Animal Crossing for Smart Devices Delayed Until Next Fiscal Year

January 31st, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

To avoid conflicting with the Android release of Super Mario Run this March, Nintendo announced they are pushing back the launch of Animal Crossing for smart devices to the next fiscal year.

The company says the extra development time will be used to “prepare all the content we wish to include and properly support the distribution of this application.”

Nintendo first announced the mobile Animal Crossing last April, along with what would become Fire Emblem Heroes. There are plans to have the game connect with Animal Crossing titles on Nintendo hardware.

Source: Nintendo Policy Briefing

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Nintendo Considering Releasing Two to Three Mobile Titles A Year

December 23rd, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

In a recent interview with Kyoto Shimbun, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said the company is considering releasing two to three mobile games a year beginning in 2017.

The announcement comes after last week’s successful launch of Super Mario Run on iOS. Just today, Nintendo celebrated the game exceeding 50 million downloads worldwide. Kimishima added that the game has met expectations and he believes the game could even surpass 100 million downloads.

Nintendo currently have two known games in development for mobile, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, which are both scheduled for release by the end of March.

Source: Yahoo

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Super Mario Run Launch Sets App Store Download Record

December 21st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

After a highly-anticipated launch, Super Mario Run is now the fastest mobile title to surpass 40 million downloads in Apple’s App Store, doing so in less than four days after launching on December 15.

In a press release to announce the achievement, Nintendo also touted that Super Mario Run is currently the top free game in 140 countries and among the top 10 grossing mobile titles worldwide.

An Android version of Super Mario Run is scheduled to come out sometime next year.


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Super Mario Run Collaboration Items Come to Miitomo

December 09th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Nintendo is adding several Super Mario Run-themed items to Miitomo in celebration of the mobile runner’s upcoming launch.

Until January 12, Miitomo users can play the Miitomo Drop mini-game for a chance to win Bowser, Peach and Toad outfits, along with Super Mario Run wallpaper and flooring.

In the Miitomo Shop, users can spend their Miitomo Coins on the Little Goomba and Little Boo buddy items or the Super Mario Run varsity jacket.

For those that could use some extra Coins, there is a new promotion where users that purchase 1,000 Miitomo Coins using real money will receive a one-time bonus of 4,000 Miitomo Coins for free.


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Double XP and Stardust Thank You Event in Pokémon GO This Week

November 21st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


As a thank you to the Pokémon GO players all over the world, the developers at Niantic are doubling the amount of XP and stardust players receive from November 23 until November 30.

Additional tweaks are also being made to the game. Recently, the Combat Power (CP) of several Pokémon have been adjusted. There is no full list of changes made, but Niantic confirmed that Alakazam, Rhydon and Gengar have received increased CP.


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Super Mario Run Launches in 151 Countries on December 15

November 15th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Mario makes his big mobile debut next month. Nintendo of America officially announced today that Super Mario Run will launch in Apple’s App Store in North America and 150 other countries on December 15.

The game will be free to start with the option to unlock the full game for a one-time payment of $9.99.

Nintendo also put out a new trailer covering the game’s mechanics and showcasing some of the other game modes.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Upcoming Miitomo Update Adds Direct Messaging and Customizable Rooms

November 04th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


The latest notification for Nintendo’s mobile social app Miitomo outlined changes planned for an upcoming update:

  • The ability to send messages directly to your friends.
  • The ability to customize your room with new flooring and wallpapers.
  • The ability to hang your favorite images on your room’s walls as posters.
  • The ability to share your outfits with the world through “Style Central” and answer publicly posted questions in “Answer Central.”
  • The ability to create “Sidekick Mii” characters, complete with their own customizable rooms.

No date has been, but Nintendo says it will be coming soon.

Source: Miitomo

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Daily Bonuses Coming to Pokémon GO

November 02nd, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


One of the ways the developers of Pokémon GO plan to keep people playing every day is by introducing daily bonuses. In a future update, players will be rewarded for doing things like catching Pokémon or visiting a PokéStop every day. Additionally, there is a bonus modifier for doing these things for an entire week.

Catching a Pokémon every day will earn the following bonus:

  • 500 XP
  • 600 Stardust

Catching a Pokémon every day for 7 days straight will earn the following larger bonus:

  • 2,000 XP
  • 2,400 Stardust

Visiting a PokéStop and spinning the Photo Disc every day will earn the following bonus:

  • 500 XP
  • A number of additional items

Visiting a PokéStop every day for 7 days straight will earn the following larger bonus:

  • 2,000 XP
  • A greater number of additional items

The daily bonuses run on local time. So, according to the developers, catching a Pokémon at any time on Tuesday in your time zone means you will be eligible for the next daily bonus on Wednesday at 12 a.m. local time.


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Super Mario Run Runs on Unity

November 02nd, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

The official Unity Twitter account recently announced that Nintendo’s highly-anticipated mobile game Super Mario Run is made using their game engine.

This is not the first time Unity Technologies and Nintendo have worked together. Since 2012, the two have had a long-running agreement where Nintendo provides free Unity licenses to their licensed developers to create games for the Wii U and 3DS.

Super Mario Run is set to launch on iOS devices this December and on Android at a later date.

Source: @unity3d

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Pokémon GO “Buddy Pokémon” Update Going Out Now

September 10th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


The Pokémon GO update that lets players buddy up with one of their Pokémon to earn rewards and items is in the process of going live, developer Niantic announced today.

The partial release notes:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

The update will bring the game to version 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS devices.


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