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Deal North: Hardware

Deal North: Black Friday hardware buyer's guide


Consoles, portables, and accessories
Nov 28
// Dale North
Even with the early store openings they're calling Gray Thursday, Black Friday is really only one shopping day, so it's understandable that you'd want to maximize your time. We've done the footwork for you so you can go strai...

Deal North: Thanksgiving day game deals

Nov 28 // Dale North
Amazon: These game deals on PC game downloads went live this morning, and most will run through Black Friday. Batman: Arkham Origins (PC download) -- $19.99 Binary Domain -- $4.99, Multiplayer pack included -- $7.99 (JUST DO IT!) Dead Island Franchise Pack (GOTY, Riptide and DLC) -- $12.49 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- $14.99, Collector's Edition $24.99 Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2 bundle -- $10.00 Rayman Legends (PC download) -- $19.99 NiGHTS into Dreams -- $3.39 (aww, that's sad) Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $4.99 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 -- $2.49, Episode 2 -- $3.75 Street Fighter X Tekken -- $7.49, Complete Pack $14.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist -- $29.99 The XCOM Collection -- $9.99 (Damn!) [embed]266555:51598:0[/embed] Console game downloads: Battlefield 4 (PS3 PSN)-- $25 in a 3-hour Lightning Deal starting 9:10 a.m. ET  Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, PSN, or Xbox 360)- $33.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3 PSN) -- $33.99 FIFA 14 (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS3PSN) -- $29.99 Console games: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3) -- $19.99 Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy -- $14.99 Batman Arkham Origins (PS3) -- $29.99 Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $19.99 Tomb Raider -- $14.99 The Last of Us -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Beyond: Two Souls -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) -- $19.99 Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Vita) -- $24.99 Ratchet and Clank Collection (PS3) -- $10 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m.   MLB 13 The Show -- $15 in a Lightning Deal starting at 6:10 p.m.  Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch -- $14.99 Puppeteer -- $19.99 Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition -- $14.99 Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 E 250GB with Tomb Raider and Halo 4 -- $189.99 Other Amazon deals: Xbox Live Gold 3-month code and $5 Amazon video credit -- $16.99 Best Buy: Some of the Black Friday deals have gone up early! Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 250GB system with Halo 4, Darksiders II, Tomb Raider and Batman: Arkham City -- $189.99 Wii U system with New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and Mario or Luigi Wii Remote -- $319.97 Games: The Elder Scrolls Anthology -- $29.99 Humble Store: The Humble Store has a sale running from Thanksgiving, starting at 11 a.m. PT and ending on December 3 at the same time. Lots of great games are included in their sale. Crusader Kings II Collection -- $19.99 Kentucky Route Zero -- $12.49 Rogue Legacy -- $7.49 Mount & Blade Warband -- $4.99 Risk of Rain -- $7.99 Gone Home -- $9.99 Ironclad Tactics -- $11.24 Fallen Enchantress - Legendary Heroes -- $9.99 Frozen Synapse -- $4.99 Game Dev Tycoon -- $6.99 Godus -- $14.99 Anomaly 2 -- $4.99 Vessel -- $3.74 Tetrobot and Co -- $5.99 Worms Reloaded -- $6.49 Beat Hazard Ultra -- $3.89 Anodyne -- $3.99 The Bridge -- $2.99 Square Enix: Square Enix's sale has prices slashed half off or more. Their offerings are wide ranging, from old games like PS1 game Chrono Cross to brand new stuff, like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We've listed the highlights below. You can find the rest at Square Enix's sale page. Army Corps of Hell (Vita) -- $14.99 Bust a Move Universe (3DS) -- $9.99 Chrono Cross (PS1) -- $7.49 Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $14.99 Dissidia Final Fantasy -- $9.99 Drakengard (PS2) -- $9.99 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition -- $19.99 Final Fantasy (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy Anthology (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Chronicles (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (DS) -- $14.99 Final Fantasy II (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy III (DS) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions -- $4.99 Final Fantasy VII (PC download) -- $5.99 Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS) -- $9.99 Front Mission 4 (PS2) -- $7.49 Romancing SaGa (PS2) -- $14.99 Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) -- $9.99 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) -- $14.99 Tomb Raider (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $19.99 Valkrie Profile 2: Slimeria (PS2) -- $9.99 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Limited Edition (PS3) -- $19.99
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Tons of titles for Turkey Day
[Update: We've added a few more items to our shopping list this morning. Our deals corgi thanks you for your tips! Now go get Ni no Kuni for $15!] Happy Thanksgiving! Aside from what we have today and what you've seen already...

