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The Superman principle, piracy and more with Crazy Viking photo
The Superman principle, piracy and more with Crazy Viking
by Jonathan Holmes

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were talking to Taron Millet and Kristofor Durrschmidt of Crazy Viking Studios -- two developers with some of the most interesting origin stories in gaming. Taron got his start on Atari computers, and Kris got his first job by showing German porn comics to Mormons. That could only lead to good things.

Over the course of their careers at Griptonite, they worked on the Lego Star Wars series, Spyro, Assassin's Creed, Shinobi, and a lot more. After Griptonite was bought out, their focus changed from handheld adaptations of home console releases to freemium mobile games, so Taron and Kris went off on their own with their first independent game, Volgarr the Viking.

We talk about the importance of giving the player character weaknesses for the player to overcome by building their skill, the idea of utilizing the "arcade" pay system on PC/Console games, the advantage of sprite-based graphics in 2D action/platformers, what it was like to work on so many legendary franchises, how it felt to see that only 4% of people playing their game bought it, the old Griptonite Vs Wayforward rivalry, hints about their next game, and a lot more. 

Thanks so much to Taron and Kris for hanging out, and join us tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Kyle Reimergartin (Fjords) to the program. It's going to be a holiday flavorite. 

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5:15 PM on 12.19.2013

Runner 2 plays exactly how you would expect on the Vita

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien launched very early on in the year for just about every platform under the sun. We reviewed it, and really liked it. Not long after that, Gaijin Games announced that R...

Brett Zeidler

4:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game

I know what you're thinking: "Any game is a portable game if you try hard enough." Fair point. But, I don't know about you, but my 2013 was off the wall busy and I appreciated a good, proper handheld title that didn't require...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Looks like there's a Mario and Luigi 3DS XL bundle coming

A Target ad has let slip an upcoming Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL bundle coming out just in time for Christmas. The bundle will go for $199.99, includes a black and silver colored system with special branding of the h...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 11.20.2013

Tearaway demo will launch alongside the game on Friday

Did you know Tearaway is coming out this Friday? Did you know we really, really liked it? Good, because I wasn't going to let this one slip right past you. That's not happening on my watch. I don't think Sony is going to let...

Brett Zeidler

8:30 PM on 11.14.2013

There wouldn't be Tearaway without the Vita

In yet another behind-the-scenes video for Tearaway, the fine folks at Media Molecule today explain the importance of the array of options the PlayStation Vita offers that make the game what it is today. Since it acknowledge...

Brett Zeidler





10:30 PM on 11.13.2013

Here's a taste of the incredible music in Tearaway

Every time I see a new aspect of Tearaway in more detail, I'm just taken aback by how incredible of a game it's shaped up to be. Today is no exception, because Sony has posted a new video as part of a series of behind-t...

Brett Zeidler

10:52 AM on 11.13.2013

A Link Between Worlds custom 3DS coming November 22

During this morning's Nintendo Direct event, the platform holder issued a reminder regarding its plans to release a custom 3DS XL to celebrate the launch of the recent entry in the Legend of Zelda series, coming out November...

Alessandro Fillari

8:30 PM on 11.06.2013

All of Tearaway is constructed from one sheet of paper

A new video for Tearaway explains the fundamental idea behind the paper in the game. The really freaking cool part about it all is that every individual piece inside the world is virtual paper, folded up exactly to the artis...

Brett Zeidler

4:30 PM on 11.05.2013

Tappingo looks a bit like Picross, comes to 3DS eShop

I've been clean for a few years now, but not too long ago, Picross was my digital cocaine. I consumed Picross DS in unhealthy amounts, and when the game was exhausted and I thought I could finally be sober again, Picross 3D c...

Darren Nakamura

10:12 AM on 10.31.2013

Now you can play games on flights without interruption

I fly at least 120,000 miles a year, every year (this year I'm at almost 170,000!) and I'm playing games on every flight. My 3DS looks like tornado debris from heavy use! A little secret? I NEVER shut my games off. When the f...

Dale North

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