Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – The All New Red Coin

The new and improved Red Coin start off with a new episodic format! A more compact show means more laughs and more thrills but with that classic Red Coin taste. They guys talk about Pokemon GO updates, Mario Run, Pokemon Generations, Shovel Knight, NX rumours and some new Pokemon Sun and Moon info. All that and they play a competitive round of “Who’s that Pokemon?”.

Red Coin Plays: Pokken Tournament

Today I picked up Pokken Tournament and had a quick play. Here you see just the first tutorial level showing some of the basics. I went on to play for another hour or so beating the first Single Player Tournament. Pokken is a must buy and just from the first hour of play alone, I can tell this is going to be great!

Red Coin Visits The Glitch

The guys go on an adventure to the new gaming lounge, The Glitch, in West Perth. We booked a couple of hours and checked out the place. Big thanks to Adam and all the staff down there for being so friendly and helpful.

Red Coin Visits The Nostalgia Box

The Red Coin crew headed out on a little field trip to the new retro gaming museum in Perth, The Nostalgia Box. We had a look around, met the owner, Jessie, and had a go on a few ancient systems. Big thanks to Jessie for letting us film, be sure to check it out!

Red Coin: Cherry Popping – Mario Kart 8

The maiden voyage of H.M.A.S Cherrypop. In this brand new (Adult) format, Cameron from Red Coin takes the game virginity of friends as they experience games they have never played before. First up, we pop James, from the upcoming Red Coin affiliate, Cocktails and Consoles. James joins us in playing Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Aaron and Chris from Red Coin stop by and play too! Let’s pop that cherry!

Red Coin Top 8: The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is a series rich with history, fantastic level design and epic moments, adored by millions of fans across the world. From its humble beginnings on the NES, to the evolution into the 3rd dimension and beyond, the Zelda franchise has managed to evolve with the times, yet still remain the same at its core. This is what has kept this series so close to my heart, ever since my fledgling days in 1998.

This article reflects my top 8 all time favourite Legend of Zelda games. I must stress, however, that I came into this spectacular series in 1998 and did not experience the famous NES and SNES entries until much later on.

And with that out of the way, let’s go.

For the sake of this article, original games and remakes have been treated as one.

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Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – The 1st Annual Red Coin Games of the Year Awards

The first episode for 2016! The boys start off the new year by looking back at 2015. Best Game, Most Annoying Trend and Most Anticipated Game of the Year are but a few of the categories the guys put their votes in for. Hear Aaron, Adam, Cameron and Chris argue, debate and convince each other (live) what should take the top spot in each category. Goodbye 2015 and hello a brand new year of Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast!

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Yo-Kai, The Game Awards and a little NX to get you through the day

The boys are back…kinda. Chris tags in for Cam to join Aaron and Adam in discussing the recent game releases and events. Chris gives us his impressions on Yo-Kai watch and how it differs from the other popular creature collecting game. Aaron confesses his undying love for Destiny (again!) and Adam makes a bold commitment live on the show!

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Post PAX

In another special split episode, Aaron and Adam report from their comfy hotel room in Melbourne. They let us know a bit about what they got up to and some of their favourite games on display. In the second half the boys are back in town and all together again to discuss their Nintendo Direct predictions. How will they go?


 

Guitar Zero

Guitar Zero

By Cameron Van der Does

I woke up this morning at about 8 o’clock eager to go and get the new Guitar Hero. Unfortunately the stores don’t ghopen till 9. So I had a shower, played some Pokémon Shuffle, edited the new Red Coin Cherry Popping video and did some price research. I found that Kmart are doing it for $109 so I was ready to price match at EB Games. I drive around the corner because luckily I live right near Garden City shopping centre, I park close to the entrance and head inside. The roller door is still down as its only 8:58 but I am excited and happy to wait the 2 minutes. The doors open, I walk in. “I’m here to pick up my Guitar Hero!” [Read more…]

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Slow News Day

Aaron’s back from his Mexican getaway and he’s eager to get his two pesos in. The guys catch up on Aaron’s Mario Maker experiences, talk a bit about Pokemon Shuffle and more hype for Pokemon GO. Lego Dimensions gets a look at and Aaron and Adam announce their PAXAus takeover. But most importantly, stickers! Red Coin stickers are now available and they are great. Contact the Facebook page for more info.

