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The Vookcast is Australia's Nintendo Podcast. Keep informed on the latest Nintendo news, reviews, and events by our enthusiastic and sharp-eyed team. Subscribe and follow us on social to stay up-to-date, and support us adding a review or checking us out on Patreon!
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In this episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Michael, Angelo, and Luke, as they discuss the addition of GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo Switch Online, a brand new SteamWorld game on the horizon, and what, exactly Minecraft Legends is.We also do a deep dive into the possibility of Nintendogs coming back (and get very sidetracked in the process), a new Dokapon Kingdom game, and a very tricky 20 Questions.Links:Goldeneye 007 is finally coming on January 27SteamWorld Build is breaking new ground for the series, when it comes to Switch later this yearRPG board game Dokapon Kingdom: Connect coming to the SwitchNew patent, trademark point to Nintendogs returning, but for mobileSupport the show
In this episode, the first Vookcast of the year, Ollie is joined by Michael, Angelo, and Luke as they talk all about the year that was and the year ahead.We've taken a look back at our terrible predictions from 2022, made some new predictions for 2023 (take a guess which game we all expect to see), and looked forward to the games we're hoping to be entertained by in the new year — one of which as already been delayed into 2024. Whoops.As always, we've also got a smashing game of Nintendo 20 Questions, as well as a chat about the games we've been playing over the holidays.Follow us: VooksOllie: TwitterAngelo: Twitter | TwitchLuke: Twitter | Twitch | Maxi-GeekMichael: TwitterSupport the show
In this episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Luke, Angelo, and Michael as we break down the latest Nintendo Direct, including discussion on Octopath Traveller II, all the new Nintendo 64 games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service, a surprising Kirby remake, and of course, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.This episode is also available uncut in video form, which is available early to Patreon subscribers! Click here to watch the DX episode on YouTube, and click here to subscribe to our Patreon and get episodes early, alongside a host of other perks. Also head on over to the Vooks Discord to give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: The Nintendo Direct September 2022 RecapFollow us: VooksOllie: TwitterAngelo: Twitter | TwitchLuke: Twitter | Twitch | Maxi-GeekMichael: TwitterThis week's intro music is 'Spring' from Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar. Support the show
#239+240 – Double Feature

#239+240 – Double Feature

2022-08-0802:13:31

On this week's double episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Luke, Michael, and sometimes Angelo as we get into discussions about the Nintendo Direct Mini, the latest Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, Bayonetta 3 finally getting a release date, and so so much more. Plus, TWO rounds of Nintendo 20 Questions!We also have a chat about video game leaks and how they affect both the developers behind the games that leak, and the players who play them.Thank you so much for your patience on this episode. As explained in the intro, getting these episodes edited and uploaded was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion, but thankfully they're here now and we should be back to a regular fortnightly release schedule starting with the next episode. As always, head on over to the Vooks Discord to give us some feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Follow us: VooksOllie: TwitterAngelo: Twitter | TwitchLuke: Twitter | Twitch | Maxi-GeekMichael: TwitterThis week's intro music is 'Credits' from Sparkster. Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Luke and Michael as we get into discussions about the best* Final Fantasy game coming to Switch, Overwatch 2 somehow still coming to Switch, and a new game from James Turner.* your mileage may varyWe also have a chat about what Nintendo's done so far this year, and what they might have brewing.Are you excited for Crisis Core? What do you think of The Plucky Squire? And is id's gritty Clu Clu Land remake going to be a smash hit? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII remaster coming later this year to SwitchOverwatch 2 launches on October 4, coming to SwitchGet ready for a page turning adventure with The Plucky SquireFollow us: VooksOllie: TwitterAngelo: Twitter | TwitchLuke: Twitter | Twitch | Maxi-GeekMichael: TwitterThis week's intro music is 'Keves Battle' from Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Luke and Michael as we get into discussions about the global announcement of a previously China-exclusive Switch game, Fall Guys going free to play, a beloved classic somehow coming to Switch, the recent Indie World Showcase, and EA going through a messy divorce.We also take a short detour from Nintendo to answer a question from one of our listeners and give our suggestions for games to play on Xbox and PlayStation. What game in the Indie World Showcase caught your attention? Which Non-tendo games do you think are worth playing? And can FIFA make its own football game (lmao)? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Fall Guys going free-to-play when it launches on Switch next monthRabbids: Party of Legends heads west on June 30thAlan Wake Remastered is coming to the SwitchEverything from the Indie World showcase – May 2022EA and FIFA divorce, EA Sports FC is the new name of the FIFA gameNintendo delivers strong FY22, Pokémon sales balloon as Kirby off to a good startFollow us: VooksOllie: TwitterAngelo: Twitter | TwitchLuke: Twitter | Twitch | Maxi-GeekMichael: TwitterThis week's intro music is 'Follow Me' from Pokemon Sword and Shield.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo and Michael as we into discussions about the launch of Nintendo Switch Sports, a couple of high profile releases doing the ol' switcheroo, a duology of Aussie news, and Square Enix selling off its western development assets to invest in NFTs.We also have discuss the recent damning reports from IGN and Kotaku about the poor working environment for Nintendo contractors at the company's North American headquarters.What Eidos and Crystal Dynamics IPs are you hoping come to Switch? Are you having fun with Nintendo Switch Sports? And why is America such a mess? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Embracer Group has purchased Crystal Dynamics, Eidos, and more from Square EnixNintendo Australia finally adds search for digital games to its web storeThe Nintendo Experience at EB Games Swanston Street has closedNintendo Switch Sports ReviewXenoblade Chronicles 3 moves up two months to July 29thSplatoon 3 inks itself a September releaseKotaku: The Nintendo of America Contractors Who Feel Like Second Class WorkersIGN: Inside the Growing Discontent Behind Nintendo’s Fun FacadeFollow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'The Legend of Zelda (99 Players)' from Tetris 99.Support the show
#235 – Movie Madness

