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10:01 AM on 03.23.2015

Nintendo: 'Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing'

At a recent event at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I was able to play Splatoon for the first time since E3 2014. It's come a long way since then, and Nintendo is particularly proud of what it...

Chris Carter



Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it?
by Chris Carter

Nintendo isn't exactly known for its online experiences. With the exception of a few recent titles like Mario Kart 8, the public is typically clamoring for some form of online support. Games like Mario Party 10 would probably be more enjoyable with the feature, and games like Splatoon, coming in May, are predicated on a strong online infrastructure.

While the core of Splatoon's multiplayer is very fun, I do have a few concerns specifically stemming from Nintendo's inexperience in the market.

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9:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Game News Haikus: Battlefield Hardline, Banjo-Kazooie, Final Fantasy XV, and more

Last week we took a break from the usual poetic news recaps to highlight our favorite games from PAX East, but now we are back in the swing of things. You can check out all of the past episodes on the Game News Haikus YouTub...

Darren Nakamura



Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level photo
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo functionality adds a small incentive to replay every level
by Chris Carter

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launched its amiibo compatibility this week, and I've found a new reason to revisit the game. It's as simple as adding in a "Hide-and-Seek" mode, enabled by tapping the newly minted Toad amiibo to the GamePad as you're selecting each stage.

After a quick tap the minigame will start, tasking you to find a "Pixel Toad" while playing the level as normal. All you have to do is locate it and tap it on the GamePad to complete the extra mission. Hide-and-Seek will work with all three core episodes, but it is not compatible with the bonus stages. After finding the Pixel Toad, you'll earn a new stamp in your notebook for that page. 

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3:45 PM on 03.21.2015

Sakurai: Mewtwo DLC done, almost time for release

Masahiro Sakurai, better known as the director of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U, has said that "With regard to (Mewtwo), the character is coming along just fine. In fact, it's pretty much done...basically it's almost time...

Jed Whitaker

11:30 AM on 03.21.2015

Want to know exactly how Xenoblade Chronicles 3D's amiibo and StreetPass mechanics work?

As some of you may know, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will ship with amiibo support. It's not all that complicated -- you touch Shulk to your New 3DS and you earn tokens that you can spend on in-game models or music tracks. A lot of people have asked for a rundown of what exactly that entails, and since I have access to the game I figured I'd shed some light on the feature.

Chris Carter

10:40 PM on 03.19.2015

You missed me on a treasure hunt to find the elusive golden Mario amiibo!

Update: You've missed the stream but fear not, you can watch the replays here! In what could be the best or worst decision I've made, I'll live streaming my hunt for a golden Mario amiibo tonight. Using my technical wiza...

Jed Whitaker

11:00 AM on 03.19.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario Party 10

Tomorrow, the Wii U will get Mario Party 10, which is probably the biggest release this week. Aside from that, you can nab Pentapuzzle, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (GBA), Elliot Quest, and Super Destronaut toda...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 03.19.2015

Pokémon Rumble World classified in Australia

Based on a listing by the Australia Classification Board, Pokémon Rumble World exists, and seeks to continue the franchise at some point in the near future. The listing denotes a "multiplatform" mark, which points...

Chris Carter

11:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Ass-to-mouth dinosexual action in Nintendo's Fossil Fighters: Frontier

I've been playing the upcoming Nintendo-published 3DS exclusive Fossil Fighters: Frontier for review purposes and can finally show you this glorious scene in all its glory. I've always been a bit of a dinosexual myself, ...

Jed Whitaker

8:00 PM on 03.18.2015

This Sega Dreamcast theme for 3DS is legit

The first time I booted up my Dreamcast with The House of the Dead 2, I believe it was, I thought the machine was broken. I'd ordered it along with a bundle of used games and controllers on eBay, so that was a real possibili...

Jordan Devore





3:45 PM on 03.18.2015

Miyamoto originally pitched Mario for Splatoon

Splatoon's squishy squids that characterize the game came long after the graffiti-tagging gameplay concept. "We had found that the ink-battle play mechanic was fun, and the team was working very hard to brush up on that aspe...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Nintendo talks NX, mobile game pricing, DeNA partnership

Nintendo is finally entering the mobile game space through a collaboration with DeNA. Why now? As CEO Satoru Iwata explained to TIME, "We have come to the stage where we can say that we will be able to develop and operate so...

Jordan Devore



Nintendo's NX console could be a phone, a dud, or a return to form photo
Nintendo's NX console could be a phone, a dud, or a return to form
by Dtoid Staff

Though it's slowly opening up, the videogame industry is still pretty closed to anyone over a certain age. Most console games are firmly targeted people aged 10-to-30, and that's the way its been for a long time. This is part of why so few videogame console developers have managed to stick around for more than 20 years. People grow up, and as they move forward, the game brands and consoles that they once loved often look childish and obsolete to them. Meanwhile, new generations growing into a love of the medium often see the consoles producers that the older generation enjoyed as passé, or worse, for "old people."

That's part of why it's such a miracle that Nintendo has been able to remain so popular for so long. It's been 32 years since the NES first exploded on the market, and since that time, we've seen multiple generations of gamers grow into Nintendo, grow out of them, get nostalgic for them, get sick of that nostalgia, and then fall in love with them all over again. Regardless of how often you play Nintendo games now, almost everyone has strong feelings about them. Here's a sample of a roundtable discussion among Destructoid staff about Nintendo recent announcements of a new game console, partnering with DeNA for smartphone games and services, and a lot more. 

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8:00 PM on 03.17.2015

DeNA spent 5 years trying to partner with Nintendo

The Courtship of Regal Nintendo by the Pilgrim DeNA is a Kindle book I am definitely currently writing after learning that this morning's Nintendeal with DeNA was apparently five years in the making according to DeNA West CEO...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Dang, someone got this Sanic amiibo before I could

I've highlighted some custom amiibo in my time, but nothing like this. Nothing like Sanic. "I originally made this for a good friend," wrote designer Alltheapplesdoubled, "but I would love to have an army of Sanics running a...

Jordan Devore