If you caught our Rise of the Ronin preview content and are keen, there’s a sub-level discount you’ll appreciate. I’ve spent a good six hours with this samurai epic and can confirm that it’s well worth unsheathing your wallet for—click here for a longer version of why that is. Beyond that, you should also be aware that there are cheaper than usual Mario games afoot right now. Wonder, in particular, is well worth your coins.

In retro news, I’m celebrating the 31st birthday of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the best of the Mario/Wario platformers on Game Boy. SML2 is remembered for ditching the original’s Superball Flower in favour of the more familiar and satisfying Fire Flower, plus it introduced Bunny Mario. He could jump higher, glide through the air, and procreate faster (fan theory unconfimred).

This Day in Gaming

Aussie birthdays for notable games.

Super Mario Land 2 (GB) 1993. Ebay

Resident Evil 5 (PS3,X360) 2009. Get

Persona 4 (PS2) 2009. Get

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) 2009. Ebay

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Wonder establishes a new standard for what 2D Mario platformers should look like. It is colorful, it is alive, and it is joyful. It also managed to surprise and delight me in continually more creative ways thanks to its unpredictable Wonder Effects.

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Col.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Col.

The Uncharted games have been a diamond for the PS platform, and nothing has dulled their shine here. Despite lacking a level of tweaking we are accustomed to on PC, this port is accomplished and still offers enough choice to personalise to your needs.

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GTA Trilogy Definitive

GTA Trilogy Definitive

Full disclosure: the IGN team wasn’t particularly impressed by the workmanship of this. That said, there have been some pretty major patch upgrades done since that very rocky launch. Personally, I’d buy it for Vice City’s soundtrack alone.

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Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Del.

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Del.

When DBZ: Kakarot is at its best, it’s incredible. The big moments of each saga are brought to life impeccably with beautiful visuals and effects – but more than that, Kakarot also shows love to the smaller, more character driven moments that fans dig.

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Adam Mathew is our Aussie deals wrangler. He plays practically everything, often on YouTube.



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