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Stay freeeshh!

Splatoon's first balance patch nerfs the Kraken


Two new weapons are being added tonight
Jun 26
// Patrick Hancock
We've got some Splatoon update information to share! Two new weapons are being added to the game tonight, and an actual balance patch is coming on June 30. The two weapons tonight are the Carbon Roller and Custom Dual Squelch...
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Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker has 100 offline courses


And countless more online
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
Coming out of E3, the Destructoid staff has been buzzing about Super Mario Maker. It's terrific. While I'm sure the game will attract plenty of talented creators, I've been wondering what all Nintendo will include on the disc...
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Splatoon Splatfest

Splatoon's first North American Splatfest rescheduled


Which side will you represent?
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
After postponing the first North American Splatfest in Splatoon, Nintendo is back with a new date: July 4, 2015. The online event begins at 12:00 AM PT and will carry on, barring technical (err, "tentacle") difficulties, unti...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Art Academy: Home Studio


Also, Star Fox Command
Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Brace yourselves -- Art Academy: Home Studio is hitting the Wii U eShop today. If you own SketchPad, you'll net $4.00 off Home Studio. Also on Wii U is a Never Alone port, Shiftlings, Star Fox Command, and Mario &am...

Rodea: The Sky Soldier might be a bumpy ride

Jun 25 // Kyle MacGregor
Rodea: The Sky Soldier was initially conceived as a Wii game, but it came too late in the day for a system nearing the end of its life cycle. It needed to be reworked as a Wii U and 3DS title. The thing is, the Wii is a special console, and Rodea was developed with its unique attributes in mind. Motion controls are a tad different than standard inputs, and the transition between the two seems to have left an indelible imprint on Rodea's design. Taking to the skies in this aerial action game doesn't come as second nature. With the press of a button, Rodea lifts into the air and hovers for a moment as you aim where you want him to go. He can't fly indefinitely, though, and will fall to his death unless you find another object for him to bounce off within an allotted time frame. It seems like the type of interface that would work seamlessly with the Wii's IR pointer, but on Wii U GamePad, I found myself flying off at odd angles, often coming frustratingly close to objectives that seemed just out of reach. Perhaps it's the sort of thing that comes with practice, but in a brief demo on the E3 show floor, only got a glimpse at what sort of joys Rodea might have to offer.  Though it never felt intuitive, there were flashes when I managed to soar through the air with some semblance of precision. And in those fleeting moments I could really feel Yuji Naka's (Sonic Adventure, NiGHTS into Dreams) fingerprints all over the game, as I bounded from one floating isle to the next, collecting rings in this ethereal obstacle course. More than anything, my time with Rodea: The Sky Soldier made me oddly happy the Wii U version is coming tethered with a copy of the game on Wii. I'm not sure how much easier it will be to pilot on its original platform, but it feels like that's how it was intended to be experienced. Either that or flight isn't a skill easily mastered in a few mere minutes.
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Awkward aeronautics
My first flight with Rodea: The Sky Soldier wasn't a smooth one. But perhaps that's to be expected of a title that's seen such a turbulent development history. The project went dark shortly after its initial announcement in 2010, then underwent a change of platforms -- something that seems all too apparent after a few minutes with the final product.

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Wario-man wafts to battle

Competitive Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project M 3.6 beta released


Pokemon's Saffron City in HD!
Jun 24
// Jed Whitaker
Project M is a well known mod amongst competitive Super Smash Bros. players, as it modifies Brawl to be more like Melee. For those of you not in the competitive scene, you might still be interested in the just...
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Miiverse bans

Nintendo is making it harder to get around Miiverse account restrictions


Listen up, kids and squids
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
[Art by megablurdxl] Miiverse is a wacky place full of strange people. I love it. But I don't know that I'll ever fully understand what is and isn't considered inappropriate in the eyes of moderators and users who seem to arb...
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Splatoon

It's official: Splatoon sold over a million copies


Not too shabby, squids
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
It was no secret that Nintendo was betting big on Splatoon, and it looks like it paid off. They've just announced minutes ago that the game has sold (not shipped) one million worldwide, clicking in at "over 476,000 units...
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Fatal Frame Wii U

