The Week’s Best Gaming News, From Pokimane to Adults-Only N64


From mergers to memes, the landscape of interactive entertainment is always in motion. Here’s your cheat sheet for the week’s most important stories in gaming.

The Pokimane Cookie Apology Tour Has Officially Begun

Content creator Imane "Pokimane" Anys gives the camera a thumbs up during a November 13 YouTube video.

Screenshot: Pokimane / Kotaku

Following some intense controversy surrounding her new snack brand, popular Twitch streamer Pokimane has apologized for an insensitive comment she made to a “rude chatter” during a November 18 livestream. Read More

Nintendo Adds Adults-Only N64 App For Switch In Japan

June sits in a red chair on a spaceship sitting some sort of hot drink from a white-and-red mug.

Image: Rare

When you think of Nintendo, you tend to think of family-friendly gaming. You think of Link and Mario and sunshine and smiley stars. The word “adult” doesn’t likely come up when you ponder games on Switch, but that’s seemingly about to change. The company is adding a new 18+ app to its subscription service, Nintendo Switch Online, although only in Japan. Read More

Cyberpunk 2077‘s Incredible Turnaround Will Now Be Preserved Forever

V looks over her shoulder as Night City ignites behind her.

Image: CD Projekt Red

As Cyberpunk 2077 approaches its third anniversary, the beleaguered blockbuster is getting a send-0ff to immortalize its unlikely turnaround. CD Projekt Red announced an Ultimate Edition for the sci-fi RPG on November 21 that includes this year’s Phantom Liberty expansion and the massive 2.0 overhaul patch. There will even be a physical copy for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S owners. Read More

Sony Fails To Kill $7.9 Billion Lawsuit Over PlayStation Store Prices

A PlayStation logo hangs above people as they walk by.

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)

A lawsuit filed last year accused Sony of using its walled-garden video game platform to charge players too much in the PlayStation Store. The London Tribunal has now allowed that lawsuit to move forward, against the PS5 maker’s objections, which could result in payments to players in the UK of up to $7.9 billion if it is ultimately successful. Read More

Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition Will Defy An Exasperating Trend

Gale looks sad at a custom Baldur's Gate 3.

Image: Larian Studios

Buying super special “collector’s editions” of video games can be like heading into treacherous waters. These often-expensive boxes full of goodies (and also a video game) tend to sell out pretty quickly, and then you’re more likely to find them for double the price on reseller sites like eBay or Facebook’s marketplace. But if you’re eyeing the Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition set to ship next year, Larian Studios is telling fans not to worry about it selling out, because the team isn’t making it a limited item. Read More

PSA: You Shouldn’t Cook Your Steam Deck

A very cooked Steam Deck.

Photo: MisterColeman / Reddit

Slow news day? You betcha. But look, it’s Thanksgiving, and there’s a good chance people are cooking and eating just about anything they can find right now. Please, if we can save just one person from trying to cook their Steam Deck, then it will have been worth it. Read More

Embattled Shooter Destiny 2 Gets Witcher 3 Armor

Destiny 2 guardians dress up like witchers.

Image: Bungie

The white wolf is coming to Destiny 2 by way of some new cosmetics. Bungie teased a crossover with CD Projekt Red’s beloved RPG The Witcher 3 that will add three new armor sets to make players look like protagonist Geralt of Rivia, at least if they’re willing to shell out $20 or more for a single set. The new skins look great, but also arrive at Destiny 2’s lowest point in years. Read More

Steam’s Massive Fall Sale Is Offering Up Some Good Deals

An image shows a collage of games on sale with discount stickers applied to each.

Image: CD Projekt Red / Bethesda / Blizzard / EA / Lucasfilm / Valve / Kotaku

Valve’s annual autumn sale. Some of the best and biggest PC games, including action-RPG Diablo IV, the fantastic Star Wars game Jedi: Survivor, and Bethesda’s latest, Starfield, are all on sale right now. Read More

This Award-Winning VR Game Is Challenging Gender Norms

This Award-Winning VR Game Is Challenging Gender Norms

Kotaku went hands-on with the groundbreaking and immersive Body of Mine at the Games for Change festival

Mortal Kombat 1 Players Are Time Traveling To Avoid Buying Skins

Three Mortal Kombat 1 characters—Sub-Zero (left), Raiden (middle), and Scorpion (right)—pose in front of the camera.

Image: NetherRealm Studios

To avoid what many consider aggressive monetization, Mortal Kombat 1 players are doing everything they can to avoid buying cosmetics in NetherRealms’ latest 2D fighter. The latest exploit involves them utilizing a console date change hack to acquire once-free character skins that are now only available if you buy them. Read More


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