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samusThis is a damn good buy, especially for those like myself who didn’t pick up a Wii retail copy.

Unfortunately there’s no support for any controllers other than the Wii remote/nunchuck combo, but what did we expect?

I’m not huge on Prime 2: Echoes, but Prime and Prime 3 are absolutely incredible games, and certainly worth thirteen dollars to play for the first time, or the thirty-first time.

Metroid Prime looked absolutely incredible on the Gamecube back when it was released, and you better believe it still looks great today.

Prime 3 proved not only that Wii games could look amazing, but the Wii remote/nunchuck combo could be an immersive and intuitive control set up for first person shooters.

Reminds you how very welcome a sequel would be. Surely they’re already working on it…

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eshopThis week brought the wonderful news that Nintendo are bringing classic Wii games to the Wii U eShop.

It’s a shame these titles are existing outside Virtual Console, meaning no Miiverse communities, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

I won’t be buying Super Mario Galaxy 2, (even at a fairly reasonable $13) but I’ll definitely be picking up Metroid Prime Trilogy, hopefully I’ll be able to use the gamepad*.

Everyone has games they’d like to see make the cut, here’s ten of mine.

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As a console gamer I’ve always believed that the true strength of a system can be measured by looking at the line up of exclusive games it has to offer.

I judge consoles past and present on this criteria above anything else. What can this machine offer that no others can?

I first wrote about the state of Wii U’s exclusive line up in April 2014, so I thought I’d better take another look at the situation, eight months on.

No one can legitimately argue that the system isn’t worth owning like they could have at this time last year, and that’s thanks to this killer line up of exclusives.

I have highlighted the games I have played in orange.

Ones I haven’t played remain black, and for those I have included the verdict from Miiverse*, and what aggregate score the game has on gamerankings.com

Also, at this stage I’m only looking at disc based retail games released in Australia.

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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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wiiulogoMaybe not forgotten, but it’s flying under the radar, what with all the talk about new Starfox, Zelda, and Xenoblade.

Devil’s Third is a single player focused action/shooter from developer Valhalla Game Studios, and it’s being published by Nintendo to become a Wii U exclusive.

I’m not sure how the Wii U crowd have embraced Bayonetta 2 in terms of sales, but it’s good to see Nintendo backing another “mature” title for its home console.

Just like The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, the Devil’s Third development team features well-respected industry talent, namely Team Ninja’s Tomonobu Itagaki.

Have a look at the official website here, and interview about the game here, and some footage of the game below.

You can Valhalla Game Studios Facebook by clicking here.

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mk8postrMy game of the year for 2014 is Mario Kart 8.

It’s the best Mario Kart game ever in terms of the overall package, it’s an absolute blast to play, and it brought my friends and I together on so many occasions this year.

No other gaming experience comes close to MK8 for me in 2014.

I’m posting this with a hint of sarcasm, because although “game of the year” awards are really only ever based on opinion, I was surprised to see some major outlets overlook such universally acclaimed titles like Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in their considerations for such awards.

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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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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: admin@rustyshell.com

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IMAG0574How in are GameCube controllers right now?

Not only have they instantly become relevant again (for a third time) after 12 or so years on the market, but people are so desperate to use them in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, they’re willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege.

You can’t get that adapter anywhere in Australia, that’s for sure- and it seems like the rest of the world is experiencing a similar shortage.

I thought it was a bit of a gamble for Nintendo to even offer support for its decade old controller in the new Smash game, considering there’s an exceptionally adequate new input device for Wii U in the form of the Pro Controller (or WUPC, as I shall call it henceforth).

I thought: Would people really want to pay for an adapter when the Smash Bros. target market have probably already forked out for a WUPC or two already?

Surely the physical layout of the GameCube controller isn’t that much better for playing Smash with than the new, sexier looking WUPC?

I wondered why would people want to go back to wired controllers after a full generation of wire free play.

Surely original GameCube controllers are so old now that they simply won’t function properly having gathered dust, grime and unexplained general stickiness after years in the storage boxes of thirty-something Nintendo fans the world over, I thought.

Well, I thought wrong. Wrong with a capital purple W against a yellow background.

Not only have the adapters sold out pretty much everywhere, but I can’t find a limited edition black GameCube controller anywhere, either. Bearing in mind, it costs 50 Australian dollars and at this point can only be used to control one Wii U game.

People still want to use the GameCube controller.

Tell them bitches get a stick, I'm done leadin' the blind

Tell them bitches get a stick, I’m done leadin’ the blind

I have three WUPC’s.

I bought Smash with the GameCube controller adapter. Sitting down to play on launch day, my friends had a choice of  GameCube or WUPC’s. Two chose GameCube, two chose WUPC’s.

Out of the two that chose GameCube, one had ALWAYS used a Wavebird to play Mario Kart Wii and refused to use anything else, so the chance to play with it again after some time was too much to pass up.

The other had mostly dismissed Brawl, so he was keen to relive the glory of our Melee playing days with his Spice Orange GameCube faithful.

