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super_mario_3d_world_wallpaper_by_rafaelmartins-d68nuqg-1024x576From Thursday April 10 to Wednesday April 23, Big W is selling Super Mario 3D World for $48. No self respecting Wii U owner doesn’t have this game already, but still it’s a great price. Mario Party Island Tour and Yoshi’s New Island are also $48 during Big W’s Easter sale.

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targetlogoTarget Australia are having a little bit of a sale until Wednesday April 23.

They’re calling it the Easter Gaming Sale, and here’s what’s worth looking at in the world of Nintendo.

  • The Lego Movie Videogame on Wii U for $64, 3DS for $39
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U for $27
  • DKC Tropical Freeze for $64
  • Arkham Origins Blackgate on 3DS for $39
  • Yoshi’s New Island for $49
  • A Link Between Worlds for $49
  • Pokemon Black & White for $49
  • Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy for $49
  • Mario Party Island Tour for $49
  • Rayman Origins on 3DS for $20
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf for $49

Something for everyone. I really need to play A Link Between Worlds, but I haven’t finished Skyward Sword or Wind Waker HD yet.


With the release of a ton of information about Mario Kart 8 over the last few days, I have to say even though I’m dying to know every detail, I still want to be surprised when the game is released on May 30.

I want to be surprised about which retro tracks made the cut, what new items are appearing, and what the new tracks look like.

So I’m officially declaring a Mario Kart 8 spoiler free zone. I’ve posted the latest trailer below, but that’s it. It is absolutely looking spectacular, there’s no question.

I’ve got a bit of time in leu up my sleeve at work, and you better be sure I’m taking it to play Mario Kart 8 to absolute death come the weekend of May 30. Here’s the latest footage.

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bayonetta2Speaking (in my last post) of New Zealand, I do complain a bit about the unfair pricing of hardware and games in Australia, but damn our poor neighbours in New Zealand are paying even more.

For example, you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2 from JB Hi-Fi New Zealand for $98.98 each, while in JB Australia they’re $79 each. In Oz a white 8GB Wii U costs $299, while in NZ it’ll set you back $444!

At EB Games NZ you can pre-order Mario Kart 8 for a whopping $108, while in Australia, EB has the limited edition for $99.95 and the standard for $79.95. Big difference.

A thought was spared. Good luck with changing your flag New Zealand, by the way.



eshopHere’s the first of what will become a regular post about goings on in the Wii U eShop.

It’s a shame that in Australia we always pay more than other places like the U.S, but it seems Nintendo are putting in some effort to make the eShop the dynamic online store it needs to be.

There’s a long way to go in a lot of areas, mainly the number of demos and trailers, but the one aspect of the eShop that needs the most work is Virtual Console. You would hardly even know it existed on Wii U.

The content hidden way down the bottom of the eShop with no distinguishing signage or title. Where are the Gamecube games? Where are the third party Nintendo 64 classics? Why are the prices so ludicrously high? I’ll get into all that further in future posts.

Right now though, there’s a couple of little deals worth mentioning:

  • Dr. Luigi for $13 (33% off until March 18)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 Year of Luigi Edition for $3.25 (50% off until March 18)
  • Bit. Trip. Runner 2 for $4.99 (66% off until March 20) I’d grab this now, it’s unreal. I wrote more about it here
  • Trine 2 is still $7.99 which is fantastic value, a true stunner of a game

Hilariously, there’s also a “sale” involving Darksiders II. It’s $55.95. Can you believe that? It’s down from $69.95 apparently.

I feel sorry for people who just want to download their retail titles. Just Dance 2014 is still $70. Batman Arkham City is still $80. Craziness.

Meanwhile, Coaster Crazy Deluxe is still not available in Australia.

I just don’t spend enough time on the 3DS to be doing one for that at the moment, but if you want to help me with that, drop me a line.

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DixiekongBoth Big W and Target are offering Wii U’s latest AAA title, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, for less than $70.

Target has it for $69, and Big W for $68.

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Rayman_Legends_Box_ArtI just got an email from Ubisoft that I thought was interesting. They announced that the next generation of Rayman Legends is here! Finally!, I thought.

Then I remembered the game appeared on Wii U ages ago. Perhaps Xbox One and PS4 aren’t in the same generation as Wii U. I’ll have more on that soon.

Two Rayman Legends posts in a row? Oh well, it’s a great game no matter what system you play it on. You can have a look at the interactive graphic Ubisoft sent Uplay users here: raymanubisoft.

It’s quite impressive I must say- and that Michael Franti song. Absolute perfection.

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Pokemon is one of the many Nintendo franchises that hasn’t made the leap to HD yet. Fans have been wanting a console edition for some time now, and while I realise why it’s not going to happen, it’s hard to look at this image and not wonder what might be.