#235 – Movie Madness

2022-04-1301:02:19

On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke as we dive into discussions about the Breath of the Wild sequel's delay, some new games on Nintendo's subscription service, and the cancellation of E3. We also have a chat about the brand new Monkey Island game announcement, and take a look at what makes a good video game movie, er, good.What do you think about the Breath of the Wild 2 delay? What's your favourite video game movie? And just how many monkeys are there in Monkey Island? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: The Breath of the Wild sequel delayed, now releasing in Q2 2023Earthworm Jim 2, DIG DUG II, and MAPPY-LAND added to NSO NES and SNES appsThe N64’s Mario Golf tees off on Nintendo Switch Online next weekE3 2022 will not take place, in any form this year, but will return in full in 2023Return to Monkey Island this year in new game led by Ron GilbertFollow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Hive Knight' from Hollow Knight.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke in a huge episode all about Nintendo shuttering yet another mobile game, the Switch finally (kind of, a little bit) getting folders, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. We also take some questions from a listener who wanted to know a little bit more about us, and take on our hardest challenge yet in Nintendo 20 questions.Huge apologies for both the sound quality in this one and the long time it took to upload. I (that's Ollie) just moved houses and literally recorded with a laptop set up on a moving box, and my recording and editing spaces aren't perfect yet. I'm hoping to finally be up and running on the usual old schedule by the next episode. Are you a Dragalia Lost player? What's your favourite Kirby copy ability? What are the last four digits of Michael's credit card? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way.Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Nintendo to shutter mobile game Dragalia LostThe latest Nintendo Switch firmware finally adds folders Kirby and the Forgotten Land reviewFollow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Foolish Young Thing' from One Piece Pirate Warriors 4.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke as they discuss their biggest gaming pet peeves.We also discuss a new Australian Government initiative for games developers, PAX Australia returning to the real world, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp's delay, and the announcement of the ninth generation of Pokemon games.What are your biggest gaming pet peeves? Will you be attending PAX Aus this year? What starter are you picking in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and why is it Fuecoco? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way for the new "On The Spot" segment. Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Small Aussie game developers get a boost with new Screen Australia grant programPAX Australia is returning to the real world this OctoberAdvance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has been delayedThe next Pokemon games are Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, out in late 2022Follow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'The Ending Has Lots of Coffee' from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke as they catch up on all the news we've missed in our three weeks off the air. We discuss the shutdown of the 3DS and Wii U eShops, the improvement of Nintendo's N64 offerings on the Switch, Nintendo skipping EVO, and of course, the big Nintendo Direct... recorded right before a new Pokemon game was announced, as is tradition. What are your thoughts on the inevitable death of the 3DS and Wii U?  What was your favourite part of the Nintendo Direct? How on Earth did we record yet another podcast right before more major news happened? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way for the new "On The Spot" segment. Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Majora’s Mask arrives on NSO with fixes for Ocarina of Time and Paper Mario as wellCapcom Fighting Collection brings 10 classic Capcom fighting games together3DS and Wii U eShops getting the axe in March 2023, redownloads will still be availablePokémon Bank will be free for a while when 3DS eShop shuts downEverything in the Nintendo Direct for February 2022Follow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Bomb Rush Blush' from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke as they discuss Pokemon Legends Arceus – with some spicy results.We also discuss Nintendo's holiday financials, Nintendo's approach to music availability, our big dreams for new sequels, and more! What are your thoughts on Ollie and Angelo's hot takes? Will Nintendo ever make their music more available? Why do we always record just before a Direct is announced? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way for the new "On The Spot" segment. Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Nintendo has a brilliant third quarter, with Switch breaking past the Wii’s lifetime salesThe Pokémon DP Sound Library lets you listen and use the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl SoundtrackPokemon Legends: Arceus has sold 6.5 million copies worldwide alreadyPokémon Legends: Arceus Review – Pokémon EvolvesFollow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Kass's Theme' from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Support the show
#230 - Kirby Gets A Gun

