It’s-A-Me, Charles Martinet! Let’s-A-Go!

Mamma mia! Surely by now you should all know the great Charles Martinet. For those of you that don’t recognise him or the name, we bet you’ve definitely heard him.

Charles is the voice of our favourite video game plumber, Mario! He has voiced Mario since 1995 but that’s not the only Nintendo character he has lent his vocal chords too, he also voices, Baby Mario, Luigi, Baby Luigi, Wario, Waluigi and Toadsworth. Yahoo!


source: Great Big Story

Super Mario Hot Wheels

We love anything Super Mario and we love our Hot Wheels, especially their gaming related die-cast cars!

When Hot Wheels released their Super Mario die-cast car series, we set out to hunt them all down to complete the collection. With 8 cars in the series, we were hoping to find them all before they disappeared off the retail shelves.

So how did we go? Did we get them all? Absolutely!

First cab off the rank, Toad’s Vandetta!

Next we have Mario’s sibling, Luigi and his Ryura RX

Then we have Wario’s offroad beast, the RD-08!

The evil Bowser breathes fire in his Cruise Bruiser

Princess Peach looking cool in her hotted up Bully Goat

The one and only, Super Mario and his Bread Box!

Yoshi’s Flathead Fury should go really fast!

Last but not least, Donkey Kong’s Super Van. DK can fit a fair few bananas in there!

The Hot Wheels Super Mario Die-Cast (8 car) series!

 

Real-Life ‘Legend Of Zelda’ Escape Game

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‘Defenders of the Triforce’ is a REAL-LIFE puzzle escape game based on ‘The Legend of Zelda’ – thanks to a partnership between SCRAP Entertainment and Nintendo.

‘It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise. There will be multiple teams in the event space all participating at the same time, and each team will have their own table to work at when not exploring.’

‘Defenders of the Triforce’ is touring eight American cities in 2017 – San Francisco, LA, Phoenix and San Diego seem to be sold out, but Seattle, Houston, Chicago and New York tickets are yet to go on sale. We’re just wondering when the Melbourne dates will be announced, lol!

city-listVisit ScrapZelda.com for more information.


source: SCRAP and Nintendo on YouTube via Technabob

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Conquered: EB Expo 2016

ebexpo16_titleAs the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. This year’s EB Expo has come and gone, and yep, we had fun, lots of it!

A highlight for us was being invited by our Weird and Retro friends to assist in their awesome Retro Gaming section in the Freeplay City area. With 64 classic gaming systems to play, EB Expo attendees were not short on getting their nostalgia fix! From the ultra-rare Philips CD-I development kit, to the Commodore, Sega, Nintendo, NEC, Samsung and Atari wares, there was plenty to reminisce about.

While in the main hall, we got to sit on the Iron Throne, gawked at Optimus Prime, bumped into awesome cosplayers, played on PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox’s latest gear and shopped at EB Games’ massive Mega-Store! No need for more words, we’ll just leave some of our photos from EB Expo 2016 to speak for themselves…

With the sun shining, it was time for EB Expo 2016!
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First stop, Hall 6 and straight to the Weird and Retro Freeplay classic gaming area
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Time for a Hewson classic! Go Pogo!
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The new generation enjoying some old generation gaming!
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Whoa, a Jaguar in the wild!
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Attendees wowing at the 16-bit computing wonders!
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Freeplay City Mario Kart 64 4P Showdown!
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More 4P shenanigans on the Nintendo GameCube!
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Whoa, a rare beast – the Philips CD-i dev kit!
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Which classic system to play first?
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Difficult decision: go straight for Hotel Mario or play Transylvania on the Apple IIe?
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We weren’t aware that Deadpool was on the C64. And is that Stunt Car Racer on the Amiga? Whoa!
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The decision of what to play on next just keep getting harder!
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Doing the math on the Jaguars!
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The dark side of Sega. Oh wait, look at that beautiful Atari ST!
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Busted! Weird and Retro’s Serby blowing bubbles all the way to his own PS4 Pro!
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What’s this, an Atari sign and some old wares? Time to shop!
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Cosplay heroes!
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Time to hit the Great (Main) Hall Of EB Expo 2016
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Aha, a chill session may be in order!
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The Iron Throne rules this hall!
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Anyone want a test drive?
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Hang on, we want a test drive in Optimus Prime!
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Hulk Smash!
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Lego Xbox!
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Lego Kong Ride and some sweet Poke Balls!
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A work of Lego art!
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We found Pikachu! Quickly, where are our Poke Balls?
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Shop till you drop at the EB Games Mega-Store!
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The temptation is strong in these ones!
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Stocking up on a few goodies *wink*
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We’ve hit the motherload of retrogaming goodies!
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Surely we can squeeze this beauty in our checked luggage…
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Scarily beautiful!
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Bumped into the famous Nintendo brothers…
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Mind blowingly cool!
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Of course we had to go here too!
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Woohoo, just dance!
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Jump on the tractor!
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Gonna grab a seat at Nintendo-land
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Let’s all play! Got lots of streetpasses here *winks*
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The Nintendo posing podiums!
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Another posing podium!
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Heading over to Xbox
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Forza Horizon 3 was quite popular!
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Dr. Curlytek conquered the VeloDrone!
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Waiting their turn patiently for some VR
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Aha, there they are! 
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The unmissable PlayStation exhibit!
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Wowing the masses with PlayStation VR
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Dare to enter!
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Driveclub VR = WOWSER!
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A well deserved award!
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All  good things must come to an end. Till the next EB Expo…
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Retrospective: E3 1996