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Deals: download games

Deal North: Pre-Black Friday downloadable games deals


Lots of downloads discounted
Nov 27
// Dale North
[Update: Check our listings again for more additions! We've added some hot ones, like Atlus' deal on Persona 4 Golden for only $19.99. Jump on Steam flash deals like Gone Home for $4.99] Deal North is back with a roundup of a...
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Black Friday

Amazon's Black Friday videogame sales calendar revealed


Get ready for the madness!
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
For those giddy to get their holiday savings on, Amazon has released their upcoming Black Friday calendar for crazy videogame sales. Kicking it off tomorrow, November 25 at 5:10 am PST, is a Skylanders Giants portal owner pac...
3DS holiday commercial photo
3DS holiday commercial

3DS holiday ad will make you wish you were a kid again


I wish I had the opportunity to grow up with a 3DS
Nov 18
// Brett Zeidler
I've always been a fan of Nintendo's advertising, from Pokemon's link trading commercials to Wayne Brady rapping about Wii Party U -- it's always been spot on. Don't question my unironic love for Wayne Brady. I suppose it co...
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Special Ouya

Limited holiday edition Ouya comes in white


Appropriate for something you'll never touch
Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Ouya is trying its damnedest to appeal to those looking to put a little gaming under their tree this holiday. Today, a special, exclusive holiday edition of the console has been announced which comes in bright, white case and...
Nintendo Mall Tour photo
Nintendo Mall Tour

Nintendo to show off games in nationwide mall tour


Let's go to the mall!
Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Nintendo's taking to the road this holiday shopping season, embarking on a 23-stop mall tour across the United States, to get families hooked on the idea of bringing gaming home for Christmas. They're bringing a whole lot of ...

Where's your next-gen money going?

