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The mobile messaging app LINE has been updated with stickers based on Animal Crossing. Pricing is set at $1.99 / €1.99 / 240 yen for the set. You can get a look at all of the different stickers here.

LINE is particularly big in Japan, where it is the country’s top social media platform. Over 600 million users have used the app thus far.

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DeNA West CEO Shintaro Asako thinks that there’s a big opportunity for Nintendo’s upcoming mobile games to reach a huge number of people. In an interview with alistdaily, Asako expressed his belief that “at least 150 or 200 million people” will try out these offerings when they’re ready for launch.

Asako told the site:

“Hundreds of millions of people have bought Nintendo consoles. Those are people who decided to spend a minimum of $200 just to get access to Nintendo IP. That number is already twice as big as the Candy Crush total user base. Not only that, every single person buying Nintendo devices spends an average of about $100 per year on software. So I have no question that when Nintendo’s mobile games come out, at least 150 or 200 million people will try it. These people are super core Nintendo fans who used to spending $150 to $250 just to access the content. Let’s say only 10% end up playing, and then those users pay $3 a month, that’s still perhaps a $60 million dollar a month game.”

alistdaily also asked about the marketing strategy he thinks will be necessary for Nintendo’s mobile games. Regarding this, Asako said:

“We know Nintendo IP is powerful, but we need to let people know the game is coming out. From that perspective I think mass marketing makes sense for Nintendo games. Usually you have more on digital marketing and later on the mass marketing kicks in, because you don’t want to start mass marketing until you’ve evaluated LTV (long-term value), because otherwise you might be wasting money. When you have strong IP like Nintendo you can kind of predict what kind of installs you can get, so to reach the level of mass-marketing isn’t that much of a risk.”


During a press conference last night, Pokemon Go was announced for smartphones. We heard that it was on track for a release next year, but now we have slightly more information.

The latest Ingress report reveals that Pokemon Go will be receiving a beta in winter 2015. Additionally, the title now has a more specific “early 2016” launch window. We’ll be receiving more information within the next few weeks supposedly.


Pokemon GO was announced earlier today for Android and iOS devices. Nintendo is involved with it, but the game is apparently not part of the company’s partnership with DeNA. DeNA confirmed this to Dr. Serkan Toto.

The first smartphone game jointly developed by Nintendo and DeNA is planned for release this year. If Nintendo are still sticking to that plan, we should hear an announcement pretty soon.


Update: Here’s a full transcript of the event from the official Pokemon website.

Pokemon GO was announced earlier today. In case you want to watch the whole announcement conference yourself, The Pokemon Company have uploaded a recording of the conference to their Youtube channel. Check it out below:


Update: Official announcement is after the break.

Today, The Pokemon Company announced a new game for smartphones: “Pokemon Go”. Niantic Labs is working on the project in addition to Nintendo.

Here’s what we know thus far:

– For smartphones
– Out next year
– Niantic Labs (startup from Google, now independent) is making the game
– Nintendo is also on board for the project, along with The Pokemon Company
– Started out 2 years ago
– Satoru Iwata was pretty involved
– Meet up in the real world to play together, go on adventures
– Vision shared by Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara and Iwata
– Capture Pokemon

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– They will inhabit parks, countryside, places around the world
– One of the original creators of Pokemon, Junichi Masuda (Game Freak), is working on the game
– Seek out Pokemon, capture them, use them to battle other players
– Will have a lot of depth so it can be enjoyed by players of various ages
– Will use real location information
– Masuda is thinking about how it will connect with future Pokemon games
– Alongside Nintendo, they’ve come up with a device to perform certain actions without having to put down your screen: Pokemon Go Plus (Bluetooth enabled)
– This uses a LED and vibration to notify players of things happening in-game
– Game can be enjoyed without the accessory
– Focused on how players would look when making Pokemon Go Plus
– Nintendo still trying to expand the gaming population


You’ll find a trailer for Pokemon Go below.

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A launch trailer is now available for Pokemon Shuffle Mobile. Check it out below.

The iOS and Android version of Pokemon Shuffle came out last week in Japan. Today, it’s finally been released in the West as well. It’s free to play, so why not give it a shot?

The 3DS version of the game, meanwhile, is still getting a constant stream of updates. Today, a couple of new stages were added to the game.

First of all, you can face off against the Legendary Pokemon Lugia in a Special stage. This is a timed challenge, giving you only 30 seconds to complete it. This stage will be available until September 14.

Another timed stage has you facing off against Carnivine, giving you one minute to beat it. This stage will be available until September 12th. Like the Wobbuffet stage, this one allows you to use items free of charge.

Finally, a rerun of the Pokemon Safari stages where you can catch Spinda, Cherubi, Cherrim, Carvanha and Sharpedo started today. It will last until September 14th.

Sharpedo will likely be the players’ primary target since next Monday, a new Mega Stone challenge will appear in the game which lets you earn Sharpedo’s Mega Stone.



Update 2: Even more passcodes are popping up. Keep checking this post throughout the day to see if any more have been added. Enter 86000504 to get a Moves +5 and 86040006 to get 400 coins.

Update: A whole bunch of passcodes for the 3DS version have been revealed. Enter 86100002 in the 3DS version to get 1000 coins, 08645601 to get a Mega Speedup, 86010010 to get 100 coins, 08630007 to get 300 coins, 08620009 to get 200 coins and 08650005 to get 500 coins.

As we reported yesterday, Pokemon Shuffle is now available on Android and iOS in Japan. While the two games don’t share or allow you to transfer your save date, there is an interesting cross-promotion going on right now.

A passcode which gives you Lucarionite in the mobile version was delivered via the 3DS version today – enter 65607110 to get it. The mobile version, meanwhile, gave out two codes for the 3DS version (as per usual, they work in all regional versions of the game). Enter 08601003 to get a Time +10 and 86001508 to get an Exp. Points *1.5 item.

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Today marks the release date of Pokemon Shuffle on mobile devices – specifically for Android and iOS devices in Japan. A Western release date has not yet been announced.

You won’t be able to transfer your save data from the 3DS version, and competition rankings are separate for both versions.