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Monster Hunter Rise is poised to make a splash on Switch this month, but it also has a bright future ahead of it. With a PC port slated for 2022, Rise will live on for a while, far beyond the initial excitement of the Ni...   read

  Watch Video It's strange to think we have another micro-anniversary coming off such a big, sprawling Zelda anniversary, but here we are. Zelda: Breath of the Wild turns four today on March 3, 2021. I can't believe it! That also...   read

Blizzard really only has one chance to make a good first impression with Diablo II Resurrected. I mean, there are millions of Warcraft III fans out there who were ready to sift through Reforged like a fine toothed c...   read

Xbox Game Pass is back in March, and this time, it's a little niche. Sports niche. Madden NFL 21, halfway into its relevant lifecycle, is coming to consoles today. That's probably the biggest get. Beyond that on March 4 we're...   read

Since the November 2019 launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Game Freak has done a decent job of running various max raid events, as well as doling out items for random celebrations. Some of them require a "community goal" of ...   read

So Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade instantly shot up on my 2021 radar. Yeah, some parts of it are a bummer, like the PS5-specific requirement. And not everyone has one of those! Seeing as they're basically unicorn pi...   read

Well, what a thing to wake up to! Don't worry, it's not an exciting thing to wake up to. It's just a thing. Nintendo updated the Wii U again, for the first time in a while. Nintendo stealth-dropped a March 1, 2021 update, whi...   read

Nintendo has a rep for being conservative with their IP. You don't say! The publisher has always been ready to give third parties a shot at crafting first party experiences. Just look at Minish Cap and several other Zelda&nbs...   read

Right around when Zelda: Skyward Sword came out so many years ago, folks were trying to figure out ways that they could emulate it with traditional controls. I mean, I had that exact same thought. Given that motion was u...   read

  Watch Video Interestingly, people are breaking Destiny again to make it more fun. Expect the police to arrive any day now! As spotted by PC Gamer, folks have been forcing 12 players into Destiny 2 raids, which are normally six-playe...   read

Internet sleuths are at it again, and it seems as if Bandai Namco has trademarked a peculiar phrase. "Bandai Namco Next" was recently approved, and evidently applies to "amusement parks, esports competitions, movies, toys, pl...   read

  Watch Video Apex Legends exploded at launch on Twitch, and has since retreated to a respectable top five position or so since then. But each season waxes and wanes, and the recent launch of Season 8 has been a boon for the game. Amid a l...   read

Early in March, Littlewood popped up on my radar, and it hasn't left. Originally released in August of 2020 on PC, the "peaceful and relaxing RPG" came at the perfect time, and many comparisons to Stardew Valley started ...   read

Nintendo and cloud gaming? It's a match made in...well, it's technically a match. The publisher hasn't shied away from cloud-based games, going as far back as Resident Evil 7 and into the recent past with Control. But sp...   read

It's still the early days yet for PS5 development. Studios are still figuring things out, and as such, "full use the PS5," as it has become to be known, is not going to happen just yet for every single game. Square Enix has c...   read

So the time is quickly approaching for the end of Mario's 35th anniversary. Wait, an end? Yes, doomsday. But there's a chance that Nintendo will have a change of heart last minute, right?! I mean, Jump Rope Challenge got...   read

I'm always down to seek out and stare at amazing Nintendo crafting projects. This one is no exception. As shared on reddit by user PandaWalkWithMe (David Lynch would be proud), this is a "1:1 Nintendo Switch, with detachable ...   read

  Watch Video [Update: The documentary is out today on Crackle. It consists of five episodes, most of which run roughly one hour.] In just the past year or so we've gotten two Nintendo-heavy documentaries. There's Console Wars, a feature f...   read

Elden Ring was announced nearly two years ago at E3 2019, and since then, the wait has been unbearable. From Software, Hidetaka Miyazaki in the director's chair, and George R.R. Martin handling the lore? Folks are already exc...   read

Stardew Valley is a timeless game. It's something I'll be playing for decades to come, so I'm glad it's on as many platforms as possible: way easier to preserve it! Pictured above is one of my first farms, which I starte...   read

A lot of people have probably forgotten by now, but in December of 2018, it was announced by studio Forever Entertainment that both Panzer Dragoon and the sequel, Zwei, would be getting full remakes. That latter bit was lost ...   read

  Watch Video Ghosts 'n Goblins is an absolute retro classic. It kind of embodies the old school, no holds barred feel of some old game development philosophies: you're either in or you're out. And even if you're in, you might eventually b...   read

  Watch Video To some, the Bravely Default franchise exists merely on the peripheral plane. "We want more old school JRPGs," fans cried out. "Here's a few," Square Enix answered. But the reach of projects in the aforementioned series, as w...   read

  Watch Video Pokémon pretty much has it made. It has a huge history, and enough nostalgia to mine forever. Having a good cadence of "remakes, and new stuff" is pretty much perfect at this point. And they delivered both today. Here's a full recap, including all the ancillary announcements before the big ones.   read

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into making Final Fantasy VII Remake from the ground up. A full team had to basically reimagine this classic JRPG without screwing things up, and that included new sound effects, visuals,...   read

Shortly after my interview with Monster Hunter Rise producer Ryozo Tsujimoto ended, the team had a surprise for me. I was ambushed, I tell ya! Out of nowhere, Tsujimoto confirmed that Monster Hunter Rise would be coming to PC.   read

Monster Hunter Rise is poised to make a huge splash on the Switch in March, and the core development team is a big reason why it's firing on all cylinders so far. We got a chance to talk to producer Ryozo Tsujimoto about all things Rise, and learned a few things in the process.   read

"Where's Wally?" I don't know, who cares! It's "Where's Waldo," folks. I don't care if the former is the "original" British name, the US publisher got it right. Anyway, there's a decent chunk of seek and find/hidden object ga...   read

In this post-Activision Destiny 2 world, Bungie has made several big missteps. One is "vaulting," which takes away chunks of game content with the aim of making the base download more manageable. The other, far more cont...   read

  Watch Video The Pokémon Company wowed us with another Sinnoh-region announcement today beyond the Diamond and Pearl remakes: a brand new game coming in 2022. This one takes place in an "older" Sinnoh region where "Poké...   read


About Chris Carterone of us since 3:56 PM on 01.05.2009

Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!


Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed upcoming crowdfunding projects:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Shenmue III

I also backed the Tiny Cartridge Patreon in 2014 for several months, but no longer back any gaming personality Patreon campaigns currently


Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid
2014 - Diablo
2015 - Batman: Arkham
2018 - Souls/Dark Souls

Future - Pokemon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception


Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account


My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman & Forte (Mega Man & Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country 2
Final Fantasy Tactics


God of War (2018)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Bayonetta 2
NieR: Automata
Guilty Gear Xrd
Mario Kart 8
Gravity Rush 2
Dark Souls III
Shovel Knight
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Uncharted II
Yo-Kai Watch
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ori and the Blind Forest
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Persona 4 Golden
Pokemon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Asura's Wrath
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Zone of the Enders 2
Kid Icarus: Uprising
God of War 2
Batman: Arkham City
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo II
Diablo III
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Secret of Mana
Shadow of the Colossus
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
The Lost Vikings
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins


The following are a few beloved fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.