Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is an iOS exclusive, for now at least
Castlevania is one of Konami's most famous and beloved franchises, and will be dear to any seasoned Nintendo player; games like Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow are incredible video games, and the series has enjoyed an...
And it could be coming to Switch
FortuneFish - the studio founded by former Rare owners Tim and Chris Stamper, along with Tim's son Joe - has released a test version of its new music-based platformer on iOS which calls to mind the classic days of the legendary Donkey Kong Country studio. Kroko Bongo: Tap to the Beat! is billed as...
Take the money and run?
Super Mario Run - one of Nintendo's most high-profile smartphone titles - has been yanked from the iOS App Store. The title remains available on the Android Google Play Store at the time of writing, but is totally absent from Apple's digital storefront - although its themed sticker set is still on offer. Phew! It's not...
Unlimited time and bubbles for those who need it
Do you enjoy playing Super Mario Run but find it a bit too taxing for your tastes? If this is the case you'll be delighted to know that Nintendo have rolled out a update today which adds an "Easy Mode", giving the player unlimited time and bubbles to clear the course. This really takes the pressure...
The odds are good, basically
Super Mario Run is out soon on iOS (15th December), and is Nintendo's biggest mobile release to date - Pokémon GO, remember, isn't a Nintendo game. The moment Nintendo announced its partnership with DeNA in early 2015 most people will have said "there'll be a Mario runner", and they will have been right; nevertheless...
"The wait is almost over", says Bowser
We've known since its reveal that Super Mario Run would arrive on iOS devices in December, but now Nintendo has finally given some more concrete information. First of all, the release date on Apple devices will be 15th December, and the initial roll-out will be substantial - across 151 countries and regions...
Doing so seems to grant full access on iOS [Updated]
Update: Niantic have issued a statement to engadget.com saying: We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account. However, Pokémon Go only accesses basic Google profile information...
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
"Should remove any doubts" about Nintendo brand power on smart devices
Miitomo, as many reading this will know well, launched on 17th March in Japan. Nintendo and DeNA's social app is certainly under pressure to deliver big download numbers, while shareholders will be watching closely to see what kind of revenue it and future apps will generate. A...
Videos, stats and even live streams of tournaments
The Super Smash Bros. community seems to be in a positive period of expansion at present, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U combining with the much-loved Melee to add some extra spice to the competitive scene, with Nintendo also showing signs of engaging more with that area. A decent audience of more...
Despite the fact that it showcases entirely new content
Smartphone clones of popular games are a real problem for developers, with shady individuals gleefully copying any successful venture in the hope that they can earn a few shillings from unsuspecting punters. These irksome chaps certainly need dealing with, but sometimes the approach of the...
Takedown from Nintendo in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
This year Nintendo - in its partnership with DeNA - will be endeavouring to make its brands a major success on iOS and Android with its own official games and apps. It'll discover, if it hasn't done so already, that the platforms are already flooded with its IP - or lousy versions of them, in any case. An...
Parents will never get their iPhones back again
The Pokémon Company continues to explore the tall grasses outside Nintendo. Following the release of a Pokémon Trading Card Game app on iOS, a free, kid-centered app called Camp Pokémon is now available. Camp Pokémon campers can explore a collection of mini-games on a colourful island filled with...
Confirmed during Pokémon World Championship
It has been confirmed that The Pokémon Trading Card Game is making the leap to the iPad this year. The news broke at the ongoing Pokémon World Championship when Josh Wittenkeller tweeted an image of the game in action on Apple's tablet device. Kotaku has since received confirmation from The Pokémon
"Everything is fine" with Nintendo, apparently
Last week we pointed your attention to iPad title Castaway Paradise, which has striking similarities to Animal Crossing and some aspects that would be familiar to Harvest Moon fans; all with a dash of micro-transactions, of course. Footage of the title, already out in countries such as Canada and New...
Tom Nook won't be pleased
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Nintendo must be feeling pretty flattered right now because we've just spotted an iPad game which looks an awful lot like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Castaway Paradise is currently available on the Canadian, New Zealand and Vietnamese iPad App Stores, and it's fairly...
