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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Oct 18, 2019 at 02:30. 6 comments

This Obscure Sega Puzzle Game Is Pretty Clever

This Obscure Sega Puzzle Game Is Pretty Clever

Sega Ages Ichidant-R doesn’t have a lot going for it in terms of its sales potential. It’s out today on the Switch in the middle of a massive content explosion for Nintendo’s platform. It’s got a weird name that you’ve probably already forgotten even after having just read it. It’s going to get buried, which is sad because it’s pretty neat.

Originally an arcade game that quickly made its way...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Oct 16, 2019 at 20:00. 13 comments

Luigi's Latest Parody Nintendo Console Is The Best One Yet

Luigi's Latest Parody Nintendo Console Is The Best One Yet

Luigi’s heading back to another haunted mansion (well, a haunted hotel) in Luigi’s Mansion 3 this Halloween, and he’s got many more tricks up his sleeve for busting ghosts, including one gadget that’s a wonderful reference to a classic Nintendo console of yore.

Ghost-hunting tools that resemble old Nintendo hardware are a staple of the Luigi’s Mansion series. Luigi carried a Game Boy Horror in...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Oct 03, 2019. 18 comments

The Bite-Sized Link's Awakening Is The Perfect Follow-Up To Breath Of The Wild

The Bite-Sized Link's Awakening Is The Perfect Follow-Up To Breath Of The Wild
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

How do you create a follow-up to Breath of the Wild? The Switch launch game was a massive rethinking of the Legend of Zelda series, a colossal non-linear open world in which players could create their own journey. As it turns out, the perfect way to follow that was with a Zelda that is as tiny as Breath of the...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 26, 2019. 21 comments

Respawn Is Reviving Medal Of Honor… As An Oculus VR Exclusive

Respawn Is Reviving Medal Of Honor… As An Oculus VR Exclusive

Electronic Arts’ Medal Of Honor series of military first-person shooters is back in action, although not in the way you might expect: It’s being reborn as a virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift, courtesy of Apex Legends and Titanfall developer Respawn, coming in 2020.

Respawn and Oculus announced that they were working on a “triple-A VR” game together two years ago. Shortly after that...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 25, 2019. 9 comments

Everything Announced During Today's Inside Xbox

Everything Announced During Today's Inside Xbox

Following Sony’s “State of Play” livestream earlier today, Microsoft jumped in with an Inside Xbox presentation featuring new content and services coming to its platform.

More games are coming to Xbox Game Pass. On Xbox One, Jump Force, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Lego Worlds are being added. On PC, Cities: Skylines, Saints Row 4, Bad North, and Dirt Rally 2.0.

The Xbox Game Pass app...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 25, 2019. 11 comments

Everything PlayStation Announced In Today's State Of Play

Everything PlayStation Announced In Today's State Of Play

Sony’s Nintendo Direct-style State Of Play livestream series returned today, with a deep look at The Last of Us II as well as short updates about other games coming to PlayStation, including Civilization 4. Here’s a rundown of the news.

The Last Of Us Part II will be released on February 21, 2020.

A demo of the upcoming remake of the PlayStation 1 game MediEvil is available today. You can get a...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 24, 2019. 2 comments

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 17, 2019.

I’m on two recent podcasts yammering about old video games if that’s the kind of thing you like: Mem

I’m on two recent podcasts yammering about old video games if that’s the kind of thing you like: Mem

I’m on two recent podcasts yammering about old video games if that’s the kind of thing you like: Memory Card, talking about the SNES CD-ROM with Kotaku contributor Ben Bertoli, and Axe of the Blood God talking about SNES and Genesis RPGs with the USGamer staff.

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 17, 2019. 12 comments

22 Years Later, A Major Milestone For RPGs Is Finally Coming West

22 Years Later, A Major Milestone For RPGs Is Finally Coming West

Amongst all the many, many games coming to Nintendo Switch soon, you should pay close attention to Moon, a port of a 1997 role-playing game for the PlayStation that’s never left Japan before.

Why should you care? Well, Moon was sort of the flashpoint from which a whole little community of unique, avant-garde Japanese game development studios was eventually born. Its developer Love-de-Lic was...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 13, 2019. 24 comments

We Can Finally Explain What You Actually Do In Death Stranding

We Can Finally Explain What You Actually Do In Death Stranding

He’s finally done it. After years of talking about Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima finally showed off a full mission’s worth of gameplay during a live stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show this week. It’s as offbeat, meticulously detailed, and intriguing as you’d expect from Kojima, if not more so.

