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8:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Sportsball dev on inciting rivalries, Wii U exclusivity, and big birds

[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

7:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Reminder: Lightsaber crossguards were in No More Heroes first

[Update: You guys in the comments are fast! Thanks for the education on the Star Wars Expanded Universe and its long history of lightsaber crossguards. I wonder if that's where Suda got the idea from? I'll ask him next time I...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Indie Fighter Pocket Rumble headed to the Neo Geo Pocket Color

Pocket Rumble is a tribute to the Neo Geo Pocket Color era of portable fighting games, currently planned for release on Steam. It features cameos from Divekick, Nidhogg, JoyLancer, Lethal League, Aces Wild, Bleed, I Wanna Be...

Jonathan Holmes

2:15 PM on 11.30.2014

Megan Fox talks indie bubbles, detective cats and business for pleasure

[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks for tuning in. We'll have the rerun up next weekend in case you missed it. Here's 10 minutes of Hot Tin Roof to tide you over in the meantime.] Today at 4:00pm EST, Sup Holmes goes live wit...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Owlboy creator proposes a new Wario Land

D-Pad Studio has been working on Owlboy for a long time. When a game looks this good, expectations run high, and the pressure to deliver can be overwhelming. Like a lot of developers, it seems that they escape from the s...

Jonathan Holmes

7:15 PM on 11.27.2014

amiibo is apparently compatible with Moscow's subway system

[Update: Our Russian friends in the comments are reporting that the people in the video are saying that the Samus Amiibo doesn't work with the Moscow Subway. I guess in Soviet Russia, green means stop and red means go.] Like...

Jonathan Holmes



A look at eating in videogames photo
A look at eating in videogames
by Jonathan Holmes

Physical violence is one of the most commonly used game mechanics. There are a few good reasons for that. Violence is an instinctual and direct method to interact with objects, virtual or otherwise. It's something that involves visual, auditory, and tactile feedback to suspend belief around in-game actions, making them feel real despite our conscious awareness that they are not. When done right, violence feels good and it feels real. That's a near-universal truth. 

There are a lot of other things that are just as widely enjoyable. A good nap, hugs, and eating a delicious snack are a few. Sadly, we've had a lot harder time translating those experiences into satisfying game mechanics. We've probably come closest with food. While there is only one first-person eating/drinking game currently on the market, there are plenty of titles that contemplate eating and show the pros and/or cons of chowing down. 

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11:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Twilight Midna, Postman Link, and Ilia Zelda star in the new Hyrule Warriors DLC

The new Hyrule Warriors DLC is looks like a lot better of a deal than the previously released Master's Quest pack, which our own Chris Carter had relatively high praise for. Seeing Midna in her more human-like form is a pret...

Jonathan Holmes

10:30 AM on 11.27.2014

Want a free game? Tell us how gaming makes you feel less alone

[Update: Codes have been sent to winners through Destructoid Private Message, so smoke 'em if you got 'em.] Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday that normalizes the sin of gluttony by couching it under the g...

Jonathan Holmes





7:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Why is Ryu a wolf in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV DLC?

The Misfits have a song called Demonmania (pronounced Deh-EE-Mono-Mee-Ah). In the song, Glenn Danzig clearly sings the words "Look upon me, I am a bee... My mother was a wolf... My father was a wolf." That's what it sounds li...

Jonathan Holmes



Meet the creator of Sportsball, the 2nd best 4-player combat game on the Wii U photo
Meet the creator of Sportsball, the 2nd best 4-player combat game on the Wii U
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Show's over folks! We'll have the rerun up later in the week. Here's the latest Sportsball strategy profile in the meantime.]

The new Smash Bros. is fantastic, but it's not the only 4-player arena-based competitive combat game on the Wii U right now. There's also Sportsball, one of Nintendo's "Nindies", a cross between BaraBariBall (Sportsfriends) and Joust. While I can't recommend it as a single player experience (yet), I can wholeheartedly endorse it with 3 or more players. If you're looking to take a quick break from hitting your friends so hard that they explode, you could do worse that riding a giant peacock and dunking on them instead. 

