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Bomb Monkey will hit the eShop next week


Jun 21
// Chris Carter
Remember when I told you that Bomb Monkey would be out "hopefully in Q2 2012"? Well it looks like there's nothing to worry about, as the game will finally be gracing the eShop next Thursday, June 28th, for $4.99 (nice!). For...
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Bomb Monkey flings a trailer at your face


Jun 15
// Tony Ponce
Bomb Monkey, Renegade Kid's follow-up to the stellar Mutant Mudds, has been shrouded in secrecy since its original announcement. So shrouded, in fact, that Jonathan Holmes was forced on pain of DEATH to not film any gameplay...
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The DTOID Show: Dawnguard, Tokyo Jungle & Overstrike


Jun 15
// Max Scoville
Oh my darlings, here's today's Destructoid Show. Tara's still gone, because she's getting stung/bitten by bees/dogs, but Anthony's here to fill in. Anthony and I have fun. Today's news: Playdead's working on a follow-up to L...
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How's your baby-throwing arm? Offspring Fling is out


Mar 30
// Tony Ponce
To all would-be parents, how prepared are you for the big day? You could probably stand to brush up on some important child-raising skills. For instance, how far can you toss a baby? You'll never know when you'll need to chuc...
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Tokyo Jungle's animal outfits are too much


Mar 28
// Jordan Devore
The PlayStation 3 game in which a humorously diverse population of animals has taken over a human-less Tokyo just got slightly more absurd. It's not enough that there are Pomeranians fighting lions in Tokyo Jungle; no, we nee...
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I'm hoping by now, you guys have all read Conrad Zimmerman's great writeup about Assassin's Creed III, and how it looks awesome and how there is snow. Now, here's an interview I did with Ubisoft Montreal's Alex Hutchinson. He was nice enough to answer some questions about the game's setting, the multiplayer, and most importantly, what kind of animals are in the game and can I eat them.

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Bomb Monkey 'hopefully' out by Q2 2012


Mar 12
// Chris Carter
After being pestered for a bit, Renegade Kid recently confirmed on their Twitter that their eShop latest, Bomb Monkey, will be headed for the 3DS marketplace in "Q2, hopefully". While it isn't a hard release date, most of us ...
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Renegade Kid's next eShop game is about bombs and monkeys


Mar 06
// Tony Ponce
Score one for Mutant Mudds! Renegade Kid's basic yet unbelievably enjoyable platformer for the 3DS has been kicking ass in a big way. In addition to the widespread critical acclaim, the game has been receiving plenty of expos...
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Nintendo of America has hired a spokesdog


Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
They would do such a thing, wouldn't they? Yes, it's true -- Nintendo of America now has a spokesdog for February, which is Responsible Pet Owners Month. He's a Jack Russell terrier named Uggie who has also appeared in TV com...
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Offspring Fling is all about throwing babies


Feb 02
// Tony Ponce
Do you guys remember playing Depict1 on Newgrounds? It was a puzzle platformer that fed you inaccurate instructions, so you had to ignore those directions in order to clear the game. It was made by indie developer Kyle Pulve...
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HAWP: Why is there a bird on your shoulder?


Jan 26
// Tony Ponce
It's seriously the most random thing ever. This installment of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? premiered during MAGFest, but I didn't bother to check for any new show uploads on GameTrailers until just a few hours ago. I hope you ...
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Yahtzee's new game takes cues from Cave Story


Jan 12
// Tony Ponce
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, the Escapist's bitter game critic who totally is Jim Sterling's brother / possible doppelgänger, has been known to make videogames from time to time. He's been toiling away in Game Maker for a whi...
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Bear, the Skyrim chronicles


Jan 12
// Tony Ponce
Good news and bad news time! Bad news: this is not about SQUIDbear. Good news: no "arrow to the knee" bullsh*t. Enjoy the harrowing tale of... a bear. Skyrim : Bear [YouTube] (Very nice job, Joe!)
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Cave Story maker releases iOS game about saving(?) seals


Jan 11
// Tony Ponce
Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, the creator of everyone's favorite freeware-turned-paid-game Cave Story, has just released his first title on the App Store. Azarashi, an updated version of a quickie time-waster he made over a decade a...
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These cats are better than you at Fruit Ninja


Dec 30
// Dale North
Gaming animals are rare, so we should treasure them. Especially on slow news days.  "Cat playing Fruit Ninja" is Mack1094's first YouTube video, and it's already nearing 49,000 views. His adorable kitty is a pro at Frui...
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Bethesda devs actually talk about Squidbear


Oct 29
// Max Scoville
In case you guys missed yesterday's Destructoid Show, we had some big news. On their first ever Skyrim-centric episode of the official Bethesda podcast, a couple of the artists discussed Squidbear. I guess the mora...

