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Sonic photo
Sonic

Forget Sonic Boom, this is what the next Sonic should really be


Just look at him, so cute
Apr 23
// Robert Summa
For those that have lost faith that a proper Sonic game will ever come out again, please feel comforted in the fact that with videos like these, there is always hope. Honestly, wouldn't you rather play a game that looks like this than the horrors of Sonic Boom? [Image]
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The Super Mario 3D World OST cover is the BEST THING EVER


Look at how happy Bowser is!
Nov 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Okay so I'm putting the cover art for the Super Mario 3D World OST below because there's a spoiler with the fifth playable character that was revealed yesterday during the Nintendo Direct. It's not really a spoiler, but appar...
Mario 3D World disc art photo
Mario 3D World disc art

Super Mario 3D World has the most adorable disc art ever


I can't even handle it, I just can't
Nov 07
// Brett Zeidler
Just a little bit ago, IGN's Jose Otero tweeted out a picture of the disc art for Super Mario 3D World, and I basically had a mini heart attack after seeing my main man Mario featured prominently on it. We all know Catsuit Ma...
Animal Crossing plushies photo
Animal Crossing plushies

Animal Crossing plushies are here to brighten your day


Also two different stamp sets!
Nov 06
// Brett Zeidler
JBox has added a ton of Animal Crossing: New Leaf merchandise for purchase, mostly in the way of plushies. Yes, Animal Crossing plushies. I know, I know, just take a moment to collect yourself and we'll continue. For wha...

Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play

Oct 04 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
[embed]262766:50720:0[/embed] Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)Developer: Nintendo EAD TokyoPublisher: NintendoRelease: November 21, 2013 (JP) / November 22, 2013 (NA) / November 29, 2013 (EU) / November 30, 2013 (AU) First, watch the trailer above that was released the other day showing off a ton of gameplay. It's impossible to not feel happy after watching it. There's so many new power-ups! In fact, that's what developer Nintendo EAD wanted to really push with this latest Mario. Power-ups, power-ups, power-ups! How many power-ups are there? Let's count it off: Mushroom Fire flower Tanooki suit Super star Cat suit! Meow meow meow! Cherry cloner Boomerang suit Missile launcher hat thing Propeller Block ? Block hat HOLLOWED OUT GOOMBA CORPSE! Kuribo's shoe as an ice skate!  Bombs Baseballs?! Potted Piranha Plant Explosive soccer balls Not all are technically power-ups, but they are all weapons Mario can use. And I'm sure there are more that haven't been revealed yet. Okay, now for the gameplay. Nintendo had me start off in World 1, which, by the way -- you can run across the world map itself now before entering a stage. You can move from level to level in any order you want, offering a choice in how you want to tackle the world much like the next Zelda is for the 3DS. There are also some big enemies on the map, but Nintendo wouldn't tell me what would happen if I encountered them. Each of the playable characters have special abilities by the way. After running as Mario for a few seconds he'll gain a speed boost. The same goes for Toad, except he moves even faster. The Nintendo rep that was with me noted that Toad would be great for speed runs. Luigi can jump higher, and Princess Peach can float through the air for a few seconds. It's much like Super Mario Bros. 2 in terms of all their abilities.  I played as Mario, and he was pretty reminiscent of how Mario controlled in Super Mario Galaxy -- except he felt a little more floaty, making him a bit slower to perform his acrobatic moves. I was trying to get a feel for Mario's new physics when I ... fell off the map. In the very first 15 seconds of my hands-on time I freaking fell of the map. I'm glad I did though, as I found out the death music is the same death song from Super Mario Bros. 3! A later level had the dungeon theme from the first Mario Bros. game in it. So yeah, expect plenty of throwbacks. Back into the level, I made my way forward where I spotted some cat Goombas that I squashed along with using the hefty amount of POW blocks to obliterate them all. Then I got it. I got the cat suit that made me feel like a ninja. Mario's agility and speed increases, plus he can now run up walls, perform dive bombs, and scratch enemies to death. Power-ups will also help open up hidden areas in levels, of which there are a ton. There's a device that can only be turned with the cat suit power, and turning this device will raise a tower that will let you reach a hidden star. There's three hidden stars in each level that you'll have to collect if you want to 100% the game. The most important part of the cat suit is that it allows you to climb up a flag pole at the end of a level and get the max points. It's kind of cheating, but hey, you're going to want all the points when playing co-op. Multiplayer is similar to the New Super Mario Bros. titles in that characters will spawn within a floaty bubble, they can pick up and toss other players around, and it's all drop in/out co-op too. At the end of each level players are given a total point score, and whoever was the winner will be given a crown. Yes, a crown! The winner will wear that crown in the next level, but if they're hit by an enemy the crown drops and someone else can grab it. You'll lose the crown entirely if you fall down a pit while wearing it too. There's no purpose to the crown, except to rub it in to your teammates. The next part of my demo saw me go into the first world's end castle. Here I was introduced to the explosive soccer balls. They'll appear on the map, and you'll just need to run into them to kick them towards whatever direction you're facing. The soccer balls explode upon impact. This part of the level is designed to give you a feel for the mechanic, as the next part of the stage sees you taking on Bowser. He has a sick new ride, and you have to destroy his vehicle by kicking the explosive soccer balls he throws out back at his ride. The level is auto-scrolling too, and you have to keep up otherwise you'll be killed if you fall too far behind. The level also appears to just go on endlessly until you're able to destroy Bowser's car. After defeating Bowser, we went to a desert-themed world with the first level set within that shadowy area you saw from the trailer. This level is more of a side-scroller, especially with the shadow effect going on. It's here where I used the Potted Piranha Plant too. Just pick it up and the plant will bite whatever comes near it. Careful though, as the plant will even snap at your co-op buddies. They won't lose a power-up or anything, but they will be knocked back a few feet. At one point in this level there's a wall of purple enemies that are blocking the path. You can just jump through them to move on, but you get hurt doing so. To get through them safely you'll need to blow into your GamePad's mic. Kind of a stupid feature, if you ask me. The last level I played through had the cherry cloner power-up. Pick it up and there will be two Marios. Pick up another and get three Marios. Then four, then five, and then six. The Nintendo rep wasn't able to tell me if you can have more than six. With six Marios, all of which had the fire-flower ability, I obliterated everything in my path. Nothing stood a chance against so many fireballs. It's kind of tricky controlling all the Marios at once, especially if they get split up from the pack. If one gets hit, they'll simply disappear. I wonder if we'll ever see a level that offers the cherry power-ups and the ability to equip each one of them with a different power. That might be too much power for one plumber to yield though. I am so happy for Super Mario World 3D. It's exactly what I've wanted out of a Mario game for years now. I'll lose my mind if they bring back the feather cape too which is, as we all know, the best Mario power-up of all time. Period. 
Super Mario 3D World photo
So many new power-ups!
I played Super Mario 3D World at E3 this past year and for whatever reason it just didn't interest me at all. Yeah, it's neat and it's about time they made a 3D Mario game with mulitplayer, but the demo made it feel like yet ...

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Brawl in the Family

Mega Man joins the brawl... Brawl in the Family, that is!


Webcomic Brawl in the Family's 500th strip is an animated tribute to little boy blue
Jul 18
// Tony Ponce
Matthew Taranto, webcomic artist and my comrade-in-arms over on Nintendo Force, has just celebrated a whopping 500 strips of his Smash Bros.-themed Brawl in the Family. It's been five years of squishy adorableness, filled wi...
Pikmin 3 preview photo
Pikmin 3 preview

Pikmin 3 is so adorably gruesome


Killing innocent creatures has never been this cute
Jul 11
// Casey Baker
I don't know about you folks, but I don't think I could possibly be more excited for Pikmin 3 right now. Yesterday I had a chance to get a full hands-on with the game at the Nintendo of America offices for an hour-and-half pl...
Ashley Davis photo
Ashley Davis

Read Ashley Davis' Valkyrie on ShiftyLook today!


