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11:00 PM on 02.19.2013

Link's Awakening was supposed to have co-op?

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is an incredible book. So incredible, in fact, that at least one unscrupulous person tried to capitalize on demand by scalping numerous copies of the book's Limited Edition -- that guy wis...

Tony Ponce





3:00 AM on 02.08.2013

Does Missingno exist!? Mega64 will solve this mystery!

Pokémon's elusive Missingno! Where is it? What is it? Is it based on a real-life animal? Are there any other undiscovered creatures in the wild as mysterious and incredible as Missingno? The VG Fact Checkerz take to t...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 01.25.2013

New Pokemon Reorchestrated album out in February

Did you buy Braxton "Skotein" Burks' amazing Kanto Symphony, the Pokémon Red / Blue orchestral arrangement album? You should have already because it is hot cinnamon rolls, but if you haven't, go part with $10 on either...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Game Boy sex! Parallel Processing by Danimal Cannon & Zef

I had a chance to meet the bald and beautiful Danimal Cannon (Roots, Armcannon, Metroid Metal) at MAGFest this year, and I've gotta say, he's one chill dude -- lounging at the merch table in a night robe, what a rebel! Still,...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 10.24.2012

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL KULOR! has got the chips

I've got another kickin' chiptune album for your twisted pleasure. You people make me sick! Between 2008 and now, Richard "Kulor" Armijo composed a bunch of tunes based on the NES, Game Boy, Master System, Game Gear, Atari 80...

Tony Ponce



Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out photo
Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Back in July, I shared a preview of Kanto Symphony, a reworking of the Pokémon Red / Blue soundtrack originally composed by Junichi Masuda. This orchestral update, influenced by the Zelda Reorchestrated project, was spearheaded by Braxton "Skotein" Burks, who worked with Joypad Records in order to obtain the license needed to sell the finished work.

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say, "Good news, everyone!" Today is the day Kanto Symphony is released to the world! You can scoot on over to iTunes to download the 78-minute, 35-track album, or you can obtain it from Joypad Record's storefront. It's a paltry $9.99, so fish out your wallet and go support Braxton's amazing accomplishment.

Just listen to the preview tracks in the above video and tell me this isn't tasty awesome sauce. I'm so excited for Braxton, he's excited that people are excited, and I'm excited that he's excited that you are all excited. Let's get excited!

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6:00 PM on 10.11.2012

brentalfloss teams up for 'Super Mario Land With Lyrics'

Did you know that Mario doesn't throw fireballs in Super Mario Land? They're superballs -- you know, like the kind you'll find inside capsule machines at the front of the supermarket. Surprised? Fresh from his interview with...

Tony Ponce



100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil photo
100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Resident Evil game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.]

Why Resident Evil?

This year, Capcom is pushing out three entirely new Resident Evil games -- it's also the 15th Anniversary of Resident Evil: Director's Cut, which is the first RE game I fully completed. So why am I playing the series in the first place?

Honestly, Resident Evil 1 was one of the first times, outside of Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu, where I was completely immersed in the game and its world. I remember plotting out where I'd gone in the mansion in a custom map at 10 years old (no guides), and wanting nothing else than seeing "what's next."

I couldn't get enough of the unique scenarios the game offered, like dogs crashing through a window, or a terrifying snake appearing out of nowhere. It wasn't necessarily the claustrophobia and the slow-moving zombies that made me love the series -- it was the sheer amount of variety the game offered up.

If you haven't joined me on my Quests before, the way they work is pretty simple. It's kind of like a retrospective, but rather than just give you an overview of a franchise, I'll generally let you know what I thought of the game when it was released, and what I think of it now. If I didn't provide a complete vision of what the game is like before I replay it, I'll provide an "extended thoughts" section below each applicable entry. I'll update my progress in real time through my blog, and after I finish the entire Quest, I'll share it with you guys on the front page. 