Review: Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken

Oct 17 // Victoria Medina
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Network)Developer: Ratloop AsiaPublisher: Ratloop AsiaReleased: October 18, 2011MSRP: $11.99 Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken puts players in the shoes of Hardboiled, a rebel chicken out to overthrow the evil and tyrannical penguin army. The single-player campaign is of a decent length, with 15 chapters of action, platforming and puzzles that will probably take about six hours to complete. There is a co-op section that I, sadly, didn't get to try. If it's anything like the single-player portion however, it's a lot of fun. The campaign is entirely a 2D affair, though the environment has 3D elements and, as my above statements suggest, it is an action platformer with some puzzle bits. The controls are fairly straightforward and, considering this was originally a PC game, tight and easy to pick up. As a killer chicken, expect to do a lot of bird murdering with a variety of weapons, including guns and grenades. There are also some clever puzzles scattered throughout the levels, and not all of the solutions are obvious at a glance. One of the major mechanics of the title, brain bugs, will allow players to take control of penguins. Some of the puzzles are only solvable by controlling a penguin, which is rather amusing. Once control has switched over to a penguin, you are given freedom to explore without fear of dying. Unless you shoot another penguin, you can walk around unmolested, which is sometimes necessary. When the pressure to slaughter finally overwhelms you, fear not: until you complete a penguin-control section, a limitless supply of killable birds is provided, and once a mind-slave dies, the penguin army goes back to business as usual. The other major part of the game is flight. There are a few levels that will require flying with rockets (because Rocketbirds), and while these sections served to add diversity to the game, they were also my least favorite. They aren't terrible, and even though they were the least interesting bits of the game, they were still challenging. The whole point in these areas is to eliminate the flying guards, which include regular grunts and rocket-launcher-wielding penguins, in order to board dirigibles. All that is required of these levels is flying around and shooting, which sounds a bit easier than it actually was. The camera, which started off zoomed-out to give a view of the entire area, would eventually zoom in, which not only limited visibility, but made finding enemies tricky at times. During later flight sections, five or six enemies would come out at a time, and at least two were always RPG-equipped penguins. Between trying to kill the birds, avoiding enemy fire and running away from rockets, things could get pretty complicated and death happened more than once. One thing that helped was that the rockets follow Hardboiled. It's bad if you aren't paying attention, but useful if you can get the missiles to hit a penguin instead of you. There was no shortage of creativity in killing penguins. While there were a number of options on how to go about the gleeful slaughter, none of the gun choices really mattered. Although each weapon had a unique rate of fire and power output, there was never a need to mix it up, because once a penguin was hit, juggling them was easy. All the weapons achieved the same goal relatively easily. Once I found a gun that fit my play style, that was the only one I used for pretty much the entire game. Combat was not overly challenging. Unlike in some games, I never felt that death was a punishment. Whenever I died, it was because I had done something wrong and all that was needed was a new approach. My favorite part about combat was that enemies required a bit of strategy to beat -- not in weapons used, but in how the fight was handled. It wasn't simply a matter of run and gun. Riot police (complete with shield and baton) required a different approach than grunts, or elite penguins. Despite the lack of attention paid to weapons, there was enough variety in enemies that combat never felt stale or boring. While no motivation is needed for Hardboiled to kill penguins (do we ever really need a reason to shoot things in videogames?), he does have a back story, which is presented in cut scenes between chapters. There's no voice acting in these flashbacks, but the scenes do a fantastic job of conveying the story without words. Plus, if there was dialogue, it would be harder to hear the incredible music by indie band New World Revolution, and the music is much better than words. Tunes by N.W.R. are about the only music you'll hear in the game, but they fit well and there was never a need for lots of background music. As far as the story goes, while a history on our hero may not have been necessary, it is a nice touch that adds some weight to what Hardboiled is doing, and may be the only serious part of the entire game. Any other dialogue or interactions that take place within the story tend to be humorous and light. Penguins will occasionally have conversations, or think aloud, and the obvious angle is comedy. I stopped what I was doing more than once just to see what a penguin or rebel had to say. The game's bright art style adds to the feeling that this is meant to be a fun and lighthearted experience, despite the serious tone the story can take, and the levels are varied enough that they don't ever feel reused or overdone. There isn't a ton of exploration, and the gameplay is fairly linear, but different paths can be found that lead to the same goal. This gives some choice in not only the way you get where you're going, but how you defeat enemies (or sneak past them; the game offers a few stealthy routes). There are also little signs in each level, tucked into corners and out-of-the-way areas, which encourages not only exploration but retracing your steps. The only thing that was upsetting about the entire title was its length; Rocketbirds was so enjoyable that it was sort of a downer when the game ended -- which is more of a compliment to the developers than a legitimate complaint. It isn't at all too short for the price, and with the extra unlockables and co-op mode, there is plenty there if you're concerned about getting your money's worth. Perhaps I'm just being selfish, especially considering five extra levels were added for the PSN release, but I want more of this game. Despite my selfish demand for more Hardboiled Chicken, I am pleased with Rocketbirds overall and can't wait to see what Ratloop Asia does next. Making the jump from one platform to another can be tricky and doesn't always turn out well, but they did a fantastic job. Not only did they take their time making sure that the different controls worked properly and the game would look good, they added new content and gave fans a reason to pick up the game on the PSN. Rocketbirds does everything well: the story is solid, the combat is fairly balanced, the puzzles are never too hard and there is quite a bit of replayability. No one element makes this game great; instead, all of the various pieces are put together seamlessly enough that the entire package makes the experience enjoyable. It did feel as though Ratloop Asia was playing it safe (which is understandable and hard to blame them for); it would have been nice to see them try to bring something unique to the table. The game is incredibly polished, and all of the components fit very well together, but they are all components that other games have introduced with a slightly different twist. They have clearly mastered the action platformer, now I would like to see them take it further and try something new. That is not to say I did not enjoy playing it; far from it. It was an incredibly entertaining experience and I will be saddened greatly if there is no sequel, but because they did so well with this title, I will be expecting something even better next time. I have faith that they can pull it off.
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Growing up playing side-scrolling action games like Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Another World has cemented my love of the genre, so any time I get the chance to play another title in that vein, I jump at the chance. Enter Roc...

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If only there were an 8-bit Nyan Cat game by Konami


Aug 11
// Joseph Leray
So. Nyan Cat. There is very little left to be said about Nyan Cat, except that it's my profound disappointment to inform you that Konami did not, in fact, release a licensed Nyan game in 1988. Not only would Nyan Cat vs. Tac ...
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YOU CAN THANK TECMO KOEI FOR THIS


Aug 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
There's a new Champion Jockey game coming from Tecmo Koei. It will be out for the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and all three versions will make use of the motion controls offered by each console. As you can see in the vid...
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If you're a girl, go buy a Techno Kitten Adventure shirt


Jul 08
// Bob Muir
A lot of times, girls don't have the opportunity to buy licensed t-shirts in their own sizes, having to make do with guys' sizes. Luckily for them, this Techno Kitten Adventure shirt is available only in girls' sizes. You can...

The results of our puppy (and kitten!) E3 predictions!

