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3:15 PM on 07.17.2014

Skullgirls lead animator fantasizes about Fatal Frame in Smash Bros.

[Update: Mariel wanted you to know that the heavy lifting on the animation for Double was done by Dave Smith and BahiJD. The original concept for the character came from Skullgirls creator Alex Ahad.] Mariel Cartwright i...

Jonathan Holmes


5:45 PM on 07.10.2014

Skullgirls Encore takes another bow on PS4, PS Vita

Skullgirls Encore is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita later this year, Lab Zero Games announced today. The fighting game initially released in 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 before relaunching on those platforms and PC l...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Skullgirls' rad lead animator selling a sketchbook until July 31

Mariel Cartwright is taking one run of pre-orders until July 31 on an 80-page, black and white sketchbook, which was originally sold at Anime Expo. After July 31, you'll have to pick it up at next year's Anime Expo.  It's probably real good because her art is real good.

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 05.12.2014

PS Plus: Skullgirls Encore and some sales

There are a few things to mention about this week's PlayStation Plus update, but most notably, Lab Zero's 2D fighting game Skullgirls Encore will be free for subscribers tomorrow. Big Band was recently added to the roster, so...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Skullgirls' first male character coming for free to PS3 next week

Big Band is coming to Skullgirls Encore for free next Tuesday. He's the first male character in the game. Finally, some representation. He's also a mix between Kill la Kill's Nonon Jakuzure and FLCL's cowboy hand. His taunts...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 04.01.2014

Skullgirls pokes fun at Ultra Street Fighter IV's Decapre

Skullgirls' latest character is a joke at the expense of Capcom and its recent reveal of Decapre for Ultra Street Fighter IV, except it's not a joke. Fukua, a clone of Filia, is actually going to be a playable character -- s...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Skullgirls Encore adds tons of new free content

Skullgirls is back from the dead and better than ever. Free from the restraints imposed by former publisher Konami, Lab Zero and Autumn Games have brought the indie 2D fighter back with a vengeance with Skullgirls Encor...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Typing of the Skullgirls announced for Skullgirls Encore

Perhaps spurred by the recent invigoration that Sega has brought back to the Typing of the Dead series, the upcoming re-release of Skullgirls -- Skullgirls Encore -- will include an all new mode dubbed "The Typing of the Skul...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 PM on 12.17.2013

Skullgirls will be reborn on the PSN and XBLA as 'Encore'

Roughly a week ago, we learned that Konami was demanding that Skullgirls be delisted from the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. Although we still don't know exactly why this is happening, we do know that...

Chris Carter

2:34 PM on 12.07.2013

Konami is demanding that Lab Zero Games remove Skullgirls

[Update: Ravidrath of Lab Zero Games has added a bit of clarification to the situation.] Last night on the Salty Cupcakes 'cast, Skullgirls lead Mike Z dropped a bomb on the fighting game community -- their console ...

Chris Carter



Dead or Alive, Cubone and panty sniffing w/ Cristina Vee photo
Dead or Alive, Cubone and panty sniffing w/ Cristina Vee
by Jonathan Holmes

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were treated to company of Cristina Vee, voice actress for League of Legends, BlazBlue, Tekken: Blood Vengence, Skullgirls, Pokemon Origins and many other games and animated films. She is utterly charming, almost to the point of inducing speechlessness.

On one hand you have her compelling underdog story -- learning to overcome shyness through discovering anime and its surrounding fan community,  getting discovered online for singing anime theme songs, getting her first job in the industry as a teenager, and finally making it to the success she's found today. On the other hand, you have her personality -- a mix of wit, shyness, and slightly unhinged creativity. Over the course of the show she became Pokemon Cubone, sang about Rainicorns, and auditioned with me for the role of Marie Rose, the new Dead or Alive fighter. I made up lines for her to read on the spot about bunk beds and Burger King for her to read in-character. Her performance was flawless. Tecmo Koei would do well to sign her for the roll ASAP. 

