The Vookcast - Australia's Nintendo Podcast

The Vookcast - Australia's Nintendo Podcast

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!

Episodes

October 3, 2022 82 min

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! Clic...

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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 ...

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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 vary

We 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? ...

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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 suggest...

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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 con...

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April 13, 2022 62 min

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 ...

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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 t...

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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 A...

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March 3, 2022 66 min

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 y...

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February 10, 2022 64 min

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 ...

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January 25, 2022 63 min

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-...

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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?...

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December 20, 2021 81 min

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-...

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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 t...

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November 22, 2021 69 min

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 t...

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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 ...

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November 1, 2021 60 min

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 spook...

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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 l...

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October 11, 2021 65 min

On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke, and Michael to react to Sora being announced as the last fighter DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Capcom also announced new Monster Hunter Rise franchise collaboration DLC, this time in the form of Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins. 

In this episode’s featured discussion, we split the segment in two to discuss both Metroid Dread and the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. Is a vib...

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On this week's Vookcast, Angelo is joined by Ollie, Luke, and Michael to digest all the announcements out of the September Nintendo Direct: Monster Hunter Rise’s new expansion; Smash Ultimate’s final fighter announcement in October; the Bayonetta 3 reveal; a new, 3D Kirby adventure; N64 and Mega Drive games coming to Switch Online; plus loads more. 

Later we look at the Switch’s firmware v13.0.0 update that enables bluetooth aud...

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