Jun 17 // Chad Concelmo
As a quick summary, I went into the shelter with a list of yes/no questions provided by you, the community. By asking each animal the questions, I observed their reactions to determine their answers. In addition, I had all the animals interact with three videogame controllers (Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3). Whichever controller they played with the most would decide who that animal thought would “win” the annual press conferences. But, again, you can read the original article for a full breakdown of the entire, emotional experience, the detailed predictions that were made, and how everything worked. This post is a just a roundup of the dramatic results. Oh, and to make it official, we took a vote at Destructoid about which of the main three companies (Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony) “won” the press conferences. The majority voted for Nintendo, so that was used to help calculate these prediction results. So, let’s get to it. How did these animals do? Did they make better predictions than the highly paid industry analysts? Let’s go! (Original prediction) manasteel88 asked: Will Kevin Butler be at the Sony press conference this year?Baby said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III be announced?Baby said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CorruptAI125 asked: Will there be a new Silent Hill: Downpour trailer with actual gameplay?Baby said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Will The Last Story finally get announced for U.S. and PAL territories?Baby said: Yes!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Nic128 asked: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword be delayed and released on Nintendo’s next-generation console?Baby said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Baby said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Danzflor asked: Beyond Good & Evil 2?Lady said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: The game was brought up, but nothing official was shown.] (Original prediction) ManWithNoName asked: Will there be a reveal of Persona 5?Lady said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will a new Prince of Persia be announced?Lady said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Valkyria Chronicles 3 be announced for North America?Lady said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will the NGP cost more than 400 dollars?Lady says: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Lady said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) rexwolf2 asked: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword meet its expected 2011 release date?The Situation said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will The Last Guardian release this year?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SilverDragon1979 asked: Will Sony announce the PlayStation 4?The Situation said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) SteezyXL asked: Will Mass Effect 3 win the Destructoid “Best of E3” award?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we see Final Fantasy VII HD announced?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?The Situation said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Lenigod asked: Will we see L.A. Noire tech in the next Grand Theft Auto game?Devon said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This could be true, but we didn’t find out during E3 specifically.] (Original prediction) VGFreak1225 asked: Sly Cooper 4?Devon said: Yes.Correct! (Original prediction) Morty asked: Will there be news about TimeSplitters 4?Devon said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Hohojirozame asked: Will there be any new and exciting AR card "gaming" for the 3DS?Devon said: Yes.Correct![Editor’s note: Pokedex!](Original prediction) bbain asked: Will Fez be released for PSN?Devon said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Devon said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Ali D asked: Will there be a new game announcement from Rockstar?Andre said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Knivy asked: Will Diablo III release this year?Andre said: No!Correct! (Original prediction) jjjenigma asked: Will Double Fine's Sesame Street game make the Kinect a must-have peripheral?Andre said: No.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This question is very subjective, but after the amazing reception over Once Upon a Monster, I would say the answer to this question is “yes”.] (Original prediction) LK4O4 asked: Will Prope announce a U.S. release for Rodea the Sky Soldier?Andre said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) LazyEyelids asked: Will there be a new Onimusha?Andre said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Andre said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Time Glitch asked: Is the Halo remake real?Peaches & Cream said: Yes.Correct! (Original prediction) CelicaCrazed asked: Will we finally get a new Jet Grind Radio?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Sir Legendhead asked: Will there ever be a true sequel to Hulk: Ultimate Destruction?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ZombiePlatypus asked: Will we see anything from Doom 4?Peaches & Cream said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will there be some more news about Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Peaches & Cream said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will we see the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V?Patience said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) smurfee mcgee asked: Will Pikmin 3 be at E3?Patience said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: It was “confirmed” as a Wii U release, but no other information about the game was announced.] (Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will we see Metal Gear Rising at Microsoft's press conference?Patience said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Will Naughty Dog go back to the Jak and Daxter series?Patience said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Lord Death of Murder Mountain asked: Will there be a Mirror's Edge 2?Patience said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Patience said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will the sequel to Darksiders be unveiled?Beverly said: Yes.Correct!(Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Double Fine talk about Psychonauts 2?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) rexwolf2 asked: Will Chad meet Miyamoto?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: Dammit!] (Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will we get Metal Arms 2 due to Jim Sterling's recent article?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) SilverDragon1979 asked: Will a StarTropics sequel be announced for the 3DS?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Beverly said: Sony!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Blindfire asked: Will we see Torchlight 2?Ryan said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Lenigod asked: Will we get any new information on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm?Ryan said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: There was a trailer, but it was revealed before E3.] (Original prediction) Hohojirozame asked: Will we be able to battle Pokemon using AR cards?Ryan said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: Not yet, at least.] (Original prediction) Elsa asked: Will Sony announce cross-game voice chat?Ryan said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Handy asked: Will we get any info on El Shaddai?Ryan said: Yes.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Ryan said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Knivy asked: Will Sony switch to Steam as their online delivery system?Babino said: NO.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we get to see more of the gorgeous indie mech game Hawken?Babino said: NO.Correct! (Original prediction) jjjenigma asked: Will we see some new 2D Castlevania games?Babino said: YES.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CelicaCrazed asked: Will we see Burnout: Crash City?Babino said: YES.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will we see a 2D Metroid for the 3DS?Babino said: YES.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Babino said: Sony!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will there be an announcement of a Metal Gear Solid HD collection?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will there be a Final Fantasy XIII Versus gameplay trailer?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ChillyBilly asked: Will Project Cafe have cross-game chat similar to Xbox Live?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will Project Cafe be the first Nintendo console to break the $250 barrier at launch?“Dr. Yang” said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This is most likely true, but there was no news at E3.] (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will the Simpsons arcade game be ported to PSN/Xbox Live Arcade?“Dr. Yang” said: Yes!Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?"Dr. Yang" said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Retro Studios make the next Star Fox game?Scarlett said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we see Half-Life 3?Scarlett said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will a new Advance Wars be announced for the 3DS?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will The Last Story get a western release date?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will we hear more about Alan Wake?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Scarlett said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will we see some more new characters for Mortal Kombat?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) bbain asked: Will Mother 3 ever be released in the U.S.?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will Nintendo show anything F-Zero-related for Project Cafe?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ZombiePlatypus asked: Will Square-Enix announce a sequel to Super Mario RPG?“Sabin” said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will PSN be up and running during E3?“Sabin” said: No.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?"Sabin" said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Dark Cloud 3?Kate said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) ManWithNoName asked: Will Sony’s new handheld be officially named NGP?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) garethxxgod asked: Will we get Star Wars: Battlefront III?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will they announce Klonoa 3DS?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) VGFreak1225 asked: Will Microsoft announce the new Xbox?Kate said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Kate said: Nintendo!Correct! So, the animals of the Burbank Animal Shelter got 49% of the predictions right. Not amazing, but not too shabby either. I mean, they are ADORABLE ANIMALS after all, so getting approximately half of the predictions correct is pretty darn impressive, if you ask me. As for each individual animal, here is a rank of the results from most correct to least correct: Peaches & Cream – 83%Kate – 66%Patience – 66%“Sabin” – 66%The Situation – 66%Devon – 50%“Dr. Yang” – 50%Ryan – 50%Andre – 33%Babino – 33%Baby – 33%Lady – 33%Scarlett – 33%Beverly – 17% With a score of 83%, the dynamic duo of Peaches & Cream wins! Pretty good showing! Congratulations, you adorable pups, you. But looking past all this harmless fun, let’s get to the most important thing. Did any of these animals get adopted since the article was posted? Amazing news! Since posting the article, “Sabin”, Patience, The Situation, and Lady have been adopted. YAY! This news makes me feel so good. In the original article, I stated: “If even one of these fine, loving animals gets adopted because of this prediction post, I will be the happiest person on the planet.” Well, I am now the happiest person on the planet. And, even better, since the article, there have been numerous calls and visits to the shelter to check out the amazing animals. Which is incredible news. It is only a matter of time until all of these dogs and cats find wonderful homes. And you can help make that happen! If you live in Southern California, give the Burbank Animal Shelter a call, check out their website, or, heck, drive down and pay the place a visit! Any of these animals would make a wonderful addition to your family. I may be taking one home myself soon ... Thanks again to all the staff of the Burbank Animal Shelter for being absolutely welcoming and helpful through this entire process. And, most importantly, thanks to the sweet animals. Not only for assisting with these E3 predictions, but for just being kind, gentle creatures, full of nothing but love. Just being close to you changed my life. I hope I can return the favor soon.
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A week before E3, I posted a predictions post that featured the adorable (and adoptable!) animals of the Burbank Animal Shelter making predictions about what they thought would happen at this year’s mammoth industry eve...

