Nintendo wants to build a billion dollar mobile game empire

Remember how adamant Nintendo was on not entering the mobile game business during the Wii and DS era? Oh, how things have changed. The company now has a bunch of really popular mobile games under its belt, and although it has up until now kept its promise that it wouldn’t release a “full-fledged” title in one of its flagship franchises as a mobile game, things may be about to change.
Not in the sense that Nintendo will release the next grand Mario or Zelda adventure on Android and iOS, but in the sense that it will focus much more heavily on mobile than it’s been …


Nintendo to launch new action RPG smartphone game later this year

After the success of Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem: Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo revealed its new mobile game to be released later this year – Dragalia Lost. Unlike Nintendo’s previous mobile games that belong to iconic franchises, the upcoming title is a new IP.

Dragalia Lost is an action RPG developed by Nintendo and Cygames. The game will be initially released in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau sometime this summer. According to Nintendo, the game will make it to North America and Europe later this year.

Along with the game’s announcement, Nintendo released …

Nintendo Switch launched one year ago. Your save data is still at risk.

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Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017. Today, exactly one year later, you’re still at risk of losing all your save data in the event of a hardware failure.

We’ve talked about this beforeMore than once. It’s an ongoing problem. The Switch is a great gaming machine, but this omnipresent dark cloud that still hovers over it is baffling.

Can you name another game-playing device released in the past 25 years that didn’t offer some way to protect your data? Proprietary memory cards, game cartridges with built-in storage of their own, flash drives, SD cards, cloud storage — different machines do it in different ways, but the feature itself is a given. An expectation. Read more…

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Fire Emblem Heroes brings Nintendo nearly one third of a billion dollars in just one year

It was truly a great year for Nintendo and not just due to the success of the Switch, but its mobile gaming business seems to have brought the Japanese company a lot of money. As expected, Super Mario Run is far from being the most financially successful game launched by Nintendo, and neither is the rather newly released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

According to new data published by SensorTower, Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s most successful mobile game to date. The title that was launched last year already brought the Japanese company $295 million in worldwide player spend, which is …

Nintendo to put an end to its first entry into the smartphone app ecosystem

Nintendo’s first push into the mobile gaming, Miitomo will be discontinued effective May 9. The Japanese company announced that users of Miitomo mobile app will not be able to continue to purchase premium coins as of right now.

According to the official statement, those who still use the app will receive daily login bonuses until May 9 in the form of Miitomo coins and game tickers. These bonuses can be used to play Miitomo Drop or take advantage of other features such as the Miitomo shop.

In case you’re wondering what will happen if you fire up the app after May 9, Nintendo says that …

Major Nintendo franchises are coming to the NVIDIA Shield, in China

Who’d have thought it? Major entries in some of Nintendo’s biggest franchises are launching on the NVIDIA Shield. That’s right, Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Punch-Out, among other Wii (and possibly GameCube) games, are coming to NVIDIA’s set-top-box in China. All games will be running in native 1080p instead of their original resolution of 480p

The Shield, which hit store shelves in China today, is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip like the one found in the Nintendo Switch, which could partially …

Nintendo releases Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a day earlier, download links available now

Although Nintendo announced yesterday that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be released in the App Store and Google Play on November 22, the developer decided to take the wraps off the highly-anticipated game one day early.

If you’re rocking an Android smartphone or an iPhone, you can now download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on your device. It’s available for free via App Store and Google Play but includes some serious in-app purchases. Also, make sure you have a persistent Internet connection, otherwise you won’t be able to play the game.

In Animal Crossing: …

Nintendo announces Super Mario Run has 200 million downloads, but it's not too profitable

Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first foray into the mobile gaming industry. Even though the game proved to be pretty popular among Android and iOS users, it didn’t reach the level of profitability Nintendo expected.

During Nintendo’s latest earnings report, the Japanese company announced Super Mario Run now has more than 200 million downloads on both Android and iOS platforms. However, Nintendo claims that despite this impressive numbers, the game “had not yet reached an acceptable profit point.”

Super Mario Run is a free to download game but requires players …

Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game, coming to Android and iOS in late November

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its newest mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Not yet available for download, the game will be launched in the App Store and Google Play in late November, the developer announced.

If you’re not familiar with the Animal Crossing franchise, then you’ll probably want to know what’s this all about. First off, this is an old series of games that made its debut on the Nintendo 64 back more than 15 years ago.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game in which players must build a camp life with friends and their favorite animals. …

Nintendo hid a copy of the NES game 'Golf' on every Switch

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In the long history of weird Nintendo moments, this one stands out.

Tucked away deep within the Nintendo Switch operating system is the data for an NES original, Golf. It’s playable by one or two players using Switch Joy-Cons and it even appears to support motion controls… or it would, if anyone knew how to unlock it.

For now, knowledge of Golf‘s existence on Switch comes entirely SwitchBrew.org, a wiki focused on hacking and analyzing the software powering Nintendo’s latest console. It’s not a piracy thing, however; “homebrew” programmers try to crack the code on gaming machines primarily to install software that wouldn’t otherwise be supported. Read more…

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