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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

You can follow Nintendo Australia on twitter: @nintendoaunz and Facebook:

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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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Ptonyjoneseople always ask me for advice about gaming, especially non-gamers buying for others. And it happens most often at this jolly time of year.

Here’s my definitive Christmas Buyer’s Guide, featuring the most asked questions, and answers from myself and my gaming associates.

Should I buy the 2DS or 3DS?

Unless you’re under 6 years old, the 3DS. They both do all the same things and play all the same games, but the top screen on the 3DS features a 3D effect. The 2DS does not, and it’s slightly cheaper.

What 3Ds game should I buy for a boy under 15?

Pokemon X or Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing New Leaf, Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition, Star Fox 64 3D, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Lord of The Rings, Skylanders Swap Force, Kid Icarus Uprising

What 3DS games should I buy for a girl under 15?

Pokemon X or Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing New Leaf, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Style Savvy: Trendsetters, Nintendogs & Cats, Skylanders Swap Force

What 3DS games should I buy someone over 15?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X or Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing New Leaf, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Pilotwings Resort, Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate, Fire Emblem Awakening, Resident Evil Revelations, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario & Luigi Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

What’s the best racing game on 3DS?

Mario Kart 7. Then give Ridge racer 3D a try, and Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed. Need For Speed: The Run has had some okay reviews, though I’ve never played it.

There must be some great Wii games left to buy. What did I miss out on?

Have a look at this.

What Wii U games should I buy?

Super Mario 3D World. Then, have a look at this.

Should I buy the black Wii U, or the white one?

The black one. It has everything you need, a bigger hard disk drive, and it’s not that much more expensive. Plus it generally comes with one of Wii U’s best games: Nintendo Land.

That’s a buyers guide, as far as I’m concerned. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell and Miiverse: zinger_AU



Big-W-LogoBig W Australia is selling the latest AAA 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, for $48. This is the best price at Aussie retail, but the offer ends on November 27th, meaning you’ve got five days to grab it cheap from the 23rd when the game releases here in Oz. JB Hi-Fi has it for $54.


Big-W-LogoIt has to happen sooner or later. After seven years of being on the market, the original Wii consoles are finally in the clearance bin. Big W are flogging the black Wii console with Mario Kart Wii for $74. This is certainly the cheapest new Wii there’s ever been. Did the Gamecube ever sell new for $74? I can’t recall, nor can I recall the Nintendo 64 ever selling for that cheap…

There’s some other little bargains happening in Big W’s catalogue too, including:

  • Wii Party U for $74
  • Black Wii console & Mario Kart for $74
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked on 3DS for $48
  • Pokemon X and Y for $44 (this is still the best price I’ve seen)
  • Just Dance 2013 on Wii U for $58 and on Wii for $44
  • Deus EX The Director’s Cut for $54

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pokemon wallpaperBig W have come good again with a pretty decent price of $44 for Pokemon X and  Y.

The offer is only available until Wednesday, October 16 so you’ve only got a few days after the game is released this Saturday.

There’s nothing exciting happening in terms of bundles of collector’s editions, which is a shame. Anyway, here’s a wrap up of other retail prices out there.

EB Games: $59.95

Harvey Norman: $59

Target: $59

JB H-Fi: $54

It’s good to see Big W keeping the prices down for AAA releases. It’s slim pickings in Australia, and while some might scoff at this being an actual decent price, I am too scared to even look at what Nintendo will be charging on the eShop for these games. Anyway, as usual I’ll post and tweet any better prices I see.

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FIFA_14In an interesting piece of news that I’d forgotten about until just now, FIFA 14 will be available on Wii but not Wii U. I wouldn’t have even thought the market was there on Wii anymore.

I also would have thought a Wii U port of the HD version of the game would be easier on the production staff than scaling it back for a Wii version.

Then again they’re probably re using the architecture from an old Wii version. I can’t really be bothered to find out, and what’s even funnier is that the Playstation 2 is getting a version of the game. I ranted a bit more about this kind of thing here. Incidentally, Big W is selling the Wii version for $39.


Here are the latest release dates for the big upcoming 3DS games. Highlighted in red are confirmed Aussie dates.

Pokemon X on October 12

Pokemon Y on October 12

Sonic Lost World on October 19

Beyblade: Evolution on October 24

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate October 25

Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy on November 9

LEGO Marvel Superheroes on November 13

The new Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds still has the tentative release date of November 2013. So does Mario Party: Island Tour. Also, is it a coincidence that the 2DS and Pokemon X and Y are releasing so close together?



