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8:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Shovel Knight looks great in 16-bit, Aegis Defenders just looks great

Oh my goooddd. How did I miss this until now? It's like a Nausicaa game. Thank you sir Shovel Knight for making a cross over appearance (above) in Aegis Defenders, which is how it came to my attention.  The Kickstarter already passed its initial funding goal and its PS4 stretch goal. Local co-op and a Wii U version are up next. Here's hoping. This looks amazing. 

Steven Hansen


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros. photo
Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially unveiled for Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct kicked off with a bang, officially unveiling Shulk in Super Smash Bros, set to hit the 3DS and Wii U later this year.

Following a leak that included the Xeno star, it looks like the other characters are going to follow at some point! Watch the video above for some footage -- he looks fun to play.

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I enjoyed Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer a lot more than I thought I would photo
I enjoyed Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer a lot more than I thought I would
by Chris Carter

There have been rumors of a multiplayer component in Dragon Age: Inquisition for quite a while. BioWare has been keeping things under wraps for months after a small hint of its inclusion, and speculation was rampant as to what exactly it might entail.

After a recent visit to BioWare's offices I had a chance to sit down with the multiplayer extensively, and I found myself slowly becoming addicted as the afternoon went on. In fact, I liked it far more than Mass Effect 3's co-op mode -- so I have high hopes for Inquisition.

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What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014 photo
What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014
by Bill Zoeker

Max and Bill stop by to check in and drop some knowledge before heading of to Seattle for PAX Prime this week! Twitch got bought out by Amazon, not Google. Pokemon gets a fighting game, that you can only play in Japanese arcades. Bill gets hype on Donald Glover playing Spider-Man. And of course, our PAX Prime plans.

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Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player photo
Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player
by Patrick Hancock

Believe it or not, in all my time spent in Dota 2, I've never played a single solo matchmaking game. I've played plenty of team games, but the anxiety that comes with playing alone with strangers gets to me while playing Dota 2. Well, there's a first time for everything!

Now, the Dota 2 community, along with many others, gets a lot of flak for being "toxic," and sometimes rightfully so. However! In my new "benchwarMMR" video series there will be no anger or blame towards my fellow teammates. My goal is to learn as much as possible from these matches and let everybody in on the lessons I take away.

So join me on an educational journey through the world of competitive Dota 2. And please leave any feedback you have! 

PS - MMR stands for Matchmaking Rating. In other words, a number given to a player to "rank" how good they are relative to other players. 

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Fibbage is a fun digital party game, even if you only have two people photo
Fibbage is a fun digital party game, even if you only have two people
by Chris Carter

I was randomly flipping through my email last week and saw a peculiar Xbox One release -- a little party game called Fibbage. Billed as a "fibbing" party game (the likes of which I'm sure you've seen before), this one has a small twist to it -- it's developed and narrated by the folks at Jackbox Games, the studio responsible for You Don't Know Jack.

It also has a rather unique control method in that all eight players use smart phones, tablets, or PCs to play, so you don't have to rustle up a ton of expensive controllers.

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The Evil Within rocks some recognizable voice talent in this new trailer photo
The Evil Within rocks some recognizable voice talent in this new trailer
by Brittany Vincent

Ever wanted Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley to taunt you? Now you can with Haley lending his voice as The Evil Within's main antagonist, Ruvik. But he's not the only recognizable celebrity to have climbed aboard The Evil Within's hype train.

Anson Mount (Cullen Bohannon, Hell on Wheels) takes on his very first voice acting role as lead protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, so you'll be hearing quite a bit from him.

And last but not least, Jennifer Carpenter, whom you likely recognize as Dexter Morgan's foul-mouthed and totally badass sister Debra Morgan, is taking on the role of Juli Kidman, Sebastian's partner (and Junior Detective). You'll be able to play as Juli with content released later on in the game's life cycle, so plan on ponying up if you're a big Carpenter fan.

Interesting choices as far as voice talent goes. Me? I'm just glad that we're looking past Nolan North these days.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/23] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/23]
by Steven Hansen

Some fine young patriots are planning to save games journalism with a protest at PAX Prime this year. I am disappointed I will not be able to be there in person to chronicle their ground breaking protest, which involves using web 2.0 ("social media," to lay persons) "hash tags" such as, "#gamesjournalism or...whatever other hashtag that spawns as this whole mess goes viral."

