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Star Fox Zero

Platinum-developed Star Fox Zero jets to Wii U this holiday season


Do a barrel roll!
Jun 16
// Kyle MacGregor
It's happening, it's finally happening! Kicking off its E3 showcase today, Nintendo finally unveiled the next entry in the Star Fox series. The new project is called Star Fox Zero and it's coming exclusively t...
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Just Dance

Ubisoft has turned your phone into a console camera


Unless you're rocking a 2004 Razr
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
Man, so many people just want to dance in front of their video game consoles. You may scoff, but Just Dance is the most successful music franchise ever, so that statement applies to some folks. For those who haven't alr...
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Smash Bros.

PSA: You can now pay $0.99 to use your 3DS to play Smash Bros. Wii U


Without buying the 3DS version
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Before this week, Super Smash Bros. players who wanted to use their 3DS to control the Wii U version of the game needed a full portable copy -- but not anymore. As of right now, you can go to the eShop and download the "Smash Controller" app for $0.99, which will let you link your 3DS to the game. It's something that should have been available on day one, but hey, it's here now.
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Extreme Exorcism

Extreme Exorcism reminds me of a less polished Super Crate Box


Try the demo on Wii U today
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
When I first saw some screens for Extreme Exorcism, I had to jump on it. I'm a sucker for that simplistic style, and ever since I played Bubble Bobble and Snow Bros, I've been addicted to arena-style platforming games. ...
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Freedom Planet

Freedom Planet feels like a retro Sonic homage in all the right ways


Another Nindies@Home game
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
I totally missed the Freedom Planet PC train back in 2014. I don't know what I was doing -- it kind of slipped my mind, and I do feel bad about it. Thankfully, a Wii U port set to debut later this year has allowed me to ...
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Runbow

Runbow for Wii U is freaking weird and I kind of love it


Do a chicken dance as a red muscle-man
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
When I first heard of Runbow, I didn't know what to make of it. It's a nine player "runner," a subgenre that's become way too over-saturated with the dawn of the mobile market. But after actually playing it, I can definitely ...
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Mutant Mudds

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is true to its namesake


About on par with the Granny levels
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Mutant Mudds has enjoyed quite a ride on Nintendo systems and beyond. It was original released in 2012 on 3DS, but eventually made its way to the Wii U, PC, Vita, PS3, and even iOS. While it was touted as a return to retro a...
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Starting today you can download these
Nintendo has just announced a new intiiative to cater to indie games called Nindies@Home. The basic idea is dead simple -- starting right now until the oddly specific 8:59 AM PST on June 22, you can download demos for select ...

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Super Mario Maker

New details on Super Mario Maker include a high heel boot


Turn enemies into helmets
Jun 14
// Darren Nakamura
The Super Mario Maker levels shown at the Nintendo World Championships were nuts. Enemies were stacked on top of each other; trampolines were being shot out of cannons; dogs were living with cats; it was mass hysteria. Within...
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Mario Maker is now called Super Mario Maker


Details from Nintendo World Championship
Jun 14
// Darren Nakamura
Tonight was the final event for the Nintendo World Championships 2015. Over the course of the night (including a new game announcement), the field was whittled down to just two: John Numbers and Cosmo. The pair went up agains...

Lucas goes big and goes home in Super Smash Bros. 4

Jun 14 // Jonathan Holmes
First, the cosmetic changes. Lucas now has alt shirts that feature his dog Boney, a baby drago, and even Mother 3 antagonist The Masked Man. Again, if you've played Mother 3, that will all mean a lot more to you. I don't want to spoil anything, but I think it's fair to say that seeing Lucas in that last shirt is a lot like seeing Luke Skywalker lounging around in a Darth Vader bath robe. It cool, but also a little creepy if you think about it for too long.  As for how Lucas plays, he seems to have all the same basic moves that he had in Brawl, but many have seen drastic changes. PK Magnet, his down B, is now much bigger, comes out a lot faster, does more damage, and can heal Lucas a lot more than before. Absorbing a fireball from Mario heals Lucas by about 12% now. It looks like he can only heal a total of 30% damage or so per stock, but more than that might be bordering on over powered, especially in light of how much more deadly this attack is as an offensive maneuver. Lucas's up smash also seems to have a larger hit box than it used to, traveling farther up and out than before. It's hard to say if that's just how it looks though, as Smash 4 is much more flashy than Brawl in general. We're also hearing that his rope snake throw/tether has longer reach than it used to, though he can't seem to use it to grab opponents in the air. It also looks like he can't combo for as many hits with his neutral air.  So that's a little about how Lucas looks in Smash Bros. 4. PK Magnet seems to have gotten the biggest buff in his arsenal so far, and the rest of his moves seem solid enough to keep him competitive. Sadly, he's already been banned from EVO, so we won't see how tournament level players handle him there, but I'm sure it won't be long before some professional Smash 4 player shows us more of what Lucas has to offer. 
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It's hard out there for a PK imp
Lucas is one of those characters that people will play no matter how good or bad he is in a given Smash Bros. game. Mother/Earthbound fans are like that. Just look at the comments in the announcement post for Earthbound Begin...

