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More Donald Ducks In Kingdom Hearts, Please
More Donald Ducks In Kingdom Hearts, Please
With the arrival of the Kingdom Hearts series on PC last week, enterprising players can now tinker with the games in ways that were either too difficult or downright impossible to achieve on consoles.
No One Warned Me About Hitman 2’s Cutscenes
No One Warned Me About Hitman 2’s Cutscenes
Over the past few months, I, late to the party, have fallen head over heels for the new Hitman trilogy.
Resident Evil Re:Verse Beta Really Needs A Green Herb
Resident Evil Re:Verse Beta Really Needs A Green Herb
Capcom has shut down the Resident Evil Re:Verse beta hours into its scheduled three-day test run after hiccups with the game’s matchmaking service made it difficult to find opponents. Read more...
The Alex Kidd Remake Is Looking Sharp
The Alex Kidd Remake Is Looking Sharp
Alex Kidd is one of my earliest console gaming memories, and I was so obsessed with it I used to bug my parents to rent a Sega Master System for the weekend just so I could play it.
Pokémon's Intro, Remade With Stock Footage
Pokémon's Intro, Remade With Stock Footage
Pokémon’s status as a worldwide phenomenon means that you can break it down to its essential parts and folks will still recognize what you’re referencing.
Hunting for Pokémon Cards Has Become a Different Kind of Game
Hunting for Pokémon Cards Has Become a Different Kind of Game
A few weeks back, during a particularly unremarkable late night of insomnia-fueled doomscrolling, a notification slid its way onto my phone’s screen that quickened my pulse and dilated my pupils.
I Demand To See Oro's Dick And Balls In Street Fighter V
I Demand To See Oro's Dick And Balls In Street Fighter V
During today’s spring update, Capcom provided an early look at how returning fighter Oro will play in Street Fighter V.
Prime 2D Is The Coolest Metroid In Over A Decade
Prime 2D Is The Coolest Metroid In Over A Decade
A group of independent developers known as Team SCU recently released a demo for Prime 2D, an impressive side-scrolling remake of 2002’s Metroid Prime that has been in the works for over 15 years.
Another Charizard Card Sells For Over $300,000
Another Charizard Card Sells For Over $300,000
Pokémon cards have been having a bit of a boom lately, and nowhere is that more obvious than in auctions for the holographic Charizard card that acted as the base set’s crown jewel in 1999.
Man Arrested Following Daring Pokémon Card Robbery
Man Arrested Following Daring Pokémon Card Robbery
A 28-year-old Tokyo resident has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a trading card shop atop a six-story building to steal Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, after climbing over the side of the building with a rope. Read more...
Crash Bandicoot On The Run Won't Let Me Jump On Bounce Crates And It's Very Annoying
Crash Bandicoot On The Run Won't Let Me Jump On Bounce Crates And It's Very Annoying
Some habits are hard to break. Like reaching for a light switch after it’s been removed or trying to jump on the bouncy crates in Crash Bandicoot games.
Finally, A Video Game About The Boat
Finally, A Video Game About The Boat
You’ve no doubt heard by now about (literally) the largest story in the world.
Get Past The F2P Bits And Crash Bandicoot: On The Run Is Good Crash
Get Past The F2P Bits And Crash Bandicoot: On The Run Is Good Crash
Crash Bandicoot: On The Run, out today for iOS and Android, is a game in which Crash Bandicoot runs through narrow corridors breaking boxes and collecting Wumpa Fruit, just like every other Crash Bandicoot game.
Hitman 3 Is Getting DLC Based On The Seven Deadly Sins
Hitman 3 Is Getting DLC Based On The Seven Deadly Sins
Next week, Hitman 3 will receive downloadable content based on the seven deadly sins, developer IO Interactive announced in a blog post today.
Tekken 7’s Newest Fighter Is The Fictional Prime Minister Of Poland
Tekken 7’s Newest Fighter Is The Fictional Prime Minister Of Poland
The real prime minister of Poland, 53-year-old Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki, does not look like much of a fighter.
