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Beard View impressions of Puzzle & Dragons Z on 3DS photo
Beard View impressions of Puzzle & Dragons Z on 3DS
by Jonathan Holmes

When Nintendo announced the New Super Mario Bros. version of Puzzle & Dragons for the 3DS, reports came in that their stock values skyrocketed. Puzzle & Dragons is a huge hit on mobile devices in Japan, much like Candy Crush and Angry Birds are in the United States. While the series needs no introduction in its home country, the rest of the world might need a little more information on Puzzle & Dragons before we get too excited about it. Good thing we have Jed from Beard View to help us understand what this Pokemon meets Bejeweled-style union of mass compulsion is all about. 

Beard View is a new series from Dtoid and DimmuJed that offers impressions of games that many of us know of but have never been able to play. We're starting off with Japanese 3DS games, but we could go anywhere from there. If you have games that you've only heard about but have never gotten to see for yourself, let us know and we'll try to get them on Beard View

While you're at it, let me know what you think of the Beard View theme song. Like with opening number for Amber's Unboxing Series, it's all my fault. 

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7:40 PM on 01.23.2015

Best Buy cancels Majora's Mask New 3DS XL pre-orders

According to multiple tipsters and just about everybody on Twitter, Best Buy has started canceling pre-orders for the elusive Majora's Mask-themed New 3DS XL, offering $50 in BestBuy.com credit as a make-good. There have even...

Mike Cosimano



Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL photo
Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL
by Chris Carter

Nintendo has an interesting history in terms of portables. Outside of the rare add-on like the expansion pack for the Nintendo 64 or the Game Boy Player for the GameCube, they play it rather conservatively when it comes to consoles.

But for their portable line, yowza do they go all out. Colors, new styles, paint jobs -- heck, it'll take you half a day to sift through this massive list of 3DS iterations. So here we are with the "New" 3DS, a moniker Nintendo has used far too often.

In this case, it's somewhat justified.

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Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott? photo
Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott?
by Jordan Devore

The next distribution event for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will give us a chance to score Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott, each with their own Hidden Ability. You'll need to update your game to version 1.2 and redeem a Mystery Gift code. That's it! Here's the schedule:

  • Serperior: January 22 - November 30. Use code POKEMON497 in Mystery Gift.
  • Emboar: January 29 - November 30. The code will be revealed on Pokemon.com.
  • Samurott: February 5 - November 30. The code will be revealed in the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter.

With that info out of the way, this is your cue to fight about which of the three Pokémon is best. For me, it's unquestionably Emboar. Pokémon Black/White marked the first time I didn't start with a Water type because, sorry, Samurott, but we can't be friends. And Serperior is clearly evil.

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1:58 PM on 01.22.2015

Quickly now, children: More Majora's Mask 3DS XLs pop up

[Update: Well, that's all folks] Target up and decided to take Majora's Mask 3DS XL pre-orders at midnight (PST) last night and they sold out in minutes. The system is up now for pre-order at Fry's, where your best buys are always at, guaranteed. Try to snag one here if you don't want to try for a free one from Nintendo. In bocca al lupo! 

Steven Hansen

11:15 AM on 01.22.2015

Here's when GameStop is planning on getting shipments for amiibo Wave 3

There's an internal memo going around from GameStop that highlights estimated arrival dates for the upcoming amiibo Wave 3. I have confirmed this memo with an internal source at the retailer. This is the gist. Bowser will arr...

Chris Carter





11:00 AM on 01.22.2015

Nintendo Download: Citizens of Earth

The headliner this week is definitely Citizens of Earth on the Wii U eShop. Brittany didn't think it was the second coming of EarthBound, but there were some redeeming qualities -- maybe it's best to wait on the fence fo...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 01.21.2015

The Etsy crowd is making some great custom amiibo

We post a lot of amiibo stuff on Destructoid, and when I say we, I mean "not me." That ends today. I couldn't pass up this chance to highlight the custom amiibo scene on Etsy. The results are admittedly hit or miss -- this is Etsy -- but even the misses have a certain humorous charm to them. Let's take a look. [Header image: Alltheapplesdoubled]

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Nintendo is giving away a Majora's Mask New 3DS

My fellow legal residents of the United States--and also you dastardly Canadiens--you're in luck. Yet another chance to score a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but this time for free, and with a copy of the game included (in North ...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 01.21.2015

Theatrhythm: Curtain Call gets equipped with World Ends With You and Chrono Trigger DLC

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was a joy to play. It was absolutely packed with content, so the fact that DLC has been steadily dropping since launch hasn't bothered me -- all in all, it's one of the biggest rhythm ...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 01.21.2015

Swapnote's Nikki to return in Nikki's Travel Quiz

I miss Swapnote. I mean, it's still around, but dropping SpotPass functionality has basically rendered it impotent. The thing is, even when it was fully functional, most of the messages I got came from Nikki, who I always ass...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 AM on 01.21.2015

Gunman Clive 2 is on track for a January 3DS release

A few of us over at Destructoid are eagerly awaiting the old-west platformer Gunman Clive 2, which was slightly delayed in the US and in Europe due to some quality control. Everything is all clear it seems, as creator Be...

Chris Carter



The best part about this Majora's Mask 3D gyroscope demo is that you can turn the feature off photo
The best part about this Majora's Mask 3D gyroscope demo is that you can turn the feature off
by Chris Carter

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is out on February 13, 2015. I've completed it, and our review will come in February. I know, I know, but at least you'll get a pre-launch review, right?!

This new video from Nintendo shows off the gyroscope aiming feature that was in Ocarina of Time 3D, compliments of Eiji Aonuma. The best part? You can turn off gyroscope controls entirely just like Ocarina, and the left analog stick is pretty damn effective.

During the DS and Wii era, Nintendo would have stubbornly forced us to use this "revolutionary" type of play control. Now with systems like the Wii U and the 3DS, we have actual options just in case we don't prefer them.

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8:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Citizens of Earth photo
Review: Citizens of Earth
by Brittany Vincent

The Fifth Element came on TV the other day, and it really got me thinking about mise-en-scène versus characterization. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies, and is an exemplar of sci-fi in cinema without being too derivative of other works. The grittiness of futuristic New York, the contrast between earthtones and bright colors in the costume and set design, and the excellent choreography of the action scenes come together to make a great movie.

What’s a movie though without characters that entertain, blossom with personality, and can be empathized with? Would The Fifth Element be as entertaining without the bluster of Bruce Willis, the innocent sexuality of Milla Jovovich, or the ridiculous Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod? Can well-crafted artwork, concept, and background come together to make a good production regardless of the characters within it? Those are the questions that Citizens of Earth brought to mind.

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10:30 PM on 01.19.2015

Australia gets second wave of Majora's Mask New 3DS units

Nintendo's Australia and New Zealand region Twitter account noted that, as is the case elsewhere, "Due to overwhelming demand, New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Edition is currently unavailable for pre-order in AU/NZ." ...

Steven Hansen