Splatoon: The Kotaku Review

Every year, some new game claims to have revolutionised the art of shooting people in the face. Most of the time, it doesn’t feel true. With Splatoon, it does.


Corrupted Donkey Kong Country Is Basically A Horror Game

It turns out this Rare platformer is hiding some dark secrets. ROM corruption is one of the more interesting ways players mess with games after release. At its most basic level, ROM corruption involves messing with game data using various tools. It can be useful to uncover how games work, and also result in games breaking in amazing ways.


Truck Full Of Amiibo, Nintendo Games Stolen

A ton of Nintendo fans in the UK have been left without the games they pre-ordered after a truck full of copies of Splatoon (and related Splatoon Amiibo) was stolen.


The Times Mario Wasn't A Nintendo Exclusive

When you think of Mario, you think of Nintendo. The two are linked so firmly in your mind it’s almost impossible to think that the beloved character’s games ever showed up on other systems. But it has happened — and more than once.


Nobody Is As Good As Nintendo At Making Cute Games

Nintendo’s greatest skill will always be game design. Whatever else you might think about Nintendo games, their design is often exquisite, relying on elegant visual and gameplay cues and your natural curiosity to guide you rather than tutorial prompts and objective markers.


Luigi Destroys Smash Bros. Wii U By Doing Absolutely Nothing

The year of Luigi never ends. We’ve seen Luigi wreck everyone in Mario Party by doing nothing. He’s reigned supreme over the AI in Melee by doing nothing too. And now Omega Tyrant has managed to get Luigi to win against every level 9 character in Smash Bros. for Wii U without doing a single thing as well. Amazing.


The Dream Nintendo Game That Was Never Released

Shigesato Itoi (Mother), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Zelda) and Tsunekazu Ishihara (Pokemon), all working on the same game? We should have known it would be too good to be true.


An Etsy Shop For Crystal Poké Balls

If you know where to look, you can buy anything on Etsy. And, yes, “anything” apparently sometimes includes Poke Balls made of crystal with pokemon laser-carved into them.


How Nintendo Makes Its Games Appear Cheaper In Japan

It looks like Nintendo is doing funny stuff on its official website with price listings to make its games look cheaper.


Game Boy XXL Is A Handheld For Giants

Earlier this year, reader Ilhan Ünal got started building his own Game Boy, which he only recently completed. It’s… a little bigger than Nintendo’s original version.