Breath Of The Wild Mod Aims To Add A Whole New Story Expansion
Breath Of The Wild Mod Aims To Add A Whole New Story Expansion
Breath of the Wild has gotten quite a few mods over the years, but few with the scope and ambition of Second Wind, a story-based expansion adding new characters, side-quests, and bosses. Read more...
Some Good-Ass Video Game Smoke
Some Good-Ass Video Game Smoke
Look at that smoke! Holy smokes, that’s some good smoke. Read more...
Researchers Name Newly Discovered Insects After Legendary Pokémon
Researchers Name Newly Discovered Insects After Legendary Pokémon
Two entomologists decided to name their recently discovered new species of Australian beetles Binburrum articuno, Binburrum moltres, and Binburrum zapdos, bringing Pokémon full circle back to what originally inspired the hit video game series. Read more...
Bravely Default II’s Grand Music Does Most Of Its Storytelling
Bravely Default II’s Grand Music Does Most Of Its Storytelling
Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make.
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Will Have Loot Boxes
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Will Have Loot Boxes
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, the mobile compilation aiming to bring all of the Final Fantasy VII extended universe’s stories together in one place, will have loot boxes, creative director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed yesterday in a new interview with Famitsu. Read more...
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Starts Off Strong
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Starts Off Strong
The new Mortal Kombat film, the first theatrical release based on the fighting games since 1997's Mortal Kombat Annihilation, opens with a scene that should be quite familiar to fans.
Dark Alliance Is A Spiritual Successor To Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance In Name Only
Dark Alliance Is A Spiritual Successor To Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance In Name Only
I went into my recent Dark Alliance demo with development studio Tuque Games expecting to briefly relive the grim, bloody hack and slash glory of the original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance games.
This Pikachu Caterpillar Plushie Looks Freaky
This Pikachu Caterpillar Plushie Looks Freaky
The listing for this AliExpress product says “Pikachued,” and that’s exactly how I feel after looking at it. Read more...
Ratchet & Clank Weapons, Ranked
Ratchet & Clank Weapons, Ranked
This weekend, I played through the “re-imagined” 2016 Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4 (free via PlayStation Plus this month). And
Mario Kart Speedrunners Are Racing To Blow Themselves Up With Blue Shells
Mario Kart Speedrunners Are Racing To Blow Themselves Up With Blue Shells
Do you know you can hit yourself with a Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Speedrunners do, and they’re going all out to blow themselves up with the first place-targeting item as quickly as possible. Read more...
Official Pokémon Sunscreen Coming To Asia
Official Pokémon Sunscreen Coming To Asia
When you think of Pokémon, you probably don’t think of sunscreen.
There Is No Love For Toad In This Cat Mario Three-Pack
There Is No Love For Toad In This Cat Mario Three-Pack
Following up on yesterday’s gorgeous Bowser boat, toy-maker Jakks Pacific’s second MAR10 week reveal is a $30 Super Mario 3D World three-pack featuring articulated four-inch figures of Cat Mario, Cat Luigi, and Cat Peach.
Now You Can Play With Sonic The Hedgehog's Pretty Head
Now You Can Play With Sonic The Hedgehog's Pretty Head
Sega has teamed up with toymaker Tomy to give Sonic fans a 15-inch plush hedgehog head.
Jakks' Super Mario Bowser Airship Is The Toy Boat I've Always Wanted
Jakks' Super Mario Bowser Airship Is The Toy Boat I've Always Wanted
Coming this fall from Nintendo and Jakks Pacific, the $40 Super Mario deluxe Bowser Ship playset plays the airship theme as the 2.5-inch plumber climbs aboard to wreak havoc.
Square Enix Is Finally Making The Final Fantasy VII Cinematic Universe Playable
Square Enix Is Finally Making The Final Fantasy VII Cinematic Universe Playable
Yesterday’s most important Final Fantasy news wasn’t delivered at the end of Sony’s lackluster State of Play livestream presentation but was instead casually tweeted out afterward: a new mobile game called Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is coming.
