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.

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logo_starfox_zeroI’m back, and just in time for Star Fox Zero’s Australian release this Saturday, April 23.

Big W has the game for $64, which is the best price I’ve seen so far.

You can get the “first print” edition that includes a physical copy of Star Fox Guard from both JB Hi Fi and EB Games for $99.

The first print edition is (at this stage) the only way to own a physical copy of Star Fox Guard.

But is it worth an extra thirty or so bucks?

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Cereza_Bayonetta_2_renderI just wanted to remind you that Bayonetta and some guy from Fire Emblem are downloadable from today on the Aussie eShop.

These additions of course signal the end of Smash character DLC for now.

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smashlogoOnce Bayonetta and that Fire Emblem guy arrive sometime next year, Smash 4’s final roster will be set.

A fair while ago I compiled my dream roster for the (then untitled) new Super Smash Bros. game.

It turns out that of the twelve characters I detailed, four actually made it into the game(s).

That’s a pretty impressive one third of my list, even though I did initially include Mii characters as a joke.

At the time I thought it was going a step too far to allow Mii’s to be playable in a game of such distinct pedigree.

However, Sakurai and the team made it work- and work quite well, according to someone I spoke to who plays at tournament level.

I’m still bummed about Bayonetta getting a start over Travis Touchdown, and that another fire emblem character gets in over someone like Girahim- but with a line up of fighters this robust and varied, I wouldn’t dare complain.

Given the doors are well and truly open to third party characters now, I’m sure Nintendo are already taking expressions of interest for the next game.

Bayo

Rosalina can breathe easy now she’s not the biggest queue jumper in the game.

There’s a certain level of prestige connected with an appearance in Smash, especially for third party characters, so I hope Nintendo remembers to keep the club exclusive in the future.

Having said that, my money’s on Shovel Knight appearing in the next game, as well as The Player from Minecraft (who I was sure was going to win the ballot).

Nintendo will have Elma or Lin from Xenoblade Chronicles X, among others from their own stable, but I’ll tell you what:

If Wii Fit Trainer can get a start, that awesome pink rabbit from Nintendo Badge Arcade on the 3DS can too. I love that guy.

Make it happen, Nintendo.

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wiiulogoWhile Wii U’s situation has never been as dire as the internet made out, it was fashionable to promote the idea that Wii U had failed, full stop.

So back when sales weren’t meeting expectations anywhere in the world, Australia’s most present bricks-and-mortar gaming retailer decided that the “Wii U” was so irrelevant it didn’t even deserve a tab on their website’s navigation bar anymore.

They relegated it to a spot on the sub menu under “MORE”, back there with categories like “LOOT” and “PSP”.

Well, times have changed, EB.

Most gamers have gotten past the Wii U is dead (which in turn meant, of course, that Nintendo was dead) mentality and accepted the machine for what it is:

A platform for top quality first and second party Nintendo games that isn’t as successful as it’s predecessor, nor it’s current competition.

There’s a place for a third machine in this generation, and alternative to the current top two.

Wii U fills that spot perfectly, and there’s no denying Nintendo’s machine has not only the best line-up of exclusives of the three, but the best line up of games, full stop.

I think it’s time EB Games accepted this too, and pulled Wii U out from the category of “other” and let it live out the rest of it’s life in dignity with it’s own dedicated navigation tab.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CTarget Australia is having an online sale that starts tonight at 6pm.

Among other gaming bargains they’re selling selected amiibo for just $9.

Here’s the link to their website, Merry Christmas everyone.

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ryuamiibo2Three new Smash Bros. Series amiibo are coming to Australia on March 19.

R.O.B is getting his second amiibo, making him the first character outside the Mushroom Kingdom cast to get two amiibo, and no, Turbo Charge Donkey Kong doesn’t count.

This new one features everyone’s favourite robot in his red and grey colours, the way he appeared when he was bundled with the Famicom all those years ago.

Street Fighter’s Ryu is coming as well, and he’s sure to be incredibly popular. It’s not only Smash fans and amiibo collectors wanting this one- it’s the Street Fighter fans too, and there’s a hell of a lot of them of all ages.

It’ll be interested to see how the supply is managed with Ryu. I think he’s going to be one of the biggest sellers ever.

Rounding out the three R’s is Fire Emblem’s Roy. Roy’s a Smash Bros. veteran now, so it’s good to see him finally getting an amiibo, he is far more deserving than Lucina or Robin.

I’ll post any bargains for these three new amiibo as I see them.

Thanks to ebgames.com.au for the pic of Ryu.5

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CTarget stores are selling single amiibo figures for $14 from now until Christmas Day.

They usually hover around the $17 mark so this ain’t too bad.

Now if only I could find a Smash Brothers Series Peach.

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mincraftI have never played Minecraft.

Nor do I, even after the release of Minecraft: Wii U Edition this week, have any desire to.

Im not sure there was too many people clamouring to play the billion dollar indie title on Wii U, I think people just wanted this version on principal.

Sure, this is the first time the game’s appearing on a Nintendo platform, but there’s so much great indie content exclusive to Nintendo’s two machines, Minecraft making an appearance hardly seems worth celebrating.

I was convinced this release was going to coincide with ‘the player’ being announced as the winner of the Smash Ballot, but Bayonetta proved too popular.

You can buy Minecraft: Wii U Edition for $39.95 on the Australian eSHop.

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xenxTarget Australia stores are selling the Wii U exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles X for just $74.

This is the best price I’ve seen at retail.

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