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2:00 PM on 01.17.2015

Obscure Video Games: Nanashi no Game

[Update: Sorry for the confusion everyone! As you said in the comments, the link below is actually for the sequel to Nanashi no Game and not for the original. Thanks for the correction!] Nanashi no Game (The Nameless Game) is...

Obscure Video Games

12:00 PM on 10.03.2014

What gaming locations would you want turned into a Smash Bros. stage?

I was driving home from having lunch with Dale North the other day when I got to thinking about Super Mario RPG, aka the best game ever. I think about that game a lot, and it tends to pop into my head quite often for one reas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Renegade Kid now has the rights for the Dementium series

Did you like the Dementium series on the Nintendo DS? Well there's a reason why developer Renegade Kid couldn't create more games in the franchise -- they didn't have the rights. After a long wait, Renegade's Jools Watsh...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 06.19.2014

Ah, so that's where all those extra copies of iCarly 2 ended up

I figured former Destructoid editor-in-chief Nick Chester had purchased all of the unwanted copies of iCarly 2: iJoin the Click! and, I don't know, bathed in them or something. Apparently not! This image comes from reddit use...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 06.02.2014

Fans have translated Retro Game Challenge 2

At long last, Aaron Tokunaga-Chmielowiec and co. have released their English translation for Retro Game Challenge 2 / Game Center CX 2. The patch is available for download here. Thanks to XSEED, we got a taste of the series b...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 05.20.2014

So long, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

Nintendo is no longer supporting its Wi-Fi Connection service as of today, marking the end of online functionality for Wii, DS, and DSi games -- but, notably, not the end of the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop, and video services....

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 05.12.2014

These are the EA games going offline on June 30

Electronic Arts said last month that it was working to find a solution to the GameSpy Technology shutdown on May 31, 2014 that will mean the end of online functionality, including multiplayer, for a number of titles that rely...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 04.22.2014

2K moving Borderlands, Civilization games to Steamworks

2K has announced plans to migrate some of its online-enabled games away from GameSpy Technology since the service is shutting down on May 31, 2014. Loads of titles will be impacted -- not just 2K's library -- so consider this...

Jordan Devore

10:40 PM on 02.26.2014

Nintendo ending online services for DS and Wii titles

[Update: Nintendo of America, as well as Australia, have also announced the end of the Wi-Fi Connection service. Looks like it's across the board.] Nintendo of Japan has announced that they're ending all DS and Wii online ser...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:29 PM on 01.29.2014

Wii U Virtual Console will be getting DS games soon

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave a presentation detailing what they're doing to turnaround the company's poor performance. On top of the stuff we detailed here, it was also revealed that the Wii U will be seeing Nintendo ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:00 PM on 10.13.2013

Top Ten Legit Pokemon

With Pokemon X and Y now out for public consumption, you're probably curious as to what the best Pokemon are for your silky pleasures. Fortunately, Jim Sterling is here to drop knowledge bombs in yo' face, and tell which Pokemon are the most legit.  I know lots of things about Pokemon. Let me talk to you about Pokemon.

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Doodle Jump is heading to 3DS and...DS?

Doodle Jump on smartphones is one of the best time wasters on the platform, but the Kinect version was a huge mess, mostly due to the forced motion controls. So it seems as if they're trying again with Doodle Jump for the 3DS...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 09.05.2013

Stan Lee is a playable character in LEGO Marvel Heroes

You knew Stan Lee was going to make an appearance in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. But did you know he was going to be a complete badass? Stan Lee can Hulk out, swing around like Spider-Man, use a laser blast like Cyclops -- He has ALL the powers. He's basically like Rogue, or I don't know, Amazo from the DC Universe if you want to cross comic streams.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 08.28.2013

Layton series has sold over 15 million units

Level-5 has kicked the fans in the collective nuts with the complete tonal shift that is Layton 7. That must mean the games are on their last legs and can no longer make bank on Nintendo handhelds alone, right? Not likely if ...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 08.21.2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes also coming to Xbox One and PS4

Finally, after all this time, we get to see the villains of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Magneto, Dr. Doom, Venom, Dr. Octopus, Loki, Green Goblin, and even Galactus himself will all be featured in the game. We get to see some ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 07.17.2013

This is the ultimate collection of Zelda strategy guides

Well look at what just popped up over on Amazon! The Legend of Zelda Box Set is a collection of Prima strategy guides that includes six hardcover books for Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 07.02.2013

The rights to the Moon IP revert to Renegade Kid in 2014

Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham has some good news for Moon fans -- they will regain the rights to the Moon IP in 2014. Apparently a deal was struck between Renegade Kid and the publisher (Mastiff) in 2009, with a five year agre...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 06.06.2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a ton of fun

I am so jealous of kids growing up this day and age. They have the coolest videogame consoles, the Internet, iPads, and now LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Combining Marvel, one of the hottest movie proprieties right now (and not t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Color Commando photo
Review: Color Commando
by Chris Carter

The combination of puzzle and platforming is one of my favorite hybrid genres of all time. There's something about having to figure out challenges on the fly while testing your twitch capabilities that makes for a unique experience, and the mix of the two tends to fit perfectly more often than not.