Today on Sup Holmes we're going live with Auston Montville of Too DX, creators of Sportsball. We'll be talking about the game's Smash Bros. influence, what it's been like working with Nintendo, the struggles of independent development, and a lot more. We'll also be giving away codes for Sportsball and for Sunburn, the delightful outer space, suicide-by-sunfire game for iOS from former Sup Holmes guests. Tune in at 4pm EST for all of the fun. All of it.

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2:15 PM on 11.23.2014

Warning: Girlvania is not a very good Metroidvania

When I see the faux suffix "vania" at the end of a word, I have a Pavlovian reaction. Visions of whipping flying decapitated Medusa heads in mid-air, exploring a Victorian mansion that defies all concepts of sound architectur...

Jonathan Holmes



How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan photo
How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan
by Jonathan Holmes

[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, we did a lot of stuff. First off, we launched a contest for a signed CD by famed Mega Man composer Manami Mastumae. You can still enter if you want. Check out the show for details. 

Fittingly enough, this week's guest was Mastumae-san's friend Dina Abou Karam, the community manager for Comcept (Mighty Number 9). Dina is my new definition of a hardcore gamer. Against all odds, her love of videogames has driven her down a life path that's been packed with unlikely and amazing events. From a little girl playing bootleg copies of JRPGs and gold farming in Final Fantasy VII to developing an autobiographical game about naked people in Japan and working for Mega Man cocreator Keiji Inafune, it's always been videogames for Dina. They are what excite her, motivate her, and fascinate her. Her passion is palpable and infectious. It's no wonder that Comcept chose her to be the online face of the company.

We talked about a lot of things -- Bayonetta 2's awesome design and mismatched marketing, Dina's first commercially released game (Plushed),  the first game she ever remembers playing (a weird monkey-infused version of Tetris), videogame enthusiast culture in Lebanon, and a lot more. I hope this isn't the last time Dina appears on the show. I imagine she'll be in this industry for a long time. It will be exciting to see what she creates next. 

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The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U challenges unlocking guide photo
The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U challenges unlocking guide
by Jonathan Holmes

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was released yesterday. If you've picked up the game, you've likely put a few hours into it already, though chances are a lot of that time has been spent on multiplayer. Sadly, there isn't too much content to unlock with Vs. matches alone. If you're looking to start digging into the rest of the game's content, this is the guide for you!

The challenges are numbered in an order starting from the upper left hand corner, going to the right and then down. If you need help with any of these specific challenges, let us know. I've gotten through about 71 of them myself, and would be more than happy to give you a few tips. That said, I could use a few tips myself. If you can show me how to beat the "Kirby's Crazy Appetite" Event on Hard, I will reward you with a hand drawn thank you card of the Misfits cover of your choosing. 

Note, a lot of trophies that are common in the Smash Bros. for the 3DS are now hard to get unlockables in the Wii U version. If you're content to have Sin and Punishment's Saki Amamiya on your handheld and not your home console game, you may be better off, as clearing All-Star with every character on Hard isn't something that just anybody is capable of doing. 

Good luck!

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No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination photo
No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination
by Jonathan Holmes

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will always be remembered as the game that brought eight-player simultaneous combat to the series. Playing a fully populated match in the new Smash is like watching the same movie on five different screens at the same time, with each screen starting at a different scene in the film. Your brain can process everything properly for a second or two before its forcibly derailed or distracted, only to have it refocus again, then derail again, and so forth, all while fighting for your life in the process. This is what it must be like to have a swarm of bees live in your skull in the place where your brain should be.

What if this newly minted chaos was combined with the old-fashioned, no items, Fox only, Final Destination, serious-business style of Smash Bros. play? Sadly, we may never know, as Smash Bros. for the Wii U doesn't let you play with seven opponents on Final Destination. You can see the moment where the guy trying to choose that stage is denied his ambitions, and his heart sinks. 

He chose Big Battlefield instead, and it's just as well. It's about the backdrop anyway. It's about the futile struggle to keep an eight-player orgy of cartoon violence as "fair and balanced" of a fight as possible.

All those Arwings flying in at the beginning is glorious. 