#230 - Kirby Gets A Gun

2022-01-2501:03:58

On this week's episode of the Vookcast, Ollie is joined by Angelo, Michael, and Luke as they discuss the biggest news ever to rock gaming – Kirby has a gun now. We also discuss the new games added to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack's Nintendo 64 offerings, the actual release date for a long-delayed Lego game (until it gets delayed again), and uh.... that's about it? Wait no, there's that whole Microsoft-Bought-Activision thing, too. I guess we should talk about that too.  What are your thoughts on the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard takeover? Should more Nintendo characters have guns? Will Darren ever send us more game suggestions? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way for the new "On The Spot" segment. Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: Banjo-Kazooie drops onto Nintendo Switch Online later this weekThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask comes to Nintendo Switch Online N64 app in FebruaryLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga finally arrives this AprilPolygon article about working conditions at TT GamesKirby and the Forgotten Land floats onto Switch on March 25thMicrosoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for almost $70b USDFollow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Twinkle Fantasia - BGM' from New Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star.Support the show
On this week's episode of the Vookcast, new lead host Ollie joins Angelo, Michael, and Luke as they make their (terrible) predictions for Nintendo's year ahead, as is tradition. We also discuss whether or not E3 is worth keeping around, talk through the 2021 Vooks Awards, and hear Angelo's controversial take on sarsaparilla in a brand new segment dictated by you, the listeners. What are your thoughts on E3's future? Do you have any predictions for the year ahead? Did you think the 2021 Vooks Awards were on the money? And why is Angelo wrong about how good sarsaparilla is? Head on over to the Vooks Discord to let us know, give feedback, and throw some suggestions our way for the new "On The Spot" segment. Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles: There will be no in-person E3 Expo this yearThe Vooks Awards – The Best of Switch, Indies, the highs and lows of Nintendo in 2021Follow us on twitter: VooksOliver BrandtAngelo ValdiviaLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's intro music is 'Alola Photo Club' from Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.Support the show
On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke and Michael to look back on the last 12 months and review how the year went. NSO’s Expansion Pack, the return of Nintendo Direct, Switch Pro rumours… There was a lot to unpack!We also return to our 2021 predictions from the first episode of the year, and to our surprise, we got quite a few things correct! How do you feel about Nintendo in 2021? Are you keen to play Banjo-Kazooie on the Switch next month? Are you still just as hung up on Mario’s 35th anniversary games getting obliterated as we are? Gotta go fast over to the Vooks Discord and join the discussion!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles:Nintendo Australia finally launches a web based Switch eShopNintendo just added five more Mega Drive games to NSO Expansion PackBanjo-Kazooie flies onto Nintendo Switch Online in January 2022Follow us on Twitter:VooksAngelo ValdiviaOliver BrandtLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's music is from Wolverine: Adamantium Rage  for the Super Nintendo.Support the show
On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke and Michael to consider if Paper Mario’s timing on the NSO’s Expansion Pack is an early warning sign that the service will see more droughts between releases. The crew also discusses the newly announced delay for GTA: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition’s physical release on Switch to “early 2022”, and the possibility of it being another download code in a box.Plus, in the lead up to the holiday season, Ollie and Luke take us through some gift-giving ideas.Are you confident in the Expansion Pack delivering on value over throughout 2022? Are you waiting on the physical release of the GTA Trilogy? What are some of your Nintendo gift ideas? Let’s-a go to the Vooks Discord and join the discussion!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles:Paper Mario is the next N64 game to drop on the NSO Expansion packMario Golf Super Rush adds Wiggler and Shy Guy for its last free updateGTA: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition physical version delayed on Switch until 2022Follow us on Twitter:VooksAngelo ValdiviaOliver BrandtLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's music is from Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighter  for the Super Nintendo.Support the show
On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Luke and Michael to reminisce over the Wii for its 15th anniversary (in the US, at least). We spent most of the episode talking about our first experiences with the console, the impact it had on our lives, and how the system has since influenced the games industry.And we couldn’t resist discussing retro games in some capacity, of course, especially after Xbox’s Phil Spencer went on the record to suggest platform manufacturers should share responsibility in preserving games by allowing emulation.Do you think Nintendo should open up its historic games catalogue for its own official emulators? What was your first experience with the Wii? And what was your favourite memory? Touch fuzzy, get dizzy with us in the Vooks Discord and join the discussion!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles:[Axios] Microsoft gaming chief calls for industry-wide game preservationFollow us on Twitter:VooksAngelo ValdiviaOliver BrandtLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's music is from Wii Sports and Wii Shop Channel for the Nintendo Wii.Support the show
On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke, and Michael to talk about some of the best video game documentaries, as well as our favourite YouTube channels that provide interesting insight and analyses of games. We also turn our attention to Nintendo’s Q2 financial report for the year, discussing how Mario Kart 8 Deluxe overtook Mario Kart Wii as the best selling entry in the series.What are some of your favourite game docos? Got some interesting YouTube channels that we didn’t mention? Or are you looking forward to picking up Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Pearl? DIG into the Vooks Discord to join the discussion - and share your favourite game docos!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles:Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dethrones MK Wii as Nintendo release its Q2 earningsVideo games documentaries and analyses YouTube channels:Angelo: Icons (2002 - 2007, wiki)The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)Indie Game: The Movie (2012, wiki)Free to Play (2014, wiki)Double Fine Adventure (2015)Raising Kratos (2019)High Score (2020, wiki)Console Wars (2021)Noclip (YouTube channel)Gaming Historian (YouTube channel)Interesting analyses YT channels: 8-bit Music Theory; Feminist FrequencyOllie: Summoning Salt (YT channel) New Frame Plus (YT channel) Analyses channels: Alex Moukala Music, Digital Foundry, Game Maker’s ToolkitRandom fun channels: LGR, Highlight Reel, The 8-Bit GuyMichaelAhoyMy Life in GamingRMC - The CaveModern Vintage GamerNostalgia NerdStory ModeSupport the show
Special Halloween Spookcast

