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DeNA CEO: Nintendo’s first mobile games will be free

DeNA CEO: Nintendo’s first mobile games will be free

In March, DeNA announced a partnership with Nintendo that will bring about mobile games for “smart devices.” We’ve heard bits and pieces about the planned games since then, including an anticipated “free-to-start” business model. In an earnings call today, DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu revealed more about the business plan, saying that “games currently in the pipeline are all free to play.” Five games will be released by March 2017; of those, it isn’t clear how many are “in the pipeline."

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Nintendo Direct event set for this Thursday

Nintendo Direct event set for this Thursday

Nintendo has announced that its next Nintendo Direct event will take place this upcoming Thursday, marking the first time it has streamed a new Direct video since the passing of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The stream will start at 2PM PT, and will detail upcoming updates for both the Nintendo 3DS and the less popular Wii U. The company is careful to note that neither updates on mobile nor NX will be given during this Nintendo Direct.

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Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

You may think you're a dedicated fan of classic video games, but know that the bar has been raised to an incredible height. Unless you've managed to keep an aging console turned on for 20 straight years, you've got nothing on this Japanese gamer who goes by Wanikun on Twitter. All in an effort to prevent his precious save data from being erased, Wanikun has managed to keep his Nintendo Super Famicom (known as the SNES in the US) powered on with the game plugged in for two decades now.

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Nintendo Account finally does away with friend codes

Nintendo Account finally does away with friend codes

Nintendo has a love-hate relationship with the future. In the last two generations of consoles, Nintendo was a big innovator. The Wii brought us motion controls, and the Wii U brought us a tablet input for a home system. And that's not to even mention what they've done for the world of handheld gaming. Through all of these innovations, Nintendo has been lightyears behind when it comes to playing with your friends online. But that will finally be changing.

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Miitomo: Nintendo’s first mobile is Tomodachi Life for phones

Miitomo: Nintendo’s first mobile is Tomodachi Life for phones

Nintendo has finally taken off the covers for what is its first ever official smartphone game. Given the historical significance of this game, one would expect it to be big, sensational, and splash-worthy. You'd be disappointed though, to learn that Miitomo, as the game is being called, is practically Tomodachi Life Online. As the name suggests, it will revolve around Nintendo's now iconic Mii avatars, allowing players to interact with other Miis in real time, thanks to the magic of the Internet.

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Mario Maker to get giant update next week

Mario Maker to get giant update next week

Nintendo is pushing out a big update for Mario Maker on November 4, and with it will come the ability to add checkpoint flags, refine power-ups, an Event Courses hub, and more. Mario Maker is the tool through which fans can create their own Mario levels; we’ve seen some pretty difficult levels surface since its launch, including one that is nearly unbeatable.

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Legend of Zelda Maker might be the closest you can get

Legend of Zelda Maker might be the closest you can get

Next to Super Mario Bros., there is perhaps no other classic game that has been the object of every game designer's dreams than the Legend of Zelda. When Nintendo surprised the gaming world with an official Mario Maker, there was, of course, hope that the game publisher would give the same treatment to Link and his world. While that is most probably an impossible dream, reality has never stopped others from trying to step in and making something like this totally unofficial The Legend of Zelda Maker.

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First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

"I want to be the very best..." If you can finish that line, then I've got some great news for you. Since the original Pokémon games debuted in the 90's, people everywhere have wanted to be Pokémon Master. Sadly, to do so requires you to visit a Pokémon Gym, and collect badges. And there have been a distinct lack of such gyms, until now.

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NES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

NES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

30 years ago this week, the US was introduced to the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short. This was Nintendo's first home console, and as we all know, it was a game-changer. The console launched with 18 games, and supported two controllers, a light gun, and a loveable robot named R.O.B.

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Nintendo NX development kits being issued, said to combine mobile and console

Nintendo NX development kits being issued, said to combine mobile and console

The Wall Street Journal has just released a new report on Nintendo's upcoming video game system, codenamed "NX." The paper says the Japanese company has begun shipping development kits to game developers so they can get a feel for the console's capabilities and start making software. While it's been the subject of much speculation before, the WSJ adds that these dev kits include both a standard home console, as well as a mobile unit, indicating that the NX will be some kind of hybrid.

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Niantic raises $30-million from Pokemon, Google, and Nintendo

Niantic raises $30-million from Pokemon, Google, and Nintendo

Three big companies are apparently very interested in the upcoming real-world augmented reality Pokemon game "Pokemon GO". The Pokemon Company Group, Google, and Nintendo are investing up to $30 million in Niantic, Inc., the company that created the game Ingress. This company recently spun off from Google and not long after announced a collaboration with the Pokemon Company to release Pokemon Go. The investment from The Pokemon Company Group, Google, and Nintendo includes $20 million upfront and an additional $10 million "conditioned upon achieving certain milestones."

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Nintendo shows off updated Miiverse design

Nintendo shows off updated Miiverse design

Nintendo has shown off the new Miiverse design, saying that with this change gamers will find it “even easier” to keep tabs on what’s going down in the company’s community. The update brings many changes, but Nintendo hails the real-time trending feature as the best aspect of the changes. With it, users are able to see Miiverse trending topics in real time, adding to that aforementioned ease of use.

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