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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



Possible Mirror's Edge 2 details photo
Possible Mirror's Edge 2 details
by Dale North

We won't say where these character details come from. But we're pretty sure they're from an upcoming EA game, Mirror's Edge 2. And if they're not, they're from a big franchise game from the same publisher. 

The details we have touch on a technology group called the Developers. There's some kind of struggle going on against the Enforcers. Details also hint at things like space stations and space ships, so we could be looking looking at a futuristic story here. 

As for the characters, we have profiles on four different ones, each with some kind of combat ability. Maybe we'll be seeing a four-player game? The character Asia is…well, Asian. She's an American in her 20's. She's cocky, competitive, thrill-seeking, and acrobatic. Of course, she'll handle firearms and will be skilled at martial arts. Sounds like a proper heroine, right? 

A younger character, Zack, is a street-smart skater kid that knows how to take care of himself, a graffiti artist. He's sort of a younger brother to Asia.  Melanie is older -- age 45 or so. She's proud and smart. She used to work for a group called the Developers on some technology, but she left after being disappointed with her work, and now lives as a small-time hacker. 

Finally, Vince is also in his 40's, and might be mixed race. He's a cool guy, a hacker, is acrobatic, and can use firearms.

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Feel doubly fine with Adam WarRock's Psychonauts single photo
Feel doubly fine with Adam WarRock's Psychonauts single
by Tony Ponce

Asian sensation Adam WarRock is a pretty chill dude. Our own Tara Long of course loves him to pieces, but it was I who managed to score a brotastic fist bump at last year's Nerdapalooza in Orlando. He's so skilled, he can turn literally anything into hip hop -- hell, he made an entire EP based on the mockumentary show Parks and Recreation! How does he do it?

Adam has offered a new song for exclusive download on Destructoid. Using the beat from the Raz Fresco track "Phony Ones," he whipped up "Basic Braining," an homage to the other Raz, star of Double Fine's Psychonauts. If you've got love for the house that Tim Schafer built, I think you'll enjoy this track.

You can grab "Basic Braining" for free over here. Can ya dig it?

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6:00 AM on 06.03.2013

Preview Mega Ran's Symphony of the Night hip hopera

I gotta give it up for my man Mega Ran, without a doubt one of my favorite nerd music acts around. He's got quite the spread, from Mega Man to Final Fantasy VII and even to River City Ransom. And next on the block is the tur...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 05.18.2013

Cart Life dev reveals new game, is humble and lovable

I'd like to pay Richard Hofmeier to talk to me about videogames. During last week's Sup Holmes (now on iTunes), he told me about so many great things, like the free online "game" Geoguessr, surrealist interactive text auteur...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 05.16.2013

Preview the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Abridged soundtracks to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were recently released online for free, and Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope has been popping his head seemingly everywhere. Is it just me, or is the classic Rare platforming...

Tony Ponce