Brian Ashcraft

Brian Ashcraft is a senior contributing editor at Kotaku and has been writing about video games for The Japan Times since 2007. He is also the author of two books, “Arcade Mania!” and “Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential.” A graduate of Cornell University, Ashcraft has called Osaka home for over a decade.

For Brian Ashcraft's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world

| Jul 25, 2015

Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world

Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world Mario’s dinosaur buddy Yoshi has a new yarn to spin. “Yoshi’s Woolly World” takes its cue from “Kirby’s Epic Yarn,” another wool-based Nintendo game, and it’s one of the most charming Nintendo platformers to date. The ...

Releases that will make you re-think your gameplay

| Jun 27, 2015

Releases that will make you re-think your gameplay

Here comes a devlish re-release Hack-and-slash game “Devil May Cry 4″ is getting a spiffed-up re-release. Originally for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, this special-edition version is headed for Xbox One, PS4, and once again, PC. This time, however, the game packs a whole ...

This month's latest games — from play dough to gangsters

| Feb 27, 2015

This month's latest games — from play dough to gangsters

Nintendo molds a new Kirby Everybody’s favorite round, pink Nintendo character has been reincarnated out of clay. In “Kirby and the Rainbow Curse,” players draw colorful clay ropes to move the spinning Kirby around stages that look like they’ve been sculpted in play dough. ...

Five things to keep you ahead of the game

| Jan 23, 2015

Five things to keep you ahead of the game

Last year’s monster hits “Pokemon Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire” are the theme to a new pop-up cafe in Shibuya. As Nintendo 3DS remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles “Pokemon Ruby” and “Sapphire,” the new versions, with beefed-up graphics and new content, ...

This month's newest game and hardware updates

| Oct 24, 2014

This month's newest game and hardware updates

PS Vita is in the pink Women’s fashion brand Mercury Duo is teaming up with Sony for a stylish “premium limited edition” Mercury Duo PlayStation Vita. With a pink back and white front, the Wi-Fi model PS Vita bundle comes with a Mercury Duo ...