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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach yesterday at 20:35. 4 comments

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of New Indie Games (Including Ori And The Blind Forest)

There are a bunch more indie games coming to the Switch, including the Microsoft-published Ori and the Blind Forest which Nintendo announced in its “Indie World Showcase” will be coming to the platform on September 27.

There, it will also join Cuphead, which released on Switch earlier this year and was also previously a console-exclusive on Xbox One. But there was a lot of other info on a wide...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 16, 2019 at 08:00.

26 Years Later, Here's A Deleted Scene From The Super Mario Bros. Movie

26 Years Later, Here's A Deleted Scene From The Super Mario Bros. Movie

As terrible as it was, the 1993 Mario Bros. movie has a cult following online, led by the dedicated team at SMBmovie.com, who have spent years cataloguing and uploading everything you’d ever want to know —and a lot of stuff you wouldn’t—about the film. In May, they hit paydirt: they got hold of an old VHS tape that contained deleted scenes from the movie.

The scenes are pretty rough, and were...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 16, 2019 at 07:30. 2 comments

Fire Emblem Hacker Figures Out How To Have Tea Parties With Death Knight, Byleth, And Others

Fire Emblem Hacker Figures Out How To Have Tea Parties With Death Knight, Byleth, And Others

When I fail to carry on a coherent conversation during a regular after-school hangout, I only have to worry about disappointing one of my precious anime children, all of who mean the whole entire world to me. On the other hand, if I bombed a tea party with the Death Knight, I’m worried that he might decide to live up to his name.

One enterprising hacker decided to explore this grim fantasy by...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 15, 2019 at 20:00. 1 comments

Even The Non-Fighting Parts Of The New Switch Game Astral Chain Are Excellent

Even The Non-Fighting Parts Of The New Switch Game Astral Chain Are Excellent

Developer PlatinumGames does fast and stylish action incredibly well, and the Nintendo Switch exclusive Astral Chain is a continuation of that trend. But what I love best about the quirky new action adventure is the puzzle solving, world-building, and general goofing around that occurs between battles.

In Astral Chain, the few survivors of a global disaster huddle together behind the walls of...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 15, 2019 at 06:30. 1 comments

Old Memes Are Better With Fire Emblem Characters

Old Memes Are Better With Fire Emblem Characters

The students in Fire Emblem: Three Houses are my children. They’re yours too, and so I’m sure you’ll agree that everything is better with our gaggle of rainbow-haired anime children in it. Even memes we’ll almost certainly be sick of in two weeks.

This line of thought has given rise to the #RedrawRiegan hashtag on Twitter, in which artists are redrawing popular memes, scenes from TV shows, and...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 15, 2019 at 01:00. 2 comments

Nintendo Is Cracking Down On Popular YouTube Music Channels

Nintendo Is Cracking Down On Popular YouTube Music Channels

A popular YouTube channel dedicated to sharing video game music was recently hit with over a hundred copyright claims, the latest to fall under intense scrutiny as Nintendo appears to be ramping up efforts to prevent the illicit distribution of its music.

“Game over,” the YouTube channel GilvaSunner, which has over 300,000 subscribers, wrote on Twitter yesterday. They also shared a screenshot...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 13, 2019 at 06:30. 11 comments

Shaved Mario Is Making Me Feel Strange

Shaved Mario Is Making Me Feel Strange
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Here is a very simple, but very effective mod for Super Mario Odyssey that shaves Mario’s moustache for the entirety of the game. Cutscenes, gameplay, everything. It’s gross and I hate it.

And yet...I also cannot stop looking at it. At how young it makes him look. Like this is the Young Super Mario Chronicles. Like a...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 12, 2019 at 23:36. 11 comments

A Mural In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Cleverly Hiding The Main Character's Crest

A Mural In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Cleverly Hiding The Main Character's Crest

Fans have been using an image seen in an early Fire Emblem: Three Houses trailer to puzzle out information about the characters’ Crests, which are symbols of a powerful bloodline that gives them special powers. In addition to a few that aren’t seen in the game, all the crests you encounter are represented in this mural—except for the main character’s. But fans are collectively realizing that...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Aug 12, 2019 at 01:05. 2 comments

Getting The Highest Score Possible In Mario Maker 2 Is Harder Than You Might Expect

Getting The Highest Score Possible In Mario Maker 2 Is Harder Than You Might Expect

If I asked you what is the highest possible score achievable in Super Mario Maker 2, you would assume 999,999,990. That’s usually how video games work. And technically you would be right. But actually reaching that perfect high score is basically impossible through normal gameplay, due to the limited amount of time players have in Mario Maker courses. However, one dedicated player decided to...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 09, 2019.

