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.

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Space foxes, game cats and a new 'Uncharted' realm

| Apr 23, 2016

Space foxes, game cats and a new 'Uncharted' realm

New foxy space dogfighter game The classic galactic dogfighting (make that, “fox-fighting”) game is coming to the Nintendo Wii U. “Star Fox Zero” isn’t a remake, a prequel or even a sequel — instead, it aims to satisfy long-time “Star Fox” fans in a ...

New releases with a fighting spirit

| Mar 26, 2016

New releases with a fighting spirit

‘Pokemon’ fights harder In a most unexpected collaboration, the folks behind the “Tekken” fighting games have teamed up with The Pokemon Company for a “Pocket Monster” fighting game. Dubbed “Pokken Tournament,” the game trades “Pokemon” attack cutscenes for fighting game play. “Pokemon” characters, such ...

Pikachu finds his voice

| Feb 27, 2016

Pikachu finds his voice

Pikachu finds his voice The Great Detective Pikachu of “Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou” is very different from other pikachus. The biggest shocker is that, unlike the others, he can speak. In fact, this crime-solving little guy not only talks, he likes to do ...

As the new year kicks in, so do popular game updates

| Jan 23, 2016

As the new year kicks in, so do popular game updates

Nintendo thinks outside the box, again It’s only been a year, but “Hako Boy” is already back and it’s even better than before. “Hako Boy,” which was released for the Western audience as “Box Boy,” features a box-shaped hero, who solves puzzles and clears ...

Good things come in threes

| Sep 26, 2015

Good things come in threes

Veni, vidi — Vita! While there have been reports that the PS Vita handheld may be struggling overseas, in Japan it is still going strong — and there’s been a steady stream of new Japanese-developed games to prove it, including “Tokyo Xanadu” from studio ...

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 ...