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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

4:45 PM on 03.08.2015

GDC 15 DLC #3: Japanese katsu curry with Dale

Look on ye hungry and despair. Familiar face Dale North joined us for the third Daily Lunch Chronicles (watch the last one here). Back behind the camera, Kenny managed to empty his plate before both of us while shooting, but...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 03.07.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X combat explored in 30-minute livestream

Nintendo of Japan recently streamed a live Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, detailing the game's intricate combat system for eager viewers around the globe. The 30-minute video is available for viewing in full, and it go...

Brittany Vincent

4:37 PM on 03.06.2015

Rumor: It looks like there might be amiibo for Splatoon

According to Raru, a South African retailer, there might be an amiibo launch on the way for Splatoon. Listings for "Splatoon Boy" and "Splatoon Girl" were found on the site, in addition to Greninja and Jigglypuff amiibo. Coul...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 03.06.2015

Monster Hunter 4's Legend of Zelda DLC will arrive this month

[Update: it's live today! Go pick it up] Still playing Monster Hunter 4? Well you'll be happy to boot it up on March 6, as a number of free DLC items are arriving at that time. On that day, you'll get a Link outfit, incl...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 03.05.2015

GDC 15 DLC #2: Oily hamburgers and Cranberries

The second lunch of GDC was much messier than the first, which you can watch here. Today (well, two days ago, actually) we went with an American staple, the "Hammed Burger," so named for the first woman who ever went totally...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

The Wii U and 3DS are getting something interesting today -- two Cross-Buy games. Cross-Buy has existed on Nintendo platfoms for about a year now, but it was very rarely used. Today, it's going to work on Mario vs. Donkey Kon...

Chris Carter



Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars photo
Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
by Darren Nakamura

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the original. In our review, Jonathan Holmes said "It didn't make me feel much, or think much, or have much of a memorable effect on me at all."

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars plays the same as Mini-Land Mayhem!, but with a few new features. It remains a puzzle game that acts as filler; it can be picked up and played just as easily as it can be put down and forgotten.

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