targetlogoYoshi’s Woolly World, Smash Bros. Wii U and Splatoon: $58

Hyrule Warriors, Pikmin 3 and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: $55

Wii Fit U with Wii Balance Board and Fit Meter: $39

Super Mario Bros. series amiibo: $10

Wii U with Splatoon and Rabbids Land bundle: $339

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From Wednesday July 22, Target Australia is the Wii U bundle with Splatoon and Rabbids Land for $339.


Pretty good going, and should hopefully encourage some of those punters that are on the fence about purchasing Nintendo’s middle aged console to finally take the plunge. Into a pool of flouro ink, that is.

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From July 22, Target Australia is selling the Super Mario Bros. series amiibo for just $10 each.


The Bowser model is the standout here, but for ten bucks I might pick up the rest of them too.


In case you missed it, Nintendo of Australia (and New Zealand, I suppose) have tweeted that they’re feeling an amiibo restock, promising Ike, Meta Knight and “others” will be in stores this week, along with the ever-elusive Shulk.

I’m missing Shulk and Ike, so here we go.

Good luck, everyone.


With the devastating news about Mr. Iwata’s death, it’s important to remember that right now it’s about his family and friends.

In time it will be about us gamers and the company.

He gave us a lot and risked his career to do it, and that’s something that’s really worth talking about some time soon.

But for now I’ll leave it with this quote:

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

-Satoru Iwata

. . .


Well, there’s not much respectable about a man in his thirties coveting little plastic figurines, but still- I’m pretty pleased with how my collection is coming along.

I have been lucky a few times, like when I walked into a JB in the early days and picked up a Marth, Diddy Kong, and Zelda in one hit.

Then there was the time I saw Marth, Lucina, and Robyn in the same store next to nothing but Pikachus.

While they might not do much, and they’re certainly a little over-priced- I really dig the amiibo designs.

There’s just something about them being made and distributed under the watchful eye of Nintendo themselves that really makes them special.

Also, I appreciate how nice it is to be able to afford to just buy them on the spot as I see them.

Out of the Smash Bros. series released so far, all I’m missing is Peach, Shulk, Ike, Sheik, and Ness.

Not bad going.

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It’s awesome. I’m glad Shin’en isn’t waiting for the right controller to give us the F-Zero experience.

Fast Racing NEO will be released exclusively on the Wii U eShop in 2015.

This footage is from Nintendo World Report TV’s YouTube channel.


eshopThe mainstream gaming media doesn’t make a big enough deal of how fantastic the indie scene on Wii U really is, and as Wii U owners we’re not embracing this aspect of our beloved machine as well as we could be.

I own some awesome indie titles like Zen Pinball, Trine 2, Chasing Aurora, Runner 2, and TNT Racers.

I’ll sure as hell be getting Fast Racing NEO when it finally arrives, and I really should  get into Shovel Knight.

Anyway, the Wii U eShop is having a self described “Epic Indie Sale” from now until July 27.

Go have a look at the eShop right now, there’s some great bargains on offer, most notably Trine Enchanted Edition for just $6.79!

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wormsbattleGot worms?

From its origins on the AMIGA platform to the flawless WORMS: Armageddon on Nintendo 64, TEAM 17‘s WORMS franchise has definitely stood the test of time.

The series’ first outing for Wii, WORMS: A Space Oddity was a serious disappointment, due to poor controls and a silly user interface.

Thankfully, WORMS: Battle Islands takes the series back to basics, and allows players to do what they want in a WORMS game.

You can name your teams, access your weapons easily, etc. all by using the Wii remote on its own or with the nunchuck, but with none of the ridiculous motion controls that let Space Oddity down.

WORMS is turn based strategy, control a team of worms which you get to name individually, use a variety of weapons and tools to have the last worm standing and win the match.

It’s simple and fun- especially with two or more players. Anyone wanting a decent WORMS experience should look no further than WORMS: Battle Islands on Wii, unless you can get hold of a Nintendo 64 and a copy of WORMS: Armageddon.


amiiboyaryoshWith the Australian release of Yoshi’s Woolly World merely days away, here’s what the Aussie retailers are selling the game for, with some prices for the amiibo bundle and stand alone Yarn Yoshi amiibo, too.


Game & Yarn Yoshi bundle – $79

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

Game – $58

Big W

Game & Yarn Yoshi bundle – $69

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

Game – $59


Only select stores are carrying Wii U products, my local has the game for $68

EB Games

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24.95

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.95

Game – $79.95

JB Hi-Fi

Game – $69

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24

The Gamesmen

Game – $79.95

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.95

Dungeon Crawl

Game – $59.9o

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.90

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $34.90 (say whaaat?)

Game – $52.99

Game & Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle – $89.99

Yarn Yoshi amiibo – $24.95


Game  – $69

And the Australian eShop is selling it for… $79.95.

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