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2:30 PM on 04.21.2015

Playism is localizing doujin games for PS4, Vita

Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.  We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 03.30.2015

Valkyrie Drive is Marvelous' next Senran Kagura

Marvelous recently announced Valkyrie Drive, a three-pronged multimedia project about teenage girls who can transform into weapons. Now that's taking objectification to a whole new level. In addition to an anime series a...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 03.25.2015

Senran Kagura sticks tongue through cheek with jiggling website, fake boob-based consoles

We're a day away from Senran Kagura: Estival Versus' Japanese release on PS4 and Vita. I stumbled upon this page of the series' website, which is to say someone linked to it, gobsmacked, on Twitter, where I clicked on it and...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Review: Bladestorm: Nightmare

Bladestorm: Nightmare is not a Dynasty Warriors game. That bit of information might be good or bad news, depending which side of the fence one falls on with regard to Tecmo Koei's long-running brawler series. At the same...

Josh Tolentino

10:15 AM on 03.10.2015

Senran Kagura 2 bounces westward this summer

Once upon a time, XSEED seemed pretty cagey about publishing the Senran Kagura games. Nowadays the plucky localization studio can't seem to bring the danged things over fast enough. Yes, you probably read the headline where ...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 AM on 03.09.2015

Headbutting for goats in Toto Temple Deluxe!

For better or worse, sometimes you just have a hankerin’ to steal a goat. Those of us at PAX East with said craving headed over to Toto Temple Deluxe, which delivered goat-stealing gameplay in a fast-paced keep-away bra...

Caitlin Cooke

6:15 PM on 03.03.2015

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide goes all in with hectic co-op action

I've long been an admirer of the Warhammer franchise. While a lot of people seem to put more of their attention towards the 40K universe, the high-fantasy setting of the former is so rich and features such...

Alessandro Fillari

11:30 AM on 02.20.2015

Fatal Fury Final, a fanmade beat-'em-up, is now out on PC

As we all know, Fatal Fury started off as a traditional fighting game in 1991. But over the years the cast has seem some genre crossover, even into the shoot-'em-up arena with one of my personal favorites, KOF Sky ...

Chris Carter

7:45 PM on 01.17.2015

Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key!

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Blue Mammoth Games to give away a TON of closed beta keys for their upcoming brawler Brawlhalla! Brawlhalla is a super fun, fast-paced, 2D platform brawler for the PC where champ...

mrandydixon

3:00 PM on 01.02.2015

ZHeros looks like a pretty neat robotic brawler

Developer Rimlight Studios is hard at work at a new brawler that looks deliciously oldschool. It's called ZHeros (yep, not Heroes) and it has a futuristic theme as well as a neat looking visual style. The announcement t...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Review: The Legend of Korra

One of the biggest surprises of 2014 had to be the announcement of a Legend of Korra game, published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. Yes, that Platinum Games -- the current master of action titles. It...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Doujin brawler Croixleur Sigma coming to PS4

Croixleur Sigma is coming to PlayStation 4, Playism announced this week at Tokyo Game Show.  "We're hoping we can get a western release out as soon as possible," Playism marketing manager and localization editor Nay...

Kyle MacGregor

10:15 AM on 09.19.2014

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus hits Vita next month

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is cutting a trail to North America on October 14, XSEED Games announced today. The PlayStation Vita brawler will strike Europe the very next day. The story is a continuation of Senran Kagura Burst, wherein groups of teenage ninja girls fight one another with stuff like giant frogs and huge stacks of pancakes. You know, because reasons.

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 09.03.2014

Warlocks takes its cooperative fantasy brawling to Kickstarter

Risk of Rain was pretty cool, so anything that reminds me of that catches my attention. Warlocks looks to have a similar feel in some ways, bringing frantic 2D battles to a fantasy world. I typically shy away from fantasy in...

