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Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D photo
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D
by Caitlin Cooke

I'm a big fan of the Ace Attorney series but fell off the wagon somewhere between the Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth games, so it's exciting to see that Phoenix is making a comeback in Dual Destinies. The game takes place a few years after he last practiced and this time he's accompanied by his sidekick, Athena Cykes, who has the special ability to sense emotions on her mood matrix machine. Apollo Justice also makes an appearance, having just survived a bombing incident, and I also heard through the grapevine that Edgeworth will be back in some capacity.

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The Lone Ranger rides into Disney Infinity photo
The Lone Ranger rides into Disney Infinity
by Tony Ponce

Prior to the E3 festivities, Disney demonstrated the upcoming cash grab Disney Infinity to a room teeming with journalists. The focus of the event was on two of the in-game worlds plus the oft-touted Toy Box mode.

The first world, based on Pixar's Monsters University, has been discussed before. The second world, based on the Gore Verbinski revival of The Lone Ranger, was only announced a few days ago and was thus the bigger draw. I was ready to hop on Silver and ride like the wind.

Prior to today, my only knowledge of Disney Infinity was what was covered in our hands-off preview a few months ago. Now that I've been able to play through some of the game for myself, I'm having reservations about Disney's unbelievably high ambitions for the nascent franchise.

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8:00 AM on 06.06.2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a ton of fun

I am so jealous of kids growing up this day and age. They have the coolest videogame consoles, the Internet, iPads, and now LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Combining Marvel, one of the hottest movie proprieties right now (and not t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Devilish delight: Shin Megami Tensei IV hands-on photo
Devilish delight: Shin Megami Tensei IV hands-on
by Dale North

In a room full of peers I embarrassed myself. A few weeks back, I found myself in a meeting room along with folks that head up a lot of the other gaming websites and magazines in America. After a brief presentation, Atlus started to ask the group for a few volunteers to be the first to play Shin Megami Tensei IV. Before their sentence finished I found my peers laughing at me. They were laughing at a grunt that came forth from my mouth, almost involuntarily. I found myself frantically waving my hands in the air, insisting to be among the first to play.

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about Shin Megami Tensei IV

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The next Scribblenauts is set in the DC Comics universe  photo
The next Scribblenauts is set in the DC Comics universe
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Maxwell and Lily's next Scribblenauts adventure sees the pair venturing into the DC Comics universe through the power of their magic notebook. The siblings love comics, and the whole reason they even want to enter DC's universe is to see who's better between Batman and Superman. The Scribblenauts heroes quickly learn that there's a far greater issue at hand and they'll need to help all the DC's heroes out in this new adventure. 

While this is all very heavily focused on the DC universe, the same Scribblenauts mechanics and gameplay systems are in place. DC Comics fans are especially going to like this one as it's not just The New 52 characters featured in Unmasked. This is a giant sandbox featuring over 2,000 DC characters, vehicles, locations, and more that ranges back to even obscure stuff from 1976. 

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Mario & DK: Minis on the Move will twist your brain photo
Mario & DK: Minis on the Move will twist your brain
by Abel Girmay

If Nintendo has made one thing clear in the last few days, it's that they're dead serious about making eShop a real contender as the consumers preferred purchase outlet. To help them along the way, Nintendo is enlisting the help of their greatest mascot, with the eShop exclusive title Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move.

It's a risky business move to be cutting the retail chains out of this one, and by extension, a portion of their own sales. At the very least the puzzle platformer is looking good, and just may be what some need to get people on board with 3DS digital distribution.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS photo
Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS
by Abel Girmay

By the time Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is released, it will have been two and half years from the original's debut on the Wii. So what has changed in that time? Well, not a whole lot, and that's not a bad thing. Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii was a great title, and the 3DS release just irons out the last few kinks.

Anyone that played the Wii iteration of Donkey Kong Country Returns can attest to the often rage inducing difficulty. Low health, deviously placed traps, among other things, made for a platformer that was still fun, if not the most inclusive experience as say, Super Mario Galaxy.

While you'll still be able to experience the original game with no changes, the most obvious alterations here with the 3DS update is the addition of an easy mode. You now have three hearts instead of two that you can take advantage of, making for a total of six when you're running with Diddy Kong. There's also some new items to assist, such as balloons to help you when you get stuck from a bad jump, and a portable DK barrel to summon Diddy, handy for when you're low on health and need a makeshift pick me up.

Still, these changes doesn't make the game a walk down easy street. They'll just help ensure nobody's 3DS goes flying through a wall.

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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is full of horrible Luigi puns photo
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is full of horrible Luigi puns
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

I'm not the biggest RPG guy on staff, but I've enjoyed every single Mario & Luigi game to date. They're just so charming, and it's looking like Dream Team is no different, based on my recent hands-on time.

The premise is that the brothers along with Princess Peach are on vacation in Pi'illo Island. Something happens, Princess Peach gets kidnapped yet again, and it's up to the two heroes to save her. Business as usual, except now Mario will have to pull an Inception into his own brother's dreams to save the day.

