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Huawei’s New 7.2-inch Gaming Phone Is Bigger And More Poweful Than Many Tablet

Huawei’s new 7.2-inch gaming phone is bigger and more poweful than many tabletChris Smith / BGR - 8 months ago
  • Huawei on Tuesday unveiled not two, not three, but four new Mate phones, including the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Porsche Design-branded Mate 20 RS, and the Mate 20 X.
  • The Mate 20 X is basically an even more powerful version of the Mate 20 Pro.
  • The Mate 20 X’s main features include a huge 7.2-inch OLED display that’s actually bigger than old 7-inch tablets, a 5,000 mAh battery (that’s supposed to deliver double the battery life of other devices, including the Nintendo Switch and iPhone XS Max), and a cooling system that uses graphene to dissipate heat.
  • Huawei insisted during the event on the improved cooling capabilities of the phone after prolonged use, saying that the Mate 20 X will stay cooler than its main rivals, including the Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS, thanks to the Vapor Chamber and the Graphene Film layers.

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Nintendo’s New Dragalia Lost Game Earned $16 Million In Two Weeks

Nintendo’s New Dragalia Lost Game Earned $16 Million in Two WeeksJuli Clover / MacRumors - 8 months ago
  • $13.5 million of the $16 million in revenue has come from Japan and the United States, with the game now ranking third when it comes to revenue earned by Nintendo mobile titles.
  • During the first two weeks of availability, Fire Emblem Heroes earned $34 million, Super Mario Run earned $15.6 million, and Animal Crossing earned $9.8 million. Dragalia Lost, unsurprisingly, is performing best in Japan.
  • In addition to battling monsters, players will also need to develop a holy citadel for dragon training.
  • Like most of Nintendo's recent titles, Dragalia Lost is free to play and supported through in-app purchases. Dragalia Lost can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

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PlayStation Reclaims Top Spot For Gaming Industry Ad Spend On TV

PlayStation reclaims top spot for gaming industry ad spend on TVEleanor Semeraro, iSpot.tv / VentureBeat - 9 months ago
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 is back on the top, as EA Sports and Xbox muscle in while Nintendo drops.
  • As kids went back to school, Nintendo decreased its spend in September to roughly $4.45 million, down from an estimated $6.2 million in August, and PlayStation overtook the top spot on the charts, adding an additional eights spots to the one it aired in August promoting “Marvel’s Spider-Man.”
  • Xbox broke into the top five, claiming second largest spend with nearly $8.2 million on a big push for “Shadow of the Tomb Raider.” Ubisoft and EA Sports overtook the fourth and fifth spots with EA only airing one spot promoting “Madden NFL 19: Make Your Play.”
  • GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you a monthly report on how gaming brands are spending.
  • Overall, gaming industry spend increased by more than double from $24.9 million in August, to $53.5 million in September with 30 brands running 68 commercials nearly 17,300 times, generating over 3.4 billion TV ad impressions.

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Nintendo Plans New Switch Hardware For 2019 Release, Report Says

Nintendo plans new Switch hardware for 2019 release, report saysNat Levy / GeekWire - 9 months ago
  • Nintendo is gearing up to release a new version of the smash hit Switch console as soon as next summer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. 
  • Citing information from suppliers and others with direct knowledge of the plan, WSJ reports Nintendo is still deciding the hardware and software features it wants to include in an updated console.
  • Nintendo representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • The Nintendo Switch debuted last year and is already one of the most successful gaming consoles of all time, with sales nearing 20 million units.

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Report: A New Nintendo Switch Model Will Arrive In 2019

Report: A new Nintendo Switch model will arrive in 2019Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica - 9 months ago
  • Plans for a Nintendo Switch hardware revision, slated to launch sometime in 2019, are currently underway, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
  • The brief report, which went live early Thursday morning, pins Nintendo's plans for a new Switch version (assumedly compatible with all existing Switch software) in the "latter half of 2019, perhaps as soon as summer."
  • One insight missing from the WSJ report is that Nintendo's original primary supplier of LCD panels, Japan Display Inc, made far fewer Switch screens in 2017 than they did in 2016.

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Nintendo To Launch New Switch Console As Soon As Next Summer

Nintendo to launch new Switch console as soon as next summerChris Smith / BGR - 9 months ago
  • The Switch turned out to be a huge success story for Nintendo, having sold nearly 20 million units since its debut in early March 2017.
  • It’s unclear whether the new version will be called Nintendo Switch 2, but the Wall Street Journal has it from suppliers and other people familiar with Nintendo’s plans that a hardware refresh is definitely in the works.
  • The move is not unusual, given that rivals have released similar console updates for their consoles.
  • It’s unclear what the 2019 Switch will have to offer, as Nintendo is still debating hardware and software details, but the Journal does say that screen upgrades are in the works.

