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10:00 PM on 06.28.2014

The Beatles, Beach Boys and Monty Python really were in Earthbound

If you're one of the many new Wii U owners out there who picked up the console for Mario Kart 8, or for all the exciting new games that Nintendo showed off at E3, you may not be caught up on all the great games already on th...

Jonathan Holmes



10:00 AM on 06.28.2014

Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes speed runs will get your blood pumping

Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes may not look like they have a lot in common, but they share a lot of the same design sensibilities. Both games are about exploring relatively small, densely packed areas that appear simple on th...

Jonathan Holmes



5:15 PM on 06.25.2014

Photo realistic cat heads in Wii U's The Devil's Third

It's weird clicking a mature content warning on a video on Nintendo's YouTube with Mario staring innocently at me. But the collaboration between Itagaki and Nintendo for The Devil's Third, revived as a Wii U exclusive, is we...

Steven Hansen



10:15 AM on 06.25.2014

Zelda gets a chance to shine in this Hyrule Warriors featurette

When I posted videos featuring Link last week in Hyrule Warriors, everyone responded -- "great, but where's Impa and Zelda!" Well, we've already seen the former, but now Zelda's moves are on display for all to see in this ne...

Chris Carter



8:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark trailer has a dinosaur and Linkin Park

Look, Transformers. As preposterously dangerous as all this mechanized warfare is, we let it slide. But, Linkin Park? That's a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and rightfully considered an international war crime. Someone book Optimus Prime a one-way ticket to The Hague.

Brett Makedonski



2:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Shovel Knight exhumes a launch trailer

It's been a long and winding road, but Shovel Knight is finally just a couple days away from release. The retro-inspired action platformer is slated to turn up on Wii U, PC, and 3DS in North America starting June 2...

Kyle MacGregor



10:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Get splattered with straight Splatoon gameplay

The first couple minutes are tutorial and a frustrating watch. I actually didn't have time to play Splatoon at E3 (Darren did), so it's nice to watch a whole match play out. And it's like playing Graffiti in Tony Hawk's...

Steven Hansen



8:30 AM on 06.24.2014

Impa has a giant sword in Hyrule Warriors

Koei Tecmo has been putting out a lot of footage for Hyrule Warriors lately, but most of it has been about Link. Now you can get a chance to see what Impa's all about in her new trailer, complete with a giant sword and ...

Chris Carter



11:00 AM on 06.23.2014

Link wrecks an army with the Fire Rod in this new Hyrule Warrior video

You've seen Link wreck shop with his sword in Hyrule Warriors, now you can watch him destroy entire armies with the Fire Rod. It functions as a flame thrower, projectile launcher, and even has an ultimate move that...

Chris Carter



4:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Nintendo's E3 2014 streams are now up on YouTube

Nintendo's decision to let its Treehouse staff stream games throughout E3 2014 was smart. It gave those of us at home extended looks at the latest 3DS and Wii U titles, let us hear from developers themselves, and overall hel...

Jordan Devore



9:00 AM on 06.20.2014

Watch Link kill some stuff in this Hyrule Warriors character trailer

Hyrule Warriors is starting to come together. We know a few of the core characters, a ton of info, and we even have a release date. All there's left to do is wait, and in the meantime, you can watch this pretty badass c...

Chris Carter



10:00 PM on 06.19.2014

It looks like Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark has a horde mode

Activision put out a trailer showing off Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark's Escalation mode, which it's presumably titled because things escalate as it goes on. Or something like that. Look, you get to play as a Transformer, okay? Maybe that'll shut your dumb friend up that asks "Think that's Optimus Prime?" about every semi you pass on the interstate.

Brett Makedonski



11:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Reggie Fils-a-Mech returns to kick your ass

I've always found Nintendo to be endearing, but that feeling has grown stronger ever since the company started doing its Nintendo Direct presentations and silly skits like this. We first met Fils-a-Mech earlier this year and...

