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How Smash Bros. mechanics could be used in a sex game photo
How Smash Bros. mechanics could be used in a sex game
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes we welcomed Nina Freeman to the program (full episode here). We talked about a lot of stuff, including the influence of Final Fantasy X on her work, her mother's feelings about her love of  technology, building fan sites as a teen, her upcoming game about romance while playing a MMO, bringing back FMV, how to use game mechanics to work as metaphor for interpersonal interactions, and a lot more. 

She is one of the few people I know who you can look at straight in the eyes and say "Smash Bros. is kinda like sex, isn't it?" and have them nod with a serious smile and say "Yeah, totally." I know this from experience. This was a unplanned moment on the live stream that could have gone horribly wrong had I been talking to someone else, but with Nina, it was just another beat in a larger conversation. 

Thanks again to Nina for appearing on the show, and if you want to see the show live, we'll be here at 4pm EST with Roel Ezendam of Rage Squid games (Action Henk) to the program. 

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Watch us beat the last boss of Skyrim photo
Watch us beat the last boss of Skyrim
by Max Scoville



Okay, that's it. We're done. Skyrim is vanquished, and Ronnie James Dio can now mount his big clean tiger and ride it down into the midnight sea full of shiny diamonds like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue. Or something.

Who knows, maybe Dio's adventures in Skyrim will continue someday... But, Bill just showed up with a copy of Ride To Hell: Retribution, so I think we're gonna go play that instead.

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On Just Saiyan, we may be playing Dragon Ball, but we're thinking about Demolition Man photo
On Just Saiyan, we may be playing Dragon Ball, but we're thinking about Demolition Man
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I are beating up clones of General Metallitron in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, and talking about licensed videogames, and how, at any given moment, you should probably be watching Demolition Man.

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Ronnie James Dio is lost in a cairn photo
Ronnie James Dio is lost in a cairn
by Max Scoville



My old roommate told me there's some trick to Skyrim dungeons where if you follow one of the walls all the way around, you'll find the exit, or something, but I never listened to him. I'm still actually mad because he buckled my frying pan by dunking it in cold water, so now it rises up in the middle, so when I cook eggs, they always run off to one side. He's a good guy, though. He played an archer with like a level 100 sneak, and then his PS3 bricked. Poor guy.

Here's some more of our Ronnie James Dio vi-DIO series. Ahem. Video. 

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I don't know why we talked about grocery stores on Just Saiyan photo
I don't know why we talked about grocery stores on Just Saiyan
by Bill Zoeker

On our journey through Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Max accidentally pulled off a special move I didn't even know was in the game, which confounded and upset me. Also, we talked about The Warriors and grocery store subsidiaries because we have idiot brains.

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Hardline 32: Alien: Isolation finally gets it right photo
Hardline 32: Alien: Isolation finally gets it right
by Jordan Devore

For this week's podcast, Bill and Brett spoke with me about the first few hours of Alien: Isolation and how its hulking Xenomorph is among the scariest videogame enemies ever conceived. Lot of Alien talk this episode, including an obligatory nod to Colonial Marines' crappiness. Like you do.

We also chatted about how Super Smash Bros. is good but far from ideal on 3DS, those hilarious botched face scans in NBA 2K15 that are making the rounds, and Evolve's upcoming alpha.

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets an amazing Samus costume photo
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets an amazing Samus costume
by Chris Carter

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still coming in 2015 outside of Japan, and there's yet another Nintendo/Capcom crossover coming. A Samus costume is making an appearance, and yes, it will be coming to the western version of the game.

At this point I think Nintendo and Capcom are friends enough where the latter can just, give over the rights to Mega Man games to the former? I mean, think about it. Capcom can pull a George Lucas and retain merchandise rights. Nintendo can make great games and Capcom can still collect -- do a five to ten year deal and see where it goes.

Enh, enh?

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Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound photo
Get your nostalgia flowing with this cartoon retelling of EarthBound
by Darren Nakamura

Fans of EarthBound celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Japanese release a little over a month ago on August 27. Followers of the series are known for going above and beyond in celebrating it, so of course one would spend four years making this lovely, charming tribute.