Deep-Pocketed Collectors Are Fueling A Retro Game Gold Rush

Deep-Pocketed Collectors Are Fueling A Retro Game Gold Rush

Danielle Smith has spent half a million dollars on rare video games, most of it in the last nine months. And she’s just getting started.

“I really just want the best of the best,” said Smith, 35.

That half a million bucks has only bought her around 200 games. Last week, she spent $2,650 on a sealed copy of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. Smith, a comic dealer from Florida, is just...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Aug 08, 2019. 18 comments

Beware Of Fake Retro Games

Beware Of Fake Retro Games

While fake retro games are certainly not new, now is a good a time as any for a reminder to watch out when shopping.

In the past few years, more and more retro games have been sold in Japan via e-commerce sites Mercari and Yahoo! Auctions. Twitter user Jabberlooper cautioned that many phony versions of rare games are being sold this way and that quality of the fakes is getting better and...

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Aug 08, 2019. 8 comments

In Photos: 2,000 Dancing Pikachus (And Their Fans) Take Over Yokohama, Japan

In Photos: 2,000 Dancing Pikachus (And Their Fans) Take Over Yokohama, Japan
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

The sixth annual Pikachu Outbreak is taking place this week in Yokohama, Japan, and 2,000 dancing Pikachus have taken over the city. I spent a night surrounded by giant electric mice, and those who love him.

I’m not...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 07, 2019. 2 comments

ESA Says Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo Will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

ESA Says Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo Will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony will be required to implement new policies requiring the disclosure of all loot box odds for games on their platforms.

“I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 07, 2019. 17 comments

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Captures The Challenge Of Fostering Your Students' Passions

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Captures The Challenge Of Fostering Your Students' Passions
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you split your time between fighting battles and teaching students at a monastery. As you teach, there are key moments where you can encourage students down different paths toward new jobs. While the mechanic mostly exists for you to grind stats and try new battle combinations,...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 07, 2019. 11 comments

Latest Pokémon Sword And Shield Trailer Reveals Villain Team And New Galarian Forms

Latest Pokémon Sword And Shield Trailer Reveals Villain Team And New Galarian Forms

Fresh information about Pokémon Sword and Shield, shown this morning on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, tells more about the game’s cast. Alongside new monsters—including new Pikachu-adjacent creatures—there’s a quick look at some of the game’s rivals and villains.

The trailer outlines a handful of monsters and characters coming to Sword and Shield. Among these are a Galarian Weezing,...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 06, 2019. 4 comments

It's Been A Spectacular Few Days For Mario Speedrunning

It's Been A Spectacular Few Days For Mario Speedrunning

The Super Mario games are among some of the most popular in all of speedrunning. From console to console, Mario has been pushed to his breaking point. The last few days have formed a watershed moment for Mario speedrunning as new records in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 64 move into uncharted territory and new tricks open up fresh possibilities. It’s a damn good time to be a fan watching...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 05, 2019. 8 comments

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Made Claude's Voice Actor Reminisce About Military Academy

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Made Claude's Voice Actor Reminisce About Military Academy

Joe Zieja’s path to voicing the English-language version of Fire Emblem: Three Houses lead Claude von Reigan was a circuitous one. Zieja said over the phone that he only realized what a huge role Claude was while he was recording. He told me that the director for the English voice actors, Patrick Seitz, broke the news while he was halfway through a recording session. The internet was crazy...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 05, 2019. 10 comments

Man Finds Rare NES Game In Attic, Sells It For $9000

Man Finds Rare NES Game In Attic, Sells It For $9000

Reno man Scott Amos was going through some possessions from the attic of his childhood home the other day when he came across something: an unopened copy of Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with receipt from 1988.

As the Reno Gazette Journal reports, nobody from Amos’ family can exactly remember why the game was up there, but it’s a fairly convincing theory that it...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 02, 2019. 17 comments

I Couldn't Help Snooping On A Stranger's Fire Emblem House On The Subway

I Couldn't Help Snooping On A Stranger's Fire Emblem House On The Subway
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Fire Emblem: Three Houses offers the agonizing decision over which group of students you want to teach and lead in battle. It’s a tricky choice that greatly affects the story you experience and the characters at your command. But it’s also a bit of a personality test, and I’m fascinated to know what house...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Aug 02, 2019. 12 comments

Wolfenstein: Youngblood: The Kotaku Review

Wolfenstein: Youngblood: The Kotaku Review

I am generally suspicious of games that people say are “better with friends,” simply because most things are. Manual labor, paying taxes, repeatedly hitting your thumb with a hammer—these are all things that are “better with friends.” Humans are social creatures, and company can make both miserable and pleasant things a whole lot better. “Better with friends” is rarely a good selling...

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