Unfortunately, the formula doesn't always go right. Sometimes, the action elements feel off due to wonky physics, and not all puzzles are created equal. Color Commando is one of those games that could have been so much more with just a few tweaks.

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3:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Galactus is coming for you in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

The next game to get the LEGO treatment is Marvel, and this new teaser trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes shows off some of the 100 characters you'll be playing with. The teaser also ends with Galactus's giant shadowing ec...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Nintendo promises to continue selling the DS

In its fiscal year report released earlier today, Nintendo withheld a forecast for DS unit sales through March 31, 2014. Considering that even the Wii received a new yearly target, the logical assumption would be that Nintend...

Tony Ponce



Nintendo missed fiscal year targets for 3DS, Wii U photo
Nintendo missed fiscal year targets for 3DS, Wii U
by Tony Ponce

Nintendo's fiscal year 2013 report was just released today, and the details are... well... umm... they're certainly something alright. Neither hot nor cold. Just... there.

For the year ending on March 31, 2013, Nintendo posted revenues of ¥635.4 billion (~$6.4 billion), down 1.9% from last year, and an operating loss of ¥36.4 billion ($~366 million), all thanks to the lackluster sales of the Wii U. But there is a silver lining due to favorable exchange rates, which actually sees Nintendo with a net profit of ¥7.1 billion (~$71.4 million), an improvement over last year's shocking $434.5 million loss.

But the truly unfortunate -- yet completely expected -- figures come from pure hardware and software sales. Despite a forecast revision from 5.5 million to 4 million, the Wii U wasn't even able to meet that, ending the year with a mere 3.45 million units sold. That means from January through March, only 390,000 consoles were sold worldwide. Likewise, the software target was reduced from 24 million to 16 million, yet only 13.42 million games were sold. Ouch.

The 3DS fared a bit better, selling 13.95 million units and 49.61 million copies of software, both increases over last year's totals. But it too missed its hardware target of 15 million down from 17.5 million. Not to mention, the 3DS is now falling behind its older brother, the DS, which managed to sell 23.56 million units back during its third fiscal year.

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10:30 AM on 04.09.2013

Pachter: Nintendo should leave the console business

In the latest episode of Michael "Frisky Buns" Pachter Says Things About Nintendo And Everybody Gets Angry, the industry analyst was asked if he hated Nintendo. The slick-tongued gentleman said he didn't actively dislike the ...

Jim Sterling



Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes photo
Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
by Abel Girmay

Just when you thought they were out of good licenses to adapt for LEGO videogames, they pull one back in. Among others, we've explored the adventures of Indiana Jones, the far away galaxy of Star Wars, and the hallowed halls of DC.

Now, TT Games jumps ship to the realm of the god of thunder, the merc with the mouth, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Just recently we got to see an early look at the game, and it's none too shabby.

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9:45 PM on 03.31.2013

Cat Girl Without Salad is the new best thing ever

The announcement of DuckTales Remastered caused a lot of people to freak the hell out, but that wasn't the only trick WayForward had up their sleeves. They've got a new IP coming "exclusively" to Nintendo 3DS, DS, Wii, W...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 03.27.2013

GDC: Rune Factory development resisted by Marvelous, fans

Apparently development staff and even Harvest Moon fans didn't see the need to add combat to the farming formula. Marvelous AQ Executive Officer/CCO Yoshifumi Hashimoto shared at a panel this morning that he didn't have many ...

Jayson Napolitano

3:00 PM on 03.23.2013

FEZ creator thinks DS and 3DS are bullsh*t

Indie game developers are certainly an outspoken lot, aren't they? Phil Fish, creator of the dimension-flipping XBLA platformer FEZ, finally decided to hop on the Monster Hunter train starting with Ultimate for 3DS. He thinks...

