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9:00 PM on 10.07.2014

Dorf on the Diamond: 7,116ft in Smash Bros' home run contest

This is even better than discovering Yoshi's easy down-A in Melee's home run contest. I spent some of the weekend trying to find cheap, lazy home run contest tricks, like spamming Fox's blaster, but I haven't been able to top about 2,200 with Link. This bat-less Ganondorf trick more than triples my best effort.

Steven Hansen







Review: Skylanders: Trap Team photo
Review: Skylanders: Trap Team
by Chris Carter

Toys For Bob has found some rather interesting ways to evolve the Skylanders franchise. While the conceit the first time around was simply interactive toys, the developer mixed things up with giants on the second go, and with a mix-and-match concept (my personal favorite to date) after that.

Trap Team is the fourth iteration of the series, and the gimmick this time around involves tiny plastic pieces that essentially function as little Ghostbusters tools to ensnare enemies. While the core game is still as strong as ever, the trap mechanic isn't all that exciting.

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11:30 AM on 10.07.2014

Nintendo's newest 3DS system update adds themes

Update 9.0.0-20 has dropped in North America and Europe for the 3DS, and its biggest feature is decidedly the addition of themes. These basically allow you to customize your UI entirely, with backgrounds, new icons, and sound...

Chris Carter

6:34 AM on 10.07.2014

Super Smash Bros. 3DS has sold over 2.8 million copies worldwide

Nintendo has just sent word to Destructoid that Super Smash Bros. 3DS has sold over 2.8 million copies worldwide. This number includes every region, as well as both the physical and digital versions of the game (Nintendo...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Monster Hunter 4 is getting a Nintendo Direct soon

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate still isn't out in the west, but that isn't stopping Nintendo and Capcom from drumming up more excitement. The newest Nintendo Direct will be Monster Hunter-centric, and will take place on October 8th at 7AM EST. It will be a Japanese direct, and the contents of the stream have not been disclosed. You can check out the direct here on that date. Nintendo [Twitter]

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 10.06.2014

Final Fantasy Explorers will not have 3D, will have Circle Pad Pro and New 3DS support

Final Fantasy Explorers will arrive soon in Japan, and it'll come with a few changes that aren't typically in 3DS titles. For one, it won't feature full 3D -- I'm kind of 50/50 on it myself, so I don't mind either way. The go...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 10.05.2014

Heavy breathing and screaming man game hits 3DS in Japan

Growing up, games like Jungle Hunt, Pitfall, and Congo Bongo were the equivalent to today's "AAA experiences". It was just a given that people wanted to play games about defenseless men in the jungle avoiding outrageous deat...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Tappingo 2 photo
Review: Tappingo 2
by Ben Pack

As someone who has gone through several Picross apps on his iPhone, I was excited to hear about Tappingo 2, a puzzler for the 3DS in the same vein. Maybe this would be the perfect game for my long train rides.

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2:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Rune Factory 4 is finally coming to Europe

It seems Rune Factory 4's journey across the pond was postponed more so than cancelled, and the role-playing game will be turning up on European shores fairly soon. Speaking with Siliconera, XSEED vice president Ken...

Kyle MacGregor



What gaming locations would you want turned into a Smash Bros. stage? photo
What gaming locations would you want turned into a Smash Bros. stage?
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

I was driving home from having lunch with Dale North the other day when I got to thinking about Super Mario RPG, aka the best game ever. I think about that game a lot, and it tends to pop into my head quite often for one reason or another. This time I was thinking about how fun it would be to stream the game. It's pretty stupid to say it like this, but I'm pretty MLG in that Super Nintendo classic. It's okay, I groaned at myself for writing that too. 

Then I got to thinking about the pseudo-sequels for the game, specifically the Mario & Luigi ones for the Game Boy Advance and beyond. The last one I played all the way through was Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Then it clicked. How awesome would a level set inside Bowser be in Super Smash Bros.?

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9:30 AM on 10.03.2014

Share your 3DS friend code for a Smashing good time

Holy smokes! Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is finally here! If you're as excited as I am, then, well, you're probably pretty damn excited! Also, if you're anything like me, you'll be looking for other people to play Smash onl...

Bill Platt



Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS photo
Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
by Chris Carter

Super Smash Bros. and I go back a long way. When the first game was released in 1999, I didn't drive. Heck, I didn't even have a Nintendo 64 at that time. But I had a Smash Bros. addiction, and would spend hours upon hours at friends' houses, often staging sleepovers just so we could play more. It was probably the first game I ever put over a thousand hours into.

My Melee addiction was even worse. With wheels, I could drive to local tournaments and hone my craft. I had "training buddies" that I'd sit for hours and play with, trading new strategies along the way. I had groups who played all items on random levels, I had friends who played Final Destination no items only, and I had acquaintances who played a mix of both. However you shake it, Melee may be my most-played game of all time.

But when Brawl came out, a lot of the groups I had been playing with for all these years kind of fell off the map. They either continued to play Melee regardless, or just quit Smash entirely. It was an odd time seeing a franchise that I had enjoyed so much fall off like that in my personal circles, and from what I've seen over the past few years, I wasn't alone. It wasn't a bad game -- it just didn't set off that spark in me that 64 and Melee did before it.

Enter Smash 3DS. Not only has it rekindled my love for the series, but I have a feeling that once the Wii U version hits, living rooms will be smashing for hours all over again.

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3:00 PM on 10.02.2014

This Star Fox: Assault stage in Smash Bros. Wii U is beautiful

While it was fun providing updates for the 3DS version of Smash Bros. from Sakurai's Miiverse account, I'm really excited for all of the new info that's going to come out of the Wii U edition of the game. The newest reve...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 10.02.2014

Mega Rayquaza looks far cooler than normal Rayquaza

It was all but guaranteed that Rayquaza would be among those Pokémon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to have a Mega Evolution -- or perhaps a Primal Reversion, like Groudon and Kyogre -- and as such it's nice to get ...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 10.02.2014

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call song contest winners announced

The Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Legacy of Music contest results are in! Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu picked the winners himself (I'm still kind of freaked out that he heard my contest demonstration ...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 10.02.2014

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. 3DS

While the 3DS is definitely the highlight this week, the Wii U is getting a few games today. The most notable game is Castlevania Dracula X on the Virtual Console, in addition to 99Seconds, Red Riding Hood. On the 3DS we...

Chris Carter