Microsoft: HDMI Coming To All Premium 360s

Microsoft: HDMI Coming To All Premium 360s

Microsoft has just confirmed that HDMI is now standard with the Premium version of the Xbox 360, now priced at $US350. The retooled Premium 360, sporting the fancy HDMI, will sport an HDMI logo on the outside of the box, a Microsoft rep told Kotaku. “Yes, we are offering an…

Free Copy Of Top Spin With 360

Free Copy Of Top Spin With 360

We’ve been calling around a number of stores today to try and get to the bottom of a bunch of rumours including that the Xbox 360 premium and core now have HDMI built-in, and while we haven’t gotten to the bottom of that rumour, yet, we have nailed down something…

Stroke Victims Find New Lease On Limbs With Wii Sports

Stroke Victims Find New Lease On Limbs With Wii Sports

A Minneapolis hospital has become the latest unwitting Nintendo viral marketer with its new rehabilitation plan. The Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital aims to aid patients who have suffered from strokes by giving them access to the popular Wii pack-in, Wii Sports, and a Wii-mote, putting…

EA Owns 25% Of Vote At Ubisoft

EA Owns 25% Of Vote At Ubisoft

For those keeping score at home, EA now owns over 15% of Ubisoft capital, but more importantly, over 25% of the vote in Ubisoft board affairs (though EA is claiming to have no interest in nominating board members). EA has actually not purchased any more shares in Ubisoft to reach…

Jaffe Confirms Three PS3 Exclusives

Jaffe Confirms Three PS3 Exclusives

David Jaffe’s new company Eat Sleep Play is confirmed to be working on the first of three PS3 exclusive titles alongside their Twisted Metal: Head On port. While details are yet to be released, Jaffe did say this: …the new game is medium to hardcore in terms of game play…

Everyday Shooter Live And Impressions

I first got a chance to play Everyday Shooter back when I was helping to judge for the 2007 Independent Games Festival. I found the game, find it, to be proof that a game doesn’t have to be deep to be deep. It is, on its surface, just another top-down…

Xbox Live appears to be down.

Xbox Live appears to be down. We’ve been getting a flood of messages from peopel saying they they are receiving a message saying that they need to update, but when they try to they’re told they “Can’t download the update” and to test their connection. Ever our own Fahey is…

Volition Force Forms Blazing Lizard

Volition Force Forms Blazing Lizard

Fresh off of the massive success of Saint’s Row, which overcame the label of GTA clone and several amusing bugs to become one of the best Xbox 360 games of 2006, former Volition developers Sandeep Shekar, Jiovanie Velazquez, and Christopher Stockman have joined forces to form Blazing Lizard, a new…

Haruhi Dance All Over Japan

Haruhi Dance All Over Japan

To hold you over until the PS2/PSP Haruhi Suzumiya games hit! Since enough time has passed to waste that freakzoid [email protected] clip out of my brain, I quite enjoyed this one of YouTuber Maggie M. doing the Haruhi Dance all over Tokyo, Kyoto and Nijo. She explains: How I recorded…

Hori Arcade Stick Coming Stateside

Hori Arcade Stick Coming Stateside

Not that the Wii’s necessarily short on peripherals, but if you could squeeze room for one more, this’d be it. Hori’s Fighting Stick. Previously available in Japan, Gamestop now have a listing for an American release on November 6. Price? USD$50. Which is not too bad considering the imported version…

What About Plug-And-Play Tetris?

What About Plug-And-Play Tetris?

Just look at those Tetris plug ‘n’ play controllers. Blue and pink! So great. Dubbed Minna no Tetris (a nod to Minna no Golf — AKA “Hot Shots Golf”), the game features 11 different modes. They include stuff like “Relaxation” (the blocks move slow) and “Easy” (giant blocks drop). Exciting!…

Ubisoft Puts Women In Their Place

Ubisoft Puts Women In Their Place

Now that loads of women are buying a DS, somebody needs to teach them things. Like their place. Enter Ubisoft with their Imagine series, aimed at instructing 6-14 year-old girls in the sacred, lost arts of womanhood. Things like cooking, fashion design and the making, and subsequent caring, for babies….

Wii Update Adds Primitive Keyboard Support

Wii Update Adds Primitive Keyboard Support

Last night’s Wii update added a bunch of new stuff.Some bad. And some unexplained, but still good. Sort of. Let me explain! Seems Nintendo have quietly added USB keyboard support for the Wii. I say quietly because first, it’s unannounced, and second, because so far we’ve found it only works…

Nintendo To Unleash Metroids On Virtual Console Soon?

Nintendo To Unleash Metroids On Virtual Console Soon?

