mobile gaming

Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Social gaming giant Zynga has just added another notch to its belt. This one was created with a very specific niche in mind - targeting women gamers on mobile platforms. The company in question is Wild Needle, which was created by the co-founder of successful game company Playdom Rick Thompson. Playdom was acquired in 2010 by Disney, AKA pretty much the best kind of acquisition there can be.

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Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

When Nintendo first launched the 3DS, a separate 3D TV service was announced for Japan called "Itsu no Ma ni Terebi". The service was launched in June last year and served up short video clips of 3D content to viewers for free. Nintendo has announced that they’re planning to cancel the service on June 20th, only a year after it first launched and with a million viewers served.

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Google planning Game Center competitor for Android

Google planning Game Center competitor for Android

Apple fans have enjoyed the Game Center in iOS for about a year and a half, and it's only cemented Apple's lead on Android in the mobile gaming market. According to Business Insider, Google is planning to even the score with its own centralized gaming network for Android some time soon. The source is anonymous, so take the news with a grain of salt, but it would certainly be a boon to Android's game developers.

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Rovio confirms Casey’s Contraptions acquisition

Rovio confirms Casey’s Contraptions acquisition

Yesterday Angry Birds creator Rovio revealed that the franchise had hit one billion downloads across all available platforms. The video promised something was coming in the future, and finished with an unfamiliar character giving the viewer a little wink. Turns out he’s the star of the game Casey's Contraptions. Rovio has now confirmed that it has acquired the rights to the property from developers Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut.

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Angry Birds reaches one billion downloads

Angry Birds reaches one billion downloads

Sometimes we lay awake at night pondering life, the universe, and everything. Other times we cry ourselves to sleep for not coming up with the idea of Angry Birds and making disgusting amounts of money. We imagine Rovio is feeling pretty pleased with itself right about now, as Angry Birds has amassed a total of one billion downloads since the games launch back in December 2009.

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White PlayStation Vita hitting Japan in June

White PlayStation Vita hitting Japan in June

Black isn’t cool. You know what’s really cool? White. We’ve seen the pale color infect just about every gadget known to man, and now the PlayStation Vita will be the latest to be blessed with an all white exterior. For now it seems to be heading just to Japan, and you can expect to pay a pretty penny for the privilege. When it goes on sale in June, the WiFi version will cost ¥24,980 (~$313) while the 3G version will be ¥29,980 (~$375).

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Gameloft announces Men in Black 3, Asphalt 7: Heat for mobile

Gameloft announces Men in Black 3, Asphalt 7: Heat for mobile

One of the leading mobile game publishers, Gameloft has just revealed a couple of its newest titles that are heading soon to Android. First up is Asphalt 7: Heat, the latest entry in the publisher's long-running racing game franchise. And perhaps a bit more timely, the company has also been tapped to launch the mobile game version of Men in Black 3. Oh yeah, they went there.

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Apple iPhone gamers spend five times more than Android gamers

Apple iPhone gamers spend five times more than Android gamers

A new study has found that while mobile gaming has seen sharp increases across the board, there is no doubt who the winner is when it comes to how much customers are actually spending on their mobile game experiences. The average iPhone/iPad gamer is spending about five times more money on their mobile games than the average Android gamer. That is the result found from research firm Newzoo, which looked at actual data from iOS and Android downloads as well as 17,000 survey respondants.

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RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

RIM focusing on gaming with BlackBerry 10

You’d be forgiven for thinking that RIM would want to play it safe with BlackBerry 10 and stick to what it knows best, enterprise support. That’s definitely important, but the Canadian company is also placing a heavy emphasis on games for its next-gen platform. Several developers took to the stage at BlackBerry World in order to extol the virtues of BB10’s APIs and ease of use.

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NOVA 3 official gameplay trailer released

NOVA 3 official gameplay trailer released

Gameloft has just released the official gameplay trailer for the upcoming NOVA 3, which was teased last week. This sequel to the popular first-person iOS shooter game will make major improvements on the visuals with dynamic lighting and a real physics engine. It will also take advantage of the new iPad's super high-resolution Retina display.

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