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Lucasfilm Games creative team reunites for Thimbleweed Park photo
Lucasfilm Games creative team reunites for Thimbleweed Park
by Jonathan Holmes

We were lucky enough to have Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island) on Sup Holmes a few weeks back. Looking back, it looks like Ron may have been utilizing the show for a little pre-kickstarter promotion. Explains why he did the whole show in pixel-face. Fine by me. I'd have his pixel-faced puss on the show every week if I could. 

Ron hinted that he may be working with original Maniac Mansion artist Gary Winnick again soon, but I didn't think it would be this soon. But here we are, looking at a new SCUMM-style game from the creators of the term "cut scene" and the fathers of an entire genre. As a longtime fan of Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, and the first two Monkey Island games, I'm feeling like this all over again

It's a murder mystery that contain hundreds of locations and puzzles, all centered around Thumbleweed Park, a town that "...once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state’s largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason." Sounds like a cross between Twin Peaks and Waiting for Guffman. Outside of Ron getting the rights to make a new Monkey Island game, this is about as close to perfect as it gets for fans of classic Lucasfilm Games.

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11:30 AM on 11.18.2014

Japan: Now in board videogame form

Gotouchi Tetsudou is a new Wii U and 3DS game about being so filled with Japan that your blood clots into a gelatinous mass of hiragana and Sanrio. It's a virtual board game, a genre that usually needs to be dressed up a bit...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Smash Bros. campaign modes no longer appear to be a priority

I received Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U in the mail yesterday. The plan is to start capturing video of it as soon as I'm able, so if there are specific things you want to see from the game, let me know. We're also tal...

Jonathan Holmes

2:10 PM on 11.16.2014

Sup Holmes gets equipped Comcept's Dina Abou Karam

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome Dina Abou Karam to the program. Dina's the community manager at Comcept, the studio behind Mighty Number 9. We'll be talking to her about what it takes to manage a community, what it's ...

Jonathan Holmes



Oddworld creator talks Jim Henson, VR, Videogame Awards and more photo
Oddworld creator talks Jim Henson, VR, Videogame Awards and more
by Jonathan Holmes

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (also on Libsyn and iTunes) we talked with Oddworld series creator Lorne Lanning... a lot. It's the longest episode we've done, chalking in at almost 2 1/2 hours. I know that sounds like a long time, but it really flew by. On top of that, I think I talked for total of 10 minutes, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Much like his games, Lorne's brain is an endless landscape filled with surprises, insights, oddities, and brilliance. I hope to go back there soon.

He's also lived quite a life. I had no idea he worked on an Academy Award winning film, and that his wife helped create the God damn Labyrinth owl. That puts Abe just one degree of creator separation from Jennifer Connolly, Kermit the Frog, and the naked organist from Monty Python. It would be cool to see the those four in the same room someday. I bet they'd get along great.

On top of his sizable body of work, we talked with Lorne on the multiple influences that helped him to birth the Oddworld series, his experience working with (and later rebelling against) the big publisher system, his confidence that VR is on the cusp of going mainstream, why he's chosen this time to bring back Oddworld, teases of future projects, and a lot more. 

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10:00 AM on 11.16.2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 pre-order plushies look worse than the 'real' thing

Sackboy was one of the best things to come out of the PS3 era. Most marquee PS3 games pushed for "realistic graphics," but when it came to replicating the human form, they landed in the uncanny vally more often than not. One ...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 11.15.2014

Xavier inspires so many questions

When I heard there was a new game called Xavier on the Wii U eShop, I got pretty excited. I've been patiently staring at my computer monitor, waiting for the announcement of a Xavier: Renegade Angel game for many years ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:15 AM on 11.15.2014

EarthBound documentary Kickstarter success leads to convention

The EarthBound fanbase is an ever growing blob of sweetness and joy. Just when you think you've seen how far it can go, it gets even bigger and even more happy. Did you know that the game was #10 on the Wii U eshop charts las...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Dtoid Full Disclosure reddit AMA happening today at 11:30am

It's Friday and I'm wrapping up my first week as Destructoid's editor-in-chief, a title which is apparently now known as "America's Sweetheart." I don't know who decided that, but who ever you are, thank you. So far, I love t...

