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11:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Pokkén screens show off Gardevoir, other Pokémon

Pokkén Tournament is on its way to Japanese arcades later this month, so Namco has seen fit to bless us with pretty pictures of Gardevoir. Also, Pokémon other than Gardevoir for some reason. 「ポ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 01.23.2015

Bud Light turns man into Pac-Man in Super Bowl ad

Bud Light has released one of the ads which will air during the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, in which an unsuspecting beer consumer becomes the player of a fully-realized, physical Pac-Man game while a live DJ spins music in a ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Pikachu, Suicune, and Gardevoir announced for Pokkén Tournament photo
Pikachu, Suicune, and Gardevoir announced for Pokkén Tournament
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Embedded the full stream below. Also, GoNintendo rounded up more info on how the game plays, including details on how the 3-Axis movement works, how you can guard attacks from any height with the same button, and more. This definitely isn't just Tekken with the Pokémon brand slapped on it.] 

A load of new Pokkén Tournament info just aired on Japanese TV and the Internet is currently scrambling to keep up. Series mascot Pikachu, legendary beast Suicune and Destructoid favorite Gardevoir have joined Lucario and Machamp as announced playable characters. Gen-5 starter Snivy, Gen-6 started Fennekin, "flying Pikachu" Emolga and "boat with a face" Lapras are in the game as non-playable support characters. 

We've also learned more about how the game will control. You won't need a fight stick for this one, folks. In fact, you could probably play Pokkén Tournament with an SNES pad and not suffer any loss of precision. The game has a unique controller that only utilizes a d-pad (movement), L (support) and R (guard) shoulder buttons, and A (Pokémon attack), B (jump), X (weak attack) and Y (strong attack) face buttons for inputs. Sounds like a perfect fit for just about any Wii U compatible controller, don't you think? 

The game will go on location test in select Japanese arcades starting January 30, so if you live out that way, give the game a spin and write about it in our community blogs. We may just put your story on the front page. 

Friday: Pokkén Tournament Information + Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire - Battle Competition [Serebii.net]

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4:15 PM on 01.20.2015

Dark Souls PC multiplayer no longer region locked

Region-free Dark Souls multiplayer, just the way we like it. From Software has issued an update on Steam that allows players to summon and invade one another regardless of where they live. While these cross-country connection...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Free Dark Souls II patch to bring content parity with PS4, Xbox One versions

Dark Souls II is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on April 7 as Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. The re-release, which collects all three DLC packs and makes other improvements, is also coming to PC, PS3, and Xbox 360,...

Steven Hansen

9:05 AM on 01.14.2015

Namco is developing a free-to-play Wii U exclusive

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada made an appearance during today's Nintendo Direct presentation to announce Project Treasure, an upcoming Wii U exclusive from Bandai Namco. While details on the title are scarce, it be a free-to-play four-player co-op action game where "the basic aim is to clear traps, route enemies, and seize treasure."

Kyle MacGregor





6:30 PM on 01.07.2015

Heh, Bloodborne's Messengers sure are dapper

Instead of writing messages with a soapstone like in Dark Souls, we'll rely on these spooky fellows, the appropriately-named Messengers, to communicate with other Bloodborne players and see visions of how they foolishly rolle...

Jordan Devore



Get a load of the One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X amiibo support photo
Get a load of the One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X amiibo support
by Chris Carter

As you may have heard, third-party games will be opting in for amiibo support in addition to Nintendo titles. The biggest one so far is probably One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X for the 3DS.

You can use the figures to unlock new costumes for the cast, such as a Mario outfit for Luffy. The key here is that these aren't just colored reskins -- they legitimately deserve the moniker of "costume," as the entire character is completely remodeled with the new gear. Seeing Chopper with that new pink outfit and Kirby hat is particularly amazing.

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7:00 AM on 12.22.2014

Namco given plenty of freedom with Pokémon fighter

Nintendo seems to have a burgeoning penchant for collaboration. The platform holder has recently entered into partnerships with studios like Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei, giving its third party associates license to toy around...

Kyle MacGregor

5:45 AM on 12.22.2014

Shonen Jump J-Stars VS+ coming to the West

Yes, the moment anime and manga fans in the West have been awaiting for quite some time is here. Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+, a game that combines heroes from a huge number of Shonen Jump manga with an overly complex nam...

Laura Kate Dale

10:04 PM on 12.16.2014

Bandai Namco formally changes name, hints at future of company

Bandai Namco Games is changing its name to reflect the broader scope of operations that the company intends to move its focus to in the near future. Come April 1, 2015 (the start of the new fiscal year), it'll become Bandai N...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 12.15.2014

You defeated Games for Windows Live, Dark Souls Steam migration update out now

The long-time-coming update that replaces Games for Windows Live with Steamworks in Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC is out today. Full instructions on how to transfer your achievements and save data are over here, b...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Tekken 7 lead annoyed you don't like the catgirl so she's Asia/Europe-exclusive

Yesterday, Tekken 7 revealed a new character with cat ears and a Japanese pop idol aesthetic designed by Fire Emblem: Awakening and No More Heroes character artist Yusuke Kozaki. Our own Destructoid's...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Nya! Good god, Tekken 7's Lucky Chloe is anime as hell

I have a strong urge to get very, very good at Tekken 7 and just piss off (mostly western) players by beating them endlessly with this stupid cat girl. 

Steven Hansen

10:06 PM on 12.05.2014

Namco's Godzilla confirmed for PS3, PS4 in the West

Each new trailer for Bandai Namco's Godzilla PS3 (and now PS4) game has looked better than the last but I didn't want to get my hopes up knowing it was only confirmed for release in Japan. I mean, I did anyway, but everything...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 12.05.2014

Smash Bros. may continue without creator Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai, who brought us endless chipper Miiverse updates and, indeed, Super Smash Bros. itself, finally seems burnt out. According to CVG, Sakurai told Game Informer in an interview, "I can't positively declare ...

Steven Hansen