Kikizo: a classic site about games that punched above its weight and frequently scooped the big boys.

The site's huge archive of content can be accessed in full via the category links above, and below is a celebration of the best we ever published... and the best years in gaming! Stay in touch at our new business site.


Launched on 17 Feb 2003 as Kikizo, we hit the ground running with day-one gold such as chats with every creator at Sega Japan and the legendary co-founders of Rare.

How did we look?

Tokyo Game Show 2003

Rareware: The Video Interview

E3 2003: Complete Coverage Index

Interview: Sega of Japan R&D

Yuji Naka Video Interview

The Xbox Interview: J Allard

Kaz Yamauchi Video Interview

Xbox Interview: Michel Cassius

An Interview with Kevin Bachus

Jason Rubin Video Interview


Hitting its stride in 2004, Kikizo/VGD took the absolute monkey out of its competitors when it secured and published a world-exclusive video interview with Satoru Iwata, notoriously hard-as-nails to pin down for consumer media. We also started doing ludicrous 30-min+ video features, before YouTube existed. [Year Review]

How did we look?

Video Interview: Satoru Iwata

PSP: The Definitive Verdict

Can't Touch DS: Final DS Verdict

The Babes of TGS 2004

TGS 2004: The Kikizo Report

E3 2004: Ultimate Video Coverage

The Babes of E3 2004

E3 2004: Complete Coverage Index

Ico 2: Kikizo Video Interview

Peter Molyneux: Video Interview

Fable: Video Interview Feature

Sonic Team: Interview 2004

Sega-AM2: Interview 2004

Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki

Vid Interview: Tetsuya Mizuguchi


Excitement of new consoles abound, we stepped our game up and demanded 1-1s with J Allard and Robbie Bach and upped the ante with E3 videos. This 10-min E3 video was a nice high point for the site; a story about Shenmue 3 wasn't. But we don't talk about that. [Year Review]

How did we look?

Xbox 360 - It's Here & It's On

X05: Complete Coverage

TGS 2005: Hottest in Years

E3 2005: Ultimate Video Coverage

E3 2005: Complete Coverage Index

DS: Paris Event Report

Sonic Team Interview Nov 2005

Gotham 3: Video Interview Feature

Tetsuya Mizuguchi Interview 2005

Hironobu Sakaguchi Interview

Ed Fries Video Interview

Robbie Bach Video Interview

Nintendo Video Interview 2005

J Allard: Video Interview 2005

Itagaki: The Kikizo Interview 2005


We started 2006 in a similar way to how we ended it, with a huge PS3 hands-on. Difference being that the first was a staggering world-exclusive months before the anticipated E3 2006 playable debut, and the second was after Sony shipped us a final test unit, instead of, let's say, getting the police to kick our door down. We also ruled in 2006 thanks to making happen the only interview with the elusive Yu Suzuki in five years. 2006 was probably our heaviest year for video interviews like this one with Kaz Hirai in Tokyo. [Year Review]

How did we look?

PlayStation 3: Hands-On Feature

Tokyo Game Show 2006: Kikizo Report

E3 2006 Ultimate Video Coverage

E3 2006 Coverage Index

Yu Suzuki: The Kikizo Interview

Hands-On with PlayStation 3

Koji Igarashi Video Interview

Toshihiro Nagoshi Video Interview

Gears of War: Epic Video Interview

Final Fantasy XII Video Interview

Atsushi Inaba Capcom Interview

Peter Moore Video Interview

PS3 Video Interview: Kaz Hirai

Tomonobu Itagaki: Interview 2006

SEGA-AM2 Video Interview: VF5

Video Interview: Katsuya Eguchi

Wii Event Video Coverage Blowout

Nintendo R&D1 Interview

Video Interview: Scott Henson

John Carmack Interview


Our 2007 traffic was pretty much dominated by, if we say so ourselves, the best GTA IV coverage to be found anywhere on the web. As well as giving our final verdict on Wii and finally infiltrating Valve to speak with both Gabe Newell and Doug Lombardi, we published the amazing story of Tetris straight from the source. With Kaz Hirai now promoted to global boss of SCEI we also caught up with him in LA during the first of two crappy years for E3. Have we mentioned Peter Molyneux yet? Probably should. [Year Review]

How did we look?