Nov 14 // Wesley Ruscher
I want both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, but if the companies weren't already sending us one I wouldn't have gotten either next-gen consoles. The launch lineup is just too weak to justify purchasing them right now. I do kind of want the Wii U for Super Mario 3D World alone, but that's about all I want on the Wii U. Actually, outside of Mario 3D World there's not really any game I OMG NEED TO HAVE this holiday season. All the good games I was interested in came out this year already. I've known for a while now that I'm not going for either of the next-gen consoles at launch and barring any poor last-minute decision making, I should be able to stick with said plan. The major console game I absolutely must have this year is Super Mario 3D World and, thankfully, I don't need to go buy a Wii U to play it. I'm ready and waiting. As has been the case for the last couple years, my end-of-the-year gaming money is getting depositing directly in Valve's bank account once the Steam holiday sale starts. I'm embarrassingly far behind with my backlog and the majority of the list consists of PC games that should be discounted heavily. When I do eventually buy a new console, it's going to be the PS4 -- but that's a long way off. For the first time in a long time, I'm in no rush. It's a pretty interesting holiday season -- my 10-year-old Nintendo-loving self could never predict that I would be buying not one, but two consoles in November. Part of the reason is due to the obligation of my job, but I'm really digging a few of the exclusives that have been announced so far. Oddly enough it's all the downloadables I'm interested in, like the PS4's Resogun, and the Xbox One's Peggle 2 (which will sadly miss launch). Though, I am interested in seeing what Killzone, Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, and Dead Rising 3 can do. On the other end of the spectrum you have the "is it, is it not" next-gen Wii U, which I will be heartily enjoying this Christmas season with friends and family. My wife and I still play Pikmin 3 to death together, and I have a feeling Super Mario 3D World, my top holiday game pick, will light up our house for weeks to come. I'm still sitting on a launch PS4 pre-order I set out of habit. I've gotten all of Sony's consoles at launch, knowing there would eventually be things I like on them. A couple days from launch, I'm considering cancelling, partly because of the mountain of unplayed games I've amassed over my lifetime. I'll have a PS4 eventually, but what we're getting in office should sustain me for a while. Then again, there might be games I really want to play before a price drop, so why not just get one at launch? Up in the air. Not picking up a personal Xbox One anytime soon, though. I am not an early adopter of consoles. In the olden days, it would have been because it could be hard to tell if a console would continue to be supported within a year or two. While I think we're largely past the point where that's a risk, now we see launch units with unforeseen hardware issues which make it hard to want to drop cash on something new. I don't want to have to buy these things twice, so I may wait for a hardware revision before taking the leap at all. While digital distribution has made it much easier to have a healthy stable of titles available when consoles launch, the initial library of games invariably feel lacking unless you happen to like every kind of game made ever, and I like to wait until I feel I'm going to get my money's worth in content right out of the gate. And, frankly, I think most of my money in next gen is going to go into PC gaming. I barely turn my existing consoles on any longer, as just about everything which appeals to me which has appeared on them is also available through Steam. I'm still going to wind up with all the hardware this gen has to offer, but I think it's likely that I'll only be getting them for what I can play nowhere else. I'm pretty bummed about the PS4 and Xbox One. As awesome as PS Plus is, paying for online multiplayer still feels like a small fart. The leap in graphic fidelity on the PS4/Xbox feels more like a baby step than a leap. All the extra stuff (Kinect, stream button) generally feels like unwanted side salads. No backwards compatibility means kissing my sizable backlog and re-playable favorites on the PS3/360 goodbye. In many ways, swapping my PS3 out for a PS4 would be more of a loss than a gain at this point. That said, it’s inevitable that the PS4 and/or Xbox One will someday get some exclusives that I can't live without. A new God Hand, Viewtiful Joe, Gitaroo Man, Parappa the Rapper, Mega Man, Resident Evil, or exclusive from any of the hundreds of upcoming smaller developers will surely bring me into the fold at some point. In the meantime, I'll have plenty to do on PC, Wii U, and 3DS. While I wasn't all that impressed with LoZ: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World when they were first announced, they've both slowly crept to the top of my must-have list. Shovel Knight, Samurai Gunn, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and 1,001 Spikes are all coming soon. Hyper Light Drifter, Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, Legend of Raven, River City Ransom: Underground, Medusa