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Warped Pipes: When Does Mario's Cement Factory Take Place in the Series' Timeline? Warped Pipes: When Does Mario's Cement Factory Take Place in the Series' Timeline?

Welcome back to Warped Pipes, the series where I attempt to construct a coherent timeline for the Super Mario franchise by analyzing one game at a time. Today’s topic: the 1983 Game & Watch title...

Developer Journal Day Fifty-Three Developer Journal Day Fifty-Three

I managed to fix all the snags in the scan and have the second character all inked up. This will easily be the most complicated sprite in the game because this particular character has not only three different poses, but three different costumes in the game meaning that each expression will have roughly three…

Warped Pipes: Let's Talk About The Game & Watch Mario Bros. Warped Pipes: Let's Talk About The Game & Watch Mario Bros.

Welcome back to Warped Pipes, the series where I build a fictional timeline for the Super Mario franchise, game by game. This time around, I’m looking at the Game & Watch version of...

TAY: Open Forum TAY: Open Forum

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog, TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, or comment about anything. Feel free to check out the other articles on TAY, AniTAY and TAYClassic. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then check out this TAYTorial!

Shadow of a Reboot: Newest Tomb Raider Can Be Rappelling

As a fan of the rebooted Tomb Raider and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, I was excited to learn of another game in the series. Now that I’m about 10 hours into Shadow of the Tomb Raider my initial impression leaves me feeling like a morally conflicted adventurer who’s pilfered one too many archaeological…

Open Forum: Is it a Holiday Today? Open Forum: Is it a Holiday Today?

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, AniTAY and TAYClassic Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAYTorial!

Spacemon: Frontier - Chapter 36: Journey into the Jungle Spacemon: Frontier - Chapter 36: Journey into the Jungle

Welcome to another exciting installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! This is a spinoff of the sci-fi space epic played using the Pokemon Tabletop United (PTU) system, this time GMed by yours truly. You can get caught up the entire Spacemon saga here!

What Games Could Appear on a GameCube Classic Edition? What Games Could Appear on a GameCube Classic Edition?

Nintendo’s Classic Edition systems have done pretty well for them, forcing Sega to step up their game and finally cut ties with AtGames and now inspiring Sony to make a Classic Edition of their original Playstation system. But after taking a look at the rest of Nintendo’s 20th-Century systems, it’s time to take a step…

Collector's remorse Collector's remorse

I admit it. I have collector tendencies.

TAY: Open Forum TAY: Open Forum

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog, TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, or comment about anything. Feel free to check out the other articles on TAY, AniTAY and TAYClassic. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then check out this TAYTorial!

Developer Journal Day Fifty-Two Developer Journal Day Fifty-Two

I’ve finished all the sprites for one of the romanceable characters but hit a major hurdle with the second one. It turns out one of the scans got warped (that can happen if the paper curls on the scanner bed and the lid isn’t closed all the way) and even though I thought I calibrated it properly, one of the costumes…

Developer Journal Day Fifty-One Developer Journal Day Fifty-One

I’m spending a lot of time now inking and coloring, and while I work I usually need some background noise to help keep pace and to break up some of the monotony. Sometimes I’ll listen to music (usually heavy metal or anime soundtracks) and sometimes I’ll watch DVDs. For this recent bout of work I watched Gravity…

Developer Journal Day Fifty Developer Journal Day Fifty

Got the character sprites all drawn up and spent the weekend scanning them. Because these are the non-static sprites and will shift expression, they are a bit trickier to scan. See, most paper isn’t truly square (square = 90 angle at the corners) but most scanner beds are. That means that when you scan, the paper will…

Warped Pipes: Where Does the Original Mario Bros. Fit into the Series' Timeline? Warped Pipes: Where Does the Original Mario Bros. Fit into the Series' Timeline?

Welcome to Warped Pipes, everyone’s favorite series about the overarching story of the Super Mario franchise. Today, I finally get to justify the project’s name as we explore the dangerous sewers of 1983's...

Open Forum: Spoops Open Forum: Spoops

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, AniTAY and TAYClassic Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAYTorial!

Warped Pipes: Where Greenhouse, One of the Mario Series' Most Obscure Games, Fits Into the Timeline Warped Pipes: Where Greenhouse, One of the Mario Series' Most Obscure Games, Fits Into the Timeline

Welcome once again to Warped Pipes, the series where I dig deep into the lore of the Super Mario franchise in order to generate the series timeline that no one asked for.

Redux 360: Welcome to the Future of Gaming Redux 360: Welcome to the Future of Gaming

It’s been thirteen years since 2005, the year of the Xbox 360's original release. Thirteen years is a long time. George Bush was starting his second term, Revenge of the Sith finished off the prequel trilogy, and the Wii wouldn’t hit shelves for another year. There’s a chance that some people reading this article…

Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Raz is a Young Brett Kavanaugh Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Raz is a Young Brett Kavanaugh

Valkyira Chronicles 4 is a great tactical JRPG. I’m playing it on Switch where it fits nicely, it plays great both as a console game and as a portable game. I’m not too far in but I’m really enjoying the missions, the tactics, the overarching plot, and the variety in characters and classes. My annoyance at the…

Arena of Valor on Switch is...fun? Arena of Valor on Switch is...fun?

I try and play every free online game that comes out on Switch because 1) they’re free, so why not? and 2) I’m always on the lookout for that online multiplayer game that will be fun for a bit until the next one comes along. So far I haven’t played any on Switch that interest me. A lot of free to play online games are…

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