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E3: My dog Luna wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog hat


Jun 09
// Chad Concelmo
Last night at the 20th anniversary Sonic party (an event that was as amazing as it was completely, wonderfully surreal), the SEGA reps were handing out big, blue Sonic the Hedgehog hats. This morning, I decided to put one on my dog Luna. She was so annoyed ... but so adorable. This is the most important E3 article I have ever written.
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Activision's Wappy Dog videogame pet detailed


Jun 02
// Dale North
Activision is formally announcing their collaboration with Sega Toys, called Wappy Dog. We've heard a bit about it before, but now we have the full details on this terribly named robo mutt. Wappy is a virtual pet that is ...

Adorable (and adoptable!) puppies make our E3 predictions

May 31 // Chad Concelmo
Before we get to the predictions, here's a little background on how all of this worked. Similar to last year’s post at the L.A. Zoo, I went into the Burbank Animal Shelter to get the predictions for two main things: 1) The community yes/no questions and 2) the “winner” of the press conferences. A few weeks back, you all lovingly and wonderfully provided a gigantic list of yes/no questions about things you want to know about this year’s E3. Using these questions, I entered the shelter and used different techniques with the animals to see how they would answer a handful of those questions. For example: if a dog licked my hand or face after I asked a question, that was a yes! If the dog turned away, the answer was no. Similarly, if a dog barked or got excited after I read a question, that was a yes! If he didn’t do anything at all? Yup! That’s a no. In addition to answering the questions, I wanted each animal to make a prediction about which of the big three companies (Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony) would “win” the E3 press conferences. To do this, I actually let all the animals play with actual Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 controllers, noting which controller they played with the most. Each controller represented the company the animal predicted would “win” the press conferences! If an animal drooled on an Xbox 360 controller, for instance, their “winner” pick was Microsoft! Since the premise was very similar to what I did with the L.A. Zoo predictions from last year, I wanted to do something different to make this year stand out. That’s why I chose the Burbank Animal Shelter. After last year’s zoo post, there were people who jokingly said how much they would love to take home one of the animals that made a prediction they loved. While taking home a giant hippo, while awesome, would be pretty much impossible, the idea of taking home an animal in need from a shelter is not only realistic, it is very much possible! So that was my motivation. If even one of these fine, loving animals gets adopted because of this prediction post, I will be the happiest person on the planet. With all that being said, let’s get to the predictions ... and this wonderful, magical, absolutely incredible experience I got to take part in. The Burbank Animal Shelter is a small, yet active facility in a very unassuming part of Burbank -- just a mile down the road from some major movie studios! When I pulled up with notebook and camera in hand, I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and inviting the entire building felt. Most animal shelters intimidate me with their industrial ceilings and concrete floors, but the Burbank Animal Shelter had the vibe of a school, with hand-painted artwork and colorful walls around every corner. As I entered, I was greeted by a woman who would be my guide through this entire experience. Take a look a this picture. This is a picture of one of the most kind, caring, and warm-hearted people on the planet. This is Denise Fleck, President of the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS). After introducing ourselves, she immediately brought me back to see all the animals. I was excited, but nervous, as I had no idea how I would feel after interacting with all these adorable creatures. As I stepped into the back area with all the animals, my heart overflowed with feelings of love, excitement, compassion, and the need to drive home with about fifty new members of my family. But I held back -- I am a professional videogame writer, dammit! -- and headed to the area where the predictions would be made. So here we go! The results of my experiment! I present to you Destructoid’s E3 2011 predictions ... as made by a bunch of adorable (and adoptable!) animals at the Burbank Animal Shelter. First up was Baby, a five-year-old female American Staff mix. She was as cute as she was energetic, and unbelievably friendly. It was easy to tell she was a happy dog, as her face was permanently plastered with one of the biggest dog smiles I have ever seen. manasteel88 asks: Will Kevin Butler be at the Sony press conference this year?Baby says: No. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III be announced?Baby says: Yes. CorruptAI125 asks: Will there be a new Silent Hill: Downpour trailer with actual gameplay?Baby says: No. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will The Last Story finally get announced for U.S. and PAL territories?Baby says: Yes![Editor’s note: There was an interesting reaction for this question. Baby seemed to light up after I asked it!] Nic128 asks: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword be delayed and released on Nintendo’s next-generation console?Baby says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Baby. When I first met Lady, all I could think about was “Lady” from Game of Thrones. And this made me cry. And cry. And then cry a little bit more. At first I couldn’t decide if I was crying because of the emotions of the day, or because I was just an extra-sappy guy with a serious, unhealthy obsession with Game of Thrones. While the day was refreshingly emotional, it was definitely the latter. Danzflor asks: Beyond Good & Evil 2?Lady says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Hell yeah!] ManWithNoName asks: Will there be a reveal of Persona 5?Lady says: No. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will a new Prince of Persia be announced?Lady says: No. Scissors asks: Will Valkyria Chronicles 3 be announced for North America?Lady says: Yes. CoruptAI125 asks: Will the NGP cost more than 400 dollars?Lady says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Yikes!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Lady.   The Situation, a beautiful and rare-for-a-shelter Doberman Pinscher, is not just named after the popular Jersey Shore character of the same name (although that is where his name originally came from). You see, The Situation was brought to the Burbank Animal Shelter after his owner moved, and to quote Denise Fleck, this caused quite “the situation” for him. rexwolf2 asks: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword meet its expected 2011 release date?The Situation says: No. crackity jones asks: Will The Last Guardian release this year?The Situation says: No.[Editor’s note: The Situation smiled, but turned around and completely walked away after I asked this question. Was he offended?] SilverDragon1979 asks: Will Sony announce the PlayStation 4?The Situation: Yes.