Darren Nakamura

1:45 PM on 07.23.2014

XSEED dates Akiba's Trip, confirms PS4 version

XSEED plans to release the PlayStation 4 version of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed in North America this holiday season, the publisher confirmed today. The PS3 and Vita iterations of the vampire-husking RPG brawler will launch on August 12.

Kyle MacGregor

5:45 PM on 07.12.2014

I'm going to miss tripping in Super Smash Bros. 4

[Art by Fallen Party] [Update: Some of you are pretty upset about the article! Sorry about that. Also, a few people pointed out a couple of mistakes I made. First, I wrote that you can block in the air in Smash Bros. Looks li...

Jonathan Holmes

8:00 AM on 07.05.2014

Senran Kagura 2 trailer sure is very Senran Kagura

Marvelous is keeping its cheeky money-printing machine going strong with Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. The latest effort from self-proclaimed "huge boob producer" Kenichiro Takaki is due to be unleashed in Japan starti...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Kyoto Wild is a quick but thoughtful Bushido brawler

Teddy Diefenbach is a busy guy. He's one of the developers on the high-profile indie title Hyper Light Drifter, but when he isn't doing that, he's making more games. Kyoto Wild is his side-project, and Diefenbach says he...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 06.19.2014

Guacamelee! coming to Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in early July

DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! was part brawler, part platformer, and loads of fun. Enough so that double dipping isn't entirely out of the question -- far from it! The game is coming to new platforms soon with an expanded ver...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 06.01.2014

Marvelous AQL reveals new Senran Kagura 2 gals

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is coming to Japan on August 7, and I'm sure we'll see the Nintendo 3DS brawler here sooner or later. In the meantime, Marvelous AQL has unveiled a couple faces that will be joining the titl...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Hashtag all filters: Akiba's Trip 2 has a weird editor on PS4

Akiba's Trip 2 is being ported to PS4 in Japan in a couple months (we get it on PS3 and Vita in August) and Acquire has some videos full of swimsuits and bouncing breasts to show off (below). There's also a weird "visual editor" (above) that lets you change sky color and, for some reason, all color. I get the Instagram "vintage" filter, but what's with the EVERYTHING IS GREEN filter?

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 05.13.2014

Akiba's Trip 2 acquires a flashy PlayStation 4 trailer

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is a game where you, erm, beat the clothes of vampires. You see, their skin is weak to sunlight, so forcibly removing their clothes makes perfect sense actually. Earlier this year, XSEED ...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed will feature dual audio tracks

Infiltrate virtual Akihabara in Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed, an upcoming brawler that XSEED Games has gone to great lengths to localize properly. XSEED announced today that beat-the-pants-off-of-your-enemy Akihabara ...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Senran Kagura 2 trailer is jiggly and embarrassing

But! Credit where credit is due, fighting with a giant, food-skewered kebab instead of a sword? That's up my alley. The rest of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson? Not so much. Anyway, you may proceed in telling me how I hate anime and am closed-minded towards Japanese culture.

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 05.08.2014

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus jiggles to North America this fall

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is coming to PlayStation Vita in North America this autumn, XSEED Games announced today. The plot of Shinovi Versus unfolds shortly after the events of Senran Kagura Burst, revisiting t...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Croixleur Sigma is hard to pronounce, but fun to play

Doujin hack-and-slasher Croixleur debuted on western shores early last year, and it packed quite a punch. The game drew inspiration from the Devil May Cry series' Bloody Palace mode, pitting players against waves of...

Kyle MacGregor

1:15 PM on 05.02.2014

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete hits Steam this month

Tecmo Koei has honed in on the North American and European PC release date for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition -- it's coming to Steam on May 13, 2014. The publisher included a handful of screenshots along with the announcement, including a shot of the graphics menu if you'd like to see what settings are customizable. Find those below.

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 04.30.2014

BloodRayne: Betrayal takes a bite out of Steam today

Majesco is looking to lure in unsuspecting victims today, as BloodRayne: Betrayal sinks its teeth into the PC market with a Steam release. The polarizing WayForward side-scroller initially landed on PlayStation 3 an...

