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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 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 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!

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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

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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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eshopNintendo’s confusing but generous promotion that started at the launch of Wii U two years ago, is about to come to an end.

If you have a black Wii U and are an avid eShop user you’re probably already across this promotion and what it entails.

If not, read my guide explaining everything and remember you’ve got until December 31 to accumulate points, and until March to redeem them for eShop codes.

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tonyjonesBuyer’s guides are a dime a dozen, but here’s my no nonsense look at what to get and where to get it.

I’m covering all current generation systems, thanks to some feedback from previous years.

If you don’t agree with me and have some alternate advice to offer, please leave a grown up comment because this is really for the benefit of those who might not be in the know.

If you want further advice or have a different question entirely, ask in the comments section and we will get back to you. You can also send an email:

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Big-W-LogoAnd Target has them for $15.

I don’t know if I’ll be buying any, and I still maintain they’re overpriced, but if you’re in the market for Nintendo’s little statues, these are the best retail prices around.

Tap, connect, collect?

Well… give us a dedicated adventure game and we’ll talk, Nintendo.

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Rusty_Shell_HOT3I haven’t done an I Like Mondays post for ages, it’s where I talk about cool article or other useful stuff I saw on the net. Have a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Firstly this funny little piece from Joey Davidson at technobuffalo about the experience of buying an amiibo.

Then there’s this interesting read from John Kinsley at wiiudaily about Reggie and how Mario Kart 8 doubled thier Wii U business.

I’m not in the habit of linking to the big guys, but this piece from IGN about exactly what amiibo’s can do right is really informative, and changed my mind about picking one up.

Lastly a Smash Bros. for Wii U review. There’s millions around, but this one from Kevin Femmel at gimmegimmegames is a good one. He says:

“Booting up Smash Bros for Wii U after playing the 3DS version extensively since October takes away a lot of the initial “wow” factor.”

Well Kevin, I knew that was going to happen and that’s why I only played the demo a couple of times just to satisfy my curiosity.

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204713_detailIt’s the first day of the official release of New Nintendo 3DS, and here’s my first impressions of the machine- in no nonsense point form- good and bad together.

I have the Metallic Black New Nintendo 3DS XL, and I upgraded from a Cosmos Black 3DS.

It’s not available in the U.S or Europe yet, so if you’re considering an upgrade, I hope this helps with your decision.

1. The Look:

  • The faux brushed metal finish (it’s plastic) is much sleeker and sexier than you might think
  • The “matte” look of the body is a perfect complement to the new buttons and C stick. No glossy inside surface means less fingerprints
  • All buttons are nicely proportioned, and click as well as any you’ve ever pressed, although I can’t help but wish they were fully colour coded like on the small NN3DS
  • It looks and feels like a premium product… one now knows why there is no interchangeable face plates on the XL version. It looks so sleek closed, you won’t want to change it’s appearance
  • There’s no clear “NFC” symbol like on the Wii U gamepad, so since I don’t own an amiibo, I don’t know where I should touch it to the machine
  • All the LED lights are now less obnoxiously bright, although I still don’t understand why the blue power LED has to pulsate in sleep mode

2. The Screens

  • Top screen is sharp and vivid, rich colours, much more so than the 3DS XL and 3DS
  • 3D is still a strange sensation at first, and your eyes relax into it with time, but with NN3DS you can actually see the machine “snapping” the 3D into place if you move the system too abruptly
  • 3D sweet spot is really improved beyond belief. You won’t go back to a regular 3DS after experiencing it
  • “Super Stable 3D” does what it says, but you might need to turn it down a tiny bit to ensure the outer edges of the screen give you a crisp 3D picture (instead of a double image)
  • Bottom touch screen responds to fingers as well as stylus, even though I am sure it’s less “floaty” than previous models, even the Wii U Gamepad. You know what I mean… it always felt like there was a layer of air between the touch surface and the actual screen. This seems to have been virtually eliminated with the NN3DS

3.  The Free Software

  • Set up is painless and the count down turning 3D on for the first time is exciting, even more so than the 3DS
  • Super easy to use interface, fun too… although it’s virtually the same as 3DS. At least you can customise it now
  • Face Raiders is still here, and the original AR cards are included, but this time no yellow pouch to store them in
  • 3D photo taking is still low quality
  • AR Games are greatly improved thanks to Super Stable 3D
  • Easy to connect to the net and transfer data from your previous machine, just make sure both your systems have the latest firmware before you start the transfer
  • The cute little Pikmin animation is back to entertain you during the transfer
  • The microSD card is inserted when you purchase the machine
  • Make sure you have your NNID password on hand if you want to sync your account with Wii U

4. The Everything Else

  • Stylus is meaty and packs away nicely, although you might miss the telescopic function of the 3DS stylus
  • 3D slider is much easier to adjust subtly
  • The system fits snugly in the hand, the rounded edges feel really nice
  • Left thumb goes from circle pad to D Pad nicely, although the new, smaller circle pad feels more slippery than previous models
  • The right C stick is too small. It works as it should though. I mean, I successfully performed smash moves in Smash Bros. for 3DS but seriously, why isn’t there a fully fledged second circle pad?
  • No power charger means the box is small and the packaging is bare bones
  • At around $15 for a new charger, this seems like a bit of a gee up. Perhaps we could have knocked that $15 off the price, Nintendo?
  • Download times (I just downloaded a couple of demos) is improved, but to what extent of course depends on your internet/Wi Fi connection
  • Miiverse loads roughly 15% quicker in my quick tests

Got any questions about New Nintendo 3DS? Ask me by leaving a comment and I’ll reply. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell or Miiverse: zinger_AU


??????????????????????????????????????Nintendo’s worst kept secret is finally official.

A remake of Majora’s Mask is coming to 3DS. Following on from the success of the Ocarina and Wind Waker remakes, the only 3D Zelda game I’ve never played is getting a graphical upgrade, as well as new features to ensure an even better gameplay experience.

I’ve got no problem with the enhanced remakes, and it seems Nintendo listened to the fans who really rallied for this to happen.

3DS already has such and incredible line up of games that this remake is entirely unnecessary, but it feels like a sweet little present for the rabid fans of the original, as well as a great way to introduce Majora’s Mask to people like me who missed the Nintendo 64 version.

Have a look at the sweet stuff included in the special edition set when it drops next year. According to this set is coming to Australia.


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