[Editor’s note: The Situation may not have noticed, but I let out an audible gasp after this answer came back with a “yes.” Could it be possible?] SteezyXL asks: Will Mass Effect 3 win the Destructoid “Best of E3” award?The Situation says: No. that1dood asks: Will we see Final Fantasy VII HD announced?The Situation says: No.GREAT NEWS! Since researching this feature, The Situation has been adopted! AMAZING! Like most shelters in Los Angeles, the Burbank Animal Shelter has a good number of Pit Bull mixes. Either because people are scared of them (given their unfair reputation) or because Pit Bulls are still one of the most bred animals in the area, many Pit Bull puppies are left at shelters all across the city. But if sweet Devon is any indication, people have nothing (and I mean nothing!) to be scared of. Devon was one of the sweetest dogs I got to meet at the shelter. Lenigod asks: Will we see L.A. Noire tech in the next Grand Theft Auto game?Devon says: Yes. VGFreak1225 asks: Sly Cooper 4?Devon says: Yes. Morty asks: Will there be news about TimeSplitters 4?Devon says: No.[Editor’s note: Devon was such a sweet, excited puppy that this answer could have also been a “yes.” It was tough to say!] Hohojirozame asks: Will there be any new and exciting AR card "gaming" for the 3DS?Devon says: Yes. bbain asks: Will Fez be released for PSN?Devon says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Devon.  On the days I visited the shelter to research this article, I had a special bond with Andre. The Pit mix was so gentle and warm with me, that it took everything I had not to just adopt him on the spot. There was just something about those perfect eyes that said so much. Every time Andre looked at me, my heart smiled a little. Ali D asks: Will there be a new game announcement from Rockstar?Andre says: Yes. Knivy asks: Will Diablo III release this year?Andre says: No![Editor’s note: Maybe it was because I was lost in Andre’s magical eyes, but this prediction felt a like a big “no” for me.] jjjenigma asks: Will Double Fine's Sesame Street game make the Kinect a must-have peripheral?Andre says: No. LK4O4 asks: Will Prope announce a U.S. release for Rodea the Sky Soldier?Andre says: No. LazyEyelids asks: Will there be a new Onimusha?Andre says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Andre.   Okay, get ready for the cutest story you will hear all day. Peaches & Cream -- a terrier mix and chihuahua, respectively -- were actually found as strays wandering the streets. Sad story, of course, but get this: They were found together. Despite the fact that there is still no explanation as to why two completely different breeds were found wandering the streets of Los Angeles together, Peaches and Cream are the best of friends and are inseparable in the shelter. I can only imagine Peaches or Cream would be so happy for each other if one of them got adopted, but I can’t imagine them ever being apart. Their story is too sweet and amazing to think about separating them. These two adorable, wonderful dogs would make perfect partners in someone’s loving home. Time Glitch asks: Is the Halo remake real?Peaches & Cream say: Yes.[Editor’s note: On some of these predictions, I got slightly different answers from each dog. In those cases, I just went with the more dominant answer.] CelicaCrazed asks: Will we finally get a new Jet Grind Radio?Peaches & Cream say: No. Sir Legendhead asks: Will there ever be a true sequel to Hulk: Ultimate Destruction?Peaches & Cream say: No. ZombiePlatypus asks: Will we see anything from Doom 4?Peaches & Cream say: Yes. Kylehyde asks: Will there be some more news about Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney?Peaches & Cream say: No.[Editor’s note: Aw, man!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Peaches.Click here for more information on how to adopt Cream.  In addition to dogs, there is a huge selection of cats at the Burbank Animal Shelter. I assumed there would be going in, but I was surprised to see the amount of sweet cats (AND MY GOD, KITTENS!) that were lovingly wandering around the nice size “cat area” of the shelter. Here are few cat predictions for all you cat lovers out there! Patience is a stray cat that was picked up and brought to the shelter a couple of months ago. While she was a little scared of me and my camera at first, she quickly warmed up and rubbed her cute face against my hand as often as she could. So that is how I made the predictions! A gentle rub was a yes and a sassy look was a no. Projectexodus asks: Will we see the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V?Patience says: Yes. smurfee mcgee asks: Will Pikmin 3 be at E3?Patience says: Yes.[Editor’s note: I have asked this question every single year in the hope that it will actually come true, but, sadly, it still has yet to happen. Let’s hope this E3 is the year Pikmin 3 is finally, officially announced. Come on, Patience!] CoruptAI125 asks: Will we see Metal Gear Rising at Microsoft's press conference?Patience says: No. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will Naughty Dog go back to the Jak and Daxter series?Patience says: No.[Editor’s note: I would love it if this actually happened!] Lord Death of Murder Mountain asks: Will there be a Mirror's Edge 2?Patience says: No.Click here for more information on how to adopt Patience.   Beverly is a new mom who just gave birth to some kittens at the shelter. It was very hard for me to take a picture of the kittens because they were running around and playing so much … but also because I kept “ooooohing” and “ahhhhhing” over them and it was tough for me to hold the camera still. Here is the best picture I took: Seriously, I WANT ALL OF THESE KITTENS! SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will the sequel to Darksiders be unveiled?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: This most likely is true!] Scissors asks: Will Double Fine talk about Psychonauts 2?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Um ... WHAT?! AMAZING!] rexwolf2 asks: Will Chad meet Miyamoto?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: YES! You rule, Beverly!] crackity jones asks: Will we get Metal Arms 2 due to Jim Sterling's recent article?Beverly says: Yes. SilverDragon1979 asks: Will a StarTropics sequel be announced for the 3DS?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Wow. What a positive cat!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Beverly.   Ryan is one of the older cats in the shelter, but also one of the sweetest. And while he is only ten years old, he has been a guest on Access Hollywood many times, which is much more than I have accomplished in my … er … more than ten years on this planet. Now welcome to Internet fame, Ryan! Blindfire asks: Will we see Torchlight 2?Ryan says: No. Lenigod asks: Will we get any new information on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm?Ryan says: Yes. Hohojirozame asks: Will we be able to battle Pokemon using AR cards?Ryan says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Okay, this would be cool.] Elsa asks: Will Sony announce cross-game voice chat?Ryan says: No. Handy asks: Will we get any info on El Shaddai?Ryan says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Ryan.   