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Cat simulator

Naughty cat sim Catlateral Damage now on Steam


Next, we need a cat cleanup simulator
May 27
// Jordan Devore
When we aren't talking video games, we're talking cats. Yesterday, it was servals. (Haha, those little heads!) Today, I'm hoping to steer the conversation from face-shredding wild African cats to the cats of the sea (otters)....
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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Furries, mechs, and an octopus lady in Xenoblade Chronicles X


I WANT TO PET THAT CAT!
Apr 22
// Jed Whitaker
A fresh new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X can be seen above that looks more like Gundam and Metal Gear Solid to me than a JRPG. I couldn't quite decipher what is going on in the above trailer, but I'm just happy th...
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Giant cats

A baseball player playing games with a fat cat, so don't ask any questions


It's Friday and I'm allowed to post what I want, so you get this
Apr 17
// Brett Makedonski
The San Francisco Giants' Matt Duffy isn't a proven baseball player. He had to fight through Spring Training for a spot on the club's 25-man roster. Still, I have shown in the past that I will do whatever's necessary to get c...
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Cat game

Japan gets the best games again: Neko Atsume is the cutest shit


Cat game
Mar 25
// Steven Hansen
I've been seeing a few people posting screenshots of this adorably drawn cat game all over Twitter lately and I've had no idea what it was. Thanks to this helpful blog, however, I am now learned. The game is Neko Atsume, an i...
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Escalator Pitch

Escalator Pitch: Ska Studios talked me into a cat cafe timeshare


The most adorable mis-investment
Mar 09
// Brett Makedonski
I have proven time and time again that when I have money, I do dumb things. I think that Ska Studios knew that this, combined with my strong affection for kittens, made me an easy target. Looking back, they probably couldn't...
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Splatoon

Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap


Haha what
Mar 04
// Ben Davis
Most developers put out lots of trailers, gameplay footage, and screenshots galore to get us excited about their upcoming games. Nintendo uploads this 30 second video of Judd, the feline judge from Splatoon, taking a nap. Ye...
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President Cat

We salute you, President Cat


You have my vote any day
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Sukeban Shachou Rena, also known as "President Cat," was one of those games destined to never leave Japan despite our pleas. Back in 2009, western fans petitioned for a localization, but this minigame collection about a CEO cat was perhaps ahead of its time -- it sold miserably. No matter. Our love for Rena is unwavering. Dawww, just look at that face.
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Splatoon cat

Good start, Monday: Splatoon's cat has a bow tie


It's actually his fur!
Feb 09
// Jordan Devore
What's a "Splatoon cat"? Sifting through my email this morning for gems to share with you, my eyes darted straight to one from Holmes with that subject line. Whatever it is, I'm in. As translated by NeoGAF user StreetsAhead, ...
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Kittiez

When Mario jumps, kitty jumps


That's how this is gonna work
Dec 15
// Brett Makedonski
"Them's some good kitty jumps," Destructoid's managing editor Jordan Devore enthusiastically proclaimed before mandating this video be posted despite it being two years old. You're the boss, Jordan. You're the boss.

