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7:00 PM on 10.03.2010

Hands-on: Pokemon White

I planned on having this post up last week. I figured that playing through ten hours or so of the new Pokémon game would be enough to give you some impressions of how the game turned out. I was wrong on two counts. Fir...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 02.05.2010

Ten things I didn't love about Final Fantasy XIII

It's only fair, right? While my list of ten things I loved about the import version of Final Fantasy XIII was quite easy to make, this counterpoint was a bit more difficult. I didn't want to nitpick, but I did want to have an...

Dale North

7:00 PM on 11.28.2009

Is Valve building a digital distribution monopoly?

Steam is pretty much the de facto standard for PC gaming these days. Even the most retail-loyal PC gamers likely have used it in some way, shape or form. Valve's Steam-powered empire also dominates the digital distribution la...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 10.28.2009

Importing FTW: Bayonetta PS3 is region-free, in English

If you're anything like Jim, you can't wait for Bayonetta to come out. Well, guess what? You don't have to. Siliconera has confirmed that the Japanese PS3 version, at least, is not only region-free, but presented completely i...

Topher Cantler

1:40 PM on 10.15.2009

Taiko no Tatsujin Wii gets a sequel next month

I'm sad that the Taiko no Tatsujin games were not a success in America, but I know why -- the American version, Taiko Drum Master, simply lacked the musical oomph that the original Japanese games pull off so well (and I'm not...

Colette Bennett

12:20 PM on 08.31.2009

Play-Asia sale: 20 percent off items paid with Visa card

Importer Play-Asia is running a pretty good sale right now. Pay for your purchases with a Visa card, and you'll see that 20 percent has been taken off your total.  This is, of course, a promotion that they're running in ...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 08.04.2009

Eyes crossed: Japanese vid for NIS, Gust's Trinity Universe

I'm not sure exactly when the crossover craze got started -- perhaps in 1996 with Capcom's X-Men vs. Street Figther -- but it seems like they're popping up everywhere; Super Smash Brothers, Capcom's Vs. series, Dissidia: Fina...

Joseph Leray

1:00 PM on 07.22.2009

Otakon 09 shmup report: Hands-on with 3 hot Japanese STGs

There are plenty of reasons for a nerd to attend Baltimore's annual Otakon. Some go for the cosplay, some for the concerts, some to see the debut of the latest in anime, manga and related merchandise. Any of the above is fine...

Topher Cantler

4:40 PM on 06.12.2009

Ignition is nixing gaijin voice-overs for Muramasa

Little tidbits about Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade keep popping up lately, the latest being that Ignition Entertainment (who are publishing the title in North America) have decided to keep the original moonspeak voi...

Joseph Leray

8:00 PM on 06.09.2009

Xseed: Losing Muramasa opened the door for Fragile

Like many games developed by small Japanese studios, Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade has something of a shaky history. Questions about whether or not it would be imported, and by whom, created quite the kerfuffle amon...

Joseph Leray

9:20 AM on 06.09.2009

Xbox 360 version of Ghostbusters not region locked

Ghostbusters fans and Xbox 360 owners across Europe were more than a bit peeved when they first learned that Sony had locked down Terminal Reality's game for a timed PlayStation 3 release in that region. Destructoid is based ...

Nick Chester

5:00 PM on 04.01.2009

Get PSP imports through Hong Kong's PlayStation Store

Siliconera drops some knowledge about the Hong Kong PlayStation Store: Apparently you don't need anything but your credit card (from any country) to purchase games from there. In other words, connect to the Hong Kong PlayStat...

Dale North

Destructoid review: Tatsunoko Vs Capcom photo
Destructoid review: Tatsunoko Vs Capcom
by Jonathan Holmes

It's been about eight years since Capcom has released a new game in their patented "Superhero Rave" sub-genre of fighters. Though they've been involved with other "Vs" fighting games since then, like Capcom Vs SNK and... uh... SNK Vs Capcom, the last bonafide, jump-ten-times-your-characters-height, holy-crap-Ryu's-shooting-lasers-out-of-his-goddamn-hands, the last 2D fighter Capcom released of this nature was Marvel Vs Capcom 2, back when the Dreamcast was still cutting edge technology.

At the time of their conception, the Superhero Rave genre was thought by many to be the next evolution of 2D fighting games, so when the genre died off in the year 2000, a lot 2D fighting game fans practically pooped their pants with sorrow. Well, now they're all pooping with joy, because Superhero Rave gaming is finally back, in the form of the Wii exclusive fighter Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes. Since its release last month, the internet is all abuzz with questions like "Is this game worth importing?", and "Why is this generation so 'cross'?" and "What the f*ck is a Tatsunoko, anyway?" If you want, I can answer all three questions for you after the jump (as long as you promise not to call Tatsunoko "Tats". I hate that.)

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7:30 PM on 12.22.2008

New releases this week: Nothing good

OK, so technically, there are a few games coming out this week. A few shovelware DS and Wii titles are out that were delayed from last weeks releases and there are this weeks Virtual Console releases too. The point is that no...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:51 PM on 07.09.2008

Onee Chanbara finally makes it onto US Wii consoles in 2009

Onee Chanbara games are a lot like school in the summertime- no class. Yet, the "cowboy ninja girl vs zombie horde" centered game series, birthed on the PS2 in 2004, has seen releases on everything from cell phones ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:50 AM on 06.27.2008

Nintendo hinders Daigasso! Band Bros DX piracy attempts

Regular readers know and have heard me say often that my favorite DS game is the Japanese music/rhythm game Daigasso! Band Bros. And it will continue to hold that title for another... few days, until my import copy of Daigass...

Dale North