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Feb 19, 2020 at 06:00. 16 comments

Tips For Playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Cindered Shadows

Tips For Playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Cindered Shadows

Last week, Fire Emblem: Three Houses received a shiny new piece of DLC. Unlike the previous “waves,” it’s not just a handful of new quests and costumes and other small-scale additions. This DLC, called Cindered Shadows, is a fully contained standalone campaign , wherein Byleth, Claude, Edelgard, Hilda, and some other less-cool students explore a mysterious subterranean area called Abyss.

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Feb 12, 2020.

Wide Ocean Big Jacket, A Chill Game About Camping, Is The Perfect Length

Wide Ocean Big Jacket, A Chill Game About Camping, Is The Perfect Length

As a kid, I never liked camping. I went to a multitude of Boy Scout and church camps, but I could never escape an overriding feeling of anxiety, like the trees were going to close in and suffocate me with their bristly branches. Turns out, I was just doing it wrong. The camping trips I went on as a kid were all structure, exasperating obstacle courses of planned activities and curfews. Good...

Feb 06, 2020. 11 comments

How To Buy The Animal Crossing Switch Parts Separately, From Japan

How To Buy The Animal Crossing Switch Parts Separately, From Japan

Everybody’s losing their minds over Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing-styled Switch hardware . The Tom Nook-themed dock! The pastel Joy-Cons! Whatever’s on the back of it! Many of the millions of people who already own a Switch are tempted to upgrade just for the new look, but wish they could just buy the accessories separately. Well, you can—from Nintendo’s Japanese store.

Nintendo’s Japan-only...

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Feb 06, 2020. 12 comments

Luigi's Mansion 3 Developers On Money, Moral Choices And Luigi's Approach To Heroism

Luigi's Mansion 3 Developers On Money, Moral Choices And Luigi's Approach To Heroism

Ask a long-time Nintendo developer a question about Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Switch and the next thing you know, you’re getting a snippet of insight about the creation of 1991 Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. Nintendo’s top people have been honing their craft for a long time and their expertise runs deep.

That classic Zelda came up in the middle of an e-mail...

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Feb 05, 2020. 14 comments

New Update Makes Power Rangers More Like A Real Fighting Game

New Update Makes Power Rangers More Like A Real Fighting Game

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is getting a new update today that adds online lobbies and a spectator mode to make it play more like a full-fledged fighting game.

The online lobbies will hold up to eight players and let them fight across four separate matches simultaneously. As people finish, they can then spectate the remaining matches rather than be stuck waiting until the next group of...

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Feb 04, 2020. 23 comments

The Wii U Games That Still Need To Come To Switch

The Wii U Games That Still Need To Come To Switch

With Platinum Games bringing The Wonderful 101 to Switch via a Kickstarter campaign, that’s one more former Wii U exclusive that’s being moved to Nintendo’s newer, much more successful console. As of now, there are a few major games still stuck on the Wii U, but only a few that will likely end up on Switch.

It makes sense that Nintendo would want to port as many of its Wii U games as possible...

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Feb 03, 2020. 23 comments

Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

21 year-old Ryan Hernandez pleaded guilty last week to charges related to the 2016 theft of “confidential Nintendo files related to its consoles and games.” When his home was raided by the FBI last year, though, they also found “more than one thousand videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

Hernandez was first caught in 2017, after he and a friend got hold of a...

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Jan 31, 2020. 17 comments

Nintendo Says No New Switch Models Planned For 2020

Nintendo Says No New Switch Models Planned For 2020

Despite already announcing and releasing a new Switch model in 2019 , rumors that Nintendo would release another variant of its latest console—a beefier, fancier “Pro” version—have refused to go away. So Nintendo has come out and just flat out said it: There are no new Switch models coming. At least in 2020.

No doubt keen to have people buy their consoles now instead of holding out for some...

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Jan 31, 2020. 16 comments

Nintendo Is Releasing An Animal Crossing Switch, And It Is Beautiful

Nintendo Is Releasing An Animal Crossing Switch, And It Is Beautiful

To tie in with the release of New Horizons, Nintendo is releasing this new Animal Crossing-themed Switch console in March that has very strong animal vacation vibes.

From the Nooks on the dock to the ocean-colored Joy-Cons, this is a beautiful console.

There’s also an Animal Crossing motif on the back of the Switch itself.

There’s even a matching carry case (that’s sold separately).

It goes...

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Jan 31, 2020. 11 comments

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Explain Why Their DLC Is Multiplayer

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Explain Why Their DLC Is Multiplayer

The developers of Luigi’s Mansion 3 say they didn’t strongly consider making single player expansions for the hit Switch game, but they promise that the recently announced $10 multiplayer add-ons will satisfy players. They’re aware that it might be a tricky sell.

