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Talking about F2P & Phantom Army with Zombie Studios head photo
Talking about F2P & Phantom Army with Zombie Studios head
by Steven Hansen

Last night, we brought you the first look at Phantom Army, the upcoming (2014) free-to-play third-person shooter from Zombie Studios (Blacklight: Retribution, Daylight) and SmileGate, makers of the massively popular CrossFire.

I talked with Zombie studio head Jared Gerritzen about the game, how the North American opinion has refracted back into worldwide free-to-play design, growing global markets that outnumber the United States, and more.

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6:00 PM on 10.24.2013

Exclusive! Zombie Studios announces Phantom Army

Update: We have an interview! Like '80s comic books?  You're gonna dig this -- Destructoid just received an exclusive look at Zombie Studios' next game: Phantom Army, a free-to-play third-person cover-based shooter with ...

Niero Gonzalez



Critical Hit all-star game cover band led by WoW composer photo
Critical Hit all-star game cover band led by WoW composer
by Dale North

World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes and VGMarket founder Michael Gluck (remember Piano Squall?) head up new band Critical Hit. This all-star band performs and records their own arrangements of videogame music themes.

All-star? In addition to Hayes and Gluck, Critical Hit is packed with talented performers. Toto pianist (and co-writer of Africa, Rosanna, and other hits) David Frank Piach, is a member, as is YouTube violin star Taylor Davis. Bassist Carlitos del Puerto performed with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, among others. Guitarist Nita Strauss has recorded several soundtracks, including work on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. She was named #1 in Guitar World’s "10 Female Guitarists you should know."

Cellist Tina Guo was featured in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour. Percussionist Doug Belote worked with Eric Clapton and Willie Nelson, among others, with work spanning over 200 albums. Flutist Sara Andon has performed on several games and films, as has drummer Joel Taylor, and woodwind performer Pedro Eustache. Another guitarist, Chet Stevens, and a pianist, Salome Scheidegger, round out the group.

This barely grazes the massive list of musical accomplishments this band's members have under their belts. You can read more about each of the performers here, on the Critical Hit webpage.

I think have both musical and physical crushes on the entire band. 

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6:31 PM on 09.21.2013

You can date Lolo from Klonoa in Namco High

Shifty Look's upcoming browser-based dating sim Namco High will welcome recurring Klonoa character Lolo to the cast. She has broke out to make guest appearances before (PS2 game Namco x Capcom), but now she's going to school ...

Dale North

7:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Sneak peek at Chrono Trigger Symphony fan album

On August 22, 1995, Chrono Trigger released in the US and changed the RPG paradigm forever. Exactly 18 years later, Blake Robinson is paying tribute with Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1, the first in a three-part set celebr...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Enjoy these Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft music samples

It's been a while since we've talked about the Warcraft card game spin-off, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment is currently taking beta sign-ups, so I thought it would be a good time to find out what's go...

Jayson Napolitano



Report: Wii U 32GB with Wind Waker HD bundle coming photo
Report: Wii U 32GB with Wind Waker HD bundle coming
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Destructoid has learned of Nintendo's upcoming plans to release a new Wii U bundle and new 3DS XL bundles. The information was revealed to us by a source at Target, a major North American retailer, where they were able to show us a firsthand account of their store's inventory tracking system.

The Wii U bundle will contain the 32GB Deluxe version of the console, and come packed with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. This will retail for $349.99.

Additionally, our source revealed two new 3DS XL bundles for Pokemon X and Y. They'll come in two colors, red and blue, with the color choices presumably being a nod to the original two Pokemon games that were released in America. The inventory listing didn't specifically state which version of the games will be included with the different colored handhelds, but we can expect the bundles to retail for $199.99.

No release date was listed for either of the bundles, but we can assume they'll be out this October as Pokemon X/Y will be out on October 12 release, while Wind Waker HD has an October window.

We reached out to Nintendo for a statement regarding this, to which they replied with "Nintendo does not comment on rumors and speculation." Not an unexpected answer. We can probably expect an official reveal in the next month or so, most likely through a Nintendo Direct.

