Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/11/14 2:14am 12/11/14 2:14am

Target KO's Every Other Retailer with This Super Smash Bros. Deal

Today at Target, if you buy a copy of Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, they'll throw in a $15 gift card. That's the best deal we've seen advertised on Smash this holiday season, and likely the best you'll see before the new year. [ Super Smash Bros. + $15 Gift Card] » 11/27/14 9:32am 11/27/14 9:32am

Smartwatches Fulfill Their True Destiny With a Game Boy Emulator

Google and Apple can pitch them as productivity tools all they want, but the real reason anyone would strap a smartwatch to their wrist is as a more covert way to kill time and avoid boredom. So it's good to know that when your Twitter and Facebook feeds run dry, you can always boot up a Game Boy emulator on your… » 10/14/14 8:50am 10/14/14 8:50am

How To Mod Your 3DS To Play Smash Bros. With A Gamecube Controller

As soon as Nintendo released a demo for Smash Bros., it seemed like technical-minded people rushed to find ways to be able to play the game as it was meant to be played: with a controller. And now you can do it, too...provided you have the right tools and don't mind fiddling with the insides of your 3DS, that is. » 10/06/14 7:31pm 10/06/14 7:31pm

Super Smash Bros. 3DS: The Kotaku Review

Super Smash Bros., a new piece of fanfiction for the Nintendo 3DS, is a game about anticipation. It's a game about position. It's a game about mustering up the brain juice to figure out what your opponent is going to do next, then developing the lightning-fast reflexes needed to nail the best possible response. » 10/03/14 12:23pm 10/03/14 12:23pm

These Tiny Game Boy Headphones Are Wonderful, Even If They Sound Awful

When it comes to buying gadgets and electronics there's always going to be compromise. To get the features you want, you'll have to learn to live with things you don't. Take these headphones, for example. For just $20 they probably don't sound amazing, but the inline remote and mic is shaped like an adorably tiny Game… » 9/25/14 11:55am 9/25/14 11:55am

The animated history of the Nintendo Game Boy

Nintendo's handheld video game consoles didn't start off being called Game Boy and the ones you can buy now aren't even called Game Boy anymore but to my brain, and to many other well adjusted humans who are just pretending to be adults right now, a Nintendo handheld video game console will always be a Game Boy. » 9/12/14 9:09pm 9/12/14 9:09pm

How To Get The Sharpest Images Possible Out Of Your Old Consoles

If you've tried playing a retro console on a modern HDTV, you may not have liked what you saw — smeary, stretched images that are a far cry from the sharp chunky blocks of yesteryear. Luckily, there's a better way for purists to get a crystal clear image that doesn't involve buying an old CRT TV. » 8/26/14 4:58pm 8/26/14 4:58pm