Tony Ponce

3:45 PM on 02.25.2013

More details on upcoming event Pokémon Meloetta

Beginning March 4 in North America, there will be a limited-time Pokémon distribution event for Meloetta at GameStop. After that date, you'll have three weeks to make a trip over to secure this Normal- and Psychic-typ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 02.19.2013

Pachter talks more about Nintendo's Wii U 'mistake'

Following yesterday's angry protests from Nintendo fans, industry analyst Michael "Fishy Sunday" Pachter took to NeoGAF to clarify his statements.There was uproar when Pachter said the Wii U was a mistake Nintendo may never r...

Jim Sterling





7:15 PM on 02.11.2013

Do want! Homebrew Portal gameplay on the DS

There are many things that make me proud to be a gamer, and one of them is the homebrew/fangame community. To me, there's almost nothing better than a group of passionate fans getting together and creating something ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 02.09.2013

Pokémon Black and White 2 getting hilarious event Pokémon

Every once in a while Nintendo emerges from its ivory tower to participate in special charity events where it provides free Pokémon for the unwashed washes to enjoy. Sometimes they're cool, other times you ge...

Kyle MacGregor



How Nintendo breaks hearts with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System photo
How Nintendo breaks hearts with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System
by Jim Sterling

Earlier this week, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto claimed his company had failed to "communicate the value" of the Wii U to consumers, a turn of phrase that struck me as quite amusing. As a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, all I could think of was the first stage of Dennis Reynolds' system of seduction, the D.E.N.N.I.S. System, whereby he "demonstrates value" to sucker a woman into falling for him. 

After thinking about it (and reading the Destructoid community's reaction to the Nintendo/Dennis connection), I started to realize Nintendo and Always Sunny's lecherous sociopath have way more in common, and that the D.E.N.N.I.S. System may well be applied to the company's business strategy in its entirety.

Nintendo might be taking lessons from the show as it perfects the art of seducing fans and breaking their hearts for its own sordid gains. 

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4:30 PM on 02.04.2013

Here's how to get Meloetta in Pokemon Black and White

March? I don't even want to start thinking about March yet. That said, it's nice to get the heads-up on the planned distribution event for the Mythical Pokémon Meloetta in North America. You'll want to take a trip...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 02.02.2013

Here's how to turn your 3DS into a Pokedex

Who out there is unlike me and doesn't still have their original Pokedex from back in the day? Well, if you have a 3DS and/or 3DS XL you can turn that boring device into a freaking Pokedex! Etsy shop GameThemedThings&nbs...

Brett Zeidler



Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant photo
Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant
by Allistair Pinsof

When assessing a publisher's impact on the industry, we tend to focus on the highs rather than consistency. THQ was anything but consistent, putting out Nintendo DS shovelware, rushed licensed games, and taking part in one of the absolute worst games of all time with Mohawk & Headphone Jack. And yet, THQ occupies a warm place in our hearts. Those three letters represent some of the best times we had with games of the past decade, bringing unknown studios like Volition and Relic into the limelight.

Once we scraped off all the Bratz games and pet sims, we had a hard time determining THQ's top ten best.

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10:30 AM on 01.30.2013

Nintendo is profitable again, cuts Wii U / 3DS targets

It's good news, bad news time. Good news: After suffering a rough year of losses thanks to the 3DS' sluggish start, Nintendo was able to become profitable again through the first nine months of the 2012 / 2013 fiscal period. ...

Tony Ponce

7:15 PM on 01.29.2013

Character progression in Fire Emblem: Awakening explained

Fire Emblem: Awakening is almost here, guys. Just one more week; you can make it. To get you ready and up to speed, Nintendo has produced a new video that completely explains the character progression system in the latest in...

Brett Zeidler

11:45 AM on 01.28.2013

Nintendo Network is going down for maintenance

Beyond Nintendo's regular maintenance of its online services, the company will be going through a brief period of emergency maintenance for the Nintendo Network this week. If you experience any odd behavior over the next two ...

Jordan Devore



C'mon, Level-5! Localize Ni no Kuni DS already! photo
C'mon, Level-5! Localize Ni no Kuni DS already!
by Tony Ponce

Tomorrow, January 22, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally arrives on US shelves. The PlayStation 3 role-playing game is a collaboration between developer Level-5, and animation house Studio Ghibli -- two companies that are among the most consistent in their medium in terms of quality. Any joint effort from these two powerhouses demands attention.

I demoed Wrath of the White Witch at E3 and came away quite tickled. Jim Sterling certainly had a ball based on our official review. And Dale North... well... he's Dale North. After years of waiting, we should all feel happy and blessed that we are about to get our mitts on such a treasure.

But I'm not happy, guys.

Ni no Kuni PS3 may have made the journey overseas, but the DS original remains grounded in Japan. And there is zero reason for that. None.

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