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4:00 PM on 12.08.2012

Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears

Last night, I noticed that the final issue of Nintendo Power was in stock at Barnes & Noble. Naturally, I bought two copies: one to peruse and one to leave in the shrink wrap FOR. EV. ER. If you've ever been an NP reader ...

Tony Ponce

2:15 PM on 11.30.2012

The final Nintendo Power cover is perfect

On the left is Nintendo Power #1. On the right is the final issue, #285. Wow. Bravo. We were hoping to wait until the mag hit newsstands on December 11, but since this photo of its cover has been making the rounds all day, we...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 11.23.2012

Let's watch 27 minutes of Rockman commercials!

Thanksgiving is over, which means it's time to shift gears and focus on the next major celebration: the 25th anniversary of Mega Man! My writing output, which was already very Mega Man-heavy, is poised to become even more "m...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 10.31.2012

Review: Retro City Rampage

[Full Disclosure: Not only do current and former Destructoid staff appear as unlockable character skins in the game, there's also a main story mission during which you go inside a giant Mr. Destructoid robot. For these reaso...

Tony Ponce

1:00 AM on 10.15.2012

Google celebrates Little Nemo's 107th birthday

The first installment of Winsor McCay's influential Little Nemo in Slumberland strip was published in the New York Herald on October 15, 1905. To celebrate the comic's 107th birthday, Google has created an interactive Doodle ...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 10.10.2012

He-Man punches Skeletor's friends in new iOS brawler

Sweet nostalgia is the hook by which Chillingo and Glitchsoft hope to snatch you with He-Man, a new brawler coming universally to iOS devices. It's based on the old cartoon, you see. This means I'm going to buy it. Because I'...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 08.30.2012

Build your own dream arcade in Arcadecraft

In what is one of the most simplest but genuinely clever game ideas in a while, Arcadecraft tasks players with managing their own '80s arcade. You must satisfy customers by adjusting pricing, conveniences, and adapting to th...

Allistair Pinsof

9:00 PM on 08.27.2012

Halfont, original SNES jams that come in a cool box set

Yesterday, I shared news of Shnabubula's SNESology, an ongoing musical project in which multiple musicians create brand new songs using the soundsets from SNES games. One of the contributing artists, William Kage, recently re...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 07.19.2012

Remix! A nostalgic look at the evolution of PC games

Over on Polygon, Reverse Enginears has posted a rather excellent look at the progression of PC gaming, starting with Zork and M.U.L.E. and continuing all the way up to Diablo III. Best of all, it's set to the catchy beeps an...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 07.18.2012

You're probably going to forget about Double Dragon: Neon

[Update: My mistake, I read the date wrong in the press release. Double Dragon: Neon is actually coming out in September. Far better timing than the blockbuster month of November, with the exception of Borderlands 2 and Kirby...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:15 PM on 06.27.2012

I had ALMOST forgotten how crappy Tiger LCD games were

Before the Game Boy, handheld gaming was dominated by LCD electronic devices, most famously the Game & Watch line. Each device was dedicated to playing a single game in the crudest way imaginable -- all possible object l...

Tony Ponce

9:00 AM on 06.14.2012

EA: Syndicate failed, old IP still to be resurrected

Electronic Arts has admitted that the attempted Syndicate reboot didn't pay off as intended, but that hasn't stopped the publisher from wanting to bring back more old game names. After all, there's still so many things that i...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 04.25.2012

The joy of traps

When you think of the word "trap," what's the first thing that comes to mind? If your psyche isn't in the darkest depths of the catacombs, you're probably thinking of a mechanical device with the purpose of inflicting harm up...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 04.23.2012

Yo dawg, I herd u like videogames and haircuts...

... so we put a salon in yo retro game store so u can game in style while u get styled! If you live in or plan on visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, you need to track down Ruben & Bobby, a hair studio that doubles as a retro ...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 04.15.2012

Adding old box art to new videogames makes them awesomer

During the hustle and bustle of PAX week, there were quite a few bits of Internet awesomeness that unfortunately slipped under everyone's noses. I always hate being the last guy to find that "cool new thing," because it feels...