2DSThere isn’t one.

Fair enough there’s another name added to the mix, but the 2DS is just another SKU of the popular 3DS handheld. Think about how little explanation it really needs. It’s a cheaper 3DS machine that plays all DS and 3DS games, but there’s no 3D screen. It’s aimed at younger gamers, those aged 5 or 6. That’s really about all, isn’t it?

Nintendo naysayers on the internet are arguing the new machine will just confuse buyers, and do little to move the DS brand forward. I disagree.

Surely any parent buying a new toy for their kid worth a hundred plus dollars is going to walk into a store and make sure they buy the right thing. Fair enough buyers not in the know might be confused at first about what the differences between the machines are, but any sales person will be able to set them straight pretty quickly.

Likewise, if you’re buying off a website there’ll be information about the machine and what it can and can’t do. And again, if you’re going to buy something worth a hundred or so bucks, you should do your research first.

I will agree that instead of the unusual and surprising decision to release a new SKU of an already established and top selling platform, Nintendo might do better focusing its efforts on generating momentum for their ailing home console. It’s a pretty baffling move, but then again I’m not running one of the world’s most successful and enduring companies, and I trust that the people at the top of Nintendo know what they’re doing. You don’t go to the trouble of designing and manufacturing a new SKU of anything if there isn’t a market for it.

And don’t ask me to remember Wii mini, because I can’t find any sales figures for it.

Nintendo 2DS will be available in Australia on the 12th of October for $149.95 rrp.


eshopIf you’re confused about how the Nintendo Network Premium deal works, you’re not alone. I’d been putting off even figuring this out since November last year, but now Premium Pack owners can actually take advantage of the offer, I thought I’d better stop procrastinating and actually do it. The way Nintendo has handled and explained this is a bit of a mess, and why it all doesn’t tie in with Club Nintendo is absolutely beyond me. But, if you own a Premium Pack Wii U, here’s all you need to know. Basic Pack owners, you miss out.

  • Buy ANYTHING from the eShop on your black Wii U and you get  points. These points convert to cash, so you can buy more stuff from the eShop
  • Go to and enter your Nintendo Network ID and password  
  • You’ll see how much you spent in the eShop, on what, and how many points you earned for that purchase
  • The large black rectangle on the HOME screen of the website tells you how many dollars you can redeem next
  • Click the yellow rectangle next to the black one to get your activation code and redeem your accumulated cash
  • Head to the eShop and press “Balance” then “Add finds using a Nintendo eShop Card” then correctly enter the code
  • Press “Add Funds”
  • Your balance has now increased, so spend it on whatever you want
  • Right now you have until June 30th 2015 to redeem the points for cash, but no time limit on actually spending the cash on the eShop

This whole promotion is pretty decent of Nintendo, especially considering you can use the activation codes on the 3DS eShop too. You also accumulate points by adding funds to your account via retail cards. It’s just a shame people aren’t doing it because the promotion seems more complicated than it actually is.

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infinityDisney Infinity isn’t available for over a month, but Target has come out with a price for Disney’s much anticipated answer to Skylanders. A starter pack is available for $79 and includes the game, some of the toys and a bunch of other crap. No description of what that crap is form Target, either. Total value $116 though, apparently. I won’t be buying it, but all signs point to the game being a great alternative to the phenomenon that is Skylanders. And it’s got the Disney characters behind it. It’ll basically print money for everyone involved.


Big-W-LogoNot a bad price for a brand new 3DS retail release. No one else has it cheaper right now at retail. Let’s hope this kind of trend continues, we’ve been kind of lucky lately with lower priced new releases, except of course the horrible Game & Wario.


3dslogo3DS already has an incredible line up of games and the system is selling by the truckload, and biggest handheld franchise of them all, the Pokemon RPG, is still to come. Dates in red are confirmed Australian, those in black are for Europe. Considering Australia is officially part of Europe in the video game world, we’ll only have to give or take a week or so. Besides, we seem to be getting most games at the same time as everyone else these days. Europe is even getting some of these before America.

  • Mario & Luigi Dream Team- July 13th
  • Pokemon X- October 12th
  • Pokemon Y- October 12th
  • Mario Party- November 11th

It seems The Legend Of Zelda A Link Between Worlds has a concrete U.S date of November 11th, but not one for Europe at this stage.