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Story of Seasons wants you to connect with your inner farmer

Jun 16 // Natalie Kipper
Story of Seasons puts additional emphasis the "lifestyle" aspect of the game. For the first time, there will be other farmers in your town to interact with. At times, you may be competing with them (like during festivals) and at other times, you will be working together. The Japanese game's subtitle translates to "Connect to a New World" and you can really see that theme appearing over and over again. One of the nice touches in which that idea plays out is the lack of a shipping box. I know, I know. Heresy, right? But, hear me out. Rather than just stuffing your goods in a box and never knowing where they go, Story of Seasons has you trading with other countries in the game's world. Send the citizens goods that they particularly crave and you'll get a postcard back. Little touches like that endear me to this title.  The game wants you to connect not only with the NPCs but also with other players. Using Wi-Fi, players can visit each others' farms. That may sound a tad simple but the rewards you reap from the experience flesh out the feature. Visiting friends can help with things like cheering you on as you work or watering your crops. Your friend's efforts may lead to rare crops growing. Sounds like incentive enough to me. Speaking of rare crops, Nintendo collaborated with the developers on this project, adding in some traditional Super Mario Bros. flora to the ecosystem. Thanks to this partnership, your farmer will be able to grow a Fire Flower, Super Mushroom, and a Super Star (okay, so that last one isn't really flora). These crops aren't just for show either. They'll have special effects. The Super Star, for example, will prevent crops from going bad for a period of time. What might have been considered the more tedious parts of previous games in the series are now streamlined. I'll freely admit how grateful I am that, right off the bat, 3 by 3 square plots can be seeded, watered and harvested at once. To most people, it may sound like a small thing and yes, in previous incarnations you could eventually upgrade your equipment to do this but I just love that the developers got rid of the process altogether. I think the new, quicker method actually adds to the experience, allowing you to focus more on other aspects of the game.  Beyond farming, customization looks like a big part of the experience. You can design the look of your farmer along with the layout of your farm as well as certain areas of the town. Some of the previous titles gave you free reign over your town's layout but Story of Season's has limited it to sections of land that you win ownership of during festival competitions. I can see some people being disappointed at this design choice but it looks like there will still be plenty for those customization maniacs to meticulously plan. And can we just take a moment to admire the game's aesthetic? Look through the screenshots in the gallery and if those happy critters in the lush meadows don't warm the cockles of your potentially jaded heart, I don't know what game will. I certainly came down with a case of the warm fuzzies. Get ready to reconnect with the land when Story of Seasons releases this winter.
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The pastoral life never looked so friendly
Fans of farming and lifestyle sims are no doubt familiar with the confusion surrounding the Bokujō Monogatari series. Natsume owned the trademark on the English title, Harvest Moon, but XSEED had the relationship wi...

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Pokémon

Get the lowdown on additional Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire


All these Megas and you still won't evolve with me
Jun 14
// Brittany Vincent
There's no shortage of new Pokémon information, is there? Check out this new video and additional screens of the new Mega Evolutions featured in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and try not to wish too ha...
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Shantae

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will steal all your booty this summer


Sashay, Shantae!
Jun 09
// Brittany Vincent
The latest entry in the Shantae series is nearly here, and it's making its way to a 3DS or Wii U near you this summer. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is WayForward's latest successor to the excellent Shantae: Risky's Revenge...
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Story of Seasons

New Harvest Moon being localized as Story of Seasons


Coming to 3DS this winter
May 30
// Brittany Vincent
Call it stereotypical of me if you will, but I'm a huge fan of Harvest Moon and its spinoffs -- even the wannabe games. That's why I'm so excited to see Story of Seasons releasing via XSEED this upcoming winter. After 18 year...
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Pokémon 2DS

Pokémon 2DS bundles soon to populate Australian store shelves


Gotta catch 'em all, again
May 29
// Brittany Vincent
Australian gamers who have yet to pick up Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be able to purchase one of two new Nintendo 2DS system bundles on June 26. Both bundles offer the 2DS Black + Blue system for AU$179.95, and...
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Limbo for free

PS Plus members get caught in Limbo for free on PS Vita


It's such a wonderful place
May 27
// Brett Makedonski
One of my favorite experiences at a trade show was at E3 in 2010. I was set to have hands-on time with Limbo and time to chat with the guys at Playdead. However, they were less interested in talking about their game, and...
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Bit Boy!! Arcade