Jordan Devore



2:15 PM on 06.16.2014

Hyrule Warriors may be reskinned Dynasty Warriors, but it's pretty

It is exactly Dynasty Warriors, but pretty enough that I almost want to play it regardless. And I'm not even a huge Zelda fan. Also, this is going to make so much money. 

Steven Hansen



2:00 PM on 06.15.2014

'Is it more like Melee or Brawl?' Your Smash Bros. questions answered

[Photo by Zalno] Six years ago, I shot my first video for Destructoid at the Worcester Polytechnical Institute's Smash Bros. Brawl Pre-release tournament. Things have come full circle. My how I've changed. What hasn't change...

Jonathan Holmes



9:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Rhythm Heaven enemy surfaces in Smash Bros. 4

Buried under all the other E3 news this weekend as the eagle-eyed observation that one of the Sneaky Spirits from the original Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven on GBA is an enemy in the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS....

Jonathan Holmes



3:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Video: Yoshi's Woolly World has weaponized cannibalism

What's the verdict on Yoshi's Woolly World? Unsurprisingly, Max says it looks and feels good. He's a huge fan of the original Yoshi's Island on Super Nintendo and after the recent Yoshi's New Island, this game and its adorable hand-crafted aesthetic can't come soon enough. Shame it's not out until 2015, a running theme for much of this year's E3 lineup. No Baby Mario, at least.

Jordan Devore



8:30 PM on 06.12.2014

Video: Smash Bros. is pretty much what fans want

After playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS at E3 this week, Bill says the new installment is for the most part exactly what fans want. He tried out several characters during his hands-on but chose the Wii Fit Trainer ...

Jordan Devore



6:30 PM on 06.12.2014

Get your Xenoblade Chronicles X fix with this playthrough from Nintendo

Can't get enough Xenoblade Chronicles X? Nintendo has you covered with a 45-minute stream of the presentation of the upcoming RPG from Nintendo's Treehouse presentation. Be forewarned though, folks, this is drool-worthy terr...

Brittany Vincent



11:30 AM on 06.12.2014

Conan O'Brien takes on Smash Bros. in latest Clueless Gamer

Comedian Conan O'Brien has gotten his hands on an early build of the Wii U version of Smash Bros., for one of his Clueless Gamer "review" segments. This seems to be a build that has 20 characters on-hand, much like the one f...

Chris Carter



12:45 PM on 06.11.2014

Miyamoto's three new Wii U games in action

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has new projects in development for the Wii U that use both the GamePad and television screen, and here he is introducing three of them at E3 2014. Project Giant Robot puts you in the cockpit of a...

Jordan Devore



9:18 AM on 06.11.2014

Tourney crowd goes wild as Mega Man's full Final Smash animation is revealed

Last night's Super Smash Bros. Invitational was full of great moments, but one of the absolute highlights was the reveal of Mega Man's Final Smash. It was the first one of the night, and the Blue Bomber is a perfect character to really show it off to a roaring crowd. I never would have believed that Nintendo would make people more excited for Mega Man than Capcom as a kid.

Chris Carter



9:13 PM on 06.10.2014

Pac-Man confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

During a roundtable presentation at E3 this evening, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed Pac-Man as a playable character in Nintendo's upcoming Wii U and 3DS fighter. The Bandai Namco mascot will be receiving...

Kyle MacGregor



8:45 PM on 06.10.2014

Video: Nintendo E3 2014 Digital Event impressions

Max and Bill are back to recap this morning's Nintendo E3 2014 Digital Event, the announcement-filled presentation the company broadcast in lieu of a traditional press conference. It was my personal favorite of the pack than...

Jordan Devore



7:35 PM on 06.10.2014

Video: Ubisoft E3 2014 press conference impressions

My favorite parts of the Ubisoft E3 2014 press conference were when things got weird: on-stage push-ups, cargo shorts, Aisha Tyler getting emotional post-Rainbow Six Siege. The games were okay, too! Far Cry 4 properly introd...

Jordan Devore



2:19 PM on 06.10.2014

Be a better class of artist with Wii U's Art Academy

Nintendo really wants to teach you how to draw. They're sick of your stick figure Mario scribblings and they want to see improved fan art on the horizon. Thus, the Wii U version of Art Academy was born. Learn to draw your ow...