DEFINITIVE TOP 9 VIDEOGAME CATS OF ALL TIME

Oct 29 // Kyle MacGregor
Sweet Shalquoir (Dark Souls II) A talking cat that sells you items and comments on your odor? Yeah, she makes the cut. Klonoa (Klonoa) Is Klonoa even a cat? Some people seem to think so. That's good enough for me. Nyan Cat (Nyan Cat Adventure) Because Destructoid refuses to let memes from 2011 die. Big the Cat (Sonic Adventure) Sonic's friends are the best part of the series, and none are cooler than Big. Wikipedia says he was created to "justify the presence of a fishing rod in the game," which is just hilarious. Link the Cat (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) His name is Link! And he's a cat! Link the Cat! Jeane (No More Heroes) Jeane is an adorable little kitten that sometimes gets caught in the ceiling fan. Also, Travis overfeeds her, and you'll need to help her drop the weight with kitty exercise minigames. So cute! Dusty (Gravity Rush) Steven Hansen probably would have yelled at me in Italian if I didn't include Dusty, the mysterious feline that gives protagonist Kat the power to manipulate gravity, so here he is. Blanca (Animal Crossing) This kitty has no face, so she lets you draw whatever the hell you want on the spot where her face should be. Just like that guy who passed out on my couch in college. Rena (Sukeban Shachou Rena) Yeah, like I wasn't going to include President Cat. Now go yell at me in the comments.
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Screw you, Bubsy. You're not invited.
Today is National Cat Day, apparently. Good lord, there is a National Cat Day. I'm not quite sure what to make of that. A list article maybe? The Internet seems to like those. Yeah, let's do this. Here are Destructoid's top 10 favorite videogame cats of all time. No, wait. Top nine! Nine cats for nine lives. Now that headline really purrs.

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That only works in Metal Gear, dude


!!!
Oct 24
// Rodimus Prime
Sigh.
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Catlateral Damage

Catlateral Damage proves cats can't be punished


Even in a procedural death maze
Sep 27
// Jonathan Holmes
Full Disclosure -- Chris Chung, creator of Catlateral Damage and fellow Smash Bros. fan gave me a small Smash Bros. towel after we did this interview. We also went to a comic book store together once and maybe saw Lucas Pope...
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This is an extra weird one
Here on Farts 'N' Crafts, we tackle a lot of hard-hitting issues. And by hard-hitting issues, I specifically mean "bodily fluids," which is almost ironic considering the show's title. We've done dog feces, we've gone hedgeho...

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Goodbye Solid Ground, hello neon blindness


Colors and cats
Feb 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
The above video is a demonstration of Goodbye Solid Ground, a game where the player rescues cats from a deteriorating environment by throwing them through a portal. It should probably have come with a seizure warning, or at ...
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More gross talking voices
This week on Podtoid, Jonathan Holmes, Conrad Zimmerman, Andy Dixon, and Caitlin Cooke discuss their latest gaming experiences, including Conrad playing Awesomenauts, Caitlin's obsession with The Price Is Right, Andy Dixon's...

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Catlateral Damage

Catlateral Damage getting stealth destruction and more


Me-owwwwwwww
Jan 21
// Steven Hansen
Catlateral Damage has you play a cat who wants to make an enormous mess. That's catliterally it. Still, this first person wreck 'em up is super fun and freely playable in-browser in its alpha state. Eurogamer cat up with Cat...

