In Defense of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping 'Up' meant 'Jump.' This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping 'Up' meant 'Sidestep' (pressing 'Up' still meant 'Jump'),… » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm

Good news and bad news, Skullgirls fans: the 2D fighting game's third DLC character, the Egyptian-inspired sorta-blood-mage Eliza, is out now on PC and PS3, free for the next three months. The game's Vita and PS4 versions, however, have been postponed to early 2015. Look above for a taste of Eliza's fighting style. » 10/01/14 5:30am 10/01/14 5:30am

Coming Soon To Steam... A Baseball Fighting Game

Yes, you read that right. Baseball fighting game. Two combatants, two bats, one deadly, deadly ball. Oh, and some of the characters are skateboarding robots. » 8/13/14 8:00pm 8/13/14 8:00pm

Batgirl Sweeps The Evo Injustice Grand Finals

Sonic Fox Vs. Pig of the Hut, General Zod Vs. Batgirl — who won? The viewing public. Also, Batgirl. Update: Now with smooth video of the entire finals. » 7/12/14 7:02pm 7/12/14 7:02pm

The Thrill of Fighting Games

Like many others, I have great memories of spending afternoons and quarters in the arcade. Back home, the arcade was this pretty dark room attached to the bowling alley. Far from spectacular, but it was special in its own way. There were a lot of games my friends and I would play, but one in particular we kept coming… » 3/28/14 9:39am 3/28/14 9:39am

Place Bets On Computers Playing Fighting Games Against Each Other

Salty Bet started out as a fun way to bet on live competitive fighting game events, but to keep the addictive betting site running 24/7, A.I. has recently taken over the fights. Humans, we're told, are still the ones placing the bets. » 8/15/13 11:30am 8/15/13 11:30am

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: The Kotaku Review

After nearly a decade of playing Naruto video games, that annoying little jerk of a ninja unleashes his most powerful move yet — making me cry. God I hate him. » 3/13/13 8:30am 3/13/13 8:30am

Why the Sequel to Rival Schools is my Favorite Fighting Game Ever

Growing up, I had two game systems: a barely working Atari 2600 (which lived largely forgotten in our guestroom closet) and an original NES. These lasted me until 1997 when I saved up and bought a Super Nintendo—over a year after the release of both the original PlayStation and Nintendo 64. » 2/08/13 6:00am 2/08/13 6:00am

Dead or Alive 5: The Kotaku Review [Update]

The Dead or Alive series has always felt like it was my fighting franchise. From the moment I first button-mashed my way to my first counter in the 1997 Sega Saturn import, I knew that I had found the fighter for me. I was entranced by the flow of battles, the block and counter, the wondrous fluidity. Update:… » 9/25/12 12:15pm 9/25/12 12:15pm

Fighting Game Revisions Have Made Him Neurotic

In today's episode of Speak Up on TAYtaku, because folks are spending more time there than in Speak Up, commenter MrGilder explains how the fear of new versions of new fighting games has him frozen in fear. » 8/03/12 5:30pm 8/03/12 5:30pm

His First Fighting Game Tournament Ended in Frak

Only a relatively small fraction of fighting game fans have the courage to put their skills to the test in tournament play. In today's Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter d0m shares his first frustrating experience. » 7/30/12 5:30pm 7/30/12 5:30pm

This A-Grade Fighter is Too Good to be Released Outside Japan

When people think of Japanese fighting games, they think of Street Fighter » 6/19/12 6:00am 6/19/12 6:00am, , and . But would it surprise you to know that one of Japan's most popular fighting game series hasn't made it out of Japan since the GameCube era?

Skullgirls Isn't Just a 2D Fighter, It has a Story, Too

Skullgirls, Revenge Labs downloadable game coming sometime soon ("early 2012" is the latest word) on PSN and Xbox Live, is a 2D fighter with a heavy multiplayer component. That doesn't mean it doesn't have a story explaining who its characters are, how they acquired their skills and powers, and just what the heck… » 2/05/12 1:00pm 2/05/12 1:00pm

How Tales of Symphonia Created a Rabid Fighting Game Fan

Has one genre ever made you change your opinion of another? Commenter File2ish explains how Namco's Tales of Symphonia made him a fighting game fan in today's Speak Up on Kotaku. » 1/25/12 11:00am 1/25/12 11:00am

Phantom Breaker Brings a New Flavor of 3D Fighting to North America

A new contender steps into the 2D fighting ring when 7sixty brings Japanese developer 5pb. Games' brawler Phantom Breaker to the North American Xbox 360 this spring. » 1/05/12 4:30pm 1/05/12 4:30pm

Take a Trip to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom's Weird 'Reverse World'

This glitch, found in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, has apparently been known or observed before; now there's a tutorial for how to enter the game's "Reverse World," in which all combatants are silhouetted and all inputs are reversed. » 12/04/11 1:00pm 12/04/11 1:00pm

Now Feast Your Eyes on the First Trailer for the Persona 4 Fighting Game

You've drooled over the gorgeous screenshots, now take a look at the first official trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, the welcome marriage of Atlus' role-playing with Arc System Works fighting know-how. » 9/08/11 2:40pm 9/08/11 2:40pm

UFC 3's Cover Goes Up for a Vote

Five fighters are contenders for the cover of UFC Undisputed 3's cover when the game releases in January. Fans will vote on the honor, selecting from a pool of Georges St. Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Frankie Edgar. » 8/26/11 6:00pm 8/26/11 6:00pm

Virtua Fighter 5 Returns Next Summer as the Final Showdown

Sega wants in on the Street Fighter IV-led fighting game resurgence. Their entrant? A new version of 2006's Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, scheduled for a downloadable release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next summer. » 8/23/11 9:47am 8/23/11 9:47am