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:

Updating gaming for the New Year

| Dec 24, 2016

Updating gaming for the New Year

SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones For years, people have asked Nintendo if the Kyoto-based game maker was going to create titles for smartphones. Now, finally, the question has been answered. This isn’t actually Nintendo’s first phone app, but it is its first proper ...

PlayStation adds more power to the PS4

| Oct 22, 2016

PlayStation adds more power to the PS4

More power to the PS4 This is for those who think the PlayStation 4 isn’t powerful enough. Dubbed the PlayStation 4 Pro, the console has souped-up hardware with more processing power and a revamped GPU. The result is a console that can stream 4K ...

Games you've been waiting a long time for

| Aug 27, 2016

Games you've been waiting a long time for

An endless exploration The biggest game to land this fall is “No Man’s Sky.” And we mean literally the biggest. This sci-fi survival adventure title features an estimated 18 quintillion planets! The massive game is procedurally generated, meaning that data algorithms randomly create the ...

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

| Jun 25, 2016

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

A necessary evil “Resident Evil 7” was announced this month, but it won’t be available until January 2017. What’s a “Resident Evil” (“Biohazard” in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of “Resident ...

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

Nintendo’s summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it’s easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. ...

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 ...