Big-W-LogoStarting Thursday June 25, Big W is offering some pretty great deals as part of their “Toy Domination Sale”.

  • Yoshi’s Wooly World with Yarn Yoshi amiibo for $69
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World game for $59
  • Kirby & The Rainbow Paintbrush for $42
  • All the Super Mario Bros. collection amiibo for $10
  • Splatoon for $59
  • LEGO Jurassic World on Wii U for $59 (it comes out on July 1) and on 3DS for $39

Stay tuned for a full price round up of Yoshi’s Wooly World prices next week.

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anotherworldWow, now there’s a bargain.

Until June 25, this updated version of one of the most iconic games of the 1990s is just $4.16 on both Nintendo eShops.

If you’ve never played this short but epic Amiga classic, you owe it to yourself to grab it now while it’s less than five bucks.

Much like Ocarina of Time or Super Mario 64, I think Another World is an important piece of gaming history everyone should experience at least once.

There’s just so much to like. The musical score is unforgettable, with perfect sound design that proves less really can be more- and the same rings true when one thinks about the simple yet immersive platform/action gameplay.

The atmosphere is dramatic and often intense without feeling forced, and the story, aided by the deft inclusion of cinematic cut scenes, is one for the ages.

It’s like a trip back to 1991 without the discomfort of sitting in a DeLorean.

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Thanks to nintendolife.com for the screen.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CIt seems Nintendo came good on their promise to replenish stock of the more rare amiibo, as there’s plenty of previously unavailable lines suddenly for sale.

Here’s a complete break down of who’s got what right now, bearing in mind it’s all correct at the time of posting.

I haven’t included prices because no one is gouging, (although some of ozgameshop’s prices are questionable) and some places will price match.

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lucas1I’m pleased to meet you now how’d you do?

Most Smash Bros. players have already met Lucas, but now he’s coming to tell his stories in Smash for 3DS and Wii U.

Available to download on June 14 at an outrageous $5.20, I’ll be welcoming one of my favourite Smash characters back into the fray, even if I do have to pay that ridiculous amount for the privilege.

An extra $10 to play as Lucas and Mewtwo is a bit steep Nintendo, so be thankful there’s plenty of suckers like me around.

Will you pay to fight as Lucas? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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tubemanEB Games Australia are notorious for their all-style-no-substance approach to their sales.

Nothing says “legitimate” like high contrast sales banners hanging from the roof and around windows, inviting you in for an impulse purchase or two.

They’ll even throw in a free headache if you stay around the garish signage long enough.

There is a few good deals amongst the silliness though, and while I don’t usually go in for pre owned anything, sometimes you just can’t argue with a bargain.

Wii U

Rayman Legends for $19 new. This game is incredible and for $19 new, a steal.

Epic Mickey 2 for $28 new. I think this sequel is a bit under rated, and for under $30 new is a pretty decent addition to your rainy day catalogue.

3DS

Resident Evil Revelations for $12 pre owned. A great 3DS original that spawned ports, and a sequel that skipped the system.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition for $11.50 pre owned. $11.50? Hmmm. I reckon so. Just for a bit of fun.

Scribblenauts Unmasked for $19 new. I love me some Scribblenauts, and for under $20 new (or $14 pre owned) this is great value.

Bit. Trip Saga for $12 pre owned. I can’t calculate the cost per unit, but these games are a blast, especially Bit. Trip Beat.

Also, this have a look at this hideous Tingle plush. It could be yours for just $15!

Identify this product's target market. Anyone, please.

I’d pay $15 just to rip it apart and burn the pieces.

Poor Tingle.

Could someone please identify the target market for the above product? How does it even exist?

Thanks to 26rounds.com for the tubeman pic.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CTarget is advertising the Greninja amiibo for sale, alongside Nintendo’s other pink blob, Jigglypuff.

Good luck getting one, but I thought I’d just share this anyway, here’s the link.

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This afternoon I walked into a JB Hi-Fi store to buy Mortal Kombat X, and asked the counter staff if they had any amiibo figures in stock.

I fully expected to be be laughed at, but instead the girl casually pointed and said “Whatever ones we have are behind that wall.”

To my complete surprise they had not only the easies like Mario, Pikachu, and Peach, but also Zelda, Link, and these four:

THE WINNER IS.... me actually, for once.

THE WINNER IS…. me actually, for once.

So amazed was I to see these in the wild, I bought two of each.

But it goes to show, there’s still places that have some of the more sought after figures in stock, so it’s always worth asking.

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scribblenautsboxRooster couture.

Scribblenauts is a unique puzzle game series that challenges players to solve problems by using both common sense and their imagination.

Scribblenauts was the first in the series, released for the DS in 2009.

Not only did it show the world that there was still original gaming ideas out there, but it also introduced us to an adorable new gaming mascot in Maxwell, the game’s fashion forward young protagonist.

The original was well received by critics and gamers alike, but the follow up, Super Scribblenauts, is where the true magic started.

The concept is simple enough: write words (e.g. ladder, chair) and they appear in the game to overcome puzzles. Whats sets Super Scribblenauts apart though is the way you’re challenged to use your technical brain as much as your artistic brain.

The more creative you are with your solutions, the more you’re rewarded. Super Scribblenauts encourages you to try again until you get it right, but occasionally pulls you back in line in humorous ways for taking chances that were too out there.

For example, if Maxwell needs to start a fire, write “dragon” and one will appear. Hopefully his fire breath will start the fire. Instead, the dragon turns on Maxwell and starts burning him to death. Quickly type in “dragon slayer” while you’re running away and hope he can kill the dragon in time.

But don’t give up on the dragon. Next time Maxwell needs to clear a pile of leaves for someone that dragon might cooperate. That’ll give you more points than using a rake or a leaf blower. You develop a “let me try this” approach to the problems, and when one of your more outrageous ideas happens to work, it’s extremely satisfying.

The range of words (proper nouns and adjectives) the game interprets is truly impressive, and the ways you can interact with your own creations will surprise and delight you time and time again.

Sometimes challenging, sometimes silly, but always adorable. That’s Scribblenauts as a series, and if you’ve yet to play any of them, start with this one.

And whatever you do, don’t get it on iPad. Get it on DS.

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knucklesI love me some Shadow The Hedgehog, with his red highlights and gun toting bad assness, and I’d love to see him playable in Smash Bros., but I think there’s someone from the Sonic universe who deserves it more.

I’m talking about everyone’s favourite monotreme, Knuckles The Echidna.

First introduced (as far as I am aware) in Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Knuckles quickly became popular with SEGA fans, appearing in heaps of subsequent Sonic games.

I want Knuckles in the roster not because I particularly like him, or because he has a move set I’d like to use in Smash.

Not even because of some nostalgic connection I have to his games or the fact Echidna’s are native to Australia.

It actually has more to do with spite.

I want him there, and I voted for him, simply because I hope Tails doesn’t get in. He’s a smarmy jerk and I’ve never liked him.

Go Knuckles.

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travisWhen I think about characters I’d love the chance to control again, behind Ricky Winterborn (because I just want a friggen new Wave Race!) is always No More Heroes protagonist, Travis Touchdown.

He’s got a built in, combat ready move set, with the beam katana being the most obvious for inclusion.

He can also get Smash Bros. wacky quite easily- how about Travis throwing his cat Jeane at enemies as his up-B move?

Throw in a “darkside mode” Super Smash, and he’s all set to go.

He’ll have to watch his language of course, but Snake behaved himself, so Travis should be able to.

You can vote for who you want to fight as here, and remember any character will be considered for the spot.

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