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Psst … is this the next Pokémon Go?

Psst … is this the next Pokémon Go?

Nintendo might have scored a hit with the explosive debut of Pokémon Go this year. On its home turf, however, Sony has quietly dispatched its rival with a popular mobile game called Fate/Grand Order. The game, based on an

Nintendo TV games to make a comeback

Nintendo TV games to make a comeback

Nintendo, flush from the success of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, will soon be releasing a smaller version of its original Nintendo Entertainment System, hoping to draw nostalgic gamers back to the

What’s made Pokémon Go a viral hit

What’s made Pokémon Go a viral hit

Technology often needs a “killer app” to gain mass market appeal. For the touch screen, it was the iPhone; for wearables, the Fitbit. Augmented reality games have been around for more than a decade, so what was it about Pokémon

Pokémon Go: a blueprint for the rise of robots

Pokémon Go: a blueprint for the rise of robots

Pokémon Go has gone straight to the top of the gaming charts in the US and Australia, where it was first released at the start of July. The smartphone-based game has already been downloaded

Pokémon Go began as an April Fool’s joke

Pokémon Go began as an April Fool’s joke

Pokémon Go, the location-based mobile game that has become a massive hit, began as an April Fool’s joke. In 2014, Google unveiled “Pokémon Challenge” for Google Maps, complete with a promotional video, inviting users to find and capture the cutesy

What you need to know about Pokémon Go

What you need to know about Pokémon Go

In 2014, as part of its traditional April Fool’s pranks, Google released a video in which Google Maps vice-president Brian McClendon announced a job opening for a Pokémon Master. The video showed candidates travelling around the world, from

Pokémon Go: Nintendo’s runaway hit

Pokémon Go: Nintendo’s runaway hit

Nintendo, which hasn’t yet thrown itself fully into the world of mobile gaming, is giving people a good idea of what a smartphone hit looks like with the success of Pokémon Go. The company has added more than US$7bn in market value since last

Nintendo, still games master at 125

Nintendo, still games master at 125

In the world of videogames, few companies have as long or vivid a history as Nintendo, which turns 125 years old this week. Founded in 1889 as a producer of toys and playing cards, the company is quite distinct from the typical perception of Japanese firms that have become global players

Next up: the mother of all tech wars

Next up: the mother of all tech wars

Signs of the traditional gaming industry’s decline are everywhere. They’re in the financial results of the giants of games publishing such as Electronic Arts, which saw revenues drop nearly 8% year-on-year in its latest quarter, and of THQ, which was this forced into bankruptcy early this year. They’re in the

How video games shot their way to the top

Gaming is the biggest entertainment industry in the world, bigger than even Hollywood. It’s the biggest in SA, too. It seems if you want to make money in entertainment, you’d be better off learning to code than trying your luck on Idols. Though sales of CDs, cinema tickets and DVDs have declined

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