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Review: Color Commando photo
Review: Color Commando
by Chris Carter

The combination of puzzle and platforming is one of my favorite hybrid genres of all time. There's something about having to figure out challenges on the fly while testing your twitch capabilities that makes for a unique experience, and the mix of the two tends to fit perfectly more often than not.

Unfortunately, the formula doesn't always go right. Sometimes, the action elements feel off due to wonky physics, and not all puzzles are created equal. Color Commando is one of those games that could have been so much more with just a few tweaks.

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3:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Galactus is coming for you in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

The next game to get the LEGO treatment is Marvel, and this new teaser trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes shows off some of the 100 characters you'll be playing with. The teaser also ends with Galactus's giant shadowing ec...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Nintendo promises to continue selling the DS

In its fiscal year report released earlier today, Nintendo withheld a forecast for DS unit sales through March 31, 2014. Considering that even the Wii received a new yearly target, the logical assumption would be that Nintend...

Tony Ponce



Nintendo missed fiscal year targets for 3DS, Wii U photo
Nintendo missed fiscal year targets for 3DS, Wii U
by Tony Ponce

Nintendo's fiscal year 2013 report was just released today, and the details are... well... umm... they're certainly something alright. Neither hot nor cold. Just... there.

For the year ending on March 31, 2013, Nintendo posted revenues of ¥635.4 billion (~$6.4 billion), down 1.9% from last year, and an operating loss of ¥36.4 billion ($~366 million), all thanks to the lackluster sales of the Wii U. But there is a silver lining due to favorable exchange rates, which actually sees Nintendo with a net profit of ¥7.1 billion (~$71.4 million), an improvement over last year's shocking $434.5 million loss.

But the truly unfortunate -- yet completely expected -- figures come from pure hardware and software sales. Despite a forecast revision from 5.5 million to 4 million, the Wii U wasn't even able to meet that, ending the year with a mere 3.45 million units sold. That means from January through March, only 390,000 consoles were sold worldwide. Likewise, the software target was reduced from 24 million to 16 million, yet only 13.42 million games were sold. Ouch.

The 3DS fared a bit better, selling 13.95 million units and 49.61 million copies of software, both increases over last year's totals. But it too missed its hardware target of 15 million down from 17.5 million. Not to mention, the 3DS is now falling behind its older brother, the DS, which managed to sell 23.56 million units back during its third fiscal year.

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10:30 AM on 04.09.2013

Pachter: Nintendo should leave the console business

In the latest episode of Michael "Frisky Buns" Pachter Says Things About Nintendo And Everybody Gets Angry, the industry analyst was asked if he hated Nintendo. The slick-tongued gentleman said he didn't actively dislike the ...

Jim Sterling



Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes photo
Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
by Abel Girmay

Just when you thought they were out of good licenses to adapt for LEGO videogames, they pull one back in. Among others, we've explored the adventures of Indiana Jones, the far away galaxy of Star Wars, and the hallowed halls of DC.

Now, TT Games jumps ship to the realm of the god of thunder, the merc with the mouth, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Just recently we got to see an early look at the game, and it's none too shabby.

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9:45 PM on 03.31.2013

Cat Girl Without Salad is the new best thing ever

The announcement of DuckTales Remastered caused a lot of people to freak the hell out, but that wasn't the only trick WayForward had up their sleeves. They've got a new IP coming "exclusively" to Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii, W...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 03.27.2013

GDC: Rune Factory development resisted by Marvelous, fans

Apparently development staff and even Harvest Moon fans didn't see the need to add combat to the farming formula. Marvelous AQ Executive Officer/CCO Yoshifumi Hashimoto shared at a panel this morning that he didn't have many ...

Jayson Napolitano

3:00 PM on 03.23.2013

FEZ creator thinks DS and 3DS are bullsh*t

Indie game developers are certainly an outspoken lot, aren't they? Phil Fish, creator of the dimension-flipping XBLA platformer FEZ, finally decided to hop on the Monster Hunter train starting with Ultimate for 3DS. He thinks...

Tony Ponce



More details on upcoming event Pokémon Meloetta  photo
More details on upcoming event Pokémon Meloetta
by Jordan Devore

Beginning March 4 in North America, there will be a limited-time Pokémon distribution event for Meloetta at GameStop. After that date, you'll have three weeks to make a trip over to secure this Normal- and Psychic-type Pokémon for use in Pokémon Black and White as well as Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2.

The video above shows Meloetta in action, as well as a tip: bring the Pokémon to Café Sonata in Castelia City to teach it the move Relic Song. Well, if you insist.

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9:30 AM on 02.19.2013

Pachter talks more about Nintendo's Wii U 'mistake'

Following yesterday's angry protests from Nintendo fans, industry analyst Michael "Fishy Sunday" Pachter took to NeoGAF to clarify his statements.There was uproar when Pachter said the Wii U was a mistake Nintendo may never r...

Jim Sterling

7:15 PM on 02.11.2013

Do want! Homebrew Portal gameplay on the DS

There are many things that make me proud to be a gamer, and one of them is the homebrew/fangame community. To me, there's almost nothing better than a group of passionate fans getting together and creating something ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 02.09.2013

Pokémon Black and White 2 getting hilarious event Pokémon

Every once in a while Nintendo emerges from its ivory tower to participate in special charity events where it provides free Pokémon for the unwashed washes to enjoy. Sometimes they're cool, other times you ge...

Kyle MacGregor



How Nintendo breaks hearts with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System photo
How Nintendo breaks hearts with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System
by Jim Sterling

Earlier this week, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto claimed his company had failed to "communicate the value" of the Wii U to consumers, a turn of phrase that struck me as quite amusing. As a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, all I could think of was the first stage of Dennis Reynolds' system of seduction, the D.E.N.N.I.S. System, whereby he "demonstrates value" to sucker a woman into falling for him. 

After thinking about it (and reading the Destructoid community's reaction to the Nintendo/Dennis connection), I started to realize Nintendo and Always Sunny's lecherous sociopath have way more in common, and that the D.E.N.N.I.S. System may well be applied to the company's business strategy in its entirety.

Nintendo might be taking lessons from the show as it perfects the art of seducing fans and breaking their hearts for its own sordid gains. 

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Here's how to get Meloetta in Pokemon Black and White photo
Here's how to get Meloetta in Pokemon Black and White
by Jordan Devore

March? I don't even want to start thinking about March yet. That said, it's nice to get the heads-up on the planned distribution event for the Mythical Pokémon Meloetta in North America. You'll want to take a trip to GameStop on March 4, or EB Games in Canada on March 9, to get this Pokémon.

As per usual, a DS or 3DS will be needed, as will either a copy of Pokémon Black or White, or Pokémon Black 2 or White 2. Beyond wanting Meloetta just because that Pokédex isn't going to fill out itself, it's worth noting that this is normally a Normal- and Psychic-type Pokémon but it can turn into a Normal- and Fighting type in battle. I need to revisit the weakness chart again.

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4:00 AM on 02.02.2013

Here's how to turn your 3DS into a Pokedex

Who out there is unlike me and doesn't still have their original Pokedex from back in the day? Well, if you have a 3DS and/or 3DS XL you can turn that boring device into a freaking Pokedex! Etsy shop GameThemedThings&nbs...

Brett Zeidler