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Switch is a big gamble for Nintendo

Switch is a big gamble for Nintendo

Nintendo’s new Switch gaming console won’t be in stores until 3 March, but the machine is fully baked and ready to play. The press got a chance to try out the new machine at an event in Tokyo last week, and events will be held in Japan

Nintendo pins console future on Switch

Nintendo pins console future on Switch

Nintendo’s new Switch gaming console is off to an underwhelming start. The new machine, a tablet-sized device with wireless controllers that can be used anywhere but also connects to TVs, will go on sale on 3 March at a

Super Mario Run risks being a super flop

Super Mario Run risks being a super flop

Nintendo’s debut game for smartphones is turning out to be anything but super. Since its release for Apple devices on Thursday, Super Mario Run has shot to the top of download charts in more than

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

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