Okay, now back to the dogs. And just because the cats were only featured in the “Kitty Half-time Show” of this article, it doesn’t mean they are any less important or worthy of an amazing home. In fact, all the cats (AND OMG KITTENS!) were as sweet as can be. By all means, go out and adopt a cat today. Seriously, right now. HURRY! THE CATS ARE WAITING! When I first approached Babino, his size and serious stare intimidated me a little bit. (He is a large Border Collie and Doberman mix.) But, man, he couldn’t have been a nicer pup. Like a few of the other dogs in the kennel, Babino stood tall and tough ... but his wildly wagging tail completely gave him away and revealed him to be the big, cute lummox that he is. Knivy asks: Will Sony switch to Steam as their online delivery system?Babino says: NO.[Editor’s note: I will be typing all of Babino’s predictions in all caps, because that is how I envision him talking if he could speak.] that1dood asks: Will we get to see more of the gorgeous indie mech game Hawken?Babino says: NO. jjjenigma asks: Will we see some new 2D Castlevania games?Babino says: YES. CelicaCrazed asks: Will we see Burnout: Crash City?Babino says: YES. Kylehyde asks: Will we see a 2D Metroid for the 3DS?Babino says: YES.[Editor’s note: I WOULD DIE FROM HAPPINESS!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Babino.   There are some animals in the Burbank Animal Shelter that don’t have names yet, usually because they are brand new to the shelter. While this made it tough to talk to them, it did allow me the opportunity to give them temporary names, which I gladly did by naming them after some of my favorite videogame characters. Once of my favorite “nameless” animals of the day was Dr. Yang, a ridiculously cute pup that kept flinging around a chew toy every time I asked him some questions. Seriously, look at that face. HE IS SO DR. YANG! Projectexodus asks: Will there be an announcement of a Metal Gear Solid HD collection?“Dr. Yang” says: No. CoruptAI125 asks: Will there be a Final Fantasy XIII Versus gameplay trailer?“Dr. Yang” says: No. ChillyBilly asks: Will Project Cafe have cross-game chat similar to Xbox Live?“Dr. Yang” says: No. that1dood asks: Will Project Cafe be the first Nintendo console to break the $250 barrier at launch?“Dr. Yang” says: Yes. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will the Simpsons arcade game be ported to PSN/Xbox Live Arcade?“Dr. Yang” says: Yes![Editor’s note: Big squeak from the chew toy after this question!]Click here for more information on how to adopt "Dr. Yang".   Scarlett is the dog with me in the header pic, and, as you can see, right before the picture was taken, the precious three-year-old Border Collie licked the side of my face. Yup, a big ol’ slobbering kiss right up next to my ear. My heart almost exploded. I am this close to going back and adopting her. But if you want to do it, please, feel free. I just might have to visit you from time to time. We can play videogames and pet Scarlett! It will be fun! Scissors asks: Will Retro Studios make the next Star Fox game?Scarlett says: No. that1dood asks: Will we see Half-Life 3?Scarlett says: No.[Editor’s note: Dammit!] Kylehyde asks: Will a new Advance Wars be announced for the 3DS?Scarlett says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Okay, this kind of makes up for the Half-Life 3 prediction. Kind of ... ] Projectexodus asks: Will The Last Story get a western release date?Scarlett says: Yes. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will we hear more about Alan Wake?Scarlett says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Scarlett.   Another “nameless” animal, I decided to call this noble and strong German Shepherd “Sabin” because he just reminded me of the brave, somewhat mischievous hero from (best RPG ever!) Final Fantasy VI. Also, I think he may or may not have tried to hit me with an adorable Blitz attack when I was leaning over to pet him. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will we see some more new characters for Mortal Kombat?“Sabin” says: No. bbain asks: Will Mother 3 ever be released in the U.S.?“Sabin” says: No.[Editor’s note: <sigh>] Projectexodus asks: Will Nintendo show anything F-Zero-related for Project Cafe?“Sabin” says: No. ZombiePlatypus asks: Will Square-Enix announce a sequel to Super Mario RPG?“Sabin” says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Sadly, I can't see this ever happening. But maybe that's for the best. If it did, I would most likely die.] crackity jones asks: Will PSN be up and running during E3?“Sabin” says: No.[Editor’s note: Dag.]Click here for more information on how to adopt "Sabin".   Okay, this is when everything got real. After interacting with all the dogs and cats, I had already been on a pretty emotional roller coaster -- seeing the animals was wonderful, but also a little sad knowing that I had to eventually say goodbye. But, all in all, I was so grateful to be at the shelter that the happy far outweighed the sad. Then I met Kate. When Denise brought Kate out so I could play with her I instantly fell in love. Those big, beautiful eyes! Those droopy jowls! And then it happened. In the middle of talking with Kate, I asked a question and she slowly walked over to me and sat in my lap. And not just an accidental “oh, I am going to sit right here and it just so happens to be by your lap” kind of sit. No. She plopped down on my legs and snuggled up against my body. And then she looked up at me with one of the most loving and motherly looks I have ever seen. I will never forget that look for the rest of my life. Wolfy-Boey asks: Dark Cloud 3?Kate says: Yes. ManWithNoName asks: Will Sony’s new handheld be officially named NGP?Kate says: No.[Editor’s name: This may be correct!] garethxxgod asks: Will we get Star Wars: Battlefront III?Kate says: No. Scissors asks: Will they announce Klonoa 3DS?Kate says: No. VGFreak1225 asks: Will Microsoft announce the new Xbox?Kate says: Yes.[Editor’s note: This was the question that resulted in Kate sitting on my lap. I have no idea if it is right, but I don’t think it even matters anymore. I will tell you this, though: If this prediction is correct and Microsoft does announce the new Xbox, every time I talk about that new console I am going to think of Kate. And that makes me very happy.]Click here for more information on how to adopt Kate.   So, there you go! What do you think? Do you think the cats and dogs of the Burbank Animal Shelter made accurate predictions? Which animals are your favorites? And what are you most excited about at next week’s E3? Sound off in the comments! And make sure to check back a week after E3 for the official results! Which animals got the most right? Are cats and dogs more accurate than industry analysts? (They are easily more adorable.) As I mentioned before, this entire experience was absolutely life-changing, Working and interacting with these brave, loving, genuinely happy animals was one of the best experiences of my entire life. If you fell in love with any of them, check out the Burbank Animal Shelter website for information on how you can adopt all of these amazing creatures. You could take home any of the animals in this article. IT COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN! And if you don’t live anywhere near Burbank -- or California, for that matter -- no worries! Just contact your local shelter, and -- if they are anything like Denise Fleck and the incredible staff of the Burbank Animal Shelter -- you will be invited to visit with open arms. And who knows? You may just leave with a new best friend.
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Doing this year’s E3 predictions post was tough. I didn't want to duplicate the same ideas I did in years past, but I knew it would be challenging to top the fun and mysterious energy of going to a psychic in 2009, and ...