Medusa, Scale, Fist Full of Gunn, Gravity Ghost, Night in the Woods, and countless other fantastic-looking games are just on the horizon. Current releases like Fjords and (God damn) Candy Box 2 remain unfairly compelling and replayable. The Ace Attorney 5 DLC about defending an orca on murder charges looks amazing. The list goes on and on. Next-gen consoles have never felt less compelling to me, which may sound like a bad thing, but it's actually a reflection of something very positive. Why bother with new toasters when you already have all the toast you can eat, with an seemingly endless supply of bread still to come? I've been ready for the next gen for quite some time. Since the unveiling of prices (and relative release dates) both consoles have been on lock-down from the moment Amazon turned on those pre-order SKUs. And while I've been beyond eager to get them connected and integrated into my home system, I can't help but have an inkling to just sell them both to some crazy-desperate soccer mom whose kids are screaming for the consoles and turn a quick buck. Why is this? Well, mainly it's because of the fairly lackluster launch titles. While I'm more impressed with PS4's tech (Killzone and Knack look amazing) I feel the Xbox One has the better exclusives at launch. I've played Killer Instinct a few times now and have been more and more impressed each time. But after the cost of the system, game, and arcade stick (like $700) I might as well just by the original arcade cabinet. My only 100% guaranteed commitment this holiday is to The Legend of Zelda 3DS XL. I like to make my Zelda loving nut of a girlfriend jealous. She still resents me for getting the original 3DS system. Why can't all launches be like 9/9/99??? For next-gen I'm doing virtually nothing until March at the earliest, which is when Infamous: Second Son is supposed to come out. The reason why is that I'm planning on a fat, expensive upgrade to my PC that may well blow the PS4 and Xbox One, if not out of the water, over a few waves. With more and more games appearing on multiple platforms I'm finding fewer reasons to get in early on the console generation. And when I do, it'll probably be a PS4, seeing as that's likely the basket Japan will be putting whatever next-gen eggs it has cooking in. Plus, I've already got a Vita, which will make a good second screen for a PS4. I'll finally be getting a Wii U around my birthday, grabbing Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, and Super Mario 3D World with it. PlayStation 4 will wait until some time next year, and Xbox One will come an undetermined amount of time afterward. The biggest thing I learned from the last big console launch was to wait a year or two. Launch systems are risky purchases with potentially high failure rates, and even without considering that, the libraries just aren't worth it most of the time. I'm at a place in my life now where I just don't need to play games on the day that they are released, and I often couldn't even if I wanted to. I fully intend to own all three of the next generation consoles, just not yet. I've learned after buying almost every console to date on day one that it is probably the dumbest mistake I always keep making. Like an addict, I have to have the newest product before others, but it's an addiction I'm breaking. I may be sounding like Walt from Gran Torino bitching on my front porch, but I always advise to wait for the first few batches of a consoles to come out before buying one. I have a graveyard of day-one consoles in my basement that Mrs. Lucha keeps telling me to throw away, but you never know when you need parts. I am currently waiting for the start of the new year to purchase an Xbox One. Honestly, I've never had an personal issues with Microsoft and they seem to have treated me well over the years as a 10-year Xbox Live member. I'm really excited for Dead Rising 3, I'm a huge mark for the series as the original Dead Rising was the first Xbox 360 game I owned. I drove through a Tornado to buy the Xbox 360 and Dead Rising. That night was one of my favorite memories in gaming because it shows how dedicated one could be towards gaming, and how stupid I was for risking my life to play a video game. I'm not interested in getting any of the new consoles right now. I think most people know I'm a PC-centric guy; my desktop PC is just a year old and won't need an update for for years. The launch lineups for both the PS4 and Xbox One are underwhelming and as someone who was burned by console hardware failures on multiple occasions, I'm taking the wait and see approach. I'm curious about the new console's interface, performance, and how well the online networks are integrated. That stuff won't be fully known until they've been released and are in people's hands. If I had to pick, I'd lean towards a PS4; there's plenty of PS3 games I never played that will be available on the system (Flower and Sound Shapes being interesting launch choices) and the cheaper price point is attractive too. You only get one first impression, and, well, we all know how that went. For now, there's a PlayStation 4 out there with my name on it, and I'm really looking forward to Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun. Beyond that, I'm kind of banking on the first-party Sony, indie, and Japanese stuff showing up somewhere down the line. Oh, I also have a Wii U that I'd like to get more use out of at some point. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's X sure sound enticing. As ridiculous as it sounds, I still don't know what I'm going to do with regard to buying next-gen consoles. Frankly, both Sony and Microsoft put me in a position where I don't feel compelled to actually have it figured out. No one's put on a show that warrants me dropping a half grand, so I'll take a bit of time to let the picture clear up. As an early adopter, that almost pains me to say, but that's the situation I'm in. When it's time for a decision to be made, there's a good chance that Sony will win my money first. With the way that Microsoft burned bridges with independent developers in the past eight years, it looks like PlayStation 4 will be home to the best indie titles, and those are the experiences that always seem to resonate the most profoundly with me. Until then, as long as Steam keeps the decent sales coming, I'm content to stay in a holding pattern for a while. I'm getting a PS4 with Battlefield 4 this week and absolutely no time to play it. I'm also renting Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assssscr...er Assassin's Creed 4. Of these three games, I'll probably play Resogun the most. I'm also looking forward to Super Mario 3D World on my Wii U and replaying Super Mario 3D Land on my 3DS in anticipation. I'm actually more excited about upcoming/already out 3DS games -- especially A Link Between Worlds. And Vita games that are free through PS Plus, such as the two from this last month: the wonderfully violent and addictive Hotline Miami, and the intriguing shmup Sine Mora. I only have time right now to play mobile games anyhow, since I'm usually stuck studying or at school all day, every day. As badly as I want to play Killzone: Shadow Fall (and I do want it badly), I can't justify buying a console at launch for one exclusive and a bunch of current-gen ports. (And there are literally no exclusive launch titles I "need" for Xbox One, so it isn't even in the running.) I'll definitely pick up a PlayStation 4 down the line (and an Xbox One after they drop the price by at least $100), but it won't be any time in the next year. Given that, my next gen is actually looking a lot like my current gen: I'll be playing the occasional first-party Nintendo game on my Wii U (Super Mario 3D World cannot come soon enough!), enjoying the current-gen versions of new releases, and reaping the benefits of having an adequate PC and a Steam account. My current MUST BUY list includes: Super Mario 3D World (haven't been this excited for a Mario game since SMB3), Titanfall (PC), Thief, EDF 2025, and Tearaway. It's gonna be a good year! I plan on getting a new PC by the end of this year or very early next year, which is exactly where my "next-gen" money is headed. Once that is finished, I plan on keeping a watchful eye on Valve's plans for the Steam Box. If it fits as a compliment to a new PC and the price is right, I'll have no issues scooping one up. Oh, and I most certainly plan to pick up Valve's new controller as soon as it drops. I'm just not interested in what Sony and Microsoft are offering. My 360 has been turned into a Rock Band machine, and with that series behind us I see no reason to purchase a Microsoft console, as all of the decent titles make their way to the PC in due time. Sony's done a pretty decent job nabbing the indies, but the PC will always be the true  home of the indies. I'll comfortably sit back with my PC and Wii U and watch this "next-gen" fly by. This will be the first time in a long time that I won't be getting the systems at launch. So, my plans are very simple this year: I'm investing in high-powered binoculars and stereo-listening spyware devices so I can watch my neighbors play all the sweet new things. Hopefully my PS4-getting neighbor will be picking up Knack, and the neighbor getting the Xbox One grabs Dead Rising 3, as those are the game I most wish I could play. It's not all sad, however. Like many here, I will at least be picking up Super Mario 3D World. Because of reasons. I'll be grabbing up my Xbox One on launch day, alongside Killer Instinct and Dead Rising 3. The decision really just comes down to launch titles for each system. While I totally plan on getting a PS4 sometime early next year, the Xbox One at least has two titles that I was excited about getting on day one, whereas none of the PS4 launch games really do anything for me at all. To be really honest, a lot of my decision was based on KI alone. As a 20-year vet of the original, and someone who has played thousands of hours of it, I was very skeptical about this new addition to the franchise. However, after getting my hands on the game at SDCC and PAX Prime, and talking with the developers about the new mechanics and such, I was instantly hooked. It's different, but all in all, it's still very much Killer Instinct, and I can't wait dive in again.
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The Dtoid staff weighs in
The holidays are quickly approaching and so are two brand spankin' new consoles. It's already one of the craziest times of the year to buy things, and both Sony and Microsoft are only adding to the chaos. How does one even pr...

