Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: iOS

Nintendo to get into mobile market, partners with DeNA

Nintendo (Company) DeNA Partnership Announcement - Header

It seems as though Nintendo will be getting into the ‘smart devices’ market. According to a recent announcement, Nintendo and DeNA have formed an alliance that will see the two assisting one another in upcoming ventures, with Nintendo acquiring 10% of DeNA and DeNA 1.24% of Nintendo. The partnership will involve “leveraging the strength of Nintendo’s intellectual property (IP) and game development skills in combination with DeNA’s world-class expertise in mobile games, both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices.” The plans are open for “all Nintendo IP,” and a membership service is also slated to launch next fall, which will span 3DS, PC, Wii U, and smart devices.


3DS, Android, Apple Handheld, PC News, Wii U

Shiro’s mini-RPG Evoland ventures onto Android and iOS

Evoland (Android, iOS, PC) Android and iOS Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Shiro Games has ported its referential epoch-spanning role-playing game Evoland to Android and iOS. Originally released for PC, the game follows a young adventurer through the various ages of role-playing and adventure games as he levels up from the 8-bit era to the 32-bit. Gameplay also changes, with exploration and combat shifting from the over-the-top, on-the-spot action of The Legend of Zelda to an overhead system with bitmap backgrounds and turn-based combat as in Final Fantasy 7.


Android, Apple Handheld

Might & Magic III – HD Edition released online for Android, iOS, PC

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition (Android, iOS, PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Heroes of Might & Magic series returns today in Ubisoft’s Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition for Android and iOS tables as well as Windows PC. The DotEmu-developed entry features updated graphics, seven campaign scenarios, 48 skirmish maps, and support for local multiplayer. The PC version also allows access to a map editor and a Steam lobby.


Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Geralt goes MOBA, The Witcher Battle Arena out now for Android, iOS

The Witcher Battle Arena (Android, iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Geralt of Rivia is getting in some practice before setting out in The Witcher 3 later this year in a new multiplayer online battle arena title for Android and iOS, The Witcher Battle Arena. As the leader of a three-hero party, players must guide their forces against another party in a battle to take and hold conquest points. The base game includes two maps, Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert, and nine customizable heroes from the Witcher series, including Geralt, Iorveth, and Philippa Eilhart. A “fair, player-friendly monetization system” is also in place, but all purchasable items, such as character gear and modes, can also be unlocked through gameplay.


Android, Apple Handheld

Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition coming to Android, iOS, PC

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition (Android, iOS, PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new updated version of Heroes of Might & Magic III has been announced for Android and iOS tablets as well as for PC. Scheduled to launch on January 29, Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition will feature wide-screen support, seven campaigns, 48 skirmish maps, local multiplayer, a new online multiplayer Steam lobby, and a PC-exclusive map editor. HD Edition is currently being developed by DotEmu.


Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Symbiotes invade Zen Studios, announce Venom Pinball

Marvel Pinball Venom Pinball (Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Console) Venom Pinball Announcement - Header

Venom will be swinging out of the pages of Spider-Man and into his own game, courtesy of Zen Studios. The developer has announced that a new Venom-themed pinball table will go live on December 8 for its various platforms, including Marvel Pinball, Pinball FX2, and Zen Pinball 2. The table will feature Venom battling both Spider-Man and fellow Symbiote-powered villain Carnage. A handful mini-game will also play out Spider-Man’s time with the Symbiote as well as Carnage’s origins.


Android, Apple Handheld, DLC, PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Zen Studios reveals two new South Park pinball titles, out this week

Zen Studios and South Park Digital Studios have teamed up for two new titles: South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball and South Park: Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game. Both games are actually slated to launch this week and will be available for console, mobile, and PC. Super-Sweet Pinball will feature most of the cast playing out events from the series, including hunting down ManBearPig and Cartman’s probe. Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game has him donning his costume as Professor Chaos, stealing the Future Telling Device, and saving Imaginationland.


Android, Apple Handheld, DLC, PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign kicks off for Android, iOS devices

Ms Pac-Man (Android, iOS) Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign - Header

Ms. Pac-Man is joining the fight against breast cancer with a new campaign. Bandai Namco has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to launch the Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign. From now until October 31, a variety of mobile versions of Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man, listed below, will feature an option to buy a new maze for $0.99, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The games’ art and interface will also sport a new ‘pink ribbon’ theme for all of October.


Android, Apple Handheld redesigned, adds section for DRM-free movies

GOG (PC) Movie and Site Redesign Announcement - Screenshot 1 has announced that they have expanded their service to include DRM-free movies. Each film is priced at $5.99 and, at the moment, has something to do with gaming or Internet culture, though future additions will expand to include “TV and cinema classics from major studios.” Buyers can either stream or download the films, and as with the games, digital extras will be included with purchase. There are currently 20 documentaries available, two of which, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, are being offered for free so that users can get a chance to experience the service.


PC News

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies launches for iOS

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Dual Destinies (iOS, 3DS) iOS Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The mobile market just got a whole lot more justice today with the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies on the App Store. Dual Destines features the return of Phoenix as well as several older characters, including Pearl Fey and Apollo Justice, as well as the introduction of Associate Attorney Athena Cykes, who brings with her the ability to psychoanalyze witnesses. The first episode is free to try while the remaining four can be purchased for $4.99 each or as a bundle for $14.99. The bonus episode, Turnabout Reclaimed, which sees Phoenix defending a killer whale, is also available.


Apple Handheld, DLC