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Dragon's Dogma cares not for mythological animal rights


May 16
// Jim Sterling
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Tokyo Jungle lives! New details on the PS3 game


Apr 21
// Dale North
I was so excited about PS3 title Tokyo Jungle when I played it at last year's Tokyo Game Show. Since then we've heard next to nothing about the strange and hilarious animal survival title. I've cried a few times. The latest F...
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EyePet sequel coming to PS3 later this year


Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
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Review: nintendogs + cats

Mar 24 // Dale North
nintendogs + cats (Toy Poodle and New Friends tested) (3DS)Developer: NintendoPublisher: NintendoRelease date: March 27, 2011Price: $39.99 Those that played the original nintendogs will feel right at home with nintendogs + cats. This pet ownership sim has you doing many of the same things as before. You'll still play with your pet, train it, feed it, groom it, walk it and even pick up its poo on outings. And just like before, while none of that sounds like it would be fun on paper, Nintendo somehow makes it adorable and enjoyable. How do they do that? There are plenty of upgrades in this new version aside from adding three cat breeds to the 27 dog breeds. The biggest upgrade is in visual quality. In this new title, the dogs look quite a bit more realistic than they did in nintendogs. I laughed out loud in a roundtable conference at E3 last year when Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto said that he was most proud of the fur technology in this new version, but now that I've played it, I get it. The fur looks really great! Don't laugh. It moves pretty realistically and actually looks soft, which is a huge change from the original title. The in-game world, from the city walks to your "house," looks really great on the 3DS' top widescreen. I loved the last game, but there was no denying that it looked a little rough around the edges. The increased power under the hood of the 3DS makes nintendogs + cats a much better-looking game. Of course, there's 3D support in this title, but I found that it added very little to the experience. Beyond the first day of playing, I've kept the 3D switched off for this game. The upgrades aren't just visual. There's more to do in n+c with your pet. As before, you can use the touchscreen to 'touch' your pet, and the microphone to speak to it. The voice recognition is much better this time around, and you can assign just about any word to a command now. With the 3DS' front-facing camera, the dogs are supposed to recognize your face, though I haven't really noticed any kind of marked advantage to this. Dog walking can be done in a more literal sense with the 3DS' built-in pedometer. With the game cartridge in and walk mode set, the game will count your steps and advance your pet down the block in real time. Finally, you can snap 3D photos of your pet in action and save them to your gallery. The images in this article come directly from my Nintendo 3DS and my nintendogs + cats pets. One of the more nifty upgrades in this version is the Augmented Reality application. Using the AR card included in the 3DS package, you can hold your little pet in your hand, or make it appear in your workspace. You can dress your pet up in hats and have it appear in your real world, and then use the photo button to snap and save an image. The AR card is also used in training, but it really doesn't add anything but a mild cool factor to the experience. You'll get more out of sharing pictures of your corgi in a Link hat with your friends. Nintendo took the original game's Bark Mode and upgraded it using the 3DS StreetPass functionality. When you walk past other 3DS owners that have nintendogs + cats, you'll automatically collect gifts and pictures from them. Your information will be sent to them at the same time. This is how you'll open up new breeds to collect in the game. Through StreetPass you'll get a copy of their puppy for your puppy to play with. Visiting a place in-game will let your pet play with theirs, and you'll see their Mii watching on as they play.  nintendogs + cats is really cute. Ridiculously cute. That does wear off quickly, though. You could easily blow through all the game's features in a week if you wanted to. And while Nintendo did add several new features, it's hard to shake the feeling that you're just playing a better-looking version of nintendogs. If anything, nintendogs + cats is a fun diversion that you'll play for about ten minutes at a time for a few weeks. It serves as a good system launch game that shows off the 3DS' new features. Don't go in expecting deep entertainment and you'll likely enjoy this. Again, what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in cuteness.
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When the Nintendo DS game nintendogs was first released, it became an easy target for some gamers. The dog ownership simulation title was easy to make fun of, with some saying that it wasn't really much of a game at all. Eyeb...

