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:

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 ...

Gaming that looks good inside and out

| Jun 23, 2014

Gaming that looks good inside and out

Xbox keeps its cool for the summer Just in time to make you look cool this season, Microsoft is releasing an arctic-camouflage-themed Xbox 360 controller. Even though the Xbox One has been released in the West, Microsoft is still showing its support for the ...

Your turn to shoot AKB47, alongside your BFFAKB

| Mar 24, 2014

Your turn to shoot AKB47, alongside your BFFAKB

Zombie girls in uniform Proving anyone can become a zombie, members of popular idol group AKB48 have been turned into sailor-suited walking dead for a new arcade game “Sailor Zombie: AKB48 Arcade Edition.” To end the plague, you must shoot antidote-loaded weapons at zomibified ...