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Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 10:30 AM on 08.22.2014
Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon photo

The Wii U version of Zen Pinball is going to catch up to its predecessors soon, as Zen Studios has just confirmed an update scheduled for August 28th. On that date Zen Pinball 2 will get Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, and The Walking Dead tables.

Each table will run you $2.99. Be sure to check out the Guardians table in particular, as our own Brett Zielder says it's probably the best one yet. I'm glad that at least a few third party companies are being diligent about bringing updates and DLC to the Wii U.





Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle? photo
Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle?
by Brett Makedonski

Hideo Kojima's interactive teaser P.T. has been a hot topic of discussion for the past week and a half. While part of the talk has been centered around the great experience and the reveal of Silent Hills, many have just been trying to clarify what exactly is happening with P.T.'s final puzzle.

There are a lot of different methods circulating as to how exactly players can trigger P.T.'s end sequence. The problem is that none of them are really consistent. This video may have it all figured out, applying reasoning for the steps instead of blindly stabbing in the dark. There may be a few leaps in logic, but at least it all seems plausible -- especially for something that Kojima created.

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Pokémon Art Academy North American release date confirmed

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
12 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Are you all set to be the very best at drawing Pokémon? Well in October you'll get the chance, as Nintendo has just announced the North American release date for Pokémon Art Academy -- October 24th.

Described as a "2D art-instruction game," you'll be drawing all sorts of Pokémon with a number of shading and blending options. There are also a number of unlocks promised, involving Mega Evolutions, and you can save your artwork to a Miiverse gallery.



Dishonored is also free on Steam this weekend

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
13 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 08.22.2014
Dishonored is also free on Steam this weekend photo

Starting now until Sunday at 1PM Pacific, you can play Dishonored for free on Steam this weekend. In addition to Borderlands 2 you can also get in on some stealth action, and the game has been marked down to $5 until August 25th ($10 for the GOTY edition).

Single player free weekends are the best, pretty much. If your really lock down your weekend you can get through at least one playthrough before the promotion ends. If you find yourself enjoying Dishonored, I highly recommend getting the GOTY copy, as I liked the DLC story more than the core game.

Dishonored [Steam]



Assassin’s Creed Memories is a free-to-play iOS game, is out now

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
14 hours ago - 8:00 AM on 08.22.2014
Assassin’s Creed Memories is a free-to-play iOS game, is out now photo

Ubisoft actually has a decent history when it comes to putting Assassin's Creed games on iOS. Pirates wasn't bad, and neither was Rearmed. But this week's iOS release doesn't sound all that enticing, as it combines card collection (always ripe for IAP abuse) and strategy elements -- it's called Assassin's Creed Memories.

It requires an internet connection, and according to Ubisoft, you don't need to pay to complete anything -- although IAP is offered of course.

Assassin's Creed Memories [iTunes]



Muramasa's 'Hell’s Where the Heart Is' DLC coming westward in September

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
15 hours ago - 7:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Yesterday we got some more details on Muramasa Rebirth's fourth DLC pack, regarding a demon girl and a quest based around a playboy. Now thanks to some information sent to us from publisher Aksys Games, we know that the DLC is coming westward on September 2nd (September 3rd in Europe).

We also have a translated synopsis that describes heroine Rajyaki as the "daughter of the Lord of Hell." Said playboy (named Seikichi) accidentally proposes to Rajyaki, leading to a series of hellish adventures. You'll have three forms at your disposal, including child form, woman form, and demon form.

This sounds pretty sweet, and the DLC has been great overall -- it's a shame this is the final add-on.







Square Enix at PAX: Go play Theatrhythm and other stuff maybe

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
16 hours ago - 6:00 AM on 08.22.2014
Square Enix at PAX: Go play Theatrhythm and other stuff maybe photo

Square Enix has released a list of games it has on hand at PAX Prime 2014. If you don't like indie junk, but you plan to play videogames sometimes instead of getting drunk and singing karaoke all of the times, maybe these Square Enix games will interest you. 

Nothing major, but you can zone out to some Theatrhythm.

Otherwise:  Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, Nosgoth, Hitman: Sniper, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, and Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen



Margaret is in Persona 4 Ultimax: Watch her casually kill everyone

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
18 hours ago - 4:00 AM on 08.22.2014

Here it is. Formerly rumored and now in butt kickin' video form, Margaret is making her way to Persona 4 Ultimax Arena's roster.

Free-for-the-first-week DLC characters Adachi and Marie also got English trailers, below, ahead of the September 30 release date. Actually, there are quite a few new Persona 4 Ultimax videos on both the American and Japanese Atlus channels if you want to spoil yourself rotten a month out.





What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?! photo
What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Hey look there's some kind of Slowpoke fishing web game associated with this.]

The Pokemon Japanese YouTube channel just uploaded this. What in the hell, Pokémon? Related to the "shocking" announcement that's coming up, perhaps? 