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Vancouver’s Liquid Media Acquires Rights To 65 Classic Video Game Titles, Opening Door To Revivals

Vancouver’s Liquid Media acquires rights to 65 classic video game titles, opening door to revivalsThomas Wilde / GeekWire - 9 months ago
  • Vancouver, B.C.-based production studio Liquid Media Group has announced that it has acquired 65 video game properties, many of which are long-abandoned favorites from the 1980s and ’90s, from Toronto-based Throwback Entertainment.
  • Acquiring the rights and interest in the games means Liquid Media may potentially be involved with the production of reissues, remakes, or sequels to these properties, including classic franchises such as Bust A Move, Bubble Bobble, Kwirk, and NBA Jam.
  • “Retro gaming is driving incredible success for the world’s largest players, like Sony and Nintendo,” said Charles Brezer, Liquid Media’s director, in a statement issued on Tuesday.
  • Recent releases of repackaged classic games, such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic, have proved to be sales successes in the United States, with the NES Classic in particular outselling all other entertainment hardware platforms in June of 2018.

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Valve Doubles Down On Making Its Own Games Again

Valve Doubles Down On Making Its Own Games AgainJamie Feltham / UploadVR - 1 year ago
  • PCGamer reports that, during a presentation on the company’s new digital card game, Artifact (which doesn’t support VR), Valve president Gabe Newell confirmed the studio was working on multiple new titles.
  • If you’ve been following the VR industry for the past year that shouldn’t really come as news; Newell revealed that Valve was making three VR titles for VR headsets in early 2017, though we still don’t know anything about them.
  • While Newell didn’t specifically reference the new VR games, he did make a comparison to Nintendo’s control over both hardware and software that has made Valve “jealous” in the past.
  • “We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo,” Newell said.

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Super Mario Film Announced By Nintendo

Super Mario film announced by NintendoBBC Technology / BBC - 1 year ago
  • Nintendo has announced it's producing a new Super Mario film using the characters from the gaming series.It's part of the company's plan to increase its earnings from other industries.Earlier this week it reported its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years.Nintendo CEO and president Tatsumi Kimishima said in 2016 he hoped Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach would hit the big screen.And the appetite for Super Mario is as strong as ever.
  • The queue to play the new game at last year's E3 gaming convention - arguably the biggest event in the industry - was up to four hours long, Newsbeat reported.No release date, writer or director has been announced for the the Italian plumber's new project.Speculation, based on Nintendo's current schedule, is that the earliest the film will hit cinemas in 2020.Nintendo will work with Illumination Entertainment - the production company behind Despicable Me, Dr Seuss and Minions.

Nintendo Is Bringing Mario Kart To Smartphones

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 1 year ago
  • Following the success of Super Mario Run, Nintendo has confirmed plans to bring Mario Kart to mobile devices.
  • The game will be called Mario Kart Tour, and it is currently scheduled for release by the first quarter of 2019.
  • We plan to release a smart-device application from the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart Tour, during the next financial year (from April 2018 to March 2019).

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Nicolas Cage: ‘I Hate Social Media’

Nicolas Cage: ‘I hate social media’Chris Matyszczyk / CNET - 1 year ago
  • For years, fans and analysts had anticipated Nintendo's move to smartphone gaming -- expecting to see ports of popular Mario titles, or a portable version of the Wii and Wii U's virtual console games.
  • It was a fun social experience, but its days are numbered: Nintendo has already halted the sale of Miitomo coins -- a digital currency players could use to buy their characters new outfits -- and the game will stop functioning completely in May.
  • Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives."What are you looking at, Twitterface?"
  • Does anyone like social media anymore?Former Facebook President Sean Parker is worried about what social media does to children's brains.

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Samsung Officially Sets Galaxy S9 Unveiling For Feb. 25

Samsung officially sets Galaxy S9 unveiling for Feb. 25Jessica Dolcourt / CNET - 1 year ago
  • For years, fans and analysts had anticipated Nintendo's move to smartphone gaming -- expecting to see ports of popular Mario titles, or a portable version of the Wii and Wii U's virtual console games.
  • It was a fun social experience, but its days are numbered: Nintendo has already halted the sale of Miitomo coins -- a digital currency players could use to buy their characters new outfits -- and the game will stop functioning completely in May.
  • Samsung's invitation shows a large purple "9" on a black background, highlighting the words "The camera.
  • Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus rumors have been mounting, painting a picture of a large-screen, slim-bezel phone with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a dual-camera setup (at least the larger S9 Plus).

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NPD: Nintendo Switch Was No. 1 In December, But Xbox One Outsold PS4

NPD: Nintendo Switch was No. 1 in December, but Xbox One outsold PS4Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat - 1 year ago
  • The Nintendo Switch was the No.-1-selling game console in December, but Microsoft’s Xbox One family of consoles outsold Sony’s PlayStation 4, according to market researcher NPD Group.
  • It’s no surprise that Microsoft could beat Sony in December, as Microsoft launched its Xbox One X console in November and Sony didn’t have any new hardware.
  • Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox marketing at Microsoft, sent out a celebratory tweet.
  • Was trying to just thank folks for supporting us and the incredible success following the launch of Xbox One X.

