Starts next month
Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour website has revealed the upcoming mobile game will be receiving a closed beta test on Android devices. This test period will run from 22nd May to 4th June in both North America and Japan. The website is currently accepting closed beta test participant applications until 7th May. The test is being held to...
"Switch is mostly custom kernel. They used bits of Android"
Back when the Switch was known as the Nintendo NX there were rumours which suggested that the console would make use of Google's Android operating system, and according to former Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, the Japanese giant actually went as far as to approach Cyanogen regarding its OS...
At long last!
Super Mario Run has been available on iOS for quite some time now, but Android users have had to endure quite a painful wait for the Italian plumber's debut smartphone adventure. An Android launch window of March was confirmed some time ago, but the majority of the month has passed without any confirmed release date - until now, that...
Not long to go now
Super Mario Run has been available on iOS for a few weeks now, while Android users have had to endure a rather annoying wait to get their hands on the plumber's first smartphone adventure. The good news is that the wait is almost over - Super Mario Run will arrive on Google-powered phones in March. This news shouldn't come as...
Maybe it's not too far off…
Super Mario Run has been grabbing a lot of attention over the past few weeks, as this is the first time Nintendo brought its mustachioed mascot to mobile markets. While the game has admittedly been bringing in mixed reception—how could we forget that stock drop?—it's nonetheless been a popular app downloaded by...
Take that, Apple!
Super Mario Run is out - yay! It's only available to roughly half the world's smart device owning population - boo! Yes, of course, the plumber's first mobile game is only on iOS right now, with Android owners having to wait until 2017. It's a bitter mushroom to swallow. Android users can get around this, though. As an 'Android...
Get smartphone ready for just $99 / £60
Some people out there may have resisted the Pokémon GO craze because the game simply doesn't appeal to them or they'd rather not walk around the streets in the dead of night searching for elusive Squirtles, but for others the barrier to entry is a technological one; despite their ubiquitous nature, not...
Cartridges are all the rage once again
If you thought the Coleco Chameleon or the recent NX rumours were the last chance for cartridge-based gaming, then this might pick your spirits up. A Japanese group known as the "Pico Cassette Project" has started a
Nintendo has already revealed that Miitomo has hit three million users worldwide and topped the iOS App Store, but we can now confirm that it has sped past the one million installs marker on the Android Google Play market, too. Browsing the Miitomo page on the Google Play store, it now says the app has been downloaded between 1,000,000...
Not all fans are happy...
While we await Nintendo's first formal foray into smart device gaming this year, it's worth remembering that the Nintendo-owned but independently operating Pokémon Company has been doing a roaring trade in apps of various kinds for multiple years. It's now released another app on Google Play, though it's not without its...
Rumour shot down by Nintendo spokesman
It was only yesterday that brought a rumour of Nintendo's next console potentially using Google's Android OS, courtesy of Japanese business publication Nikkei. Unfortunately for lovers of Google's trendy OS, it appears this rumour is unsubstantiated. Speaking to The Wall Street
Bridging the gap between home and portable?
Nintendo's next console could use Google's Android OS, according to Japanese publication Nikkei. An editorial by Nikkei on Nintendo NX contains alleged "insider" knowledge which suggests that the Wii U's lack of third party support has impacted the approach Nintendo is taking to its next system. According...
A move by Nintendo into the mobile space could make the company even bigger
Rumours of Nintendo working on its own mobile phone have been appearing on and off for the past decade, and recently we even heard that the idea almost become a reality back in 2004. The prospect of owning a mobile telecommunications device crafted to suit Nintendo's unique...
Developer to change any troublesome parts before release
It's true that video games often take inspiration from other games, leaving developers to occasionally answer tough questions over similar assets or design. Take for example the Flappy Bird fiasco that happened a few months back. The developer was attacked for having green pipes that bear a...
Japanese firm has no issue with the game's visuals
Unless you've been living down an especially deep well for the past week or so, you'll have heard of the name Flappy Bird. The smartphone title has attracted an astonishing amount of interest both from within and outside the games industry, and its creator Dong Nguyen apparently made $50,000 USD a...
Donkey Kong Country HD, anyone?
Smartphones may be a growing market when it comes to gaming, but the companies running these platforms seem to have a real problem controlling what kind of content goes up. Android's Google Play market is probably the worst offender, with Google seemingly content to allow developers to sell whatever apps and games...
Looking a lot different to before
Remember High Voltage Software's Animales de la Muerte? It was supposed to hit WiiWare back in 2009, but the 40MB download limit imposed on developers prevented a release. The game has been stuck in limbo ever since, with a PSN and XBLA launch proposed but never materialising. However, that's all set to change as...
Wii U rival to offer ability to play ROMs on your TV
Ouya is one of the more high-profile Kickstarter campaigns, having raised a staggering $8.6 million in 2012. The system will run on Google's Android operating system and should retail for less than $100 when it launches in June this year. Although its primary objective is to host titles similar...
Certainly rings a bell
Last year we were graced with the Droid X360, a Chinese-made clone of the PS Vita which runs Google's Android operating system. This year, we've got another copycat device which shares more than a few similarities with the Wii U GamePad - it even has the same name. The JXD S7300 GamePad 2 has a 7-inch capacitive screen, a...
Streaming the latest episodes to your smartphones and tablets
More Pokémon news follows Pokémon Scramble U and the revealing of Ninfia, as Pokémon TV has launched on iOS and Android devices. The app allows you to watch full episodes of the Pokémon TV show, as well as special features and trailers for the upcoming Pokémon movie releases. You...
But only if you play games which use two buttons, obviously
Retro emulation on Android isn't going to go away, regardless of how questionable and legally dubious it is. However, the exploits of a hacker by the name of alpinedelta prove that even those who resort to playing ROMs on their phone often yearn for the feel of the real thing. alpinedelta...
Great artists steal?
Smartphone-based clones of popular games are everywhere these days, but this latest effort really is unashamedly blatant. Super Maria Land - which proudly proclaims itself as a 'Mario Clone' on its official Google Play store listing is a port of a web-based Flash title for Google's popular Android platform. It's clearly a...
With so many different kart pieces to unlock in Mario Kart 7, it can be tough knowing what's what and how to maximise your kart's abilities for land, sea and air. That's where the Combo Explorer app for iOS and Android can come in handy. The application lets you create a custom kart from all in-game parts and see how it stacks up...
Everyone's in on the act
Andy Payne, chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment — the UK's games industry trade association — is the latest in a long line of industry notables to call on Nintendo to create games for smartphones. Speaking at Liverpool's Develop conference, Payne spoke in response to an audience statement that platform exclusivity...
Won't be doing that, then
While the wider games industry continues to argue that Nintendo should move into the smartphone game space, Nintendo's top brass are sticking by their guns and saying "no, thank you." The latest to speak up is Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who talked to Games.com about the company's stance. Asked...
Finally, SNES games play like a dream
We few days ago we covered the release of Ryan Frawley's excellent Wii Controller IME app for Google's Android mobile platform. The app allows Android users to connect a Wii Remote to their phone via Bluetooth and play games on with it. Frawley hinted at Classic Controller support when he launched the first...
We put the new app through its paces in an exclusive video
Last week we reported that developer Ryan Frawley had released a "proof of concept" demo which allowed Android phone users to interact with a Nintendo Wii Remote. There's barely been enough time to get fully excited about this tantalising prospect because Frawley has launched the...
New application allows Wii Remotes and Android phones to communicate
We don't usually cover mobile phone news here on Nintendo Life but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Those of you familiar with Google's Android operating system will know that there are countless downloadable apps available via the appropriately-named Android Market. One app that caught our attention recently was..
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