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FEF(os)

Fire Emblem Fates gets Awakening characters as DLC


FEF(os)
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Fire Emblem Fates, which is not coming to the United States until 2016, has been out in Japan for a while and is being supported with DLC. Today marks the start of a month's worth of free maps, one of which includes character...
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3DS port

Well, Dragon Quest VIII almost looks as good as it did 11 years ago


3DS port
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I'm always down for photo modes. Still, adding a photo quests feature that tasks you with snapping pictures for rewards, in a port of a game that looked a little bit better in 2004? (For reference, it is now 2015) Well, ok. ...

Nintendo Download: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Jul 23 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, Isaac on 3DS seems pretty rad. It's been a long time coming, and I use my New 3DS quite a bit, so I'll easily be up for doing a few runs every now and then on it. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo Download photo
Also, 3D Streets of Rage 2
The time has finally come -- The Binding of Isaac is hitting Nintendo platforms, on both the Wii U and New 3DS. Also on Wii U is Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria, Canvaleon, The Quiet Collection, DK Jungle Climber...

3D Streets of Rage 2 is a return to classic brawler action

Jul 22 // Alessandro Fillari
Released back in 1992, Streets of Rage 2, called Bare Knuckle II in Japan, was an immediate hit with Genesis owners and still stands as a favorite among beat-'em-up fans to this day. Set a year after the events of the first game, our street-fighting brawlers have to take back control after the sprawling criminal empire the Syndicate kidnapps one of their allies and plunges the city into chaos. Teaming up with pro-wrestler Max, and a young rollerblading brawler names Skate (the brother of SoR1's Adam), Axel and Blaze have to scour the city while scrapping with vicious thugs that work for the ever-elusive Mr. X. I spent many hours with Streets of Rage 2 when I was a kid, and the flashy neon lights and bombastic atmosphere -- along with Yuzo Koshiro's bumping synth score -- are imprinted in my memories of those glorious Genesis days. Surprisingly, there's a strong focus on plot in these titles. While most beat-'em-ups settle for the save X from Y plot and call it a day, SoR goes a bit beyond that by wrangling in government conspiracy and even throwing in some crazy sci-fi angles. Though the narrative is pretty much on par with B-level action movies, it still goes a long way with setting the tone and atmosphere. While there was another follow up with SoR3, the second game is my favorite and holds up remarkably well. Fortunately for us fans, Sega agrees and it's since been ported over to many different platforms, including Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and even iOS. However, with its upcoming release on the 3DS, this marks the first time you'll be able to play the game in 3D. "Streets of Rage 2 was the most popular of the three games in the series, so we actually had 2 slated as a conversion candidate from the very beginning," stated producer Yosuke Okunari. "However, when we first starting the development on these games, there were technical issues around getting this game into 3D, and it was deemed an impossible task so we gave up on it. If you've spent time playing the game, you've probably noticed that these sorts of side-scrolling beat-'em-ups are extremely well-suited for stereoscopic 3D (we actually call them 'belt action' games in Japanese because it's like being on a conveyor belt). The benefit of being able to visually confirm that you are lined up with your enemy and thus avoiding whiffing is huge." Coming off the original, the sequel featured a number of innovations and upgrades that made it stand apart from its predecessor. Aside from the obvious visual upgrade, which features sharper graphics and more detailed environments and character designs, the combat mechanics were greatly expanded to include new character-specific moves and super attacks. While I'm sure there were many who missed the police backup from the original, the focus on character diversity and growth was what made Streets of Rage 2 a true upgrade. During their work on the original's 3D remaster, the developers overcame the challenges of translating the unique visual style to bring over its sequel. "The graphics in these games were not like modern 3D, so there's a lot of pseudo-3D going on [referring to the diagonal side-scrolling stages], and when you take that and apply real stereoscopic 3D to it, you get conflicting visuals. So at the time, we thought we wouldn't be able to get the game into 3D," explained Okunari. "That said, because we were able to get the first game in the series into 3D, the staff's ability and know-how around 3D conversions saw huge improvements, and we found ways to work around these sorts of conflicting situations, and thus making the project a reality." After several playthroughs with the 3D remaster, I was impressed with the quality of the port. I can assure you that the pictures do not do the game justice. The side-scrolling visuals really pop with the 3D enabled, and many of the animations and action sequences feel more pronounced. The visuals on the 3DS feel sharp and with no slowdown or loss performance, which is great for when things get really hectic. While the game is largely as it was, gameplay feels just as precise as it was back in its heyday on the Genesis. It's a true testament to the design of the game, and it feels right at home on the handheld. As with the other 3D Classic releases, Sega has decided to do fans one better with the addition of new gameplay modes. In 3D SoR2, players can now experience the new mode called Rage Relay, which gets people playing as other characters during their run. Upon death, your starting character will switch over to the next one from the roster. For instance, if you start out playing with Axel and you get taken during a tough encounter, then you'll switch over to Max upon respawn. Initially, I found it to be a pretty odd gimmick, but I'll admit it came in handy during tough bosses or enemies which called for a bit more brute force. The developers included this optional mode as a way to encourage trying out the other characters after noticing how often players would stick with their favorites. "The original development team that worked on SoR2 was heavily influenced by Street Fighter II when making this game, so rather than a normal beat-'em-up, they really wanted each character to have their own feel, so each character has a very unique play style associated with them," said the producer. "However, unlike competitive fighting games, people tend to only play with the character the choose first for beat-'em-ups, and we didn't think most people strayed from that initial choice. There's four characters here, each with their own play style, so we wanted to make sure every character got a shot and make it interesting by giving players a chance to try characters they didn't really used back in the Genesis era. Our answer to this was Rage Relay." To say I had a great time with 3D SoR2 would be an understatement. I was pretty damn happy with how this remaster turned out. Not only do the new features help liven up the experience, the core gameplay still shows that simple beat-stuff-up action can be a ton of fun. And with local play available, you'll be able to team up with friends to take down Mr. X. With its release approaching, I can tell that many fans of Streets of Rage 2 will feel right at home with the 3D remaster. Not only has this title held up well, but it makes some impeccable use of the 3DS hardware. Once you fire up the game, and Koshiro's synth score reverberates through the opening title crawl, you'll be hooked. It's a total blast from the past, and it'll get your adrenaline pumping in no time.
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Taking back the streets on July 23
Growing up, one of my favorite genres was the side-scrolling beat-'em-up. From Final Fight to Double Dragon, I was quite fond of the action found in traveling through different stages and kicking the asses of gang members and...