Jonathan Holmes



Hello, I'm the new editor-in-chief of Destructoid photo
Hello, I'm the new editor-in-chief of Destructoid
by Jonathan Holmes

I started an account on Destructoid.com back in 2007. Shortly after that I was hired to write a few news posts here and there. Seven years later, I'm lucky enough to call this place a second home. I've created video shows for the site, written essays and reviews, interviewed game developers, and, more than anything else, I've done my best to be a lover of games. 

For whatever reason, the people who run this joint have asked me to become the new editor-in-chief. I was afraid I couldn't do the position justice. I'm still afraid. That's how I know it's important. That's why I'm taking the job. 

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Majora's Mask is my favorite game about being a young adult photo
Majora's Mask is my favorite game about being a young adult
by Jonathan Holmes

Ocarina of Time is one of those incredibly well made games that just never clicked with me. Maybe it's because it was too much like A Link to the Past, except everything looks worse and takes longer to do. Maybe it's because the game's theme of being a child and an adult at the same time is something I can't relate with. Either way, I've tried repeatedly to finish the game and I always lose interest well before the end.

I have the exact opposite relationship with Majora's Mask. Like Earthbound, it's a game that I have not been able to stop playing since it first came out over 15 years ago. I think about it pretty regularly, and talk about with people who aren't at all interested in the topic at least once a month because I can't help it.

Majora's Mask is a game about do-overs. It actually feels like a do-over of the game that came before it. Ocarina wanted to be about being an adult, but in the end, it was just about being in an adult's body while living like a child, experiencing the best of both worlds. Majora's Mask does the opposite. It's about having to live like an adult and being treated like a child. It's about learning from your mistakes, being empathetic, and knowing that every second you're on this planet is another second closer to your inevitable death. 

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2:30 PM on 11.09.2014

Sup Holmes goes live with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning

[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.] We're going to start airin...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 11.09.2014

Old news: The Wii U can play GameCube games

With the GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U coming soon, a lot of people are hoping we'll be getting GameCube games on the Wii U eShop to boot. Getting another crack at some analog trigger-specific games like Super Ma...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 11.09.2014

Former Nintendo honcho makes Woah Dave fan game with his kids

There's been a lot of Dad-related excitement on Destructoid this weekend. That hasn't been intentional. When it rains Dads, it pours Dads. This new Dad-centric story is proof of that. Last Sunday on Sup Holmes, we learned th...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 11.08.2014

Former Rare devs return to Nintendo consoles on Nov. 13

November 13 is a big day for the Wii U. It's the day that Mario Kart 8 unofficially becomes Super Kart Bros.. As a huge fan of both Excitebike and F-Zero, I'm just as excited for this DLC as I am about Smash Bros. for the Wi...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 11.08.2014

Super Secret Service is an unexpected treat

Austin Ivansmith directed Ducktales Remastered, a relatively big budget retail game featuring hand drawn animation the voice cast from the original Disney cartoon. It was a lot of work. You'd think that in his off hours he'd...

Jonathan Holmes





11:00 AM on 11.08.2014

Target Acquired is the new game from famed Mega Man composer

Some games are worth playing just for the music. As much as I love the Mega Man series, I have to admit that they can be a chore to play with no music, especially if you keep dying. An endless array of problems can be a trea...

Jonathan Holmes

9:30 AM on 11.08.2014

An irony-free feel good fan video about Dads

There is a whole genre of comedy dedicated to uncomfortable emotions about Dads. Pierre's Doo Dah Doo Doo rap is one example. That's doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room in the internet's heart for honest, not-weird affec...

Jonathan Holmes

7:15 PM on 11.05.2014

Commander Video will have a trophy in Smash Bros. Wii U

Tonight's Nintendo Direct was packed with exciting moments. Highlights include the reveal of Majora's Mask 3D, a look at Splatoon's single-player, some of the "naked creatures" of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Duck Hunt dog's face,...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Woah Dave! photo
Review: Woah Dave!
by Jonathan Holmes

[Note: Jonathan Holmes' name appears in the Special Thanks section of Woah Dave!'s credits. No one knows why. One guess is it's because Jonathan and Woah Dave! creator Jason Cirillo had a decent conversation at PAX East 2014, during which time Jonathan was wearing a Woah Dave! t-shirt. Maybe that's it.]

