logo_starfox_zeroIt’s been a long time coming, but after the supposed failure of the latest Starfox and its companion game Starfox Guard, Nintendo have released demos for both, which are available right now on the Aussie eShop.

What a shame Nintendo and Miyamoto haven’t released a patch for Starfox Zero game that allows you to enjoy a standard control setup.

Maybe the “remastered” version for NX might get decent controls.


rabbit1There’s been times in the past where I haven’t even picked up my 3DS for a week or more, but the free to play Nintendo Badge Arcade has me coming back every day.

Badge Arcade is a simple online skill tester game with dozens of little Nintendo themed badges to collect and decorate Miiverse or the 3DS interface with.

The game is hosted by an adorable little rabbit whose quips and overall attitude will make you smile every day.

You can pay $1.30 for five chances at clawing some new badges, but Nintendo are being very generous with the freebies.

You’ll get five practice goes every day, but they’ll drop in a few free, for real goes here and there.

Thanks dude.

Thanks dude.

The arcade updates every single day, so every day you miss visiting, you’re missing opportunities to collect the badges for free.

So far I’ve collected 46 badges and I haven’t even spent a cent.

If you haven’t downloaded this little eShop gem yet, do so immediately.

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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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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.


Rusty_Shell_HOTAs much as I’d love to, I don’t have time to play this Wii U exclusive right now.

It’s been really hard to find decent reviews for the game, but here’s some decent reviews I’ve read that I thought I might share.

Jason Venter at gamespot.com uses a few too many words, gives the game an 8.

Gareth Newnham from wasduk.com makes some pretty interesting points and injects a bit of humour into his review, saying the developers showcase the Gamepad’s features very well.

Francis@PE from playerseesence.com throws this video review at you with a bit of attitude, telling us to be surprised at how well the Gamepad is utilised.

Finally, Dan Massi from 8worldnews.com tells us the game features arguably the best use of the Gamepad we’ve seen so far. Take that, Mario Chase.

Affordable Space Adventures is currently exclusive to the Wii U eShop, and priced at $24.

Have a look at the official site for the eShop exclusive here.

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pandora'sIt’s still a bit overpriced if you ask me, but you can still pick up one of Wii’s most critically acclaimed and popular RPG’s for $19.50 instead of $26 until tomorrow, April 23.

Released in 2012, Pandora’s Tower was part of an action-adventure RPG published by Nintendo (in Australia and Europe) and received pretty solid reviews when it launched.

Originally part of my Wii wish list, I ended up playing and enjoying it, even though I never finished it.


vconsolelogoMy enthusiasm about Nintendo 64 and DS games finally arriving on Wii U’s Virtual Console came to a crashing halt when I saw the pricing.

Thirteen Australian dollars each? It’s way too much.

I don’t care that there’s Miiverse integration or customisable control options. Nintendo have done nothing in the way of enhancements or new content, so asking $13 for years old games is ludicrous. And promoting “buy three get one free” as a promotion is borderline insulting.

I understand Nintendo first party games are premium products, but a $4.95 price tag would have been much more generous and realistic.

Nintendo have spoken about how the Virtual Console service was becoming less popular due to the high quality (and quantity) indie games available on the eShop, but I reckon it’s more to do with the ridiculous pricing and severe lack of choice.

The line-up of games is uninspired to say the least, and while I’d love to revisit Donkey Kong 64 from the comfort of my Gamepad, there’s no way in hell I’m paying thirteen dollars for the privilege.

Nor am I paying for Mario Kart DS again when they haven’t even restored online functionality. I understand Nintendo Wi-Fi no longer functions, but this is still extremely lazy, and it rips out a massive chunk of what made Mario Kart DS so great in the first place.

We have been waiting for Nintendo to fully embrace the possibilities Virtual Console offers for so long now, it makes you wonder whether it will ever be anything other than a second thought.

It’s such a shame, because considering their back catalogue of incredible games, Virtual Console has the potential to be the jewel in a Nintendo console’s crown, and a reason to own their machines.

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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.


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.

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