Brittany Vincent



1:39 PM on 06.10.2014

Devil's Third lives, and it's a Wii U exclusive

Just when I was losing hope of ever seeing Tomonobu Itagaki's lost action game again, the head of Valhalla Games Studios re-introduced us to their original IP. Devil's Third is not only alive and well, it's also a Wii U exclu...

Alessandro Fillari



1:25 PM on 06.10.2014

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is Wii U-bound

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is making its way to Wii U, with social features and level editing mechanics that allow creators to share what they've made via Miiverse with other players. They can then in turn be rewarded with stars ...

Brittany Vincent



12:31 PM on 06.10.2014

It's everyone vs. Bowser in Mario Party 10 on Wii U

The Wii U could use a new Mario Party and it's getting exactly that at long last. It looks super fun! In Mario Party 10, there are new Bowser Party mini-games which let one person control Bowser using the Wii U GamePad while...

Jordan Devore



11:47 AM on 06.10.2014

Nintendo announces Splatoon, a 4v4 action game

A new 4v4 multiplayer game was announced by Nintendo, and will be a third-person shooter. Well, kind of. Ink is the key gameplay element in Splatoon that is used in many ways. It's shot on the ground so you and your tea...

Brett Zeidler



11:38 AM on 06.10.2014

Create your own custom levels in Mario Maker

Yes, Mario Maker is real and it's exactly what we thought it'd be: a game that lets you create and play your own custom Mario levels. It's coming to Wii U next year. You'll put down various elements like pipes and Goombas, a...

Jordan Devore



11:37 AM on 06.10.2014

Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to Wii U in 2015

Epic space battles. Huge mecha. And a gorgeous Xenosaga-style art direction. Monolith Soft's new game is called Xenoblade Chronicles X and it looks absolutely stellar. Do want. Hiroyuki Sawano, composer on numerous anime series like Attack on Titan, is handling the music on the upcoming Wii U project, which should be launching sometime in 2015.

Kyle MacGregor



11:34 AM on 06.10.2014

Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U

We just can't get enough Kirby, it seems. Nintendo announced Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the Wii U today, which looks to be a clear follow-up to the DS title Canvas Curse. Not much is known at this point, but it looks like Kirby will have a ton of different forms to morph into, and the same stylus gameplay will be present.

Chris Carter



11:34 AM on 06.10.2014

Midna and Zelda are playable in Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors of course got some screen time during Nintendo's E3 digital event today, where the developers talked a bit more about what separates this game from their respective franchises. Midna and Zelda were both annou...

Brett Zeidler



11:31 AM on 06.10.2014

Bayonetta 2 releasing in October with first game included

As announced during Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Event, Platinum Games will finally be ready for us in October with Bayonetta 2 -- and there's a bonus. The original game is included for free! We also got a quick look at a new trailer -- it looked hot, always -- and apparently there will be Link and Samus outfits for Bayonetta. Gotta find those, ASAP!

Jordan Devore



11:25 AM on 06.10.2014

Captain Toad getting a full-on game, coming holiday 2014

Nintendo announced a new game during their E3 digital event, that stars the one and only Captain Toad. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a fully-fledged game inspired by the levels found in Super Mario 3D World. It will be out on Wii U this holiday.

Brett Zeidler



11:23 AM on 06.10.2014

Yoshi's Woolly World looks AMAZING

At Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Good-Feel gave us a long-awaited progress update on Yarn Yoshi, and it's without a doubt the Yoshi game we've been waiting for all these years. It's now called Yoshi's Woolly World and is set ...

Jordan Devore



11:11 AM on 06.10.2014

Nintendo reveals NFC toys like Skylanders called Amiibo

Nintendo unveiled its new line of Skylanders-like NFC toys, amiibo, during its E3 digital event today. Confirmed titles include Smash Bros and Skylanders, and these will work "only for Nintendo systems." It sounds like t...

