NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CThe first lot of Animal Crossing amiibo have hit Australia, and while I’m only interested in a few, god knows there are an absolute tonne of Animal Crossing fans eager to snap these up.

You’ll get the standalone figures for $15, and the ridiculous Wii U amiibo Festival game with two amiibo for $58.

Also, Big W has the Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo for $48. Ludicrous.

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mincraftWho do you think will win the international character ballot for a spot in Smash Bros?

Forget about who you want to win, and tell me who you think will win.

I am going to say The Player from Minecraft.

Honestly, who else could possibly win an international poll in 2015?

Let me know your prediction by leaving a comment below!

P.S You can see who I voted for here

Thanks to for the pic


vjoe1 When one thinks of criminally under used video game personalities, the likeable, versatile, funny, cape-wearing Viewtiful Joe sits right at the top of the list.

With two incredible games on PS2 and Gamecube, a Gamecube exclusive four player brawler, and appearances in a few of Capcom’s cross over fighting titles, Viewtiful Joe is the absolute perfect fit for Smash Bros.

Whether or not Sakurai and his team are looking for “perfect fits” is still a contentious issue.

I mean, who would have thought Duck Hunt Duo or Wii Fit Trainer would ever have made the cut in Nintendo’s biggest and best gaming spectacle?

Regardless, Viewtiful Joe deserves more love, and he’s already proven he can hold his own with the big guns in the world of high profile fighting games.

That’s why he got a vote from me.

Henshin a go-go baby!

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Here’s my first and second votes in the ballot

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duckhuntamiiboThe latest wave of amiibo are hitting shelves in Australia on Saturday, September 26.

Here I break down what Aussie retailers are selling them for.

The line up consists of Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B, Duck Hunt Duo, Mii Gunner, Mii Fighter, and Mii Brawler.

JB Hi-Fi – All figures for $17

EB Games – All figures for $17.95

KMart – All figures for $17 (Selected stores only)

Target – All figures for$17

Big W –Their website says $25, but I’m assured by two Big W stores that they “don’t know” if they will be $15 like the rest of the range.

The Gamesmen – All figures $17.95

You can check out the full amiibo line up here.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CRight now they’ve got Ness, Villager, SM Bowser, SM Mario, Zelda, Pikachu, Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Donkey Kong for $12.

EB regularly sell their amiibo for $17.95 so technically you’re saving $5.95.

Here’s the link.

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flacoamiiboAny initial upset I feel when games I’m looking forward to are delayed subsides pretty quickly when I remember my ever growing pile of shame.

It happened when Zelda Wii U was delayed, and it happened again just this week with Star Fox Zero.

Annoyance gave way to serendipitous relief, as I realised I really didn’t need to start playing (nor pay for) another new game in 2015.

Yoshi’s Wooly World and Hyrule Warriors remain unfinished, while I’ve only just scratched the surface with what Art Academy Atelier has to offer. I also absolutely have to go a few rounds of Smash Bros. for Wii U at least twice a week.

But it’s Super Mario Maker that’s taking up most of my time right now. The unyielding allure of Mario levels created by the public has me well and truly hooked.

I’ve also got Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive (meh) and Dying Light on the boil on Xbox One, in between bouts of Mortal Kombat X.

On the 3Ds front, I foolishly started playing last year’s eShop pick ups The Minish Cap and Metroid Fusion on my 3DS, as well as finally firing up the underrated Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D at the same time.

All this while a copy of Star Fox 64 3D sits unopened on my shelf, further affirmation that no, I don’t need to worry about Star Fox Zero this year.

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Leave it to Nintendo to give us a reason to enjoy the great outdoors even more.

Watch this incredibly slick Pokemon GO trailer, like 4.5 million people already have since it went up on YouTube 23 hours ago.

Then tell me you’re not batshit excited about the potential of Nintendo’s first Android/iOS app.

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An unforgettable ad for a completely forgettable game.

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MewtwqwWith the amiibo drought pretty much over, news comes that Mewtwo’s Smash Bros. amiibo is coming to Aussie stores on Saturday, October 24.

Will he be as hard to find as he is in the Pokemon games? Will he be as hard to find as the rest of his amiibo counterparts when they were first released?

I don’t know, but I do know my body is ready, my wallet is ready, and the staff at my local JB Hi-Fi better be ready.

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P.S. The only amiibo I am missing at this stage is Smash Bros. Peach.

You can check out the entire amiibo line up here.


Sonic-Sega-All-Stars-Racing-box-artMario Kart Klone 2.

Like ModNation Racers and Cars 2, Sonic & Sega: All Stars Racing borrows many ideas from (and owes it’s very existence to) the Mario Kart franchise.

Unlike ModNation Racers and Cars 2 however, S&SASR brings virtually nothing new to the party.

Everything in the game is lifted from Mario Kart, but if you’ve played MK to death and you’re looking for something new- there is quite a bit of fun to be had here.

The game is available on DS, Wii, PS3 and 360. It looks prettier on PS3 and 360 of course, and in the 360 version you can race with Banjo & Kazooie.

There’s plenty of tracks to choose from, plenty of characters and nicely balanced weapons and karts to race with.

The tracks are also fun and have a good range of difficulty. It’s pretty much everything you want in a Mario Kart klone -including a 4 player split screen mode, and it’s one of the few games to come remotely close to capturing the essence of Nintendo’s franchise.

The omission of any multiplayer “cup” or tournament mode is baffling, however, and going back to the menu every time you want to race a new track is quite annoying.

The sequel, All Stars Racing Transformed fixed many of this game’s niggles, going on to be the best Mario Kart Klone of all, but this first entry is still worth picking up.

Thanks to for the box pic.

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