Bit Boy!! Arcade is colorful and strange


The trailer's kind of odd, too
May 24
// Brittany Vincent
Bit Boy!! Arcade has a second trailer, though I'm quite sure I never saw the first one. But I did investigate, and for a game with WiiWare origins shrunken down to the 3DS, it looks quite good. I'm not sure how I missed it, ...
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Nintendo 2DS

This Sea Green 2DS is another I want to add to my stash


Sea Green or Peach Pink? I can't choose!
May 23
// Brittany Vincent
Hey, Nintendo. Listen up. I'm going to need you to stop releasing new 2DS colors for just one moment, please. Because I haven't gotten the Peach Pink 2DS just yet, and now you're showing off this gorgeous color scheme. I coul...
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Yo-kai Watch

I just really want this Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL, okay?


I don't really care if I have to import it
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
Is there a time in your life when you can have too many Nintendo 3DS units in your home? If I were to purchase every single system I like on a whim, I think I'd find out soon enough. This Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL is the bee's knee...
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Nintendo 2DS

Celebrate Kirby: Triple Deluxe's European release with Pink + White 2DS


I think it could fare to be pinker
May 16
// Brittany Vincent
Kirby: Triple Deluxe has landed in Europe, and Nintendo wants you to celebrate the event with the Pink + White 2DS, an adorable slice of fluff that's Kirby pink. Oh, and it's not available in the US. And it doesn't come with ...
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Nintendo 2DS

Pick up a 2DS now through May 17 for just $99


I don't care if it's 'for kids,' I still kind of want one
May 14
// Brittany Vincent
Looking for a reason to pull the trigger on a 2DS but can't bring yourself to because of the price? Nintendo has tweeted a special deal via Target just for you. Starting right now through May 17, pick up the curiously-shaped...
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Soul Sacrifice Delta

Here's a trailer to remind you Soul Sacrifice Delta launched today


Reminder that it's also digital only
May 13
// Brett Zeidler
I was never able to really get into Soul Sacrifice when I played it around this time last year, which probably had something to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate still getting plenty of attention from me at that point in tim...
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Nvidia Shield

Portal on Nvidia Shield next week, Half-Life 2 coming too


Okay then
May 08
// Brett Makedonski
Hey, have you played Portal before? It's supposed to be pretty neat. I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a lady that's really funny and she talks about a cake. On the off-chance that you have played it, do you wa...
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Xbox handheld?

Phil Spencer doesn't think Microsoft will get into gaming handhelds


That's probably wise
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo and Sony seem to have a lock on the dedicated gaming handheld scene, with the former doing much better than the latter. Of the three major console manufacturers, Microsoft is the odd man out, as it's never shown any ...

Happy 25th Anniversary, Game Boy!

Apr 21 // Brittany Vincent
Eventually, Dad surprised me with Pokémon Yellow and a green Game Boy Pocket a few years later. Then, when my cousin bragged about his purple Game Boy Color, I knew I had to have one too. It only snowballed from there.  But there's one thing that has never changed: the admiration for this handheld that's stuck with me through dalliances with the Game Gear and other technological goodness. I thought the Cybiko might be my new love briefly, but I was blinded by the ability to have mobile AIM for all my RPs. I was stupid. On May 18, I will be the same age as my favorite handheld gaming system, and it's pretty cool to say I grew up with it. So buy yourself an entire cake and eat it, Game Boy, because we've had a hell of a time, you and I. What about the rest of you? What are some of your stories? Favorite games? Join us in celebrating and let us know!
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We're almost the same age!
With fond memories of SolarStriker and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, today I wish the original Game Boy a very happy 25th anniversary. The little handheld that could came into this world kicking and screaming, setting a...

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Vita getting God of War & Sly Cooper Collections this May


God of War 1 & 2, and Sly Cooper 1, 2, & 3
Feb 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Hey look Vita owners, more ports! Yay. God of War Collection will contain the first two God of War games, and will be out on May 6 for $29.99. Sly Cooper Collection is also on the way for the Vita, and that will contain Sly C...
Dustforce PSN impressions photo
Dustforce PSN impressions

Dustforce feels right at home on the PS Vita and PS3


Dustin' makes me feel good
Feb 05
// Brett Zeidler
Believe it or not, it's been over two years since Dustforce originally hit the PC. Even more surprising is none other than Capcom helping the fine folks at Hitbox Team bring their dusting platformer to PlayStation 3 and PS Vi...
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Unity 4.3 now supports the PlayStation Vita


That's a good thing!
Jan 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest version of Unity will now support the PlayStation Vita. Now developers licensed with Sony can use the engine to create Vita games, making use of the handheld's features from the cameras, rear touch pad, motion sens...
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PS Vita

Amazon is selling Crystal White PlayStation Vitas


Without Assassin's Creed III: Liberation bundled in
Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
Huh. Amazon is selling standalone Crystal White PlayStation Vitas for $199 right now. These are the same Wi-Fi models that are available in a bundle with Assassin's Creed III: Liberation which, say what you will about the gam...