Black Friday photo
Black Friday

Here are a bunch of Black Friday ads with videogames


They have some deals
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
I abhor everything to do with Black Friday since I worked in retail for nine years, but if you are the type of person willing to stand in line at the mall at 6 PM on Thanksgiving, then you might be interested in these ads. Go...
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Help us shape our Holiday Gift Guide!


Tell us what you want to see this year
Nov 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's that time of the year again where we start finalizing all the hottest and coolest stuff we want to nab for the holidays. New consoles are upon us, there's a ton of great games to get, and there's plenty of other cool gad...
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Steam sales

Steam sale dates might have leaked on Reddit


Christmas is all about buying games for yourself
Nov 06
// Joshua Derocher
A screenshot of an email to a Steam developer has made its way way onto Reddit, and the email shows that the Steam Holiday Sale will start on December 19th and run until January 2nd. The email clearly says that the developer ...
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Wii U gets a Skylanders holiday bundle


Launches Nov. 15 for $299
Oct 25
// Dale North
A new Wii U bundle for this holiday season packs in a Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack for a nice all-in-one gift idea. Set to launch on November 15 for $299.99, this bundle comes with a white Wii U, the Skylanders SWAP For...
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What are you dressing up as for Halloween?


Here's some potential last-minute videogame-themed costumes you could get
Oct 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Got your Halloween costumes yet? No? Well you still have some time to get something, and Halloween Costumes has a ton of different outfits for sale. There's a ton of videogame related designs up, ranging from Master Chief,&nb...
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AvP: Evolution is all about Valentine's lovin'


Xenomorphs and Predators can get along after all!
Feb 13
// Jim Sterling
Okay, so Aliens fans were let down this week by a certain game, but interactive Xenomorph entertainment is always on the horizon, and iOS users have AvP: Evolution to look forward to. The only way is up from here! But we've g...
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Valentine's Day

Naughty Dog melts hearts with Valentine's Day cards


Brock the Brick is amazing
Feb 12
// Jordan Devore
Oh shoot! Valentine's Day is coming up soon! If you haven't been bombarded with advertisements already, consider this batch of cards from Naughty Dog your official reminder. The studio has Uncharted- and The Last of Us-themed...
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Christmas with Sonic

Spend Christmas with Sonic in this sweet short film


A belated Christmas treat
Jan 02
// Tony Ponce
It's a little late, but here's a sweet Christmas movie about Sonic and his insufferable friends. Sonic visits home for the holidays, and everyone sits around swapping popular Yuletide tales with Sega characters inserted. Eve...
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Happy New Year 2013!


Happy Corgi Ears!
Jan 01
// Dale North
As we kick off this new year, I would like to personally thank everyone reading this for supporting Destructoid this past year. You readers are a constant source of inspiration for the staff here, and it means so much to us t...
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Mega Man Christmas

Ring in the New Year with Mega Man Christmas Carol Remix


The next best thing to Christmas Carol III
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Mega Man fans are in for one last treat in 2012 -- another Mega Man Christmas Carol fangame! After the first and second iterations, Sprites Inc. is back with a third title, which is a remixed version of the first one with th...
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Kid loses it after unwrapping Wii U Christmas morning


What a good kid!
Dec 27
// Dale North
The kid in this above Christmas morning video from YouTuber Deongello Vanorsby ramps up slowly, from delayed reaction to shock to... tears! Dad gets a flying bear hug that slowly devolves into grateful so...
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Brawl in the Family

Brawl in the Family is home for the holidays


Another wonderful BitF musical number
Dec 25
// Tony Ponce
As Christmas wraps up and MAGFest fast approaches, we celebrate the Yuletide season with the gift of song. The previous four strips of Matthew Taranto's Brawl in the Family (454, 455, 456, and 457) have seen Dedede, Pok&eacu...
Xmas Cards photo
Xmas Cards

Check out several sites and companies' Christmas cards


From Ronimo, LEVEL-5, Shinesparkers, and Team Bobo
Dec 25
// Tony Ponce
Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Dtoid: now what'd you get?


Seasonal materialism!
Dec 25
// Jim Sterling
Today is Christmas Day, the day we celebrate America's favorite lover, Cool Christmas, bedding beautiful women around the nation and refusing to pay child support. Cool Christmas says condoms are a scam. Just listen to him. H...
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Ganondorf

Ganon Claus brings tidings of great immolation


Random Encounters wishes all a Merry Christmas
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
Oh, that Ganondorf! Musical troupe Random Encounters has gifted the Internet a nice holiday-themed production starring that bottomless well of happiness and cheer, Ganondorf! Listen as he and Princess Peach regale us with a song about Ganon Claus, noble benefactor and malicious fiend alike. Speaking of Christmas, only four days left. I'm ready to get fat. Ganon Claus [YouTube]
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Sega's holiday sale on now for XBLA, PSN, mobile


Runs from Dec 18 - Jan 8
Dec 20
// Dale North
If you would have told me 10 years ago that games would be sold as digital downloads, I would have sh*t my pants. And if you told me that every holiday these games would go on sale, I would have sh*t my sh*t. We take these ho...
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Sound Shapes is getting a free holiday sound pack today


Includes five new Christmas-themed instruments
Dec 19
// Brett Zeidler
Sound Shapes is a really special game. Even more special is the game's community, which supports it with absolutely amazing new levels/songs every single day. Queasy Games has realized this, and to show their undying love fo...
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Merry Christmas: Nintendo TVii Launches December 20


In US and Canada tomorrow
Dec 19
// Dale North
Nintendo TVii launches on the Wii U on December 20 in US and Canada. That's tomorrow. The free television watching social service will be in place just before kids unwrap their Wii U on Christmas Day. Close one, Nintendo. You...
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Massive Xbox Live Marketplace holiday deals start today


Specials running through the 31st, many more daily deals
Dec 18
// Brett Zeidler
As tradition would have it, Microsoft is having its massive "Countdown to 2013" Xbox Live Marketplace sale starting today that will run right up until New Year's Day. There are 29 special offers that will run the length of th...
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Guild Wars 2 holiday event starts tomorrow


It's a Wintersday Wonderland
Dec 13
// Jordan Devore
The third big event for Guild Wars 2 is Wintersday, a holiday-themed excursion which spans a few weeks and begins ... tomorrow! Toymaker Tixx will be making the rounds to Tyria's major cities on a giant, rather terrifying air...
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chipWINter

Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes!


Chiptunes = WIN gets festive
Dec 10
// Tony Ponce
[Update: The chipWINter Bandcamp page is up! There was an opportunity to purchase a limited edition audio cassette of the album, but it sold out in five minutes. Damn!] It's the holiday seasoooooooooon! Brandon Hood of "Chip...