Review: Muramasa Rebirth: Tales of the Nekomata DLC

Jan 15 // Chris Carter
Muramasa Rebirth: Fishy Tales of the Nekomata (PlayStation Vita)Developer: MarvelousAQLPublisher: Aksys GamesReleased: January 14, 2014 (US) / January 22, 2014 (EU)MSRP: $4.99 First things first, upon downloading the first DLC, Fishy Tales of the Nekomata, you'll have the option to select "Genroku Legends" from the main menu (don't forget the title update if it's not showing up). That's right -- there's no need to complete the core story in any way, as each DLC is a completely separate option that has no ties to your original save file -- Genroku Legends has its own menu and save system, almost like an expansion. That's great news for newcomers, as the tales are not only gaidens (side stories), but they also don't require any prior knowledge or specific ending to enjoy. As an added bonus, they can be played on both Legend and Chaos difficulty from the start. Fishy Tales of the Nekomata starts off right -- with the ability to control an adorable cat and innocently spy on some villagers. The tale quickly goes from cute to disturbing however, as a brother and sister are brutally murdered by thugs hired by her family's chef, all for a prized tea set that was going to be delivered to the shogun. Swearing revenge, Okoi is transformed into an avatar of hate by way of the aforementioned feline, and becomes a host to a cat demon. In true Muramasa form, the cat spirit (Nekomata) is based on actual Japanese folklore. This is where things get pretty interesting, despite the fact that this tale is essentially a familial and more intimate affair. All of the characters (even the vile betrayer) are interesting, and Fishy Tales really did a great job of sucking me into Okoi's world. It helps that there's full spoken Japanese dialog present in tandem with the impeccable Vita translation, and it really drives home the point that this DLC isn't some cheap rush-job addition. Okoi's gameplay and fighting style is also very fluid, and you can take advantage of her standard human form with the added benefit of claw attacks, as well as her "Miike" form (which is literally a cat) who can scratch and breathe fire, and the all-powerful "Avatar" special attack (which is only usable after you power up a special meter). Both main forms have their advantages, and are unique in their own way as you'll soon learn after busting out your first few combos with them. It's like playing with two different characters in a fighting game. The Avatar is pretty ridiculous, as you're able to commandeer a phantom spirit consisting of a giant face made up of cats. You can breath fire and attack as one, and as usual, the animation is top notch. It adds ridiculous element to the game and complements the theme of the DLC perfectly -- not to mention it's fun to actually use. When your meter runs out all the cats scurry off. Adorable. Changing forms is like changing swords in the core game (with durability in tow), but more fun and impactful. Rather than shift to a similar-looking sword that may not make a whole lot of difference (depending on your equipment of course), morphing between human and cat form makes for a vastly different set of tactics every time. Learning when to use close combat and ranged attacks is not only fun, but unique to Okoi as a character, which further differentiates the DLC from the main game in a good way. You'll also still have a skill tree (which is also specific to Okoi, and not to the swords like Rebirth proper), equipment unique to the DLC, and all of the other details that Rebirth allows for Kisuke and Momohime. It also still looks as beautiful and as smooth as ever, and most importantly, it's still challenging. Even the first fight on Legend difficulty can be an ordeal, and it kept me on my toes throughout the entire DLC. Nekomata will run you around two to three hours your first time through, although there is a speedrun trophy for finishing it under an hour. This might sound light, but it ensures that the story is streamlined, and results in less backtracking or tedium. In ways, it's more fun than the core game because it's basically nonstop action and story with little downtime. There are also two endings and a boss rush mode should you want more. I heartily enjoyed my time as a cat in Muramasa Rebirth, and I can't wait to see what the other DLC stories can do. Vanillaware ingeniously was able to tie the heart of the game into its first Genroku Legends side story, while giving it a fine heart of its own. It's so well done in fact, that I could easily see a full game starring Okoi one day.
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Meow-velous
Muramasa Rebirth is a fine upgrade to the original game, but there was one thing that didn't sit right with me. For whatever reason, someone decided to take the only new content that was created for the game (four new ch...

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Indie

Wreck your owner's room in Catlateral Damage


I do like a pun title
Jan 13
// Alasdair Duncan
Feel like trashing a room whilst remaining totally innocent? Then Catlateral Damage is for you. It's a simple game that puts you in control of a cat who has to traverse its owner's room, knocking over as many personal items ...
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One video, 60 minutes, all collectables
I'm still waiting to get my paws (you see what I did there) on Super Mario 3D World, as I unfortunately had to pick at least one game to leave on my Christmas list or I'd feel the fury from my lovely girlfriend.  But if...

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Meow meow
Man, that cat just does not want to play Super Mario 3D World at all. Cats are so overrated.

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The Super Mario 3D World OST cover is the BEST THING EVER


Look at how happy Bowser is!
Nov 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Okay so I'm putting the cover art for the Super Mario 3D World OST below because there's a spoiler with the fifth playable character that was revealed yesterday during the Nintendo Direct. It's not really a spoiler, but appar...
Mario 3D World disc art photo
Mario 3D World disc art

Super Mario 3D World has the most adorable disc art ever


I can't even handle it, I just can't
Nov 07
// Brett Zeidler
Just a little bit ago, IGN's Jose Otero tweeted out a picture of the disc art for Super Mario 3D World, and I basically had a mini heart attack after seeing my main man Mario featured prominently on it. We all know Catsuit Ma...