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game

Dec 24 // Steven Hansen
Tearaway I made my love affair with Tearaway clear when I reviewed it. It's such an unbelievable, special little game for so many different reasons. From a technical level, its papercraft aesthetic is realized perfectly. Seeing paper ripples as I skipped across a paper puddle made me giggle more than a realistically rendered sea of polygons could. The level of detail is staggering. It feels, fittingly, handmade, like a warm beam of sunshine on an afternoon catnap. The big picture narrative, about story-telling, winds its way from endearing awareness to surreal exploration, culminating in a remarkably poignant, affective end.  Tearaway is affirming. It makes me like games a little bit more. It makes me like myself a little bit more. It'd make me like you a little bit more, too, if you'd go buy it. It deserves as much. That was our pick for best portable game of 2013. As for our community poll, you all voted Fire Emblem: Awakening as your number one portable game of 2013. That was followed by Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Tearaway.
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Best of 2013
I think I played -- and loved dearly -- more handheld games in 2013 than I have since the days of Game Boy. Or at least since last year, which gave me two of my favorite games ever, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden. Still, ...

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Get to know the people that make great videogames
Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were talking to Taron Millet and Kristofor Durrschmidt of Crazy Viking Studios -- two developers with some of the most interesting origin stories in gaming. Taron got his sta...

Runner 2 Vita impressions photo
Runner 2 Vita impressions

Runner 2 plays exactly how you would expect on the Vita


And that's only a good thing
Dec 19
// Brett Zeidler
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien launched very early on in the year for just about every platform under the sun. We reviewed it, and really liked it. Not long after that, Gaijin Games announced that R...
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Best Portable Game 2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game


Best of 2013
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
I know what you're thinking: "Any game is a portable game if you try hard enough." Fair point. But, I don't know about you, but my 2013 was off the wall busy and I appreciated a good, proper handheld title that didn't require...
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Looks like there's a Mario and Luigi 3DS XL bundle coming


Special branded 3DS with the game pre-installed
Nov 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A Target ad has let slip an upcoming Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL bundle coming out just in time for Christmas. The bundle will go for $199.99, includes a black and silver colored system with special branding of the h...
Tearaway demo photo
Tearaway demo

Tearaway demo will launch alongside the game on Friday


If you like it, you can unlock it right from the demo
Nov 20
// Brett Zeidler
Did you know Tearaway is coming out this Friday? Did you know we really, really liked it? Good, because I wasn't going to let this one slip right past you. That's not happening on my watch. I don't think Sony is going to let...
Tearaway trailer photo
Tearaway trailer

There wouldn't be Tearaway without the Vita


Truly a match made in heaven
Nov 14
// Brett Zeidler
In yet another behind-the-scenes video for Tearaway, the fine folks at Media Molecule today explain the importance of the array of options the PlayStation Vita offers that make the game what it is today. Since it acknowledge...
Tearaway's music photo
Tearaway's music

Here's a taste of the incredible music in Tearaway


Head of audio Kenny Young goes behind the music
Nov 13
// Brett Zeidler
Every time I see a new aspect of Tearaway in more detail, I'm just taken aback by how incredible of a game it's shaped up to be. Today is no exception, because Sony has posted a new video as part of a series of behind-t...
The Legend of Zelda photo
The Legend of Zelda

A Link Between Worlds custom 3DS coming November 22


Comes with a copy of A Link Between Worlds
Nov 13
// Alessandro Fillari
During this morning's Nintendo Direct event, the platform holder issued a reminder regarding its plans to release a custom 3DS XL to celebrate the launch of the recent entry in the Legend of Zelda series, coming out November...
New Tearaway video photo
New Tearaway video

All of Tearaway is constructed from one sheet of paper


Well, virtually at least
Nov 06
// Brett Zeidler
A new video for Tearaway explains the fundamental idea behind the paper in the game. The really freaking cool part about it all is that every individual piece inside the world is virtual paper, folded up exactly to the artis...






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