With Metroid Prime 3: Corruption just a few short weeks away from release on the Wii, it looks like Nintendo is set to ramp up with hype with a pair of Virtual Console releases. Images for both Metroid for the NES and Super Metroid for the SNES have appeared on…

Wrath Of The Lich King Pre-Orders Spawn

Wrath Of The Lich King Pre-Orders Spawn

Kotaku reader Ian lets us know that Gamestop and EBgames have begun soliciting pre-orders for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. The specialty retailer has provided the date of November 3, 2008 and applied a price of $US39.99. However! The company is extremely candid—and, dare…

Heavenly Sword, The Animated Series

This clip was originally intended to be for PlayStation G.A.P. members only, but has thankfully found its way to the internet for us all to enjoy. This first in a series of animated looks at the story behind Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword, it features some striking, if somewhat familiar, looking…

New Wii Virtual Console Titles Rated By ESRB

New Wii Virtual Console Titles Rated By ESRB

A trio of rock solid Sega Genesis releases may be making the Internet tube trip to a Virtual Console near you, as the ESRB has rated Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master and Capcom’s Ghouls N’ Ghosts. Good news for yours truly, as…

Metal Gear Solid 4, Playable At Leipzig, Only By Kojima

Metal Gear Solid 4, Playable At Leipzig, Only By Kojima

Konami issued a blitzkrieg of a press release yesterday, revealing that Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima would be appearing at the Leipzig Games Convention in a matter of weeks. They also mentioned that Kojima would be previewing a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots…

Free Radical Talks Timesplitters 4

Free Radical Talks Timesplitters 4

Speaking with Free Radical script writer Rob Yescombe earlier today, he reiterated that Free Radical is indeed hard at work on Timesplitters 4. “In the past Timesplitters has been very satirical at the expense of movies, this time it will be satirical at the expense of video games,” Yescombe said….

Second Life Transactions Equate to $US1.3 Million Daily

Second Life Transactions Equate to $US1.3 Million Daily

According to Lindan Lab CEO Philip Rosedale, all Second Life transactions, from trading to buying/selling, total the equivalent of $1.3 million in US currency exchanged daily—or an average of $US6.50 per user per day. To scale this even more with the Kotakulator: if

EA To World – You Aren’t Real Enough

EA To World – You Aren’t Real Enough

At the annual computer graphics meeting Siggraph, EA’s chief visual and technical officer Glenn Entis laid the smackdown on the film industry, calling them out for rendering a few frames an hour when many games approach 60 frames per second. And then he addressed some of his own: When a…

New Halo 3 Zune Military Edition

New Halo 3 Zune Military Edition

Microsoft have just announced another Halo 3 Zune tie-in. This one’s a bit more limited, and a bit harder to come by than the regular Halo 3 Zune, as it’s a military-issue Zune. As in, you can only buy them from military retail stores. These ones are brown, will be…

Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Price

Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Price

The rampant speculation, the endless images of circulars, the bogs of “insider emails” are all correct: The Xbox 360 is getting a $US50 price drop starting this Wednesday, Microsoft announced tonight. As of Wednesday the Elite will be $US449, the Halo Limited Edition Xbox 360 (when it hits) will be…

Nintendo, Capcom Employee Porn?

Nintendo, Capcom Employee Porn?

Adult video maker Plum has a series of hardcore flicks called “First Time Amateurs Live.” Here’s the hook: They’re young women who’ve worked for major Japanese corporations. Women who’ve apparently worked for Nintendo as a secretary (link NSFW), a Capcom PR lady (ditto) and Makuhari Messe receptionist (likewise). Makuhari Messe?…

Atari Co-Founder Thinks Modern Games Are Derivative

Atari Co-Founder Thinks Modern Games Are Derivative

David Crane co-founded Atari. Not the crummy Atari of today, the real, proper, industry giant Atari. Dude also made Pitfall, so the least we can do is lend an ear when he’s got something to say. Yes, today’s video game business has become very derivative. Reason? There’s two, he says,…

Ragnarok Creator On Console MMO Difficulties

Ragnarok Creator On Console MMO Difficulties

MMOs are huge on computers. Not so huge on consoles — yet. There must be a reason for this. There is! Ragnarok creator Hak Kyu Kim explains: I’ve always been very interested in bringing my games to consoles. Due to the differences with respect to the tools that are currently…

StarCraft II Hands-On Impressions, Part I

StarCraft II Hands-On Impressions, Part I

At BlizzCon, Blizzard presented StarCraft II in two distinct, delicious flavours: single player and multiplayer, with demo stations in the hundreds consistently occupied by BlizzCon attendees. The single player demo allowed for a 20 minute, one versus one match with the option of playing as Terrans vs. Protoss or vice…