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Review: Volgarr the Viking photo
Review: Volgarr the Viking
by Tony Ponce

Can I talk about DuckTales Remastered for a minute?

I'm not going to cite any specific examples, but I've read more than a handful of reviews that knocked Remastered down for being a bit too "classic" in the difficulty department. Some people had such a rough time that it actually soured their opinion of the original -- I guess DuckTales was just more flawed than we dared to admit, and it took this remake to finally bring the truth to light.

I am very disappointed in those people.

It's f*cking DuckTales, one of the easier games in the NES library! Are you so spoiled by modern design leniency that you spout tired labels like "cheap" and "unfair" whenever a game punishes you for your failure to learn and adapt? Or is it that you'll only accept above-average challenge when offset by a safety net -- like checkpoints seemingly every two steps -- to spare you the horror of having to exercise caution and restraint? Heaven forbid a game asks you to plan ahead before plunging headlong into uncharted territory.

If that's you, you need to play Volgarr the Viking and gain some goddamn perspective.

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2:00 AM on 09.23.2013

Composer Hip Tanaka honors Yamauchi with Nintendo remixes

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who made Nintendo a gaming empire, passed away last week. Though he may have been a cutthroat codger while at the company's helm, his influence cannot be denied. His former employees have no doubt fo...

Tony Ponce

11:59 PM on 09.22.2013

The Weekend Hotness: Eating with Dale around the world

Games at TGS? I don't give a toss. Dale, please post more photos of the wonderful food you've been enjoying. Do an entire post just on that. My inner foodie hungers. Elsewhere this weekend, Jim Sterling starts Doorways on Now...

Tony Ponce

11:59 PM on 09.20.2013

The Daily Hotness: Bohemian Gravity

You could spend many years in grad school accruing massive amounts of debt to earn a master's degree in quantum physics. Or you could watch an a cappella parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody" that condenses all the material in six m...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 09.18.2013

Mario SpaghettiOs!? Are we back in the 80s!?

I thought this was a joke. It's not a joke. Campbell's has partnered with Nintendo to release Mario-branded SpaghettiOs. Why, yes, it is the year 2013. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, you couldn't toss a penny down a supe...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 09.18.2013

Videri String Quartet plays game music with class

Do you like you game arrangements to have a flair for the classical? Then check out Videri String Quartet, a four-piece string cover band ready to dazzle you with their sensible covers of classic game tunes. After receiving ...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 09.17.2013

Inti Creates contributing art to both new Shantae games

We all owe WayForward an apology. We haven't been paying the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero much attention because Mighty No. 9 gobbled up everyone's focus. I knew weeks in advance that WayForward was planning to la...

Tony Ponce

3:00 AM on 09.17.2013

Mega Man is getting two more anniversary albums

As excited as everyone is to watch the Mighty No. 9 train roll on through, there are still some admittedly cool -- and admittedly non-game -- things coming down the Mega Man pipeline. Capcom has commissioned another pair of 2...

Tony Ponce



Mighty No. 9 now OFFICIALLY coming to PS3, 360, and Wii U photo
Mighty No. 9 now OFFICIALLY coming to PS3, 360, and Wii U
by Tony Ponce

You better believe I've had my eyeballs on the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter like a vulture. I wanted to spread the news as soon as the console port goal was finally cleared.

That's right! Mere minutes ago, the donation amount crossed the $2,200,000 threshold, ensuring that comcept and Inti Creates will put Mighty No. 9 on PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. I always knew this stretch goal would be met, but I didn't think it would happen with a full two weeks left to go before the Kickstarter closes. I don't know if it'll be able to hit the $3,300,000 mark required for the PS4 and Xbox One ports, but never count out the massive influx of funds that typically pour in the last couple of days of a crowdfunding campaign.

By the way, have you guys seen Mighty No. 3's design yet? Isn't she just the most adorable Japanese thunder god?

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12:45 PM on 09.16.2013

Start hunting! Pokemon's 'Gotta Catch 'Em All' event

Pokémon X / Y launches on October 12, so to psych players up, The Pokémon Company is running a fun little event from now until the launch date. On Destructoid and several other sites across the net, you'll find...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 09.16.2013

AVGN Adventures diarrhea dumps on Steam on September 23

I got to play an improved build of Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures at PAX this year, and I can reaffirm that it's going to be one hell of a challenge for those in dire need of classic "Nintendo hard" platforming. It's pure e...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 09.16.2013

Archie Mega Man vs. Bad Box Art Mega Man

Archie has released the cover art for Mega Man #33, which immediately follows the "Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon" arc currently running. What's amazing is not the regular newsstand cover but the variant, featuring the infamo...

Tony Ponce

11:59 PM on 09.15.2013

The Weekend Hotness: Mighty Matsumae

Over a week ago, the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter teased a short preview of composer Manami Matsumae playing the game's theme on piano. It was all to hype up the interview above, in which Miss "Chanchacorin" talks about her time...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 09.15.2013

World 1-2: Encore offers more world-class game arranges

World 1-2 was pretty amazing. If you didn't snatch it up when it was first released, do realize that you have been missing out on a masterful collaboration of professional game composers and enthusiast arrangers, with contrib...

Tony Ponce

1:00 AM on 09.15.2013

Make way for DLC!

OH MY GOD! I am dying, you guys! I'm dead! This isn't the only parody that YouTuber SMNtoob slapped together (OH SNAP! It was our own Genki-JAM the whole time! Why didn't I read the video descriptions more carefully?). He's got a Mulan one from last month. I don't even mind the bad signing, 'cause this sh*t is golden! Make Way For DLC! - An Aladdin Parody [YouTube via NeoGAF]

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 09.14.2013

Nintendo eShop: A work in progress

As we creep towards the one-year anniversary of Wii U's launch, players are readying themselves for the second-generation lineup of games that will hopefully make up for the rather dull spring and summer months. But with upco...

Tony Ponce