“Most people buying or even thinking about a Luigi’s Mansion game just want the single-player (or Gooigi-partnered) story...

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Jan 28, 2020. 11 comments

Kentucky Route Zero: The Kotaku Review

Kentucky Route Zero: The Kotaku Review

After seven years, the haunting episodic adventure game Kentucky Route Zero is finally complete. The game’s first chapter came out on PC in 2013. Tomorrow’s Act V marks the end of the story. A new “TV Edition” for consoles collects all five acts—the main story pieces of the game—and four interludes—side content that ties back into the story. I’m mainly a PC gamer, so the thought that there is...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 21, 2020. 11 comments

Kingpin, One Of The Dirtiest Shooters Of The 90s, Is Coming Back

Kingpin, One Of The Dirtiest Shooters Of The 90s, Is Coming Back

It’s all but forgotten now, but in 1999 Kingpin was kind of a big deal, pitched as an unashamedly adult first-person shooter that was going to be video gaming’s answer to Frank Miller’s Sin City.

That was the idea, anyway. And despite some notable press at the time—it even got a mention on the floor of the US Senate amidst debates around violent video games in the wake of the Columbine...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jan 14, 2020. 15 comments

The 87 Games I Played Last Year And The Ones I Recommend

The 87 Games I Played Last Year And The Ones I Recommend
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.

For the 14th straight year, I’m listing all the games I’ve played in the past 12 months. I’m also offering some recommendations. I’m a little late this year, because of distractions, but I’m not going to let anything end this tradition.

When I first started tracking the...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jan 10, 2020. 9 comments

I Can't Wait To Bully Pokémon Shield's New Psychic-Type Rival

I Can't Wait To Bully Pokémon Shield's New Psychic-Type Rival

The upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, The Isle of Armor, will feature two new rivals exclusive to each of the games. Sword will get Klara, who specializes in poison type Pokémon, while Shield will get Avery, a Psychic-type gym trainer. I have Shield, and while Klara is demonstrably cuter than Avery, I can’t wait to bully that little nerd.

First of all, take a look at this dweeb. He’s...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansions Add Over 200 Existing Pokémon

Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansions Add Over 200 Existing Pokémon

Unlike previous games in the series, Pokémon Sword and Shield won’t be getting a new version of the game a year later with an extra adjective. Instead, Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Shield Expansion Pass, DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, will allow you to play new stories in Galar using the save data—and pocket monsters—you already have. They’ll also be bringing over 200 existing Pokémon...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 03, 2020. 23 comments

Bayonetta Director Calls Out The Nintendo Switch's Crappy Menu

Bayonetta Director Calls Out The Nintendo Switch's Crappy Menu

The co-founder of Platinum Games criticized how the Switch home screen is laid out and the console’s lack of organization options in a series of tweets earlier this week. One hopes this high-profile critique might help finally get the Switch’s menu fixed.

Hideki Kamiya, the director of games like Resident Evil 2 and Bayonetta, called out the fact that there’s no way to sort games in the sale...

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Jan 02, 2020. 17 comments

Actually, Legend Of Mana Is Good

Actually, Legend Of Mana Is Good

As one of the few proud PlayStation Vita holdouts (chants: Vita means life! It only rhymes with wife!) I spent a lot of my holiday travel time playing old PlayStation JRPGs I’ve amassed for $6 a pop. While it can’t compare to staying up late in front of a boxy old TV, it’s been wonderful to play classics I missed out on and weird high-profile experiments on that handheld’s tiny screen. Such...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 13, 2019. 12 comments

All The Big Announcements At The 2019 Game Awards

All The Big Announcements At The 2019 Game Awards

They just showed off the new Xbox at the fifth annual Game Awards, during a show that also saw a slew of new game announcements, release date reveals, and trailers.

Microsoft unveiled the name of the next Xbox

It’s called Xbox: Series X . How will people abbreviate that? Xbox SX? And it looks like a computer or, pehaps, a Sonos. In an official Xbox post that went up right after the...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 11, 2019. 7 comments

Bonkers New Indie Game Lets You Mash Up Different Genres

Bonkers New Indie Game Lets You Mash Up Different Genres

Supermash is a game about mashing up video game genres, and it’s coming to the Switch in May 2020. I’m psyched y’all.

I know I’ve had daydreams about gameplay mechanic crossovers I’d love to see. Just a second ago, Kotaku managing editor Maddy Myers and I were talking about how dope it would be if Metroid got rhythm game spin off, like Zelda did with Cadence Of Hyrule. I don’t know if...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 10, 2019. 9 comments

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

One of the most extraordinary things about the games in the new Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection is their diverse subject matter: a game about being a pirate-assassin in the Caribbean in the late 18th century, a game about disrupting the slave trade in the same region, a game about being an assassin turned assassin-hunter during the Seven Years’ War.

That’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ,...

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