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11:30 AM on 10.24.2014

Review: Fantasy Life

One of the biggest gripes I hear from friends interested in but hesitant to play Japanese role-playing games is that they're too "complicated." It's a sentiment I've never understood; several take great pains to be accessible...

Brittany Vincent


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All the Smash Bros. Wii U facts, differences from 3DS version photo
All the Smash Bros. Wii U facts, differences from 3DS version
by Steven Hansen

Alright. If Smash Bros. 3DS is at least a little sparse, this video makes it feel all the more sparse. I mean, Event Mode is back. And there's a separate two-player Event Mode. 

Watch along with the video above, or read along with my jumbled attempts at saving you 35 minutes by jotting down all this new information on the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., which is just a month away.

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5:46 PM on 10.23.2014

Mewtwo will join Super Smash Bros. next spring

I didn't want to flood the page with mini Super Smash Bros. Wii U news updates out of Nintendo's live stream this afternoon, but, Mewtwo! He's coming to both games this upcoming spring. If you register the 3DS and Wii U vers...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 10.23.2014

Eight-player battles in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, y'all

Are you watching this? Nintendo is streaming a 50-fact extravaganza for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and they're really good facts, you guys. Offline eight-player battles are in! These will be playable on select stages -- Palut...

Jordan Devore



Review: Pokémon Art Academy photo
Review: Pokémon Art Academy
by Brittany Vincent

Educational games that impart knowledge while remaining entertaining are certified rarities. Too often you're left with staggering amounts of informative material and meager side portions of "game" that contribute to a rather lopsided product.

Pokémon Art Academy is an interesting blend of both, with useful tips and tricks, drawing instruction, and helpful guidance for fledgling artists or those who simply want to learn how to draw their favorite Pocket Monsters. It's just like the learn-to-draw books you could pick up at the store, but with real-time feedback.

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10:30 AM on 10.23.2014

Nintendo Download: Bayonetta 1 and 2!

It's a rare day when a Nintendo Download week has me equally excited for the Wii U and 3DS, but here we are. The big-hitter on the Wii U is definitely Bayonetta 2, which, as a reminder, comes with the original Bayonetta ...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

Camp Pokemon is the closest you'll get to Pokemon Snap for now

If you have younger kids who enjoy Pokemon, you might want to hide your iPad. The Pokemon Company has released a new app that rewards kids with pins for doing certain activities, all involving those lovable Pocket Monsters. ...

Chris Carter

9:45 AM on 10.22.2014

Florida man petitions Nintendo to bring Smash Bros. to Vita

Sometimes you're just sitting there, bleary-eyed and half asleep, when, out of nowhere, something rolls across your desk and makes you spew your morning coffee everywhere like a geyser in an old-timey cartoon. (A spit-take. I...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 10.22.2014

Mario Kart 8's November DLC pack will include Yoshi Circuit

When Mario Kart 8 delivers its first DLC pack in November, it'll arrive with a few familiar courses. The newest reveal today is the Yoshi Circuit stage, which was previously found in Double Dash (and Mario Kart DS). Add...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Don't overplay the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo

Do you have your code for the special demo of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? There are a handful of ways to acquire one before the games' full release on November 21. Those who missed getting a code via email s...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.21.2014

The Link amiibo will work with Hyrule Warriors

While Nintendo has mostly talked about its upcoming amiibo figures in the context of Super Smash Bros., other games including Mario Kart 8 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will also support the near-field communication toys...

Jordan Devore





5:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge coming to 3DS next month

I love Pokémon Puzzle Challenge.  I am glad that it is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. I think I will pay $5 for it despite still having a cartridge. I probably won't bother with the code for the Special Demo Version of Ruby and Sapphire it comes with, but that's fine. It is a lovely little game. I think I will go play it right now. 

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Catch Mega Pokemon early in the Alpha Sapphire Special Demo

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you get a head start on your adventures with a Special Demo Version. Details on how to get it are here. You may want to. It lets you transfer items as well as Pokemon, ...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Is the New Nintendo 3DS faster than older models?

The New Nintendo 3DS is equipped with a more powerful hardware than its predecessors, which should allow for faster download speeds, among other things. So it's probably safe to assume the new equipment is quicker, but just ...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Direct will have tons of new info

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will have a Nintendo Direct soon dedicated to revealing a lot more information. It's set for October 23 at 6PM EST, and will focus on "50 new things" for the Wii U version. That's a lot of things! ...

Chris Carter



Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret photo
Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret
by Jordan Devore

Every so often on Destructoid, we publish a post celebrating EarthBound and, right on cue, I come away impressed. Whether it's Chad recounting an emotional, fourth-wall-breaking moment, Jonathan explaining the game's greatness, or Darren sharing a heartfelt animation, I'm left in awe at the raw passion, talent, and near decades-long commitment of its fans.

I also leave those posts feeling a hint of sadness. For as much as I know about EarthBound, I don't *know* EarthBound. Not personally. I would say I've never experienced it before but that's untrue. I have tried and failed to play it a couple of times now, as recently as a few years back. That last attempt wasn't painful so much as it was a little depressing.

"Why can't I get into this?" I remember asking myself. "I'm sure I'd adore it if only I could!"

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