The official website does plug the full games, at least
During February Zero Escape series creator Kotaro Uchikoshi emphasized the challenges he was facing to make a third game in the franchise, with publishers apparently not deeming another entry financially viable. Uchikoshi-san was touched by fan support, however, and is contemplating alternative...
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...
Could the character live on despite the game being canned?
Sound Rangers: Rhythm & Battle! is an iOS title from Capcom which combines RPG elements with music-based combat — and it showcases a selection of famous characters from Capcom's history. Interestingly, Capcom has just revealed via Twitter that a new character is coming to the game —...
"Apple is already more important than Nintendo"
The Motley Fool — a site which aims to provide investors with advice, analysis and news — has claimed that the release of Logitech's PowerShell iPhone gaming control
"Grow from a boy to a legend", which seems familiar
What if the concepts behind The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker were merged with a visual style that hints at The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, with a camera angle somewhere between the two perspectives? We bet you'd get something like Oceanhorn, which is starting to roll-out on iOS...
Tech Bloggers Go To War Over Nintendo's Future
The unexpected announcement of the 2DS has led to some rather interesting opinion pieces appearing online, many of which actually defend Nintendo's move and see the cut-price console for what it truly is: an entry-level proposition that is sure to find its way under many Christmas trees this holiday...
Times they are a changin'
A recent study has revealed that in the first quarter of 2013, more cash was spent on iOS games than on 3DS and PS Vita software combined. This marks a slight change from the previous quarter, where it took iOS and Google Play's combined spend to overshadow dedicated handheld gaming systems. This quarter, iOS alone has...
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...
Opens plenty of opportunities
Nintendo is opening its doors to even more indie developers than ever, but it would seem that a new third-party service could make it even easier for bedroom coders to get their titles onto the Wii U eShop. According to a tweet from Steward Christie — who works for Tizen App Developers and is currently attending GDC...
Flying solo from 3DS
In a surprising development, former Guild01 compilation game and current eShop download, Liberation Maiden, has made the jump to Apple's iOS platform. We say that this is surprising, but it's now just one of a number of 3DS titles that have gone in either direction between the Nintendo handheld and smartphone/tablet devices...
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 3DS offers better value for dedicated players
Earlier this week Square Enix teased the world with a website showing a couple of symbols from the popular Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on 3DS. Was it teasing a sequel? A new Theatrhythm for a different series? Nope, it was just an iOS port. That iOS port is available right now and can be do
Developer Terry Cavanagh “definitely thinking about it”
If you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch then you may have already heard about Super Hexagon. Described by its creator Terry Cavanagh as a "minimal action game", it's one of those insanely addictive experiences which you intend to play for just a minute or two but end up wasting hours on...
Zombie me up, baby
Following in the footsteps of Nintendo itself, Ubisoft has released a ZombiU app for iOS devices to coincide with the launch of the game on the shiny new Wii U. The free application allows you to take a picture of yourself and will automatically generate an infected image. You can see the difference between the level of...
A smart move?
Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th. The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar...
Is it really Xover for Mega Man?
An awful lot of Mega Man fans were pretty beat up when Capcom revealed that the hugely anticipated 3DS entry Mega Man Legends 3 was no longer in development, and since then the company has done precious little to comfort the massive global fan-base that has grown up around the character. However, with Mega Man's...
Poké us if you have an answer
iOS gamers will be used to the endless production line of clones on the App Store by now; for every Angry Birds and New Star Soccer, there are countless derivative works which simply rip off the efforts of others for easy gain. It's one of the main reasons why mobile gaming leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many...
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...
Why the rise of mobile gaming won't destroy Nintendo's handheld dominance
These days it almost goes without saying that most gamers own some kind of mobile phone, and a staggering majority of those devices are capable of playing moderately entertaining games. Indeed, Apple's iPhone platform has been graced with some maddeningly addictive titles,...
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