After the success of their smartphone app "Miitomo," both for Android and iOS, Nintendo is getting serious with developing more smartphone apps, this time for gaming. According to a report in Tech Insider, the Japanese company that has been resisting the call to go into mobile game and app development has finally realized that they have a place in mobile gaming. The fact that the company has been experiencing dwindling sales recently became a push factor for them to partner with a developer to enter mobile gaming.
"Miitomo" is more a social networking app than a game. It boasts of over 10 million users who have their own unique avatars and are exchanging conversations with friends in the network. Revenues are generated via an in-store shop where users can buy accessories and outfits for their avatars.
Nintendo recently announced that it will be bringing two more mobile games to smartphones and these are "Fire Emblem" and "Animal Crossing." Both games are existing Nintendo franchises which according to the report are best suited for a mobile gaming environment. According to a TechCrunch report, both games are set to be released sometime in fall 2016. more >>
Smartphones have become an indispensable part of daily productivity, especially for users who are frequently on the go and do not have easy access to their desktops. And because of smartphone apps such as Google Calendar, it's much easier to keep track of one's schedule, from meetings to deadlines to personal tasks. The latest update for Google Calendar now makes it easier for co-workers to set a meeting by determining the common available time for each use.
The update has added the feature called "Find a Time," which automates the process of finding a common time for a meeting or a chat by looking through the shared calendars of each user. As more and more workplaces use Google Calendar and similar apps for collaborative work, this feature is a good addition. According to a report in Fortune, people at work tend to spend a lot of time not just attending meetings, but also setting or scheduling meetings with co-workers. There can be a lot of e-mails exchanged on finding a common time which can translate to productive time lost.
The "Find a Time" feature when used will go through shared calendars on Google Apps for Work and suggest schedule options based on what it sees as openings. The host or the organizer of the meeting still has the final say on which option he or she will suggest. more >>
With the Pokemon Company keeping mum about when they are releasing their much-awaited augmented-reality game, leaks and rumors are finding themselves online. The most recent one is a nine-minute field test video which is supposedly from a field tester in Australia, where the game's field tests are ongoing. The video provided a sneak peek into some of the game's features which include capturing Pokemon, hatching eggs and joining a Gym.
According to a report in Game Rant, the video showed how a player, who is considered as a new trainer when he or she enters the game, can start by customizing his or her avatar. Base avatars are either male or female, and once an avatar is selected, a player can change their hair color, eye color and even their attire and accessories.
After customization, the player goes off to look for pocket monsters to capture. According to the report, this game is different from other Pokemon games where a pocket monster is provided to the player from the start. In "Pokemon GO," one must capture their own pocket monsters and train them. more >>
"Golden Week" in Japan is not happening until Friday, April 29, but the North American store of the PlayStation Network has launched its own celebration of the holiday with its "Golden Week" Sale that started a few days ago and will run until May 3, Monday. The North American store of PSN has always held a special sale for "Golden Week" and this year is no exception. PlayStation Plus subscribers get additional discounts on top of the sale prices.
Because it is a Japanese holiday, the store in North America is giving discounts on Japanese games, offering as much as 75% off certain game titles. According to a report in N4G, there are more than 71 games included in the discount list, for consoles PS3, PS4 and Vita.
In particular, Japanese role-playing games are included in the sale, so RPG gamers in North America can celebrate and grab the titles they have been eyeing for some time. Among the notable titles included are those that were only released last year, namely "Persona 4: Dancing All Night," "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD," "Gravity Rush Remastered" and "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth." more >>
Nintendo is getting left behind by its rivals, but the Japanese gaming giant isn't ready to give up, at least for now. Although the company's investors are a bit disappointed, Nintendo Co. are on track in making a comeback with the announcement of a new videogame system called the Nintendo NX, which reportedly is going to be released in March of next year.
Per Wall Street Journal report, the announcement interestingly came right after the company reported a huge decline in its sales. The main reason for the limited revenues is the fact that the brand hasn't really introduced anything new to a market that's flooded with so many options and with the likes of Sony and Microsoft leading the industry.
CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talked about several things, including Nintendo's outlook in the immediate future, but he didn't get into details about the NX, not even mentioning if it's either a console or a portable, hand-held gaming device. more >>
The popular shooter franchise "Call of Duty" is rumored to be bringing another installment to the series soon, and according to a Tech Times report, the upcoming game may come by the name "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare." This news came ahead of any official announcement after a listing of the game with the said title appeared on the PlayStation Store, an image of which was shared on NeoGAF.
Other rumors about the game indicate that an unveiling of the game will be happening on May 3rd. According to leaks, game retailers are already receiving marketing collateral as well as the start date of the marketing.
The Tech Times report speculated that May 3rd is likely if one looks at how Activision usually announces its "Call of Duty" installment a few months before an E3 (which is two months away), and it has done so in the past years. Aside from that, leaks about the game will likely find themselves online as what happened with "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" in 2014, where the game was supposed to be revealed through a special cover edition of Game Informer, but when the trailer leaked ahead, the developer and publisher decided to make the announcement. more >>