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:

Summer releases: bring your A-game

| May 21, 2017

Summer releases: bring your A-game

Stuff they don’t teach at school It’s May and it’s virtually summer — the perfect time to play “Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection,” in which you tutor and hang out with schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. This game was released as a download last October, ...

Games: Best of editions and additions

| Apr 23, 2017

Games: Best of editions and additions

Eighth time lucky for ‘Mario Kart’ The eighth entry in the long-running “Mario Kart” series first came out in 2014. Now a deluxe version is headed for Nintendo Switch, with the appropriate title “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Ever since “Super Mario Kart” was released ...

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

| Mar 25, 2017

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

The “Senran Kagura” games are ridiculous. But that’s the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. “Peach Beach ...

Nintendo is switching it up

| Feb 25, 2017

Nintendo is switching it up

It’s still early in 2017, but Switch, Nintendo’s newest gaming console, is bound to be the most desirable hardware of the year. Both a home console and a handheld, it’s being touted as an all-in-one must have. Drop it in its dock and players ...

New releases for wintry nights in

| Jan 21, 2017

New releases for wintry nights in

Bring on the virtual terror New “Biohazard” (“Resident Evil” in the West) games are always a very big deal, so it’s no surprise that “Resident Evil 7” is causing a fuss. “RE7” is set in Louisiana four years after “Resident Evil 6.” The protagonist ...

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 ...