The Most Unappreciated Platformers of the '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the '90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those… » 2/25/15 11:00am 2/25/15 11:00am

It Looks Like Katy Perry Wore A Wiimote Strap To The Super Bowl

Behold: singer Katy Perry, the only person on earth who actually listens to Nintendo when they tell you to wear the Wiimote strap. » 2/01/15 8:28pm 2/01/15 8:28pm

Wii Games Will Finally Be Downloadable On Wii U

It's been possible to play Wii games on your Wii U since forever, but Nintendo's finally making Wii games downloadable through the eShop. This new feature kicks off with one of the company's best platformers, Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's available today. » 1/14/15 9:14am 1/14/15 9:14am

Rock Band 3 Is Getting Its First DLC In Almost Two Years

Huh, so this is pretty cool. After 21 months of silence, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band 3 are getting some new songs, developer Harmonix announced today. It might seem strange for a game released in 2010 to get new content so late in the game. But then again: it's not like people have stopped making music! » 1/12/15 2:10pm 1/12/15 2:10pm

Modders Are Trying To Add Online Multiplayer To A Bunch Of Wii Games

The two brothers who hacked Mario Kart 8 are at it again, this time setting their sights on the original Wii console. The goal is to add online multiplayer to a number of Wii games. You can never get enough of that when it comes to Nintendo games! » 12/30/14 2:30pm 12/30/14 2:30pm

You Can Buy a $250 Drum Controller for Wii U, If You Like

If you really, really like Japanese drumming game Taiko no Tatsujin and are planning on getting the upcoming Wii/Wii U game Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori!, then perhaps this drummer controller might be of interest? » 11/11/14 7:40am 11/11/14 7:40am

Let's Rank Fatal Frame, Best to Worst

The Fatal Frame series is one of the creepiest survival-horror game series out there and certainly my personal favorite of the genre. But as with all series, some games are better than others. So let's rank them, shall we? » 10/24/14 4:30am 10/24/14 4:30am

Pokémon Battles Are Way Better With A Little Dragon Ball Z

We've seen what happens when Pokémon battles get ugly. What about when they get really intense, what happens then? A Smash Bros. mod can answer that question. » 10/20/14 1:30pm 10/20/14 1:30pm

The Dead Rogue Squadron Game Looked Great

Bummed out you never got a Rogue Squadron game on the Wii? Maybe you'll be less bummed out to know that this newly-released footage of the project makes it look fun. Or maybe that'll just make you more upset. Whatever. » 10/13/14 9:00pm 10/13/14 9:00pm

Skylanders: Trap Team: The Kotaku Review

It's that time of year again. Time to set aside last year's toys in favor of a shiny new batch of Skylanders: Trap Team figures. Seriously, set the older toys aside - you won't be needing them for a while. » 10/05/14 11:00am 10/05/14 11:00am

Super Smash Bros. Match Reaches Dragon Ball Z-Level Insanity

Sudden death is always tense in Super Smash Bros. Everybody starts out with 300% damage. Anything can happen. The slightest touch can send someone spinning into outer space. Or, a battle can drag on against the most insane odds to become a nail-biter to end all nail-biters. » 8/25/14 4:00pm 8/25/14 4:00pm

Hyrule Warriors won't be the only Wii U game where Demon Lord Ghirahim will make an appearance. Masahiro Sakurai revealed Skyward Sword's antagonist as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Skull Kid, Midna and now Ghirahim... that's a lot of assist trophies from Zelda games. » 8/21/14 9:00am 8/21/14 9:00am

Nintendo Fans Don’t Buy Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Says

Ubisoft has been more supportive of Nintendo's Wii U than most of its peers, but the company has also remained wary of the console's weak commercial performance. In a recent interview, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sounded more doubtful than ever about the prospects of selling his hit Assassin's Creed games on the Wii U. » 8/19/14 11:00am 8/19/14 11:00am

The Men Who Hacked Mario Kart 8

"I don't want to go to bed at night thinking I've ruined thousands of people's fun," one of the two men who's cracked open the code for the Wii U's biggest game told me this week. I was confused. » 8/15/14 10:00am 8/15/14 10:00am

Always Fear The Falcon Punch In Smash Bros.

Last weekend, a tournament called Zenith was held at the NYU Game Center. Top Smash Bros. players participated in the tourney, and while it's all worth watching, one particular moment made the crowd go wild. It's all thanks to a well-timed Captain Falcon punch. » 8/04/14 4:30pm 8/04/14 4:30pm

One Of The Last Wii Games Comes With A Free Wii U Upgrade

One of only two games left to be released on Nintendo's last-gen console, Skylanders: Trap Team for the Wii is hedging its bets, including a download code for the Wii U version of the game in every box. » 7/27/14 12:30pm 7/27/14 12:30pm

The Skylanders Dark Edition Isn't A GameStop Exclusive This Year

Last year I gave Activision flack for making its special Dark Edition version of Skylanders: Swap Force a GameStop exclusive. The $99 Skylanders: Trap Team Dark Edition carries no such constraints, so if your children don't get one it's merely because you're some kind of monster. » 7/21/14 9:07am 7/21/14 9:07am

Look How Much Smash Bros. Has Changed Over Nine Years

The first Smash Bros. came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. The latest Smash Bros. came out for the Wii in 2008. So of course, the differences in looks are rather dramatic. » 7/08/14 5:40am 7/08/14 5:40am