Tony Ponce

11:56 AM on 04.07.2012

PAX: Double Dragon: Neon is Double Dragon-y

As you may have heard, Double Dragon: Neon by WayForward is being showcased on the PAX show floor. Now, Double Dragon II on the NES may just be my favorite co-op brawler of all time. I have a lot of good memories of my dad an...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 04.03.2012

Oooooohh! Regular Show's J.G. Quintel and I talk games

Last February, I wrote an article about Cartoon Network's Regular Show and how it speaks to the 80s generation of gamers with genuine love and attention to detail. Whereas other shows make only cursory, often disparaging ref...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 04.01.2012

Retro City Rampage cereal is a download for your face

"I can really taste the graphics!" How many videogames can you play as well as eat? Inspired by Ralston's nasty-ass Nintendo Cereal System from back in the day, Retro City Rampage: The Cereal brings the pixelated action of R...

Tony Ponce

4:30 PM on 03.23.2012

NES JAMS is a half-and-half blend of piano and chiptune

You got chocolate in my peanut butter! Well, you got peanut butter in my chocolate! And this guy put piano arrangements in my NES music! Is nothing sacred anymore!? For the magical price of "whatever," you can grab a copy of ...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 03.22.2012

Today is a fine day for a FREE EarthBound tribute album

Any day is a fine day for free music of any kind, but EarthBound is a game that strikes a particularly harmonious chord whenever it is mentioned. Maybe if fans believe in the power of friendship and magic enough, Nintendo of ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 03.20.2012

ScrewAttack uncovered a bizarre PSA from the early 90s

Hop into your time-traveling phone booth and go back to the early 90s, when pastels and neon were all the rage and Hulk Hogan was still a real American who fought for the rights of every man. The boys at ScrewAttack were doin...

Tony Ponce



Review: Abobo's Big Adventure photo
Review: Abobo's Big Adventure
by Daniel Starkey

The NES era was a special time for a lot of us. Many of the staff here at Dtoid will always have a certain attachment to the period, myself included.

Abobo's Big Adventure is a tribute to all those who grew up with the gaming gods of old. This free Flash game is quite fun and funny, definitely well worth a trip down memory lane.

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10:30 AM on 02.01.2012

Max Payne (and others) derezzed for 8-bit home computers

What if, instead of Max Payne 3, the next chapter in the saga was a retro throwback for old-ass computers like the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64? You watch the video above and, at first, it doesn't look all that bad. Then you ...

Tony Ponce



The joy of pinball photo
The joy of pinball
by Chad Concelmo

You walk into an arcade. Whether you just finished playing miniature golf, swinging a bat in the batting cages, or just decided to make your way to one of the few remaining standalone arcades hidden in some random downtown nook, it doesn't matter. You are in an arcade and you are happy.

As you walk around on the gaudy, gloriously retro carpet, the smell of lukewarm pizza and burnt popcorn fills the air. The light of a claw machine reflects off the side of an unpolished token dispenser. Kids run past you, waving long trails of red tickets in their hands, as you make your way to the very back of the cabinet-filled room.

You have one destination in mind.

A pinball machine.

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8:00 PM on 01.13.2012

ScrewAttack asks who or what your favorite retro boss is

With a title that I would have expected our own Chad Concelmo to concoct, ScrewAttack has kicked off a new series entitled The Best EVER! The premise is quite self-explanatory: folks ask SA their opinions on the best "whateve...

Tony Ponce

6:15 PM on 01.13.2012

A collection of videogame maps drawn from memory

Here's a novel idea: ask gamers to recreate stage layouts and overworld maps from their favorite games... without any sort of reference! The result is Mapstalgia, a place where folks can upload hand-drawn game maps spawned en...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 12.08.2011

Japan's Super Potato has got all the bomb frostings

Any gamer with an interest in visiting Japan will most undoubtedly be aware of Super Potato, the famous retro game store in Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district. You might have even sen a few videos that tour the joint, but o...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 10.29.2011

Remember The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge?

It's the weekend before Halloween, and my mind turns to thoughts of the spooky. After recently re-watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, I suddenly remembered its sequel, Oogie's Revenge. Never heard of the sequel? Well, it...

Jim Sterling



Guilty pleasures/unsung classics of my SNES childhood photo
Guilty pleasures/unsung classics of my SNES childhood
by Max Scoville

It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the Super Nintendo! To celebrate, Destructoid is offering a week's worth of SNES-related content. Join us for “Seven days of the Super Nintendo!

