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Today's Shadeisms shouldn't come as any kind of surprise. Come on, you can't expect a self-proclaimed Nintendo fanboy to keep quiet about Super Smash Bros. news, can you?

So like all of us, I watched the Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct last Tuesday (for me it was technically Wednesday, but whatever) and there were lots of things there for me to love. I'm excited about every stage having a Final Destination mode, I love the Kirby Airride-esque mode in which you have a time limit to find power-ups for the upcoming battle, and I liked lots of other things. Fennekin in a Pokéball, Mega Man's Final Smash, the absolutely fucking bitchin' rendition of the Skyward Sword main theme, and I could go on forever.



There are three things, however, that deserve their own little comment. First of all, the release dates. At first I was pretty miffed that they announced the 3DS version for Summer and the WiiU version for Winter, but I'm starting to see the point now. It looks like Nintendo really wants the WiiU version to be best and most inclusive one; the deluxe edition. Meanwhile, the 3DS is purely intended for those people (i.e. everyone) who want to take their Smashing on the go. I'm definitely starting to think about buying both versions of the game, something I never thought I'd do. The thing is, I'll be in the US come Winter 2014, and I won't have my WiiU with me, so the 3DS-version might be the way to go!

Second, Greninja. I'm a little conflicted about him. On the one hand he's an unexpected entrant and looks both cool and fun to play as. On the other hand, Smash Bros. has always been about celebrating Nintendo's super strong brands and history. In that sense Greninja, who is for all intents and purposes just an ordinary Pokémon among 700 others, feels a little out of place. Especially since we could've had Mewtwo instead. I'm sure I'll be convinced of his inclusion once I get to play around with him a little though.

Finally, Zero Suit Samus. Sakurai trolled me hard on this one. When he announced that ZSS wouldn't be in the game anymore, I just about broke down crying. She's currently one of my two main fighters in Brawl (the other being Luigi), and I find her to be one of the most fun characters to play as. Yanking people down with your whip is incredibly satisfying, as is stunning them to set them up for combos. She's also nicely fast, compensating for her only so-so killing power. In fact, when I thought she was getting cut I seriously considered not buying the game anymore. Not out of spite or anything, but just because it wouldn't be as fun without her.

Luckily, Sakurai only left me in despair for a few seconds, and announced that she would be back. And man, does she look bad.ass.



I have no problem with her high heels (Jet boots with high heels make some sense I think, you need space for the main thrusters), and while I do think the huge boobs on her in-game model look a bit off, I can forgive anything now that she looks cooler than she ever has before.

As for changes to her gameplay style, I can do nothing but wait and see. Giving her more attack power is going to be massively helpful, but I hope it doesn't come at a price. Her speed in Brawl is without a doubt her main asset, and she can already combo shit like its nobody's business. Moreover, her Up-Air attack hits decently hard, is easy to set up and is one of the most satisfying moves in the game (just listen to that sound effect!). I remain cautiously optimistic about the changes she's getting for the new game, but I do hope she's not going to change too much. Again, something I'd love to find out for my own in a few months!  

* - Losing a friend is never easy, even if that friend is an adorable Animal Crossing villager.

P - TheDustinThomas, aka the man with the most epicest beard, has Episode 11 of his Podcast done for ya. Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy VII and more!

A - This week's OST blog by Oscarno isn't quite on the same level has his previous ones, but it's still got some nice tunes.









T - Danny shares a few cheats and tricks for Dead Island, if anyone still plays that.

R - Meanwhile, Oculin does a good job reviewing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for his editorial writing classes.

R - Nihil is rather disillusioned with Titanfall and EA in general.

T - To put it mildly, Moth has some "gripes" with Elder Scrolls online.





C - It doesn't matter what's wrong with Nintendo, Gamingnerd15; they're making a Smash Bros. game in which ZSS looks fucking rad.

V - Yeah, okay. I'm not watching a 38 minute video without you first telling me what it's about.

F - Even if this wasn't spam, not many people here particularly care about the Candy Crushes and Angry Birds..es? of this world.



- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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I have mixed feelings about the reveal of Greninja. On one hand, Greninja is a cool Pokemon, and it was awesome that he got picked by his strength rather than the strength of his branding. Think of it this way I mean: who asked for Lucario? But he was picked because he was the the poster child for  Pokemon Diamond/Pearl and he headed his own Pokemon movie, Mewtwo was the original king of ubers back then, Pikachu is the de facto Pokemon, and Pokemon Trainer's Pokemon were the original starters. Charizard was even picked up because since X and Y's debut, he's been getting a lot of care and attention from Gamefreak recently. But Greninja? He's just a cool ninja. No movie, no representation. He's just been chugging along as a popular scout/lead with Protean to lend it some offensive punch.



On the other hand, he looks like another Mewtwo clone and not even the first one to do it.

There will obviously be some differences like Lucario being able to mega evolve in battle and Greninja being obviously faster and different physical movesets but I'd rather it go further then just what they do to every Fox/Captain Falcon clone they gut out. Even though I still prefer certain shotos over other counterparts, we still wish the similarities went further than the skin deep details. Three people had Landmaster final smashes after all.

But the Smash Direct very much supercharged my enthusiasm for the Nintendo brand. So much that it's too the point where I caught myself thinking of buying a Wii U for Smash Wii U. Obviously it would be a safe purchase, being the cheapest console with an expansive library with backwards compatibility. The BC might be the biggest thing too because I'm a poor, unfortunate soul who hasn't played Okami so buying a Wii U might be important. Not to mention giving Skyward Sword a fair shake, along with Wii U titles like Super Mario 3D World.

Of course, I already have a 3DS and am very much excited to get that as early as this summer. Very vague but very hype inducing.

As of now though,  mot of my time has been going to FTL: Advanced Edition though. I'm obsessed with unlocking more ships because frankly, unlocking ships is a feat unto itself. So many factors have to line up for certain unlocks. I mean, unlocking the Crystal Cruiser needs four random events to line up, in order, before you hit sector 8. Even something like the Mantis cruiser needs a bit of set up to working.

But I'm definitely enjoying the new equipment. Mind control is one of my favs, especially when combined with a slug crewmember who can psychically keep tabs on enemy crew. Screw the ship by mind blasting the pilot and watch the chaos that ensues that you can just drink up like a calorie crazy cat.



Watch out for a guide cause I really want to write one with a great headline I thought up. It only happens so often!


* - Why do you like Smash? Like, comment, and subscribe

* - Shade's easy reading review of Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright

* - BROFORCE CONTEST! SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!











T - Want to charge your Fallout 3 experience? Look up a wiki!

T - Capcom could learn a thing or two about reverence from Nintendo's handling of Mega Man

T - Routine thoughts about an unroutine Smash Directpresentation

T - Where is Smash going? In my pocket, for one thing

V - Video review of Galcon Legends





V - Are we going to talk about TMNT movies?


F - Failed to post-check


~ Striderhoang

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When I was a wee child, the Aliens Power Loader was the apex predator of the toy box. Armed with a head mounted machine gun, a devastating spring-loaded rocket launcher, and a pair of gnashing power claws, equally capable of crushing Cobra HISS tanks as they were at squeezing the life out of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, it was the big dog of any play session. I loved that toy.

I wonder if it ever wigged my mom out to see me playing with a prop from an R-rated movie. I know it wigs me out when I see Call of Duty Mega Blok sets just sitting on display at the local Wall-Mart and look at concept designs for the "Angel City Action Set"  Titanfall K'nex toys. There is just something  unseemly about marketing a toy for children 3 and up from a licence that is supposedly for a Mature audience. Guess little boys and girls these days are just super into no-scope headshots and epic killstreaks.



I feel like a big fucking hypocrite about it. When I was a kid, the floor of my room looked like a Cyberdine production facility, Model 800 Terminators and Skeletal Hunter-Killer robots strewn all over the place. I don't blink when I see Batman or X-Men toys on the rack. Brooding vigilantes who pummel psychotic clowns and genocidal human magnets are fine for children of all ages apparently, but I balk at a CoD Zombies kit.

The difference I see is that Batman, for as grim and disturbing as some of the material gets, has an entire range of products and shows under that franchise's umbrella. While the Nolan movies and many of the comics are probably a little too much for young children, there are also kid friendly cartoon shows, Lego Batman games, and other stuff to steer them towards. CoD and Titanfall are just games about putting bullets into people. It's hard to spin that out to something you could justify selling to an 8 year old.