We also talked about what it's like to be typecast, the growing attention that games are getting from Hollywood actors, what its like to to do voice acting for perverts and sex secenes, and so much more. Thanks again to Cristina for appearing on the show, and please tune in tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we kick off Adult Swimbemer with Soundodger+'s Michael Molinari. 

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New releases: Purple is back in style photo
New releases: Purple is back in style
by Fraser Brown

Bloody hell, this week, calm down. A slew of games are clamouring for your attention over the next seven days, some of them really rather good. At the top of the pile, however, is Saints Row IV. I didn't think the series would ever reach the lofty heights of the purple gang's second outing again, but I was dead wrong. I have the tentacle marks to prove it. There just aren't enough games where you can slam into the ground with such power that you cause a nuclear reaction, especially not while dressed up as a giant eagle.

Other games that have the misfortune of fighting the Saints for the top spot are Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is like Splinter Cell with different vocal chords; The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, which I'm sure we can all agree is a silly name and doesn't look as good as XCOM: Enemy Unknown; Disney Infinity, which looks like crack for children and the cause of bankruptcy for parents; and a whole bunch of other things, but I'm in a rush, so onto the lists and videos. 

What's tickling your fancy this week? Saints Row IV? Good choice.   

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Get your Skullgirls PC beta keys right here, right now! photo
Get your Skullgirls PC beta keys right here, right now!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Codes all gone!]

Remember those Skullgirls PC beta keys we posted earlier this week? Yeah, they were so popular, they were claimed before the post was even live! (Sorry about that, by the way.) Thankfully, we're making up for it right now with 1,300 more codes to hand out to lucky Dtoiders!

To claim one, just sign in to your Dtoid account (or create one if you haven't already), click the button on this page, then login to your Steam account and redeem it. It's that easy!

Remember, you can also get a code by pre-purchasing the game on Steam, and there's an awesome tournament currently underway, so be sure to check that out in between matches. Have fun, kiddos!

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Click here for a Skullgirls PC beta code [UPDATE] photo
Click here for a Skullgirls PC beta code [UPDATE]
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Final update: New giveaway is live!]

[Update 4: I have codes in hand and they are being loaded by our engineers as we speak. I've just finished personally PMing everyone in this thread a code; for the rest of you, stay tuned here for another update as soon as the rest of them are live!]

[Update 3: Just heard back from my contact at Marvelous AQL, and we'll be getting 1,500 more codes sometime in the next 48 hours! OMG! Stay tuned!]

[Update 2: Believe it or not, the codes really are all gone :( Sorry everybody!]

[Update: Either the codes are already gone or we're experience some technical difficulties. Hold tight while we double check!]

Skullgirls may not release on Steam until August 22nd, but the beta is currently in full swing for those who already pre-ordered the game (and has been for even longer if you backed the Indiegogo project). But what are the rest of us to do? On that, Destructoid has you covered!

The first 800 people to click the big red button on our beta giveaways page will receive a code good for entry into the Steam beta! For those who haven't been following, the PC version contains balancing fixes, as well as the first DLC character, Squigly, so this is definitely something you'll want to get it on. You can rock this beta all the way up until the full release on August 22nd.

There's also an awesome Skullgirls tournament taking place between August 14th and the 21st, so be sure to check that out. Over $2,000 in prizes are being awarded to the winners, so it's sure to be a blast!

That's it! Go click the button already!

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7:30 PM on 07.31.2013

The Amazon from Dragon's Crown looks GROSS as a figure

OH GOD MY EYES KILL IT WITH FIRE! [Update: These figures on display are garage kits, so it's all fan made stuff. For official figures, including the Amazon, take a look at this gallery.] Yeah, the Dragon's Crown characte...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 07.05.2013

Skullgirls PC beta launches for Indiegogo givers

If you donated at least $36 to the Skullgirls Indiegogo project, you'll be able to activate a beta copy of the game on Steam, compliments of your Humble Store account. Alternatively, you can still donate $36 or $81 to Lab Zer...

Chris Carter