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is without hesitation THE system of my childhood. In recent years, I’ve been less than enamored with some of Nintendo’s decisions, both commercially and creatively, but nothing they do can ever take away the amount of fondness I have for that grey and purple plastic box.

Even if you asked people who grew up playing Sega Genesis, there’s no denying that the SNES had a lot of incredible games. Titles like Super Metroid and The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past played a big part in my personal golden age of gaming, but they weren’t the only ones I loved. There were other games that I have metaphorically blown on and inserted into a very special cartridge slot in my heart.

I wouldn’t call these games “guilty pleasures,” per se, but I hesitate before loudly declaring them “classics.” They’re not all even SNES exclusives, they were just games I played on the system. They might not have aged as well, but when looked at through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, they’re pretty awesome, and I feel the need to wax nostalgic about them for a moment.

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11:00 PM on 08.12.2011

New Once Upon a Monster trailer is good old family fun

It comes as no surprise that Microsoft has an overly pretentious family enjoying the Kinect in this trailer. Looking past that, the video does a great job showing off how damn fun this game looks. It also gets me all nostalg...

Brett Zeidler





11:30 PM on 07.12.2011

Megamalgamation: 375 iconic Mega Men

Alright, I'm not going to lie -- I really like seeing people take their own spin on characters or artwork. For example, while not exactly a brony myself, I spent way longer than any grown man should browsing the My Little Pon...

Daniel Starkey

8:00 AM on 07.05.2011

Super Mario 3DS to feature more classic suits

The return of the Tanooki suit has been a big talking point for Super Mario 3DS, but Nintendo has revealed that it won't be the only famous costume to make a return. Mario will get to dress in a few other togs from yesteryear...

Jim Sterling

12:20 PM on 06.17.2011

Sonic the Hedgehog 20th anniversary figure looks classy

SEGA has revealed a commemorative 20th anniversary Sonic the Hedehog figurine. In keeping with the theme of Sonic Generations, the figure pays dual respect to both "classic" and "modern" Sonic, with the green-eyed version pos...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 02.18.2011

Regular Show, representing the retro gamer

If you visit this site frequently, chances are you've heard us name-drop Cartoon Network's fairly recent masterpiece Adventure Time. The Destructoid staff, in particular one Jonathan Holmes, loves to draw attention to it when...

Tony Ponce

10:40 PM on 01.28.2011

Destructoid: Carmen Sandiego, Gang Bangs, and The PSP2

Good news everyone! We've just completed work on the latest episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, our heroes discuss WTF the 411 on the PSP2, AKA the NGP is. OMG. If that's not portable Sony news for you, w...

Max Scoville

3:30 PM on 12.21.2010

Wanna be part of The Destructoid Show's Holiday Special?

As you might have noticed, we've entered Holiday mode. In the gaming community, this takes many strange forms. From the guys who made Bulletstorm launching torsos at a Christmas tree, to SEGA actually sending Jim Sterling som...

Max Scoville

9:00 PM on 09.14.2010

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Valkyrie Profile series!

In the previous debate we reached way back to one of the oldest RPG series of all time. Despite release dates spanning about two decades, Ultima fans proved to be every bit as varied as the series over the years. To have an a...

Tom Fronczak

5:00 PM on 09.05.2010

Rare spills guts about company's history

Rare has been kicking around for about 25 years, and despite having a low or two recent years, it has had a great impact on gaming. Known for being a bit camera shy, Rare tends to hold its secrets close to its chest. That's n...

Tony Ponce

8:45 PM on 08.24.2010

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Ultima series

In the last debate, we had one of the closest voting races I've ever seen. Persona 4 would take the lead by two or three votes, and then Persona 3 would strike back with a few votes of its own to tie it up. This continued abo...

Tom Fronczak

11:00 AM on 08.07.2010

Final Fantasy, Ghosts N Goblins and more themes for piano

Nobou Uematsu's record label, Dog Ear Records, is primed and ready to release its next collection of NES themes. Pia-Com II provides us with piano arrangements for music from Commando, Final Fantasy III, Castlevania, Spelunk...

Jonathan Holmes