I think it's bizarre to see game franchises brazenly selling to a market way below their supposed ERSB rating. But then again, I suppose it seemed equally bizarre to my mom when I was clamouring for a Alien Queen with Acid Blood Action (tm) for my birthday.

* - Dark Souls is full of terrible monsters that will crack your bones, strip your flesh, and shatter your spirit. Here are Bbain's favourites!

* - This is my gun, there are many like it but this- Actually, hold one. Come to think of it, this is the ONLY gun that shoots incendiary buckshot out of a rotary barrel in the world. Whatever, it's still mine.

A - Grrr, those meanies at Atlus hate the EU! Well, at least it seems that way to BlazenTech. It's no secret that the EU has been getting the short shrift from Atlus, but if you look at the reasons why it's less Atlus being dicks and more unfortunate circumstances colliding.


E - Meet up with other Dtoiders at PAX East!

T - Multiplayer games are great, but after a few years they tend to go stale. Gameplay stagnates, exploits are no longer patched, other players leave for the latest shinny new title. It's the circle of life. Mdotkone has a few tricks you can try to get a few more wheezing final gasps of fun out of Black Ops 2.


C - A YouTube impression vlog about a game called Motte Island. Call me a killjoy, but I really don't like blogs that just link to a vid. Even a paragraph or two summing up your thoughts or what you will be talking about in the video makes it feel less like link spam and more like an actual attempt to communicate.

L - This goddamn car from Supernatural is more popular than any character I'll ever write. If you'll excuse me, I'll be at the bottom of a bottle of brown liquor.




-Wrenchfarm

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I've been hella bad at recaps lately. Sorry about that. I should be getting all packed for PAX and junk but I'm just ... not. I'm pretty pro at procrastinating.

So are we all properly psyched for Smash?! I can't believe the 3DS one is going to be out this Summer! That's so soon! I honestly figured both versions would launch side by side this winter, but it's a pretty good idea on Nintendo's part. This will move a bunch of units for both systems. People will buy the 3DS one during the summer (potential) drought and then get the game and a Wii U for Christmas.

I'm also surprised to see such a focus being made on Pokemon, I'm totally fine with it, just surprised. I can't wait to see what other details they have waiting for us!

Hopefully see some of you at PAX this weekend!!





P - Be on Radio Destructoid at PAX East this weekend!

P - BennyDisco and his podcast are at it again. (Rad intro music)







T - I love hearing about people falling in love with gaming all over again right before a kidney transplant

T - Come Meet The New Boss

T - Heres a bunch of bullshit graphs about games and genres and shit

T - ZombiePlatypus Got a Forum Badge For This









-Crackity Jones

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Tomorrow (Today) is the Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct! It's at 3:00 P.M. PST, and can be watched over here. It should be roughly a half-hour long, and will surely contain some cool reveals. No release date yet, but at least a window. Bring your popcorn and bingo cards.

So, in the usual pre-direct fashion, it's speculation and wishlist time! Here's sobuilderme things I want out of the new 3DS/Wii U release.
-No fucking tripping. #1 on the list
-A new level builder. The level creator tool in Brawl was great fun to play with, and the sharing/highlight feature was so cool. With a stylus to build quicker and an even better online service, this feature could extend the life of the game very much.
-Miiverse integration. No-brainer. Take a cue from DKCTF, and add the ability to upload replays please.
-More varied representation. There are some Smash mainstays, sure, but there's so many characters that haven't been in, or came into existence post-Brawl that deserve a spot. There are already lots of returning characters, but I'm more impressed with the new ones. More of that! Nintendo has lots of new faces to use. Character wish list: Dillon, Mickey Mouse, Patricia Wagon, AiAi, Wreck-it-Ralph, Joe Musashi, Amigo, Yoshimitsu, Amadeus (Trine 2,) Captain Rainbow, Commander Video, Chase McCain, Kalas, Scoroge McDuck, Rayman, a Wonderful 101 hero, Travis Touchdown, Maxwell (Scribblenauts,) Pac-Man, Finn & Jake, Shantae, Bayonetta, Juan (Guacamelee,) Higgins, The Player (RCR,) Phoenix Wright, Rusty, Simon Belmont, Tempo (Harmoknight,) Shoko Ozora, Bomberman, Ameterasu, Gray Fox, Cooking Mama, and Alex Trebeck. Err...maybe not that last one.
As much as I want to see my favorites from younger days, Nintendo could use some of this new blood. Anyway, I could go on with my list forever, so...
-Online tournaments
-Communities. Like Mariokart 7, but with some of the features from Wii Sports Club, where you can compare and compete with other communities.
-Call it Super Smash Bros. Brouhaha