I chose my original Indigo wired controller, the same one that came in the box with my GameCube all those years ago.

Turns out, the physical layout of the buttons is better for Smash than the WUPC’s.

Having the A button so accessible is a god send. You won’t get confused between “grab” and “shield”. The C stick is perfectly placed for Smash moves because from B to Smash is so natural.

I could go on, but I won’t because I want to get back to playing Smash with a twelve-year-old wired piece of plastic that still feels, looks, and performs better than any controller Nintendo has offered us since.

Nintendo, or anyone else.

It’s a pretty great testament to the impeccable design and function of the controller itself, and while people are touting DualShock 4 as the best of all time, I can’t see it being as enduringly popular or consistently requisite as the GameCube controller.

Now, if we could just have some GameCube games on Virtual Console

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whitegamecubeHave a look at this immaculate new white Gamecube controller. It’s brand new and it’s a Japan only affair, although you can apparently have one shipped to Australia through play-asia.

What a comeback story. The Gamecube controller is the best controller ever created, and despite its slightly off putting appearance is proving to be one of the most enduring in terms of popularity.

And a lot of that has to do with how great it is to play Smash Bros. with.

Anyone who’s played Smash for Wii U with the GC controller knows that it’s not just about nostalgia anymore- it now feels as though it was built for Smash Bros.

Nintendo’s flagship franchise can’t exist without it on a home console, and thankfully for the time being it doesn’t have to.

I first read about this delightful product on nintendolife.com.

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800px-GameCube_controllerIt was bound to happen. After a shortage of the adapters at retail in Australia, they’re selling for a small fortune on eBay.

I recently questioned whether or not I really needed to play Smash with a Gamecube controller now we have the Wii U Pro, but after testing both set ups out on the new game, it was apparent the GC controller is still the best way to play Smash.

Good luck finding the adapter, anyone who’s trying.

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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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peachYep, it’ll be $58 at Big W.

Elsewhere, JB Hi-Fi has it for $69, while EB Games has it listed for $79.95- and they’ll usually price match.

No price from Target yet, though their new catalogue comes out on the 26th.

UPDATE: Target will sell the stand alone game for $59, the game with Gamecube adapter for $79, and the Gamecube controller for $49.

I’ll tweet any new or better prices I see. You can follow me on twitter: @rustyshell

 

luigiamiibo2Then watch the sales of the Luigi amiibo go through the roof.

A Luigi racing suit for my Mii isn’t gonna cut it, Nintendo.

I want a fully fledged death stare for my Mii while he’s wearing the Luigi racing suit. AND! I want it mapped to the horn button, so I can control the intimidation.

Then I’ll pay the fifteen (or more) bucks for one of your amiibos.

And on that topic, I’m thinking of innovative ways for the Big N to use their little toys. Any ideas?

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marioamiiiboI don’t know why Nintendo doesn’t have one ready to launch alongside the figurines.

An  adventure game in the vein of Skylanders and Infinity would have made an awesome new IP, and given people a solid reason to buy the new figurines. If Skylanders, and to a lesser extent (seeing as they were the copycats) Disney Infinity hadn’t been the smash hits they are, amiibo wouldn’t even exist.

I get that Skylanders and Infinity figures can only be used in their respective games, and that amiibo’s point of difference is that they are useable across multiple titles, but I really think the amiibo concept would have been an easier sell if there was a dedicated, new title to enjoy. An easier sell to kids and parents most importantly, because that’s the way to get a slice of the (massive) Skylanders/Infinity pie.*

As the kid on that Old El Paso commercial says, why not have both?

Nintendo already know how to successfully bring their very different mascots together in a cohesive story set in an art-style neutral environment. They’ve done it in the Smash Bros. cut scenes. So there’s your characters and story. Model the gameplay and scale on LEGO City Undercover.

In fact, why not just leave development of the title in TT Fusion’s hands, considering what an outstanding job they did with Undercover. It’s one of Wii U’s best exclusives and I don’t care what anyone says, it’s one of this generation’s best games so far, full stop.

An amiibo stand alone title might come along some time in the future, and until then I won’t be forking out $15 or so bucks to own little bits of (nicely crafted) plastic that contribute little outside the obvious to games I already own or was going to buy anyway.

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*Nintendo, please take a piece of that pie and make me a new Wave Race game. And Battalion Wars 3.

 

peachOh sorry. Force of habit. I meant to say the Australian release date for Smash Bros. Wii U game has been brought  forward by seven days to November 29.

Who knows why, and who cares.

New Smash is coming sooner than we thought, and that’s all that friggen matters, internet.

Feel free to friend me for Smash and Mario Kart purposes. My NNID is zinger_AU.

November 29!

 

Have a look at this amazing original song and clip from YouTube user yungtown. It’s about his excitement at finding out…. oh, just watch it. Not only would the parodical lyrics make Weird Al Yanovic proud, but the guy has an amazing voice, too.

This vid is from 2013, sorry if I missed the boat. You can subscribe to yungtown’s YouTube channel here.