Ryu is gunning for top tier in the new Super Smash Bros.

Jun 14 // Patrick Hancock
First, let's discuss Ryu's stage, Suzaku Castle. In short: it's wonderful and weird. The music is great and speeds up when things are getting down to the wire. The default mode will definitely not be tournament-legal, since it has a walk-off on the right side. For general entertaining play, however, it's superb. Strategies will change depending on the side the fight is happening on, and since there's a lot of open space on the left side, you can expect some serious ledge play at times. There are two platforms on the left, one on top and one on the bottom. The top one has no grabbable ledges, but the bottom one does. The ledges on the bottom platform are a bit wonky, as characters who come up towards the center of the platform will snap to a ledge that seems way too far to snap to. Players will also only snap in the way they are facing, it seems. Here's a GIF to demonstrate what I mean: As for the character, the first thing I did was take Ryu into the Training mode. He's got at least twice as many attacks as a standard character, and I need to know what they are and how they act before I go into a match. From here on out, I will refer to his light attacks as the attacks executing by tapping the button, and heavy attacks as the ones where the player has to hold the attack button. There's apparently a medium somewhere in the middle, but I'll be damned if I can pull it off intentionally. Holding the attack button doesn't even feel like truly "holding" it. I was worried that having to hold down a button for an attack would feel weird, but it is still very quickly executed. Now I'm worried that I'll "hold" the attack button for too long when I want to do a light attack! You really have to consciously tap the button to execute a light attack. In general, heavy attacks are the ones that come out for me when I'm not thinking. Ryu is definitely a thinking-man's character. Throwing out attacks isn't going to cut it. In each scenario, players must think "okay, light or heavy?" and then execute properly.  Let's start with the special moves. Hadoukens are a great way to cover an approach or force the opponent to make a move. You can not spam Hadoukens, as there can only be one out at a time. The Shakunetsu Hadouken can be activated by performing a half-circle forward motion and an attack button. This Hadouken is slightly stronger than holding the special button down (8% compared to 7%) and will carry the opponent with them over 5 hits. It's great for edge guarding since it takes the enemy for a ride. Shoryuken is a great recovery move and can be a kill move at high percents. It kills Mario at around 105% with no Rage, for example. Personally, this is my go-to kill move in combos, but I'll speak more on that later. Also, it's possible to input down-forward twice to execute this move, instead of doing the normal Dragon Punch motion of forward, down, down-forward. [embed]293924:58985:0[/embed] The Hurricane Kick, despite being called "hugely destructive" by Sakurai, is rather lackluster as an attack. It does less damage (9% if inputting the command) if the opponent is very close to Ryu, and more damage if they are hit during the spinning phase (13%). It pushes the enemy vertically, and doesn't kill Mario until around 130%, and that's with no Directional Influence. As a recovery move, however, the move is wonderful. Ryu can act after it, allowing him to Tatsumaki to gain horizontal ground, and then Shoryuken to go vertically. Finally, his Focus Attack. This is easily the most interesting special move Ryu has. While charging it Ryu has one hit of super armor. While charging, Ryu will flash twice, once for each increasing level. If the player hits the opponent before it flashes once, the opponent will be knocked back. If he hits them after it,  they go into a crumple state, just like Street Fighter IV. The second flash happens a split second before it is fully charged, which means it's a level 3 Focus Attack, which leads to a longer crumple. Also, if released in level 1 or 2, the Focus Attack will be absorbed by shields. Releasing a fully charged Focus Attack will still crumple a shielding opponent. Most importantly, Ryu can dash-cancel the focus attack while charging or after a hit. If an uncharged Focus Attack hits a shield, Ryu can also dash-cancel the lag. In Street Fighter IV, this was known as an "FADC," or Focus Attack Dash Cancel. This allows a guaranteed hit on crumpled opponents. It's super satisfying to pull off a FADC into a kill move like Shoryuken. It's also a good psych-out move to dash-cancel a charging Focus Attack, similar to how Sonic can cancel his Spin Dash. It's important to note that when inputting a Street Fighter command to perform a special move, it must be done in the direction Ryu is facing. If you wanted to do a Shakunetsu Hadouken backwards, for example, it would instead register as a Tatsumaki (quarter-circle back). It is not pleasant when you're expecting one move to come out and get another, so keep this in mind! Ryu's normals are incredibly varied thanks to his unique ability to have TWO OF EVERY TILT. Some of the more useful ones I've been using are his strong forward-tilt, Collarbone Breaker. It does not completely destroy a fresh shield, but it comes very close to doing so. His heavy up-tilt is also very useful and does 12%. Other than that, I've been using both version of his down-tilt a whole lot. The reason I use his down-tilt is because it can be cancelled into any of his special moves on hit. This is my go-to setup after a successful crumple, as well. Basically, I look for opportunities to FADC into a heavy down-tilt which I cancel into a Shoryuken. In case you forgot, I'm still talking about Super Smash Bros. here. As for some other notable moves: His forward smash is incredibly powerful (22% fully charged) and moves him forward, making it have a deceptively long range. His down air spikes, but only if Ryu is close to the opponent when it connects. His up smash and up air are good at keeping opponents airborne, but have short ranges. Literally all of his special moves help with his recovery. Both his Focus Attack and Hadouken give him a little vertical boost, so use them to surprise an opponent while recovering! So, what's Ryu's weakness? Well, other than the fact that players may flub inputs from time to time, I would say Ryu's biggest downside is his throw game. None of his throws are kill throws, and they don't seem to lead into any combo opportunities. Regardless, I think Ryu is going to be a very viable fighter at a higher level of play, and is a blast to experiment with no matter how good you are at the game. Also, always play as the pink Ryu to pretend like you're Dan Hibiki.
Ryu Smash Impressions photo
Watch as I Tastumaki to my death
Remember the first time you went online with Street Fighter IV with your favorite character, Hakan, and fought about 100 Ryus in a week? And they all spammed Hadoukens and always woke up with a Shoryuken? Wouldn't you like to...

