Xbox 360 Mania

It was a week full of Xbox 360 news this time around for Kotaku Originals. The eldest of the “next gen” consoles got a price drop, a rise in sales, a bundle, a tiny system update and an HDMI output. Our little boy is growing up! Xbox 360 Core Models…

So What’s Halo 3 Epsilon?

So What’s Halo 3 Epsilon?

Buncha Microsoft and Bungie types have been spotted playing something called Halo 3 Epsilon. Cue the internets abuzz with rampant speculation as to what it could mean. What it could be. Well…maybe not so much speculation, as the grim sense of envy that comes from knowing these men are playing…

Miyamoto Hints At Early Japanese Release For Mario Galaxy

Miyamoto Hints At Early Japanese Release For Mario Galaxy

We know Mario Galaxy is due for release on November 12 in the US. But what about everywhere else? What about Japan, when will they see it? What about Europe, will they get it at all? From the latest Famitsu, here’s what Miyamoto had to say regarding the game’s Japanese…

Gizmondo Exec’s Ferrari Crash Resurrected In Bizarre Twist

Gizmondo Exec’s Ferrari Crash Resurrected In Bizarre Twist

While the Gizmondo handheld device was almost immediately forgettable, the storied lives of its executives, especially notorious “Uppsula mafioso” Stefan Eriksson, have stayed with us much longer than the failed device. Today, the bizarre yarn of Eriksson’s Ferrari Enzo crash in Malibu adds another thread. The mysterious “Dietrich”, an otherwise…

Beautiful Katamari’s 360 Opening

GameTrailer just posted up the new trailer for Beautiful Katamari for the Xbox 360 and, according to the site, the PS3. Not that again. I’m glad to see that the game remains bizarre and mildly disturbing.

New Mass Effect Character Creation Video, Hottttttt

We know, it’s Friday night and you had plans. Well they can wait—at least fifteen minutes while you watch this 1UP preview of Mass Effect. There’s a lot of new stuff here that will give you a better feeling for combat, character creation, and the universe of Mass Effect. We’d…

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Yesterday and today saw this Kotaku associate editor playing a trio of this fall’s bigger hits, including the one I’m able to chat about, Activision’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat. This weekend I think I’ll be sticking to older fare, as my recent purchase of Beyond Oasis for the…

83% Of Xbox 360 Games Aren’t FPSs

83% Of Xbox 360 Games Aren’t FPSs

Or, put in different numbers, only 17% of Xbox 360 games are FPSs. Annoyed by rantings of too many FPS titles (which I, myself, have been guilty of), FPS Source counted up 137 released Xbox 360 games and found that not even a quarter of titles are FPSs. The two…

Irrational Sheds Unique Identity

Irrational Sheds Unique Identity

Take-Two today announces the name change of highly recognisable and respected studio Irrational Games, rechristening the Boston and Canberra offices as 2K Boston and 2K Australia respectively. Why the hell take such a prominent name in the gaming industry and change it into a faceless clone? “Irrational Games is widely…

Sony Refunds UK PSN Users

Sony Refunds UK PSN Users

PS3 owners in the UK who bought Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer and MediEvil from the PlayStation Store found their purchases ruined by shoddy emulation. Earlier this week, the two titles as well as Crash Bandicoot 2 were removed from the store, and now Sony has informed customers via email…

Age of Conan Pushed To 2008

Age of Conan Pushed To 2008

If anyone in Denver today witnesses a pirate with long, flowing hair rampaging through downtown wearing a loincloth and wielding a 2-handed sword, this would be the reason. Funcom announced today that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has slipped from the originally slated October release to March 25th of next…

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Preview Rolling Onto Wiis

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Preview Rolling Onto Wiis

Heads up! Head over to the Wii Ware section on the Shopping Channel and download a totally free Metroid Prime 3: Corruption preview. After downloading, it becomes its own Wii Menu channel. It’s not a demo, but has trailers and other vids from the game. This kicks off a “Month…

The Japanese Hardware Chart

The Japanese Hardware Chart

OK, no messing around now. It’s official. The Wii and Japan have broken up. It’s finished. Over the past month sales have gone from 109,854 a week to 61,498. Sure, most other consoles have seen a slight dip over the same time (except the PS3), but that’s a biiiiig drop-off….

