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kirbyboxKirby & The Rainbow Paintbrush (what is with that title, seriously) is available for pre order from JB Hi-Fi at the pretty reasonable price of $59.

The long anticipated Wii U title makes its way to Australia on May 9, long after the US and Japan have been playing it.

It has been met with mixed reviews, but if you’re a Kirby fan you’ll no doubt be picking it up.

I’ll do a full price round up as we get closer to the release date.

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mk8screenWell we all know by now that Baby Park, one of the first Mario Kart tracks to defy tradition when it appeared on Gamecube’s Double Dash!!, is being rebuilt again for Mario Kart 8.

After being graphically downgraded to appear in Mario Kart DS, the track looks great in HD, and while Mario Kart 8’s items won’t provide the kind of outrageous, close quarters chaos seen in Double Dash!!, I’m still excited to play on it again.

It’s good to see Nintendo unafraid to rework tracks a for a third outing, from memory this is the second time now. So it gives me great hope for a HD Coconut Mall featuring in Mario Kart 8.

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Splatoon is the cover story in the latest issue of Edge magazine, and what a cover it is…

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Didn’t break the internet, but a bright orange cartoon squid probably never will.

I’m not familiar with any retailers that stock Edge in Australia, but if you are, let us all know in the comments.

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travisWhen I think about characters I’d love the chance to control again, behind Ricky Winterborn (because I just want a friggen new Wave Race!) is always No More Heroes protagonist, Travis Touchdown.

He’s got a built in, combat ready move set, with the beam katana being the most obvious for inclusion.

He can also get Smash Bros. wacky quite easily- how about Travis throwing his cat Jeane at enemies as his up-B move?

Throw in a “darkside mode” Super Smash, and he’s all set to go.

He’ll have to watch his language of course, but Snake behaved himself, so Travis should be able to.

You can vote for who you want to fight as here, and remember any character will be considered for the spot.

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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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Like most Nintendo enthusiasts, I think the Nintendo Direct presentations are the best thing ever.

Hearing information and news straight from the big wigs at the company is a real thrill, and Iwata has an uncanny way of making it seem as if he’s talking directly to you, something I don’t think any other company president does (or could even pull off).

And, like most Nintendo fans, I’m keen to analyse each new presentation and give my thoughts about what Nintendo shared with us.

Today’s is no different, so here I go.

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nlandlogoWith the recent release of Mario Party 10, all of Nintendo’s mini game franchises have made the leap to Wii U, some more successfully than others.

Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Party, and Mario Party (I’m not mentioning that terrible version of Wario Ware) are all old favourites I’m happy to see in HD, but now I’d like to see Nintendo show the game that launched their new system and controller some love in the form of DLC.

Although Nintendo Land reviewed quite well when it was released alongside the Wii U in 2012, there was room for improvement. Improvement that could likely have been made with a patch or two, fixing up control options and tweaking a few things to streamline the experience. I wrote more on that here.

But while other Nintendo games like Pikmin 3 and Mario Kart 8 have been supported with some pretty decent add on content since they launched, Nintendo Land, the game that introduced the Wii U and the Gamepad to the world, seems to have been forgotten about.

Which is a mighty shame, because there is some really great opportunities for Nintendo to get some extra mileage out of a title most Wii U owners have a copy of.

Before I delve into these opportunities, the number one thing Nintendo Land needs is a patch to allow use of the Pro Controller, and nunchuck support. It would just make playing games like Luigi’s Ghost Mansion and Mario Chase so much more enjoyable (and while they’re at it, throw in Gamecube controller support so anyone with the adapter can get some use from it outside of Smash Bros.)

Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Nintendo obviously didn’t think it was necessary to include these control options in the beginning, seeing as Nintendo Land was a launch title on a new machine, and people had little need for extra Pro Controllers that early on I can kind of understand.

But two and a bit years on, people have the controllers and want to use them. Updating the control options alone would give Nintendo Land a new lease on life, I’d go back and play Ghost Mansion or Sweet Day again if I knew my thumb wasn’t going to cop a beating from vigorous us of the Wii remote’s d-pad.

There’s also plenty they could do to give players a reason to revisit the existing attractions within Nintendo Land.

Some new courses for Mario Chase would be awesome. The team must have had so many great ideas for courses, and we got a glimpse at how much fun they could be with the slide course, complete with the Mario 64 slide music.

Imagine this AND micromanaging some bots. Intense.

Imagine this AND micromanaging some bots. Intense.

Why not build on this idea and give us a level that has decoy Mario’s that appear after the Gamepad player picks up a Double Cherry.

Or what about turning the idea on it’s head and having Mario manage some Yoshi Bots to try to catch the other players?

New courses for Battle Quest, Metroid Blast, and Ghost Mansion are no brainers, but it’s Sweet Day that would benefit the most from some more levels to play on. Even a random map generator would be cool, because once you’ve memorised the best way to trap someone the game kind of gets too predictable, unless you’re playing with newbies.

