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luigiamiiboQ2I guess the demand isn’t as high as it is for the Smash Bros. series amiibo.

Not surprising considering we’ve have Luigi, Mario, Peach and Bowser before, although I was surprised to see a few Toad figures still hanging around.

I picked up everyone but Bowser (only because I couldn’t find one that was made well enough) and although this Luigi looks better than the Smash Bros. Luigi, in real life Peach a bit out of scale and her dress takes up the entire round podium she’s standing on. Not as great as her first.

Anyway, JB Hi-Fi, EB Games, and Big W all still have stock of each new amiibo, as well as the Mario Party 10 bundle, five days after they launched.

Check out the full amiibo line up here, and remember Wave 4 comes out in Australia on Saturday, April 25.

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I’ve told you before that Jurassic Park is my favourite film franchise of all time, so my excitement for LEGO Jurassic World went through the roof when I saw the trailer.

It’s coming to every platform, including Wii U and 3DS.

 

I’ll tell you the most exciting thing about the video.

It’s how fantastic Mr. Iwata looks after his recent health problems and subsequent weight loss.

Check him out in the video below.

Speculation often leads to disappointment.

 

NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CA public holiday?

Yes, but the stores will still be open seeing as the gifted ANZAC Day public holiday is Friday the 24th this year.

Unless you’ve pre ordered, heading into stores early to find one seems as though it’d be a pretty futile exercise, even if you are planning to be up at dawn for the ANZAC commemorations.

I’m getting my Charizard this time, then I’m gonna settle down and wait for Nintendo to ship some more to stores, if that ever happens.

If I see any news or tips about where to get Wave 4 I’ll post it, otherwise I wish you all the best of luck getting the ones you want.

 

 

majoraTarget Australia is still selling Majora’s Mask 3D for the very reasonable price of $48.

The offer is on until at least Wednesday, March 25.

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mp10EB Games are offering the Mario Party 10 with Mario amiibo bundle for pre order.

At $79.95, it’s just $10 more than the disc by itself, so in theory this is good value.

If you want that Mario amiibo than you’ll pre order of course, but you can pretty much guarantee there’ll be a cheaper price for just the disc.

I’ll do a price round up as we get closer to the date, and you can pre order from EB here.

 

donkeyamiiboEach fortnight I’ll take a look at how a game franchise has progressed over time by ranking my favourites in the series.

If I haven’t played it I’ll tell you, and ports and remakes automatically go last but their impact will be recognised if necessary.

Do the games get better with each new iteration?

Or do they lose their lustre and become stale?

I’m kicking things off with the Donkey Kong Country series. I’m not including the handheld Donkey Kong Land games, it’s Country only.

1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Super Nintendo)

Released second, in 1995. Bettered the original in the graphics and variety of levels, Diddy stood on his own as a star.

2. Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)

Released first, in 1994. Original and most memorable, but ideas were refined in DKC2. Check out this Australian commercial from 1994…

3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Released sixth, in 2014. HD graphics and a blistering pace make the game feel new again.

4. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! (Super Nintendo)

Released third, in 1997. Felt a bit try-hardie in terms of going bigger and better, and although I like Dixie, I don’t think she deserved to be in the title.

5. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Released fourth, in 2010. Wii controls were not ideal in some instances, a bit too difficult in some areas, and some bosses just pissed me right off.

6. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS) and Donkey Kong Country 3 (Gameboy Advance)

These are just enhanced ports, so last on my list. I have never played either of these. Still, check out this cool commercial, back when Nintendo was at the top of their marketing game…

The Verdict:

While the buzz around how amazing the original DKC’s graphics were on the Super Nintendo certainly made playing it that much more exciting, the Country series has, from the start, had pretty much everything going for it.

Loveable characters, a cheeky sense of humour, and genuine gameplay thrills. Whether it be the nerve wracking rush of the on-rails levels, or the thrill of finally getting the better of a deviously tricky level- the Donkey Kong Country series is fun and frustrating, but almost always manages to get the balance right.

While the second in the series is best for me, all the games are among the highest quality platform games ever made, and all were critical and commercial successes.

Next time: Resident Evil

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rosalinaamiiboRosalina’s meteoric rise to prominence in the Nintendo universe is unprecedented.

She’s become extremely popular with fans in a very short space of time, but there’s some people who think she’s hiding a monumental secret that explains why, despite being a newcomer, she’s very much entitled to her place among the Mushroom Kingdom aristocracy.

