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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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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja pic 1 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PS2 from Atari. Press Release

Popular Anime now in fighting game form!

Publisher: Atari

Sat, 18 November 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Authentic, Action-packed Anime Fighter from NAMCO BANDAI Games Available Now at Retailers Across Australia and New Zealand

Friday November 17th 2006 - Atari, one of Australia's leading sources of interactive entertainment announced the launch of ninja fighting title Naruto: Ultimate Ninja from BANDAI NAMCO Games for PlayStation®2, available now at retailers across Australia and New Zealand. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is based on the hit anime TV series and is more than ready to take on other PS2 fighters with its good looks, brilliant gameplay touches and furious ninja battling.

Players take the role of any one of 14 familiar faces from the anime, including Naruto Uzumaki, the young ninja-in-training himself, his two ninja-school classmates Sakura and Sasuke, as well as hidden characters to unlock along the way. Featuring a strong visual style and a wide variety of gameplay modes - story, mission, practice and free battle - Naruto: Ultimate Ninja takes players deep into the story of Naruto, with dialogue, missions, and blistering one-on-one fights against in-game opponents or friends in two player multiplayer mode.

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Featuring eight fighting stages, four additional unlockable stages, special moves and unlockable combos for each character, an abundance of interactive and destructive obstacles on each of the fighting arenas, and non-gameplay modes including Naruto's house and the shop where players can stock up on in-game special items, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja delivers a fully featured experience packed with gaming goodness.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja stays true to its anime roots with gorgeous cel-shaded graphics, while driving the fighting genre into the future with a multitude of inspired details and gameplay features which will set the pulse racing of any fighting game fan.

For more information on this and Atari's entire line-up of games please visit www.atari.com.au


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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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