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Review: Mario Party 10 photo
Review: Mario Party 10
by Chris Carter

I haven't enjoyed the past few console editions of Mario Party. I felt like 8 was rushed to the Wii as an excuse to show off the technology, and it ended up being a generic waggle-fest that was a stark drop in quality compared to 7.

I never could have predicted that 9 would be even worse, introducing the new vehicular-based progression system (also known as "the car"), which tied every player to each other and forced them to ride along together on maps.

Mario Party 10 on the Wii U keeps that same format sadly, but improves upon a few other aspects of the experience. It's just not enough to return the franchise to its former glory.

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Samus asks Nintendo for a new game photo
Samus asks Nintendo for a new game
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo is famous for frustrating some of their diehard fans. The irony is, those fans are only frustrated because Nintendo is doing a lot of things right. It may not let us buy a lot of their products, and it often takes its time with releasing the games we want, but the fact that we want those products and games in the first place speaks to Nintendo's skill at maintaining its relevance.

More than anything though, it's Nintendo's poker face that seems to bother people the most. It sometimes seems unaware of what fans want, but is that just an act, or is it just unwilling to tip its hand when pressed to tell us what it's up to?

Having spent the entirety of PAX East in the midst of an identity crisis, Samus finally broke down and demanded that Nintendo show some emotion. Does it love her anymore? Is it ever going to give her a starring role again? These are not easy questions to answer. The man fielding those questions on Nintendo's behalf was none other than Kit Ellis, co-host of The Nintendo Minute and Metroid superfan. While it's tough to top the signing of a Purple Pikmin, I think Kit did an equally excellent job in managing this bizarre encounter. Thanks again, Kit.

Without meaning to, Maddy "Samus" Myers and I ended up turning this What Samus Wants PAX East 2015 coverage into a full on spin-off of Samus and Sagat, complete with a three-act narrative. If you watch it from the beginning to end, the story is sort of reminiscent of Zoolander. That's pretty cool I guess.

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10:00 PM on 03.12.2015

February NPD proves we still love Zelda

It looks like we can all temper those Nintendo is doomed stories that always pop up in their forever click-bait form. According to the latest NPD numbers for February, Nintendo proved that they still have the ability to print...

Robert Summa

9:00 PM on 03.12.2015

That time Link savagely killed a monster for Vine

Holmes passed along this "stop-motion animation Zelda thing" by Johnny McHone earlier today and I put off watching it for far too long. Don't make the same mistake! The video borders on amateurish at times, but that ends up ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.12.2015

Bravely Second's trailer shows off additional features

The latest Bravely Second: End Layer trailer has been making the rounds, and the Japanese-language clip is full of additional features that can be found in-game, such as the Brave and Default commands, job classes, battle me...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Nintendo Download: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Although the 3DS is the highlight today, the Wii U is getting a few titles this week. In addition to Trine Enchanted Edition, you'll also find F-Zero GP Legend, Don't Touch Anything Red, and My Style Studio: Notebook. Th...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 03.12.2015

Nintendo debuts new Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker amiibo-centric video

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's amiibo support was shrouded in mystery for a while. Even at launch it wasn't clear what amiibo actually did, but over time Nintendo revealed their plans. Not only could you earn extra 1-Ups b...

Chris Carter



Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. photo
Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
by Kyle MacGregor

Nintendo has created some of the most bizarre intellectual properties in the medium, but the latest strategy game from Intelligent Systems (the studio behind Fire Emblem and Advance Wars) may be among the strangest. The adventure follows Abraham Lincoln and a crack team of agents conscripted from American folklore and classic literature on a mission to repel an alien invasion.

What's more, the Nintendo 3DS game is set in a steampunk universe. Meanwhile the art direction draws inspiration from the Golden Age of Comics. It's an extraordinary pastiche, to say the least. However, despite its originality of the concept, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. never quite lives up to the intrigue one might expect, given the project's pedigree and fascinating pool of influences.

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7:30 AM on 03.11.2015

The New 3DS XL charging cradle is up on the Nintendo online store

I've been waiting a long time for Nintendo to acknowledge that the New 3DS XL is getting a charging cradle in the US, and at long last, it's confirmed. Nintendo has put up a listing for the cradle on their official storefront...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 03.10.2015

The joy of painting: Splatoon's Splat Roller looks fun

Not to just gush about Splatoon every darn time we bring up the game and its delightful nonsense, but I'm feeling this short, no-frills showcase of the Splat Roller weapon. Got 20 seconds to spare? The oversized paint roller...

