iOS

Weekend Discussion: Handheld Gaming

Yesterday, I posted an article that shared the thoughts of Mark Cerny about Nintendo.  In the comments,  the 3DS was mentioned and a strange point was brought up, that I found interesting. The first commentor said, “My son hasn’t touched his 3DS since getting an iPad.”  I found that very interesting, especially since the iPad is not a dedicated gaming device, and (although  there is a ...

Ngmoco, Y U No liek Nintendo Handheld?

Okay, I realize that the title of this article is painful to read.  However, that was my immediate thought when I read that Ngmoco thinks the Nintendo handheld division is about to implode.  In my opinion, they are trying to conjure up some publicity for their “free to play” mobile games.  Those games just so happen to be downloadable for Android and iOS. Ngmoco Ceo Neil Young thinks t...

How I’d love to see Nintendo exploit iOS

Nintendo faithful, please don’t take offense at what I’m about to say. I’m not suggesting for one moment that Nintendo get out of the hardware business or port its most famous characters to iOS. I’m a card-carrying 3DS fanatic, and I’ll be first in line for Wii U. But I also own an iPhone, and, here’s what drives me crazy:  thinking about the bazillion casual ph...

Final Fantasy I: Victory is Mine!

Final Fantasy 1 has always held a special place in my heart.  It was the second RPG I played on the NES (first being Dragon Warrior) and the first that I really spent time leveling up and focusing on the game.  With Dragon Warrior, I hurried through.  I was new to the world of RPG’s and did not really know what I needed to do.  I can remember spending about a week fighting a Rock giant (I th...

Apple Announces Pokemon Yellow Was a Fake

iPhone users and Pokemon fans alike were excited to see the launch of Pokemon Yellow for the iOs.  It was so popular that in just two days it soared to number two on the paid app charts!  At the low price of $0.99 US it was a steal!  The problem, though, is that it is a fake. The game was developed by House of Anime and described as “just like the original”.  Once the app was installed...

Sequel glut driving players away from consoles to more “original” games on iOS?

That’s what Gamaustrua analyst Matt Matthews suspects: The second point (of last year’s annual console sales) brings out is just how sequel-driven the top end of the market has become. Every game, with exception of Just Dance 2 and Batman: Arkham City is a sequel several times over. I’m just now beginning to try to follow the mobile/tablet gaming market, and while many of the g...

If this bullshot is real, it looks fantastic

New Zelda clone coming to iOS next year. The game, called Oceanhorn, is being made by an unknown Finnish developer. Still, provided they can get the animation and gameplay right, this could be a lot of fun—certainly something we may one day see on the Infendo Entertainment System. (Thanks, Mark)

More portable developers defecting from Nintendo

Here’s another sign that developers are doubting the 3DS’s future as a mobile gaming device: Long-time Nintendo second party developer Level-5 has announced they’ll start porting and/or shifting development to iOS devices. Ouch. Could this be one last hooray?

Angry Birds creator becoming kind of a dick

First off, I love Angry Birds! I check it for updates more actively than any of my other iOS apps, and I have both the original version and the candy-coated “holiday” versions—including V-Day, St. Pat’s Day, Xmas and Halloween. I have played them all to completion and think they represent some of the best the mobile platform has to offer (this is true even if we also acknow...

5 reasons Nintendo is not doomed

There’s been a lot of apocalyptic-sounding Nintendo doomsaying as of late around the net since the details of the 3DS launch were unleashed upon the world, resulting in angry fans venting online, plagues of locusts, gnashing of teeth, the opening of the seventh seal — the whole nine yards. The latest herald of Nintendo’s apparent self-inflicted Armageddon is MSNBC, which today de...