Destructoid's 2012 Hardware Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 07 // Jordan Devore
Higher-end If you or someone you know can afford the following big-ticket items on a whim, I probably wouldn't go announcing that on the internet for all to see. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure doesn't hurt, either. If some of these recommendations seem crazy to you, don't worry -- the choices will become drastically more budget-friendly as we progress. Razer Blade - from $1999 at Razer You knew this was coming. While far from practical, the revamped 2012 model is one sexy piece of gaming hardware. This 17.3" laptop isn't the total powerhouse to end all others, but its form factor, aesthetics, and decked-out keyboard are there to make up for it. A modern gaming PC Rather than include a pre-built gaming PC only for you guys to write long-winded comments about how we can all save so much money by building ourselves (we know!), I'll save us all the time by suggesting buyers do exactly that. Yes, this approach takes the surprise out of it, but going for a custom-made rig will get the most bang for your buck and, going a step further, the building process itself could be a way to bond with the recipient. It's not that hard! Since we are just ahead of the next console generation, this is a particularly good time to beef up your PC. iPad mini - from $329 at Apple To be perfectly frank, I was skeptical of the iPad mini from day one, but I've since come around after seeing the device used in-person. Last year, we recommended the iPad 2 as a safe-bet purchase, and that more or less holds true again this time with the mini. Alternatively, there's the iPad with Retina display should you feel that bigger is better. Wii U - from $299 online This was another big surprise for me. Up until a week or two before launch, there wasn't a whole lot of anticipation for the Wii U outside of those who would get a new Nintendo system or "next-gen" console no matter what. And then it hit. While there is much for the company to prove over the coming years, the Wii U is quite promising in its current state. Seriously, though, the GamePad -- I never expected to like it as much as I do. If you're going to have a big family get-together, this would be a nice choice. NEOGEO X Gold System - from $199 online It's still a little hard to believe that this thing -- 20 games on a handheld with a 4.3" screen, a docking station, and a full arcade stick -- actually exists. Your money could almost certainly be better spent on, oh, a PlayStation Vita or Nintendo 3DS (both are excellent choices given the discounting that's been going on), but there's an old-school charm to this device that the others are missing. Have a die-hard NEOGEO fan in your life? Done! Medium-priced These are the gifts you'd still be delighted to see under the Christmas tree, even if they aren't quite so luxurious. And, hell, you won't feel totally guilty when your present for the gift-giver pails in comparison. The last thing we'd want is for the holiday season to become a competition. Nintendo 3DS - from $169 online As stated earlier, the PlayStation Vita and 3DS are solid buys. While the former is absolutely worth investing in if you can still find a great deal, the long-term viability of the platform is still up in the air to some extent, much as I want to believe. While the Vita has the nice tech behind it, the 3DS picks up the slack in the software department. Now is as good of time as any to grab either the base 3DS model, or its big brother, the 3DS XL. PlayStation Pulse headset - from $149 at Sony We originally reviewed this back in October, and Dale says he still uses it as his gaming headset of choice. If you knew how many of these devices move through the North household, you'd understand the weight those words carry. As the branding would imply, the PlayStation Pulse is best used for Sony's console, but it's still a solid recommendation with its virtual 7.1 surround sound, sleek look, and build quality. Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition - from $149 online Recording game footage (and live streaming, for that matter) has really picked up in the last few years, and I can only see the phenomenon growing in popularity as viewership increases and additional revenue options become available to more people. The HD PVR 2 is one option for those looking to partake -- it's a small USB 2.0 capture box with HDMI and component in that promises a "no-delay" passthrough. Could be a neat project for the holiday break. Affordable / Assorted Oh, yes. This is where the real fun begins. To keep you on your toes, this list is in no particular order. Actually, some of these recommendations defy categories and wouldn't have grouped well together anyway. If nothing else, we hope these picks inspire you to think of something fun and memorable to give to a loved one. Ready Player One  Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play A print or poster from Fangamer An amazing, terrifying work of art from Wednesday Wolf The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Steam Gift Card World of Warcraft Mega Bloks Mice and Mystics Jakks Creepy Crawlers Bugmaker (make sure to get a bulb, too) The Portal gun (miniature or full-size) Raspberry Pi (see the "where to buy" links on the right) Head Massager Anything Revoltech Comics! Check the comments of this post (scroll all the way down) for amazing choices A fine t-shirt or hoodie from the Dtoid store (couldn't resist) Get a rad pixel portrait from Vic Nguyen That one old videogame that your son or daughter played obsessively when they were a child that has since been lost or sold. [Disclosure: Some, but not all, of the aforementioned products were sent to Destructoid for evaluation purposes. Trust me -- you would know if someone gave me that Creepy Crawlers Bugmaker, because I wouldn't have shut up about it.]
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[Special thanks to Jonathan Ross, Brett, and Dale for helping me put this all together. The list would have been much more dull without their creative suggestions.] For me, gift guides have always been more about the fun of...


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