donkeyamiiboIn this occasional post, 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.

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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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eledeesboxEledees (or Elebits in other regions) was a cute little first person Wii game from KONAMI that saw players lift and throw objects around an on-rails environment in order to catch hundreds of tiny little creatures known as Pikmin. Sorry, Eledees.

As was the rules back in the early days of Wii, it was motion controls all the way. Innovative and intuitive use of the Wii remote was Eledees’ selling point.

Using the Wii remote’s pointer, you controlled what can almost be described as a plasma stream similar to (superficially at least) those used by the Ghostbusters.

You could use your plasma stream (or capture gun, as the game calls it) to lift objects and throw them around the environment.

The idea is to flush out those little Eledees and suck them up in order to harness their power and progress in the game.

The more Eledees you collected the bigger the objects you could lift, and the game rewarded players for using objects in innovative ways.

Aaaand lift, and throw...

Aaaand lift, and throw…

There was a four player mode that was rather forgettable, as well as some kind of level editor that I don’t recall ever using. According to KONAMI’s website you could share your creations via WiiConnect 24, a service which is no longer operational.

Eledees reviewed quite well, and in those early days of Wii, anything that wasn’t a mini-game collection was certainly looked at by Wii’s “core focused” audience. I wrote more about Eledees here.

It’s a shame there wasn’t a Wii sequel, because the gameplay ideas and the Eledees as characters showed real potential. The controls of course needed refinement, but KONAMI (like Ubisoft with Red Steel) should be commended for putting the Wii remote to imaginative use in a new IP.

I understand this post category is call Great Games Of Last Generation and while I’ll concede Eledees isn’t a great game, it deserves a mention because of the “hidden gem” factor.

Thanks to for the Eledees box shot and for the screen.

Did you ever play Eledees? Leave a comment!


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.


tatsboxWii never needed Street Fighter IV.

With no major fighting franchises besides Smash Bros. to be found on the console, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was undoubtedly Wii’s premier fighting game.

And not just by default, but because it was a brilliantly put together package that stood up against the heavyweights other machines were host to, like Street Fighter IV and Mortal Kombat.

Fast, flashy, and difficult, TVC introduced most of the west to a bunch of characters we’d never heard of in the Tatsunoko brand, while letting us get our nostaligia on with a host of Capcom characters we know and love.

And in the case of Viewtiful Joe- know, love, and miss terribly. Where is he, Capcom? Seriously.

Frank West from Dead Rising was in the TVC roster, so were Megaman and Chun-Li.

Even Ryu didn’t mind going back to standard definition, as long as the material was high quality.

I’m not a fighting game aficionado, but I understand the developers of TVC went to some lengths to ensure the game was accessible to the less experienced while also providing enough depth and technicality to keep those rabid hardcore fighting fans happy.

A friend of mine who is a true hardcore technical fighting fan tells me they succeeded.

Great, but all that really matters is the simple fact that TVC is entertainment plus, and it’s rare to see a game that is as much fun to watch someone play as it is to be playing.

This makes waiting for your turn quite a lot easier.

Of course, this type of technical fighter takes a long time to master no matter where you sit on the fighting game experience spectrum.

Thankfully, a detailed instruction manual was included in the box (it was a monster), and so was the ability to have a characters moveset displayed on screen while you play, giving you that little extra guidance.

It wasn’t cheating by any means. It was “training” done right.

Back in 2010, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was a Wii exclusive the non believers envied, and I’m sure it’s on a few fighting fans’ wish lists to this day.

I’d love a HD remix. Exclusive to Wii U, of course.

ASSIST OK! Did you enjoy Ultimate All-Stars? Leave a comment!


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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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.


Big-W-LogoBig W are advertising a $10 clearance on Wii, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo 3DS and (really?) PS2 games.

Apparently there’s hundreds of titles on offer. Good luck with this one, let me know if you find a bargain!

The offer ends on Wednesday July 23rd.

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ebgameslogoFirst of all the Wii U LAN adapter for $9. Although the website is currently listing the item as “out of stock”, but I grabbed one at my local store.

I supposedly have Australia’s fastest (non NBN) internet. It’s still not that great over Wi-Fi so the LAN adapter, something I never owned for the original Wii, is great for giving my online Mario Kart 8 game a boost.

It’s a shame the premium Wii U doesn’t have an ethernet port built in, but for $9 it’s an upgrade and it’s worth it.

They’re also advertising the Turtle Beach nLa gaming headset for $15, down from $45. I’ve never used them, but I found a review at, for $15 they might just be worth picking up.

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