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Technical Difficulties in the USA

In this very special international episode, Aaron and Cameron chat with the guys from the Explosive XP Podcast. They discuss the differences in gaming between our countries, the evolution of Mario Kart, some Smash Bros. and some hype for Mario Maker. (This episode was recorded on the 6th of September prior to Super Mario Maker’s release).

For the American feed and post episode chat, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU-ZQlwMVdM.

For more stuff from these dudes check out their site http://explosivexp.vidmy.com/

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Meet Your Maker

In this episode, Aaron has abandoned us to pursue a life of crime in Mexico. The rest of the guys discuss the long awaited Super Mario Maker, Pokemon GO and the new President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima. If you have a Mario level you have designed, send it in and the crew will play and discus it sometime soon.

The Short but Important History of the Wii U

The Short but Important History of the Wii U

By Cameron Van der Does

With news of the impending NX the Nintendo Wii U seems all but done for. Released at the end of 2012, the console hasn’t even been out for 3 complete years and already Nintendo have announced their working on its successor, the secretly codenamed, NX. Now it is true we have no dates set yet, but even if it takes them 2 years to complete and release the NX that still means the Wii U existed as a relevant format for only 5 years. [Read more…]

Red Coin: The Nintendo Podcast – Woolly World Weather

For the very first time… Red Coin on film! (Due to unforeseen circumstances, our amazing footage was lost. Have no fear though, we have a new camera now and will do even better next time!) Well, assuming you are watching this on Youtube, otherwise you’re still hearing the soothing sounds of our voices like normal. In this milestone episode, the boys take a look at Splatfest, Woolly World, the kids of today and current Nintendo news.

Red Coin Top 8: Aussies in Games

From cool killers, to comic relief, Australia has had some memorable characters in games. Not as many as we probably should though and they tend to be few and far between. It was tough to choose which characters should make the list as most Aussies tend not to play a big part in their games, but we had a think, did some research and found the top 8 Aussies in games.

#8 The Guru

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First seen in Sly Cooper 3: Honour Among Thieves, 2010.

An anthropomorphic Koala resembling a traditional Aboriginal Elder, living in a hut near Yuendumu, Australia, The Guru served as Murray the Hippopotamus’ strict but caring spiritual teacher. After being rescued from a group of evil miners, he joined the group, using his psychic abilities to help the gang. The Guru has no real fighting ability but is able to hypnotise his enemies to do his bidding for him. He also has demonstrated telekinesis, lifting objects and enemies with his mind as well as telepathy to read people’s minds. He is understood to also know numerous techniques which he teaches to his students, however it is unknown if he can use these himself. We may not be able to understand what he says, but he’s a wise old koala tasked with guarding the Mask of Dark Earth, so a fitting start to the list.
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Far Out, it’s Fallout.

Emerge from your vaults, it’s time to prepare.

By Ben Nunn 

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Dogs: Confirmed

[Insert holy music here] Fallout is back. Hear that sound? It’s the clackitty clack of the hype train barreling down the rickety tracks of skeptical consumerism. But it’s not slowing down, if you’re a Fallout fan, it’s time to jump on board, or sit back down in your corner rocking chair in the dark and cold with your two cats, Doubt and Sir Reginald What’s the Point It’s only Going to Be Another 8th Gen Franchise Killing Failure, (He’s bitter about his name too). [Read more…]

Review: RoverCraft

Roving and Crafting Your Days Away

By Cameron Van der Does

It’s 1:33am as I write this, I can’t sleep so that makes it the perfect time to try out a new game. I was going through my Facebook, as you do, when I noticed an ad for a game in the App Store. Now usually I am not one to get a game from an ad on Facebook, but the name “RoverCraft” grabbed my attention. Is it because I subconsciously connected it with Minecraft? Yes, but then I noticed the game art. It reminded me of a flash game I used to play many moons ago, so I downloaded it in the hopes it was the same people. [Read more…]

Buddy Review: Shovel Knight

A Tale of Shovelry… Or was it Chivalry?