Kyle MacGregor



7:14 PM on 06.09.2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will steal all your booty this summer

The latest entry in the Shantae series is nearly here, and it's making its way to a 3DS or Wii U near you this summer. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is WayForward's latest successor to the excellent Shantae: Risky's Revenge...

Brittany Vincent



10:00 AM on 06.09.2014

Insanity's Blade is now 'TBA' in terms of a launch

Insanity's Blade is a cool looking platformer that's heading to the PC and Wii U at some point -- but according to a new developer update, that "some point" probably won't be anytime soon. According to developer CasualBit Ga...

Chris Carter



5:30 PM on 06.05.2014

This Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty trailer is a little too overdramatic

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is close to finishing up development. I'm so excited! The game will be playable at E3, so here's a slightly overdramatic trailer. Overdramatic in the musical choice I mean. The song is "Born to Love Y...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



9:30 PM on 06.03.2014

Tuesday Newsday: Mortal Kombat Ecks, Sonic Boom fizzles, and Homefront: The Revolution

There's a hot drizzle of news leading up to E3, and Max is here to suck it down and spit it back at you! A sequel to Homefront is actually happening, for some reason. Ed Boon officiates the new MK as Mortal Kombat X (as in E...

Bill Zoeker



2:30 PM on 06.03.2014

1001 Spikes knows how to do a launch trailer right

Ooh, this is looking good. In the lead up to 1001 Spikes, there's been plenty of footage shared but much of it appeared to be from the earlier levels. Now, with this launch trailer, we've got a proper preview of the misery t...

Jordan Devore



12:30 PM on 06.02.2014

Death glare: Luigi is not a man you want to mess with

This isn't the gaze of a competitor hell-bent on getting a checkered flag. This is a stare of pure contempt, a glare from a man that will crush anything in his way for no reason at all. Watch out for Luigi. Decades of playing second fiddle to that guy in red has turned him into a callous maniac. @MattThorson [Twitter]

Brett Makedonski



6:00 PM on 05.31.2014

Dumb Idiot Ideas: Sonic Boom's Sticks vs Mario Kart's Mercedes

Max and I have a chat about some interesting new characters coming to the Wii U. However, Max has an ulterior curiosity that may just ruin everything forever. Which would you choose: Sticks the Badger, or the Mario Kart Mercedes?

Bill Zoeker



5:30 PM on 05.30.2014

Princess Merida and Maleficent are coming to Disney Infinity 2.0

If you're looking forward to Disney Infinity 2.0, you've probably got a fantasy list of characters in mind that you'd like to see as figures. Well, Frozen's already been done. How about Maleficent and Brave's Princess Merida...

Brittany Vincent



8:42 AM on 05.30.2014

Mario Kart 8: Get Hype

I hope you're downloading Mario Kart 8 right now. I've had it for weeks and I'm still excited about today's launch. This is one of those games where reviews don't matter -- you know you want it, you know you're going to love it, and you know you're going to play the crap out of it. Lemme know when you're ready to race. For now, enjoy this awesome launch trailer. 

Dale North



3:45 PM on 05.29.2014

Here are the details on Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. tournament at E3

It's sort of beginning to feel as if Nintendo's engaging in guerrilla warfare with the E3 festivities. Most of the things that it has planned aren't necessarily traditional, but have people excited nonetheless. A Super Smash...

Brett Makedonski



7:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Mario Kart 8 is getting free Mercedes Benz DLC

Have you had your fill of hardcore brand advertising in Prototype, SimCity, and pretty much every free-to-play game ever? Well too bad, because Mario Kart 8 is joining the party. Due to a collaboration between Merc...

Chris Carter



11:30 PM on 05.28.2014

Gary Busey and Chewbacca make for amazing Miis

You ever see something that's so simple, yet so perfect? Like a Gordon Ramsey dish that uses just five ingredients, and only takes 30 minutes to make. Vinesauce is giving you just that with their Sh*tty Mii creation, whereby Vinny takes a picture of celebrities with the Wii U GamePad, and lets the Mii creator do the rest. It's as perfectly horrible as it sounds.

Abel Girmay






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