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Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer Genyo Takeda Is Retiring 

Genyo Takeda has worked on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech. As of this June, the 68 year-old is stepping down.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:46 pm

No Umbrellas.

No Umbrellas. Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. By Shawn Danker.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:00 pm

Sales Numbers For The Nintendo Switch And The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Wondering how the Switch is doing around the world? What about the new Zelda? Nintendo announced their global sales figures in a newly released financial statement.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:56 pm

There is still good in this world.

There is still good in this world.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:50 pm

Persona 5 vs Grand Theft Auto

In case your team of Phantom Thieves ever feel like moving onto crimes of a more tangible nature, here are a series of downloads that will let you run around Los Santos as Ann, Makoto, Yusuke and Joker.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:30 pm

Street Fighter V Stage Pulled Over "Unintentional Religious References"

Street Fighter V has a remake of the classic temple level from Street Fighter II. Or, it did for a few hours, until the stage was yanked from the game not long after fans quickly noticed it contained Islamic references.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:00 pm

Teen Overwatch Player Goes Pro Despite Parents Taking Away His Internet

Stefano “Verbo” Disalvo plays Lucio for Immortals, one of the best Overwatch teams in the world. He’s a shot-caller, which means he plays a huge role in leading the team. He’s also 17 years-old. Before he could become a pro, he had to overcome one very big obstacle: his parents.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:40 am

We Survived PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 

Playeruknown’s Battlegrounds mixes tactics and battle royale bloodshed into a tense experience. We sit down to sneak around, gather an arsenal, and kick everyone’s butt in this Kotaku Plays.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 10:30 am

Deadspin A Running List Of ESPN Layoffs | The Muse Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s

Deadspin A Running List Of ESPN Layoffs | The Muse Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? | Fusion ICE Just Unveiled Its Chilling New Anti-Immigrant Hotline | The Root Ohio Teen Couple Commits Suicide Within Days of Each Other |

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 10:08 am

Atlus Apologizes For Persona 5 Streaming Restrictions, Loosens Them

Earlier this month, Atlus warned streamers to not broadcast beyond an early point in the game, seemingly threatening content claims and strikes for anyone who defied their wishes. Today, Atlus is walking some of that back.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:50 am

Lively Florida Smash Tournament Results In Near-$20,000 Loss For Organizers

A big fighting games tournament organizer says his company lost $20,000 throwing its first Super Smash Bros.-centric tournament earlier this month. As a result, Florida-based CEO Gaming does not have plans for a future CEO Dreamland event.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:30 am

Puyo Puyo Tetris Is Delightful, Even When You're Losing

While I’ve still not gotten the hang of Japanese puzzle classic Puyo Puyo, I‘m pretty good at Tetris when I concentrate. Recording a Kotaku Plays video is not a good way to concentrate, but I don’t mind losing when I get to share the colorful sights and spirited sounds of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:30 am

A Game About Hiding Porn From Your Parents

My heart pounds in perfect rhythm with the oscillating clicks of the timepiece behind me. The modem connects with its familiar sequence of chirps and squawks. The house is empty. The shades are drawn. The lights are off. I’m ready to masturbate.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:00 am

Localizer Asks To Be Removed From Game's Credits After Developers Erase KKK Reference

Yesterday, a localizer for the publisher XSEED took a dramatic stance on what he saw as potential censorship, asking his company to remove his name from the credits of the upcoming JRPG Akiba’s Beat after the developers removed a controversial phrase involving the KKK from the game.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:30 am

Early Mass Effect: Andromeda Art Shows Some Very Different Characters

Former BioWare UI designer Eric Bellefeuille posted a large gallery of his work this week, and it offers a fascinating look at some early versions of Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:52 am

Breath Of The Wild Speedrunner Gets Cocky, Pays A Heavy Price

Conquering a game’s challenges over and over again can make you feel invincible. With a new world record in sight, one Breath of the Wild speedrunner decided to get flashy with the final boss. Too bad Ganon was having none of it.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:01 am

Here's Our First Look At Call of Duty: WWII

Described as “gritty” and “visceral” and “boots on the ground” and all of the other buzzwords you’ve come to expect from a military shooter, here’s Call of Duty: WWII, coming November 3 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:06 am

FX’s Legion: An exuberant reminder of how fun superhero shows can be.

FX’s Legion: An exuberant reminder of how fun superhero shows can be.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:45 am

There's Never a Dull Moment In GTA V - Download It To Your PC For $36

GTA V is nearly four years old (ugh), but it’s still getting updates and insane, over-the-top mods that keep it feeling fresh. If you somehow don’t own a copy, you can download it from Amazon for $36 on PC.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:43 am

GTA Online's New Tiny Racers Mode Plays Poorly, But Pays Well

GTA Online received a new game mode this week, Tiny Racers. Played from a top down perspective, it’s a new adversary mode that channels old-school GTA. Tiny Racers might seem fun, but sadly, it’s often better to watch it than to play it.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:30 am

Games Like Project Phoenix Ruin Kickstarter For Everyone Else

Kickstarter, a polarizing crowdfunding website that has become a useful tool for aspiring game developers, should maybe reconsider its policy on helping backers of failed projects get their money back. Otherwise, games like Project Phoenix will keep hurting crowdfunding for everyone.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:01 am

Tales from the Borderlands, Abzu Headline PlayStation Plus Lineup For May

May’s PlayStation Plus lineup features the lovely Abzu, Tales from the Borderlands, and more. As ever, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:46 am

Today's Best Deals: Amazon Activewear Sale, USB Power Receptacles, Anker Headphones, and More

Anker’s newest Bluetooth headphones, power receptacles with USB ports, and a huge one-day activewear sale lead off Wednesday’s best deals.

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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 2:07 am

Holy Cow This Mega Man Cosplay

Stoosh’s Mega Man outfit here cost around $50 and is made mostly from EVA Foam. It is also the best Mega Man cosplay I have ever seen.

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Posted on 26 April 2017 | 6:35 pm

Anker's New Battery Pack Is One of the First With USB-C Power Delivery

Ever since laptops and game consoles started launching with USB-C charging, the promise to effectively infinite battery life with the help of USB battery packs has been tantalizingly close, and yet so far away.

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Posted on 25 April 2017 | 5:00 am