FLUDD 64!? photo
FLUDD 64!?

Super Mario Sunshine meets Super Mario 64 DS thanks to modder


With working F.L.U.D.D. to boot!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
A modder that goes by Fiachra has been combining the GameCube's Super Mario Sunshine with the DS' Super Mario 64 DS into one potentially glorious mashup. Super Mario Sunshine 64 has been in development since 2...
3DS Hacked photo
3DS Hacked

Region-free and homebrew mod updated for 3DS on current firmware


Emulators, homebrew, and custom themes!
Jul 21
// Jed Whitaker
3DS hacker Smealum has released his hack Ninjhax 2.0 for 3DS and New 3DS on the latest firmware (9.9), allowing for homebrew and even region-free functionality. It currently requires the game Cubic Ninja, which has spiked in ...
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Bigger in America

Animal Crossing amiibo cards get firmer dates, pack details


100 cards, different sizes by country
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
The first set of collectible cards with amiibo functionality are releasing at the end of this month, July 30, in Japan in conjunction with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. In Europe the cards launch October 2 alongside t...
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Samus

Samus in Metroid Prime: Federation Force could explain what happened after Prime 3


Okay
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
Ah, Metroid Prime: Federation Force. I suspect that we'll be debating the merits of this game until it launches, when...we'll be able to actually debate for real since it'll be out. Until then, we can only speculate on what t...
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Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter X gets release date, gameplay videos


November 28 in Japan
Jul 20
// Steven Hansen
The latest Monster Hunter not slated for Western consumption, Monster Hunter X (or, "Monster Hunter Cross"), will be coming to 3DS in Japan on November 28. It will also launch as part of a new 3DS bundle, naturally. We will ...
Diance photo
Diance

You'll be able to snag Diancie in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire soon


July 24 to July 27
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has announced that Diancie, one of the newer Pokemon on the block (along with Hoopa), will be available through a distribution event in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. All you have to do is access the online ...
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Yo-Kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch Busters is selling like gangbusters


Sorry.
Jul 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Yo-Kai Watch Busters, unsurprisingly, was the top-selling game in Japan the other week, notching over 693,000 physical sales in its debut, according to the latest data from Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS exclusive is the late...
Nintendo UK Happy Home photo
Nintendo UK Happy Home

Check out 30 minutes of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer


With slightly out of sync audio!
Jul 17
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo UK livestreamed the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for thirty minutes to show off how the game is played and drop new bits of information along the way.  Happy Home Designer will feature ove...
One thumb way up! photo
One thumb way up!

Man creates robot to automate 3DS StreetPass so he can eat a sandwich


The future is here
Jul 17
// Jed Whitaker
With over 1,000 puzzle pieces available for the Nintendo 3DS' StreetPass Puzzle Swap game, it takes a considerable amount of time to collect them all. Now one man has invented a robot to automate the process of pre...

Nintendo Download: Blaster Master

Jul 16 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist the call of Blaster Master. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
Nintendo Download photo
Also, Tiny Galaxy
Although this week's downloads are pretty boring, Blaster Master is headlining the Wii U releases. It already existed in Virtual Console form, but now you can play it without going to the poopy Wii emulation mode. Also o...