Super Mario 3D World is an absolute blast to play

Oct 04 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
[embed]262766:50720:0[/embed] Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)Developer: Nintendo EAD TokyoPublisher: NintendoRelease: November 21, 2013 (JP) / November 22, 2013 (NA) / November 29, 2013 (EU) / November 30, 2013 (AU) First, watch the trailer above that was released the other day showing off a ton of gameplay. It's impossible to not feel happy after watching it. There's so many new power-ups! In fact, that's what developer Nintendo EAD wanted to really push with this latest Mario. Power-ups, power-ups, power-ups! How many power-ups are there? Let's count it off: Mushroom Fire flower Tanooki suit Super star Cat suit! Meow meow meow! Cherry cloner Boomerang suit Missile launcher hat thing Propeller Block ? Block hat HOLLOWED OUT GOOMBA CORPSE! Kuribo's shoe as an ice skate!  Bombs Baseballs?! Potted Piranha Plant Explosive soccer balls Not all are technically power-ups, but they are all weapons Mario can use. And I'm sure there are more that haven't been revealed yet. Okay, now for the gameplay. Nintendo had me start off in World 1, which, by the way -- you can run across the world map itself now before entering a stage. You can move from level to level in any order you want, offering a choice in how you want to tackle the world much like the next Zelda is for the 3DS. There are also some big enemies on the map, but Nintendo wouldn't tell me what would happen if I encountered them. Each of the playable characters have special abilities by the way. After running as Mario for a few seconds he'll gain a speed boost. The same goes for Toad, except he moves even faster. The Nintendo rep that was with me noted that Toad would be great for speed runs. Luigi can jump higher, and Princess Peach can float through the air for a few seconds. It's much like Super Mario Bros. 2 in terms of all their abilities.  I played as Mario, and he was pretty reminiscent of how Mario controlled in Super Mario Galaxy -- except he felt a little more floaty, making him a bit slower to perform his acrobatic moves. I was trying to get a feel for Mario's new physics when I ... fell off the map. In the very first 15 seconds of my hands-on time I freaking fell of the map. I'm glad I did though, as I found out the death music is the same death song from Super Mario Bros. 3! A later level had the dungeon theme from the first Mario Bros. game in it. So yeah, expect plenty of throwbacks. Back into the level, I made my way forward where I spotted some cat Goombas that I squashed along with using the hefty amount of POW blocks to obliterate them all. Then I got it. I got the cat suit that made me feel like a ninja. Mario's agility and speed increases, plus he can now run up walls, perform dive bombs, and scratch enemies to death. Power-ups will also help open up hidden areas in levels, of which there are a ton. There's a device that can only be turned with the cat suit power, and turning this device will raise a tower that will let you reach a hidden star. There's three hidden stars in each level that you'll have to collect if you want to 100% the game. The most important part of the cat suit is that it allows you to climb up a flag pole at the end of a level and get the max points. It's kind of cheating, but hey, you're going to want all the points when playing co-op. Multiplayer is similar to the New Super Mario Bros. titles in that characters will spawn within a floaty bubble, they can pick up and toss other players around, and it's all drop in/out co-op too. At the end of each level players are given a total point score, and whoever was the winner will be given a crown. Yes, a crown! The winner will wear that crown in the next level, but if they're hit by an enemy the crown drops and someone else can grab it. You'll lose the crown entirely if you fall down a pit while wearing it too. There's no purpose to the crown, except to rub it in to your teammates. The next part of my demo saw me go into the first world's end castle. Here I was introduced to the explosive soccer balls. They'll appear on the map, and you'll just need to run into them to kick them towards whatever direction you're facing. The soccer balls explode upon impact. This part of the level is designed to give you a feel for the mechanic, as the next part of the stage sees you taking on Bowser. He has a sick new ride, and you have to destroy his vehicle by kicking the explosive soccer balls he throws out back at his ride. The level is auto-scrolling too, and you have to keep up otherwise you'll be killed if you fall too far behind. The level also appears to just go on endlessly until you're able to destroy Bowser's car. After defeating Bowser, we went to a desert-themed world with the first level set within that shadowy area you saw from the trailer. This level is more of a side-scroller, especially with the shadow effect going on. It's here where I used the Potted Piranha Plant too. Just pick it up and the plant will bite whatever comes near it. Careful though, as the plant will even snap at your co-op buddies. They won't lose a power-up or anything, but they will be knocked back a few feet. At one point in this level there's a wall of purple enemies that are blocking the path. You can just jump through them to move on, but you get hurt doing so. To get through them safely you'll need to blow into your GamePad's mic. Kind of a stupid feature, if you ask me. The last level I played through had the cherry cloner power-up. Pick it up and there will be two Marios. Pick up another and get three Marios. Then four, then five, and then six. The Nintendo rep wasn't able to tell me if you can have more than six. With six Marios, all of which had the fire-flower ability, I obliterated everything in my path. Nothing stood a chance against so many fireballs. It's kind of tricky controlling all the Marios at once, especially if they get split up from the pack. If one gets hit, they'll simply disappear. I wonder if we'll ever see a level that offers the cherry power-ups and the ability to equip each one of them with a different power. That might be too much power for one plumber to yield though. I am so happy for Super Mario World 3D. It's exactly what I've wanted out of a Mario game for years now. I'll lose my mind if they bring back the feather cape too which is, as we all know, the best Mario power-up of all time. Period. 
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So many new power-ups!
I played Super Mario 3D World at E3 this past year and for whatever reason it just didn't interest me at all. Yeah, it's neat and it's about time they made a 3D Mario game with mulitplayer, but the demo made it feel like yet ...