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Earthbound prequel!

Earthbound Beginnings announced, available today on Wii U Virtual Console


Mother is finally localized!
Jun 14
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Included special message from Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi below.] If you were hoping that Nintendo would announce the release of Mother 3 for the U.S. and Europe today to coincide with the Lucas Smash 4...
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More amiibo amigo

8-bit Mario, Animal Crossing, and possibly other amiibo incoming


New Animal Crossing / Pikmin TBA?
Jun 14
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo of Europe have uploaded an image to its server a bit early revealing new series of amiibo, pictured above. 8-bit Mario would most likely be used for Mario Maker, and the Isabelle amiibo card is for Animal Crossing: H...
Super Smash Bros. photo
Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. getting instant YouTube uploads


Patrick Hancock will like this
Jun 14
// Darren Nakamura
Every now and then in the Destructoid editors' chat room, Patrick Hancock will post an animated GIF he made of some impressive thing he did in Super Smash Bros. From now on, it'll be even easier for him to show off; he'll onl...
New Smash Stages photo
New Smash Stages

Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle stages coming to Smash Bros.


Poke Floats still suspiciously MIA
Jun 14
// Patrick Hancock
Two new stages are coming to the newest addition of Super Smash Bros., both of which were originally in the Nintendo 64 version. Both Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle will be coming at a future point in time. Sakurai introduc...
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Amiibo News!

Game and Watch amiibo can change poses, Mii Fighters are coming


September is going to be amiibo hell
Jun 14
// Patrick Hancock
Mii amiibo on their way! Should they be called Miimibo? That sounds a bit like a name for a Gremlin from the movie Gremlins. Anyway, these amiibo work the same as traditional amiibo, and as you would expect, the Mii that is t...
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Smash Bros.

Ryu, Roy, and all the other leaked Smash DLC available now


But only if you're lucky
Jun 14
// Jonathan Holmes
Just as we suspected, Ryu, Roy, Lucas, Mii Fighter costumes based on characters from Splatoon, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, some new stages, and more new content are all available right now on Smash Bros. for the Wii U and the 3D...
Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Splatoon Splatfest promo is really just a Squid Sisters music video


Any excuse for some Callie and Marie
Jun 13
// Jonathan Holmes
Splatoon's first U.S. Splatfest is set to launch on June 20th, and Nintendo wants you to get invovled. For those whodon't know, the Splatfest is sort of like the Everybody Votes! Wii Channel of old, but instead of casting yo...
Super Smash Bros. photo
Super Smash Bros.