Woah Dave! is a game that you don't want to get excited for. Any hype at all, even the slightest praise, might ruin your chance of getting into it. Ironically, there are plenty of reasons why some people can't help but be excited for Dave. For one, it's the latest game from Choice Provisions (formerly known as Gaijin Games), who have quite a large and dedicated following chomping at the bit for a new game from the studio. Not only that, but Woah Dave! has both an exclamation point and the word "woah" in the title, as though the game itself is excited that it exists. 

If you go into the game expecting to say "woah!" right away, you may be disappointed. Like Super Crate Box, Geometry Wars, or Samurai Gunn, it's not a game that works to impress at first. That makes it all the more surprising when you discover how deep, intense, and unpredictable this game of controlled chaos can get.

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5:15 PM on 11.01.2014

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City coming to Wii U and Xbox One

Eletronic Super Joy and its Groove City expansion have done pretty well so far, but I can't help but shake the feeling they could go farther. "Quirky and challenging platformer fatigue" is a problem for a lot of good ga...

Jonathan Holmes

3:15 PM on 11.01.2014

Gollum's Andy Serkis joins the cast of Mike Bithell's Volume

Volume is the upcoming retelling of the Robin Hood myth from Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell. One of the first voice actors cast for the game was former Dtoid reviews editor Jim Sterling in the role of (Friar) Tuck. I'm...

Jonathan Holmes

11:15 AM on 11.01.2014

Nintendo neither confirms nor denies plans to sell Mewtwo Smash Bros. DLC

Last weekend we posted a little historical review of  times that Nintendo created digital or physical limited edition products that they could have also sold through conventional retail channels, but instead chose to rel...

Jonathan Holmes



Did Pirates of the Caribbean rip off Monkey Island? photo
Did Pirates of the Caribbean rip off Monkey Island?
by Jonathan Holmes

[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 we met Ron Gilbert, creator of Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, The Cave and so many other amazing games. I have wanted to talk to this person for over 20 years. When I finally got my chance, I found myself desperate to tell him everything I've ever thought ever, which left me at a loss. It's hard to pick just a few words when you want to say all of them at the same time. 

C'mon guys, this is the man who helped coin the term "cut scene". This is the person who who co-created the modern point and click adventure genre. This is the guy who made some of the only games that have made me laugh out loud for the entirety of my adult life. I still laugh when I say "How appropriate, you fight like a cow," in game or out.  It literally never gets old.

Even typing this is stressing me out because I know the Ron Gilbert might read it later. His games have given me so much joy and inspiration over the years. I can't help but want to return the gesture.

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Nintendo doesn't always let you buy the things that you want photo
Nintendo doesn't always let you buy the things that you want
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo recently announced that classic Pokémon character and fan favorite Mewtwo will be in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS, but only for those who buy both games. Immediately, fans wondered if this meant that one or both games would get additional DLC characters. Maybe the 3DS would get exclusive DLC characters like Chorus Kids, Roy, Chibi Robo, or Lucas, and the Wii U would get Ice Climbers, Snake, the Advance Wars trio, or someone from Fatal Frame

Of course, that discussion led to people upset at the idea that they'd be "forced" to buy the 3DS version if they wanted to play as Lucas, or the Wii U version if they wanted the Ice Climbers. This was just an extension of the anger that swelled when people were told that they'll have to get both versions of the game to have Mewtwo. Others rationalized that Nintendo would have to sell Mewtwo separately at one point or another. I mean, they'd have to, right? If the fans want it, and are willing to pay for it, then surely they'd give them that opportunity. 

Maybe not. Nintendo has a long history of distributing both physical and digital products in extremely limited quantities. They know the only reason anyone cares about event Pokémon is that not everyone can get them. This is just one example of their long history of creating fictional economies, driven by the allure of "Super Exclusives" that are unobtainable for most, but exciting for all. At least in theory. 

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