Sony.

And a very good decision.

The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly rings true as far as the DualShock is concerned.

The same can be said about Nintendo’s Gamecube controller, and although it had to take a back seat while its very creator threw avant-garde alternatives at us, it never really went away.

If DualShock’s enduring popularity has been justifiably requisite, the Gamecube controller’s has been justifiably irrevocable . People just want to keep going back to it.

And why not? It has everything.

Flawless ergonomics, a genius face button layout with those perfectly moulded triggers.. Then there’s the super solid construction, generous and quiet vibration feedback, and a left thumb stick that remains the most tactile and durable there’s ever been.

It’s no wonder Nintendo (and the fans) just can’t let it go. I realise the Wii Remote had to happen, and I’m glad it did, but I wish Nintendo had just made the classic controller for the original Wii a refined version of the GameCube design. Then they could have then refined it again for this generation and went with it instead of the Wii U Pro Controller, much like Sony did with the DualShock design.

I mean for heaven sake, they’re about to release a Gamecube controller adapter for Wii U, two generations after the cube itself went to that great gaming lounge room in the sky. (That’s my heaven).

Baby you so classic

Baby you’re so classic

As if that wasn’t testament enough to the enduring appeal of the design, there’ll also be official new Gamecube controllers for Smash Bros. One official Smash version, and a few super awesome character themed, fully functioning Wii U Pro controllers in that timeless Gamecube style.

(How these differ to an actual CG controller beyond aesthetics is uncertain, but there’s some nice images of them on EB Australia’s website)

I’m not completely convinced that the Gamecube layout is more optimal for playing Smash than the Wii Classic Controller Pro or the Wii U Pro Controller. I mean, they all have solid, comfortable analogue sticks and serviceable face buttons, as well as overall solid builds that can take a good squeezing and survive the occasional throw at someone’s head.

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I think the Smash appeal is more based in nostalgia, especially those who remember Melee more fondly than they do Brawl. I guess the thought of not being able to play Smash without a Gamecube controller is too much for some people.

Nintendo have not only recognised this, but they’re about to capitalise on it. In that sense, it’s a smart move by the big N, one of many they’ve made lately.

I’ve got heaps of Gamecube controllers lying around. I’ve also got three Wii U Pro controllers, and I’d like to use them for something outside Mario Kart 8.

But look how shiny I am...

But look how shiny I am…

Smash is the next big 4 player experience, and after spending $150 on three shiny new controllers, my inner accountant is telling me I should get some more use out of them. He directed me to EB Games Australia’s website where they’ve listed the adapter at $49.95, to really drive the point home.

Fifty dollars for another piece of plastic I don’t actually need? I could by a new game for that.

And that’s what I’ll do. Unless it’s announced that Gamecube games coming to Virtual Console, my ‘cube controllers, as magnificent as they are, will have to stay in their original boxes somewhere in my spare room for a while longer.

Although “It’s what i’m used to” is a completely valid reason for wanting to use the GC controller for Smash, is there any advantages from a gameplay standpoint? Leave a comment!

 

eshopWelcome back to my occasional post where I look at what’s going on in the Wii U eShop right now.

Anyone can just open the eShop and see for themselves, but I like having a few laughs while looking at what deserves our attention.

Every time I write one of these, the eShop continues to grow and improve, and that I’m not joking about. Sales here, bargains there, and incredibly convoluted deals for free or discounted stuff.

The eShop is becoming more like a real store every month.

toonlinkIt’s The Legend Of Zelda Weeks (not week or month) this weeks on the eShop, and if you’re a Zelda fan, you’re kind of in for a treat. Here’s one of those convoluted deals I was talking about:

You’ll get 10% off your Hyrule Warriors eShop purchase between September 20-26 if you purchase another Zelda title from the eShop.

Good news though, because they’re all discounted. Get:

  • Wind Waker HD for $53.50 instead of $80 (that’s 33% off, Zelda fans!)
  • Legend Of Zelda for $4.55 instead of $6.50
  • Zelda II for $4.55 instead of $6.50

Still no word on an actual price for Hyrule Warriors, but I’m guessing we’re looking at a $79.95 job. It’ll be heaps cheaper at retail, I’d say.

I don’t see how this promo is really for the Zelda fans, especially considering most fans would have all the discounted games already, and the mega fans have sniffed out a Hyrule Warriors collector’s edition with that fetching blue scarf.

Anyway, hopefully some more Zelda bargains are to be had next weeks, when The Legend Of Zelda Weeks continues….

Elsewhere, Steamworld Dig, the much hyped and extremely well reviewed action/adventure/platformer from Image & Form has released on Wii U for $11.49. There’s 25% off the game if you already own it on 3DS. Too bad if you’ve got on in one of the other eighty platforms it’s out on. Full price for you. Miiverse is going nuts for this.

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes DLC and Update is out now, and if you’ve turned your Wii U on in the last week you’ve already downloaded it. The quick start menu guided you to the download, and there’s constant reminders now embedded in the in game menu.

Then there’s the new DLC packs coming later. Buy them both, get the coloured Yoshis and Shyguys, and thank your lucky stars Nintendo are doing DLC thier way. $16 for 16 new tracks? Yes, yes and yes.

Another yes for the fact one of them is Wario’s Goldmine. That’s four yes’s. You’re going to Sydney.

Zen Pinball 2 add on content. Australians are paying $4.35 a table. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or MARVEL then you’ll probably find that reasonable, especially considering you can download a trial of the tables before you buy. In fact, you have to download the trial. It’s good to see this game still getting some from love Zen Studios. It’s fantastic.

Nano Assault Neo is 25% off at $9.75 (until September 11). It’s soon going to stop being a Nintendo exclusive, but that’s a good thing. You want indie developer Shin’En to keep making great games, so more money equals more possibility of that.

I’ve never played this outside the demo but Miiverse players swear by it, it’s reviewed wonderfully.

Shin’En are bringing an F-Zero style racer to Wii U called Fast Racing Neo. There’s not even a single screen shot yet, but I’m excited.

Chasing Aurora is half price at $3.99 until September 11. Read this, and this, and do yourself a favour and grab it for $4, even if it waits for a rainy multiplayer day.

Wii Sports Club boxing and baseball are really both terrible. Download the 24 hour trial and I bet you won’t spend the $13 to own these two duds again. Where the hell was table tennis, Nintendo? Oh, you’re saving that for Resort Club? I’ll wait.

vconsolelogoOn the Virtual Console front, nothing much exciting is happening at all. Mario Golf Advance Tour is still way too dear at $9.10, though the Fire Emblem fans are happy with the original being available. $9.10 is still too much.

Still no Nintendo 64 or Gamecube games. I get the Big N is busy with other stuff, and Wii U is the only current generation console to offer backwards compatibility, but I’d still love to play F-Zero X and Waverace Blue Storm on my Gamepad and tell Miiverse all about it.

I’d even pay $9.10 for the pleasure. If I find out later that I’m getting a HD remake of either of these two games I’ll forgo every other Gamecube and Nintendo 64 experience on VC and all will be forgiven. ok, those two and Battalion Wars.

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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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