To be released November 8 for PlayStation 4, Death Stranding follows Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus)...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 12, 2019. 8 comments

Sega Genesis Mini: The Kotaku Review

Sega Genesis Mini: The Kotaku Review

Sega was always more loved than it was successful. At no point was the maker of the Genesis and Dreamcast the worldwide leader in video games. When it succeeded in America, it fell short in Japan, and vice versa. The Genesis Mini is an encapsulation of that moment when it came closest to victory—a reminder of what the Genesis was, but also what it could have been.

To be released on September...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 05, 2019. 11 comments

Everything Announced During Today's Nintendo Direct

Everything Announced During Today's Nintendo Direct

Super Nintendo games are finally coming to Switch Online. And I’m sure there were other announcements during today’s 40-minute Nintendo Direct, too. Like Xenoblade Chronicles and Tokyo Mirage Sessions coming to Switch. Or Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard coming to Smash. Actually, there was a lot. Here it all is.

Super Nintendo games are finally coming to Switch, tomorrow.

Nintendo showed off a lot...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Sep 04, 2019. 9 comments

The original Puzzle Quest is coming to Switch

The original Puzzle Quest is coming to Switch

The original Puzzle Quest is coming to Switch. Revealed via an eShop listing, Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns includes the classic match-3 RPG and its Plague Lord expansion, plus a new expansion, new quests, and more character classes. It’s out September 19.

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 29, 2019.

We’ve corrected yesterday’s story about the recent PlayStation Vita update

We’ve corrected yesterday’s story about the recent PlayStation Vita update

We’ve corrected yesterday’s story about the recent PlayStation Vita update . The hacker has now said that the h-encore² hack does, indeed, work with the latest Vita firmware. Kotaku regrets the error.

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 20, 2019. 15 comments

Everything Announced At Gamescom's Opening Night Live

Everything Announced At Gamescom's Opening Night Live

While much of the inaugural Gamescom Opening Night Live presentation focused on trailers and gameplay of previously announced games, there were a handful of brand-new games announced, including sequels to some popular indies. Here’s everything we learned.

Erica: An Interactive Thriller, a live-action PlayStation 4 game announced in 2017 for PlayLink (the system where multiple players use their...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 20, 2019. 6 comments

Cyberpunk 2077 And More Games Coming To Stadia

Cyberpunk 2077 And More Games Coming To Stadia

CD Projekt Red’s anticipated Keanu Reeves vehicle Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Stadia among other games, Google said today in its second Stadia Connect livestream.

Orcs Must Die 3 is coming exclusively to Stadia. The previous game in the series, a free-to-play game called Orcs Must Die: Unchained, released in 2017 but was shut down earlier this year after developer Robot Entertainment said that...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 14, 2019. 24 comments

The Genesis Mini Makes Up For Years Of Crappy Sega Clones

The Genesis Mini Makes Up For Years Of Crappy Sega Clones

Sega did mini consoles before mini consoles were cool. For well over a decade you’ve been able to buy plug-and-play Sega machines filled with Genesis classics. Of course, they all pretty much sucked, full of emulation problems and mediocre games. But the Genesis Mini is almost here, and it’s ready to restore Sega’s good name in the field of tiny retro consoles.

Releasing on September 19 for...

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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...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 24, 2019. 3 comments

Hey, freelance writers, do you want to write for Kotaku?

Hey, freelance writers, do you want to write for Kotaku?

Hey, freelance writers, do you want to write for Kotaku? We’re always looking for great freelance pitches. Like maybe you’ve noticed that game characters are bad at archery or that there’s somebody who’s been playing Animal Crossing on GameCube nonstop for the last 17 years . Hit us up at pitches@kotaku.com and tell that story.

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 23, 2019. 3 comments

I did another Mario Maker

I did another Mario Maker

I did another Mario Maker. I wanted to try to do something non-linear this time. I was almost done making it when, while playing around with the parts in the editor, I hit on the idea to use it to pay homage to my favorite YouTube video ever. I really want to make a short level now. Maybe I should enter our contest .

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