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8:00 PM on 02.14.2015

I made my own gaming magazine and I need feedback!

[Longtime lurker Caz needs your help designing his own gaming mag. Cool! -Mr Andy Dixon] Hi Destructoid! I've been a lurker here for a long time, and like a passive aggressive partner, I'm only talking to you now when I need ...

Caz




Meet the winner of Nintendo Power's The Mask II contest photo
Meet the winner of Nintendo Power's The Mask II contest
by Tony Ponce

In my heart of hearts, Nintendo Power will never die. If you were an American Nintendo gamer in the late '80s to early '90s, this monthly rag granted you unfettered access to a world of insider news and gossip that made you the envy of every schoolyard game jockey. The magazine itself may be gone, but its legacy is immortal.

Over the course of nearly 25 years, a number of features and events inside and outside the pages of Power became legendary -- the Super Mario and A Link to the Past comics, the Star Fox 64 promotional VHS, EarthBound's literally stinky ad campaign. But among the most infamous was the ill-fated The Mask II Player's Poll Contest.

In Vol. 77, published in October 1995, Nintendo offered one lucky winner a spot as an extra in the sequel to the smash hit action comedy The Mask. Production on the movie was halted indefinitely after Jim Carrey declined to reprise his role, which also meant that whoever won the contest was boned. The Nintendo Power editorial staff did eventually deliver a public apology... in the final issue. What happened in the 17 intervening years? Was the winner awarded an appropriate consolation prize, or did the Big N leave the kid high and dry?

Well, why don't I just ask him directly?

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3:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Every 3DS Super Smash fighter, stage in next month's CoroCoro

Following surprising Fire Emblem additions to Super Smash Bros, CoroCoro announced (translation via GoNintendo): "We're including an additional jam-packed volume containing all of the characters and stages for the u...

Steven Hansen

8:45 PM on 01.27.2014

Get NF Magazine issue #7 for super cheap

For the next +40 hours, you can get the latest issue of NF Magazine for $.99 for download, $4.99 for print. It's a pretty great issue, featuring exclusive interviews with Chris Seavor (creator and voice of Conker from Conker...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 AM on 08.28.2013

Sonic comic writer will play Lost World for charity

My homeboy David Oxford, writer at The Mega Man Network and and fellow editor on NF Magazine, has planned a special charity event alongside Ian Flynn, lead writer on Archie's Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. For ...

Tony Ponce



A little refresher on the fall of the Dreamcast photo
A little refresher on the fall of the Dreamcast
by Tony Ponce

As a young 'un, my only experience with the SEGA Dreamcast was with Sonic Adventure at a Target demo station. I was very much an outsider, admiring the machine as it appeared in magazines and on television. I finally picked up a unit three years back, though I shamefully admit that I haven't spent much time playing it.

Others have fonder experiences than I, and these are the people who continue to wonder why the Dreamcast's life was cut short after only two years on the market. SEGA department manager Tadashi Takezaki recently spoke to Famitsu magazine on the subject. The interview, translated by Polygon, touches upon why SEGA simply couldn't afford to support a console anymore.

According to Takezaki, who was in charge of marketing the Dreamcast, the machine was designed to address the glaring issues of the Saturn. It was extremely developer-friendly, it had a more attractive color scheme, and it was targeted towards a mass audience as opposed to just hardcore SEGA fans. Unfortunately, the launch of the PlayStation 2 in March 2000 forced SEGA to rapidly discount its hardware -- Sony had the distinct advantage of having helped found the DVD format and being able to use internally developed tech to design a console around that, whereas SEGA purchased all its equipment from outside companies.

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9:00 AM on 08.08.2013

Wonderful 101 had longest dev time for a Platinum game

The whole non-American world will be getting their hands on The Wonderful 101 later this month, while US citizens must sit tightly until September 15. The wait has been especially difficult for myself, considering this has be...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 06.30.2013

Is Call of Duty: Ghosts coming to Wii U or not?

Prior to the Xbox One unveiling, Activision said that it had no news concerning Call of Duty: Ghosts on next-gen platforms, in response to a question about a Wii U version. Then PS4 and Xbox One versions were confirmed, yet W...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 06.07.2013

A Link to the Past 2 will run at 60 fps in 3D mode

Nothing gets the blood pumping like new Zelda details, and the July issue of EDGE magazine has got the junk you need. Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that A Link to the Past 2 will run at 60 frames per second ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 05.23.2013

Awakening was almost the last Fire Emblem game

Fire Emblem: Awakening surprised just about everyone with its critical and commercial success. In Japan, the 3DS strategy RPG had sold over 400K units through June 2012, and it's likely continued to grow since then. In the US...

Tony Ponce

1:45 PM on 05.15.2013

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies gets a Japanese web demo

Capcom has finally slapped a proper localized title onto Ace Attorney 5, hereby known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, and will be bringing it out West this fall. Unfortunately, it will be an eShop-only relea...

Tony Ponce





9:00 PM on 04.12.2013

Apple co-founder shows off his legendary Tetris skills

Steve Wozniak is an oddity. Though many know Wozniak for his work at Apple, in his earlier days he was known for his work with videogames, both as a designer (creating Atari's Breakout) and player. This video shot by Game In...

Allistair Pinsof

7:00 PM on 04.10.2013

Rayman Legends will have 30 extra levels

The Wii U-exclusive Rayman Legends demo coming out this month will contain the full online challenge mode. A nice treat, sure, but that still doesn't change the fact that the game was already finished and should have been out...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 03.10.2013

New Turrican title in the works

In the newest edition of the German "Retro Gamer" magazine, a complete retrospective of the legendary Turrican game series also delivers some very exciting news for fans of the long lost silver-armored hero. According to the ...

Audun Sorlie

10:15 AM on 02.26.2013

UK gets an official Pokemon magazine

If you desire to be the very best, the best there ever was, you'll want to be a subscriber to Future Publishing's newest magazine. The Official Pokemon Magazine will launch on March 20th in the UK, covering the Pokemon craze ...

Dale North

5:00 AM on 02.09.2013

Yeah, boi! Nintendo Force subscriptions are live

The premier issue of Nintendo Force magazine went on sale on January 11, 2013. How did this new fan-driven venture fare in its first month? Pretty well, actually! It's been sitting pretty in the top spot of the MagCloud shop ...

Tony Ponce