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Bravely Default 2

Bravely Default 2 Review: Default by name and by nature

March 4, 2021

Bravely Default 2 is a long, bland parade of JRPG cliches, presenting one after another for 50 consecutive hours. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before From the moment its protagonist awakens on an unfamiliar beach, suffering amnesia, the groans and eye rolls began in earnest. Things do not improve from there. You are […]

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New Nintendo Switch

Report suggests turbo-charged new Nintendo Switch to launch this year

March 4, 2021

Nintendo is allegedly preparing to reveal a new model of its Nintendo Switch hardware. The new Nintendo Switch will feature a larger Samsung OLED display capable of outputting 4K ultra-high definition visuals when docked. The news comes from a new Bloomberg report which claims Nintendo is looking to reveal the new model, banking on the […]

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Mario Golf Super Rush

Mario Golf Super Rush will kiss that egg in July

February 18, 2021

Mario Golf Super Rush will be the next title in the long-running Mario Golf series. Announced during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, the game updates the series with all-new courses, powers, and characters. Like the best of Nintendo’s party-based games, Super Rush will be the perfect game to play with friends once the threat of Covid […]

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Nintendo Direct in Australian times

Every announcement from today’s Nintendo Direct

February 18, 2021

Looking for every announcement from today’s Nintendo Direct? You’ll find them here. Ninty dropped a plethora of new trailers and kicked the 2021 hype train into motion. After announcing the broadcast only yesterday, we’ve quickly laid out everything Nintendo had to talk about, in chronological order.     Pyra blazes into battle! Super Smash Bros […]

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Nintendo Direct in Australian times

Here’s when you can watch tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct in Australian times

February 17, 2021

A massive hour-long Nintendo Direct broadcast drops tomorrow, but when can you see it in Australian times? Don’t worry — no matter which state you’re in, we’ve got you covered.   Where can I see the new Direct? You can watch it live on the official Nintendo YouTube channel, or on Nintendo’s official Twitch channel. […]

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Nintendo Direct

Hour-long Nintendo Direct to drop tomorrow morning, this is not a drill

February 17, 2021

Nintendo has announced a Nintendo Direct broadcast for tomorrow, February 18, at 9am AEDT. The broadcast will feature “roughly 50 minutes of information focused on available games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and games coming to Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021.” The broadcast will be the first “full size” Nintendo Direct since […]

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Mario Kart Home Circuit Review: Nintendo push AR further with an inventive new way to play

November 9, 2020

Anyone can see what Nintendo is trying to do with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and for all it’s faults, the experiment feels necessary as we move forward in the gaming industry. The console wars between Xbox and PlayStation are just about to explode, and from what we’ve seen, the competition will be fiercer than […]

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe Review: Revisit one of the Wii U’s greatest moments

November 2, 2020

Pikmin 3 is an excellent game. An exceptional one even; perhaps the best possible expression of the cutsey, puzzle-strategy since the first one was released in 2001. Any Nintendo owner worth their salt scrambled for a copy when the original Pikmin 3 when it was released for the Wii U in 2013, and hold fond […]

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D All Stars Review: Nostalgia bob-omb

September 16, 2020

I reckon Super Mario 3D All-Stars will give video game preservationists a lot to think about. I find myself thinking about video game preservation a lot lately. I imagine this is because I’ve reviewed a lot of remasters and remakes in the last few years. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is neither a remake nor a […]

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The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Nintendo Edition

August 26, 2020

For the dad that likes to stay mobile, but still squeeze a bit of gaming in, there’s no better platform than the Nintendo Switch. An ideal Father’s Day gift idea, the Switch can be a constant entertainment companion. Hardware Nintendo Switch Lite This one’s for the dad who doesn’t spend much time in front of […]

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A new Pokemon Snap is coming. This is not a drill

June 18, 2020

It finally happened — after decades of waiting, a brand new Pokemon Snap game is on the way. The announcement came during last night’s Pokemon Presents broadcast, which highlighted a number of brand new Pokemon games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Though it only ran for 10 minutes, the broadcast had a lot to cover. […]

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The Outer Worlds Review: A beautiful mess for the Nintendo Switch

June 16, 2020

It’s hard for a port of The Outer Worlds to be disappointing. But even though the Nintendo Switch version of one of 2019’s best gaming experiences should be celebrated simply for existing, there’s no denying that this conversion has many flaws. By flaws, ultimately I mean that it highlights just how difficult a task it […]

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51 Worldwide Classics Review: Nintendo’s mini-game compilation jackpot

June 10, 2020

2006’s DS classic Clubhouse Games was a huge hit, to absolutely no one’s surprise. The perfect marriage for handheld gaming, it stylishly bought together a comprehensive index of 42 classic card and board games which have been etched into history for a good reason. Everything from Chess and Blackjack to Ludo and Solitaire was included, […]

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Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Calm in the COVID-19 storm

April 7, 2020

I’ve never played an Animal Crossing game before. This might make me a terrible Nintendo fan. My curiosity was piqued by Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the lead-up to its launch. It seemed to offer something calming and unchallenging in a global moment of hardship and complexity. Fans have now had over two weeks to […]

