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4:00 AM on 04.20.2013

Mario is hiding on the back of the Luigi 3DS XL

I'm so proud of Luigi. Nintendo is finally showing him the love and attention he deserves. He's even getting his own special 3DS XL model to celebrate "The Year of Luigi." Things are finally looking... ... Wait... ... No... ... GODDAMMIT, MARIO! There's a Mario on the Year of Luigi 3DS XL [Tiny Cartridge]

Tony Ponce


8:00 PM on 11.20.2012

Nintendo Land pack-ins will be eligible for Club Nintendo

If you are like me and furiously register your new Nintendo games for the Club Nintendo coins as soon as you open the package, you were probably surprised to discover that the copy of Nintendo Land bundled with the Wii U Delu...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 05.01.2012

Kickstarter scandal time! Little Monster accused of scam

It was going to happen. The moment Double Fine made headlines with its Kickstarter project, an invisible timer had been set, counting down to the inevitable crowdfunding scandals. Little Monster Productions is up for the chop...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 05.03.2011

This month is full of new add-ons for Yoostar 2

Yoostar 2 is very much one of those games that can live or die by its post-release downloadable content. Thankfully for fans of the bizarre title, more is on the way. Throughout May, Yoostar 2 will be giving you additional op...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 04.23.2011

Microsoft: PSN outages are bad, but Xbox Live is okay!

Say what you will about Microsoft, but one cannot deny its douchebaggery is of the highest quality. The company has responded to the recent PlayStation Network downtime, offering its condolences to affected players, but remin...

Jim Sterling

3:40 PM on 04.05.2011

Interview stamps out Mother 4 dreams... again

Japanese men's magazine Brutus recently posted a four-page interview with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and Mother (EarthBound) series creator Shigesato Itoi. The discussion touches upon the various emotions and themes that perme...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 02.22.2011

Weep for what could've been this generation's Road Rash

Remember that Road Rash pre-vis video from 2006, which surfaced in 2009 with the news that the project was canned? After EA Warrington was shut down, artist Richard Cook joined Bizarre Creations which was recently closed as w...

Maurice Tan

8:00 AM on 01.05.2011

PS3: It only does custom Firmware (against Sony's wishes)

Following the news that the PS3 had been hacked and that the keys to the kingdom were thrown to the proletariat, it has now been announced that you can now install your own custom Firmware. Something tells us Sony's not ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 12.22.2010

Someone forgot to sign my SEGA Christmas card

So I received these images from SEGA, following my post on their Christmas card. God damn it, SEGA ... 

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.16.2010

Riven comes to iPhone, first iOS game to be over a 1GB

Riven: The Sequel to Myst launched for iDevices yesterday, and while that's interesting enough on its own (for those who like that sort of thing), the thing really worth nothing is just how big the bloody thing is. Riven has ...

Jim Sterling



Sega officially crosses the line ...  photo
Sega officially crosses the line ...
by Jim Sterling

I received a massive, heavy package from Sega earlier today. Since I wasn't expecting anything and the last Sega-related thing I'd written was the notorious Sonic Colors review, I must admit I was worried. Appears I had every right to be. 

The reason these photographs were taken outside is that I could not open this fully anywhere within the confines of my house. For a sense of scale, I'm 6'2", and yet if I laid down next to this image, I would only just about be tall enough to lick Sonic's little furry balls. You ever been to a convention and seen those giant canvas banners hanging from the wall? Yeah ... now I have one in my rain-soaked back garden. 

For the record, I have a very short list of suspects who would have orchestrated this, and as soon as I work out what the Hell I'm going to DO with this thing, I will start working out how to get you f*ckers back.

Still, at least Sega has a better sense of humor about reviews than most Sonic fans.

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3:40 PM on 11.12.2010

This is how Sega sees Destructoid's reviews editor

Jim Sterling, drawn as a troll. Attached to our DS review copy of Sonic Colors, courtesy of Sega PR.  It's almost like they're trying to tell us something.

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 09.23.2010

GameStop has Donkey Kong Country Returns banana pouches

The GameStop pre-order bonus for Donkey Kong Country Returns is what can only be described as a banana-shaped sleeping bag for your Wii Remote. My desire to obtain one of these is beyond irrational, guys. Quick staff reaction...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.15.2010

Here's how those Bulletstorm meat packs were made

In case you missed it, packages of meat were sent out to press members in the name of Bulletstorm. God, I love this industry. Anyway, it was all quite gross, and we caught footage of Hamza's initial reaction to the package. N...

Jordan Devore

2:20 PM on 04.29.2010

Super Mario Galaxy 2 stole my sunshine, looks hot

Super Mario Sunshine may be one of the worst selling Mario games ever, but that doesn't mean that it was all bad. Apparently Nintendo doesn't hate the game either, as portions of Super Mario Galaxy 2 clearly acknowledge the...

Jonathan Holmes



Gasp! Yakuza 3 cut more content than we thought photo
Gasp! Yakuza 3 cut more content than we thought
by Josh Tolentino

We already know how Yakuza 3 is blatantly better than Final Fantasy XIII, but it turns out that it could have been even more blatantly better, because some folks have reported that SEGA cut much more content out of the game than was originally revealed.

It wasn't just the hostess bars and the obscure history trivia minigame that were cut out, it seems that the mahjong, shogi, "loser song" minigames were axed, as well as dozens of side quests. Estimates are placed at about 13% of the content available in the game's first 6 chapters were absent from the English version of Yakuza 3.

And it's not just a problem of most players not knowing what they'll miss. Many of those sidequests are worth experience and cashed used to buy upgrades and items, potentially making the game more difficult or grind-heavy.

I don't really understand why they had to go and do this. Why were they concerned about releasing the game ASAP? Were they in that much of a hurry to get steamrolled by Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III? And it's not as if cutting content suddenly makes an already very Japanese game more appealing to western audiences. After all, it was the constant whining by Japanophiles like myself that convinced them to bring the game over in the first place. Sega's continuing inability to properly gauge its audience is maddening.

All that said, I'm just glad Yakuza 3 is happening at all. There's plenty more content available to play, even with the cuts, and I encourage everyone who's interested to take the plunge. If nothing else, you'll get a good game, and Sega might be convinced to bring Yakuza 4 over in a more complete state.

Euro Yakuza 3 sees huge content cuts [CVG]

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