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At GDC a few weeks ago, Niantic’s Dennis Hwang hosted a panel relating to Pokemon GO. Hwang touched on “the various UX and visual design choices that were shaped by a focus on real-world gaming, and how they led to a fun and accessible play experience for a diverse set of players across age and gender demographics.”

The full recording for Hwang’s session is now online. You can watch the full talk below.

Pokemon GO received its first Shiny Pokemon this week. In conjunction with the Water Festival, players can get their hands on a Shiny Magikarp. A video promoting this addition is posted below.

Update 2 (3/24): Now live on iOS.

Update (3/23): Version 0.59.1 is now live on Android. Not up on iOS just yet.

Original (3/21): Niantic is rolling out another new update for Pokemon GO. Users on iOS should soon have access to version 1.29.1 while Android players will have their game updated to version 0.59.1.

According to Niantic, the 7-day ‘First PokeStop of the Day’ streak will now award a random Evolution item. Minor text fixes have also been implemented.


The daily login bonuses we heard about for Super Mario Run earlier this week has started. Players can receive gifts starting today for simply booting up the app.

The full rundown of rewards is as follows:

Super Mario Run’s revenue “did not meet our expectations,” Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told Asia Nikkei. However, don’t expect the company to ditch the pay-once-and-play model, despite the success of Fire Emblem Heroes.

One senior company official at Nintendo said that “Heroes is an outlier.” This person also mentioned, “We honestly prefer the Super Mario Run model.”


Fire Emblem Heroes’ new Grand Hero Battle with King Michalis was added in earlier today. Footage showing the latest event can be found below.

The Grand Hero Battle against Michalis is now live in Fire Emblem Heroes, as well as a new Summoning Focus, Battling Michalis. Winning the challenging Grand Hero Battle will unlock Michalis for your army, with 3 and 4 star versions available for the different difficulties. The Focus will give a higher chance of rolling 5-star versions of Eliwood, Minerva, Gordin, and Selena. Both of these will run until March 28.

Miitomo has been updated with more content. Users will find a returning stage, along with some brand new items.

“Go for a hat trick! Soccer Style” is the returning theme. It includes the following:

– Soccer jersey (team A)
– Soccer jersey (team B)
– Soccer uniform shorts
– Stylish soccer cleats
– Soccer ball hood
– Soccer referee uniform
– Goalkeeper uniform
– Soccer fan tee
– Soccer fan wig
– Soccer fan bikini top
– Soccer fan short-shorts
– Rally towel + megaphone

And as far as the new items go, you can nab the following:

– Napoleonic hat
– Napoleonic uniform
– Double-striped socks

Pokemon Duel has received a new update, as we first heard about yesterday. Version 3.0.5 is now available and takes up 163MB of space. You’ll need to download it if you want to play the game.

Along with bug fixes, balance updates for Delphox, Torterra, and Groudonhave been implemented. Six new figures have been added to the Boosters as well.

Rhyperior and Heatran are the new EX figures. Liepard is the rare figure, and the UC figures are Cottonee, Noctowl, and Rhydon.

Two new Plates have been added, focusing on Ryperior and Dark-type Pokemon. Finally, an Orange Time Booster may appear through League Matches until March 14. It’ll come with a Fire-type or Ground-type Pokemon.


Super Mario Run has finally launched on Android and has received various updates and new features on iOS as well. In addition to that, a special daily log-in bonus for two weeks, starting today. If you log in to Super Mario Run at least once per day, you will receive presents such as Toad Rally tickets and coins.

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