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9:30 AM on 08.02.2014

Celebrate Y2K all over again with WayForward's first GBC game

Late last year, we were lucky to have industry legend and founding member of WayForward Matt Bozon on Sup Holmes. That's where I heard about Xtreme Sports, WayForward's first Gameboy Color game. It sounded like a cross betwe...

Jonathan Holmes



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How would you feel if your online opponent was secretly a bot?
by Jonathan Holmes

Yesterday I was playing Wii Sports Club Boxing online while contemplating stuff to talk about on this week's Sup Holmes. I thought I'd have a while to think, but I was wrong. I only had to wait like 3 seconds before I was thrown into a match. For the least popular mode of a game that I'm guessing hasn't even sold 750,000 yet, that's not too shabby. 

I got my butt kicked, so I jumped into another match. Again, it was just 3 seconds before I found a new opponent. Again, I got beat down (K.O'ed on the first fall!), so again I went looking for another a new challenger. Again, I was paired up quickly, but this time I won. After that I cut my losses and went back to training mode. Sometimes its best to quit while you're ahead. 

Now I'm not accusing Nintendo of anything here, but while punching those giant floating training mode plates, the thought crossed my mind that the person I just fake-assautled might not even be real. Maybe none of them were real. They did engage in a few exchanges with me using the games pre-set text dialogue system, but that's not exact solid proof of humanity. On top of that, all their Mii's were pretty generic, and their fighting styles were awfully similar to what you might find in CPU opponents in single player mode. Then again, in Wii Sports Boxing, there isn't a whole lot of strategy when you're not very good. It's pretty much just "Always Be Punching: The Game" (which tells you how rusty I am that I kept losing), regardless if you're fighting a the game's AI or some other flailing schlub like yourself. 

The question is, if Nintendo had set up some auto-play online opponents to give the illusion that you were taking on a "real" person, would that be a bad thing?

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10:00 AM on 07.27.2014

Darunia will hammer all-comers

Most of the official trailers for Hyrule Warriors are short compilations showing off big and boisterous attacks. What they haven't shown is much of the game's overall flow and pacing. That's caused some to worry that Nintend...

Jonathan Holmes

1:30 PM on 07.26.2014

What if Ganondorf and Link were... closer?

It was fun to see how the internet reacted to speculation that Link in the next Zelda for Wii U might be a woman. The response was very similar to how I imagined the world might respond to a Blasian Link. When it was revealed...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 07.26.2014

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a shameless Zelda-like

Adventure Time is so inherently well suited to videogames that it almost works against it. Every fan of the series already knows what they want in an Adventure Time game. Sadly, none of the game adaptations of the serie...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 07.21.2014

This fake Choir Kids trailer for Smash Bros. 4 is a scream

Did you hear the news? Sweet Patrick Hancock and I let loose a huge eruption of mental fan fudge about Smash Bros. 4 last Sunday! We rattled on and on about our hopes, fears, and predictions for the game, making for an edito...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 07.20.2014

How DannyB defeated his father

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes, w...

Jonathan Holmes



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Smash Bros. 4: Hopes, Fears, and Predictions
by Jonathan Holmes

When it comes to writing about Smash Bros, I'm a control freak. If Destructoid goes more than a day without posting about the series, I get impatient. Smash Bros is actually a big reason why I got started here. Back in 2007, the great Adam Dork hosted a weekly Smash Bros Dojo contest where readers were invited to guess what the daily Smash Bros news would be for the day.

Those were simpler times. No responsibility, no accidentally enraging thousands of people by having opinions about game design, no accusations of only working for Dtoid for the fame and fortune, or of being a being hipster who only writes about videogames to impress women who wear wooden glasses and ride bicycles made of hemp. While I'm happy to be where I am today, there's definitely advantages to being "just a fan" and not a "a videogame editorialist" (whatever that means). 

Patrick Hancock and I decided to approach this article from strictly a fan's perspective. We love Smash Bros. We think about it everyday. Getting those thoughts out of our brains felt good, and we hope it feels good for you to read about them.