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12:00 PM on 04.18.2013

New Link to the Past for 3DS focuses on vertical gameplay

Nintendo announced a sequel of sorts set within the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and I got to play it yesterday. Nintendo wouldn't tell us ANYTHING about the game, though. Nothing about how it fits i...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Deep demon hacking in Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers  photo
Deep demon hacking in Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
by Dale North

I got a short bit of time with 3DS RPG Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers last week, giving us the first taste of Atlus' port of this decade-and-a-half old Japanese Sega Saturn title, coming to North America for the first time later this month. My time with it was really short -- just enough to peek inside the box and see what's going on. Even then, I'm ready to hack into this battle system.  

It's already clear that if you love battle strategy as much as I do, you're going to really dig this game.

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Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes photo
Preview: First look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
by Abel Girmay

Just when you thought they were out of good licenses to adapt for LEGO videogames, they pull one back in. Among others, we've explored the adventures of Indiana Jones, the far away galaxy of Star Wars, and the hallowed halls of DC.

Now, TT Games jumps ship to the realm of the god of thunder, the merc with the mouth, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Just recently we got to see an early look at the game, and it's none too shabby.

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Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto talks Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate photo
Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto talks Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
by Alessandro Fillari

Saying that Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has a passionate and loyal following would be a massive understatement. For nearly 10 years, Monster Hunter has captivated gamers and inspired many imitators. After months of keeping western fans in suspense, Capcom announced the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for North America. 

Now just a month away from its release, Destructoid got the chance to sit down and talk with Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, while getting our hands on the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

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First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer photo
First look at Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's multiplayer
by Steven Hansen

Luigi's Mansion launched with the GameCube to little fanfare, oft forgotten by all but its most ardent fans. When news of a 3DS Luigi’s Mansion dropped out of the blue, it reinvigorated this base, but news since has been sparse. Now I'm here to get you excited all over again.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is alive and well. It even has a damn cool multiplayer component. It could just be the best ghost-based property since Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby collaborated for Ghost Dad. Also, I’m sure it will be much better than Ghost Dad. That goes without saying.

We haven't brought you a hands-on preview since we fawned over the game at E3 2011, but last week I was able to play a good heap of the game, including one of its new, previously unannounced multiplayer modes and one of the single-player boss battles. If you thought you were going to avoid its spectral hooks in light of another, increasingly characteristic heavy spring slate, I'm here to tell you: you don't stand a ghost of a chance.

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Preview: Project X Zone is boob jiggling fan service  photo
Preview: Project X Zone is boob jiggling fan service
by Steven Hansen

Apparently, nearly a decade ago, Namco and Capcom teamed up for the crossover, turn-based SRPG Namco x Capcom. Don’t ask me how they decided who would get first billing. A coin flip? A Japanese game show? Similarly, don’t ask me when we were supposed to figure out the “X” is pronounced “cross.” Not sure if Japan is too advanced for us, if we’re too culturally mired down in Christian iconography when it comes to cross, or if the whole trend is just stupid.

The point is, Namco and Capcom’s already unwholesome pre-marital coitus is reaching an entirely new level of damnation as newcomer SEGA joins the fray turning the twosome into a threesome that spans 29 franchises with Project X Zone. This leveled up debauchery, as we reported earlier, is coming westward this time around, presumably emboldened by all that kinky sexual experimentation. It definitely wasn’t SEGA’s doing, since the company can’t be arsed to bring me more Valkyria Chronicles games.

I’m still a bit bitter, but this game is fan service incarnate, so excuse my fan complaining.

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Preview: Unload your new toy chest with Disney Infinity photo
Preview: Unload your new toy chest with Disney Infinity
by Allistair Pinsof

There's not a lot I remember about the rampant imagination of childhood, but most of the good memories came from the depths of my toy chest. Pitting Aliens against Transformers. Imagining Cloud Strife's sword slicing through Foxhound's ranks. On occasion, a friend would come over and contribute to the chaos until it ended with crying, a fight, and a broken yet replaceable (but totally irreplaceable in my eight-year-old mind) figurine.

This basis of mashing properties together is probably why we have M.U.G.E.N, Girl Talk, and comic book crossovers. There is something forbidden and alluring about bringing together things that were conceived in different worlds. So when Disney Interactive brings together its movies, TV shows, and Pixar hits this summer for Infinity and provides an allotted virtual space for play, will it be like the messy, epic battles that once happened on my living room floor? Or will it feel like a cash grab riding on the coattails of Skylanders?

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Preview: Fire Emblem: Awakening looks banging photo
Preview: Fire Emblem: Awakening looks banging
by Steven Hansen

As venerable as the Fire Emblem series is, I've only played bits and pieces over the years, partially because of how few entries in the series have been brought stateside. When, ten years ago now, a buddy showed me this Game Boy Advance title pithily named Fire Emblem, the novelty of seeing the series localized didn’t get me invested enough to switch from getting my handheld strategy fix from another Intelligent Systems title, Advance Wars.

Strategy fans who know little outside of Super Smash Bros.’ Marth and Roy -- or Marth and Ike, I guess -- have a treat coming up in Fire Emblem: Awakening, however, as the 3DS is getting a new Fire Emblem that features plenty of nods to the long-running franchise’s history, but has its own, contained story.

It’s a perfect point of entry for newbies and will likely sate and delight existing fans just the same. From what I played, it’s going to be a pretty awesome point to jump in at, regardless of your experience with the series, and it marks another great release for the 3DS, which is looking like it’ll be on fire this year with cool things to play.

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