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1:30 PM on 01.02.2013

Warner Bros. announces three LEGO Legends of Chima games

If you had told me that Legends of Chima was already a successful LEGO property, I would have believed you. But it's not! Not yet, anyway. Described as a "fantasy adventure set in land inhabited by different magical animal tr...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 12.28.2012

Be a McDonald's Store Manager in Dragon Quest VII game

You'd expect to play as a wizard or warrior in a Dragon Quest game, but in this McD DS downloadable promotional game in Japan, you can also play as a McDonald's crew member or store manager. DS title Dragon Quest VII: McDonal...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 12.20.2012

Listen to the Adventure Time 3DS OST now on SoundCloud

Guys, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! (also known as the greatest thing to ever happen to me) has an amazing soundtrack. I don't even know how to begin to describe it to you guys. Which is good, ...

Brett Zeidler

8:00 PM on 12.19.2012

The 3DS game card case is back up in Club Nintendo

All the coolest stuff goes way too fast in the Club Nintendo shop. Once it's gone, it's gone for good. That is until the rare occasion that Nintendo realizes just how popular an item was, and brings it back for a limited time...

Brett Zeidler





11:00 AM on 12.12.2012

SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 11.26.2012

Wii U sells 400,000 units

Nintendo of America's minestrone president, Reggie Fils-Aime, has taken to CNET to proclaim the Wii U a sellout and reveal the sale of 400,000 units since launch last Sunday. For comparison, the Wii was also able to get anoth...

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 11.25.2012

Sup Holmes gets rad with WayForward's Sean Velasco

[Destructoid's Director of Communications Hamza Aziz asked Jonathan Holmes to make a show called 'Sup, Holmes?' so that Destructoid could later sell a t-shirt that says 'Sup, Holmes?' on it. This is that show. Subscribe ...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 11.24.2012

What WayForward took from Studio Ghibli and slasher films

Last week on Sup, Holmes (available now on iTunes) we were graced with the presence of Adam Tierney, director of such games as Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Aliens: Infestation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Centipede...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 11.24.2012

Adventure Time: HIKWYSOG!?'s Secret Self Portrait Screen

It's feels a little wrong write this post. Publicizing the existence of this "secret screen" obliterates any semblance of secrecy that it once had. I blame Pendleton Ward for this. Some secrets are just too gr...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal... photo
Review: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal...
by Jonathan Holmes

Adventure Time is currently my favorite show on television. It offers the same kind of nonchalant surrealism, iconic but expressive characters, and the simple delivery of complex themes that got me interested in videogames in the first place. The potential for Adventure Time to make the jump from animated series to engrossing videogame is staggering. Sadly, that potential has been largely squandered up until this point.

When series creator Pendelton Ward announced that he was working with WayForward, one of the most talented and resourceful small developers in the industry, on creating an Adventure Time game for the DS and 3DS, my expectations immediately shot sky high. Unbelievably, those expectations were largely met. At times, they were even exceeded. Too bad it's all over so soon.

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8:00 PM on 11.19.2012

Battle against Pokemon World Champions' finalists

Before the launch of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 it was revealed that select winners from this year's Pokémon Video Game World Championships (which ended back in August) would have their characters ...

Harry Monogenis

1:30 PM on 11.14.2012

Here is how Adventure Time: HIKWYSOG? was made

Last week on Sup Holmes, we were lucky to talk to WayForward's James Montagna, the director of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Why'd You Steal Our Garbage? for the DS and 3DS (podcast available here). James was kind enough...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 11.11.2012

Sup Holmes gets BMO'ed with WayForward's James Montagna

[Destructoid's Director of Communications Hamza Aziz asked Jonathan Holmes to make a show called 'Sup, Holmes?' so that Destructoid could later sell a t-shirt that says 'Sup, Holmes?' on it. This is that show. Subscribe ...

Jonathan Holmes



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Review: ThunderCats
by Jim Sterling

The ThunderCats reboot was, by most accounts, a tragedy. Unlike most of the property rehashes that account for a worrying amount of modern entertainment, the new ThunderCats series was actually pretty well regarded and, from what I saw of it, deserved the praise.

Naturally, this could not last. Cartoon Network had no faith in the series and it never got a second season.

With the show now buried, it seems like a bit of a waste to release an official licensed tie-in. Maybe somebody was hoping it would sell well and reignite interest? That's sadly not going to happen, because ThunderCats for the DS is pure, unfettered garbage.

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7:30 PM on 10.30.2012

LEGO The Lord of the Rings for handhelds now available

LEGO The Lord of the Rings released today for DS, 3DS, and PlayStation Vita (pictured above). While TT Games has done well for itself on handheld systems, the studio's LEGO titles have always seemed best played on consoles to...

Jordan Devore





10:30 PM on 10.26.2012

Adventure Time 3DS goes gold, launching November 20th

Guys, we finally have a release date for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! I mean, November 20th has been the day that I saw floating around for quite a while now, but it's the official date now as...

