Time to Overdose on Awesome Plastic

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Bandai's annual Tamashii Nations figure event steamrolls Tokyo. Do you like collectable, plastic friends? Then this might be the event for you. » 10/26/12 4:30am 10/26/12 4:30am

Level-5's American Office Looks Shady

From the outside, that is. It looks like a bail bonds office or a place you could cash check or maybe even pawn a wedding ring. Inside, well, that's a different story. » 7/27/11 7:30am 7/27/11 7:30am

Professor Layton's Puzzles Paid For This Stadium

Well, it's name. Fans of professional American sports will be used to seeing stadiums named after companies. Insurance companies, banking companies, telecommunications companies. It's a shame, then, that unlike in Japan, none of them are named after video game developers. » 1/24/11 7:00am 1/24/11 7:00am

Making Video Games Is A Harsh Mistress

Five years ago, Akihiro Hino was coming off designing, writing, producing and directing two role-playing games, Rogue Galaxy and Jeanne d'Arc. He was young, ruddy and full of life. Then, the unthinkable happened. His games started taking over the entire country. » 1/21/11 3:00am 1/21/11 3:00am

The Surprising Ways Japanese Games Are Changed For Americans

There's an old translator's joke that goes something like this: If you literally translated what is said when a Japanese businessman calls another, you'd get two people constantly apologizing. Not exactly fall over funny, but it's true. » 11/03/10 2:30pm 11/03/10 2:30pm

At Least One Japanese Game Developer Is Doing Great

Level-5, the Fukuoka-based developer behind Professor Layton and White Knight Chronicles, is loving the Japanese game industry. Why? Because it has made the company lots of money and funded some swanky corporate digs. » 9/28/10 9:00am 9/28/10 9:00am

Check Out PSP-Bound White Knight Chronicles

The latest entry in PS3 exclusive series White Knight Chronicles won't be coming to Sony's home console. It will arrive on its PSP. And as previously mentioned, it's a prequel. » 9/01/10 1:00am 9/01/10 1:00am

The PSP Lives On In Japan With More Monster Hunter, White Knight…

The PSP, healthier as a platform in Japan than anywhere else, is still the portable of choice for many in its native land. The new issue of Famitsu magazine unveils new details on two of the PSP's big forthcoming games. » 8/31/10 9:00pm 8/31/10 9:00pm

Will White Knight Chronicles 2 Turn Things Around?

This brand new look at the sequel to Level 5's so-so Japanese role-playing game certainly looks to ramp up the excitement, the big bad guys and the JRPG cliches. But White Knight Chronicles 2 will do it in style. » 5/13/10 8:30pm 5/13/10 8:30pm

Is Professor Layton Developer Working On A Nintendo 3DS Game?

Level-5, the Fukuoka-based developer behind the Professor Layton puzzle series, is working on a new game. A new game for hardware it hasn't yet seen. Hrm. » 4/14/10 7:00am 4/14/10 7:00am

Sony Issues Free Weekly Quests To White Knight Chronicles

Players who tore through the content of Sony's epic PlayStation 3 role-playing game White Knight Chronicles should be extremely pleased with the news that Sony is delivering weekly free downloadable quests through the end of June. » 3/09/10 6:30pm 3/09/10 6:30pm

Dragon Quest, White Knight Chronicles Devs Level-5 Have More PS3, Wii…

Level-5, superdevelopers of Professor Layton, White Knight Chronicles, Dark Cloud and recent Dragon Quest games, already have plenty on their plate. But CEO Akihiro Hino says the Japanese role-playing game experts have unannounced PlayStation 3 and Wii on the way. » 2/09/10 9:00pm 2/09/10 9:00pm

White Knight Chronicles Review: Workin' On Our Knight Moves

White Knight Chronicles: International Edition presents the classic coming-of-age tale of a teenager learning what it truly means to be a thirty foot-tall killer robot. » 2/08/10 9:00pm 2/08/10 9:00pm

It's White Knight Chronicles, Only This Time In English

Level 5's White Knight Chronicles, a previously Japan-only title, is to be released in the US early next year. Want to see what it looks like in English? » 12/24/09 11:30am 12/24/09 11:30am

Notebook Dump: My Favorite Thing In Tokyo, Secrets Of Hollywood, And…

There comes a time in the week to reflect on what got into my reporter's notebook but didn't turn into Kotaku blog posts. Shall we? » 10/02/09 6:00pm 10/02/09 6:00pm

: At TGS I covered a panel featuring top executives at Japanese gaming companies. I filed a story right as the event ended, focusing on Square-Enix chief Yoichi Wada's comments…

40 Hours? 100 Hours? How A Game Developer Determines RPG Duration

One of the creators of White Knight Chronicles, the upcoming PlayStation 3 role-playing game, just wanted to know how long their game was. "So, that was the point of the question," Yoshiaki Kusuda said through a translator, laughing. Not really. » 10/01/09 4:00pm 10/01/09 4:00pm