The five-minute animation retells the story of Ness and his friends on their journey to save Eagleland from Giygas. So many little touches are in there that will bring a smile to EarthBound fans' faces. There is a Spiteful Crow carrying a cookie, Paula's teddy bear, a New Age Retro Hippie, the Runaway Five, Overcoming Shyness, homesickness, and more. The iconic scene of Paula praying during the final battle made me a little misty-eyed.

More information about the video and its creation can be found at Project PK Flash.

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Children of Morta looks real, real good photo
Children of Morta looks real, real good
by Steven Hansen

I love this flowing, watercolor reminiscent pixel art. It benefits all the happy dancing in the trailer and the exaggerated, unrealistic movements sort of remind me of the animation style of Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong: The Animation). 

Anyway, Children of Morta basically looks exactly like something I want to play real bad.

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Just Saiyan is back with more Dragon Ball Advance Adventure! photo
Just Saiyan is back with more Dragon Ball Advance Adventure!
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I were finally able to resume our series of playing Dragon Ball games, and talking about which Dragon Ball characters are cool and sexually attractive. This is the first of many more to come, so enjoy... unless you don't like Dragon Ball, in which case; why did you click a post with "Saiyan" in the title?

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Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human photo
Still waiting for a new 2D Metroid? Take a look at Beyond Human
by Darren Nakamura

Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating games like Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope, Paradise Lost: First Contact, and Axiom Verge. If things turn out well, we can add Beyond Human to that list.

Beyond Human has a few influences it calls back to: Metroid, Mega Man, and Devil May Cry. Each manifests in a different way in the trailer, but all three are definitely present. As a neat backer reward, the protagonist here can don a few custom outfits (seen below) that pay homage to those classics.

Developer DT Studios has recently put Beyond Human up on Kickstarter, with a base goal of €20,000. It is planned for release on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

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Let's play Skyrim and offend some Metallica fans photo
Let's play Skyrim and offend some Metallica fans
by Max Scoville

As Ronnie James Dio continues through the land of Skyrim on his stolen horse, we turn our magnifying glasses of journalistic criticism and nitpickery on Metallica and U2. What is the relationship between these two bands of musicians?

Watch our dumb video to find out. 

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The Sonic Boom cartoon will debut in November photo
The Sonic Boom cartoon will debut in November
by Chris Carter

Before we get Sonic Boom for Wii U and Sonic Boom for 3DS, we'll be getting a Sonic Boom cartoon. Said cartoon will arrive on November 8th on Cartoon Network, with 11 minute shows on a weekly basis.

You can get a feel of the show by watching the trailer above. As you might expect, it's aimed at younger viewers. I miss the first season of the dark Sonic cartoon that pretty much anyone could watch.

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Watch Dio throw a pot down some stairs and slay a dragon photo
Watch Dio throw a pot down some stairs and slay a dragon
by Max Scoville



In our ongoing attempts to break YouTube by uploading the dumbest things possible into it, thereby short-circuiting the Mother Brain and freeing us all from our virtual imprisonment, we've started the second chunk of our adventures in Skyrim as heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio. This is a bad video made by dumb people, but those dumb people had fun making it, so there's that.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [10/4] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [10/4]
by Steven Hansen

I'm playing a lot of ping pong this weekend. Remember Ping Pong: The Animation? It has saved anime. I'm in some unfathomable cabin with a pool, pool table, ping pong table, tequila, and just enough wifi to post this. My hair is alive with olive oil. Maybe it will attract the bears.

This weekend, you should call your mother. See how she's doing. Mine wants to hang tomorrow but I'm in the woods.

Hang out with your mom and watch Ping Pong: The Animation with her. Cook some food.

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Hardline 31: Smash Bros. hype, Driveclub expertise, and the surprising goodness of Mordor photo
Hardline 31: Smash Bros. hype, Driveclub expertise, and the surprising goodness of Mordor
by Jordan Devore

At long last, Steven has returned from his grocery shopping and he brought Dale with him! This week's Hardline covers Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Shadow of Mordor, Driveclub, and visiting Japan.

Lots of tangents, too. It's good to have a full cast again.

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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