Nintendo confirms Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be hitting iOS this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo on Wednesday announced that it will be releasing more mobile games on the iOS platform later this fall, including Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. The announcement came during Nintendo’s earnings announcement for its full fiscal year, ended March 31.

“Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises,” reads the press release.

Nintendo released the first information about its next video game system, the NX. Read More


Mittomo, Nintendo’s first app designed for iOS devices, hits US App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

As promised, Japanese gaming giant Nintendo today released its first app designed for iOS devices, Miitomo, in the App Store in the United States and elsewhere following a recent soft-launch in the Japanese App Store.

The free-to-play title lets you customize your Mii avatars by mixing and matching from various costumes and styles. You can share your Miis with friends on social media and discover things that you share in common by engaging in conversations. Read More


Miitomo, Nintendo’s first iOS game, launches in US and other countries this Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016

Following its soft-launch in Japan, Nintendo’s first mobile game for iOS and Android, Miitomo, will be hitting the United States and other countries this coming Thursday, March 31, the Japanese gaming giant announced in a media release issued this morning. A free-to-start social experience, Miitomo lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters, which first appeared on Nintendo’s original Wii console.

The game was downloaded more than one million times in its first three days of availability in Japan, becoming the top free app on the Japanese App Store. Read More


Miitomo, Nintendo’s first smartphone game, soft-launches in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

As promised, Miitomo, Nintendo’s very first smartphone game, on Thursday released on the Japanese App Store ahead of its worldwide debut.

The freemium title, billed as “a friendly conversation starter,” is based on the Mii universe and invites gamers to customize their Mii avatars by mixing and matching from a bunch of costumes and styles to make it their own.

Your Mii characters created in the iOS app can then be easily shared with friends on social media. And by asking and answering questions, you can find out unknown aspects about your friends along with things that you share in common. “Your friends’ Mii characters will also visit you when you play,” said Nintendo. Read More


How to install emulators on your iPhone or iPad, no jailbreak required

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 20, 2016

Emulators are a way to play your favorite childhood games on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad without carrying the game disks or cartridges and game consoles around with you. Instead, they sideload the games on your device as a piece of software, and they’re given controls that are adapted for the touch screen.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you a method that still works to this day for getting emulators on your iOS device, and the best part is, you don’t even have to be jailbroken to do any of it. Read More


Pre-register for Miitomo, Nintendo’s first smartphone app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016

Back in October 2015, Nintendo announced its inaugural smartphone app for iOS and Android, Miitomo. Today, the Japanese gaming giant has opened up pre-registrations on its website for the forthcoming app. Signing up requires you to create a Nintendo Account so you can be notified when Miitomo launches in the App Store.

Creating a Nintendo Account ahead of Miitomo’s launch will also net you Platinum Points for the My Nintendo rewards program, which is scheduled to go live alongside the Miitomo app. Read More


Preregistration for Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app begins Feb 17

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Nintendo’s first official smartphone-only title will launch in March for both the iOS and Android platforms, but the Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday it will let users preregister for the app starting February 17th so they’re ready to go when the app officially launches. Read More


Nintendo: company’s second mobile game will focus on a “familiar” character

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

Following the continued decline in popularity of Nintendo’s game consoles and portable gaming systems, the Japan-based game maker has been forced to make the tough financial decision of developing for smartphones and tablets despite never wanting to in the first place.

Nintendo plans to have at least five mobile games available for such devices by March of 2017 as a part of its collaboration with DeNA, and now details regarding Nintendo’s intentions for a second mobile game have surfaced. Read More


How to play classic Nintendo and Sega games on Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2015

I’ve been playing Super Mario World on my Apple TV, and I absolutely love it. I’m able to do this by loading an emulator called Provenance on my Apple TV. You won’t find Provenance in the App Store, but Apple has given us the ability to sideload apps ourselves, and Provenance is one such app that can be sideloaded.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to sideload Provenance, and how to start playing old Nintendo and Sega Classics on your Apple TV, including the NES, SNES, GBA, Genesis, Game Gear, and more. If you like classic games, then you simply don’t want to miss this. Read More


Nintendo announces Miitomo, its first smartphone game

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

As expected, Nintendo has announced its first app for mobile devices. Entitled Miitomo, the free to play game is based in the Mii universe, and will be released next spring.

According to a Wall Street Journal live blog, Miitomo will allow users to design their own Miis, virtual avatars, which first appeared on the original Wii console. Nintendo has characterized Miitomo as a “Friendly Conversation Starter”. By asking and answering questions, gamers will be able to find out unknown aspects about friends along with things that you share in common. Read More


Super Mario clone returns to the App Store as ‘Pixel World!’

By Cody Lee on Jun 22, 2015

Earlier this year, a Super Mario clone named Super Bros! made its way into the App Store. Given the company’s history of blocking and removing obvious Nintendo game ripoffs and emulators, it was surprising that such a game made it past the review team.

