How Australian Consumer Law Got Nintendo To Repair My Joy-Cons For Free

How Australian Consumer Law Got Nintendo To Repair My Joy-Cons For Free

When one of my Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons began drifting I wasn’t terribly concerned. After the 2019 class action lawsuit where Nintendo of America supposedly agreed to free repairs for all Joy-Con controllers in perpetuity without a proof of purchase, I naturally assumed Nintendo Australia would follow suit. 

Tie Fighter: The Kotaku Review

Tie Fighter: The Kotaku Review

As part of Backlog month, I wanted to reach deep into the collection and talk about one of the greatest video games of all time, one that nailed everything it set out to do so well that even 27 years later it remains as fun and relevant as it was when it first dropped.

Here’s A Chunky 6 Minute Trailer For New Pokemon Snap

Here’s A Chunky 6 Minute Trailer For New Pokemon Snap

New Pokemon Snap is only a fortnight away, and there’s still tons of questions to answer about the revamped on-rails photography experience. Fortunately, Nintendo answered a ton of those this morning. The company published a six-plus minute trailer earlier this morning covering just about everything you’ll want to know from New…

Publishers Won’t Learn From Valheim’s Success, Icarus Creator Dean Hall Says

Publishers Won’t Learn From Valheim’s Success, Icarus Creator Dean Hall Says

There’s an common narrative among gaming forums and fans that says the success of one game is often detrimental to the hopes of another. In 2021, that massive hit is Valheim, the Viking-themed survival simulator that abandons many of the orthoxodies around survival games. So it’s normal for people to look at Valheim’s success and fear what that means for other survival games. And that’s true enough for Icarus, the PvE sci-fi survival adventure from DayZ creator Dean Hall. But in an hour-long chat with the Kiwi creator, Hall explained that Valheim’s stratospheric success actually validates some of Icarus’ ideas.

RIP To Outriders’ Weird Cowboy NPC, A Real One

RIP To Outriders’ Weird Cowboy NPC, A Real One

I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a character creator as aggressively bland as the one in Outriders. All the faces are minor variations on Beefy Woodsman. Hair colours range from black to dull brown. Every decal is an unobtrusive scar, except for a lone chrome eyebrow implant that may as…

Skate City Rolls Onto PC And Consoles May 6

Skate City Rolls Onto PC And Consoles May 6

Skate City, the artful street skating game from Alto’s Odyssey creators Snowman, finally makes the leap from Apple Arcade to PC and console next month, bringing its chill lo-fi beats and dreamy rides to PlayStations, Xboxens, Switch, and PC on May 6.

PlayStation’s Recycled Boxes Are Very Cool

PlayStation’s Recycled Boxes Are Very Cool

I am very much developing a thing for more responsible video game packaging, and so this blog by Sony on how they’re cutting down on plastics in their PlayStation boxes was pretty interesting reading.

JB Hi-Fi Has Some Cracking Gaming Deals This Week

JB Hi-Fi Has Some Cracking Gaming Deals This Week

One of the golden rules of gaming: There’s always a discount. And being one of Australia’s biggest retailers JB Hi-Fi has plenty of bargains, including Death Stranding for $19, Borderlands 3 for $19, Spider-Man for $19, Red Dead Redemption 2 on sale, a disc version of Final Fantasy VII Remake for $29, and if you’re willing to take the plunge now, Cyberpunk 2077 on Sony consoles.

Why Did No One Tell Me About Maneater?

Why Did No One Tell Me About Maneater?

There are backlogs, and there are theoretical backlogs. Those games you never bought, but heard about, thought about getting, and then never did for whatever reason. I’m finding this fallow period for big game releases an excellent opportunity to reach into that pile of potential purchases, and grab something I…

First PS5 Update Introduces Loads Of New Stuff

First PS5 Update Introduces Loads Of New Stuff

The first major update for the PlayStation 5 console is due to land on Wednesday, April 14, and among the additions and improvements to the console are the ability to keep games on USB storage, new social features, and changes to the PlayStation app.