Nintendo Australia and New Zealand has announced this evening that the latest Nintendo console currently available, the 3DS, will be dropping to a suggested retail price of $343.99NZ, effective August 12. This is a significant drop from the $479.00 currently being asked at EB Games and $449.99/464.99 at Mighty Ape, and relatively so soon after it’s launch is bound to leave some early adopters with a slight rage-induced rash. To assuage the potential ill-feeling, Nintendo coupled this announcement with that of an offering of an exclusive “Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program” to be available to consumers that purchased the 3DS at the launch price. The program consists of 10 free downloadable NES games and 10 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games from the eShop. Further information on the Ambassador Program past the break.

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podcastogntThis weeks podcast has the lads showing the wisdom learnt from last week, in that the heat pump is left off for the duration of recording. They delve into topic of crazy murderous nutjobs, Epic’s various talking points, the Lady Shepard voting thing, and then, blast it, somebody breaks Podcast Rule #72 by using an Orgasmatron Head Massager. Listener discretion is advised.

Steam is quite possibly the saving grace of the PC; a marketplace of games you can buy, manage, and play, all in one place, without leaving the comfort of your home. And let’s not forget the bunch of cheap games we all pick up in the now-famous Steam sales. But the main issue is that our miniscule data caps just can’t handle the bandwidth. Things are about to change however; New Zealand ISP’s are finally getting on board.

Orcon announced over Twitter that they would be installing Steam servers and adding Steam to O Zone — a list of websites and services that don’t add to your total bandwidth usage. Today, Telstra Clear followed suit with an announcement. Telstra are planning to launch a content server in the next month with a cache of the entire Steam games library, complete with unmetered downloads.

Now if we could only fix some of those Steam prices!

I have a thing for the Humble Indie Bundle. If we defined it by Facebook our relationship would be “It’s Complicated”. She’s not always around. But when she does finally come back into town for a week or two, we really do hit it off.

This time she’s brought me five popular indie gifts: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, And Yet It Moves, Hammerfight, and VVVVVV. Because I was feeling generous (and well,  a little guilty), I decided to pay her a few dollars, and to give some to charity as well.

We’re not exclusive either, so head on down and see how you like her. www.humblebundle.com

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Fable 3.  On PC.  Podcast listeners will already know my opinion of this one.

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For a start, the PC iteration of Fable 3 can be called an obvious port.  Not a lot of effort has gone into disguising the game’s console roots.  Like all too many third-person console to PC ports, Fable 3 forces you to disable V-sync to avoid crippling mouse lag, while still saddling you with soupy, slow mouse response.

This is an RPG though, and an RPG endowed with a good, well-told story can be forgiven many a gameplay-related sin.  Dragon Age 2 is a perfect example.

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Is it just me, or are people that play as a female Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect games totally adamant, almost to the point of being creepy, about it being a better experience? It’s old news now, but for Mass Effect 3’s promotional cycle, female Shepard has been promised some air time. What’s new is that you can vote a facebook page for one of six images to become the official representation of the femme fatale. At the time of writing, option number five is totally running away with it. Maybe it’s because blondes have more fun; I can’t comment. Personally I’m abstaining because my idea of the iconic N7 armour doesn’t mesh with the way it curves and bulges on these ladies.

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So you’ve been a busy beaver this past month haven’t you?

Indeed I have. Too busy to talk with you it seems! Apologies for the lateness of this wee interview. I finished up both L.A. Noire and inFamous 2. I talked about them last time. Needless to say they are both very good games, if not a little flawed in some respects. L.A. Noire pursued something that was neither game or movie, and inFamous 2 improved upon the first — the action is great, although a little samey. And I played some Betas too, including the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer, which I spent a lot of time with. It’s not entirely unique, but it was good enough to keep me coming back. Then we have Journey, an art game by thatgamecompany. I’m not too sure what I think about that yet. It felt too easy, and a little boring, but it’s just too early to say.

And you finally got off the PlayStation, thank god. I was worried for a minute there.

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