Fatal Frame for Wii U might be eShop only in North America


Speculation based on Nintendo listing
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
I was relieved to hear that Nintendo had picked up Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for release outside of Japan, but there might still be cause for concern. The newly updated page for the Wii U ghost game on Nintendo.com s...
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Wii U woes

Miyamoto on where the Wii U went wrong


I'm happy with mine
Jun 22
// Jordan Devore
NPR had a nice chat with long-time designer Shigeru Miyamoto about the origins of his characters and how he first got started with Nintendo a few decades ago. Lovely. He also opened up about the Wii U's lackluster sales. Aske...
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Never Alone

Never Alone dated on Wii U for June 25


Just for North America so far
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
If you've wanted to get your mitts on Never Alone and only have a Wii U, you'll get your chance soon enough, as developer Upper One Games has announced a release date of June 25 -- right on time for the next Nintendo Download...
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Nintendo

Nintendo talks Humble Bundle performance, indie strategy


Good news
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
Nintendo of America's senior manager of marketing, Damon Baker, had a chance to chat with Gamasutra recently, and talked a bit about how the publisher is doing in the indie department -- in short, it's pretty much all good ne...
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Yoshi's Woolly

Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo allocation hits a bump in France


'Stock destroyed'
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
With all of the poor handling of amiibo from Nintendo, you'd think it couldn't get any worse, but then things like this happen. Following on the heels of an entire shipment of Splatoon amiibo (and copies of the game) bei...
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More DLC is basically confirmed
It looks like there's going to be more to Hyrule Warriors Legends on 3DS than meets the eye, if this Famitsu interview with producer Yosuke Hayashi is any indication. Apparently the inspiration for a portable version is ...

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Genei Ibun Roku #FE

Gameplay from the Fire Emblem & SMT inspired idol RPG


Genei Ibun Roku #FE
Jun 21
// Steven Hansen
It is almost as difficult to discuss Genei Ibun Roku #FE as it is to fit it into a headline. The JRPG was borne from what was previously "Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblemi," but turned into "an entirely new experience" that ...
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That's a paddling

ZombiU Xbox One listing spotted


That's a paddling
Jun 21
// Steven Hansen
One unlikely Wii U game looks like it'll be reanimated with an Xbox One port, Ubisoft's ZombiU. An Australian Rating Classification board listing for "Zombi (Xbox One)" is a good hint that Ubisoft intends to repackage the unp...
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Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge 'probably' coming to Wii U in 2016


From our comments section
Jun 21
// Jonathan Holmes
Destructoid has had Metroid on the brain all week. Believe it or not, we've secretly been holding back from writing more about the series than we already have. We almost put together a feature about some of the awesome looki...
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Yoshi's Woolly World

Yoshi's Woolly World is unbelievably beautiful


Nintendo really have nailed yarn
Jun 19
// Laura Kate Dale
While I was a huge fan of Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, it was never a game I could really recommend that people play. The gameplay was overly simple, it was tough to actually die and the art style, while beautiful, really su...
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Mutant Mudds

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge will have 20 secret characters


One of which is from Steamworld Dig
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
While I generally give pretty much every platformer a fair shake these days, there are two standout favorites that really blew me away in the past few years -- Steamworld Dig, and Mutant Mudds. Imagine my surprise when I foun...
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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker has a bunch of characters


Seemingly at least 90 slots
Jun 18
// Jordan Devore
By grabbing a question-mark mushroom in Super Mario Maker, you'll transform into a different 8-bit character like Link or the Wii Fit Trainer. The latter is adorable. Based on this screenshot, there are going to be tons&...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: EarthBound Beginnings


Also, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
The Wii U had a surprise release earlier this week with EarthBound Beginnings, which is the first time the original Mother game has been released in the US. Nintendo also dropped Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, in addition to...
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Typoman

Become a true reho... hero in Typoman


Letter mixing platformer coming to Wii U
Jun 17
// Laura Kate Dale
When it comes to heroes you can play as in indie puzzle platformers, I can't say I've ever seen a hero as on the nose as the protagonist of Typoman. Our hero, a small character built out of the letters in the word hero, is dr...
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GIRFE

What we thought was a Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover is 'an entirely new experience'


A new thing with hints of both series
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo showed off some weird Japanese idol game during its digital event. I figured it was not Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, just like last time they showed what ended up indeed being Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. ...
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Hyrule Warriors

Everyone look under your Hyrule Warriors chairs!


