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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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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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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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Wii Console More Wii info from Nintendo. Press Release

Console set to go Wii, wii, wii all the way to Australia!

Publisher: Nintendo

Mon, 6 November 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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As I have said a few times now, I am very excited about the upcomming Wii console from Nintendo. I know many other Buttonholers are as well. Here are 3 Press Release articles Ninty sent out recently, with more details about the system's Australian launch and plenty of additional juicy info. Enjoy!

Australia, Melbourne, Nov. 2nd, 2006 - As the December 7th launch of its innovative Wii™ home video game console draws near, Nintendo Australia is pleased to confirm line-up and accessory details.

Wii will be sold at an affordable, mass-consumer SRP of just $399.95. The price includes one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk™ controller and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii™ Sports games on one disc, which anyone can play using simple movements.

On launch day Nintendo will have available:
* Wii Sports: A compilation of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing, packed-in with every Wii console.
* Wii Play: That contains 9 games on one disc, available with Wii Remote for SRP$79.95.
…and the most anticipated launch title of all…
* The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess, the greatest Zelda adventure to date for SRP$99.95.

Wii's self-loading media bay also can play the entire library of hundreds of Nintendo GameCube™ titles from day one.

Add to this around 20 third party titles from the world's largest distributors, and Wii will offer the most extensive launch window software line-up in the history of video gaming, including: The action packed Red Steel™ and the out of control Rayman: Raving Rabbids™ both from Ubisoft. The adrenaline rush of Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam from Activision as well as the animated hit Disney•Pixar's Cars from THQ. Add to these great games and quality game franchises such as: Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed™ Carbon from Electronic Arts; Super Monkey Ball™: Banana Blitz, Barnyard and SpongeBob Squarepants™: Creature from Krusty Krab from THQ; Monster Truck 4 x 4: World Circuit, Open Season™, GT Pro Series, Far Cry®: Vengeance and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent™ from Ubisoft; Call of Duty 3™ and Marvel™ Ultimate Alliance from Activision.

Additional Wii Remote controllers will sell for SRP$69.95. Accessories such as the Nunchuk controller and the Classic controller will be available for SRP$29.95. Consumers will also have the option of purchasing a Wii™ Play + Wii Remote bundle for only SRP$79.95. Wii Play is a compilation title that contains 9 games on one disc. With fantastic games such as Shooting, Laser Hockey, Billiards, Table Tennis and more, Wii Play + Wii Remote represents great value for those looking to add a second Wii Remote to their collection.

A Wii Component Video Cable will also be available, for a higher quality video signal, at SRP$49.95.

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Australia, Melbourne, Nov. 2nd, 2006 - After spending more than 20 years developing iconic video games that have helped define gaming genres and delivering countless hours of gaming joy to hundreds of thousands of people in Australia; Nintendo and its new Wii™ console prepare to deliver those experiences again for both dedicated fans and brand new players.

Using the Wii's unique 'Channel System' users will be able to access the console's Wii Shop Channel to download Virtual Console games. Once selected these games will be saved to your Wii's internal flash memory and added to the console's Channel menu allowing them to be easily accessed at any time. In Australia 26 Virtual Console games will be available in December, including 16 Nintendo titles and 10 classic SEGA MEGA DRIVE games. New Virtual Console titles will be added in 2007 and beyond creating a constantly growing library of games.

Nintendo's first party offerings will have fans of all ages jumping for joy thanks to a collection of some of the greatest offerings seen on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES) and Nintendo 64 (N64). Included in the offering are: Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and the hugely popular Super Mario 64.

SEGA has an equally impressive offering of nostalgic goodness for the avid gamer. SEGA is releasing Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Ecco the Dolphin and much more from the much loved SEGA MEGA DRIVE.

Virtual Console games available in December 2006

Baseball, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Ice Hockey, Mario Bros., Pinball, Soccer, Solomon's Key (Tecmo), Tennis, The Legend of Zelda, Urban Champion, Wario's Woods.

Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, SimCity.

Super Mario 64

Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Columns, Gunstar Heroes, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier II, Toe Jam & Earl, Ristar, Dr. Robotonik's Mean Bean Machine.

Virtual Console games will be available to download using Wii Points. For the titles available in 2006, NES games will be available for 500 Wii Points (approximately $7.50), Super NES games will available for 800 Wii Points (approximately $12.00) and N64 games will be available for 1000 Wii Points, (approximately $15.00). SEGA MEGA DRIVE games will be available for 800 Wii points. Wii points required for titles available in 2007 may vary.

Wii Points Cards will be available to buy in retail stores and are estimated to retail at around $30.00 for 2000 Wii Points.

The Wii console will be launching in Australia on 7th December at an SRP of $399.95.

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Australia, Melbourne, Nov. 2nd, 2006 - As the December 7th launch of its innovative Wii™ home video game console draws near, Nintendo Australia is pleased to confirm the first chance for consumers to get hands on with Wii across shopping centres Australia wide.

The only way to truly understand the fun, the excitement and the pure involving gameplay that Wii offers is to put the Wii Remote in your hand, stand in front of a television screen and PLAY. To smash forehands, swing swords, do the hula-hoop, bowl a strike or steer an off-road truck, will trigger gameplay emotions never experienced before.

"The only true way to accurately explain the joy of Wii gaming is to actually play, Playing is Believing" explains Rose Lappin, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo Australia.

Hands on play will be available from Saturday 4th of November at Highpoint Shopping Centre and at the Game 1 expo in Melbourne before being rolled out Australia wide.

Visit for a complete schedule of Play Wii events.

by: Hillelman

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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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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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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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