Two dudes talk about how much they love Missile

Mar 08 // Chad Concelmo
*** It goes without saying that there are UNBELIEVABLY MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW! Please proceed with caution. *** Chad Concelmo: Last month I wrote a post called "The ten best videogame puppies EVER!". At the time, I hadn't played Ghost Trick, but, no joke, about half of all the comments on the post mentioned Missile. Everyone said I was ludicrous to not include him on the list. I couldn't respond with my "I HAVEN'T PLAYED GHOST TRICK YET!" replies fast enough. But, now that I have played (and loved!) the game, I totally understand what people were saying. Missile is awesome. I seriously am in love with that cute pup. Tony Ponce: For those of you who have yet to play Ghost Trick (and don't mind some major spoilers), you take play as a recently departed spirit named Sissel who must use a bevy of paranormal abilities to solve the truth behind his murder and how he connects to the game's overarching mystery. Along the way, you meet many unforgettable characters such as a smooth-talking police inspector with serious Michael Jackson moves and a romance-intrigue novelist with hair shaped like rose petals. One of the earliest characters you meet is Missile the Pomeranian, the loyal companion to our female protagonists Lynne and Kamila. Unfortunately, he's already dead when we first meet him. Chad: As a huge dog lover, I was overjoyed when I met Missile. HE IS SO ADORABLE! But then I kind of freaked out when I saw him get shot in the face and killed right after he was introduced. That really kind of traumatized me. I mean, seriously. PEOPLE SHOULDN'T SHOOT CUTE DOGS IN THE FACE! But once you make everything right again I felt much better about the situation. And communicating with Missile in the spirit world is an absolute joy. Missile has so much personality, and, for a dog that gets shot in the face, quite the positive attitude! Tony: I absolutely love how naive about the world he is! He can't stand the black "Hello!" because every time one of his mistresses picks it up, she ignores him! When he meets a stranger, he just wants to bark a lot and welcome him! Instead of trying to grasp the nuances of human lifestyles and activities, he just tosses up his paws and says, "I'm a Pomeranian! What do I know?" But he loves his mistresses, and understands life and death enough to know that it's his duty to protect them at all costs. Even from beyond the grave. That's loyalty. Kinda reminds me of a reverse Hachiko. Isn't Missile like Hachiko, Chad? Fan art by Eaglebird Chad: Oh my gosh, you did not just pull out the Hachiko card. Do you want me to start crying right now? Seriously. I am totally getting emotional. Hachi is so amazing. But, yeah, Missile is like Hachiko. He is such a loyal pup, but obviously not nearly as mellow as Hachi. At first, Missile is kind of this quirky dog character that you obviously love, but don't think he will factor into the story as much as he does. He just feels like another one of the many quirky, memorable characters that pops up in Ghost Trick. But as the game goes on, you start to realize the major role Missile plays in the story. There have been many other dogs in many other videogames -- some that even serve as important companions (Secret of Evermore comes to mind) -- but never has a dog felt so complex and vital to a game's plot. It really is such a refreshing thing to see in a videogame. It makes me laugh to think back about some of the long, important conversations my main character had in the game ... and how many of these conversations were with a cute puppy. It's absurd. And once you find out the even more major twist about who Sissel really is at the very end of the game, those conversations feel even more absurd. Awesomely absurd, but absurd nonetheless. But looking past the amazing role Missile plays in the story, the part that really took me over the edge (outside of the game's grand final reveal) was when Missile actually joins you in your mission and becomes part of the gameplay. Once you have to alternate control between Sissel and Missile to solve the game's puzzles I was ridiculously impressed. And they both have completely unique powers! Working together with Missile adds such wonderful variety to an already stellar game. The more I think about Missile the more I genuinely miss him. It has been a long time since I have fallen that in love with an in-game videogame character. How about you, Tony? Did you fall more in love with the character of Missile himself? Or were you more impressed with just the simple fact that Missile -- a Pomeranian -- is featured as one of Ghost Trick's main (and most important) characters? Fan art by Celestiale12 Tony: Missile is one of those characters in a work of fiction who explodes beyond the creator's expectations. In Destructoid's interview with series creator Shu Takumi, he expressed hope that Sissel would have a lasting impact on players, joining the ranks of Capcom icons like Mega Man, Ryu, and even his own Phoenix Wright. Much to his surprise, it was the support character Missile who was the big crowd-pleaser. Every Ghost Trick impression I've read has heaped tons of praise upon Missile, and it's clear to see why after playing the game. All the characters have their own little quirks that make them memorable. For me as well, Missile was lovable right from the start, but so were most of the others. My love went into overdrive precisely because of how his role expands. What makes Missile so special is how the game plays with your expectations. He starts off as just an ordinary house pet. After Sissel rewinds time and prevents Missile's death, Missile races out after Kamila to protect her from future harm, but not before comically bonking his head against the apartment door for several minutes trying to get it to open. You watch this scene, giggle, remark "what a cute doggie," and then move on. Missile bites the big one a second time halfway through the game, but this time he possesses ghost powers that rival Sissel's! Sissel can manipulate inanimate objects, but Missile can swap objects of similar shape no matter how large or heavy they are and he has a longer reach than Sissel! On top of all that, he too has the power to turn back time! At this point, Missile is no longer a support character. He's not just the stalwart canine companion anymore. He's not Rush, called upon every now and then to help Mega Man cross a particularly perilous chasm. He's not Red XIII, who doesn't seem to fit alongside real warriors like Cloud, Barret, and Tifa. He's officially one of the major players. Unlike other games with animal protagonists like Star Fox or Banjo-Kazooie, the world of Ghost Trick is more or less the real world. In the real world, animals are sadly not awarded much significance. A house pet as a hero? Who is this, Underdog? But he is! Just imagine how awesome having a time-traveling, fate-altering ghost puppy would be! Fan art by Kikulina Chad: I couldn't agree with you more about why Missile easily became the fan favorite. Everything you said is spot-on. He is such an adorable, loyal, brave character that it is impossible to not fall in love with him. I would even argue he is one of my favorite characters ever created by Shu Takumi. And this is the guy who created both Ghost Trick and the Ace Attorney series, games filled with a ridiculous amount of memorable characters! What did you think about the ending? When you found out that Ray was actually an older version of Missile, were you surprised? Not only was I shocked to find this out, but when they showed the image of an older, graying Missile, I may have cried a little bit. Seeing that brave little pup instantly turn into an old, wise, even braver dog was a highly emotional revelation for me. Having a dog of my own whom I love very much did not help the situation. Missile was so fleshed out and likable that he started reminding me of my own dog Luna. Seeing Missile dramatically aged at the end of the game made me think of my own dog and what she will look like when she is much older. This moment killed me, because I can't even imagine what my life is going to be like once Luna is not a part of it. Damn, I can't even type this without wanting to cry. It's crazy that a dog character in a very fantasy-heavy game has the power to affect me this much. Damn you, Missile! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO AWESOME?! Fan art by Chad Concelmo Tony: Now you are making me choke up! And I don't even have any pets! The "Ray is Missile" revelation is mind-blowing on multiple levels. I mean, he's indirectly responsible for how every major event in the game turned out. He saw how that one night played out, watched all his loved ones die without his having the necessary skills to reverse their misfortunes, and then went back in time ten years. With his prior knowledge, he was able to determine the best course of action for Sissel to follow, but he had to remain as a spirit for ten years to do so! Talk about patience! Speaking of patience, ten friggin' years! The average Pomeranian lifespan is about 12 years. If you figure that Missile was only a year old or so before at the start of the game, that means he spent quite nearly his entire life waiting for the opportunity to undo a single night's misfortune. Even though he's a ghost, it would appear that a ghost's powers dwindle around the time its natural life would end. This was his final mission before he passed on. Oh my God! I really do feel like crying now! I feel like we're in mourning! Fan art by Venomshock Chad: This post just went from "Two dudes talking about how much they love Missile" to "Two dudes crying". And I am fine with that. Missile rules. Now hold me, Tony.
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Fellow Destructoid editor Tony Ponce and I are in love with recent Nintendo DS game Ghost Trick. Like, obsessed. It is easily one of our favorite games of the year. The other day, we were talking about how great the game is o...

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3DS: My Nintendogs corgi's Kirby hat, or in Link hair


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// Dale North
The Augmented Reality functionality of the 3DS was kind of lost on me until I unlocked it in Nintendogs + Cats. Now I'm able to make my almost-real tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi appear in my environment. And with the added...

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