Kyle MacGregor

4:45 PM on 04.25.2014

Yakuza Ishin came to PS3 & PS4 to do right by fans, just not western ones

Yakuza Ishin, released in concert with the PS4 in Japan as the best selling (not-bundled) software, is probably never releasing outside of Japan. SEGA sidestepped localizing Yakuza 5 to put all its efforts towards developing ...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Play this crappy Raid 2 brawler & you could win an Xbox One

The Raid is a great action film. It's sequel comes out this Friday. I assume it's also good. I saw a "making of" GIF where they pass a camera through a car window to the passenger seat, which is actually a disguised person, w...

Steven Hansen





7:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Doujin fighter Magical Battle Festa strikes PC today

Magical Battle Festa is hitting PC today, courtesy of the localization team at Playism. Set in a future where mankind has averted crisis by harnessing the power of magic, this arena fighter pits up to four-players in an all-...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville photo
Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville
by Darren Nakamura

Fifteen years ago, The Powerpuff Girls was my jam. I used to watch it (along with Dexter's Laboratory) just about every day after coming home from school, but before firing up a videogame. A couple weeks ago, when The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville was announced, I approached it with a level of caution appropriate for a beloved childhood franchise resurrected with a new look. That is to say, I was prepared for the worst.

Previously, developer Radiangames was mostly known for a handful of decent, but perhaps uninspired Xbox Live Indie Games. Licensed titles are often sub-par, and especially those that are timed to release in the same window as the source material. Despite all of that, Defenders of Townsville ends up as a unique, genuinely entertaining metroidvania.

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5:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Senran Kagura Burst box art was almost even sexier

Marvelous AQL didn't shy away from titillation with apparent porn game Senran Kagura Burst's European box art. The initial plan was even more blatant. The original box art design, prototyped above, was a slip cover. The outer...

Steven Hansen

9:30 AM on 03.10.2014

Fight Club as a 16-bit beat-em-up game

This was a treat to find this morning. It's the latest installment of "8-Bit Cinema", a series from YouTube Channel Cinefix which presents how films might have been represented in classic games, and they've cast Fight Club&n...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Guacamelee's Super Turbo Championship Edition enhancements detailed

How many copies of Guacamelee! is too many? At first glance, I was sure I'd be able to pass on the recently-announced Super Turbo Championship Edition for Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One having played it once before on PS3...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Senran Kagura Burst commercial likens it to pornography

If you still live at home with an edgy "No stupid people beyond this point" sign on your door and your mom still cleans your bedroom for you because you are a child, she might find your porn game, this unfunny commercial suggests, with bundled up tissues and Vaseline.  Yes, you'll be Senran Kagura BUSTED. 

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 02.27.2014

Double Dragon: Neon update addresses online lag

Patrick reviewed the recent PC version of Double Dragon: Neon and found the game itself to be rad but couldn't say the same for its online cooperative play due to input lag. A new update on Steam has been released to remedy t...

Jordan Devore

7:30 AM on 02.14.2014

Battle Princess of Arcadias collides with PSN in 2014

Battle Princess of Arcadias and its splashy art are bound for North America and Europe later this year, thanks to the fine folks at NIS America. The Odin Sphere-esque action role-playing game will launch on PlayStation 3...

Kyle MacGregor

2:45 PM on 02.06.2014

Double Dragon: Neon now available on Steam

The zaniest adventure of Billy and Jimmy Lee is available for PC players today, as Double Dragon: Neon arrives on Steam. You may now purchase it for the perfectly reasonable sum of $9.99. Setting aside all of the awesome...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 01.21.2014

Side-scrolling shooter/fighter To the Death looks great

Words can wait. Hop to To the Death's Kickstarter page and hit play on the video. Get past the few concept images and check out the 0:15 mark. Yeah. That. YES. This beauty comes from former Infinity Ward and Sony Santa Monic...

Dale North