What about y'all? What things do you want to see from the new Smash Bros games? There's a gigantic pool of Nintendo history to pull from.

CAP bros


S - OpiumHerz has a new entry is 'Season 2' of The Worst Thing About Censorship. This one is about a new game: South Park, The Stick of Truth. I haven't seen black bars as censorship in a long time.

A - How sonic429 finally came into the world of handheld gaming proper: The GBA story.

A - SongSeven has some thoughts about games and supplemental entertainment. Are games that require your full attention better than those that don't?





T - Pixielated has some ideas for a new Goonies game, to coincide with the new movie.

T - lennasuzaka1988 has questions about streaming, and may even start streaming herself.

R - Spazzh20 reviews the superb Max Payne 3.



V - HybridRain talks about the tragedy that was Game_Jam, and the possibility of a 'reality show' based around game development.






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In an attempt to get all the trophies in Dark Souls II, I spent a few hours this week doing PvP matches for a covenant. So I've been getting a pretty good handle on how PvP feels in the new game. For the most part, it works really well. It hasn't been difficult to get into matches, even at a really high level. 



A lot of players have been really cool about dueling. I like fighting people who bow before duels, and who don't use annoying gestures like "Mock" or "This one's me" after winning a duel. I stop looking at the screen if I see one of those gestures. One person accidentally killed me with magic right when I started to bow, and then ran up and used one of those "I'm sorry!" carvings, which I thought was funny. I also think it's cool when there are two invaders, and one stands to the side to watch to other two people fight, then steps in when the first invader dies. That happened to me once, and now I try to follow their example whenever I find myself in a 2v1 match. Fighting two invaders can feel pretty unfair anyway.

So far the fights have been rather varied. A lot of people like to use magic attacks, although they always seem to use the same ones (Soul Spears, Lightning Spears, Flame Swathes) so it's gotten pretty easy to avoid them. A lot of the melee fighters tend to have elemental weapons, so I try to have two shields I can switch between (one with high elemental resistances, one with high physical resistance). The melee fights are my favorite, they're always the most tense. And I primarily use melee attacks myself anyway. 

This time around, losing fights due to lag have been very minimal. Although, whenever it seems like there's been some lag, I ALWAYS get backstabbed. This usually occurs while the other player looks like they're in front of me, or to my side. So that can be pretty annoying. It's happened maybe five times out of about fifty matches though, so it hasn't been a huge problem. I was really hoping they'd fix the backstabbing problem from the first game, though. 

I've also been experimenting with a bunch of different weapons, and I think I've finally found my favorite one! They added a few new weapon types, including lances and twinblades. Both of those types of weapons have really cool movesets, but the lances are my personal favorites. It feels so good to charge down enemies with a multi-hit attack, which usually leaves them open to another attack immediately afterward. The backstab animation for lances is also extremely satisfying, as you pierce the enemy through the back, lift them high into the air, and then slam them back down into the ground! I'd been using the Chariot Lance for awhile, but a few days ago I found the Grand Lance, and that one has quickly become my preferred weapon of choice. At least I can stop using broadswords now!



No topsauce today :(



A - Jack shares stories about maintaining relationships with friends and loved ones as a gamer.

P - Fill your ears with the sounds of Radio Destructoid, episode 34!

P - Check out the new Go for Rainbow podcast, where they discuss racist gamers!



I - Say hello to Brittany Vincent! She'll be writing some news articles for Destructoid!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Beautiful men!



$ - April 4th UK releases and bargains!



V - The death of the single player campaign? I don't think single player games are gonna be disappearing anytime soon.

C - I kinda agree with mrplow8, I'm not sure who this blog is meant to be mocking.



No fails today! Huzzah!



- bbain

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