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gamescom gave Wii U game pre-orders a nice bump on Amazon

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
10:00 PM on 08.21.2014
gamescom gave Wii U game pre-orders a nice bump on Amazon photo

Recapping data provided by Amazon, MCV reports that Wii U games saw an 8.67 percent increase in pre-orders following gamescom, while pre-orders for PS4 titles were up 5.16 percent and Xbox One software reservations rose by 2.81 percent. To be clear, that's not to say Wii U games were pre-ordered the most -- just that they had the biggest percentage increase week-to-week.

Good for Nintendo, especially considering the company didn't have a press conference prepared for the show like Microsoft or Sony. Amazon also shared data on specific games, too. Project Cars came in at number one, with a 42.3 percent increase in pre-orders, followed by Rise of the Tomb Raider, Bloodborne, Hyrule Warriors, and Quantum Break.

Mildly interesting. Most of these make clear sense given the amount of promotion they received leading up to gamescom compared to the attention they got at the expo.

Wii U pre-orders increase the most after Gamescom, says Amazon [MCV]





The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free photo
The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free
by Jordan Devore

Naughty Dog has been working to address issues with long wait times in The Last of Us' multiplayer matchmaking and while progress has been made on that front, there's more left to do.

"Over the last two weeks, we've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries," the studio wrote. As such, it's hard for the teams to nail down a time frame but we're likely looking at a matter of weeks, not months, until the necessary fixes are deployed.

With that mess still ongoing, Naughty Dog has decided that its next pair of maps for Factions will be released for free on PlayStation 3 and PS4. Not all bad news!

Free maps! And about those pesky matchmaking times… [Naughty Dog]

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Xbox is shuttling PAX-goers to the Microsoft campus to play indie games

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
8:00 PM on 08.21.2014
Xbox is shuttling PAX-goers to the Microsoft campus to play indie games photo

If you're going to be in Seattle next week for PAX Prime, Xbox is giving you the opportunity to get your hands on some games before the convention even begins. Bonus perks are you get to ride in the Sunset Overdrive bus, and you get to check out the magnificent Microsoft campus in Redmond.

On Thursday evening, Xbox is shuttling fans from the Washington State Convention Center to its campus to play 25 or so ID@Xbox titles. The buses leave at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., and return at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. It's open to those that are at least 18 years old, and anyone under age can get in with a parent/guardian.

Seating is limited, so everything's on a first come, first served basis. However, if you feel like driving yourself over to Redmond, Microsoft would be more than happy to have you. If PAX is all about the games for you, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start on the weekend.

You're Invited to Microsoft to Play ID@Xbox Games [Major Nelson]



Is Silent Hills about aliens? Swedish radio segment references War of the Worlds

Dale North, Editor-In-Chief - Destructoid
7:00 PM on 08.21.2014

I love the Silent Hill franchise, and am glad that it's in new hands now. And it may be going in a new direction.

If the translation of a Swedish radio broadcast tucked deep with in the P.T. interactive trailer means anything, we might be seeing little green men in Silent Hills. Past games have toyed with the idea, but never fully committed. In my opinion, this is the closest we've come.

The translation says that "the radio drama from 75 years ago was true." The War of the Worlds radio drama was first broadcast in 1938.

Goosebumps covered my arms and neck when "they are here on our Earth" was said.

I'm expecting good things.



A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter

Alasdair Duncan, Contributor - Destructoid
6:30 PM on 08.21.2014
A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter photo

I appreciate how a publisher like Devolver Digital can put out games as different as Hotline Miami 2 and Hatoful Boyfriend within a few months, as well as this neat top-down shooter A Fistful of Gun. The game looks like a colorful, hectic, arcade-style multiplayer shooter, which can be played solo or with up to eight other players, either online or in local co-op. 

After starting life as a freeware game developed by Paul Hart, A Fistful of Gun will be coming to PC in 2015, but if you're going to be at PAX Prime you'll be able to play the game early. I've found PAX a good place to play games with local co-op as you're never short of possible partners. 



Heck yes: Protect Me Knight is getting a 3DS sequel

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
5:30 PM on 08.21.2014

I've thankfully managed to forget about most of the Xbox Live Indie Games I subjected myself to over the years, but a few happy memories do remain. Ancient's Protect Me Knight, an 8-bit overhead action game about fending off hordes of monsters and leveling up your character and their move set in the process, is definitely among them.

I'm so pleased to hear there is a sequel in the works -- and for the 3DS eShop, no less -- but it's currently only confirmed for release in Japan. Other than that, my major concern at this point would be getting enough people together for multiplayer, as the original game was difficult alone.

Glad to see the ninja's outfit is as ludicrous as ever. Music's fabulous, too.

[Via Tiny Cartridge]



This is how you steal from other players in Metal Gear Solid V

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
5:15 PM on 08.21.2014

Not all Mother Bases are created equal. Yours could be wildly different than another player's, as you've both decided to focus on different aspects to upgrade. It's a nice little touch that will make your base feel like home.

It's also the reason that you'll feel compelled to loot, loot, loot other people's Mother Bases. I mean, that cargo crate would really pull your base together, so go ahead and swiftly swipe it after disposing of some pesky guards.

This video shows off exactly what your grandiose cargo caper could look like. It starts at about 17 minutes in, but it's all rife with action that's so wonderfully Metal Gear Solid.