Smash Bros. Player Discovers Potentially Game-Breaking Exploit

Amongst the panoply of Super Smash Bros. characters, Captain Olimar is often considered one of the most peculiar figures in the game. The Pikmin star is tricky to use effectively, particularly for beginners. Now, he's developing a new reputation thanks to a ridiculously powerful exploit one player discovered this week. » 2/18/15 4:53pm 2/18/15 4:53pm

What's So Great About Metroid Prime

The Metroid Prime trilogy, arguably the best gaming trilogy ever, has just been re-issued as a $20 download on the Wii U. That's a good reason for Kirk "never played a Metroid Prime" Hamilton to try them out. I had to see how that went. » 2/16/15 1:57pm 2/16/15 1:57pm

Why Hardcore Smash Bros. Players Can't Stand Diddy Kong Right Now

Earlier this month, Nintendo caused a stir in the Smash Bros. community when the series' creator, Masahiro Sakurai, said in an interview that he was all but done balancing the game. Amidst the grumblings of fans, I kept seeing one joke about what this meant: that Diddy Kong was "here to stay." » 12/30/14 12:57pm 12/30/14 12:57pm

What Pros Have To Think About In Every Smash Bros. Match

Super Smash Bros. is the quintessential Nintendo game: it's incredibly fun, and easy for inexperienced players to enjoy thanks to its chaotic mixture of cartoon items and characters. But once you get a handle on how the high-level game works, things become far more interesting. It just takes some time to get there. » 12/22/14 4:00pm 12/22/14 4:00pm

The Best Black Friday Gaming Deals

Retailers took their time, but this is an amazing set of Black Friday gaming deals. Deals will be hyperlinked as they go live. » 11/27/14 1:09pm 11/27/14 1:09pm

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Gets a $10 Discount

Pay $10 less for Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Not expecting this to hang on the ledge for long. » 11/26/14 12:25am 11/26/14 12:25am

A New Look at the Next Smash Bros Game

The Best Games of 2014 So Far

So far, 2014 has felt like a year of surprises. Some of them have been good while others—like the growing crop of games that have been pushed to next year—are bummers. But, there've been standouts among the games that have come out. Let's talk about them, shall we? » 7/01/14 1:28pm 7/01/14 1:28pm

Shovel Knight: The Kotaku Review

Shovel Knight is a video game about a knight who carries a shovel. It's an NES game released 25 years too late. It's the type of platformer that a whole lot of people have been craving for a very long time. » 6/26/14 1:43pm 6/26/14 1:43pm

What Nintendo Is Doing Right

The conventional wisdom is that Nintendo has screwed up. They've lost the plot. Dropped the ball. Somehow sunk their own battleship. But they're actually doing a bunch of things right, too. » 5/19/14 4:58pm 5/19/14 4:58pm

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Kotaku Review

Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for one particular flaw. Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for one particular flaw. Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for… » 5/05/14 11:52am 5/05/14 11:52am

The Lego Movie Videogame: The Kotaku Review

Is the Lego Movie Videogame for you? It probably is if you can bring yourself to enjoy the following politically-controversial, looping video: » 2/20/14 5:48pm 2/20/14 5:48pm

Meet The New Sonic and His Next Game

Sonic's celebrating more than 20 years as a video game icon. So it makes sense that Sega's giving their furry blue mascot a bit of a facelift—nothing drastic, mind you—along with a new game and TV show in the hopes of keeping the hedgehog moving at top speed. » 2/06/14 4:30pm 2/06/14 4:30pm

Nintendo Is Slowly Reinventing The Video Game Instruction Manual

Like the daily newspaper, the printed phone bill and personal checks, the video game instruction manual is facing extinction in our increasingly paperless world. Hold off on mourning, though. Nintendo has spent the last year or so quietly implementing a digital revival that's been a joy to behold. » 2/05/14 1:28pm 2/05/14 1:28pm

​How Nintendo Plans on Tackling Its Toughest Year

Nintendo's Toughest Year Ever Starts Pretty Much Now

Nintendo thought they were going to sell nine million Wii Us this past year. Last night, they acknowledged that they'll probably sell fewer than three million. Is it time for someone to panic? » 1/17/14 4:26pm 1/17/14 4:26pm

Nothing Stings Quite Like Getting The Wrong Console For Christmas