Watch these two videos to find out more, but first have a look at Rosalina’s achievements since we first met her in 2007:

  • Made her debut in the most critically acclaimed game of all time, and returned for the sequel a short time later
  • Was playable in the Mario Kart of the same generation as her debut appearance
  • Has a track named after her in Mario Kart 7, Rosalina’s Ice World
  • Appeared as a playable character in the Smash Bros. game one the generation after her debut
  • Her amiibo figure is one of the most sought after of all those available
  • She will appear in a console Mario Party title one generation after her debut, and she was playable in the handheld Mario Party Island Tour
  • Was a playable character in Mario Golf World Tour

But most astonishing of all, she appeared as a playable character in a main series Mario title just one generation after her debut, joining stalwarts like Luigi, Toad and Peach.

Being playable in a main series Mario game is an honour bestowed on only a favoured few, yet Rosalina has managed it with little to no resentment from long time Nintendo fans.

Now take a look at these incredible videos…

And part two…

I realise these videos are from a while ago, but still definitely worth watching and discussing.

Are you a Rosalina fan? What do you think the reason behind her incredible popularity is? Leave a comment!

 

miimakerLong story short, my Mii needed to update his hairstyle, a lot had changed since I created him in 2006.

Because he’s my Wii U user Mii- that is the one I use to log in to to my Wii U- I found I couldn’t edit him in the Mii maker.

Was he destined to live with that short spiky hair forever? Thankfully, no.

Here’s how to edit your user Mii, it’s quite easy but I thought I’d share it just in case there’s some people who can’t figure it out:

  • From the Wii U menu click on the Mii icon in the top left corner
  • Click on Change Mii, hit OK
  • Click Edit Registered Mii
  • Make your alterations as you would in Mii Maker
  • Click Register

Easy as that. Incidentally, I tried out all the longer hairstyles on my Mii, even the pony tails my mother hates so intently.

None of them suited him, so he’s still got his spiky hair.

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wilfredI’ve got 1900 stars in my Club Nintendo account, and although there’s nothing I’m really keen on redeeming them for, Nintendo Australia is assuring us there’ll be new items added before the service is discontinued on September 30, 2015.

The thing is, from April there’ll be no more new codes being given out for games or hardware, so I can’t see any way I can increase my star balance.

I’ve got every Wii U and 3DS game I want, and I’ve got every first party Wii game except Mario Sports Mix.

(I couldn’t find a full list of European titles that contained redemption codes, but have a look at this if you want an idea)

I received absolutely no stars for purchasing a New Nintendo 3DS XL which I’m still spewing about, so I don’t know where I can collect some more stars from at this point.

Maybe I’ll just have to buy a few Mario note books and perhaps some face cloths and be happy with those.

The best item I could ever afford.

The best item I could ever afford.

My favourite item from Club Nintendo was the Zelda 3DS XL carry case. I was using it as a toiletries bag before I bought a New Nintendo 3DS.

I also got some playing cards which were awesome.

Unlike the convoluted goings on in America, in Australia you have until September 30 to both redeem codes for stars and stars for items.

 

targetlogoYou know I’m not big on encouraging online game shopping, but according to vooks.net Target is having a sale on it’s eBay store and there’s some bargains to be had on Nintendo hardware and software.

Check out the story on vooks.net here and hurry because they’re reporting it all ends on February 22.

I also just realised it’s time to update my Target logo graphic.

 

charizamI don’t know why Nintendo can’t just recast all the amiibo models that are out of stock around the world, and I don’t care about the intricacies of how supply and demand make something valuable.

Nintendo’s amiibo figures are little bits of plastic that a LOT of people want and can’t get. Nintendo aren’t trading these things, they’re selling them.

If someone wanted something I was selling and only I could supply it, I’d bloody well make some more and sell them. Especially if I had investors to please and some of my other products weren’t selling as well as I’d hoped.

I’m not an expert in plastic die casting, nor do I understand what costs would be involved in dusting off the moulds and slapping together some more Wii Fit Trainers, but I sure as hell know that if Nintendo made more amiibo figures, they’d sell them.

Wave 4 is coming (here’s the line up) and come hell or high water, I’m getting a Charizard.

I only secured a Yoshi and a Donkey Kong from Wave 1 alhough I had the opportunity to get them all, and after missing out on everything else I wanted from Wave 2 and 3, I kind of resigned myself to the fact that the hunt is too difficult.

I thought about giving up, not even caring about the next wave. Take some advice from every five year old on the planet and let it go… let it go.

Then of course they announce Wave 4.

And one of my favourite Nintendo characters, and a main in Smash Wii U Charizard is included.

I’m going to have to get him, and once again spend the next few months wondering why the hell I’m obsessing over tiny little plastic statues.

At least this time it’s an awesome little plastic dragon.

No release date has been set for amiibo Wave 4.

