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This Isabelle purse is absolutely adorable

Brittany Vincent , Contributor - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 9:30 PM on 10.01.2014
This Isabelle purse is absolutely adorable photo

Isabelle is one of the most adorable faces to come out of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, that's for sure. Have you ever wanted to yank her cute little face off and carry it around with you as a purse?

Now you can, thanks to the October issue of Pico Puri magazine, a Japanese publication that features Animal Crossing and other 3DS titles in its colorful pages. It comes with this heartbreakingly cute Isabelle purse.

How do you get one? Import or start hitting up eBay. If you're eager to pick up one right now, there's one super cheap listed at the moment. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on a Japanese friend or other shopping site/import service.

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The Angry Birds movie now has a star-studded celebrity voice cast

Brittany Vincent , Contributor - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 9:30 PM on 10.01.2014
The Angry Birds movie now has a star-studded celebrity voice cast photo

The Angry Birds movie is not only a real thing, but it seems as though production is well underway, with a cavalcade of celebrity voice talent just announced today. The Columbia Pictures film will be directed by Clay Katis of Wreck-It Ralph fame, as well as Fergal Reilly, who was responsible for The Smurfs.

Jason Sudeikis will take up the role of Red, with Josh Gad playing Chuck, the yellow bird, and Danny McBride stepping into the feathers of Bomb, the black bird. Maya Rudolph will play Matilda, the white bird, and none other than Peter Dinklage will be voicing the Mighty Eagle.

The rest of the cast, rounded out, includes Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, Hannibal Buress, and Danielle Brooks, to name a few. The film is slated for a 2016 release on July 1 -- just in time to be the summer's big kids' movie.

Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage Lead 'Angry Birds' Movie Voice Cast [The Hollywood Reporter]



Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 8:30 PM on 10.01.2014
Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter photo

Perhaps the biggest surprise about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is that the developers behind the game were members of People Can Fly, the studio responsible for Bulletstorm; the idea that some of the people who came up with the over-the-top and potty-mouthed first-person shooter would go on to also make this contemplative, supernatural mystery.

It's a beautiful-looking game where players are tasked with finding a missing youngster but are quick to find that there are dark things lurking behind the lovely surroundings.



Trick or treat with a Super-Size Pumpkaboo, courtesy of Nintendo

Brittany Vincent , Contributor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 8:00 PM on 10.01.2014
Trick or treat with a Super-Size Pumpkaboo, courtesy of Nintendo photo

Just in time for Halloween, you can now pick up a Super-Size Pumpkaboo in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y via the Nintendo Network.

Right now, all you need to do to receive this Pokémon is connect to the internet with your 3DS, select Mystery Gift from the main menu on either Pokémon title, select "receive gift," "yes," and "get via Internet." Select "yes" one more time and you'll be gifted the special Pumpkaboo. You can then go and chat with any delivery girl at a Pokémon Center to receive your prize.

The Super-Size Pumpkaboo has a higher HP stat than smaller Pumpkaboos, and can learn the Ghost-type move Trick-or-Treat. You can enter the Trick-or-Treat Friendly Online Competition with this monster as well. To qualify, you need a Super-Size Gourgeist in your Battle Box as well, which you can acquire by trading your Pumpkaboo and watching it evolve.

What are you waiting for? Free Pokémon! Go get it!



Human Orbit will let you indulge your rogue AI fantasies

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 7:30 PM on 10.01.2014
Human Orbit will let you indulge your rogue AI fantasies photo

Is it me or are all artificial intelligences on spacecraft always evil? GLaDOS, HAL, SHODAN, the ... steering wheel thingy from WALL-E -- all of them were pretty evil, or at least fairly negligent in their jobs and now it's your turn to join in the fun.

Human Orbit is a title being developed by Autelia LTD that puts you in control of a sentient AI built into a remote space station. Also present on the space station are between 20 and 100 procedurally generated crew members all with their own personalities, desires and behaviors... and each one of them is available for you to mess with.

Turns out being a malevolent AI means access to the crew's personal email, documents, and internal social media, which are rife for meddling. You'll also have access to an innocent-looking maintenance robot that essentially acts as your hands, allowing you to manipulate objects in the physical world. A scenario I was shown at EGX involved intercepting an email conversation between two crew members and either causing a fallout or helping them become closer. See, you don't have to use your omnipotent powers for evil -- you can enhance the life of your crew as well.

