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Oninaki: The Kotaku Review

Oninaki: The Kotaku Review

When I first played the demo for Oninaki , an action role-playing game out tomorrow from Lost Sphear and I Am Setsuna creators Tokyo RPG Factory, I was optimistic. The gameplay wasn’t particularly captivating, but the story seemed unique and dark enough for me to push through the repetitive combat. Unfortunately, by the time I finished Oninaki’s story of faith, religion, and the afterlife, it...

Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra yesterday at 04:30.

Mario's Iconic 1-1 Level Is Way Harder When It's Vertical

Mario's Iconic 1-1 Level Is Way Harder When It's Vertical

Super Mario Maker 2’s many player-created levels can range from intense deathtraps to clever first-person dungeons. There are also a lot of riffs on the very first Mario level ever, World 1-1. It’s a solid template to build on, one of the most iconic levels in all of video games. That’s why even the slightest change can lead to something fantastic. For instance, flipping it on its side...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 20, 2019 at 21:30. 7 comments

The New Mario & Sonic Olympics Game Lets You Play As 2D Characters

The New Mario & Sonic Olympics Game Lets You Play As 2D Characters
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is kicking it old school. The latest installment of the all-star mascot competition, due out November 5 for the Switch, adds ten sprite-based 2D events to its normal selection of 3D fare. Look at pixel Mario’s tiny legs go!

I’ve not played any of the games in Sega’s Mario...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 19, 2019 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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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 16, 2019 at 07:30. 9 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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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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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 12, 2019. 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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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 12, 2019. 18 comments

Cooking Mama Has Gone Vegetarian

Cooking Mama Has Gone Vegetarian

There’s a new Cooking Mama game coming to the Nintendo Switch via publishers Planet Digital Partners, pitched as a reboot for the series, and while the announcement was centred around some bizarre blockchain news, the most interesting part is that there’s now a new vegetarian mode to go alongside regular recipes that include meat.

“New to Cooking Mama will be a ‘Vegetarian Mode’ where players...

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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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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Aug 05, 2019. 9 comments

I Can't Help Reading Every Damn Text Box In Fire Emblem: Three Houses

I Can't Help Reading Every Damn Text Box In Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been a little bit of a slow burn for me. While I’ve been a fan of the series since Awakening, I found myself beset by choice paralysis in Three Houses when I realized that I did not even remotely feel attached to any of the three precocious rich children with whom I was being asked...

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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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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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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 02, 2019. 2 comments

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

As I’ve recently put on record here , I think Tokaido is the best digital board game. Its stay at the top might be short-lived, though, because Raiders of the North Sea, out this week on PC, Switch and mobile, is very good.

The Best Board Game You Can Play On Your Phone

Phones are of course great to play actual video games on, but they’re also quietly one of the best…

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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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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 01, 2019. 9 comments

Trying To Please Everyone In Fire Emblem Is Turning Me Into A Sociopath

Trying To Please Everyone In Fire Emblem Is Turning Me Into A Sociopath

I knew I had a problem when I saw a timer appear and my first reaction was to immediately hammer my Nintendo Switch’s power button until it fell into a merciful slumber.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a feature called an “advice box” in which characters write you letters asking for aid. You’ve got to pick a response within a 30-second window, and if you tell them what they want to hear, they’ll...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Aug 01, 2019.

A Chill And Challenging Puzzle Game With A Sega Dreamcast Vibe

A Chill And Challenging Puzzle Game With A Sega Dreamcast Vibe
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Sometimes, you look around at games today and say, “Gosh, I need some more Sega Dreamcast vibes.” CROSSNIQ+, a relaxing but challenging puzzle game that exudes late-nineties aesthetics, fills that gap. With a difficult time attack mode and an extremely low-key “chill mode” wrapped in its distinct “Y2K” look, it has...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 31, 2019. 14 comments

I Wish To Inform You That Another Garfield Kart Has Been Made

I Wish To Inform You That Another Garfield Kart Has Been Made

Garfield Kart came out in 2013 , was ignored, then reborn in 2018 as a thing, because the internet has taken the lazy cat and reshaped it in its image . The game is now getting a sequel on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Switch.

It is once again a cart racing game, only starring Garfield, and Odie, and Jon, and five other characters, and it has 16 tracks that are “inspired by the world of Garfield.”

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 31, 2019. 6 comments

Fire Emblem Is Slowly Improving Its Same-Sex Romance Options

Fire Emblem Is Slowly Improving Its Same-Sex Romance Options

The newer Fire Emblem games have placed an emphasis on romance and dating, though the series has been slow to make same-sex romance a viable option. Fire Emblem: Three Houses does allow you to experience same-sex romance—and it is explicitly romantic, and accessible for both male and female main characters. However, the female main character has a lot more options if you’re looking to get...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 31, 2019. 9 comments

The Text In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Too Damn Small

The Text In Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Too Damn Small

Fire Emblem: Three Houses has some of the most rewarding tactics action and Hogwarts-simulating that you can get. There aren’t many flaws in the game, but there is something that badly needs to be fixed: For a game focused on navigating menus, that text size sure is tiny.

Text size in modern games has been a point of contention ever since 2006’s zombie-smasher Dead Rising had the smallest...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jul 30, 2019. 15 comments

What To Know Before Choosing A House In Fire Emblem: Three Houses

What To Know Before Choosing A House In Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses released last week, and if you haven’t joined one of the game’s three houses, it’s time to make a choice. Want to know which group has the most mages? Which is the most chill? Which will give you the most heartbreaking narrative experience? We have you covered with this nifty guide.

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you play as a mercenary who signs on to teach at the...

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