Hurray for super cute comics about forgotten videogame stars!
Jun 19
// Tony Ponce
Former Destructoid editor and doodler of all things cute, Ashley Davis, has done many wonderful things in her years as a freelance artist. From her animated GameTrailers series, Once Upon a Pixel, to her contributions to vari...
Super Mario 3D World photo
Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is so catty


Cats rule, dogs drool
Jun 11
// Tony Ponce
No, it's not Galaxy 3 -- and I would have been upset if it was. Rather, Super Mario 3D World is taking the 2D-3D hybrid platforming of Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS, incorporating the multiplayer chaos of New Super Mario Bros. W...
Awesomenauts photo
Awesomenauts

New Awesomenaut Ayla voiced by Ashly Burch


Tiny, adorable, and evil
May 25
// Tony Ponce
The insane 2D MOBA Awesomenauts has been trucking along for a full year, continuously being updated with new characters, maps, and other goodies -- on Windows and Mac, of course. Developer Ronimo Games is not through with th...
Videogame dolls photo
Videogame dolls

Too cute! Mega Man, Mr. Saturn, and Samus crotchet dolls


Aren't they just the snuggliest?
May 24
// Tony Ponce
D'AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! Etsy member Sam Wilding loves making pixel art. Sometimes, his partner in crime Natasha will take Sam's pixel art and transform them into "amigurumi," crotchet dolls whose sole purpose is to sit there ...
Street Fighter Ohana photo
Street Fighter Ohana

Street Fighter X Lilo & Stitch fan art? Why not!?


OHANA-KEN!
Apr 18
// Tony Ponce
Street Fighter X Tekken? Old hat. Street Fighter X Mega Man? Yesterday's news. Hell, even Street Fighter X Hello Kitty has been done! Where do we go from here? Artist Abraham Lopez dove into the Disney Vault for inspiration, ...
Dr. Seuss photo
Dr. Seuss

These Dr. Seuss game-to-book parodies are delightful


Would you kindly in a box? Would you kindly with a fox?
Apr 06
// Tony Ponce
Watch out, Ashley Davis! You are not the only one capable of turning violent videogames into adorable children's entertainment! Aussie artist DrFaustusAU has a talent for emulating the distinctive style of Dr. Seuss book cove...
Guild02 photo
Guild02

Feast on vids for Guild02's Monsters Come Out on Friday


It's like a Studio Ghibli take on kaiju movies
Mar 17
// Tony Ponce
Of the three games announced as part of Level-5's Guild02 lineup, Kaiju ga Deru Kinyoubi ("Monsters Come Out on Friday) sounded the most fascinating. A game in which you play as a boy in a small town turned upside-down by a ...
Luigi & Daisy photo
Luigi & Daisy

Daisy loves Luigi simply for who he is


New AriaBlarg speed painting is the sweetest thing
Mar 17
// Tony Ponce
Living in the shadow of his older brother, Luigi doesn't catch many breaks. But being the big-time hero is not everything in the world. As long as you give it your all, there will always be someone supporting you every step ...
Zero Suit Samus art photo
Zero Suit Samus art

Incredible Zero Suit Samus art book can now be yours!


Fangamer is ready to sell you Chris Furniss' 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
Why didn't anybody tell me this book came out last month!? I've been waiting for this baby a whole year! Where's my wallet!? Let me step back a bit: 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus is a collection of miniature comics depicting wha...
Cat game jam photo
Cat game jam

Upcoming game jam will make games for cats


Cats can play games with their paws
Mar 15
// Joshua Derocher
Stop the presses! People are getting together to create games for cats. Not about cats, or with cats in them, but stuff that cats can actually play. With their paws. Friskies is hosting a weekend-long event to gather develop...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

D'aww! Sonic and Mega Man chibis adorn these comic covers


Variants for Archie's "Worlds Collide" Part 9
Mar 13
// Tony Ponce
HNNNNNG! My heart can't take much more of this! I think I'm going to slip into a coma before the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover even begins. But I've got to hold on! Just one month left! To bring everyone up to speed, the ...
Zelda X Pokemon photo
Zelda X Pokemon

