Old Nintendo Manual Says Wario Is Mario's Childhood Friend, Which Is BS

Console Wars author Blake Harris gave the internet another peek at the treasure trove of an historic Nintendo character guide recently. The main revelation this time is that the company insisted Wario "is not Mario's evil twin," but rather his "childhood friend." Wait a second. What?!?! » 12/31/14 6:00pm 12/31/14 6:00pm

How Sonic Helped Sega Win the Early 90s Console Wars

In the early 1990s, Sega had a 6% market share in the US whilst Nintendo had 94% – but by the middle of the decade, the Mega Drive had become one of gaming's great success stories, with 65% market share. How did it happen? » 10/31/14 6:40am 10/31/14 6:40am

The Most Popular Current-Gen Game Console, According To Facebook

While sales numbers are the tried and true method of calculating the most successful video game console in a generation, on Facebook everything's a popularity contest, and the most popular console in the U.S. is the Xbox One. » 6/21/14 5:11pm 6/21/14 5:11pm

Former Console Enemies Now Console BFFs

On the left: Xbox boss Phil Spencer. On the right: former PlayStation boss Jack Tretton. Such a lovely photo. E3: where console war turns into console peace. » 6/09/14 1:08am 6/09/14 1:08am

Console Wars: The Kotaku Book Review

Nintendo didn't just dominate the American video game industry in the late '80s. It was the video game industry. As the 1990s began, Nintendo held a stranglehold on 80 percent of the market, a statistic made all the more impressive when you realize that the other 20 percent was split among three different competitors.… » 5/14/14 12:15pm 5/14/14 12:15pm

How Sega Planned To Crush Nintendo, 24 Years Ago

Blake J. Harris' book Console Wars, out tomorrow, takes readers behind enemy lines to meet the men and women who created the exciting and exceptionally bitter rivalry between Sega and Nintendo. Below is an excerpt from the book, which details a pivotal meeting that took place in the fall of 1990 between Sega's board… » 5/12/14 11:00am 5/12/14 11:00am

Link(s) To The Past: Nintendo In Deep Trouble, Microsoft On Top

What was happening in the world of video game news this week one year ago? Well, Nintendo's Wii U was off to a portentously slow start, the console wars looked markedly different, and the likes of Thief and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified aired their dirty developmental laundry. » 4/30/14 8:40pm 4/30/14 8:40pm

Sony Takes Another Shot At Xbox Policies

It's been a while since we've seen any mud-slinging in World Console War V, but Sony took another shot tonight, going after Microsoft's controversial console parity policy. » 3/12/14 8:02pm 3/12/14 8:02pm

What We'll Tell Our Kids About The Console Wars

Nobody walks around telling nostalgic tales about the console wars—and thank god for that, because most "war stories" about console wars would be awful. » 3/05/14 3:30pm 3/05/14 3:30pm

Sony announced this morning in an official release that they've sold more than 5.3 million PS4 units worldwide as of February 8, 2014. That's quite impressive if you consider it's still not out yet in Japan for four days and only three months have passed since it's November launch. » 2/18/14 5:00am 2/18/14 5:00am

​Kids Talking About Which Game Console Is the Best Is Hilarious

The Console Wars Aren't Just Real, They're Personal

The Console Wars™ can often seem pretty dumb when you're looking at them from within the sane circle of your home outward onto the dregs of Internet forums. What should be intelligent discussions turn into nasty rivalries and insult-throwing with fans vehemently and blindly defending big corporations. It's all pretty… » 1/14/14 5:14pm 1/14/14 5:14pm

It's Hard to Make a Game When Nintendo Doesn't Use Xbox Live, Says Dev

An unidentified developer of a third-party game that launched with the Wii U—and man, that shouldn't be too hard to narrow down—has written for Eurogamer a thorough post-mortem of his studio's experience developing for the console. It touches familiar themes of the console's struggles, but in a more detailed,… » 1/12/14 2:00pm 1/12/14 2:00pm

TIME Looks at the History of Consoles—Including the 5th-Gen 'S--tshow'

The launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year rounds out the eighth console generation, as good a time as any to look back on the seven preceding it, in this three part video series by TIME. Some familiar faces offer their insights on the overcrowded "shitshow" that was the fifth console generation. » 12/30/13 7:00pm 12/30/13 7:00pm

Microsoft Sells Two Million Xbox Ones, Which Is Good News For Everyone

Microsoft announced this morning that they've sold two million shiny new Xbox Ones, and if your immediate reaction, dear Kotaku reader, is to say something about the PS4, please stop. » 12/11/13 10:31am 12/11/13 10:31am

Idea: Let Cats Decide A Winner In The Console Wars

Reader Gareth decided to settle the console wars the only way he knew how: by getting his cat to decide. Gareth, your Nobel Peace Prize is in the mail. » 12/08/13 8:00pm 12/08/13 8:00pm

Microsoft Trumps Sony's PS4 Apartment With An Xbox One Hotel

Sure, you could stay at a normal hotel while you're in France. Or...you could stay at the Xbox One hotel—because that's a thing now. » 11/07/13 8:29pm 11/07/13 8:29pm

Obama Compares Health Insurance To Buying A PlayStation

Earlier this month, president Barack Obama mentioned Microsoft's Xbox as a way to frame the government shutdown. Today, it's PlayStation's turn: this time, Obama's comparing health insurance to Black Friday sales. » 10/21/13 12:00pm 10/21/13 12:00pm

Though Albert Penello, Microsoft's director of product planning, did say you could run a PlayStation 4's video out feed through an Xbox 360, it's not optimal when it comes to actually playing PS4 games with the 360 as a pass-through. "HDMI latency is fine for video feeds, but not great interactive," he said on NeoGAF. » 9/22/13 7:00pm 9/22/13 7:00pm