Global Haruhi Nerds Dancing

Global Haruhi Nerds Dancing

So, we’ve posted the crap out of the Haruhi Suzumiya dance. For that, forgiveness please. But, one last time, humour me. Here’s a clip of folks around the world doing the dance from the anime and upcoming video game. Keep an eye for the two French fellas, the Portuguese schoolboy…

Metroid Retrospective Part 3

Here then, both for the sake of consistency and for the fact it’s the last one, the third Metroid retrospective from Gametrailers. Covers the GameCube era, enjoy.

MMO Fury Not So Free

MMO Fury Not So Free

Hrm. We’d all been working under the assumption that Auran’s upcoming MMO brawler Fury would be free to play. Mainly because, well, they told us it’d be free to play. And it still is, but today they’ve announced that there’ll also be a USD$10 a month subscription “option”, which grants…

The Wii. What About The PS3?

The Wii. What About The PS3?

Earlier this summer, we posted that the Sofmap in Akihabara had moved Nintendo goods to the first floor and Sony products up to the third floor. For over ten years, the PlayStation brand had dominated the store’s ground floor, an area that obviously draws the most foot traffic. This isn’t…

Mr. Robot Discussion Number Two

Mr. Robot Discussion Number Two

OK, time to kick off discussion number two for Mr. Robot. Hit up the link below to join in the campfire. Remember this time around we are discussing the game up to the end of the cryo room. MTV’s Stephen Totilo was kind enough to drop by to help in…

The Low Expectations Halo 3 Missile Pack

The Low Expectations Halo 3 Missile Pack

We’re not sure why you’d need the Halo 3 Missile Pack, but we’re getting pretty darn close to sure that we’re dizzy from all the Halo 3-related crap one is now able to buy. The spec sheet is mighty light, but based on the photo of this Gamestop exclusive(!), it…

Xbox 360 Core Models Being Phased Out?

Xbox 360 Core Models Being Phased Out?

During our many, many phone calls to Best Buy locations throughout the United States yesterday, we noticed a common thread. Not one store was carrying the Xbox 360 Core Pack. A surprising number of department heads also volunteered the following information, “And it doesn’t look like we’re getting any more…

Amazon Prices Xbox 360 “Premium” at $US329

Amazon Prices Xbox 360 “Premium” at $US329

OK, now we’re confused. Amazon’s US site has reduced the Xbox 360 Premium down to $US329. It’s a bit odd since Amazon sells consoles for retail, and Microsoft just dropped the price to $350. Is it possible Amazon is clearing out old stock of non-HDMI 360’s? I believe so, especially…

Launches Are Letdowns, Even Bioshock

Launches Are Letdowns, Even Bioshock

Producing AAA games is not a gruelling marathon, it’s a multi-year Ironman tournament. And at the end, the “winners” often feel less like partying than puking up a bit of blood and lying down to take a nap. That’s why Bioshock’s Ken Levine has this to say about releases: …launches…

Best Buy Crushes Dreams/Refunds $60 Rock Band Pre-Orders

Best Buy Crushes Dreams/Refunds $60 Rock Band Pre-Orders

We actually didn’t cover the original story, knowing it would just get our readers’ hopes up for nothing, but Best Buy had posted the Rock Band Bundle for $US60—you know, that same one going for $US200 other places on the Internet. To those who placed preorders before Best Buy quickly…

Halo 3 Fastest Pre-Order Ever

Halo 3 Fastest Pre-Order Ever

Yesterday I was in GameStop picking up a copy of Boogie, when the question of reserving a game came up, as it always does. “What the hell, lemme put $5 down on Halo 3.” Today, Microsoft announces that preorders in North America for Halo 3 have exceeded the 1 million…

The Fabulous Gaming Sonic Popcorn Machine

The Fabulous Gaming Sonic Popcorn Machine

Here’s the set-up: Some dude visits Osaka. He finds a Sonic The Hedgehog popcorn machine at the Tennoji Zoo. He emails it to game site UK:RESISTANCE, noting, “if I send this information to you in an overly-detailed email, Kotaku will make a post about it next week.” We couldn’t wait…

Condemned Movie Not Dead Yet

Condemned Movie Not Dead Yet

Details are scant on the Condemned 2 movie tie-in The Unforgettable. The movie was first announced in Variety back in 2005. Scribe Kurt Sutter (pictured) was roped in to pen the move, and at the time he said, “I’m a big gamer, one who feels that, in the last five…