A realistic, HD open world Pokemon game would be just amazing. This picture, from the official 3DS website, is just a tease.



I think graphics comparisons are pretty silly, (I would, being a Nintendo fan) but I found this one particularly interesting. Rayman Legends is an awesome game on all platform I’m sure.

I found this on DigitalFoundry’s Youtube channel, and thanks to the super awesome music accompanying the video, I thought I’d share it. Is there any real differences?

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BT-Q3N9IcAE6E8aFinally we have a date. Mario Kart 8 will be released on May 31, 2014.

Iwata has previously said it will be a world wide release, and since Australia is part of the world, that means we get it on May 31 too. Good to see.

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On this lovely Valentine’s Day, we all watched the Nintendo Direct with bated breath. No big new announcements, but plenty of the old “remember what’s coming” thing. Here I break it down.

  • Little Mac gets a start as a fighter in Smash Bros. It’s about time. He was part of my dream roster, so I’m glad to see he’s in. He deserves it.
  • Play as you Mii in Mario Golf? No biggie. I don’t know why this game isn’t on Wii U…
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe… I’m sure the Kirby fans are hanging for it, but doesn’t 3DS have enough great platformers? I still haven’t finished Kirby 64 or Kirby’s Epic Yarn yet.
  • Yoshi’s New Island. Again, enough platformers? But till, no time limit suits me fine… I wish Mario 3D World had no time limits. The giant eggs are cool. Flutter Wings replacing the super guide or White Tanooki Feather? Yes.
  • Steel Diver Sub Wars looks a bit different, a bit slow, and a bit boring… but a “contemplative FPS” seems like a new genre- and free to try is always ok by me.
  • Pokemon Link Battle… Zzzzz…
  • Professor Layton Vs Pheonix Wright. Biggest rivals go head to head. I’ve never played a Pheonix Wright game, but this cross over looks fun, and a good direction for Nintendo to take.
  • Nintendo Pocket Football Club. Well, it’s on for the management fans. I’m not one of them but gee it looks cute. I’d still rather a new Mario Strikers.
  • Weapon Shop De Omasse. Managing a weapon shop? Sounds very odd. Looks like a lot of reading. Looks like a lot of touch screen tapping. No thanks. It’s out February 20.
  • Etrian Odyssey looks cool. Map your way to victory? I see. Damn 3DS has some unique games, such a variety and I’m sure I’ll be checking out the demo on April 18.
  • Ubisoft’s Child Of Light. Looks incredibly samrt, and god an Ubisoft know Wii U needs some games like this.
  • How much more footage can we see of Tropical Freeze? Nintendo are really flogging this, here’s hoping it’s as good as Returns.
  • NES Remix. I’m not interested in this at all, but I’m sure the fans are going nuts. To get a Volume 2 it must have been popular. I might try it one day, and it’s cool that you get a “full game” in Super Luigi Bros. Should this have come last year in the “Year of Luigi”?
  • Mario Kart 8 is looking as spectacular as ever. Finally a date!!! May 30th. I’ll be calling in sick that week.
  • X new gameplay footage. It looks incredible. What a shame we won’t get to play it with the Japanese voices. So awesome. The games battle system is a polished version of Xenoblades? Sounds good to every fan of the game.
  • And finally, Bayonetta 2. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. So ridiculouso.

A bit of a disappointment overall, no new Wii U games announced. But maybe next time. We really want Star Fox and Metroid.

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nintendologoGood day Australia, the latest Nintendo direct is going to air tomorrow morning, February 14 at 9AM Australian day light savings time.

I’ve watched every one of them, and for me the best place is streaming through the gamepad. It seems to run smoother and no freezing.

But seeing as most of us will be at work, so you might be best of watching it here.

I haven’t done a wrap up of a Nintendo Direct for a while, but seeing as this one should be a biggie, I’ll have one up tomorrow night. I want Metroid to be announced. It’s time, Nintendo. It’s time.

Here’s hoping for a happy Valentine’s Day, from me and Nintendo.

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watchdogsThere’s nothing to suggest it won’t. From what I can tell, Ubisoft have only (disappointingly) announced that the Wii U version won’t be releasing alongside the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions.

I seem to remember Ubisoft employees gushing about the Wii U version in the past, and while it may not be a priority now given Wii U’s low install base, nothing suggests our version won’t be released.

Ubisoft has been a great supporter of Wii U thus far, so I’ll be giving them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

There is no solid release window for the Wii U version.


wiiulogoI’ve already shared my dream first party Wii U line up, and while I haven’t had much to talk about lately, I thought I’d share my dream third party line up.

I hope it’s not totally obvious, and this isn’t a list about what games could “save” the Wii U or anything like that, it’s just the games I’d really love to see on the platform.

