Chris Kohler
Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.
2:29 PM

I did another Mario Maker. I wanted to try to do something non-linear this time. I was almost done making it when, while playing around with the parts in the editor, I hit on the idea to use it to pay homage to my favorite YouTube video ever. I really want to make a short level now. Maybe I should enter our contest.

7:46 PM

My latest Super Mario Maker 2 level took me quite a while to complete. I might actually use this as an example to write a piece about what happens when you way overscope a project. I did a lot of trimming. As always, let me know what you think! [Update: Deleted and reposted the level with some fixes.]

11:53 AM

I just really want Super Mario Bros. 2 Maker, is I guess what I’m trying to get at, here. DBP-VYW-KMF if you want to see how close I got without the actual tools. It’s not very close, folks. If you’re also making levels, maybe enter our latest contest!

1:51 PM

Netflix Japan had the Stranger Things kids meet up with Japan’s most famous gamer Takahashi-meijin, he of the “16 shots in one second” and star of Hudson’s Adventure Island. Watch the brief video to see who had the best Famicom skills.

9:45 PM

Apologies in advance, as I expect my latest Super Mario Maker 2 level to occupy much of the video game discourse for months to come. I anticipate many a thinkpiece. If you want to try for yourself, it’s 7JF-QBH-34G. Just know that you, the “player,” are implicated in all that happens.

2:39 PM

Proud to announce that my latest Super Mario Maker 2 level “Shlooter!” is pay-to-win. Send me five bucks and I’ll beat the level for you. If you want to try to play it yourself, the code is RSK-QH6-CWF.

3:20 PM

I made a new version of “Bob-Omb Is You,” the Super Mario Maker 2 level I mentioned in my review. Check it out if you’ve got the game! Course ID: 6SC-KMX-T0H. (That’s a zero.)

1:47 PM

Konami is patching its arcade, Castlevania, and Contra collections today to add Japanese versions of most of the games. It’s also adding button remapping to Castlevania and Contra. Now you can play Castlevania III with the better music.