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXReview: Absolute Blastoise

March 30, 2020

Let me preface this review with an admission: despite my love for Pok√©mon, I’ve never played any of the Pok√©mon Mystery Dungeon games before. Rescue Team DX¬†is a remake that combines the DS titles Rescue Team Red and¬†Rescue Team Blue into a single package. Since I’ve not played them, it allowed me to go into […]

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Oddworld Stranger's Wrath

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Review: Weird, old west

February 6, 2020

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath first released back in 2005 on the original Xbox. Released in what was then the late-January dead zone, Stranger’s Wrath was critically adored but sank commercially when Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords launched around a fortnight later. I was one of the few that bought Stranger’s […]

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Review: Can’t find the beat

February 1, 2020

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is yet another Wii U game making its way to the Nintendo Switch. When the original Tokyo Mirage Sessions made its debut on the Wii U, it didn’t exactly make much of a splash. Like so many titles to launch on the Wii U, it languished in relative obscurity. Now, […]

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Look at this beautiful Animal Crossing: New Horizons inspired Switch

January 31, 2020

Nintendo has unveiled a special edition of its popular Switch console, inspired by the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Look at it. So simple. So beautiful. As charming and soothing as any Animal Crossing game. The redress starts with pastel blue and green coloured Joy-Cons with white wrist straps. The Switch unit itself features a […]

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11 theme parks and attractions opening in 2020 around the world to get excited about

December 20, 2019

It’s going to be a massive year in 2020 for those who enjoy theme parks, with a number of brand new, highlight anticipated parks and expansions opening up all over the world. There are also new museums, IMAX cinemas and even hotels that are worthy of getting excited about here in Australia and overseas. Here’s […]

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A last minute holiday gift guide for the lazy gamer

December 20, 2019

Time to admit it: you need a gift guide. It’s a few days to Chrimbo and you’ve only just realised because you’ve been playing Death Stranding. You’ll be at the shopping centre this weekend to see Star Wars which presents an opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping. But what do you get the […]

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Review: Dexit can’t stop this party

December 9, 2019

Understandably, some fans were upset when it was announced that Pok√©mon Sword and Shield would severely limit which Pok√©mon could be caught across all eight generations. It was dubbed “dexit” (perhaps to keep with the UK theme), decried online (ad nauseam), and even led to a few grown adults crossing their arms, stomping their precious […]

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GB Studio lets you make your own GameBoy games

December 6, 2019

Making a video game is hard. The disciplines involved in creating a video game are so far-ranging that most beginners give up. If only there were easier, less intimidating paths of entry into game design available to beginners. That’s where apps like GB Studio by programmer Chris Maltby come in. The Nintendo GameBoy was a […]

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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle & the Millionaire’s Conspiracy Review: Stranger than fiction

November 25, 2019

The Layton series played a big part in my schooling years. Little ol’ me and my Nintendo DS, absolutely stoked to have this series in hand. If there was any gaming franchise that kept my mind alight, these were it, thanks to all its puzzles. There are now seven games in the Layton series. This […]

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review: Third on the Podium

November 8, 2019

How on earth has been four years since the last Olympic Games? Mario and Sonic can’t believe it either apparently, reigniting their generations-long blood fued in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Previous titles in this series have been enjoyable, if forgettable, party games, a series of mini-games based on numerous Olympic […]

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Review: Kid spooky

October 28, 2019

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is exactly the kind of game to get your kids if they love Halloween. Uncomplicated in design and low on overall difficulty, it smoothes over any potential wrinkles with trademark Nintendo charm. It’s spooky in the ways that kids love and is always careful to undercut its low-grade scares with good humour. […]

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: The world goes with you

October 20, 2019

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the greatest role-playing games ever made. I knew that the first time I played it at a preview in January 2015 and it remains true now over four years after its release. CD Projekt Red’s masterpiece/labour of love operates at a scale that would make other genre […]

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review: Learning from the greats

October 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair gets a lot of things right, and chief among them: it proves that the character platformer genre, the long-dead moneymaker of the 16-bit era, can still engage and excite in 2019. The original¬†Yooka-Laylee was considered by most to be a good if unremarkable 3D platformer. Created by many of the […]

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Blasphemous review: Blood for the blood god

October 3, 2019

I’ve heard it suggested that the Dark Souls series is a modern take on the Metroidvania genre, and I generally think that’s correct. There are many parallels, from exploration and frequent backtracking, specific save locations, the memorisation of enemy patterns, slow power creep and subtle environmental storytelling. Developers The Game Kitchen have taken this comparison […]

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Daemon X Machina Review: Failure to energise

September 26, 2019

It’s been a little over two years since Daemon X Machina was announced at Nintendo‚Äôs 2017 E3 Direct and, after suffering through a troubled beta earlier in the year, has finally launched on the Switch. The trailers paint a picture of an amazing mech brawler with a lot of potential. Coming off of Astral Chain, […]

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Review: A beautiful recurring dream

September 20, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy title of the same name. In many ways,¬†Link’s Awakening is an ideal¬†game to¬†remake — because it appeared on a system that many players today would never have owned, and has never been considered a must-play entry in the series, it will […]

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