Elsewhere, I’d like to see a new mode in Ninja Castle that allows four or five people to take turns in quick rounds to earn points, with a winner determined at the end. This same principle could be applied to Yoshi’s Fruit Cart and Donkey Kong’s Crash Course.

Metroid Blast was the foundation for a new IP. Some indie developer should take the idea and run with it.

Some indie developer should take the Metroid Blast foundation and create a new IP

And speaking of Crash Course, I always wondered why Nintendo hasn’t made a stand alone, downloadable version of this for 3DS. It’s the perfect fit, and DLC levels have cross buy written all over them.

With such a large install base and so much untapped potential, Nintendo Land is the perfect game to pick up some DLC bucks from. And as a new IP, and a great overall package, it’s a wonder Nintendo hasn’t been shown it more love.

Many of the attractions stand out as really great experiences, I just hope we’re given a reason to go back to them.

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The latest addition to the Mortal Kombat X line-up, wild west gunslinger Erron Black, bears a striking resemblance to another video game gunslinger, the unnamed protagonist others call “The Swordsman”, from Ubisoft’s Wii exclusive, Red Steel 2.

It turns out the character of Erron Black appeared in a Mortal Kombat comic book series, and that version of Erron bears even a great resemblance to The Swordsman.

Take a look at these pictures and disagree.

The unnamed hero, or "The Swordsman" from Red Steel 2

The unnamed hero, or “The Swordsman” from Red Steel 2

Erron Black from Mortal Kombat

Erron Black from Mortal Kombat

I suppose in the days of the old West it was hard (and probably dangerous) to be an individual when it came to fashion. Just ask John and Cole:

Colton White from GUN

Colton White from GUN

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

I’m being facetious about Erron and The Swordsman, and two pics don’t tell an entire story, but do a quick Google search and you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks to www.designntrend.com, gematsu.com,  and lady-eklipse.livejournal.com for the pics.

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zeldawiiuscreenNow we know that Zelda Wii U won’t be released in 2015, it’s time for us all to remember that when Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma showed the first gameplay footage late last year, every single gamer that saw the size of that world map knew instantly that Zelda Wii U wasn’t coming in 2015.

Even though we didn’t really have a sense of the scale, we all knew that when Aonuma zoomed out again and again, bringing a world of that size to life was really going to take some time.

Of course, bringing a world to life is one thing, but meeting and exceeding the expectations of Zelda fans is another, especially now we’re talking about a seamless open world.

Various people at Nintendo have publicly talked up how monumental this Zelda is going to be, so the pressure is really on them to deliver an incredible final package.

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An open world by Nintendo. Get me there.

Mentioning a 2015 release date was probably not a good idea in the first place, although it did add extra gravitas the the countless “2015 is going to be huge for Wii U” articles we’re all guilty of reading (or possibly writing).

And notice in that gameplay video when Miyamoto asked Aonuma if he was sure it was coming out in 2015, it was almost like he was saying “forget it, this ain’t coming out in 2015“.

The Legend of Zelda has the most illustrious pedigree of any gaming franchise. Any reasonable fan, however fed up with delays of console Zelda titles, will be not only be happy that Nintendo are taking the time to make sure it’s the best experience it can be, but relieved as well.

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mp10picTarget Australia are selling Wii U’s latest opinion divider, Mario Party 10 for $54 until Wednesday April 1.

They’re also selling the Wii U Premium Pack with Mario Kart bundle for $429, but now they’re throwing in two out of these three games: Rabbids Land, Sports Connection and Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth. Well.

Avengers is a fighter featuring and incredible character roster, but the controls suck and only kids and Marvel super fans will find enjoyment in it.

Rabbids Land met very mediocre reviews, and Sports Connection is by all accounts a sub par sports mini game collection, but apparently the golf is pretty good, and you do need a Wii remote with MotionPlus.

Anyone in the market for a Wii U should pick up Mario Kart 8 anyway, so at $429 this bundle is still the way to go.

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luigiamiiboQ2I guess the demand isn’t as high as it is for the Smash Bros. series amiibo.

Not surprising considering we’ve have Luigi, Mario, Peach and Bowser before, although I was surprised to see a few Toad figures still hanging around.

I picked up everyone but Bowser (only because I couldn’t find one that was made well enough) and although this Luigi looks better than the Smash Bros. Luigi, in real life Peach a bit out of scale and her dress takes up the entire round podium she’s standing on. Not as great as her first.

Anyway, JB Hi-Fi, EB Games, and Big W all still have stock of each new amiibo, as well as the Mario Party 10 bundle, five days after they launched.

Check out the full amiibo line up here, and remember Wave 4 comes out in Australia on Saturday, April 25.

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I’ve told you before that Jurassic Park is my favourite film franchise of all time, so my excitement for LEGO Jurassic World went through the roof when I saw the trailer.

