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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

 

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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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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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.