In 2016, Kotaku readers liked reading about Pokémon. And... Pokémon. And Pokémon. As is annual tradition, here were our most popular 100 stories of 2016, sorted not by quality but by traffic (on Google Analytics), brought to you by our wonderful data team.
Fun fact: Fifty—50!—of these articles cover Pokémon in some way. Three are major scoops (PS4 Neo, No Man’s Sky delay, Assassin’s Creed skipping 2016). Two are reviews (Final Fantasy XV, No Man’s Sky). And eight are our regularly updated “Best” games for each platform (PS4, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, Xbox One, PC).
Welp. Everyone knew this would happen, right? Pokémon Go makes use of your camera, and you can take a picture of whatever you’d like while playing, after all. (NSFW content ahead!)
You’re heading to the store to get a PS4 right now, and need to know which games to get. (Keep your eyes on the road, please!) Or you’re home, all set up, realizing you want more stuff to play. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, applying your facepaint and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Sony’s console. We’re here to help.
Pokémon Go is supposed to have the original cast of the first Pokémon games: this means, at minimum, a roster of 151 creatures. But so far, there’s no way of collecting the full set.
PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. Complex strategy simulations? Totally. The shiniest, prettiest versions of big-budget console games? They get a lot of those, too.
Angel-winged Mercy having sex with the devilish Reaper. Spunky mech pilot D.Va pleasuring herself in front of a webcam. Blindingly speedy Tracer caught in Widowmaker’s web. Overwatch porn has been all over the Internet for months, though the game’s creators at Blizzard don’t seem to eye it too favorably.
Ah, the Nintendo 3DS. The days when we weren’t sure about Nintendo’s handheld are long since behind us. Four years after the original 3DS launched, there’s a new version with better 3D, improved controls, and of course, a wealth of excellent games to play.
Last week, Niantic’s John Hanke warned Pokémon Go players that popular tracking websites may no longer work in the future. It seems that moment has now arrived.
The most wanted feature in Pokémon Go is back, at least for some users.
For the past several days I’ve literally been running an experiment with Pokémon Go, trying to hatch eggs while running through Brooklyn and Manhattan. I ran enough that I should have hatched the 10km egg I was incubating in the game, but I did not. For nearly 20km, its shell remained intact.
You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you.