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Kanto Symphony gives Pokemon tunes much needed OOMPH photo
Kanto Symphony gives Pokemon tunes much needed OOMPH
by Tony Ponce

On Christmas of 2009, the Zelda Reorchestrated team finally released its grand rearrangement of the entire Ocarina of Time soundtrack, which used high-end sample libraries to make the music sound like a live symphonic performance. In fact, I'm legitimately disappointed I can't swap out the soundtrack for Ocarina of Time 3D, which was intentionally remade to sound nearly identical to that of the N64 original, with the ZREO album. So very disappointed.

That same December, young composer Braxton "Skotein" Burks decided that, dammit, the music to the Pokémon series demanded the same quality, orchestrated treatment. He was able to set up Pokémon Reorchestrated as a sister site to ZREO and started releasing a few arranged songs here and there. But that wasn't enough. He wanted to go the whole hog with a full album, Kanto Symphony, a 35-track journey through the music of Pokémon Red / Blue / Green / Yellow.

Braxton graciously provided Destructoid with the above three-track preview, featuring "Wild Pokémon Battle," "Silph Co.," and "Pallet Town." The samples used clearly sound better than those used on the OoT album; Braxton is even going the extra step towards authenticity by hiring solo musicians for key parts. The album will be released through Joypad Records, a music label that is helping Braxton clear the necessary copyrights so that he can sell Kanto Symphony legally on iTunes and other channels.

This Pokémon Reorchestrated project is flat-out kickass, and I'm glad its coming along swimmingly. If you'd like to follow its progress, visit the main site, Facebook page, or YouTube page. There, you can listen to earlier Kanto Symphony songs, which will most likely be getting overhauled before the full release.

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12:30 PM on 05.29.2012

The Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon opening... NES style!

Action cartoons in the 80s and early 90s were in the business of selling lies to children, convincing them that the shows were much, much better than they actually were. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the opening segm...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 04.30.2012

Rayman rated for the 3DS Virtual Console

Nintendo Life is reporting that Rayman has just been rated by PEGI for the 3DS Virtual Console. But this isn't your regular ol' Rayman; this is the Game Boy Color version of the game, which oddly mixes both Rayman 1 and 2 int...

Chris Carter

11:30 PM on 03.12.2012

LEGO Game Boy Transformer!? F**kin' A!

The art of the mash-up is simple enough to explain: take concepts from at least two different media and blend them together into one seamless amalgamation. Here on Destructoid, we've showcased various mash-ups from over the y...

Tony Ponce





8:00 PM on 03.05.2012

Pumping deadmau5 through your Game Boy's speaker

Any deadmau5 fans in the house? You might wanna dig out your ears for this one! Chiptune maestro Dj CUTMAN has teamed up with fellow musician an0va for a tribute to "Strobe" from deadmau5's For Lack of a Better Name album. Us...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 02.07.2012

Danimal Cannon knows how to rock chiptunes HARD

You ought to know Danimal Cannon even if you don't know Danimal Canon. If you've jammed out to Armcannon or Metroid Metal Live, you'll be familiar with his shredding expertise. He also dabbles in chiptunes here and there -- h...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Resident Evil for Game Boy Color to be leaked for $2,000

A mystery man who claims to own two prototype cartridges of an unreleased Resident Evil game has pledged to release the code online ... if gamers stump up the cash.  The collector has a copy of Resident Evil for Game Boy...

Jim Sterling



The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed photo
The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed
by Jim Sterling

A few days ago, we told you that an official Zelda art book containing the definitive timeline for the series would be released. Well, with the book out in Japan, that timeline has been officially revealed. All the historic events and videogames have been reconciled, with various splits into alternative universes. It's pretty crazy. 

The existence of an official "timeline" has been a source of frantic debate among gamers. Some have claimed no such thing exists, and even among those that do, there has always been arguments over the sequence of events. No matter what happens, nobody can ever seem to agree. 

One would think that this timeline will put an end to one of the oddest gamer controversies around, but something tells me that many still won't be satisfied. 

In any case, you can view the chart (as seen on Zelda Universe) below. Don't read if you never want to know, obviously!

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