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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.


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!


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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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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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. led me to this guy's awesome artwork by zoulouluvu 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 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.


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, 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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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, for $15 they might just be worth picking up.

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