We all knew that Pokemon GO was popular but 752 million downloads popular? That’s just downright CRAZY! The popular mobile title has reached this tremendous milestone while pulling in over $1.2 billion in revenue. This is outstanding news for the game and has me excited for the future of this series. I think the developers still have a lot to explore with Pokemon Go, so we will have to wait and see what happens in the future.
Are you one of the 752 million people who have downloaded this mega hit?!
Pokémon GO, the gigantic mobile hit, is now being updated to version 0.67.1 for Android and 1.37.1 for iOS users. The major update will include a number of improvements, so read it over below. Here is the breakdown coming from the good people at Niantic:
Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.67.1 for Android and 1.37.1 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.
Gym features significantly updated to add the all-new motivation system.
Added new Gym Badge feature.
Added in-app and push notification system for Gyms.
Added Raid Battles, a new cooperative gameplay experience.
Added four new items available only by completing Raid Battles.
Added Raids tab to Nearby screen.
Added search functionality to Pokémon collection screen.
Added visual indicator to unvisited PokéStops.
—The Pokémon GO team
I still log in every day to Pokémon GO just to see what Pokémon are out and about… Do you?
Ubisoft has decided to change things up a bit and share with us their new logo for the company. While it’s very close to the last logo, it seems as though they changed things up a little bit. Here is what the company has to say regarding the switch:
The new swirl is an evolution of our existing logo that marks a new era for Ubisoft, one with an increased focus on live and digital games as well as a player-centric approach to creating immersive worlds.
I do have to say that this has grown on me. When I saw it earlier, I wasn’t a huge fan of the thicker lines and the “incomplete circle”… I may be changing my mind however… We will see. How do you like it?
iGaming – interactive gaming – was known for working with tried-and-tested recipes. Both land-based and online gaming venues have an almost standard set of games – slot machines, table games, lottery-type titles – with just a handful of variations on their rules, and most of the times the only difference between them being their look (especially in the case of slot machines) and the eventual bonuses they offer. Sometimes, in turn, a game emerges that has the potential to bring forth major changes in the world of iGaming by introducing fresh elements into the mix, elements that capture the attention of players. One of these games is Castle Builder II, set to be released at the Euro Palace Casino in the second quarter of 2017.
Chance meets “social”
Those who routinely play the best casino games online at Euro Palace know that most slot machines lack the feeling of progression. The only thing to measure their success or failure is their bankroll. Castle Builder II, in turn, doesn’t focus on gathering coins at all – the credits used in the game are but a means to an end: building more castles and finishing the game.
The good guys over at IGN have put together a nice little video showcasing what a Zelda mobile game COULD look like when it comes to mobile devices in the future. I see a lot of nice ideas, so be sure to give the 6 minute video a watch. Nintendo has recently shared that they will be bringing their beloved franchise to mobile platforms in the future.
What kind of Zelda game would YOU want to see?
I like the idea of “Zelda Go” where players could find shrines around the real world and have to collect items smilier to Pokemon Go….
Blizzard has announced earlier today in Hearthstone official website that the tavern has now welcomed over 70 Million players! Players can also log in the game receive free card packs to celebrate this momentous occasion. Hearthstone is an amazing TCG that debuted on the iPad and has not looked back ever since. I plan on getting back into the game as I miss it so much! My son just picked it up and he is loving the game so it’s high time I got back into it.
If you have never played Hearthstone, now is as good as any time to jump in! Congrats to Blizzard. 70 Million is a lot!!!
The official Pokémon GO blog has outlined their new Easter event that is taking place from today until Thursday, April 20th. Check out the full details below regarding the fun-filled event:
Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to put a spring in your step—the Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza is nearly here! From 1:00 P.M. PDT on April 13 to 1:00 P.M. PDT on April 20, 2017, a greater variety of Pokémon can now be found in 2 km Eggs, so get cracking and see what you find! Your Egg-venture doesn’t stop there, though—you’ll also earn more Candy for every Egg you hatch!
Throughout this Eggstravaganza, you’ll also level up even faster with double XP! Combine this Egg-cellent bonus with a Lucky Egg, and you’ll earn four times the XP you normally would. To make this Eggstravaganza even sweeter, Lucky Eggs will be 50% off in the in-game shop!
I was going to say “Egg-cellent” but I see it’s already used above…. I will have to figure out another egg-centric pun some other time.
Pokemon Go players caught over 589 Million Magikarp during the gams first water-themed event. Players who logged in enjoyed a healthy number of water based Pokemon and it looks as though Magikarp was in high demand. I only was able to catch a couple of Marikarp myself, I did catch a number of new water-type Pokemon and I am excited for more events like this in the future.
Android owners can now play Super Mario Run on their mobile devices. The popular mobile game from Nintendo made a big splash on iOS and we can’t wait to see how it fairs on the Android platform. Nintendo will no doubt be pleased with sales and I hope we see the next wave of games for mobile platforms (I’m looking at you Animal Crossing). You will need to have Android versions 4.2 and up if you want the game to work properly.
If you are an Android owner, let us know if you plan on downloading the game.
Another day closer to the Nintendo Switch release and I have decided to upload an all new video on the YouTube channel. This one discusses the “tablet” of the Switch (which I guess is the system itself) and asks the question- Can the Nintendo Switch theoretically get iOS and Android titles? If so, the library for the device could be INSANE!
What do you guys think? Should Nintendo explore this?