I just hope some of you will be there to lend support. Perhaps stock up on milk at local grocer's. These historically oppressed folks, brave as they are in speaking out, will likely see major opposition from the authorities (and other equality/diversity agenda havers). Expect to lather them good in layers of cow product to counter the teargas.

Stay safe, record everything. 

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle? photo
Is this really the solution to P.T.'s final puzzle?
by Brett Makedonski

Hideo Kojima's interactive teaser P.T. has been a hot topic of discussion for the past week and a half. While part of the talk has been centered around the great experience and the reveal of Silent Hills, many have just been trying to clarify what exactly is happening with P.T.'s final puzzle.

There are a lot of different methods circulating as to how exactly players can trigger P.T.'s end sequence. The problem is that none of them are really consistent. This video may have it all figured out, applying reasoning for the steps instead of blindly stabbing in the dark. There may be a few leaps in logic, but at least it all seems plausible -- especially for something that Kojima created.

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What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?! photo
What the hell did the Pokémon channel just upload?!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Hey look there's some kind of Slowpoke fishing web game associated with this.]

The Pokemon Japanese YouTube channel just uploaded this. What in the hell, Pokémon? Related to the "shocking" announcement that's coming up, perhaps? 

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Here's some places on Reddit you should check out with the ReddX app photo
Here's some places on Reddit you should check out with the ReddX app
by Bill Zoeker

The Xbox One may have a new edge on the console market with the addition of ReddX. The app allows Xbox One users to browse Reddit on their consoles, with all of the fancy features of the Xbone. Max has some recommendations for cool sub-Reddits to check out, and what to avoid if you have a soul.

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Mighty Gunvolt is a free download if you buy Azure Striker photo
Mighty Gunvolt is a free download if you buy Azure Striker
by Chris Carter

Developer Inti Creates has just sent over some great news -- anyone who downloads Azure Striker Gunvolt for the first three months of its eShop release will get Mighty Gunvolt for free. The latter is an 8-bit style retro platformer that stars characters from Azure Striker, Mighty No. 9, and GalGun, and is a completely separate project that takes place over five levels.

After downloading Striker you'll receive a message with a download code for Mighty -- that's all you have to do. Stay tuned for full coverage of both Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty Gunvolt next week.

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What's Up: Samus' midriff, Hotline Miami figures, and Pokemon mysteries photo
What's Up: Samus' midriff, Hotline Miami figures, and Pokemon mysteries
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I are coolin' out on the couch, talkin' about dumb old videogames. Samus gets a skimpy outfit in Smash Bros. Pokemon gets some teases, but Youkai Watch 2 looks cooler right now. And Hotline Miami might be getting a badass 1/6th scale figure.

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This parody of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' made my day photo
This parody of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' made my day
by Jordan Devore

When Teddy Diefenbach isn't working on Kyoto Wild or Hyper Light Drifter, he's reading what people are saying about his games online. Sometimes, no matter how much praise is given, all it takes is a single negative comment to put you in a bad, obsessive mood.

It's a feeling he's humorously captured in this music video for Trapped in the Comments, a parody of R. Kelly's one-of-a-kind, can't-believe-that-happened "hip hopera" Trapped in the Closet.

Seriously. Made my day.

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Straight hour of Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer photo
Straight hour of Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer
by Steven Hansen

343 Industries has shown off about an hour of the re-mastered Sanctuary and Ascension maps from Halo 2: Anniversary, which is one part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Halo 1-4) coming to Xbox One in November. 

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The Mega Man 2.5D project moves into beta 3.0, still has co-op photo
The Mega Man 2.5D project moves into beta 3.0, still has co-op
by Chris Carter

The newest iteration of developer Peter Sjostrand's Mega Man 2.5D is out, and you can download it off the official site.

The 3.0 beta boasts new co-op and single-player stages, including Splash Woman and Quick Man. Overall it's looking pretty great, even if you completely negate the 2.5D art style -- playing a classic looking Mega Man game in full co-op is a dream.

Mega Man 2.5D [petersjostrand.com]

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