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A la cartridge: Dragon's Crown pork monster photo
A la cartridge: Dragon's Crown pork monster
by Steven Hansen

Food is good. Videogames are good. Food inspired by videogames are doubleplusgood. It's simple science. Science and art. I would like to humbly present the first episode of Steven Hansen's À la cartridge, a straightforward cooking show where I teach you how to make tasty things and talk about the games that inspire them. 

In my quest to become the Alton Brown of videogames, will I become videogames' Guy Fieri? Will I remember to get a knife sharpener so I don't swear into the camera when I cut myself? Will the sorceress in Dragon's Crown invest in proper bust support to nip future back problems in the bud? 

Find out by watching the inaugural episode, in which I cook a gigantic pork shoulder and rosemary potatoes (full recipe below). And tell me what I can do to improve. What upcoming games might you want to see a dish for?

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10:00 AM on 08.14.2013

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combin...

Jayson Napolitano



Debut trailer for the social sandbox game, Windborne photo
Debut trailer for the social sandbox game, Windborne
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Last week, Destructoid brought you the first real details on Windborne, the next game from Hidden Path Entertainment heading to Steam on the PC. Now we can exclusively debut the first gameplay trailer showing off the game's world. Note that while a lot of what you see appears in third-person, the game is actually presented in first-person view.

Windborne is a social sandbox title where you can explore the game's story, or just go play and create stuff with friends. We've so far learned that there will be a tons of places to explore, dragons that you can breed, and there's a big emphasis on community too.

We spoke with Michael Austin, CTO of Hidden Path Entertainment, and he's given us some more details on what we can expect out of the game.

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Build, create, and share your own world in Windborne photo
Build, create, and share your own world in Windborne
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Hidden Path Entertainment, makers of Defense Grid: The Awakening, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Age of Empires II HD, have exclusively revealed to Destructoid their next project, Windborne.

The new title is a social sandbox creation game where you can create and explore your very own world either by yourself or online with others. You'll be free to create your custom male or female character, then build and craft whatever you can imagine. There's a ton of ruins filled with puzzles and treasures to explore, plus enemies encroaching on your island that you'll have to defend against.

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11:00 PM on 07.22.2013

Nintendo comments on EarthBound's pricing

[Art by Zac Gorman] The cult classic SNES game EarthBound was released on the Wii U Virtual Console last week for $10. That's $2 more than most SNES Virtual Consoles games cost. A couple days later, we posted a feature on wha...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 07.20.2013

Dave Cox: Lords of Shadow 2 is 'the last one for us'

Speaking with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, we found ourselves surprised by the candid response we received when we asked about the future of the franchise: "I’ve always ...

Jayson Napolitano

1:30 PM on 07.09.2013

The world has been shut down in Mega Man #31

I've been so busy diving into Sonic and Mega Man's "Worlds Collide" comic mini-series that I've neglected to talk about Mega's post-crossover story arc. How do you raise the stakes after a dimension-bending war against both D...

Tony Ponce



Teenage Pokemon returns this month with some new friends photo
Teenage Pokemon returns this month with some new friends
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Slight delay! The new season is now set to start on June 23rd, with an episode about depression and E3. That's this Sunday! Max Scoville as Spiky-eared Pikachu! Anthony Carboni as his trainer! Eric Stuart as Brock! Real talk with real Brock -- what could be better than that?]

Teenage Pokemon is set to return on June 21st with four new episodes. We're trying hard to make everything twice as good this time around. There are twice the storylines, twice the animators, and twice the voice actors.

One of those actors is not like the others. Can you tell which one?

As great as it is to hear a familiar voice, there is a lot going on in this promo beyond Poke-celebrity involvement. There is no way you'll notice everything on the first, or even second viewing. If you want to be a smart guy and cool guy, try to name all the Pokemon in the teaser. I'll be surprised if you catch 'em all.

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9:30 AM on 06.11.2013

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl coming our way

Destructoid has confirmed the rumor that Atlus will be localizing 3DS Etrian Odyssey remake Shin Sekaiju no Meikyu: Millenium no Shoujo for North America. They are, and it's coming our way this fall, renamed Etrian Odyss...

Dale North