More info about Ryu in Super Smash Bros. trickles in


Get wet before Nintendo pulls the plug
Jun 13
// Jonathan Holmes
In the long and illustrious history of pre-E3 info leaks, this may be the leak that has leaked harder than any other leak. Not only did people find the data for three new Smash 4 characters in a recent Japanese update, they'...
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Dreamland 64, Splatoon Inkling and more!
[Update: Even more information has been extracted and leaked from the update file such as Ryu's alternate colors, Roy's alternate colors, Dreamland 64 stage for Wii U, pictures of each new character's special moves inclu...

Bloodstained Kickstarter photo
Bloodstained Kickstarter

Bloodstained Kickstarter ends with over $5.7 million pledged


Hit all stretch goals, set records
Jun 12
// Darren Nakamura
It doesn't feel like it has been a month since we were first asked "sword or whip?" or we first heard the term "Igavania," but here we are. Koji Igarashi and company launched the Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual ...
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Rebirth alone

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 3DS lacks local multiplayer, cross-platform saves


Will be $15
Jun 12
// Jed Whitaker
Local co-op will not be available on the New 3DS version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, confirms Tyrone Rodriguez, the founder of Nicalis. Tyrone also notes that patching it in after release is unlikely. Cross save is also...
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Yoshi

Fly away from life's problems with Yoshi's Woolly World's mellow mode


I'm just mad about saffron
Jun 12
// Brett Makedonski
Yoshi's Woolly World certainly doesn't look to be a stressful affair. Throwing clouds, floating through the air, and tongue-lashing with your yarn whip all seems so delightful. But, the game still poses a challenge, of ...
Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Splatoon gets a new weapon today, here are the details


Splash-o-matic!
Jun 12
// Brett Makedonski
Splatoon players have been painting the town for two weeks now, and have had a heck of a time doing so. Tonight, they get one more method with which to carry out their madness. A tweet from Nintendo of America reveals th...
Bloodstained: Ritual photo
Bloodstained: Ritual

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night cracks $4.5 million, gets Shovel Knight crossover


He's looking bulky
Jun 12
// Chris Carter
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is sticking it to the man, with $4.5 million raised, making it the most successful game on Kickstarter. But IGA and his team aren't resting on their laurels just yet, as even more conten...
NPD photo
NPD

May NPD: PS4 back on top, Witcher reigns, Splatoon surprises


PS4 software sales dominate the bone
Jun 11
// Robert Summa
After just a month in the top spot, the Xbox One gave way to the PlayStation 4 for the month of May, according to the latest NPD numbers released. But the PS4 didn't just sell hardware, the system also outsold the Xbox One fo...

Based on the new demo, I have a good feeling about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Jun 11 // Chris Carter
[embed]293784:58947:0[/embed] The first ever playable build of the game that's been released to the public features three levels -- a water ruins location, a desert, and an action sequence that takes place on a conveyor belt. The first two heavily feature transformations, which thankfully have returned after their absence in Pirate's Curse. For the first stage you'll have the opportunity to change into Shantae's classic monkey form, which can climb up walls and jump with ease, and on the second, she sports a crab transformation with heavy defensive capabilities. As always, her new forms are downright adorable. Unlike Mighty No. 9, which doesn't match its great gameplay with a similarly impressive visual style (it still looks a little bland), Half-Genie Hero is gorgeously hand-drawn. In other words, it looks almost exactly like the concept art: a rarity these days. It also plays great, as the simplistic three-button system (jump, attack, and dance for transformations) works perfectly even in this early build. I dig the bright settings, platforming design, and art direction. Get a look at two of the stages above yourself -- you'll have plenty of time to decide on whether or not to pull the trigger, as WayForward has made it clear that there is still no solid release window for Half-Genie Hero.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero photo
Three levels in Early Access
Back in 2013, WayForward crowdfunded a new project by way of Kickstarter called Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the fourth game in the storied Shantae series. It managed to raise almost a million dollars in funding, whic...

Mario Maker photo
Mario Maker

8-bit Bowser Jr. takes after his dad and is totally creepy


Smile for the camera
Jun 11
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is bringing Mario Maker to select Best Buy stores next week ahead of the game's release on Wii U this September. By playing the demo, you'll receive a neat little 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. button (while supp...
Yoshi photo
Yoshi

Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi!


It's like a Doublemint Gum commercial
Jun 11
// Brett Makedonski
We've already known for a while now what Yoshi's Woolly World's amiibo support would look like. Tap one of your Smash amiibo on the GamePad, and turn into some sort of dinosaur Mario mashup. I can't condone it; it's alm...

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