Eventually, though, someone at Apple caught on and Super Bros! was pulled from the App Store, but it didn’t stay gone for long. The game returned today as “Pixel World!,” with updated sounds and game assets that help tone down the whole “ripoff” vibe a bit. Read More


Rumor: Nintendo’s next-generation gaming console is based on Android

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2015

Nintendo’s next-generation console codenamed NX, which the company is currently developing, is going to use Android if a report Monday by Nikkei, one of Japan’s largest newspapers, is anything to go by.

According to one insider who spoke with Nikkei, the Nintendo NX will supposedly be built around the Android OS, which should help “speed up getting all game developers on board.”

It would also mean that development could be expanded to smartphones, tablets and other devices, this person added. Read More


Nintendo to release first smartphone game this year, 5 games by 2017

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

After years of waiting, we could see Nintendo’s first smartphone game within the next 6 months. The Verge passes along comments made by CEO Satoru Iwata during a shareholders meeting, in which he stated the company is aiming to debut the game before the end of the year.

Additionally, Iwata explained that Nintendo plans to release 5 mobile titles between now and March 2017. “You may think it is a small number,” he said. “But when we aim to make each title a hit, this is not a small number and should demonstrate our commitment to smart devices.” Read More


Super Mario knockoff makes it into the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

We’re not expecting this one to last long on the App Store so all you fans of retro gaming out there in search of a Super Mario Bros-like experience on your iPhone should act now before it’s too late.

I’m old enough so you can trust me when I say that Super Bros! by Greek developer Papadakis Kostas (not to be confused with Greek pianist Konstantinos Papadakis) is the closest thing to the original game.

Somewhat incredibly, Super Bros! has managed to get past Apple’s App Store review team and is available for download, for now. The $1.99 iPhone game is a total knockoff of the 1985 classic platform video game internally developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. Read More


Nintendo changes tune, confirms bringing its beloved videogame franchises to mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo confirmed Tuesday a broad partnership with fellow Japanese videogame maker DeNA that will see it create games for smartphones and tablets based on its classic characters, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The iconic company has also teased its next-generation gaming system code0named “NX.”

For a long, long time a staunch opposer to porting its prized Mario, Zelda and Pokémon videogame franchises to mobile, Nintendo has thankfully changed its rigid stance in response to lagging sales of its own console hardware and software and the mobile gaming industry becoming an estimated $25 billion market. Read More


Nintendo working on social ‘Mii’ smartphone app

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2015

Nintendo is working on a new smartphone app, the company’s President Satoru Iwata told business magazine Nikkei on Thursday. It’s in development now, and should be finished around the time Nintendo reports its annual earnings in May.

According to Iwata, the app will feature Miis—the lovable, customizable avatars that represent players used in Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U. Players will be able to customize their Mii characters, and share them on their social networks. Read More


Another Nintendo emulator sneaks onto App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2014

A file management app innocently named Floppy Cloud, which contains a hidden emulator of the Nintendo NES and Super Nintendo, is now available in the App Store.

As pointed out by TouchArcade, its developer Kyle Hankinson has cunningly exploited the annual App Store shutdown to sneak Floppy Cloud onto Apple’s servers “moments before the iTunes freeze,” which started yesterday and ends on December 29.

Developers are unable to upload new code to the App Store during the iTunes freeze window so Floppy Cloud should be available on the App Store for a few days before Apple pulls it first thing in the morning on December 29. Read More


Nintendo files for patent for Game Boy emulation on phones and other devices

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

As TechCrunch reported this morning, the United States Patent & Trademark Office yesterday published a patent application for “Hand-held Video Game Platform Emulation” that Nintendo filed on June 23, 2014.

The invention describes software emulation of Nintendo’s popular mobile game consoles such as the Game Boy family on a variety of mobile devices, including smartphones and in other settings such as seat-back displays in airplanes and trains. Read More


Good deal: 25% off NES-style Bluetooth controller

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014

If you’re an iOS gamer, or have one on your holiday shopping list, you might want to check out this deal on this NES-style Bluetooth controller. It’s called the NES30, and for a limited time, Stack Social is offering it at 25% off of its regular retail price.

The controller features two additional action buttons, and two shoulder buttons, but other than that it’s nearly identical to Nintendo’s classic gamepad. It works via both Bluetooth and USB, supports multiplayer, and has a 20+ hour rechargeable battery.  Read More


Another official Pokemon game has landed in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

The Pokemon Company today released its second official game for iOS called Camp Pokemon. Aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, the title takes place on an immersive island filled with various mini games that teach players what it takes to become a Pokemon trainer.

Completing each of these activities will net players a pin, which they can view later in their Pin Book, allowing them to track their progress. They can also collect stickers, which can then be used to decorate photos taken with either iPhone or iPad cameras from within the game.

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