Human Orbit looks like it's going to fill the gap that exists in the sandbox genre right now -- a genuine human sandbox. We see plenty of sandbox games where the world is your plaything but it's rare we get people being the toys to bend and manipulate. I was also shown a lot of sliders and presets that represented the emotional range of a crew member; that won't be shown during the game itself but it demonstrated how deep a single simulated crew member can be.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of Human Orbit as I want to poke and prod at it to figure out how deep the simulation goes. Oh, and to indulge my rogue AI fantasies too. Now I need to think of a vaguely threatening acronym for my computer name.



Skullgirls Encore pushed back on PS4, PS Vita

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 7:00 PM on 10.01.2014

First, the not-so-great news: Skullgirls Encore won't be out for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita until next year. Developer Lab Zero Games has "expanded the scope of the port and [is] adding new features with the aim of making it a better upgrade for fans and a better value for everyone." Can't be upset at that. A longer wait, sure, but worthwhile in the end.

For now, current Skullgirls Encore players can download the latest character, Eliza, who was made possible thanks to Indiegogo backers. She can morph into Egyptian mythological symbols, y'all. Be sure to download her sooner than later -- she's free for three months.

Skullgirls Encore: Eliza, PSN Avatars Out Today [PlayStation Blog]



Calvino Noir is a European, smoky, noir-ish stealth game

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 6:30 PM on 10.01.2014
Calvino Noir is a European, smoky, noir-ish stealth game photo

I think I've probably made it clear that I like a good stealth game and thankfully I had the chance to try out the lovely-looking Calvino Noir at EGX. Set in post-war Austria (I forgot to ask which war... whoops), players control Wilt, a deserter turned criminal-for-hire. After being contacted by a mysterious femme fatale, Wilt is charged with stealing valuable documents but soon finds himself double crossed and on the run.

First thing you obviously note about the game is the moody black-and-white visuals; with a hint of film grain, they perfectly evoke the classic noir feeling of a film like The Third Man. There's great use of light and shadows too. In the demo I played, there was a sequence set around a large staircase that had shadowy alcoves which Wilt could hide in. Despite the presence of two guards, I managed to guide him into the next room... which contained a guard who shot me.

Stealth games, eh?

You control Wilt's movement using the mouse which is initially jarring, as the game is presented on a 2D plane. I kept wanting to use the WASD keys to move him around although having actions like opening doors and hiding tied to context-sensitive buttons made more sense.

It took some getting used to but I was able to successfully navigate around some locations without too much trouble. Still, the game feels like it's early in development so hopefully some gameplay tweaking will take place between now and its release in 2015. 



The 3DS couldn't handle transforming Super Smash Bros. characters

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 6:00 PM on 10.01.2014
The 3DS couldn't handle transforming Super Smash Bros. characters photo

In Super Smash Bros., characters like Zelda and Sheik are on their own, no longer represented as a single fighter that can change form mid-battle. Speaking about the change in Famitsu, game director Masahiro Sakurai said "It's basically due to the 3DS' limitations."

He's made similar statements about the missing Ice Climbers and lack of support for the Circle Pad Pro on 3DS, although in this case, there's a silver lining:

"However, reaching that limit can sometimes lead in good directions," stated Sakurai. "Transforming characters had the drawback of ambiguous tactics and such, and I believe that they have become more fresh now."

Why Zelda and Sheik Are Different Characters In Super Smash Bros. For 3DS [Siliconera]



This Satellite Reign pre-alpha footage is looking pretty sharp

Rob Morrow, Contributor - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 5:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Brisbane-based studio 5 Lives recently announced that backers who pledged for alpha access during the Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Reign will be getting their playable build some time in early October. The rest of us will just have to wait to play the spiritual successor to the Syndicate series in December when it comes to Steam Early Access.

Have a look as Chris Conte graciously walks us through the first nine or so minutes of this highly anticipated tactical RPG. Spoiler: It looks pretty great.



