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smashlogoGood old mystery. It’s dead to 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. When that siren sounds, telling me a challenger is approaching, I’m determined to be surprised.

At least once.

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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.

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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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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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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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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nintendologoSo can we all move on please?

Nintendo have done the right thing and apologised publicly for upsetting anyone by not allowing same sex relationships in their latest 3DS virtual life game, Tomodachi Life.

Various news organisations and websites over the past week have reported wrong information and misrepresented the timeline of events.

Some outlets, like Gamasutra, got it right. They explain the original drama best here. Nintendo has come out with a public apology.

Here it is in full:

“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch.

At Nintendo, dedication has always meant going beyond the games to promote a sense of community, and to share a spirit of fun and joy.

We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. We pledge that if we create a next instalment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players.”

It might be disappointing that Nintendo didn’t include a same sex relationship option in this day and age, but they’ve basically said they will next time around. So let’s move on.

Incidentally, the people who created #miiquality don’t speak for the broader gay community in taking offence over this, but good on them for drawing attention to the issue of “equality” in video games and by default, the real world.

Worldwide publicity, an apology from Nintendo, and having them pledge to do better in the future is a great result.

And it’s a pretty damn clever hashtag, so well done to them for that.

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legohobbitHere’s the best retail prices for the well received LEGO The Hobbit game.

No one has a $68 price tag for the Wii U version, but $39 at Target for a 3DS new release isn’t bad.

I’ll tweet and update this post as I see better prices.

JB Hi-Fi: 3DS – $49, Wii U – $74

Big W: 3DS – $48, Wii U – $78

Target: 3DS – $39Wii U – $78

The Wii U eShop is selling the game for $79.95 and at the 3DS eShop it’s $49.95.


mariogolfNo one has come good with a $48 price tag yet, but Target and Big W are selling Mario Golf: World Tour for $58, while JB H-Fi has it for $59.

The game’s been getting some pretty decent reviews, but why this wasn’t made for Wii U (as well as 3DS) I still don’t know.

I’ll update this post as I see better prices. I lifted this box shot from JB’s official website. I hope they don’t mind.

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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.


nintendologoIf you’re easily surprised like me, you’ll be surprised to know Nintendo Australia took three little steps out from under their invisibility cloak this week.

First they finally spent the five minutes it takes to set up a Facebook page.

Next they took an extra five minutes and created themselves an official twitter account.

Then they announced they were going to attend all five Comic-Con Australia events.

Could it be they wish to remind us they actually exist?

While the social media things are things that should already have been happening for years, it’s pretty great to hear The Big N will have a presence at Oz Comic-Con. It’s awesome that the event is coming down under and although I won’t be there, I’m sure there’s plenty of fans keen to take Mario Kart 8 for a hover.

If Comic-Con comes back to Australia next year I might cosplay as Travis Touchdown.

Incidentally, the Facebook and twitter accounts are the official accounts for Australia and New Zealand.

I was about to instinctively get my back up about that for reasons no one really understands anymore, until I found out that Nintendo Australia took over operations in New Zealand in 2008.

If you click on New Zealand in the region selector, you automatically get routed to

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nintendologoNintendo is turning off online support for its first party games on May 20, 2014. That’s a bit odd, seeing as backwards compatibility is a signature feature of 3DS and Wii U.

But, it’s the end of the line for the Nintendo Wi-Fi service, which really doesn’t matter for any games (for me at least) other than Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. I still go back to both games for an online match pretty regularly.

I’ll be clocking up a few hours online leading up to the release of Mario Kart 8 on both the older games, but it won’t be the same when you know you can’t play MK Wii online. Hopefully a Virtual Console release in the future, or ideally, some kind of integration within Mario Kart 8 will make up for the loss.

I read this first on IGN. You can look at what they said here.

It’s also interesting to note that Nintendo acknowledges Battalion Wars’ existence. See what I mean by clicking here.

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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.



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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vconsolelogoNot the news we were hoping for. What we really want and need is Gamecube games and plenty more N64 titles on Virtual Console.

The service would be better off called Virtual Wasteland at the moment, I don’t see why Nintendo doesn’t focus on getting as many first and third party SNES, GC and 64 games onto the service as possible.

Given the 3DS and 2DS have backwards compatibility with DS games, you kind of have to wonder if there’s really the audience.

Will the TV be the top screen and gamepad be the bottom screen in the DS setup? How crappy will DS graphics look on a big TV? How will off TV play work? What games would you pay for again?

All questions I don’t think many people imagined they’d be asking when they work up this morning.

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Rusty_Shell_XmasIconHere’s a look at some pretty cool bargains happening at retail right now.

It’s good to see EB Games offering some decent prices. I’d certainly pick up Injustice: Gods Among Us for $23. It’s a fun fighting game and it’s something different in a world of Street Fighter IV rehashes.

I’d also recommend picking up Zombi U from Target for just $20. It’s a unique experience, and although it didn’t live up to initial expectations, for $20 you really should give it a go. Like Red Steel on Wii, I think it’s a bit under rated, especially for a launch title.

I’ll add any new prices to this post as I see them.

EB Games

Lego Batman 2 on Wii U for $28

Injustice: Gods Among Us for $23

Splinter Cell: Blacklist on Wii U for $36

NBA 2K13 on Wii U for $28

Kid Icarus: Uprising for $28

Nintendogs & Cats for $19


Just Dance 2014 on Wii U for $44

Zombi U for $20

White Wii U with Nintendo Land and Skylanders Swap Force for $299

JB Hi-Fi

Just Dance 2014 Wii U for $34

Zombi U for $24

Rayman Legends on Wii U for $29

TANK! TANK! TANK! for $24.98

Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U for $39

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