Digital Distribution Could Learn from Nintendo’s Disk Writer Kiosk

A few weeks ago, I saw the Retro Game Master movie, half of which took place in 1986 Japan. In the film, the characters are often seen visiting a game store—a store complete with one of the coolest things Nintendo ever created, the Nintendo Disk Writer Kiosk. » 3/14/14 4:30am 3/14/14 4:30am

When Every Nintendo Game Looked The Same (And Was Better For It)

Outside of budget lines, video game box and disc art these days is a unique and varied art. No two games' presentation looks the same. But for a short time, right back at the beginning of their days in the home console market, Nintendo bucked this trend. And it's a shame they never stuck with it. » 3/04/14 11:30pm 3/04/14 11:30pm

A Brief History of Chinese Game Consoles

China and video games have a long and ridiculous history, but in the age of the internet, it's a story that's yet to be completely put together. And so, here at Kotaku, we will try to make sense of the history of consoles in China. Stay awhile, and read? » 2/05/14 6:00am 2/05/14 6:00am

Report: Nintendo Didn't Make the Famicom Red Because It Was Cheap

Ever wonder why the Famicom (née Family Computer) was red, gold and white? It was glorious color scheme, but the story goes that cheap plastics were responsible for the console's iconic hue. That story, says one of the console's main designers, is wrong. » 5/01/13 6:00am 5/01/13 6:00am

The Presidential Election Video Game, Made in Japan

As Americans prepare to head to the polls, it's worth noting that one of the most important events on the planet is barely represented in the world of video games. Sure, you get the odd social or joke game released every four years to cash in on the hype surrounding a Presidential election, but on the whole, politics… » 11/05/12 10:00pm 11/05/12 10:00pm

Why Japan Should Thank Nintendo. And Why It Shouldn't.

Spend any time on Japanese websites, blogs, and forums, and you'll eventually see it: ありがとう任天堂. It means "Arigato Nintendo" or "Thank you Nintendo".


"Arigato Nintendo" is a meme in Japan. It first appeared on popular Japanese game site Sinobi in 2009 in a piece that detailed the staggering first day sales of New Super… » 10/24/12 7:30am 10/24/12 7:30am