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7:00 AM on 08.29.2014

New 3DS themes confirmed, including Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing

During today's Nintendo Direct, themes were confirmed for the 3DS. They'll essentially morph your home menu into whatever you choose, with extra music, sounds, backgrounds, and icons to go along with it. The ones shown during...

Chris Carter

6:32 AM on 08.29.2014

Xenoblade Chronicles confirmed for New 3DS

So that's why Shulk is in Super Smash Bros. After showing off the "New 3DS" model during their Japanese Direct, Nintendo cut right into some footage of Xenoblade Chronicles on the 3DS. Very little is actua...

Chris Carter



The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo photo
The 'New Nintendo 3DS' is a new 3DS iteration from Nintendo
by Chris Carter

[Update: Nintendo has confirmed that DS games will still work, and to not expect an international release anytime in 2014.]

Nintendo has revealed yet another 3DS unit -- the "New Nintendo 3DS." It'll feature bigger screens, colored face buttons, a second stick (a tiny nub called the "C-stick," modeled after the GameCube), faster download speeds, a better browser, extra shoulder buttons, and amiibo functionality (NFC). The Nintendo Direct showed off the second stick with Monster Hunter, with the player manipulating the camera with the right nub.

Another bit of functionality Nintendo has shown is enhanced 3D. When viewing 3D effects on the side on a regular 3DS or XL, it'll become blurry. But on the "New 3DS" it'll be very clear regardless of the direction. Look at the gallery below for a visual representation of this concept.

It'll come in white, metallic blue, black, and metallic black, and will be available in both regular and "XL" sizes. It's coming on October 11th for 16,000 and 18,800 yen (for regular and XL respectively).

Right now it's just announced for Japan, but stay tuned.

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Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros. photo
Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct kicked off with a bang, officially unveiling Shulk in Super Smash Bros, set to hit the 3DS and Wii U later this year.

Following a leak that included the Xeno star, it looks like the other characters are going to follow at some point! Watch the video above for some footage -- he looks fun to play.

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4:00 PM on 08.28.2014

See everything exclusive to PlayStation for Destiny in one video

Although the "default" is to get mad at Microsoft for locking down exclusives, Sony has one in the pocket for Destiny. It involves a small amount of content, but content nonetheless, and you can get a full look of what to ex...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Final Fantasy XIV celebrates its anniversary with 'The Rising' event

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a year old as of yesterday, and to celebrate, a new event is happening in the town of Limsa Lominsa. Fans will be able to complete a small questline (about 10 minutes) to unlock the "Huzza...

Chris Carter





2:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Diablo III's patch 2.1.0 brings seasonal challenges, Greater Rifts

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has a new update, titled patch 2.1.0 -- and it comes with a lot of changes. "Seasonal" characters allow you to restart the game with a new build, which can earn you special items, leaderboard plac...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 08.28.2014

Stick it to the Man is on Xbox One as of today

Stick it to the Man managed to do something that rarely any other game on the market does these days -- make me laugh. Billed as a "comedic platformer," Stick it is now available on the Xbox One for $9.99. Develope...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 08.28.2014

That PSN maintenance is rescheduled for today

Remember that DDoS attack on the PSN networks last weekend? Well there was supposed to be a scheduled maintenance day that following Monday, but it was postponed due to the unexpected issues that took place. That day has come...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man August concludes with X3

Today is a massive day for the Nintendo eShop -- one of the biggest in recent memory. On the Wii U we have Mega Man X3 on the Virtual Console, followed by Donkey Kong Jr. Math, SteamWorld Dig, and The Fall. The...

Chris Carter



Review: Mighty Gunvolt photo
Review: Mighty Gunvolt
by Chris Carter

Inti Creates is just full of surprises. First, we had the announcement of a brand new Mega Man-like project that absolutely exploded on Kickstarter. Then we got word that Azure Striker Gunvolt was in production, and was an attempt to recreate the feel of the Mega Man X and ZX titles.

Now, we have a full-on 8-bit loveletter to the NES area in the form of Mighty Gunvolt, which is a free add-on for Striker. Provided that Mighty No. 9 delivers, this is going to be one hell of a retro trifecta.

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Review: Azure Striker Gunvolt photo
Review: Azure Striker Gunvolt
by Chris Carter

If Capcom ever decides that they're done with Mega Man, someone will carry the torch. Whether it's tireless fan creators or the father of the Blue Bomber himself, the Mega Man community is one of the most passionate collectives I've ever seen in the gaming industry.

Not content with rebooting his creation entirely with Mighty No. 9, Inti Creates has crafted a love-letter to Mega Man ZX, and the 8-bit era. If Azure Striker Gunvolt is anything to go by, I hope that passion lives on for quite a while.

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Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Old Iron King photo
Review: Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Old Iron King
by Chris Carter

While Dark Souls II brought me back to that special place that I found with Demon's Souls in many ways, the first DLC pack, Crown of the Sunken King, didn't go far enough with its concepts.

It's really hard to give us a worthwhile add-on with Artorias of the Abyss looming over it, but the second pack, Crown of the Old Iron King, does a much better job of distilling the Souls experience.

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1:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Pillar, a collection of 'psychological minigames' is coming to PS4

Developer Michael Hicks has announced a new project for the PS4 -- it's called Pillar. It will consist of a collection of minigames, each modeled after a different personality type. Examples given are introverts, logical peop...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Insanity's Blade gets overhauled, now has almost twice as many stages

After weeks of retooling, developer Casual Bit Games has announced that action platformer Insanity's Blade will be hitting the PC on September 1st. The developer has informed Destructoid that instead of being presented i...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Hiro and Baymax of Big Hero 6 officially unveiled for Disney Infinity

Some time ago the toys for Disney Infinity 2.0's Big Hero 6 were leaked, and Disney Interactive has responded with an official trailer for the pair. Although it's easy to see what Baymax the robot can do with ...

Chris Carter