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4:23 PM on 02.06.2013

Best. Tattoo. Ever.

Coming back from lunch here at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013, I ran into an event staffer with the greatest arm tat I've ever seen. You see a lot of tattoos in Las Vegas, but I've never seen one that stopped me dead in my tracks. "Is ...

Dale North

2:45 PM on 02.05.2013

Project: Metroid hopes to become an official LEGO set

Have you ever been playing Metroid, and wondered what Samus and Mother Brain would look like as a LEGO set? No? Well, what the hell is wrong with you? At least me and LEGO CUUSOO user Zurtech are on the same page. He has crea...

Brett Zeidler

9:00 PM on 02.01.2013

This Streets of Rage fan film was shot in one take!

De-Pixelated by Blue Goggles Films is a web series that re-enacts videogames in real life. So far, nothing we haven't seen before, right? In this latest episode, based on Streets of Rage for the Genesis, Adam Hunter shuffles...

Tony Ponce

12:15 PM on 02.01.2013

Gamer beats NSMBU level without touching the ground

When I first saw this video for New Super Mario Bros. U, I thought "no big deal, this guy is just beating the level by flying through it with the Flying Squirrel suit and a Pink Yoshi. Then I saw the "wow" moment where he ca...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 01.25.2013

New Pokemon Reorchestrated album out in February

Did you buy Braxton "Skotein" Burks' amazing Kanto Symphony, the Pokémon Red / Blue orchestral arrangement album? You should have already because it is hot cinnamon rolls, but if you haven't, go part with $10 on either...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 01.06.2013

My greatest MAGFest 11 moment

This was my first MAGFest, and damn, it did not disappoint. So much hotness everywhere. For most people, it would be impossible to narrow down the greatest moment of the show. For me, it was simple. I'm at the main concert st...

Tony Ponce

11:39 AM on 12.30.2012

Podtoid has a Wiki now, why not check it out?

A number of intrepid fans have come together to create and maintain the Podtoid Wiki, your one-stop database for the heroes and lore of Destructoid's more storied podcast. Created by the listeners themselves, these pages hold...

Jim Sterling

11:01 AM on 12.13.2012

Edge of Twilight returns, being revamped for release!

Promising Steampunk action game Edge of Twilight is back in development with the newly branded Fuzzyeyes Entertainment Limited. The game, long thought dead, was resurrected in 2011 and has been silently worked on since. ...

Jim Sterling





7:00 PM on 12.11.2012

The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles is out now on Windows 8

You guys remember FMV games, right? Well, even I remember them, and I'm the resident baby here at Destructoid. FMVs were interactive movies that, you guessed it, used full-motion videos. Think Dragon's Lair but with real act...

Brett Zeidler



Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes! photo
Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes!
by Tony Ponce

[Update: The chipWINter Bandcamp page is up! There was an opportunity to purchase a limited edition audio cassette of the album, but it sold out in five minutes. Damn!]

It's the holiday seasoooooooooon!

Brandon Hood of "Chiptunes = WIN" organized the original 51-track behemoth for release back in June. In October, he followed up with an expansion featuring a reduced count of 22 tracks. For the hat trick, there is a modest collection of 14 songs from 14 artists. A far cry from the disgusting excess of the first album, sure, but no less appreciated by the discerning chiptune lover.

As the name implies, chipWINter is holiday-themed delight with which to warm yourself on those cold December nights. I especially love that the lead track is a chip arrangement of Vince Guaraldi's famous "Linus an Lucy" off the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. Very classy!

At 9 PM EST, there was a chipWINter listening party on 8bitX Radio's "8 Bit Power Hour," after which the album went live for free on Bandcamp. Now go get it, boyo!

chipWINter [Bandcamp]

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Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears photo
Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears
by Tony Ponce

Last night, I noticed that the final issue of Nintendo Power was in stock at Barnes & Noble. Naturally, I bought two copies: one to peruse and one to leave in the shrink wrap FOR. EV. ER.

If you've ever been an NP reader or subscriber, you need to pick this baby up. The mag is so chock-full of good feelings and pleasant memories, which makes it all the more painful to read. But as Butters once said, it's "like a beautiful sadness."

I want to share a few impressions about issue #285 in the hopes that you'll run out the door to snag a copy as soon as possible.

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9:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Holy CG Samus! Sam Dillard's liquidy Metroid music vid

By now, you've likely had time to absorb the glory that is Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the Metroid series tribute arrange album from Shinesparkers. Among the tracks is Sam Dillard's "Beyond the Glass," a cover of Super Me...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 12.02.2012

Mega Man 3 OST gets a VRC6 chiptune overhaul

I've said it before, but Konami's VRC6 Memory Management Controller chip was quite magical. Applied to a Famicom cartridge, it added three extra sound channels, allowing for richer audio. Just compare "Beginning" from the We...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 11.10.2012

Goodbye, Destructoid

As some of you may or may not have heard, this is officially my last day with Destructoid. Man ... I can barely type that without getting upset. I am starting a new job next week at GolinHarris as a writer for Nintendo. It is...

Chad Concelmo

3:30 PM on 10.18.2012

Interplay has massive 'pay what you want' sale on GOG.com

Interplay has followed Larian Studios to become the next company offering a "pay what you want" sale on GOG.com. If Larian's deals didn't get your attention, this most certainly shall. They've got an interesting little setup ...

Jim Sterling



Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out photo
Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Back in July, I shared a preview of Kanto Symphony, a reworking of the Pokémon Red / Blue soundtrack originally composed by Junichi Masuda. This orchestral update, influenced by the Zelda Reorchestrated project, was spearheaded by Braxton "Skotein" Burks, who worked with Joypad Records in order to obtain the license needed to sell the finished work.

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say, "Good news, everyone!" Today is the day Kanto Symphony is released to the world! You can scoot on over to iTunes to download the 78-minute, 35-track album, or you can obtain it from Joypad Record's storefront. It's a paltry $9.99, so fish out your wallet and go support Braxton's amazing accomplishment.

Just listen to the preview tracks in the above video and tell me this isn't tasty awesome sauce. I'm so excited for Braxton, he's excited that people are excited, and I'm excited that he's excited that you are all excited. Let's get excited!

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