Leave a comment and let me know you’d like to see.

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tankAnyone who’s played Tank! Tank! Tank! knows it’s a rather shallow but fun distraction of a game for Wii U.

You can buy it in pieces or play for free on the eShop, but I reckons for less than $25 for the full disc, this is a bargain.

The game has it’s faults and I’ve written more about that here, but hey- the price is right at JB.

Incidentally, they’re also offering Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the same price.

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targetlogoTarget are selling Wii Fit U with the fit meter accessory, and Wii Party U with a black Wii Remote Plus for $69 each.

Not bad prices considering Wii Remote Plus sells for about fifty dollars and the fit meter for about $30 on their own. The fit meter is cool and useful, and who couldn’t use a spare Wii remote plus?


BT-Q3N9IcAE6E8aSorry about that crappy headline.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today revealed that Mario Kart 8, Wii U’s most needed title, will be released sometime in May this year.

We were all expecting a quarter 1 release, so it sucks we’ll have to wait a whole lot longer. I’m sure it will be worth it, but damn this stings.

First world problems ahoy.


redI follow pretty much just the little guys on twitter. I love indie sites and reading opinion pieces that come from every day gamers’ hearts and keyboards.

Rants are a dime a dozen, but this opinion piece from Grubdog at entitled Nintendo: A Good Problem To Have is one of the best you’ll ever read.

I think it deserves its own I Like Mondays post, something I haven’t done for a while. It’s witty and honest, with just the right amount of sarcasm.

I’ve always said I’m a Nintendo fan, not a Nintendo defender. After reading this article and some of the associated comments, I was reminded I’m not alone in that disposition.

I don’t know what a Dorito dealing is, but I know what I likes on my Nintendo machines.

Now I really might go buy The Wonderful 101. Read the article here to see what I mean.

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miiverseNot that it needed justifying, I’m just a little bit over people carrying on about how games aren’t using the gamepad in “unique” or “interesting” ways.

Normally I’d just ignore this kind of predictable rhetoric, but last night while I was going back over Super Mario 3D World, I came to the first of the horrible Toad levels that require the gamepad.

I avoided these on my first play through, not just because puzzles (in general) quickly frustrate me, but because I was using the pro controller to play and didn’t want to keep switching to the gamepad and back.

Groaning as I had to follow the rules I’d set myself for the the session (getting every green star in every level, in order), I reluctantly changed to the gamepad to control Captain Toad, or whatever he calls himself.

The gamepad is required to play these levels because you need to touch blocks and rotate the world using the right stick. Both these things could have been done with the pro controller or Wii remote.

I began to wonder why these levels had been included at all. Nothing else in the game requires the gamepad, so did Nintendo, or someone in the development team, feel the need to include at least something that used the gamepad, simply because it was a Wii U game?

Plus you can draw amazing stuff like this

And you can draw amazing stuff like this

Nintendo Land is the most obvious example, but games like Zombi U, Lego City Undercover, and the ill-conceived Game & Wario also use the gamepad in ways that really add to the core experience. By that I mean they didn’t feel “tacked on” or “gimmicky” (to use some fantastic last generation buzz words). Why are people complaining that not enough games utilise the gamepad when in fact it’s built in to every single Wii U title by default?

I’m talking about Wii U’s most interesting, unique, and downright ingenious feature: Miiverse. A press of the Home button and you’re transported to the world’s friendliest, most positive online community. A place where people actually talk about games, ask for help, help each other, and generally have a great time interacting with other people who are there for the same reason.

Sure, Miiverse is heavily moderated. Sometimes, it would seem, unfairly so. But such moderation is necessary and ultimately worth it, because we all know that a lot of people, and that includes a hell of a lot of gamers, can’t be trusted not to be assholes online.

So I’m not writing this to sing the praises of Miiverse, because everyone who uses it knows how awesome it is. I’m writing this because as “ground-up” features of Wii U, the gamepad and Miiverse are made for each other. Imagine navigating Miiverse (or the eShop, or the internet browser for that matter) using a regular controller. It wouldn’t be the same experience.

So I don’t care if not every Wii U game makes innovative use of the gamepad’s features. I can use it for Miiverse, and that’s good enough for me.

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That’s a rhetorical question. Still, there’s an answer. And the answer is very friggen.

It’s been a long time since Mario Kart was a graphical showcase for a Nintendo machine (remember Mode 7?), and by the looks of things Mario Kart 8 is going to be just that for Wii U.

Here’s hoping between now and the Autumn release Nintendo has time to tweak the graphics even more.

Have a go at this incredible new trailer, the lighting, the flame effects, the metal textures… oh my.

Also, take a look at 14 things I said I wanted from Mario Kart 8 here.

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