Destructoid shirts now going for $14.95

Hamza Aziz, CEO - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 5:15 PM on 10.01.2014
Destructoid shirts now going for $14.95 photo

All t-shirts on the Destructoid store have been dropped down to $14.95! We've lowered the price, saving you a few bucks. Hoodies are still between $24.95 to $34.95, and as always you'll get free shipping worldwide on orders over $60.

These are also going to be the last run prints on all the designs we have in the store currently. So once they're gone they'll be gone for good! Now's a good time to pick something up before the avalanche of conventions hit like PAX Prime, Dragon Con, and more. 



These limited edition The Evil Within PS4s don't look very scary

Dale North, Editor-In-Chief - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 10.01.2014
These limited edition The Evil Within PS4s don't look very scary photo

Oooh, a building outline! Terrifying!

You'll get a scary-ass building etched onto your PS4 if you're nabbing a Japanese Psycho Break (The Evil Within here in the west) limited edition release. It comes in Jet Black or Glacier White, and is now available for reservation at the Sony store.

The package comes with the system, the game in a steel book case, and a soundtrack CD. 

To be fair, I don't know what I would have gone with for the design. Boogers? A Resident Evil-y looking guy in a brown vest? 

The Evil Within Gets Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Consoles In Japan [Siliconera]







Thomas Was Alone has friends in new platforms

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 4:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Thomas Was Alone, the minimalist indie platformer about friendship and jumping, is finding companionship on some new consoles. It's been recently revealed that the game will come to PS4, and now it's confirmed to be headed to Xbox One and Wii U also.

All three console versions of Thomas Was Alone will launch the same week -- sometime in November. It'll be priced at $9.99, but anyone that owns it on PS3 or PS Vita will be able to pick it up free as part of the cross-buy program.

It's easy to see why Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, had his eyes set on the current generation of consoles. That bump in polygons should really afford him the ability to draw the emotion out of the game that it deserves.



Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 10.01.2014
Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Ivory King photo

Dark Souls II was quite the ride. Although the game had its fair share of issues, I had a blast playing it, and a number of its zones now have a place in my list of all-time favorite Souls locations.

One of those areas includes the last piece of DLC, The Crown of the Ivory King, which brings back some of the powerful icy imagery from the Painted World of Ariamis.



Destiny's loot is now way less aggravating

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 3:30 PM on 10.01.2014
Destiny's loot is now way less aggravating photo

Here we go. The patch that fixes -- or, at least improves -- how loot works in Destiny.

Chris already detailed the patch, which is out now, at length. But the short of it is that Legendary (purple) engrams will now always award Legendary items or higher, and Rare (blue) engrams will produce Rare items or higher. Why that wasn't always the case is baffling. Additionally, daily and weekly missions and the Vanguard: Tiger Strike Playlist have better drops.

Gotta say, I'm glad to be holding off on Destiny for the time being. At this rate, it should be greatly improved by the time I get around to playing. It's still early days for the game.

Update 1.0.2 - Patch Notes [Bungie] [Image]



Here's the Bloodborne alpha in action

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
13 hours ago - 3:05 PM on 10.01.2014

Ah yes! If you weren't fortunate enough to go hands-on with Bloodborne at gamescom, PAX Prime, or Tokyo Game Show, this is the good stuff right here. It's footage ripped straight from the alpha.

There are multiple videos here, culminating in a boss fight. Perhaps not the high-level play some will want to see, but I'd expect that to pop up on YouTube from other folks this week.

I'm still coming to terms with just how creepy the atmosphere is in Bloodborne. Like, if this is the beginning, where will we end up?



NHL 15 predicts entire hockey season, probably gets it horribly wrong

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
13 hours ago - 2:30 PM on 10.01.2014

EA Sports used NHL 15 to simulate and predict the upcoming NHL season which begins next week. The results are most likely terribly wrong because nowhere does it anticipate that the Colorado Avalanche will be crowned Stanley Cup champions.

Instead, NHL 15 (in all its flawed logic) ventures that the Los Angeles Kings will repeat last year's success and take home hockey's most coveted prize for a second straight season. It's an especially bold prediction considering that league parity and a grueling playoff schedule have kept the NHL from seeing a repeat champion since the Red Wings did it in '97-'98.

The video makes other forecasts, such as Sidney Crosby being named MVP, but you can probably disregard all of that and just believe me when I tell you that the Colorado Avalanche will emerge on top this season.