An Ode to a Jigglypuff
An Ode to a Jigglypuff
Twenty-five years ago in Red and Blue, freshly-minted Boulder-Badge owning Pokémon trainers would find themselves heading toward the first steps of the rest of their lives drowning in bird Pokémon.
Pokémon Legends Arceus Is A New Open-World Game Coming In 2022
Pokémon Legends Arceus Is A New Open-World Game Coming In 2022
Set in the Sinnoh Region of old, Pokémon Legends Arceus is a new approach to open-world Pokémon games coming to the Nintendo Switch in early 2022.
Square Enix Announces Two More Final Fantasy VII Games
Square Enix Announces Two More Final Fantasy VII Games
Just after wrapping up Sony’s media show this evening with some Final Fantasy VII x PS5 news, Square Enix announced that there are two more Final Fantasy games coming, both based on the Final Fantasy VII universe. Read more...
Persona 5 Strikers’ Menus Are As Vibrantly Alive As Its Cast
Persona 5 Strikers’ Menus Are As Vibrantly Alive As Its Cast
Video game menus are like assholes—every game has them and more often than not, they stink.
Persona 5 Strikers: The Kotaku Review
Persona 5 Strikers: The Kotaku Review
It’s now or it’s never, and I’ve got toMake my decisionThis time it could be my momentIs this a mirage or a chance to fulfill my mission? Read more...
Fall Guys is getting Cuphead skins
Fall Guys is getting Cuphead skins
Fall Guys fans will soon be able to adorn their beloved beans in the pleasingly vintage stylings of developer Studio MDHR's iconic devil-bothering drinking receptacle guy, Cuphead, as part of a new crossover event starting later this week. Cuphead, who arrives alongside pal Mugman, is the latest in a steadily expanding line-up of video game characters to cameo in Mediatronic's smash-hit multiplayer party game, following the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Doom Guy. He'll debut as a purchasable costume in Fall Guys' shop this Wednesday, 24th February, while Mugman sticks his crockery topped frame into the store starting Saturday, 27th February. Read more
What Was Your Best-Ever Year For Gaming?
What Was Your Best-Ever Year For Gaming?
It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question.
Delicious Looking (And Totally Fake) Super Mario Sushi
Delicious Looking (And Totally Fake) Super Mario Sushi
This is like the fake food you see in front of Japanese restaurants but with Nintendo characters. Read more...
It's Weird To See Ryu Use A Gun In Fortnite
It's Weird To See Ryu Use A Gun In Fortnite
Yesterday, after some hints and leaks, Street Fighter characters Ryu and Chun-Li came to Epic’s mega-popular battle royale game, Fortnite.
PSA: Go Sit At The Campfire In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
PSA: Go Sit At The Campfire In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Last night, former MTV News staffer Stephen Totilo sent me a text about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: “Go sit at the campfire.” Read more...
Street Fighter Portal Appears In Fortnite
Street Fighter Portal Appears In Fortnite
Fortnite has absorbed just about every nerdy property under the sun at this point, but Epic Games’ massively popular battle royale has yet to dip its toes into the world of fighting games.
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Might Just Be A Good Mortal Kombat Movie
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Might Just Be A Good Mortal Kombat Movie
In the first 30 seconds of the first trailer for April’s Mortal Kombat movie reboot, Mehcad Brooks’ Jax loses both his arms to the icy grip of Joe Taslim’s Sub-Zero.
World Of Warcraft Leak Includes Showdown With Sylvanas, Burning Crusade Classic
World Of Warcraft Leak Includes Showdown With Sylvanas, Burning Crusade Classic
A leak surfacing the day before Blizzconline’s opening ceremonies revealed possible details of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’s first major update. Read more...
Thank God For Wario
Thank God For Wario
These are trying times we are all living through.
Mario Golf Super Rush Swings Onto Switch June 25
Mario Golf Super Rush Swings Onto Switch June 25
One of Mario’s most satisfying side-activities makes its Switch debut on June 25 with the release of Mario Golf Super Rush.
