Animal Crossing Mobile Is Still Launching this Year

June 23rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Despite delays, the new Animal Crossing game planned for smart devices is still expected to launch this year, according to Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aimé, who confirmed the 2017 release in a recent interview with Waypoint.

“So, specifically now, Animal Crossing,” Reggie said. “Animal Crossing development continues quite strongly, the teams are very excited about what they have. It’s an application that is going to launch this year, as we’ve committed. And we’ll be sharing more information in due course. We believe, just as we’ve seen with Pokémon Go, just as we’ve seen with Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, we believe that the application will help broaden the user base for Animal Crossing, and it’s going to end up having a positive impact on our dedicated video game business of Animal Crossing. “

Nintendo originally announced the mobile version of Animal Crossing in April 2016. It was supposed to release before the end of the 2017 fiscal year in March, but the company delayed it so it would not interfere with the Android launch of Super Mario Run.

Source: Waypoint

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Pokémon GO Gym Update is Live on iOS and Android

June 21st, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Niantic recently reopened Gyms in the latest update for Pokémon GO. As part of the update, they also launched a new Raid Battle mode.

From the Pokémon GO website:

A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.

Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!

The full list of changes in the update include:

  • Gym features significantly updated to add the all-new motivation system.
  • Added new Gym Badge feature.
  • Added in-app and push notification system for Gyms.
  • Added Raid Battles, a new cooperative gameplay experience.
  • Added four new items available only by completing Raid Battles.
  • Added Raids tab to Nearby screen.
  • Added search functionality to Pokémon collection screen.
  • Added visual indicator to unvisited PokéStops.


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Pokémon GO Gyms Closing for Remodeling

June 16th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Changes are coming for Gyms in Pokémon GO.

Developer Niantic posted a notice on the game’s support page letting players know that Gyms will be closing temporarily for remodeling.

There’s no word on exactly what changes will be made, but a representative for the company did tell followers of the Pokemon GO subreddit that Niantic will announce the closures on their social media channels.

“As we get ready to update Pokémon GO, we want to ensure that Trainers have a sufficient heads up that Gyms will soon be disabled so that they can collect their Defender bonus. We will provide updates on our social channels in advance of Gyms closing in-game.”

Source: r/pokemongo

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Fire Emblem Heroes Update Increases Stamina Bar, Adds Hero Merits

April 11th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The latest update for Fire Emblem Heroes is out now and brings the mobile game up to version 1.2.0.

The game’s iTunes page lists some of the changes players can expect to see:

  • Maximum stamina raised from 50 to 99
  • Added feature that allows you to swap the positions of Heroes at the start of battle
  • Adjusted the amount of EXP gained in battle. Heroes with lower rarities (in stars) will receive more EXP from battle
  • Adjusted matchmaking conditions in the Arena and made adjustments to how score is calculated after victory
  • Added new features and bug fixes

Another big addition are Hero Merits, points heroes earn in battle that can be used to receive Hero Feathers. Players will get 500 Hero Feathers for every 500 Hero Merits earned. There is a limit of 2,000 Hero Merits per Hero and duplicate heroes are treated by the game as one hero.

Source: iTunes, r/FireEmblemHeroes

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Second Voting Gauntlet Event Now Underway in Fire Emblem Heroes

April 05th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Fire Emblem Heroes‘ latest Voting Gauntlet event pits popular Wyvern Riders and Pegasus Riders against each other in an eight hero tournament.

Players can select their favorite hero among Hinoka, Camilla, Cordelia, Cherche, Palla, Minerva, Subaki and Beruka. Over the course of the event, they will be able to support their chosen hero by taking part in battles. Each battle won will allow players to boost the score of their hero’s army, with the highest score moving on to the next round.

Participants will receive Hero Feathers based on how active they were during the event. The item can be used to increase the rarity of a hero.

As a bonus, if everyone taking part in the event manages to reach a total voting score of 10 billion, all players will receive 20 Orbs, 5 of each Great Badge and 5000 Universal Crystals.

The Voting Gauntlet will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 10.

Source: Fire Emblem Heroes Notification, GoNintendo

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Fire Emblem Heroes Spring Festival Event Adds Bunny Costumes

March 29th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Fire Emblem Heroes fan-favorites Chrom, Lucina, Xander and Camilla are getting special bunny outfits for the game’s “Spring Festival” event, which starts tomorrow, March 30 and continues until April 13.

 A special Paralogue map will also be available during the event, where players will be able to fight against all four of the Easter-themed heroes.

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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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