Brett Zeidler

9:00 PM on 10.15.2012

Compete with real-world Pokémon champs in Black & White 2

When I first heard that we would be able to compete against finalists from the Pokémon World Championships in Black and White 2, I thought that sounded really neat. Both for us as players, and for the folks who get to ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 10.13.2012

This ThunderCats DS trailer is ultimately pointless

[Update: Not game-related, but it looks like DC Nation is now being postponed to January for no reason whatsoever. What a crock of sh*t.] I was digging the 2011 reboot of ThunderCats, and I was under the impression that othe...

Tony Ponce



Review: Pokemon Black and White 2 photo
Review: Pokemon Black and White 2
by Daniel Starkey

Pokémon is practically a cultural institution. Every true child of the '90s knows every word to the theme song, lost a lot of their parents' money on the trading card game, and spent many dozens of hours testing playground rumors in the videogames.

Black 2 and White 2 are the latest handheld entries in the main series. Being the first direct sequels already represents a pretty significant break from the norm in a franchise that is notoriously resistant to change. 

After 15 years, many of the mechanics are starting to show their age, despite the constant refinement. With almost 650 Pokémon now, the time investment is beyond reasonable for the average player. Still, Game Freak has done its best to keep things fresh, deep, and approachable -- a balancing act few can maneuver successfully. The developer falls short a bit too often, but manages another worthy, if at times frustrating, entry.

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100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil photo
100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Resident Evil game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.]

Why Resident Evil?

This year, Capcom is pushing out three entirely new Resident Evil games -- it's also the 15th Anniversary of Resident Evil: Director's Cut, which is the first RE game I fully completed. So why am I playing the series in the first place?

Honestly, Resident Evil 1 was one of the first times, outside of Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu, where I was completely immersed in the game and its world. I remember plotting out where I'd gone in the mansion in a custom map at 10 years old (no guides), and wanting nothing else than seeing "what's next."

I couldn't get enough of the unique scenarios the game offered, like dogs crashing through a window, or a terrifying snake appearing out of nowhere. It wasn't necessarily the claustrophobia and the slow-moving zombies that made me love the series -- it was the sheer amount of variety the game offered up.

If you haven't joined me on my Quests before, the way they work is pretty simple. It's kind of like a retrospective, but rather than just give you an overview of a franchise, I'll generally let you know what I thought of the game when it was released, and what I think of it now. If I didn't provide a complete vision of what the game is like before I replay it, I'll provide an "extended thoughts" section below each applicable entry. I'll update my progress in real time through my blog, and after I finish the entire Quest, I'll share it with you guys on the front page. 

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12:00 PM on 09.29.2012

Aksys reprints 999 with all-new box art

I hope you guys managed to pre-order Virtue's Last Reward on time to get that sweet watch, because that sh*t sold out fast. I had heard that Aksys offered a second batch of watches this week, but by the time I scoped out Amaz...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 09.27.2012

Nintendo Download: Denpa Edition

The absolute highlight of this week is The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (eShop, $9.99). In a move no one expected, a demo was released last week, and this wacky AR Japanese eShop game is now available in North America.&n...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 09.26.2012

100% Series Retrospective: Kingdom Hearts

[Read on for a description of every Kingdom Hearts game ever released in the US, and my completion of all of them in 2012.] So I kind of realized that I was powering through both the Resident Evil and Tony Hawk...

Chris Carter



TGS: Level-5 discuss its partnership with Studio Ghibli photo
TGS: Level-5 discuss its partnership with Studio Ghibli
by Allistair Pinsof

Despite being one of the biggest influences on Japanese game development, we are only now getting a videogame out of Studio Ghibli. I am grateful that Ghibli chose to partner with Level-5, but I am also curious as to why and why now.

Ni no Kuni raises a lot of questions about how the partnership formed, how the two worked together, and whether we’ll see more games out of Ghibli in the future. I was given the rare opportunity to sit down with the directors of Ni no Kuni while at TGS. They were willing to shed some light on this unlikely partnership and where it may lead next.

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11:00 PM on 09.19.2012

TGS: Ace Attorney 5 trailer is ... OBJECTION!

Okay, that headline made no sense, but an interrupting "OBJECTION!" joke has to appear somewhere in a post about Ace Attorney, right? This hot trailer from the new 3DS Ace Attorney game just came out of TGS, and, boy, does i...

Chad Concelmo

10:00 PM on 09.19.2012

TGS: New trailer for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

Direct from TGS 2012 comes this new trailer for upcoming 3DS game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney! And it has actual gameplay! When I first heard Capcom and Level 5 were teaming up to make this game, I thought I was dreami...

Chad Concelmo





12:15 PM on 09.11.2012

Capcom thinks Ace Attorney fan game box art is for real

"That's Our Capcom! Coming soon to ABC Family!" Capcom is notorious for its printing errors and spelling gaffes. If it's not using watermarked images for its slip covers, it's failing to run a simple spell check on in-game di...

Tony Ponce



Early Pokemon Black Ver. 2 buyers get Pokemeon Genesect photo
Early Pokemon Black Ver. 2 buyers get Pokemeon Genesect
by Dale North

Pokemon Black and White Version 2 drop on October 7. You should buy it immediately to get in on the distribution of a mythical Pokemon named Genesect. Nintendo says that those that purchase early (before November 12) will have the chance to connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and nab Genesect through a limited-time distribution. 