Super Mario 3D World photo
Super Mario 3D World

REPORT: KITTY GOOMBA CONFIRMED FOR SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD!


Meow!
Oct 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Good news, everyone! Goomba cats are a thing that's happening in Super Mario 3D World. Developing...
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Scram Kitty

Scram Kitty is an anti-gravity war against mice in mechs


It's a rail shooter... literally
Jun 12
// Tony Ponce
You thought all that talk about paying attention to indies was just lip service, and that Nintendo wasn't going to follow through on support? You thought wrong! Nintendo is loving the indies at its E3 booth this year! Mario ...
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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is so catty


Cats rule, dogs drool
Jun 11
// Tony Ponce
No, it's not Galaxy 3 -- and I would have been upset if it was. Rather, Super Mario 3D World is taking the 2D-3D hybrid platforming of Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS, incorporating the multiplayer chaos of New Super Mario Bros. W...
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Infinite Crisis

Me-OW! Gaslight Catwoman and Poison Ivy mean business


Infinite Crisis beta sign-ups still going on
May 03
// Jason Cabral
If you're looking for your weekly MOBA intake, look no further than WB Games and Turbine with their newest update to Infinite Crisis. You can take in all of Gaslight Catwoman's glory and ferocity in the above video. Her mainly melee skill set coupled with stealth abilities can make her a deadly opponent in any game.
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Cat game jam

Upcoming game jam will make games for cats


Cats can play games with their paws
Mar 15
// Joshua Derocher
Stop the presses! People are getting together to create games for cats. Not about cats, or with cats in them, but stuff that cats can actually play. With their paws. Friskies is hosting a weekend-long event to gather develop...
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OMG! TORO!

Toro! Everyone's favorite Sony cat has a new Vita game!


Sony announces Friend Network for North American release
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Confession time: I'm madly in love with Toro. Sony's feline mascot is just about the cutest little guy in the world and he's got a new game coming to PlayStation Vita this spring. Naturally, I'm a little excited.  Simila...
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Mew-Genics

Mew-Genics music reveals hints on the game's secrets


Ridiculon rocks the Xylaphone
Feb 10
// Jonathan Holmes
Mew-Genics, Team Meat's next game, has been shrouded in secrecy from the start. We still don't know much about the game other than it's coming to Steam and iPad, has some gray-scale art direction, and it involves at least one...






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