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Zero Suit Samus art photo
Zero Suit Samus art

Incredible Zero Suit Samus art book can now be yours!


Fangamer is ready to sell you Chris Furniss' 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
Why didn't anybody tell me this book came out last month!? I've been waiting for this baby a whole year! Where's my wallet!? Let me step back a bit: 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus is a collection of miniature comics depicting wha...
Metal Gear Rising photo
Metal Gear Rising

Raiden can't make a smoothie without flipping out


Metal Gear Rising + American Psycho = YES
Mar 15
// Tony Ponce
Metal Gear's Raiden may be part machine, but that doesn't mean he can't lead a peaceful life of solitude and introspection up in his penthouse apartment. But something about fruit just sends him over the edge. Literally. No ...
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Chiptune rock

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley


Psycho Crusher takes you on a musical tour of the best of the NES
Mar 09
// Tony Ponce
Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...
Skyward Sword cake photo
Skyward Sword cake

Animated Skyward Sword diorama is part delicious cake


Parents are the best
Mar 08
// Tony Ponce
Parents can be really awesome when it comes to cake. I remember for a birthday long ago, my mom made me a prehistoric landscape cake populated by dinosaurs, rough terrain, boulders, trees, and an erupting volcano. I thought ...
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EA: SimCity's broken because it's just too much fun!


Users blamed for wanting to play the game too much
Mar 08
// Jim Sterling
In what has to be the most incredible display of PR spin seen in a videogame crisis, an Electronic Arts spokesperson has claimed SimCity's notoriously awful DRM setbacks are a result of the game being just too gosh-darn enjoy...
Zelda a cappella photo
Zelda a cappella

Bearded dude performs amazing Zelda a cappellas


And his beard ain't half bad either!
Mar 03
// Tony Ponce
First thing you'll notice about YouTuber Smooth McGroove is that his beard is legendary. Combined with his already long hair, he is a dead ringer for Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. Also, he looks a lot like my college ro...
Zelda X Pokemon photo
Zelda X Pokemon

Zelda X Pokemon fan art is super amazing


Nobunaga teamed with Pokemon, so why can't Link and company?
Mar 01
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre


ECCOS is "furniture music" for the dolphin-loving soul
Feb 13
// 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...
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A long-awaited digital release of a sci-fi classic!
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 num...

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Best. Tattoo. Ever.


Found at D.I.C.E. 2013
Feb 06
// Dale North
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 ...
Metroid LEGO set photo
Metroid LEGO set

Project: Metroid hopes to become an official LEGO set


I need this to happen
Feb 05
// Brett Zeidler
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...
Streets of Rage photo
Streets of Rage

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


Most impressive!
Feb 01
// Tony Ponce
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...
NSMBU feat of magic photo
NSMBU feat of magic

Gamer beats NSMBU level without touching the ground


Impressive, sir
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
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...
Kanto Symphony photo
Kanto Symphony

New Pokemon Reorchestrated album out in February


Kanto Symphony: The Lost Diaries contains two original compositions
Jan 25
// Tony Ponce
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...
I <3 Kinuyo Yamashita photo
I <3 Kinuyo Yamashita

My greatest MAGFest 11 moment


"Castlevania-ception"
Jan 06
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Podtoid has a Wiki now, why not check it out?


The Bible of Nightmare opens its pages
Dec 30
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Edge of Twilight returns, being revamped for release!


Fuzzyeyes Entertainment Limited rises from the ashes
Dec 13
// Jim Sterling
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. ...
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The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles is out now on Windows 8


It looks absolutely ridiculous
Dec 11
// Brett Zeidler
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...
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chipWINter

Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes!


Chiptunes = WIN gets festive
Dec 10
// 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 "Chip...

Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears

Dec 08 // Tony Ponce
You already know about the magazine's cover, which pays tribute to the cover of the very first issue. Perhaps even cooler than that is the included poster, which features a spread of every single issue plus variant covers stretching all the way back to 1988, bringing the total count to 300. I can even see the issue that started it all for me: October 1991, with Star Trek on the front. I was a devoted subscriber until early in the GameCube years, when I foolishly dropped it for the more "mature" Game Informer. I even tossed my entire back catalog in the trash because I was running out of room in my closet! I was soooo stupid. I wish I could go back in time 10 years and punch my high school self in the nuts. The mag is split up into four massive sections: NP's top Nintendo games ever, a recap of all 24 years of NP history, farewells from current and past NP editors, and a review blowout for most of the Wii U launch library. And this time around, the letters to the editors don't only include messages from readers but also from industry faces like WayForward's Matt Bozon and Sean Velasco, DreamRift's Peter Ong, and Game|Life's Chris Kohler, among others. The top 285 games -- one for every issue of the magazine's run -- definitely has some odd placements, especially on the lower rungs. I'm slightly disappointed that the Game Boy got as little representation as it did, but just about all the games you'd expect to make the cut have. These are just the editors' opinions, after all, and it's not like you'll be able to write in your objections. The biggest draw, of course, is the year-by-year retrospective of Nintendo Power. Seeing the scans from those decades-old issues and reading about all the promotions running at the time really sent me back to my childhood. They even highlight one of my favorite moments: a 1995 contest in which the winner would get to be an extra on the set of The Mask II! Whoever won that contest got royally fucked over! Ha! Simply seeing the magazine's progression in an abridged format gives you a true sense of how much effort was put in tailoring Nintendo Power to the fans. From free games for subscribers in the form of Dragon Warrior and The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition to full-on monthly comics for Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, and more, it was just an avalanche of goodness. Editors from throughout NP's life chime in with their favorite moments and also a couple of their more shameful ones. For instance, I'm glad that Scott Pelland, managing editor from 1988 to 2008, was able to admit that no one on staff was happy to promote the Virtual Boy but were obligated to anyway. And Steve Thomason, editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2012, asks forgiveness for giving Shadow the Hedgehog an 8.0. It's cool, Steve. Nobody's perfect. If there was one thing about this issue I wasn't too pleased by, it was the third-party advertisements. One of the things I admired about Nintendo Power back in the early days was that, unlike competing mags, it was relatively ad-free, and the few ads that were there were for Nintendo's own hardware and software. It wasn't until this past decade that NP started welcoming outside ads. I had hoped that for this big sendoff, the mag would have eschewed any and all ads. I mean, seriously, what's the worst that could have happened? The companies pull support and refuse to print anything in Nintendo Power ever again? Pssssh! The magazine closes with one last surprise: a two-page comic starring Nester and his son Maxwell. Nester was just a spunky kid when he first graced NP alongside "Gamemaster" Howard Phillips. After Nester's Adventures completed its run, he would return sporadically for high-profile events, such as the mag's100th issue. We saw him grow up, go to college, and start a family, but throughout it all, he's still a kid at heart and able to pass that gaming spirit on to his progeny. It was a fun ride, Nintendo Power. You did alright.
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The final issue hits all the right notes
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 ...

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


"Beyond the Glass" off of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run
Dec 04
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Mega Man 3 OST gets a VRC6 chiptune overhaul


Chiptune artist RushJet1 makes a great soundtrack even better
Dec 02
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Goodbye, Destructoid


<3
Nov 10
// Chad Concelmo
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...
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Interplay has massive 'pay what you want' sale on GOG.com


Get the entire library for 35 bucks!
Oct 18
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
Kanto Symphony photo
Available on iTunes for $9.99
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 s...

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Konami announces Book of Memories demo from Tuesday


Talking about memories ...
Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
Konami has today officially announced that a Silent Hill: Book of Memories demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store for your PS Vita handheld entertainment device. If you were confused at all about what you do...
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So baller: A full-scale LEGO Hylian shield


Oct 04
// Tony Ponce
I once dabbled in building custom LEGO models many years ago. I made an Arwing and Wolfen from Star Fox 64, and as proud as I was of them, they were the blockiest damn things you've ever seen. I have nothing but the utmost re...
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The tipping point! Chiptunes = WIN gets an expansion pack


Oct 01
// Tony Ponce
[Header image from "Nyan Caxx"] A few months ago, Brandon Hood of the "Chiptunes = WIN" movement organized an orgasmic three-hour, 51-track chiptune album that was as incredible as it was grossly excessive. Naturally, he felt...
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Incredible unseen footage of Twelve Tales: Conker 64


Sep 17
// Tony Ponce
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Conker was not always the foul-mouthed drunkard we all know and love. He was supposed to be another kid-friendly mascot in Rare's software stable. He even managed to squeeze out a forgett...
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Paul Robertson makes Gravity Falls even more awesome


Sep 12
// Tony Ponce
Folks give the Disney Channel a hard time over its programming lineup, often with valid reason. Still, there are a few shows that prove some people still "get it." I've been a big fan of Phineas and Ferb for its cleverness a...

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