Big 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.
It 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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Big 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
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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In 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?
There 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.
If 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 p.nintendo.net 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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Disney 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.
Not 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.
3DS 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.
Starting Wednesday June 26th, Target is having some kind of sale involving toys. Big W and Target do this every year- so does Kmart usually, but they seem to be sitting it out this time around for some reason. Anyway, I’ve had a look at what Target have to offer and there’s actually some decent deals, including:
- Just Dance 4 on Wii U for $29
- Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U for $49
- Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U for $45
- Assassin’s Creed 3 on Wii U for $36
- Sonic Colours on Wii for $23
- 3DS console with Mario Tennis Open, a carry case & cleaning kit, and 2 other crappy games for $199. Don’t forget there’s a free downloadable Nintendo title too at the moment so this makes $199 for all this pretty good
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 for $55
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for $49
The sale ends on the 17th of July.
From Thursday June 27th, Big W are having a bit of a toy sale and as always that involves video games. There’s some pretty cool bargains including:
- Scribblenauts Unlimited on 3DS for $24
- 3DS Console and Puzzle World (and the free downloadable game offer) for $188
- Animal Crossing New Leaf for $58 (who has it cheaper?)
- Lego Batman 2 on 3DS for $24
The sale ends July 10.
Good old Big W comes good again with the lowest price on a new release. This time it’s Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for 3DS, and once again Nintendo takes money off us for the (pretty much) exact same game they released on Wii a few years ago. Well played, Nintendo. Now watch it sell millions.
I lost a bit of respect for my beloved Nintendo today when I heard the story about them taking legal action against Youtubers who are “profiting” from videos featuring Nintendo gameplay footage. I won’t pretend I’m an expert on intellectual property law, but really Nintendo… These people love your games and are, in the end, only promoting them long after their use by date. Is Mario 3D Land past it’s use by date? No, it will continue to sell steadily because it’s a great game. Why doesn’t Nintendo pick on IGN for using footage of Mario Sunshine while reminiscing?
I haven’t done a bargain round up for a long time. Not because I’m lazy, but because there has just been nothing happening at retail for a long time. This week Big W has a few decent deals worth mentioning. And they are:
Mario Kart 7, PM: Sticker Star, NSMB2, Mario 3D Land for $54
Scribblenauts Unlimited, NSMBU for $64
Skylanders Giants for all systems, $78
Wii U Premium Pack (remind me again why the Basic Pack exists?) with ZombiU and Ninendo Land for $428
3DS XL console with Rayman 3D and Mario Kart 7 (pre installed) for $268
I’ll try to get a March bargain round up posted.
I just remembered about the DKCR 3D trailer on the 3DS eShop. I just had to download it (with the intriguing promise of updates to the software. Whatever could that mean?) and I’ve gotta say I was left underwhelmed. I’m not sure why Satoru Shibata said the game was built from the ground up for 3DS, when it’s clearly a remake. There’s no point posting a link to the trailer because obviously you need the 3DS screen to watch it properly, but even in 3D it’s nothing special. Here’s hoping the game looks better and has some great new elements before it’s released. I’d like to see the difficulty taken down a notch (yes) and for more characters like Dixie to be playable. Brand new levels and an online leader board wouldn’t hurt either. Thanks to DKWiki.com for the pic of Dixie. She cool.
Just over three months into Wii U’s life, the internet is littered with articles about Nintendo’s impending doom and the failure of Wii U. So many websites are offering Nintendo advice about how they can “save” the Wii U and what to do to ensure it isn’t a total failure. These kind of articles are inescapable at the moment. It doesn’t help that the internet’s resident idiot (fair enough he’s a successful one) Michael Pachter is shooting his mouth off every five seconds about how the Wii U isn’t selling, how it’s a flop and how it will sink Nintendo as a company. I have been writing my blog for nearly two years, and from the very start I have made a conscious decision not to write any sensationalist, “hit bait” headlines. rustyshell.com exists as a hobby for myself and for Nintendo fans to read and hopefully enjoy. I don’t want to antagonise anyone, encourage trolls or offend anyone with silly fanboy rhetoric. My point is, I believe most of these “Nintendo is doomed” articles are written for a specific purpose. To antagonise. I go to a few different sites every day. wiiudaily.com, vooks.net and kotaku.com.au are on my daily rotation. I also visit N4G.com every day. That’s where I see these kinds of ridiculous headlines, and I will admit I have been reading the articles. But I won’t be anymore. I don’t need people who really don’t know what they’re talking about telling me Wii U is a failure just because it’s not selling as well as anticipated. From now on I won’t be giving these sensationalist articles any of my time, nor will I be reading anything Michael Pachter has to say. I hope others start to do the same. That concludes my rant.
I wrote a piece the other week about what I was looking forward to on Wii U in 2013. There’s heaps. But for 3DS this year, considering I’m not a Pokemon fan, there’s not too much that’s been announced I’m legitimately look forward to. Besides the imminent integration of Miiverse to 3DS, on the games front there’s only a few. Here they are.
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When it was announced that Mr. Iwata would introduce the big Pokemon news in a special “Pokemon Direct”, fans knew it was going to be something special. The internet, and most Pokemon experts were predicting all kinds of things. A Pokemon MMO for Wii U, a collection of all the previous Pokemon games in one, etc. but few actually picked it. It seems so obvious now. Two new Pokemon games for 3DS. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Not the most inspiring names, but seeing as Nintendo basically ran out of colours and precious stones, I suppose they had to call it something.
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