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4:00 PM on 11.23.2012

Psssh! What is this? Smash Bros.?

[Header by Elemental-Aura] Despite Allistair Pinsof's well-reasoned arguments against PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's being a Smash Bros. clone, it's just so damn blatant! I mean, just look at it! LOOK AT IT! How can it...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Sequel to PC Mega Man clone Rosenkreuzstilette is out

Are you familiar with "doujin soft"? They're essentially Japanese indie games, and although most are of the fan game variety, major publishers tend to leave them alone. As it should be! Fan games aren't harming anybody! In 2...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 10.24.2012

What I wouldn't give to play this Sega Smash variant

No matter how much good press PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale receives, it'll never quite settle with me. The fact that it is a "clone" of Super Smash Bros. isn't what's bothersome -- I personally had a grand time with t...

Tony Ponce



Fangasmic Mega Man clone Rokko Chan gets a remix album photo
Fangasmic Mega Man clone Rokko Chan gets a remix album
by Tony Ponce

[Update: I mistakenly said that Dj CUTMAN was the organizer for this project. It was actually the staff of the VG music site Nobuwo. My bad.]

Rokko Chan was really something special, wasn't it? If you haven't played it or even heard of it, you should correct your mistake right now. It's a cute little Flash game that copies the Mega Man formula wholesale, only it changes names and locations "to protect the innocent." It could pass off as a direct sequel to the NES classics, but a few unexpected surprises are sprinkled throughout just to keep you on your toes.

One of the many highlights was the game's chiptune soundtrack, which can be downloaded for free. It's so spectacular that videogame audio site Nobuwo decided to organize a remix album and release it through the GameChops net label. Rokko Chan: Extended Play is an eight-track tribute -- the first track is actually pulled directly from the OST -- that rearranges the music in the same chiptune style.

Dj CUTMAN and Spamtron, who worked together on the Zelda II-themed Bagu and the Riverman, contribute one track, while other artists round up the lineup. One track is even produced by FantomenK, whose song "The Massacre" serves as the closing theme for Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Long story short, go and download the free album from Bandcamp as soon as you can!

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7:00 PM on 09.17.2012

3D Cartoon Land: Safari totally looks like that one game

You know that game with plumbers in it? That one where you rescue a princess from a giant turtle? It looks like some sleazy iOS developers have up and decided to develop a game "inspired" by the aforementioned title -- and th...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 08.08.2012

Sonic-inspired Freedom Planet tickles my platforming itch

Who doesn't love a good clone? As much flak as people like to give certain games for playing too much like other games, its nice to see a well-established style or formula applied to a new world with original characters from...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 01.10.2012

Mole Kart, the amazingly shameless iOS Mario Kart ripoff

Ripoff games on iOS are nothing new, with no shortage of developers willing to trade their integrity for a handfull of dollars. Mole Kart is an almost beautiful in its utter, unapologetic, shamelessness.  As you can see...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 01.06.2012

Cute Mega Man copycat Rokko Chan gets OST and art book

Last week, I shared Rokko Chan, a most adorable Mega Man clone that swapped the Blue Bomber for the Blue Bombette. It's a great game in its own right, sporting the same high polish, incredible pixel art, and catchy jams as it...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 12.27.2011

Rokko Chan is incredible Mega Man gaming goodness

The Christmas surprises keep coming! We should count ourselves so lucky! I've repeated this over and over -- I'm sure you're all quite tired of hearing my pissing and moaning by now -- but this has not been a good year for Me...

Tony Ponce



I Can't Believe It's Not Zelda! photo
I Can't Believe It's Not Zelda!
by Allistair Pinsof

All this week, Destructoid will be posting Zelda-themed features to celebrate this weekend's release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It's Zelda week!

Can you ignore a Zelda release? I can't. Sure, I've joined the "Ugh, another entry with the same formula?" army before, but after four years of speculation, I can't very well ignore Skyward Sword.

There is something so enjoyable about the Zelda formula and watching it slowly evolve from title to title. It's not strange to feel nostalgic for a certain Zelda because of its systems, art style, navigation, or particular world and story. Over the years, developers have taken notice of this and applied Nintendo's magic formula to their own games.

This is a list of the greatest Zelda knock-offs of all time. Whether you want an NES-style Zelda or an epic adventure in HD, many options are available to ease the anticipation for Skyward Sword. Let's explore beyond Hyrule for a short while longer.

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8:40 AM on 04.14.2011

Layton-clone Doctor Lautrec gets a trailer

Professor Layton has a rather dashing mustachioed doppelgänger in Doctor Lautrec, who's bringing his own brand of puzzle-solving escapades to the 3DS this summer. Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights will see the tit...

Tony Ponce

3:20 PM on 09.16.2009

This Cloud cosplay is so good I thought it was a render

I don't make it a habit of posting cosplay here, because there's lots of good game-related cosplay out there, and after all there's Japanator if you want to look at cosplay. The thing is though, I was browsing through my RSS ...

Colette Bennett

10:45 PM on 09.04.2008

FIFA 08, Need for Speed Pro Street, and the Sims coming to the Genesis ... kinda

Unfortunately for our Latin American brethren, the sub-Amazonian games industry has always been a bit mystical and nefarious. Prices are exorbitant, piracy is rampant, and, for better or worse, the black market seems to be th...

Joseph Leray

1:58 AM on 04.14.2007

Hands on: Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

Capcom made it very clear that they are the company to watch this millennium. They even scorned the rest of the industry for not taking chances and simply relying on sequels to keep the money rolling in. It's extremely ir...

William Haley

9:39 PM on 03.31.2007

According to Subway, gamers are fat and will die prematurely

It seems that lovable fata*s-turned-skinny-white-guy Jared isn't cutting it anymore. He's tired, played out. Sooo 2006, as it were. Without Jared, how is Subway supposed to sell sandwiches? By playing on people's ...

Joseph Leray

4:14 PM on 02.15.2007

20 portable 80's Sega games for 20 beans

Coleco has launched a rebranded dirt-cheap portable console called the PlayPal, which retails for $20 at Target. It's flimsy as can be, but packs a near 3 inch screen and runs twenty classic Sega Master System and Game ...

Niero Gonzalez