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7:30 PM on 03.01.2013

Zelda X Pokemon fan art is super amazing

Pokémon plus Nobunaga's Ambition? That's hot. Pokémon plus The Legend of Zelda? Why hasn't this happened yet!? Artist Finni Chang decided to recast Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf as Pokémon trainers with appr...

Tony Ponce



Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre photo
Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre
by Tony Ponce

Have you ever been playing Ecco the Dolphin and thought to yourself, "This music is great, but I really wish it sounded as trippy as how the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey looked"? Well then have I got a gift for you!

Last year, I brought to your attention ECCOS, a modification of the Ecco the Dolphin soundtrack to be played as part of a wild art installation called "Center for Wave Change." Creator Andrew Norman Wilson took a gameplay video of the Sega Genesis classic and heavily modified the music in Final Cut Pro, changing the speed and adding echo effects. The result was a wild departure from the source material, something that Andrew describes as "furniture music" -- not meant to stand on its own but rather to serve as background noise that engages the mind.

Andrew decided to release the ECCOS soundtrack trough the Rhizome art organization's download program, which can only be accessed by Rhizome members. Lucky for us, he has provided Destructoid with the seven-track, 48-minute album to share with you all for free. You can download individual tracks from SoundCloud or you can snag the entire shebang straight from MediaFire. And in the gallery below, you'll find the album art and a diagram that illustrates Andrew's sound editing process.

Now turn off the lights, turn on a lava lamp, and allow your mind to wander as you ride the waves of experimental Sega Genesis music.

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System Shock 2 confirmed for GOG ... tomorrow! photo
System Shock 2 confirmed for GOG ... tomorrow!
by Jim Sterling

No time for rumors! Good Old Games has confirmed that System Shock 2, a game glaring in its absence from the digital space, is coming to its service, and it'll be available tomorrow! 

The GOG release will come with a number of notable extras, to the point where it's being called a "virtual collector's edition." According to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the package will include a soundtrack, concept art, maps of the Von Braun, an interview with Ken Levine, and the game's original pitch document, among other stuff. 

This is magnificent news. Just before the rumors started of this game's release, I was trying to find a way to obtain it without resorting to "the bad thing," so this is perfect news. My wallet is at the ready. 

Many Questions: System Shock 2 Comes To GOG [RPS]

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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