Special Halloween Spookcast

2021-11-0101:00:29

On this week's very special bonus episode, the Spookcast, Oliver is filling in for Angelo as host, and is joined by Luke, Michael, and special guest Paul to discuss some of our scariest gaming memories, whether Nintendo should invest more in mature games, and our picks for the best horror games on Switch. Paul also gives us a little sneak preview of his upcoming review for Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water.We also had a spooky Halloween-themed 20 questions, and the crew’s performance was so good it’s scaaaAAArrRryyy (I’m so sorry). What are your favourite scary gaming moments? Do you think Nintendo should buck the trend of sticking to family friendly content? Did you miss Angelo? (Don’t worry, he’ll be back next week). Slink on over to the Vooks Discord and join the discussion!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Follow us on Twitter:VooksAngelo ValdiviaOliver BrandtLuke HendersonMichael GoncalvesThis week's music is from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS.Support the show
On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke, and Michael to discuss if there’s value in the $60 annual price for the Expansion Pack as part of Nintendo Switch Online. Plus Ollie takes us through some details of the new Animal Crossing DLC, Happy Home Paradise. For our featured discussion Angelo takes some time to talk about some of the best books about video games and its history. Whether you’re looking to know a little about the development of some landmark titles, how the history of technology led to video games, or you’re just looking for a nice gift for someone who might be interested, this is a great jump-off point . Check below for a buyers list of all the titles mentioned.How do you feel about paying twice the price for an NSO sub to play some exclusive DLC and N64 or Mega Drive games? Got some spooky game stories to share in the lead up to Halloween? Or even some of your own book recommendations we didn’t mention? Morph ball into the Vooks Discord and join the discussion!Subscribe to us on your favourite listening platform, and please consider sharing and giving us a review - it really helps!Relevant articles:Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack pricing & release date revealed, will include Animal Crossing DLCAll Nintendo 64 games included in Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack will support 60hzAnimal Crossing New Horizons getting huge paid DLC called Happy Home ParadiseAnimal Crossing New Horizons gets massive free update on November 5thAdvance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp delayed until Q2 2022Video games books buyers list (linked to best price today):Console Wars by Blake J. HarrisPower-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris KohlerThe Ultimate History of Video Games (Vol. 2 out now) by Steven L. KentReplay by Tristan DonovanSupport the show
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