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.


2003 

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


2004 

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


2005 

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


2006 

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


2007 

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


2008 

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


2009 

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


2010 

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 

And so to the present. It's been a strange year, but we've been preparing the new site on the quiet since the start, so there! [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!).