Free costume
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
While everyone was off enjoying all of the new announcements that came out of E3, Hyrule Warriors got a really small update. How small? Well, Link now has an extra "Classic Tunic" costume for use in the game to celebrate...
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Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter ends with over $3.25 million


More like Moola-Baybee
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
It was a long journey, but it has come to an end. A month and a half ago, the Banjo-Kazooie-esque 3D platformer showed up on Kickstarter, and it crushed its initial goal of £175,000 on day one, hitting over &p...
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Expectations exceeded
Its reveal came and went without much enthusiasm during Nintendo's lackluster E3 2015 Digital Event but, you know what, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is fun as hell. I played a match against a random attendee and won through...

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Fatal Frame Wii U

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water coming this fall to Wii U


Where was this during the digital event?
Jun 16
// Ben Davis
Among all of the exciting announcements at E3, Nintendo quietly announced another title through its YouTube channel: a new Fatal Frame! It's very strange that this wasn't a part of the digital event, but it's exciting noneth...

Star Fox Zero might have the best use for Wii U's GamePad yet

Jun 16 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]294193:59106:0[/embed] Without wishing to sound too hyperbolic, this integration is such a creative use of the GamePad because the disconnect between the third- and first-person make it actually seem like you're hopping into a fighter jet -- even if just for a few seconds. Like, you need to look down to take care of some stuff, and then it's right back to flying about. Simply put, it's really great. However, there's an obvious learning curve, and it's not one that I was able to master in my 15 minutes with Star Fox Zero. Knowing which screen to look at, dealing with two different sets of inverted controls (left stick and gyroscope), shooting, all while avoiding enemy fire is no small task. There were several times when I'd brilliantly handle one small section only to completely bungle the next. Even when I thought I had the hang of it, I didn't. The level I played was on Corneria and it consisted of three phases. The first two were meant to acclimate you to the controls. It was probably possible to fail, but it didn't seem likely. By the time the boss revealed itself at phase three, the kid gloves came off. I'm not ashamed to admit that I didn't last long. I got caught up in looking at the GamePad too long when I should've spent more time navigating the Arwing. Shucks. I may have been disappointed in my failure, but I can't say I was disappointed with my experience. It was fantastic seeing and hearing from Peppy, Falco, and Slippy again. I did barrel roll after barrel roll -- not for survival, but for fun. It probably would've helped if I did them evasively. Platinum and Nintendo could've taken a simpler, scaled-down approach to this Star Fox, and everyone would've welcomed it with open arms. Rather, they're doing interesting and innovative things with the Wii U hardware, and that might be enough to push Star Fox Zero into another stratosphere. 
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But there's a learning curve
Only a few hours ago, the E3 show floor opened up. As soon as it happened, Nintendo's booth was flooded, and the half-dozen or so Star Fox Zero stations were thick with intimidatingly long lines. People were willing to w...

Everything that happened from Nintendo's 2015 E3 conference

Jun 16 // Chris Carter
Nintendo kicks off E3 conference with puppets Star Fox Zero jets to Wii U this holiday season Bowser and Donkey Kong amiibo confirmed as Skylanders crossovers Legend of Zelda Hyrule Warriors 3DS has all DLC and new characters The next Zelda 3DS game is Tri Force Heroes Fire Emblem If gets a western name and trailer Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Blast Ball coming to 3DS in 2016 Xenoblade Chronicles X releasing on December 4 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer debuts September 25 Yo-Kai Watch bumped up to a 2015 release in the west Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam looks like a good time Nintendo announces a new idol sim or was that SMT X FE? Mario Tennis Ultra Smash coming to Wii U this year Super Mario Maker supports amiibo, releasing September 11 [embed]294158:59087:0[/embed]
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Not bad, Nintendo
Nintendo's conference today started with a bang with puppets and Star Fox Zero for Wii U, and kind of went more low key from there. There were a lot of cool localization and date announcements, but really, it was mostly ...

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Something something FE

Nintendo announces a new idol sim or was that SMT X FE?


Either way, boobies
Jun 16
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The game is titled Genei Ibun Roku #FE and it is for Wii U.] Nintendo just showed of a trailer for what appeared to be an idol sim...or SMT X FE.  No real information was provided about the game or ev...

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