GTA IV Coverage Center

Wii: Kikizo's Definitive Review

Interview: The Making of an Icon

Interview: Making Drake's Fortune

Unreal Tournament 3 Interview

Call of Duty 4 Launch Interview

Ninja Gaiden: The Essential Interview

GT5: Kaz Yamauchi Interview

Gabe Newell Valve Interview

Virtua Fighter 5 Xbox 360 Interview

Killzone 2: Guerrilla Interview

Project Gotham Racing 4 Interview

Halo 3 Bungie Interview

Fable 2 Hands-On & Interview

PlayStation Interview: Kaz Hirai

Forza 2: Huge Launch Feature

Nintendo Interview: Koji Kondo

Half-Life 2 Episode Two Interview

Sonic Wii Interview: Yojiro Ogawa

Keiji Inafune Video Interview


In 2008 we started banging on about "10 years", which was a bit confusing as the site launched in 2003 (its predecessor launched in 1998). Truth was, we just wanted to claim ten years a month before Eurogamer did, so that worked. We also nailed down Kikizo first-timers including Ubisoft's CEO and Hideo Kojima. Other sites got their first little interviews with Kaz, as we picked up our third. And despite eternal hatred for "that" 2005 story, we continued our rather irrational level of AM2 fan service. [Year Preview]

How did we look?

Kaz Hirai Interview

Dave Perry: The Kikizo Interview

Hideo Kojima: The Kikizo Interview 08

Interview: Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot

Virtua Fighter 5 R: The ONLY Interview

Making Guitar Hero: Kai Huang Interview

id Software's Todd Hollenshead

Itagaki Interview June 2008

Interview: Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion

Final Fantasy XIII: Square Enix Interview

Interview: Konami's Koji Igarashi

Interview: Valve's Doug Lombardi

LittleBigPlanet: The Very Big Interview

Blizzard Co-founder Frank Pearce

Peter Molyneux: Fable II & Beyond

Street Fighter IV Capcom Interview

Interview: Gearbox's Randy Pitchford

Interview: Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack

Shane Kim Interview May 2008

Resident Evil 5: Capcom Interview


We made a few changes in 2009 and became "Video Games Daily", aptly reflected on our best interviewees to date, caught up with old faves Peter Moore and Yuji Naka (best friends, apparently), met Nolan Bushnell, and became the first to experience Natal for the first time (which also happens to be the most recent time). [GOTD]

How did we look?

Gaming Idols: Top 50 We Ever Interviewed

World's First-Hand with Natal (Kinect)

Interview: Peter Moore, EA Sports

Hideo Kojima: The Kikizo Interview 2009

Nolan Bushnell Interview

He's Back: Yuji Naka Prope Interview

Xbox Reborn: Shane Kim Interview 2009

Interview: Tecmo Koei CEO, Kenji Matsubara

Games That Won't Be Worth The Hype

50 Hottest Things in Gaming in 2009

Feature: FPS Cult Classics

Feature: The History of First-Person Shooters

Why Tim Schafer Chose EA for Brutal Legend

Interview: Apple VP on iPhone Gaming

Heavy Rain: David Cage Interview


Pretty much business as usual in 2010.
[Year Preview]

How did we look?

The "secret" formula for great Kinect games

Call of Duty: Black Ops - The Ultimate Interview

The next-best thing about 3DS? Turning the 3D off

The great GT5 debate: how many cars is too many?

Street Fighter X Tekken: Who asked for it?

No more hero-worship? Goichi Suda Interview

Interview: Marvel Vs Capcom 3's Ryota Niitsuma

Interview: Ed Fries reveals Halo 2600

Behind the music of Medal of Honor

Super Street Fighter IV: Community Service


2011 was another year of transition for the site as we'd been preparing the new blog on the quiet since the start. [What's Next...]

How did we look?

Review: Is Portal 2 the best sequel of 2011?

DOA Dimensions - is this 3DS' new fighting champ?

Wii 2: Five ways Nintendo can win back the hardcore

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition review

Wii 2, realistically speaking: reasons to be pessimistic

What can console makers learn from Apple?

Modern Warfare 3: Suppressing Fire

Who are the best companions in FPS games?

Brink review: Parkour paradise or paradise lost?

Dead Space 2 review - real terror? Not really

(P.S. Full 1996-2011 history here!).