Custom locations, breeding, trading, new critters & other perks coming soon to Pokémon GO

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Pokémon GO is the biggest mobile game in U.S. history in terms of daily active users and Apple confirmed that the augmented-reality game broke an App Store record for most downloads during its first week of availability, but that doesn’t mean its creators are resting on their laurels—quite the contrary.

As the game continues its global assault, Niantic Labs founder John Hanke teased at what’s coming next to the app: custom locations, more monsters, the ability to add customizations to lures, trading characters, more ways to play with Pokéstops and Gyms and other perks. Read More


Apple confirms Pokémon Go set App Store record

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Apple confirmed last week in a statement to media that Nintendo’s augmented-reality game Pokémon Go was downloaded more times in its first week than any other iPhone app since the App Store’s inception in the summer of 2008. Apple’s take from the popular mobile game could help the iPhone maker rake in an estimated $3 billion in additional revenue in the next 12 to 24 months as the game expands into more countries, according to a report from Needham analyst Laura Martin. Read More


Thanks to Pokémon GO, Nintendo is now worth more than Sony

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2016

This morning, Nintendo shares finished trading another fourteen percent higher following the release of its crazy popular augmented-reality game, Pokémon GO, which launched on the App Store on July 6. Put simply, Nintendo shares have doubled in value since the launch of Pokémon GO, BBC said.

The report adds that thanks to the game, Nintendo’s market capitalization has now surpassed that of another Japanese giant, Sony. Read More


Nintendo delays Pokémon Go launch in France “as a sign of respect” for Nice victims

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Last Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack in France’s Nice left eighty-four people dead when an attacker ploughed a lorry into people celebrating the national Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. In the aftermath of the attack, Nintendo is postponing the planned release of Pokémon Go in the country out of respect for the French people “in this time of national mourning,” a Pokémon Company spokesperson told IGN France. Read More


Pokémon Go is now available in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK and Germany

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Nintendo’s tremendously successful Pokémon Go is expanding in more countries across Europe. In addition to releasing on the App Store in Germany and the United Kingdom a few days ago, the augmented-reality game which requires people to go out hunting for pokémon is now available for download in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Read More


Read this if you just switched Apple ID to download Pokémon Go

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

In less than a week, Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in the US history, however, the app is currently limited to App Stores in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Eager to get their hands on some pokémon, some of the tech-savvier international users have resorted to switching their Apple ID in order to download the game only to find their Apple Music libraries wiped as a result, reports The Telegraph. Read More


In terms of daily active users, Pokémon GO is the biggest mobile game in US history

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

The runaway success of Nintendo’s Pokémon GO continues to take the Internet by storm, with a new Survey Monkey study indicating that in terms of daily active users the augmented-reality title has officially become the biggest mobile game in the United States’s history, just a week following its launch on iOS and Android. After initially launching in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Pokémon GO is now available on the German App Store ahead of its expected launch across Europe. Read More


First Pokémon GO update squashes bugs, no longer requires full Google Account access

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Nearly a week following its official launch in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo’s incredibly successful Pokémon GO on Tuesday received its first update on the App Store. The freemium app was bumped to version 1.0.1, bringing out much-needed bug fixes whilst resolving an issue which caused the app to crash after attempting to catch any discovered pokémon. More importantly, full Google Account access is no longer needed for those who use this sign-in option.

Pokémon GO is a free download from the App Store. Read More


The runaway success of Pokémon GO highlights safety issues of augmented-reality gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

The runaway success of Pokémon GO is undeniable. In a few short days since its debut last week, the freemium title has become the top free app on the US App Store and the most downloaded and highest-grossing app in the countries where it is available. It sent Nintendo shares up 25 percent, adding $7.5 billion to the company’s market capitalization. Furthermore, the game is about to surpass Twitter among Android users in the United States in terms of daily active users.

But there’s a darker side to its success as widespread media coverage combined with pent-up interest and the power of the Nintendo and Pokémon brands in some cases seem to be resulting in a string of thefts, burglaries and even car accidents and other injuries. Read More


Nintendo shares post massive gains following Pokémon GO launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Since releasing its augmented-reality game Pokémon GO five days ago on the App Store in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, Nintendo stock has jumped 25 percent, gaining a cool $7.5 billion and posting a record since it began trading in Tokyo in 1983, Reuters reported Monday. Read More


Pokémon wallpapers for iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Jul 10, 2016

Late last week, Nintendo’s newest iOS experience launched as Pokémon GO hit the App Store. The augmented reality game requires players to actually roam around in real space, think outside, homes, offices, restaurants, looking to “actually” capture Pokémon in the wild. Some otherwise dormant gamers have even taken to Twitter, complaining about the added exercise of walking around.

The resurgence of Pokémon on iOS caused a flurry of excitement with those newly interested gamers or some playing for the nostalgia. Regardless, Pokémon GO is extremely popular on the App Store. Don’t miss your chance to catch all of this week’s Pokémon inspired iPhone wallpapers. Read More


Pokémon GO launches on US App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

Following a period of field-testing in the United States, Nintendo’s augmented-reality game Pokémon GO should become available shortly on App Stores in select countries, including the United States and Japan. A Pokémon Company spokesperson told a Wall Street Journal reporter to “please wait for a while” for formal launch of the game.

Update: Pokémon GO is now available in the US App Store.

The download is already live on the New Zealand and Australian App Stores and is expected to launch later today on the Japanese and US App Stores.

Pokémon GO is Nintendo’s second iOS game after Miitomo, an odd title designed as “a friendly conversation starter” and based on Nintendo’s lucrative Mii universe. Read More


Nintendo considering developing physical controllers for mobile devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 5, 2016

Nintendo plans to push further into development for smart devices, and is exploring the idea of hardware, the company said during its annual shareholders meeting. Polygon passes along comments made by Nintendo’s GM of entertainment planning and development during the meeting, in which he said the game-maker is considering building physical controllers for smartphones and tablets. Read More


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

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