Jordan Devore



Holy hindsight! Five series that should have been on Wii photo
Holy hindsight! Five series that should have been on Wii
by Tony Ponce

By the end of 2014, Xbox 360 had slid past Wii to become the best-selling seventh generation console in the US. While a fantastic achievement for Microsoft, this event also punctuates the drastic shift in Nintendo's market dominance. Where once Wii was on track to become the best-selling dedicated gaming console of all time, it's now all but forgotten.

There are various reasons why history played out the way it did, but at the end of the day, it's all about the games, and Wii's library had some pretty glaring holes. To be fair, there were a lot of fantastic games on Wii -- Nintendo itself published some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles in company history, while several third parties were able to ride the wave to good fortune.

Sadly, the industry at large didn't support Wii in a manner befitting of a market leader, resulting in a legacy of wasted potential. Had these publishers done a better job in leveraging their biggest brands on the little white box, the current gaming landscape could have been much different.

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3:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Final GDC DLC launches with massive bugs, Mountain Dew shotgunning

Destructoid has launched its fifth and final GDC Daily Lunch Chronicles and interim cameraman Mike Cosimano again screwed up the sound. Instead of letting him get cute with ragtime music and title cards like last time, we're...

Steven Hansen







Who had the sexiest Nintendo cosplay at PAX East? photo
Who had the sexiest Nintendo cosplay at PAX East?
by Jonathan Holmes

Sexy Nintendo is inevitable. Some will try to fight it, or even mock it. In doing so, they are choosing to live on the wrong side of history. I know how they feel. I scoffed along with the rest of them back when the burgeoning "Sexy Luigi Brother" lingerie genre first hit the scene, but that was years ago. Since that time, Sexy Luigi has gone from being a exotic fetish to a cultural institution. It's gotten to the point where oftentimes, being Sexy Luigi isn't enough anymore. At PAX East 2015, Sexy Luigi had to become Sexy Zombie Hunting Luigi in order to make a difference. That's how bad the Sexy Luigi over saturation situation has become. 

Thankfully, Sexy Layton hasn't had to bend to our culture's current zombie fixation in order to stay fresh. Despite becoming the stuff of animated gifs and Kotaku news posts, he's still the same humbly thrusting, puzzle-loving professor he was the last time that we saw him. Only one thing about Layton has changed. He and Sexy Luke are no longer a pair. Now they're part of a threesome of uninhibited, logic-and-lust fueled erotic icons, thanks to their new sexy bowtie wearing pal  Emmy. Many have said that monogamy is the greatest emotional puzzle that any consenting adult will ever face. Leave it to Layton and company to solve that problem with style. 

You can vote for Layton, Emmy, Luke, Ness, Misty, Red Pikmin, Zelda, Mario, Isabelle, Fusion Suit Samus, Zero Suit Samus, The Pikachu Pimp, and multiple other participating Nintendo cosplayers here in the comments. The winner gets a surprise!

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Behold, the confirmed amiibo for Mario Party 10 photo
Behold, the confirmed amiibo for Mario Party 10
by Chris Carter

Our Mario Party 10 review is coming next Monday, but for now, I can talk about select elements of it. After weeks of speculation on the supported amiibo for the newest franchise entry, I've narrowed it down by way of an in-game menu.

It looks like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, and Bowser are supported at this time. That means Toadette, Daisy, Waluigi, and Spike are not supported yet even though they are technically in the game, and we haven't heard anything back from Nintendo about the matter. Wario is going to be in Wave 4, so at the moment he's completely unplayable -- odds are a lot of you don't have a Rosalina either. As a reminder, you can use your old Smash figures, you just need to delete your Smash data. 

So what can you do with the things? For starters, one of the three core game modes (amiibo Party) requires at least one amiibo to even unlock, so there's that. For supported amiibo, you can scan them in once per day to unlock extra accessories for said mode, and for every other figure (such as Mega Man, Sonic, and so on), you can play a scratch-off ticket that earns you more Mario Points, the currency of the game.

Mario Party 10 is easily the most aggressive use of the amiibo feature yet.

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1:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Here are some comparison shots for the Smash Bros. and Mario Party amiibo lines

I currently have access to all of the Mario Party 10 amiibo, which are arriving later this month, separately from the existing Super Smash Bros. line. To be clear, the new figures themselves are actually identical i...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 03.08.2015

GDC 15 DLC #4: Pita wraps, damn good fries and ragtime

We didn't have usual cameraman Kenny Redublo during our fourth lunch of GDC (see us dining with Dale here) and things went a bit awry. Our substitute cameraman Mike Cosimano had some fun with it, though, with some silent mov...

Steven Hansen