Nintendo have an official amiibo compatibility chart you can see here.

 

mh4Not a bad price for the latest AAA title for 3DS.

It’s a big week for adventure fan’s wallets this week, but at least you can pick up the two big releases for 3DS this week for under $100 if you can shop at Target.

Remember JB Hi-Fi and EB Games will price match, you just gotta decide who you support.

All’s fair in love and retail, and I say go where the staff are friendly and respectful.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is released in Australia on February 14, the same day as Majora’s Mask 3D.

 

majoraRomance can go to hell this on Valentine’s Day this year.

The only relations I’ll be engaging in will be between myself and my New Nintendo 3DS when I boot up Majora’s Mask 3D, which releases in Australia on February 14.

Here’s a look at what Aussie retailers are charging for the latest Zelda remake from Nintendo, with Target coming good with the best price, at $48.

Big W – $58

Target – $48

EB Games – $59.95

JB Hi-Fi – $59

KMart – Unknown (try getting an answer from KMart about anything)

And the 3DS eShop is selling it for $59.95.

I’ll update this post if anything changes.

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Jurassic Park is my favourite movie franchise of all time, so the thought of playing through all three adventures and the new movie in one LEGO game is beyond exciting for me.

LEGO games rarely disappoint, and neither does this trailer.

LEGO Jurassic World is coming to pretty much every platform, including Wii U and 3DS this June.

 

majoraBecause I have never played Majora’s Mask.

The 3DS remake is coming in a few weeks, and unlike The Wind Waker HD, this stop gap remake will be a totally new Zelda experience for me.

And I can’t friggen wait.

I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about Majora’s Mask, and there’s been more than a few articles floating around the internet over the past few months in which bloggers and journalist reminisce about why it was the best Zelda ever, or the most underrated ever, or how the 3DS version is the remake we had to have…

No doubt there’s some nostalgia clouding at work as excitement builds for gamers who are eager to relive the experience, but I’m still very much looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.

It will be like having never seen Star Wars and then getting to watch the re-release with the better visual effects and slight changes that improved the final product and allowed the audience to experience the film the way it was originally intended.

Probably not. Nintendo don’t fix what ain’t broke.

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D releases in Australia on February 14.

I will be doing a price round up as the date gets closer.

Will this be the first time you’ll experience Majora’s Mask? Let me know by leaving a comment!

You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell and Miiverse: zinger_AU

 

eshopJust a final reminder that December 31, 2014 is the last day your eShop downloads contribute to your redeemable points in the Nintendo Network Premium Deal.

If you were considering an eShop purchase, make it in the next 24 hours!

You’ve got until March 30, 2015 to redeem your accumulated points.

For more on the deal, have a look at this. And get spending.

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bowseramiiboOh god. As announced on Nintendo AU&NZ’s twitter account, the third wave of amiibo figures are coming sooner than first planned.

Instead of February, they’re out in Australia on January 29, 2015.

I sense my wallet, and keycards staging an intervention pretty soon.

Have a look at the delightful wave three line up here.

I’ve already pre-ordered Shulk, and the Rosalina and Luma figure is apparently selling out elsewhere in the world.

If anyone wants to buy me a Bowser or Sonic, please feel free.

I first read about this on vooks.net

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shulkamiibo2“Retailer exclusives” aren’t that much of a done thing here in Australia, and while the Shulk amiibo is going to be just that in the US, at least one Aussie retailer is taking pre orders for everyones favourite Xenoblader.

No one can tell me whether he’s exclusive to EB Games in Australia.

The third “wave” of amiibo figures, which includes Shulk are coming in February 2015.

Have a look at the full line up here.

UPDATE: EB is not taking any more pre orders on Shulk, or any other amiibo.

If I get further info I will share it.

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marioamiiiboA few weeks ago I was vowing not to buy a single amiibo until Nintendo gave us a fully fledged adventure game to use them in.

Where was the value? Why would I want one?

Fourteen dollars for a piece of virtually useless plastic?

Why would anyone buy one?

Then of course, I saw them in real life and I heard my accountant scream in terror from two suburbs away.

I’m gonna keep an eye on what Aussie stores are selling them for, starting with some pre-Christmas pricing from the major retailers.

Target: $14

Big W: $15

JB Hi-Fi: $17

KMart: $15

EB Games: $17.95 (LOL, but they’ll price match)

My current amiibo count stands at 2: Donkey Kong and Yoshi.

Next on my hit list are Little Mac, Shulk, Ike, Bowser, and Diddy Kong.

King Dedede looks freakin’ awesome too. So does Meta Knight.

Damn you to hell for this, Nintendo. And, you know… shut up and take my money… Sigh.

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