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11:00 AM on 07.20.2014

EarthBound localization dev chats about the old days on his new Kickstarter

Marcus Lindblom is a heck of a guy. Every time you think he's let loose everything there is to tell about taking Shigesato Itoi's Mother 2 and transforming it into EarthBound, he pulls out some new stories to shares. Right no...

Jonathan Holmes





2:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Super Mario Bros. 2's 8 rules of a super player contain life lessons

While a lot may be lost in translation here, this Japanese "player's guide" for Super Mario Bros. 2 (spotted on the Ultra Scrub Quotes IV's twitter) still paints an vivid picture of a different time in videogame history. Most...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Burrito Galaxy 65 coming to Steam, 'prolly' PlayStation and Wii U

Burrito Galaxy 65: Cellular Destinies (Based on a true manga) THIS GAME IS GARBAGE EDITION, the adventure formerly known as Burrito Galaxy 64: Mega-Tortilla Bean Saga 30X6 - Planetoid SAL-5A XIV Director's Cut: Extreme ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 07.19.2014

Corey 'Reyyy' Lewis re-imagines Samus as a nature photographer

Way back when, Corey "Reyyy" Lewis wrote and drew a comic for Udon based on Capcom's cult classic fighting game Rival Schools. It was canceled before the final issue saw print. The fact that it never got a proper resolution h...

Jonathan Holmes

3:15 PM on 07.17.2014

Skullgirls lead animator fantasizes about Fatal Frame in Smash Bros.

[Update: Mariel wanted you to know that the heavy lifting on the animation for Double was done by Dave Smith and BahiJD. The original concept for the character came from Skullgirls creator Alex Ahad.] Mariel Cartwright i...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 07.13.2014

Two pros are 'edgy' about slight landing lag in Smash Bros. 4

Yesterday I wrote an article about why I'd like to have the option to turn on tripping in Smash Bros for the Wii U and 3DS. It upset a lot of people. Sorry, guys. One part that some people found particularly insulting was ins...

Jonathan Holmes



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

[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 like I "tripped" up! I meant to say "dodge." Sometimes when you type too fast, you put down the wrong word, and it may not get caught in the proofread. My apologies.

Also, there is some dispute over if "L-canceling" is an "unintended abuse" of the game's system, or something intended by the developers. My guess is that it's both -- that "L-canceling" was intended by the developers, but players learned to exploit it to a degree that Sakurai and the gang didn't intend, which could be why it was removed from Brawl entirely. It's hard to say for sure though, as Sakurai hasn't made any comment on the subject that I know of. Either way, you should know that "L-canceling" may be an intended mechanic in Melee and Smash Bros on the N64. Hope that helps, and if you find any other mistakes, you can let me know on twitter- @tronknotts. Thanks everybody!]

[Update 2: I asked Michael "Mr Bean" Molinary to write a counterpoint to my point and it's really good.]

There's a Smash Bros. tournament going on tonight at a local comic book store. The creator of Catlateral Damage and I were planning on attending, but they changed the game from Brawl to Melee at the last minute. We both backed out, resigned to the reality of the situation, but still disappointed. It's totally understandable that the majority of competitive Smash players prefer the increased level of fast and precise character control that Melee offers over Brawl, but as diehard Lucas, Olimar, and Squirtle fans, Melee isn't worth the $15 entry fee. 

I figured I'd get over it by watching some Melee at EVO, and I quickly found myself feeling frowny. It seems like the longer the game is played, the less high level competitors try new things. Most of the matches were just a high-speed poke and fake contest. The only times things got really interesting was when a character is in the clutch, trying to recover from being knocked off the edge, but those mechanics are just as fun to watch in Brawl or even the original N64 Smash Bros

I wondered how much more interesting it would be to watch some aggressive play in Brawl. Yes, even though it has tripping. Especially because it has tripping. 

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3:30 PM on 07.12.2014

The Angry Video Game Nerd Game is coming to Wii U soon, 3DS later

We gave the Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures an 8.5 when it came out on PC last year. Our resident Mega Man expert and James Rolfe fan Tony Ponce found the game to be quite compatible with his particular sensibilities. It sho...

Jonathan Holmes