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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...
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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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Spread the cheer
[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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Nintendo sells 1.75 million hardware units in November


Black Friday
Dec 07
// Dale North
The NPD group says that Nintendo moved more than 1.75 million hardware units in November. The power of Black Friday pushed 910,000 portable systems and 845,000 home consoles into shopping bags last month.  The breakdown ...

Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas

Nov 26 // Jayson Napolitano
[embed]238989:45848:0[/embed] Ahhhh, let's start with something measured and relaxing. A lot of the music featured on this list will be upbeat and sticky sweet, but this track from Xenoblade Chronicles captures the whimsical essence of the holidays while retaining a mature sound, making it one of my modern favorites on this list. [embed]238989:45849:0[/embed] And off we go! This is easily one of the first songs that comes to mind when I think about Christmas-appropriate music from videogames. The icy strings and playful tambourine create a perfect backdrop for what's really a pretty jazzy Christmas theme. It's actually so much more soothing outside of the game, as I can't help but be reminded of the slippery road and those damn penguins always getting in my way! [embed]238989:45847:0[/embed] Well, let's just say that Koreans know how to write Christmas music. All of the Korean titles featured on this list (there are four in all) had numerous tracks that were theme appropriate, but I wanted to spread the love and give other games some rep. "Snowfield" is jubilant and poppy, working in elements of "We Wish you a Merry Christmas," which should go a long way towards helping those non-gamers around you accept your "weird" music preferences. At least, that's what my friends and family call my unhealthy obsession with game music! [embed]238989:45850:0[/embed] This one is near and dear to my heart. I absolutely adore Ragnarok Online and its soundtrack, composed by Korean sound studio soundTeMP. I remember playing the game when Lutie was first added to the servers and being instantly blown away by this track as well. Now it's just not Christmas without hearing it regularly on my Christmas iPod rotation! I appreciate that this one is rather subdued and doesn't beat you over the head with the holiday atmosphere. [embed]238989:45851:0[/embed] There aren't many tracks out there more appropriate for this list than "Jeuno ~Starlight Celebration~," a song that accompanied an in-game FFXI event to celebrate the holidays. This one opens with jingle bells and jubilant brass before icy bell tones and a funky bassline roll in, remaining upbeat and classy at the same time. [embed]238989:45852:0[/embed] What kind of list would this be without Christmas NiGHTS? To go along with the game's vibrant visual appeal, there's a flashy arrangement of "Joy to the World" with some great improv work. It's jolly, funky, and a great way to get into the season! [embed]238989:45853:0[/embed] I have to shamefully admit that I've never played Shenmue, but that hasn't kept me from loving the music from the series. This track is so warm and encompassing while also sporting an icy quality that captures both the winter cold and the essence of the holidays all at once. It definitely has me wanting to bundle up and play through the game this holiday season. [embed]238989:45854:0[/embed] Surprised to see Parasite Eve? You shouldn't be! The game takes place around Christmas, and there are actually several great tracks that could have made this list. This one in particular is a little jam session featuring several composers at Square Enix. It has a loose jazz structure with a lovely xylophone melody and some snazzy rhythm guitar. [embed]238989:45855:0[/embed] While there was a lot of talk as to what should be on this list, we all agreed that this minimalistic track from Secret of Mana was a must. It's so pure and beautiful, a perfect accompaniment to a chilly winter morning. And even though it's the oldest piece of music on this list, I still think it withstands the test of time thanks to its minimalism. [embed]238989:45856:0[/embed] A few years back, Jinbae "ESTi" Park posted this track on his Twitter account as a Christmas present to his fans. As it turns out, it was a track from his work on TalesWeaver, and it remains my favorite Christmas theme from any game. The original "Feliz Navidad" is such a fun Christmas song, and ESTi takes it in a more serious direction with a full pop treatment. As I mentioned, there are several tracks from the above titles and more that we wanted on this list, but alas, we had to pick just ten! Here are some others you can check out, and please also chime in to let us know which of your favorites didn't make the list. Maybe we'll put together a round two for next year! Bar Oasis 2 - "Silent Night" Chrono Cross - "Dimension Breach" Lord of Vermillion - "Spiege Snow Plains" (for the hardcore winter experience!) Super Mario Galaxy 2 - "White Snow" Valkyria Chronicles II - "Winter in Lanseal"
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'Tis the season!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! And I truly believe that. While Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second, and I've always made an iPod playlist with tons of holiday music that I roll o...

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Square Enix Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale open


50% off many games
Nov 23
// Dale North
While I'll always roll my eyes at people that say things like 'I won't get out in that mess' on Black Friday (I'm going shopping later today), there's nothing wrong with a bit of holiday shopping for digital downloads. Square...
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Let us give thanks to the Nintendo Parakeet


Dedicate your Thanksgiving to the BEST holiday bird
Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
It is Thanksgiving Day, that day we celebrate Christopher Columbus sailing to Nazareth in a gigantic turkey, and we are to be grateful for all the wonderful things that have happened at us over the course of our short, and ul...
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Nielsen: Kids want iOS products and Wii U this Holiday


Save yourself the trouble this shopping season
Nov 20
// Dale North
So you think you've picked out something original for the children in your life for this holiday season? Put it back. They don't want that crap. Nielsen's data shows that they want Apple products or a Wii U.  Tablets are...
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Flame Red 3DS bundle available on Black Friday


Priced at $169 with a game
Nov 19
// Dale North
Starting this Black Friday shopping season, on November 23, Nintendo will offer a Flame Red Nintendo 3DS bundle, packaged with one of the best games for the system, Super Mario 3D Land, priced at only $169.99. That's like getting the game for free. Not a bad deal! Get in line at your least crazy big box retailer this weekend to nab the bundle.
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Ol' Grunkle Miyamoto turns 60 today


Happy birthday to Nintendo's dream weaver
Nov 16
// Tony Ponce
And he doesn't look a a day over 50! How does he manage to stay so young? There are many notable game developers who have influenced the course of the industry, but arguably none are more well-known and beloved than Shigeru M...
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Nintendo's Holiday Mall Experience kicks off Nov 19


Keep spelling, mister.
Nov 14
// Dale North
Are you going to the mall later, that's what I'm asking. Aside from Billy Madison, Nintendo would also like you to go to the mall and check out their Wii U (and 3DS). They're bringing a roadshow all over the country in their ...

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