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  Watch Video I'll never forget my first E3. It started with Nick Chester, Aaron Linde, Chad Concelmo, Tiff Chow, Dale North, and I'm sure some other folks I'm blanking on (sorry folks) all piled into a hotel room, planning for the start o...   read
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  Watch Video Normalizing things that society tells us are disgusting is the status quo for Edmund McMillen. Be it Meat Boy's full-body bloody wound or the copious loads of poop in The Binding of Isaac, giving a cute face to signifiers fo...   read

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[CJ and Holmes Disagree is a series where Destructoid Features editor CJ Andriessen and washed-up Dtoid Show host Jonathan Holmes disagree about video games. Who will you agree or disagree with?] Sheltering at home hasn't bee...   read
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Every day feels the same, but if you focus on the little things that you have some power over, you might be able to make things better. It's just going to take some time, which is bad news, because time is running out. Doom i...   read

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Three years ago, I reported the opinions of a few anonymous folks who had reason to believe that, under Nintendo's leadership at the time, the Rhythm Heaven series was effectively dead. I really wanted them to be wrong. I als...   read

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[Image courtesy of Eggsandjakey] Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched just as most parts of the world really started to feel the pain from the COVID-19 crisis. For many, the game made for the perfect escape. Depression...   read
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  Watch Video During these uncertain times, many have clung to the new Animal Crossing for comfort. It offers players a world with enough structure to help make sense of existence, but not so much that you ever feel trapped or otherwise pu...   read
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  Watch Video Treachery in Beatdown City looks like a new take on Double Dragon for the NES, but it actually plays a lot more like Bravely Default II or another high-level strategy turn-based RPG. That's what's going on under the hood. In ...   read

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  Watch Video Video game publishers have one job: to sell you video games. But sometimes they refuse to do it. Konami put out an award-winning horror game on PS4 only to take it off PSN forever, presumably as part of some kind of "rev...   read

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  Watch Video "Are you sure it isn't Rocket Knight Adventures that's responsible?" said Sean Velasco of Yacht Club games, his vocal pitch shifting to a higher, more humble tone. I couldn't tell if he was joking or not, so I spelled ou...   read
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  Watch Video Disc Room was one of my favorite games of PAX East 2020. That's high praise considering that two new Shovel Knight titles, the laughably sexy Final Fantasy 7 remake, the return of one of Hideki Kamiya's greatest games, and th...   read
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I love the original Animal Crossing for all the things it does do, and maybe even more for all the things it doesn't. It doesn't let you traverse a big world, fight anything, or ask you to do much other than wander around and...   read
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Hideki Kamiya, director of Resident Evil 2 and originator of such franchises as Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101, is no stranger to seeing his characters in the hands of other developers. Dante from Devil May Cry, Amaterasu fr...   read

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  Watch Video I forgot how much I loved The Wonderful 101. Though I only got to play the upcoming remastered version on Switch for ten minutes or so, it still left me impressed. Some of the puzzles that were specifically designed for the W...   read
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With PAX East closing its doors, PlatinumGames is in exciting territory. After hosting their first-ever booth at the event, and with just 4 days left on a Kickstarter for their first self published title, The Wonderful 101 Re...   read
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PAX East has been a lot of fun this week. Caitlin Cooke and I interviewed Platinum's Hideki Kamiya yesterday after playing Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead, Disc Room, Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, and a whole bunch o...   read

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  Watch Video My first thought when downloading Samurai Shodown, the soft-reboot of the mostly-2D fighting series on Switch, was "I had to delete Skullgirls to make room for this?" The game comes in at about 10GB, which is larger than I wo...   read
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[CJ and Holmes Disagree is a series where Destructoid Features editor CJ Andreissen and washed-up Dtoid Show host Jonathan Holmes disagree about video games. Who will you agree or disagree with?] [Realistic Simpsons art by Br...   read
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[CJ and Holmes Disagree is a series where Destructoid Features editor CJ Andreissen and washed-up Dtoid Show host Jonathan Holmes disagree about video games. Who will you agree or disagree with?] When I saw the Smash Bros.&nb...   read
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  Watch Video When Nintendo first entered the fray of online storefronts with the Wii Shop Channel, you were lucky to get one great game a month on the service. The scarcity of high-profile, critically acclaimed titles helped standouts lik...   read

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  Watch Video When I recently drafted up an interview for the director of the new Bubble Bobble 4 Friends release for Switch, I was filled with hope. Bubble Bobble was one of my favorite games growing up, and there was more than one reason...   read
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There's never been a better time to be a fan of 2D, multi-plane beat 'em ups. With the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle, River City Girls, Fight 'N Rage, Streets of Red already out, Castle Crashers making a comeback this year, ...   read

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Destructoid has had its share of ups and downs over the past 12 years, but there's one thing about us that has never changed: we want to give everyone a chance to be heard. That's gotten us in trouble more than a few times, b...   read

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  Watch Video Halloween is a weird one. Once considered a Pagan holiday that celebrated the connection between the world of the living and the dark worlds of hell, it's morphed into a celebration of being benignly "bad" in a variety of way...   read

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There are basically two kinds of No More Heroes fans: people who love it and those who worship the first game that just sort of tolerate everything else. I'm in the first camp. The original game was a trendsetter that is...   read

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  Watch Video Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is perhaps the most beautiful high res, hand-drawn 2D fighter ever. It's been critically acclaimed for years and is available on just about every platform as of today, its launch date for Nintendo...   read
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Authenticity means a lot to people, and it comes across in the way we talk about video games. Terms like "art game" or a "hardcore game" or an "indie game" all work to stick a flag in a game that says "This isn't for everybod...   read

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I've been tooling and retooling a list of the most influential indie games of the past ten years, and I don't think it's ever going to be done. It started with a list of 10 games (Super Meat Boy, Shovel Knight, Undertale, PUB...   read

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  Watch Video It's been a long time since Nintendo was able to make a hit Star Fox game. Star Fox Zero was one of Miyamoto's biggest bombs, though it wasn't the first time the series struggled to appeal to its audience...   read

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  Watch Video River City Girls was announced earlier this year, then few months later, it was out in the wild. That didn't leave WayForward much time to build hype, but their short-but-sweet marketing strategy seems to have worked. Since ...   read
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About Jonathan Holmesone of us since 4:12 PM on 12.04.2007

"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1

"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1

"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes



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