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02 Dec 17:40

26 Years Later, Footage Surfaces Of Sonic The Hedgehog's Infamous Macy's Parade Disaster

by Luke Plunkett

Anyone who’s a serious fan of Sonic, or of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, is probably aware of the 1993 event, in which a Sonic the Hedgehog float became caught in high winds, struck a lamppost and injured two people. The thing is, despite knowing this happened, we didn’t have any surviving video of the incident.

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09 Sep 13:34

Metroid Cosplay Is Blowing Socks Off

by Luke Plunkett on Cosplay, shared by Luke Plunkett to Kotaku

Here’s Japanese cosplayer 11Vadu with one of, if not the best Samus outfit I have ever seen.

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15 Aug 16:05

Nintendo Is Cracking Down On Popular YouTube Music Channels

by Ethan Gach

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.

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08 Aug 20:36

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

by Amanda Silberling

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.

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27 Jun 16:45

Nintendo's Lawyers Need To Chill

by Luke Plunkett

Here’s a taste of where we’re at in 2019: Every single time Kotaku writes about a fan game involving Nintendo characters, the first comments are never about the ambition or quality of the project. They’re about a fear of Nintendo’s lawyers.

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14 Jun 15:16

An RPG Where You Solve Puzzles By Bending Time

by Riley MacLeod

Cris Tales is a JRPG-inspired game that was announced on Monday during the E3 2019 PC Gaming Show. After spending some time with its free demo, I’m excited to see what’s next.

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14 Jun 15:12

Square Enix Doesn't Know Where Some Of Its Old Games Are

by Luke Plunkett

Square Enix, one of the largest video game publishers on the planet, is interested in getting its entire back catalogue of games together so it can sell/stream them to you online. But there’s just this one tiny problem: some of the older games are missing.

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14 Jun 13:35

The Best Sandwiches Japan Has To Offer

by Brian Ashcraft

Some Japanese sandwiches are terrible. Others are okay or even very good. However, these Japanese sandwiches are world-class.

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07 May 15:36

On the heels of yesterday’s Riot Games walkout at the League of Legends publisher’s Los Angeles head

by Cecilia D'Anastasio

On the heels of yesterday’s Riot Games walkout at the League of Legends publisher’s Los Angeles headquarters, Riot employees in Dublin are staging their own walkout today. Around 18 of the office’s employees stood by the street with several holding signs calling for the company to end forced arbitration.

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29 Apr 16:07

Minecraft Villagers Are Out Of Control After The Latest Update

by Zack Zwiezen

Villagers have been a part of Minecraft for a few years now, mostly just being quiet and boring. But the latest Minecraft update, Village & Pillage, has changed villagers and suddenly fans are encountering some strange and annoying locals.

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26 Apr 17:52

Don't Come To Japan To Make Anime, Says Japanese Animator

by Brian Ashcraft

Freelance character designer Terumi Nishii is a talent artist (see above) and has an impressive list of anime credits. She’s worked on Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, among others. She has lots experience and some frank advice.

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23 Apr 17:15

Breath Of The Wild's Hyrule Castle Has Finally Been Restored, In Minecraft

by Ethan Gach

By the time Link wakes up in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Castle has already been partially destroyed, thanks to the work of Calamity Ganon a hundred years prior. Recently, players have set about restoring the castle in Minecraft.

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12 Apr 20:27

How Kirby Games Are Made

by Stephen Totilo

Shinya Kumazaki seems to have a fun job. He is the chief creator at HAL Laboratory and gets to dream up major Kirby games.

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11 Mar 13:33

Twitter Account Asks The All-Important Video Game Question: Can You Pet The Dog?

by Nathan Grayson

Whether out on the sidewalk, at a party in somebody’s house, or fleeing from a pack of wild dogs, what’s your first instinct—as a rational, sound-minded human being—upon meeting a dog? That’s right: you want to pet it. Video games are meant to let us fulfill our wildest fantasies, and yet, many of them won’t grant us…

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05 Mar 19:17

Oh No, It's Thomas The Tank Engine In Resident Evil 2 

by Luke Plunkett

Modder ZOMBIΞALI has done the world a favour/cursed us all by introducing Thomas the Tank Engine to the PC version of Resident Evil 2's remake, where he replaces Mr. X.

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26 Feb 16:04

Brazil's President Somehow Uses Sonic The Hedgehog Music In Twitter Video

by Luke Plunkett

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new right-wing President/pre-eminent Donald Trump cosplayer, has a message he’d like the world to know. A message his people have somehow set to a Sonic The Hedgehog boss battle’s theme.