E31996_TitleWith E3 2016 being the biggest news this week, we thought we’d rewind the clock twenty years, back to 1996 when  Nintendo, Sega and the newest player on the console block, the Playstation were the headline acts.

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After wowing the crowds with their hardware the previous year, Playstation ensured that the 1996 E3 event was going to be even bigger and better by announcing a price drop to get the console into more homes, sending shivers down the spines of the old guard, Nintendo and Sega. Not to be outdone in the gaming stakes, Sony Computer Entertainment introduced everyone to Crash Bandicoot, who would go on to become a PlayStation mascot (and get remastered for the the PS4 20 years later!) and Lara Croft, whose appearance in Tomb Raider was the first step towards becoming a cultural icon.

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At this second ever Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sega was showing off the latest and greatest games for their Saturn in the hope of making a dent in the Playstation’s armour. With games like Virtua Fighter 3 (which was ultimately cancelled), Fighting Vipers, Virtua Cop 2, NiGHTS into Dreams, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei and Daytona USA (among others) from their own stable, Sega was ensuring that heads would be turned towards their 32-bit beast.

Third-party Saturn games were also announced by Acclaim (Alien Trilogy, Battle Monsters, The Crow: City of Angels, Dragonheart and Space Jam), Ubisoft (Rayman 2), Capcom (Marvel Super Heroes), Crystal Dyanmics (3D Baseball, Ghost Rider and Legacy Of Kain) and Konami (ISS Deluxe and NBA Hangtime).

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Sega also wanted to show that there was still (some) life left in their 16-bit Mega Drive (Genesis) by showing off Arcade Classics, Sonic 3D Blast, Vectorman 2, X-Perts and X-Women (which never saw the light of day!). Perhaps Sega should have given up on their 16-bit console (and it’s many add-ons) and concentrate their might on the 32-bit battleground. Ah hindsight, it’s always 20/20.

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And then there was Nintendo. The Kyoto giant chose the 1996 E3 event to showcase their latest hardware, the Nintendo 64. Nintendo chose to up the ante in the ‘bit’ wars by leaping over their two main rivals with their 32-bit systems. Basking in the glory of their 16-bit success with the SNES and full of confidence, Nintendo chose to stick with cartridges rather then the now-accepted CD format. To ensure that the Nintendo 64 was going to pull-in the crowds at E3 that year, Nintendo had a number of launch titles available to experience – Wave Race 64, Pilotwings 64, Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire and Super Mario 64. New hardware needs a ‘killer app’ that captures the public’s imagination and makes consumers snap up a machine – Super Mario 64, just like Super Mario Bros did for the NES, did exactly that! With Mario entering 3D for the first time, Nintendo no doubt were the best in show at E3 1996.

What product will wow us and become best in show at E3 2016?

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sources: [IGN | Sega Retro | Playstation.blog]

 

Sponsored Video: Fire Emblem Fates – Choose your path (Nintendo 3DS)

The next installment in the Fire Emblem tactical role-playing video game franchise has arrived: Fire Emblem Fates on Nintendo 3DS. It’s available as two different versions – Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, which path will you choose?

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Video: Miyamoto On How World 1-1 Was Made

In this adorable and fascinating video from Eurogamer, Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo designer Takashi Tezuka explain (with much enthusiasm) how Super Mario Bros.World 1-1 was made.


Video source: Eurogamer on YouTube

Source: Eurogamer via Laughing Squid

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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