XSEED photo
XSEED

Story of Seasons is XSEED's fastest-seller ever


More than 100,000 sales since March 31
Jul 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Story of Seasons has sold more than 100,000 units in North America since its March 31 release, XSEED Games revealed today, trumpeting the farming sim as its fasting-selling game thus far. The announcement follows one made in ...
3DS photo
3DS

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2's trailer confirms Tails co-op support


Two copies of the game
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
Sega has released a trailer for 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Japanese eShop (which is posted above, courtesy of NintenDaan), and it evidently confirms two-player co-op in the shop listing and at the end of the video itself...
Seaman 3DS photo
Seaman 3DS

Yoot Saito on Iwata, canned Seaman 3DS game


Canned fish
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
We've covered Seaman frequently throughout the years on Destructoid with overflowing hearts. And it's under tragic circumstances that we get confirmation: Seaman 3DS was a planned project that fell through. Original Seaman developer Yoot Saito wrote a blog post, translated over at Neogaf, reflecting on his relationship with the late Satoru Iwata.
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New Pokemon!

Brand new Pokemon teased for upcoming film


Who's that Pokemon!?
Jul 12
// Jed Whitaker
It's CliffyBee! But for real there is a leaked image from the upcoming CoroCoro magazine that shows a spooky silhouette of a brand new Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon XY movie that is releasing in Japan n...
Streets of Rage photo
Streets of Rage

3D Streets of Rage hits the...3DS in two weeks


I'm in
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Streets of Rage is one of those games that doesn't get old for me, and I sure as hell wouldn't mind buying it again in 3D for $5.99. While it was originally slated for a July 16 release, Sega has announced that it will be pus...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Nintendo is holding a 'Girls Game Museum' event


Aimed to expand its female audience
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is no stranger to marketing directly to women, and in Japan, it's holding a special event that's basically one giant marketing campaign. It's called the Nintendo Girls Museum, and will be held at the Aeon Mall M...
Gravity Falls 3DS photo
Gravity Falls 3DS

Hey Dipper, Gravity Falls is coming to 3DS


It's not looking great
Jul 10
// Laura Kate Dale
When I heard that there was a Gravity Falls game coming to 3DS, I got very, very excited. As a fan of series like Welcome to Night Vale that juxtapose a pleasant cast of characters with a weird and creepy world, Gravity Falls...
Stella Glow photo
Stella Glow

Stella Glow coming to Europe spring 2016


Better late than never
Jul 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Stella Glow is coming to Europe next spring, NIS America has announced. The strategy role-playing game is the last effort from Japanese studio Imageepoch, which closed its doors back in May after filing for bankruptcy. Sega r...
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amiibo > videogames

Nintendo: New Animal Crossing games were made because 'we just wanted amiibo'


Egg to chicken, amiibo to game
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
In an interview with USgamer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival creative lead Aya Kyogoku was asked if amiibo Festival was conceptualized as a game involving amiibo or if the ...
DBZ photo
DBZ

DBZ: Extreme Butoden's 'Get a free SNES game' bonus is coming to the US


Right on
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is looking pretty sharp, and will arrive overseas this year from Arc System Works. We finally have some concrete information on pre-order bonuses as it applies to the US (the UK gets a limi...

Nintendo Download: Mario Tennis

Jul 09 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, nothing for me this week. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
Nintendo Download photo
Also, Asteroid Quarry
Wow, this is one of the most barren Nintendo Downloads I've seen in some time! The Wii U's heavy hitter today is Mario Tennis, a Virtual Console rendition of the original Nintendo 64 game. The Wii U is also getting Asteroid Q...

Yo-Kai Watch 3 photo
Yo-Kai Watch 3

Yo-Kai Watch 3 is at least a year away


Coming to Japan summer 2016
Jul 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Yo-Kai Watch 3 is on its way to Japan next summer, Level-5 announced today. Ad interim, the publisher will be trying to take this already insanely popular franchise to the next level. That begins tomorrow with the anime's Sea...
The Peanuts Movie game photo
The Peanuts Movie game

Activision publishing companion game to this year's Peanuts Movie


Snoopy and Woodstock cooperate
Jul 08
// Darren Nakamura
Those trailers for The Peanuts Movie are pretty dang cute. It's neat to see the computer models and animation done in the style of the old cartoons. The movie will show up in theaters on November 6. In a move hearkening back...
3DS photo
3DS

You can pre-order the 'old 3DS' NFC amiibo reader right now


Go go
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has been stupidly silent on the NFC reader/writer accessory, which will allow "old" 3DS owners to use amiibo in their games. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that a number of 3DS games have supported the figures...
Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates has straightforward amiibo functionality


A simple guest interaction
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
Fire Emblem fates will ship with amiibo support for Ike, Marth, Robin, and Lucina -- for the select few of you who were able to actually find them (I was one of the lucky few). According to Siliconera, they will all be m...
The Binding of Isaac photo
The Binding of Isaac

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth hits Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS July 23


Poo and tears for everyone!
Jul 07
// Zack Furniss
Rejoice, fans of fetuses and feces! The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be coming to the Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS on July 23. Please note the new there, as it will not be available on the older model. It's wonder...

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