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Niantic announced today during the 2017 Game Developers Conference, that Pokémon GO has surpassed 650 million downloads.

Niantic chief technology officer Phil Keslin  revealed that players have now walked roughly 8.7 billion kilometers (5.4 billion miles) while playing Pokémon GO. Keslin added that Niantic plans to keep Pokémon GO fresh with regular content updates. At this point, it would not be surprising if the game reaches one billion downloads this year.

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InnoGames sent out the following

Berlin & Hamburg, February 23, 2017. Wooga and InnoGames are pleased to announce the sale and transfer of mobile strategy title Warlords from Wooga to the Hamburg-based online games provider, InnoGames. Going forward, a team at InnoGames will continue development and enrich the game with their strong knowledge of the strategy genre. No employees will change company as part of the agreement

The deal reflects Wooga’s 2016 decision to double down and focus on casual mobile genres, while for InnoGames the acquisition of Warlords represents an addition to an already strong strategy game portfolio and the focus on mobile-only titles in the future.

“Warlords was very well received by players and press at launch and the team at Wooga is happy to see the game continue under the stewardship of InnoGames. The agreement also further reflects Wooga’s commitment and focus on producing the very best casual mobile experiences,” said Jens Begemann, Wooga Founder & CEO.

Armin Busen, CPO at InnoGames: “Warlords is a fantastic game with an enthusiastic fan base and we’re more than happy to get the chance to acquire it. The game represents a very good fit to our overall games portfolio and is another important step in our transition to mobile. Our dedicated team will make sure to add new features and improve the general game experience, so Warlords fans can look forward to the relaunch of the game.”

Existing Warlords accounts won’t be affected by the transfer nor will they lose any game progression.

I have to admit, I am not very familiar with this game. That said, it looks to remain in good hands with an IP holder who will do right by it. I may have to give this one a look.

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No GravatarNew Pokemon are coming to the world of Pokemon Go as announced by Niantic.

Game Update Welcomes Pokémon Originally Discovered in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver Video Games and Introduces Updated Encounter Gameplay, Evolution Options, New Berries and Expanded Avatar Items
San Francisco—Feb. 15, 2017—Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Pokémon GO as we welcome more Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for the passionate global community of Trainers playing the game,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come.”

“With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.”

With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop.

Trainers can download Pokémon GO from the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android. A version of Pokémon GO for Apple Watch is also available through the App Store. Nintendo’s Pokémon GO Plus device, which allows Trainers to catch Pokémon and collect items with the push of a button without looking at their screens, is being replenished at retail locations in support of this latest update, while supplies last.

This is a big addition to Pokémon Go and may even cause the game to get a second lease on life. This has me very interested, and now I wonder what next they will bring. Are you excited for this? Will you resume playing if you had stopped?

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Bethesda Sent out the following

 

Today the massively popular Fallout Shelter from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, expands once more to a new audience, putting Overseers in control of their own Vault and an army of Dwellers on Xbox One and Windows 10. Fallout Shelter is available now as an Xbox Play Anywhere title via a free download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.

 

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, player progress is retained across both Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning users can switch seamlessly between platforms and pick up where they left off, bringing all their saves, progress, and achievements with them. The game has also been fully adapted to work with the Xbox One controller, so players can experience Vault life bigger and better, right from their TV.

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Fallout Shelter thrusts players into the role of Overseer to build their own Vault, manage dwellers, and adventure through Fallout’s iconic wasteland. Since the game’s original launch in 2015, the game has continued to expand and add features, including Crafting, Scrapping, Pets, additional rooms, iconic Fallout 4 characters, and special Dweller customization options. The game’s constantly growing Quest system allows Overseers to send Dwellers out into the Wasteland to abandoned buildings, decrepit Vaults, and mysterious caves to uncover legendary loot and face off against enemies like Radscorpions, Ghouls, and powerful bosses.

 

Players can download Fallout Shelter for Xbox One and Windows 10 from the Xbox Store or Windows Store today.

 

The game is also available for free on Android and iOS devices, as well as on PC through Bethesda’s launcher.

 

Fallout Shelter is a truly unique mobile game and I am very interested in seeing how it does on Xbox One. Will you be getting the game on Xbox One? Do let us know!

 

 

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Annapurna Interactive, the publisher of Gorogoa, has released a new trailer for the upcoming game.

Designed, developed, and illustrated by Jason Roberts, Gorogoa is a beautifully hand-drawn story suspended inside a puzzle with a completely unique mechanic. Move illustrated, animated panels around on a grid, similar to arranging framed drawings on a wall. When two drawings are correctly stacked or aligned, they fuse together to form a new scene that may be navigated as though it were a 3D space and further advance the story.

 

This game looks incredible. I personally cannot wait to find out more about it and I think this will be a standout game. Puzzle games fascinate me to no end, so this looks fight up my alley. See the trailer below.

 

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One of the biggest mobile markets out there is China, and while Niantic, Pokemon Co. and Nintendo would love to have Pokémon Go release there, it doesn’t seem to ever be happening. This is due to the Chinese state censor blocking the game from release in there due to security risks. Specifically, these include “a threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”

While this may seem excessive, it is worth noting that there have been multiple reports of injuries and accidents caused by people playing Pokémon Go while distracted. As well, gaming addiction is actually a major concern in China, with extreme cases having made headlines in the country. Given these facts, it does make sense that the government would have several concerns.

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No GravatarNintendo has announced that pre-registration has now opened for Super Mario Run on Android smartphones and tablets and you can sign up here to be ready to play. Hopefully the game will have a better sale rate on Android than it did on iOS where actual purchases were low. See the announcement below

 

 

No GravatarNintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has already reached 50 million downloads. They sent out the tweet you can see below, to make the announcement. Super Mario Run has come a long way in a very short time and broken numerous records. Nintendo has been very smart about how they have pursued mobile thus far.

 

 

 

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Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima talked with Kyoto Shimbun in more detail about the company’s mobile plans. He noted that starting in 2017, they would like to bring out two or three mobile games each year. Given the success of Super Mario Run, this is seen as a positive move for them. Speaking of Super Mario Run, he noted the title has thus far achieved 40 million downloads and says that it has met their expectations, but they believe that number could grow to 100 million. He also noted that Nintendo is taking feedback on the game and that it has a high ratio of paying customers. Kimishima stated that smartphones will support the console line of Nintendo and work to expand the player base. The goal being to use the smartphone games to get people talking and look at the Switch when it comes out in March.

This is all good news for Nintendo and it is good to hear that their plan is to use these games to promote their systems.

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Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has been downloaded 40 million times in just 4 days. This is an even faster download rate than Pokémon Go and has broken App Store records. It is not clear how many of the downloads led to purchases but there was an estimate by e 3rd party of at least 14 million dollars in revenue ( and this was before 4 days on the market had passed). While it is not known how well the game will continue to do, it seems to have done its task of increasing brand awareness for Nintendo, going into the Switch era.

 

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