Genesect, the newly discovered Mythical Pokemon, has been restored from a 300-million-year-old fossil. Modified by Team Plasma, this Pokemon has a signature move called Techno Blast. Genesect is the only known Pokemon with this move. Genesect is a Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon with the ability to adjust its power levels based on the foe it's battling.

It's weird looking and has a silly name, but it's free! From Oct. 7 through Nov 12 is plenty of time to get the game and get downloading. 

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3:00 AM on 09.05.2012

Diamond Trust of London is now available for purchase

Four months ago, indie developer Jason Rohrer (Passage, Sleep is Death) ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacturing of Nintendo DS cartridges for his new game, Diamond Trust of London. Now, the carts have ...

Conrad Zimmerman



PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Chad Concelmo

As great as the Professor Layton games are (they are really great!), the last four released on the Nintendo DS have been very similar. While the art direction, puzzle-solving gameplay, and surprisingly emotional stories have been stellar, none of the last games really did anything new and shocking to move the series forward.

With Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (the series' first entry on the 3DS), things are definitely changing. And, if the demo I got to play at PAX was any indication, these changes are definitely for the better.

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Oh my GLOB: Hands-on with WayForward's Adventure Time photo
Oh my GLOB: Hands-on with WayForward's Adventure Time
by Steven Hansen

If you’ve been reading Destructoid with any regularity, you know that we love us some Adventure Time. I side quite happily with my Dtoid kin, having been enamored with the program for some time now.

Perhaps it was meant to be. Before I ever watched the show, someone told me that if I was to have a theme song, it would be the Adventure Time theme, to which I chuckled sans context, but, now in the know, can’t help but agree with.

As a fan, I was as stoked as anyone to hear about an Adventure Time game penned by Pendleton Ward himself and developed by the lovingly retro folks over at WayForward. When I saw a giant, inflatable Finn and Jake eclipsing South Hall at E3, I was sad to find the game wouldn’t be playable. However, I was finally able to get my hands on the Zelda II-inspired brawler crawler and it’s glorious.

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9:00 PM on 08.20.2012

Distribution event for Legendary Pokemon Keldeo detailed

From August 27 to October 6, GameStop locations in the United States will be offering Keldeo for free to those who bring in their DS or 3DS with a copy of Pokémon Black or White. Drat! We'll have to leave the house! Fo...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 08.20.2012

Is Square counting down to World Ends with You sequel?

[Update: By setting your computer's clock forward, you can reveal more information on the countdown. Changing music and the gradual reveal of the city have practically confirmed something TWEWY-related. The last two days of t...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 08.17.2012

Castlevania: LOS - Mirror of Fate coming early 2013

Well, we know Nintendo has a lot planned for the 3DS for the rest of this year, but there's not much going on for the system next year. Konami appears to have made it easier for ol' Nintendo by announcing Castlevania: Lords o...

Brett Zeidler



gamescom: LEGO LotR has a nice Skyrim vibe going  photo
gamescom: LEGO LotR has a nice Skyrim vibe going
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

LEGO Lord of the Rings is doing a number of things to really differentiate itself from prior LEGO titles. The biggest change is that this one provides a more seamless, open world design to the exploration, akin to that of Skyrim. 

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9:00 PM on 08.15.2012

Have some new Castlevania: LOS - Mirror of Fate screens

You know, I've just come to accept that Nintendo doesn't feel like making a new Metroid any time soon. Maybe they're just not ready. But Konami has us covered with the next best thing: a brand-new 3D/2D Castlevania ...

Brett Zeidler

3:30 PM on 08.13.2012

Jimquisition: Old Man Mario

Everybody knows Mario, most people love him, but is Mario being Mario enough anymore? Recent Mario games have jumped headfirst into nostalgia without offering much in the way of dynamic new content, while younger platform ch...

Jim Sterling





11:00 PM on 08.09.2012

LEGO Batman 2 gets brand-new character DLC today

Riding the wave of being the most sold game of last month, Warner Bros. has released two new character character packs today for LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes in the form of "The Heroes" and "The Villains" packs. A...

Brett Zeidler

1:00 PM on 08.09.2012

This Pokemon Black & White Version 2 trailer is long!

Here's a full five minutes of over-the-top, moody, guitar-heavy animated Pokemon action. It's the first English language promotional trailer for Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, and it shows off a bit of ...

Dale North



Review: Mario Tennis Open photo
Review: Mario Tennis Open
by Brett Zeidler

Getting its start in stereoscopic 3D on the Virtual Boy back in 1995, the Mario Tennis series has returned to its original roots with Mario Tennis Open on the Nintendo 3DS. It's been seven years since we've seen a brand-new Mario Tennis title, with the last new entry launched on the GameBoy Advance back in 2005.

Every Mario Tennis game was seemingly better than the last, making the series a fan-favorite out of all the Mario Sports spin-offs. Every title had its own set of additions that expanded on an already satisfying amount of content. Mario Tennis Open doesn't particularly continue this tradition, but has enough of its own charm to keep fans of the series coming back for more.

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