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22 Feb 18:31

Asshole Goose Delays Video Game

by Luke Plunkett

Game delays can be as frustrating as they are necessary, and so announcing them is awkward for everyone. Developers don’t want to disappoint, gamers just want the game, ungh! If only there was a perfect way to let the world know your game was going to be late.

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09 Jul 13:51

Japan's Video Game Bars Are In Danger

by Brian Ashcraft

I press record. “Just by doing this interview,” I say, “to a certain degree you’re really putting a target on your back.” It’s important Matt Bloch understands this before we proceed, especially after the recent video game bar arrests in Japan.

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05 Jun 16:17

An Enormous Upgrade For A Game Boy Camera

by Alex Walker

Bastiaan Ekeler is the founder of Ekeler Design, and to date his professional work has been with equipment well beyond the capabilities of the Game Boy Camera. But inspired by Tim Binnion, who recently shot an F1 race on the Nintendo camera, Ekeler wanted to “get some serious glass involved”.

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01 Jun 16:39

Japan Baffled By These Men's Pants

by Brian Ashcraft

Famed British designer Kim Jones is collaborating with budget-priced Japanese clothing chain GU on a line of menswear. Much of it looks fine, but these pants are baffling folks in Japan.

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31 May 16:35

How World of Warcraft's Quest Chains Came To Be

by Jason Schreier

Back before World of Warcraft launched, in 2004, the template for quests in an MMORPG was a little dry. Games like EverQuest were primarily inspired by text-based MUDs, where you didn’t need much incentive to go out and kill things. For World of Warcraft, that wasn’t going to work.

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31 May 14:30

The Man Who Inspired Snorlax

by Brian Ashcraft

One of the most beloved Pokémon is Snorlax. Meet the man who inspired the character.

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31 May 14:29

As previously reported, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is coming to smartphones.

by Brian Ashcraft
Dsider

Sweet, we can finally watch the cutscenes without artifacts!

As previously reported, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is coming to smartphones. Here is the debut trailer. The app will be released on iOS and Android next month in Japan. No word yet on an international release.

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11 May 18:00

Valve Is Paying Hackers To Discover Security Flaws In Steam

by Nathan Grayson on Steamed, shared by Nathan Grayson to Kotaku

Even Steam, the biggest PC gaming platform in the world, isn’t immune to hacks and other issues that have in previous years rendered private information woefully public. That’s where Valve’s new bug bounty program comes in.

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09 May 19:47

Nintendo Fans Campaign For Switch Backup Saves 

by Jason Schreier

If you want to back up your saves on the PlayStation 4, all you need is a USB stick. On the Xbox, you can just use online storage without paying extra. But if you’re a Switch owner who just wants some comfort over the 200 hours you’ve spent saving Hyrule, you only have one option—wait for September, then pay for it.

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04 May 19:26

Bayonetta Dance-Off Backfires During Crucial Super Smash Bros. Match

by Ian Walker on Compete, shared by Dennis Young to Kotaku

Bayonetta might be too strong to live forever as a Super Smash Bros. character, but she’s been a fantastic addition to the cast for at least one reason: players have a ton of fun with her, sometimes even at their own expense.

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30 Apr 18:06

Nintendo Releasing All-New RPG For Phones

by Luke Plunkett
Dsider

Wondering if I should be worried about this

Nintendo just announced that it’s working with Cygames on an all-new RPG for mobile devices. The game is called Dragalia Lost.

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30 Apr 18:03

The Internet Reacts To Hogwarts Mystery’s Microtransactions

by Gita Jackson

Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game based on the popular fantasy books, can be fun, but a lot of its content is gated behind some gnarly microtransactions. Harry Potter fans are not pleased.

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26 Apr 21:37

How to Limit YouTube Kids to Play Only Human-Approved Channels 

by Michelle Woo on Offspring, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

YouTube Kids has had some, um, problems with inappropriate, disturbing and sometimes downright gruesome content slipping past the algorithms created to keep young viewers safe. Videos of Peppa Pig drinking bleach. Mickey snipping off girls’ bikini tops at the beach. Conspiracy theories claiming the moon landing was a…

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26 Apr 21:36

Rockstar Pulls David Bowie And More From GTA IV

by Ethan Gach
Dsider

stupid

As reported previously by our sister site in the UK, Rockstar is removing a number of songs in Grand Theft Auto IV due to licensing issues. A sizable patch for the game went live today cutting lots of songs across all the radio stations, including some classics, while only adding a few back by way of some lesser known…

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