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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Nintendo Revolution console_3 "Big ideas over Big Budgets"

Nintendo annouce the Revolution!

Publisher: Nintendo

Fri, 20 May 2005

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Last but not least - Nintendo did some unveiling of it's own this week, breaking their silence on their next generation game platforms, which they hope will give them the edge on rivals Sony and Microsoft in the fight for gaming dollars.



Nintendo President and CEO sell their new products - Revolution and Gameboy Micro
Nintendo unviel their ideas to an enthusiastic audience


Revolution is coming
Code-named "Revolution" - The next generation Nintendo console was shown to the standing audience present at Nintendo's E3 press extravaganza. There were no games on show or screenshots to speak of, only a tease of the console itself and a sniff of what's to come. The system is reported to be two to three times as powerful as its current-generation console Gamecube.

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Revolutionarily boring looking!
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata did not reveal many specifications, but he did mention Revolution will have 512MB of onboard flash memory, and be expandable with two SD memory card slots. Other details we know so far is that the console packs a customised IBM-developed CPU paired with an ATI graphics chip, a pair of USB 2.0 expansion ports, and built-in support for Wi-Fi Internet access. The final model will be the size of three DVD cases stacked together. While not the most powerful of the newly announced 'super consoles', Iwata said that the Revolution is developer friendly console, allowing “big ideas [to] prevail over big budgets.” A phrase that is set to win over hearts and minds in the industry.


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Simplisticly stylish!
One of the more significant development features of the Revolution is its ability to redefine the term “backward compatible.” How would you like access to Nintendo's entire catalogue of NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64 console games? Revolution customers will be able to download and play the entire catalog of Nintendo software over the past 20 years using the Revolution's internet access and a broadband account. It will also play DVDs through its blue-LED-illuminated front-loading media drive, though the unit will require "an internal attachment" to do so. Staying true to form, Nintendo is building a purpose built games machine in total contrast to the digital media hubs that the Xbox and PS3 are looking more and more like becoming.

Also announced was the "big plans" Nintendo has for the Metroid, Mario and Zelda franchises on Revolution. These new generation titles are in the works although nothing was available for viewing. Iwata also stated that Square Enix is working on a Wi-Fi version of Final Fantasy.

Gameboy Micro
Can anyone say Ipodtendo!
Handheld
In very exciting developments - DS players will be able to connect wirelessly with other players from around the world without the need for broadband. Not only is there no need for a broadband connection, but also there will be no additional charges for online game play on first-party titles. Nintendo is partnering with IGN Entertainment, which will manage architecture and navigation for the company, so that DS players will be able to connect wirelessly with other players. Key to expanding the system’s user base, though, is the ease of use for consumers.

Game Boy Micro?
Yes it's true they are taking a leaf out of the apple marketing book.

nintendo.com.au:
The newest Gameboy is “a hair bigger and two-thirds the weight of the iPod mini” and has the “best and brightest screen put in a handheld.” The sporty, silver metal Game Boy Micro measures a mere 4 inches wide (10cm), 2 inches tall (5 cm) and 0.7 inches (1.8cm)deep, allowing it to sit comfortably alongside today's hippest technological gadgets. It weighs an astonishing 2.8 ounces (80 grams), yet Game Boy Micro has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP models.

With Game Boy Micro, everyone plays with style. A removable face plate gives owners the option to buy replacements to customize the look of their systems again and again with new colors and designs. Most notably, its 2-inch (5 cm) backlit screen shines with incredible power, rendering games in startling clarity with fantastic colours on the best Game Boy screen ever. For the first time, users can adjust the brightness of the screen to adapt to indoor lights or outdoor sunshine.

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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