By Ben Nunn, and Chris Massara

shovel_featureWell, I suppose I could assume that if you haven’t got Shovel Knight by now, then you don’t want it.  But do you know that you don’t want it? Are you sure? I didn’t want it, at first, in fact, if I wasn’t so loose with my money, I may not have played it to this day.  I really only bought it because of all the hype. I sat down, and I played it, for about 20 minutes, and I stopped, never looking back. Until only just last week, I decided to play it while in between parts of my day, and I ended up playing for 3 hours straight. I fell in love.  My point is, how many games do we miss out on just because we cant be bothered finding out if they are good?  So here I shall share my thoughts, a long with my friend Chris, who has adopted this game from the start.

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How I Learned to Stop Censoring and Love the R18 Rating

A Brief History of Australian Game Censorship

By Cameron Van der Does

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For some reason, Australia has been stuck with a ridiculously strict rating system for a long time and we only got the R18 rating in 2013! For a full list of banned and censored games, search in Google and you’ll find a nice long wiki list, a list too long for me to go into every instance of stupidity, so I will stick to a few key situations. [Read more…]

Zelda U Speculation Spectacular!

A Gap in the Timeline

By Jake Galiano

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, 2013.

Take a look at the official Zelda timeline. Should the Hero be successful following the events of Ocarina of Time, the timeline braches off into the Child Era and the Adult Era, the latter of which contains the events of the Wind Waker saga. After Phantom Hourglass, we see a significant time gap, followed by the dawning of a new era – the Era of Hyrule’s Rebirth – in which a ‘New Continent is discovered.’ Nintendo may as well have written ‘Insert New Zelda Game Here’! Again, look which branch of the timeline we are on, and it almost seems obvious that this ‘new continent’ is simply the old Hyrule – after the Great Sea has disappeared. Hyrule’s Rebirth could be the world of Zelda U.

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Review: NOT A HERO

Review Your Wallet, and Buy It.

By Ben Nunn

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Maybe BunnyLord should run for King of Australia.

I usually get a little cautious about Indie games, even though the waters have been warm for a long time now, I still hesitate to dip the tea bag and take the leap of faith. But it’s indie games like these that make me confident to keep trying them, and try I did. NOT A HERO probably found its legs faster thanks to well-known publisher, Devolver Digital, not to mention that Roll7, the developer, also has the highly regarded side-scrolling action skater title ‘OlliOlli’ under their belt. But what actually caught my attention was the trailer. Roll7 presented the game with humour, and a don’t-give-a-damn attitude, right off the bat, and I like that. So I opened my Velcro-flap wallet, ruffled through the pile of suffocated moths and gathered my year’s savings, to give this game a shot.

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A Masterclass in Remastering

Why Nintendo should do more re-makes.

By Cameron Van der Does

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DK 64, 1999, 2015.

Most of us have very fond memories of a game, or a set of games, from our childhood. Whether you grew up on Zelda, Mario or even Conker, we all have that one title we’d love to see on a new console. Nintendo have had a decent history of porting across some of our favourites, bringing us NES and SNES games to the then new Gameboy Advance and N64 games to the DS. More recently we have been given a link to our pasts in the form of the Virtual Console on the Wii and now the Wii U. Hits such as Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64 are now finally accessible through the Wii U’s Virtual Console, but is that really the best we could get?

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