It’s coming to every platform, including Wii U and 3DS.

 

I’ll tell you the most exciting thing about the video.

It’s how fantastic Mr. Iwata looks after his recent health problems and subsequent weight loss.

Check him out in the video below.

Speculation often leads to disappointment.

 

The Super Mario Bros. Series amiibo figures are available this Saturday, and Big W have included them in their latest catalogue at $17.

JB Hi-Fi and EB Games are still offering them for pre order at $17 and $17.95 respectively.

While Toad is making his first appearance as an amiibo, perhaps the demand for the second Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser figures hasn’t been as hot as the first ones.

I think Bowser looks just as good, what do you think?

Smash Bros. Series Bowser

Smash Bros. Series Bowser

Super Mario Bros. Series Bowser

Super Mario Bros. Series Bowser

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mparty10boxThe release of Mario Party 10 is almost upon us, meaning every one of Nintendo’s big mini game franchises has a Wii U edition.

Nintendo Land is still the pick of the bunch, alongside Wii Sports Club bowling and golf.

The longest running of them all is Mario Party, and with so many home console iterations, the series has been looking a bit tired since Mario Party 6.

Mario Party 8 was dismal, 9 moved in the right direction, so with the Gamepad as a trump card, here’s hoping 10 will be a true return to form for the series.

Here’s what Aussie retailers are asking when the game releases this Saturday:

EB Games - $69.95 or $79.95 with Mario amiibo (remember they’ll price match)

Big W - $59 or $69 with Mario amiibo (find a store here, but remember always call to confirm)

Target - $68

JB Hi-Fi - $69 or $79 with Mario amiibo

And the eShop is selling it for $79.95.

If I see any better prices I’ll post them, you can also follow me on twitter: @rustyshell or Miiverse: zinger_AU

 

NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CA public holiday?

Yes, but the stores will still be open seeing as the gifted ANZAC Day public holiday is Friday the 24th this year.

Unless you’ve pre ordered, heading into stores early to find one seems as though it’d be a pretty futile exercise, even if you are planning to be up at dawn for the ANZAC commemorations.

I’m getting my Charizard this time, then I’m gonna settle down and wait for Nintendo to ship some more to stores, if that ever happens.

If I see any news or tips about where to get Wave 4 I’ll post it, otherwise I wish you all the best of luck getting the ones you want.

 

 

kirbyamiiboWell, months after it’s been out in Japan and America, there’s finally an Australian release date for Kirby & The Rainbow Curse.

It’s coming Saturday, May 9.

Oh, and it’s called Kirby & The Rainbow Paintbrush over here.

I’m a moderate Kirby fan, but I’m still really looking forward to seeing him in HD outside Smash Bros.

Kirby’s Dreamland was the first GameBoy game I ever played, way back when Kirby was white.

I’ve since enjoyed playing as him in Smash Bros. Melee (his down-B move move was killer in Melee, but toned down in subsequent games) and I really enjoyed Kirby’s Epic Yarn, even though I only played it recently.

The game has received pretty solid reviews overall, which is great new for Kirby and his fans,so to finally have an official release date is good news.

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luigiamiiboQ2Before wave 4 of the Smash Bros. amiibo hit some time in April, the Super Mario Bros. series will be out the same day as Mario party 10.

March 21 is that day in Australia, and EB Games is offering a pre order price of $17.95, while JB Hi-Fi is offering a pre order price of $17.

I was a bit ho-hum about this series, I was focusing all the avidity I had for small plastic statues on Charizard, but after having a hi def look at them, this Luigi actually looks better than his Smash amiibo, while Bowser, Toad and Peach look pretty cool too.

Whether there’ll be as much demand for this series as there has been for the Smash ones remains to be seen, but I’m still gonna pre order just in cases.

You can check out the entire line-up of amiibo here, and if any better prices show up between now and March 21, I’ll post them.

Also, the Pikachu amiibo is available to buy on JB’s website at the time of posting, in case you want one.

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netflixlogoWell so it should, but it’s still a feature I was kind of surprised to hear about.

The app takes full advantage of the two screen experience, allowing easy navigation using the stylus.

Here’s what TIME says about the app:

“Once something’s playing on the TV, the GamePad displays supplementary information, and you can continue to browse for other stuff without disturbing the current show. You can also flip the video from the TV onto the GamePad and watch there.”

I’m obviously not trying to break news, I just think this is really cool and Aussies have been waiting for (some more impatiently than others) the service to arrive in Australia for a long time.

Netflix is launching in Australia on Tuesday March 24, though no pricing has been announced.

 

mp10EB Games are offering the Mario Party 10 with Mario amiibo bundle for pre order.

At $79.95, it’s just $10 more than the disc by itself, so in theory this is good value.

If you want that Mario amiibo than you’ll pre order of course, but you can pretty much guarantee there’ll be a cheaper price for just the disc.

I’ll do a price round up as we get closer to the date, and you can pre order from EB here.