River City Girls Zero’s Fresh Coat Of Paint Isn’t Quite Enough

Images taken moments before disaster. Image: WayForward / Arc System Works We might have to wait a little while longer before we can hour hour hour our way into River City Girls 2but beat ’em up fans can satiate their hunger by time-warping into the rerelease of a much older game from the ’90s, now … Read more

Splatoon 3’s Terrible Online Is Inexcusable Now, Nintendo

Screenshots: Nintendo Be gentle with me, I’ve been in purgatory. By which I mean, I’ve been playing a lot of Splatoon 3 multiplayer lately, and having unlocked level 10, the ink shooter finally let me glide my way into its quirky ranked modes. Anarchy Battles, as these competitive modes are called, are a good time—if … Read more

Bringing Yakuza’s Kiryu Back In Like A Dragon 8 Is Silly

How many times do you need to say goodbye, old man?Screenshots: Sega Last night, we finally got a look at the next mainline game in the Yakuza series, Like a Dragon 8and the announcement trailer immediately had folks online racing to assemble memes poking fun at the youthful new hairdo of the series’ longtime, stalwart … Read more

Splatoon 3’s Most-Hated Gun Needs To Go, Players Say

Oh great, here’s this jerk using the gun.Image: Nintendo/Kotaku With Splatoon 3 finally out on Nintendo Switch, folks have no doubt tried their hands at a variety of the game’s eclectic weapons. There are plenty to check out, from the classic rapid-firing Splattershot Jr. to newer weapons like the quick-slashing Splatana (which has quickly become … Read more

Shigeru Miyamoto Accidentally Trolled Nintendo Direct Fans

Screenshots: Nintendo/Kotaku Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct was a much-hyped affair, with a whopping 40 minutes dedicated to the Japanese company’s portable console and its games. Now people kept their expectations somewhat in check for this, because Nintendo said that the event would largely focus on products coming out this holiday season. But that still leaves room … Read more

Remembering the Dreamcast, the Racing Gamer’s Console of Choice

On this day in 1999, the world became a little brighter. That’s when Sega released its final games console, the Dreamcast, in North America. A massive media campaign, cryptically teasing “9.9.99” and sowing seeds that the little white box was not only powerful but sentient, set the scene for what was briefly considered “the biggest … Read more

Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s British Slang Is Infectious

Well chutes ‘n’ ladders, this is what they call a cultural exchange, innit?Image: Nintendo / Urban Dictionary / Kotaku After being thoroughly underwhelmed with Digimon Survive‘s insufferable dialogue and bland characters, I braved the time-consuming Japanese RPG waters once again by diving headfirst into it release date competitor, Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Although I initially got … Read more

After Years Of Disappointment, Pokémon Go Fest Recaptured Magic

Image: Niantic As has been chronicled on Kotakumy journey into Pokémon GO has been one that started two years ago tendon lockdown-induced happinessand then slowly descended into disappointment after disappointment. However, this weekend, despite what appears to be Niantic’s best effortsI finally experienced Pokémon GO at its absolute best: A joyful day out with a … Read more

History class is rarely as fun as SD Gundam Battle Alliance

SD Gundam Battle AllianceScreenshots: Bandai Namco Every Friday, AV Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? Picture it: … Read more

Smash Bros. Creator Sakurai Is A YouTuber Now And I Love It

Did you know that back in 2006, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai helped develop a Tamagotchi-like game where you raise virtual beetles on these small LCD toys and send them off to fight other beetles over infrared connectivity a la Street Pass? It’s new news to me, and one of many interesting facts the … Read more