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4:00 PM on 10.15.2013

2DS commercial reminds you it has some pretty good games

This commercial for the 2DS gets straight to the point -- Nintendo has some solid titles for its handheld systems. Dropping heavy-hitting names like Pokemon X/Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, th...

Brett Makedonski



Time lapse: Nine Nintendo handhelds battery tested photo
Time lapse: Nine Nintendo handhelds battery tested
by Jordan Devore

In this pleasant little video from Family Gamer TV, nine Nintendo handhelds are battery tested including the brand new 2DS. The results aren't terribly surprising -- the 3DS line all kick off fairly close to one another, at around three to four hours of maximum screen brightness -- but those Mugen batteries come off looking like champs. I hadn't even heard of them before.

The video also serves as a reminder that the Game Boy Advance SP was a tremendous system, though that's probably something you all don't forget. Too bad they couldn't dig up a Game Boy Micro for the test. There's always next time.

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8:30 PM on 09.26.2013

English version of the Pokemon Origins anime in the works

Okay, first of all that remix of the Pokemon Red/Blue theme is pretty damn great. So yeah, the Pokemon Origins four episode anime will be coming to North America. The show will air on Pokemon TV on November 15, and will foll...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 09.26.2013

3DS passes lifetime sales of the Wii in Japan

The 3DS is king in Japan right now. The handheld has just passed the Wii's lifetime sales, hitting 12,752,731 units sold to date. The Wii by comparison has sold 12,698,878 units in Japan. These figures come from sales trackin...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 09.25.2013

Black/white 3DS being replaced with blacker/whiter 3DS

Japan is getting two "new" 3DS colors on October 10, Pure White and Clear Black. The units will retail for 15,000 yen (~$152) and replace the discontinued Ice White and Cosmo Black. Check the comparison below. It's more evident in the black. Also, lol. Pure White And Clear Black 3DS Colors Coming On October 10 [Siliconera]

Steven Hansen



Review: Nvidia Shield  photo
Review: Nvidia Shield
by Jim Sterling

[Disclosure: Nvidia has provided Destructoid with a number of computers for PC game review purposes in the past. If you feel that may make our reviews of any of their products "biased" or "paid off," you are welcome to.]

The number of handheld devices hitting the market are becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of, a situation made all the more overwhelming by the continued erosion of the boundary between smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and machines built solely for the purposes of showing your friends that "Blurred Lines" video. 

Several oddities have cropped up in this maelstrom of technology, one of which is the Nvidia Shield. Joining the Razer Edge in the "almost shockingly niche" category, this Android-powered, Steam-streaming, undoubtedly powerful system is heavy, expensive, and focused on a unique brand of gamer -- a cocktail of concerns that has led to many a cynical attitude toward it. 

I was cynical. Hopeful, as I am for all new gadgets, but cynical nonetheless. Having spent a good deal of time with the Nvidia Shield, however, I absolutely love the thing. It's still heavy, it's still expensive, and it's certainly going to appeal to a select few. Those few, however, will adore it. 

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So you just got a Vita? Here are some recommendations photo
So you just got a Vita? Here are some recommendations
by Chris Carter

The 3DS had a chance to shine with a recommendations article and now it's the Vita's turn. With the release of Killzone Mercenary and a tidal wave of indie ports on the way, the Vita has quite a few titles under its belt.

What once was a system begging for games now has quite a sizable offering if you include legacy content, and you know what -- the device itself is pretty amazing.

Here are a bunch of things you can put in it.

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8:00 AM on 09.19.2013

The Monster Hunter deficiency is kicking the Vita's butt

I bet Sony is kicking itself (in its butt) over its inability to wrangle up a Monster Hunter game for the Vita. Despite promising a Monster Hunter game would come to Vita in 2012, the system is barren when it comes to that fa...

Steven Hansen



Review: Wikipad 7-Inch Gaming Tablet photo
Review: Wikipad 7-Inch Gaming Tablet
by Chris Carter

I'm constantly reminded that we're in a rather strange era of gaming. While past generations have decidedly kept console and portable gaming completely separate, the two experiences are converging more and more with the rise of Apple and Android devices.

What were once privileged devices have become a lot cheaper, and they're starting to dip into Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo's profits as the mobile arena is poised to slowly start chipping away at the industry proper.

Enter the Wikipad -- an Android supported tablet that's targeted directly towards the gaming community.

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Review: Killzone: Mercenary photo
Review: Killzone: Mercenary
by Jim Sterling

This is the game I wanted a PlayStation Vita for. I have a long documented fondness for the Killzone series, and while Killzone: Liberation on the PlayStation Portable was enjoyable enough, I truly longed for a genuine first-person shooter production in the handheld space. This is what the Vita promised. 

Unfortunately, that promise looked less and less savory as Killzone: Mercenary took its time and two criminal abortions -- Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified -- stepped in to make FPS experiences on the Vita look like an utter joke. While I still held out hope for Mercenary, the path leading towards its release was paved in feces. 

If only Mercenary had released first, it would have shown its two-bit predecessors exactly how it's done. 

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1:00 AM on 09.08.2013

AVGN braves the unholy tide of Tiger LCD games

I knew this day would come. The Angry Video Game Nerd made a video about Tiger's line of LCD handheld games. I've warned you all about the horrors of these infernal contraptions. I even pointed you in the direction of an onl...

Tony Ponce



The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX photo
The 2DS had a surprisingly good showing at PAX
by Jordan Devore

Like Dale and Spencer, I wasn't expecting much of the 2DS. And, to be fair, it's not really meant for me -- I play the occasional game in 3D (Animal Crossing, for instance) and already own the original 3DS, so if I were to buy more hardware, it'd be the XL. Also, I'm not a five-year-old.

Could it be better? Well, yeah. There are a few immediately noticeable drawbacks. Those shoulder buttons feel off, and the form factor itself takes some getting used to but, holding the system in your hands, it's good overall. Good for the $129.99 price point, certainly.

Now we just need the 1DS mockup to become a reality. I'd buy that on day one.

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11:00 PM on 08.28.2013

So the 2DS is actually just one big screen

The 2DS, that's a thing! It's aimed for a younger audience, and it cuts out all the 3D stuff. And as it turns out, those two screens are actually one big screen. That's according to US Gamer in an effort to cut down costs. Th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 08.28.2013

Nintendo 2DS weighs less than the 3DS XL

Nintendo has divulged the specs of the newly-announced 2DS, and there are a few tidbits worth bringing up. The screen real estate is the same as it is with the regular 3DS, though the funny-looking handheld does support sligh...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 08.28.2013

Reggie says the 2DS is for five- to six-year-olds

With Nintendo's surprising announcement of the 2DS today, some people are wondering who exactly the device was created for. While the price point of $129 is appealing, the slate form and omission of 3D were curious changes. I...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 08.28.2013

Nintendo says it's committed to 3D despite the 2DS

While the Nintendo 2DS will play 3DS games, it won't support 3D. It stands to reason that such functionality isn't nearly as important as Nintendo made it out to be. That's not how Nintendo executive VP of sales and marketing...

Jordan Devore