Zelda Speedrunner Beats Breath Of The Wild With His Feet
Zelda Speedrunner Beats Breath Of The Wild With His Feet
Speedrunner Joedun is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to doing the unthinkable in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Bowser’s Fury Co-Op Sucks, But Super Mario 3D World’s Is Amazing
Bowser’s Fury Co-Op Sucks, But Super Mario 3D World’s Is Amazing
Nintendo’s first big release of 2021, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, packages together a re-release of a seven-year-old game alongside a new, yet bite-sized, adventure.
Pedro Pascal To Portray Joel In HBO's The Last Of Us
Pedro Pascal To Portray Joel In HBO's The Last Of Us
Deadline reports that Pedro Pascal, well known for Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian, will be starring as Joel in HBO’s upcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us. Read more...
Japanese Animator Gets Four Months In Prison For Driving Without A License
Japanese Animator Gets Four Months In Prison For Driving Without A License
This week at a Tokyo District Court, Animator Shiro Kudaka has been sentenced to four months in prison for driving without a license and violating Japan’s Road Traffic Act. Read more...
What We Loved About Hitman 3
What We Loved About Hitman 3
If there’s one thing Kotaku can’t get enough of, it’s Hitman 3.
After Years Of Trying, WB Games Has Successfully Patented Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis System
After Years Of Trying, WB Games Has Successfully Patented Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis System
After trying multiple times since 2015, WB Games has successfully secured a patent on the nemesis system featured in Shadow of Mordor and its sequel, Shadow of War.
It's Official, Lego Is Making A Sonic The Hedgehog Set
It's Official, Lego Is Making A Sonic The Hedgehog Set
Early last year the Lego Ideas program began looking into the possibility of turning a fan-made Sonic Mania Green Hills Zone design into a real Lego set.
Please Enjoy These Custom Yoshi Sneakers
Please Enjoy These Custom Yoshi Sneakers
For this pair of custom sneakers, which he stitched up using his own leather, Kenneth Cole decided on two things.
Guy Goes On Super Nintendo World's Rides, Films Them
Guy Goes On Super Nintendo World's Rides, Films Them
Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World was supposed to open in Japan this week before being indefinitely delayed due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
A Nameless Gatekeeper Beats Marth In Fire Emblem Popularity Poll
A Nameless Gatekeeper Beats Marth In Fire Emblem Popularity Poll
The latest official Fire Emblem Heroes popularity poll wasn’t won by Marth or Chrom or any of the other pretty-boy main characters from the franchise’s history.
Where To Find Every Banana In Hitman 3
Where To Find Every Banana In Hitman 3
Hitman 3 is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. IO Interactive’s latest stealth game puts you in the spit-shined oxfords of international assassin Agent 47 and tasks you with eliminating various well-protected targets.
'Shop Contest: Muncher, Winners!
'Shop Contest: Muncher, Winners!
Last week we met Muncher, a new ghost from the upcoming Ghostbusters film.
Sonic The Hedgehog Voice Actor Roger Craig Smith Departs Role
Sonic The Hedgehog Voice Actor Roger Craig Smith Departs Role
Announced via Roger Craig Smith’s Twitter earlier today, the prolific voice actor’s 10-year-run as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog has come to an end.
25 Years Later, Player Confirms Street Fighter Alpha 2 Really Does Favor The Underdog
25 Years Later, Player Confirms Street Fighter Alpha 2 Really Does Favor The Underdog
Modern fighting games are often decried for what’s called “comeback mechanics,” which are thought to be absent from the more “honest” classic fighters.
Hitman Player Tries To Kill Every NPC In One Map With A Single Rubber Ducky
Hitman Player Tries To Kill Every NPC In One Map With A Single Rubber Ducky
Twitch streamer RTGame (meatspace name: Daniel) had a dream: to kill every NPC in a single Hitman level.
There's A Lot Of Sonic And Nights In Balan Wonderworld's Trippy Demo
There's A Lot Of Sonic And Nights In Balan Wonderworld's Trippy Demo
Want to spend an hour or so wandering colorful cartoon dreamscapes crafted by the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog? Do you enjoy the sensation of being pleasantly bewildered? If you answered yes to either of those questions you’re going to want to play the demo for Balan Wonderworld.