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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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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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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 DS Lite Pic 1 Nintendo DS Lite Australian Launch. Press Release

lighter - brighter - slimmer

Publisher: Nintendo

Fri, 5 May 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Nintendo DS. I love it. Soon, I might just love it even more. This new updated and remodelled version, called DS Lite, looks pretty funky to me. It is much more streamlined, far less heavy and features sharper picture quality from those lovely improved screens. The price is pretty good too (relatively, that is). Mind you, if the big N happen to feel like sending me one - to give some coverage here at Buttonhole - I'd certainly not refuse such an offer. Hey, stranger things have been know to happen!

Anyway, the DS, after a rather lacklustre beginning, with mostly less than stellar launch titles (though Super Mario 64 DS was enough to keep me happy), is really kicking arse these days. It has been selling extremely well and has been home to some fantastic (and unique) games of late. There are plenty more corkers on the way too. I think most you Buttonholers would know by now that one game in particular old Sammy can't wait for is New Super Mario Bros. Hell, I'd buy a DS just so I could play that game! Maybe I'll use that an as excuse to justifying purchasing a DS Lite, even though I can't really afford to.

Below is the Press Release info about DS Lite, from Nintendo themselves. As usual, for more Ninty-related pics, info etc., head on over to I've put the following words in italics, just make sure nobody mistakes them for my own (which does happen, at times, with these Press Release thingys!). Dig in:

Australia, Melbourne, May 5th 2006 - Nintendo Australia is pleased to announce the new member of the Nintendo DS™ range, the upgraded Nintendo DS™ Lite, will be available in Australia on June 1st, at SRP$199.95.

Nintendo DS Lite Pic 2
Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together...
Nintendo DS Lite, launching in Polar White, features brighter screens, is approximately two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and about 20 percent lighter. It also features a larger stylus and repositioned button layout, all the while maintaining all of the original Nintendo DS features, as well as screen size.

"We love the Nintendo DS and the new experiences it has brought to gaming," says Rose Lappin, Director of Sales and Marketing. "The super stylish Nintendo DS Lite adds a touch of class to the unit and the brighter screen is remarkably vibrant. Expect some fantastic software products in the coming months to take advantage of this."

In Australia, Nintendo DS continues to sell through at a higher rate than all other handheld systems, and remains the best selling handheld console, since its release just over a year ago.

The Nintendo DS Lite has experienced phenomenal success in Japan. Since its launch earlier this year, Nintendo have struggled to keep up with incredibly high consumer demand.

With a series of exciting and innovative software releases, Nintendo Australia aims to continue this trend:

• The highly anticipated Metroid® Prime Hunters is scheduled for release May 25th. Blast your way through six ferocious bounty hunters in adventure mode, take on up to four friends wirelessly or battle online using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.

• Twenty years after Nintendo's biggest franchise was born, the Mario Bros.® return in a dazzling, all-new platformer sure to set players' fingers twitching. New SUPER MARIO BROS.™ arrives June 8th.

• Dr Kawashima's Brain Training™: How Old Is Your Brain?, releasing June 15th, is designed to keep people's minds active with fun mental workouts that incorporate the user-friendly voice-command and touch-screen capabilities of Nintendo DS. Brain Training also includes more than 100 sudoku puzzles.

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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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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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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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