Zelda X Pokemon fan art is super amazing


Nobunaga teamed with Pokemon, so why can't Link and company?
Mar 01
// Tony Ponce
Pokémon plus Nobunaga's Ambition? That's hot. Pokémon plus The Legend of Zelda? Why hasn't this happened yet!? Artist Finni Chang decided to recast Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf as Pokémon trainers with appr...
Game Over, the poster photo
Game Over, the poster

Game heroes died so that you can have this poster


Hang brentalfloss' "The Game Over Tinies" up on your wall
Feb 26
// Tony Ponce
Did you guys get a chance to check out "The Game Over Tinies" in brentalfloss the comic? Once again, co-writers brentalfloss and Dan Roth and artist Andrew Dobson created an abecedarian comic of videogame character deaths -- ...
The Game Over Tinies photo
The Game Over Tinies

Even more 'Game Overs' in storybook rhyme


The remaining letters in brentalfloss the comic's "The Game Over Tinies"
Feb 22
// Tony Ponce
A couple weeks back, brentalfloss the comic began an arc parodying the dark comedy children's book The Gashlycrumb Tinies -- that book's author, Edward Gorey, is the subject of today's Google Doodle, by the by. Anyway, "The G...
Super Castlevania IV photo
Super Castlevania IV

Castlevania IV gets the Laura Shigihara vocal treatment


I keep on falling more in love with this girl by the hour
Feb 22
// Tony Ponce
What's that, Plants vs. Zombies' Laura Shigihara? Covering select tracks from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword isn't enough anymore? You're going to give Super Castlevania IV a spin? That's cool. And what's that? You want ...
Skyward Sword photo
Skyward Sword

Laura Shigihara made another Skyward Sword vocal mix


Lyrical version of "Fi's Lament"
Feb 16
// Tony Ponce
Plants vs. Zombies composer Laura Shigihara already melted our hearts last month with her wonderful rendition of Skyward Sword's "Ballad of the Goddess." The Skyward magic doesn't end there, as now she attempts to make peopl...
The Game Over Tinies photo
The Game Over Tinies

The alphabet of 'Game Overs' in comic strip form


Currently running in brentalfloss the comic
Feb 07
// Tony Ponce
Superfans of brentalfloss might be aware that he has his own self-titled webcomic. He doesn't draw it -- doodles are provided by one Andrew Dobson -- but he co-writes along with series creator Dan Roth. And whenever there's a...
Nintendo grammar photo
Nintendo grammar

Old Nintendo game translations were fun!


Return to the days of bad Nintendo grammar
Feb 02
// Tony Ponce
The adorable (and undeniably Canadian) Rinry used to be able to pump out fun, nostalgic videos at a fairly decent clip. But ever since she became a mommy, she hasn't had as much time for video production. 'Tis a shame, 'caus...
Skyward Sword photo
Skyward Sword

Adorbs! Laura Shigihara's Skyward Sword vocal arrangement


Extended lyrical version of "Ballad of the Goddess"
Jan 18
// Tony Ponce
I got more than a little excited during the opening cutscene of Skyward Sword when Zelda started singing "Ballad of the Goddess." With an actual voice! The lyrics were gibberish, meant to represent whatever pre-Hylian langua...
Christmas with Sonic photo
Christmas with Sonic

Spend Christmas with Sonic in this sweet short film


A belated Christmas treat
Jan 02
// Tony Ponce
It's a little late, but here's a sweet Christmas movie about Sonic and his insufferable friends. Sonic visits home for the holidays, and everyone sits around swapping popular Yuletide tales with Sega characters inserted. Eve...
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Sound Shapes is getting a free holiday sound pack today


Includes five new Christmas-themed instruments
Dec 19
// Brett Zeidler
Sound Shapes is a really special game. Even more special is the game's community, which supports it with absolutely amazing new levels/songs every single day. Queasy Games has realized this, and to show their undying love fo...
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MM2 rock medley featuring the Plants vs. Zombies composer


Oct 07
// Tony Ponce
Just the other day, this nifty little Mega Man 2 medley popped up. It's a rock arrangement with keyboard accompaniment of the Metal Man and Heat Man themes. On guitar is Ferdk, a videogame cover artist with a couple of free ...






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