Hackers Explain Why They Supposedly Took Down PSN and Xbox Live

On Christmas day, many gamers around the world found that they couldn't play many of their favorite games anymore. The reason? The online services powering these games, such as PSN and Xbox Live, were down—and a group of alleged hackers claimed responsibility for it. » 12/26/14 7:30pm Today 7:30pm

What Are Your Favorite Made-Up Smash Bros. Mini-Games?

The advent of "Smashketball" showed that some of the best parts of this new Smash generation are the ones players create for themselves. Nintendo doesn't make it easy to share custom stages or rulesets with one another, so the best way to share stuff is by talking online. What are the best made-up games you've seen? » 12/26/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Some might argue that everything that passes for "paranormal" is a hoax. (There's no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud's a fraud ... as the 10 cases below will attest. » 12/26/14 2:06pm Today 2:06pm

The First Kirby Game I Really Care About In Years​

Despite his iconic presence as one of Nintendo's foremost disgustingly cute characters, Kirby hasn't had a good, solid game of his own in a while. And while Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is taking a quirky route to stardom, this new trailer for the Japanese version of the game makes me think that's a good thing. » 12/26/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Day After Christmas Outage, Xbox Live Back, PSN Down For Maintenance 

Xbox Live is working across the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms this morning, a day after the service was down for many. But the PlayStation Network was down for "maintenance" on the PlayStation 4, according to a system message. » 12/26/14 10:23am Today 10:23am

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, Kotaku readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, it's a great last minute buy for the holidays. » 12/23/14 10:18am Tuesday 10:18am

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm