With the Switch gaming console right around the corner, things are getting busy for Nintendo, and it looks like the company's mobile release schedule will remain at only 2-3 titles a year. Nintendo plans to follow the December release of Super Mario Run with an Android version in March, and its next title Fire Emblem Heroes will arrive for both Android and iOS tomorrow. The third title on Nintendo's upcoming slate is Animal Crossing, which was originally scheduled for March, but it has been pushed back until later this year.
Nintendo has officially announced its first mobile app in partnership with developer DeNA will land on the US App Store and in several other countries on March 31, 2016. The app called, Miitomo, is being described by Nintendo as a "free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters."
Nintendo today opened pre-registration for its upcoming mobile app, Miitomo. The communication app will be the first mobile title released by Nintendo and DeNA for smart devices. Miitomo allows users to create a Mii character that resembles themselves by using their device's built-in camera. Users can then choose the Mii's personality, how it speaks and assign it a nickname. The Mii will also ask users to answer questions about themselves so it can interact with other Mii characters created by their friends.
Nintendo today announced that its first original title for mobile devices will be Miitomo. The free-to-play title will allow users to create a Mii avatar and share common interests with other players. Miitomo will launch in March 2016, and it will include optional IAPs.
The video game maker announced the news during an investor briefing on Thursday morning. Investors and Nintendo fans were disappointed with the news that Nintendo decided to launch an unknown social networking app, instead of a video game starring one of its more popular characters, such as Mario. Shares of Nintendo dropped 9% after the briefing.
On Thursday Nintendo will announce its first video game for smartphones and tablets during its meeting with investors, according to The Wall Street Journal. Up until recently the video game maker has snubbed mobile gaming, refusing to port older titles to the App Store or release new games on mobile platforms. Earlier this year Nintendo had a change of heart announcing they would team up with the Japanese game developer DeNA to release new games to smartdevices.
After bringing its online game Pokémon TCG Online to the iPad, The Pokémon Company has released Camp Pokémon to the App Store. The game is aimed at toddlers more than older Pokémon fans, but its release shows that the Nintendo subsidiary is at least willing to embrace mobile devices.
The game encourages children ages 6-8 to "discover the amazing world of Pokémon" by participating in activities on a Pokémon-themed island. The app features six games for children to play to sharpen their Pokémon trainer skills. The activities include Poké Ball Throw, Find the Pokémon, trivia and more. You can see all of the activities in action in the trailer posted above.
UPDATE: The Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available for the iPad "later this year," according to Kataku.com.
The Pokémon Company has confirmed that the Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad, but the company did not "provide a timeline for its release," according to Polygon. The new version of the game was first spotted at the the Pokémon World Championship in Washington D.C. by Twitter user Josh Wittenkeller. Wittenkeller tweeted an image of TCG online being played on a white iPad with the message:
"It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon"
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is based on the popular collectible card game released by Wizards of the Coast in the '90s. TCG was first launched as a video game to the Game Boy Color and then as an online version for Mac and Windows. Pokémon TCGO allows players to use their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts to build custom decks and battle against other players online.
The Game Boy Advance emulator, GBA4iOS, is once again available for download after a short hiatus due to legal trouble with Nintendo. The emulator's creator Riley Testut, removed the website gba4iosapp.com in May after Nintendo sent a DMCA notice requesting that the site be "shut down". Testut has published a very lengthy blog post explaining what happened with the emulator and how it was resurrected from its "untimely DMCA death".
As expected, Nintendo issued a DMCA take notice to GitHub asking that the webiste be shut down because it hosted an app that "pointed directly to a ROM downloading site".
"This web site hosts a downloadable mobile application for iOS that provides users with access to unauthorized and illegal copies of Nintendo’s copyright-protected video games in violation of Nintendo’s exclusive rights."
Stolen Couch Games today released a trailer for Castaway Paradise, which looks a lot like Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing community simulation game. The developers have been testing the game in Canada since November, and plan to release an iPad version followed by an iPhone version sometime this year.
The game is a resource management title where players can customize their own character and "decorate" a village while interacting with other players. The developers of Castaway Paradise said they are "not hiding" where they got their "inspiration, and cited Animal Crossing as their muse on the TouchArcade forums.
nds4ios is a Nintendo DS emulator for iOS devices. However, this emulator is different because it works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, and installing it is super easy. Here's how:
How to install nds4ios on a jailbroken device (works with iOS 5.1.1 or later and ARM64 devices)
First you need to install Karen's Pineapple Repo. To do this open Cydia and navigate to Sources then tap "Edit" > "Add". Enter the URL http://cydia.angelxwind.net into the pop up box, and you're done.