Miiverse Archive Recovers 17TB Of Social Mirth After Nintendo’s Shutdown

Kyle Orland / Ars Technica - 1 year ago
  • Nintendo's first attempt at creating a real online social network, Miiverse, became a surprisingly robust and meme-filled community of artists and fans in the years after it launched on the Wii U and 3DS.
  • This week, thanks to the efforts of Archive Team and the Internet Archive, you can search through a nearly 17 terabyte backup of hundreds of millions of posts, screenshots, and drawings from the over 8 million users that made Miiverse such a weird and special place.
  • Archiverse's sheer size makes it a bit hard to get a handle on, but there are still some gems to be found with some quick searching.

Nintendo Announced Today That The Switch Has Become The Fastest-selling Console In US History, Moving 4.8 Million Units In Its First 10 Months Of Availability

Eric Abent / SlashGear - 1 year ago
  • At this point, you probably don’t need me to tell you that the Switch is selling well.
  • In fact, Nintendo has revised its sales forecast a couple of times over the past 10 months.
  • Today Nintendo is celebrating hitting a different sales goal, but one that’s arguably more impressive than any achievement announced thus far.
  • Nintendo announced today that the Switch has become the fastest-selling console in US history, moving 4.8 million units in its first 10 months of availability.

With 223 Million Sales The IPhone Is Once Again The Best-selling Tech Product Of The Year

Michael Nuñez / Mashable - 1 year ago
  • The iPhone was once again the best-selling tech product of the year, according to a USA Today report.
  • According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled the chart for USA Today, Apple will sell 223 million iPhones in 2017, up from 211 million phones the previous year …
  • In fact, Apple sold more iPhone units than the next four items on the best-selling list combined.
  • Other sales numbers worth mentioning are the Amazon Echo Dot at 24 million, the Apple Watch at 20 million, and the Nintendo Switch at 15 million.

Google’s Top 10 Tech Searches Of 2017 Will Surprise You

Eric Abent / SlashGear - 1 year ago
  • Being just a few days away from the beginning of 2018, it’s time to look back on 2017 and reflect on what’s happened throughout the year.
  • The iPhone 8 was the most searched-for consmer tech product throughout the year, which might be surprising when you consider that the iPhone X has been getting the lion’s share of attention since both devices were revealed.
  • Coming in at number three on the list is the Nintendo Switch, which managed to beat the fourth-place Galaxy S8 in terms of ranking.
  • Samsung appears again on the list with the Galaxy Note 8 in 10th place, while Google’s Pixel 2 was popular enough to claim 8th.

Apptopia — Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Has Earned $17 Million With 25 Million Downloads

Mike Minotti / VentureBeat - 2 years ago
  • Since launching on November 21 for Android and iOS, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has reached 25 million downloads and earned $17 million in revenue.
  • Apptopia does not believe that Pocket Camp will match the success of Nintendo’s previous mobile games, Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem: Heroes.
  • “Even though the revenue is not impressive, Animal Crossing had a much stronger launch than Fire Emblem did in terms of downloads,” Apptopia told GamesBeat.
  • Nintendo’s mobile push seemed like a significant moment when it started last year, but Nintendo is a very different company in 2017.

WipeOut VR Is A Blisteringly Fast PSVR Racing Game

David Jagneaux / UploadVR - 2 years ago
  • I’ve been playing WipeOut games ever since the days of the original PlayStation.
  • The closesy comparison outside of VR that I can think of would be Nintendo’s seemingly forgotten futuristic racing series, F-Zero.
  • Looking down at the information in the cockpit to check things like my speed, placement on the track, and lap number aided the immersion as well.
  • And from the two races I did I can honestly say that WipeOut VR is one of the best looking PSVR games to date.

Nvidia’s Shield TV Offers Wii And GameCube Games In HD In China

Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch - 2 years ago
  • Nvidia just rolled out a very interesting selection of software for its over-the-top Shield TV box in China – Wii games, running in 1080p resolution, including New Super Mario Bros.
  • Remastered Wii games on the Shield TV retail for around $10 per title, and other games including Metroid Prime and Super Mario Galaxy will eventually make their way to the platform, too.
  • Nvidia and Nintendo have partnered before now, of course – the graphics hardware maker created the processor that powers the Nintendo Switch portable hybrid game console.
  • Lest you hope that Shield TV playing Wii games could be a sign that ports arrive on Android more broadly, take note that the Shield TV Nvidia is selling in China is “completely localized,” with its own store and local content and Baidu’s DuerOS and iQIYI media service, so there’s a lot of this that is going to be totally unique to China.