Niantic CEO John Hanke has explained how the upcoming mobile title Pokemon GO came to be. The inspiration came from an April Fools prank that Google made three years ago, in which Google and the Pokemon Company collaborated on a Google Maps prank called the Pokemon Challenge. Hanke went on to explain that Tatsuo Nojima was the one who was inspired from that idea and would become the center of the development for the game that would become Pokemon GO.
Pokemon GO is scheduled to release on iOS and Android devices in 2016.
That Pokémon Challenge was a chance for us to be able to build relations with people at Pokémon, and then [The Pokémon Company] president [Tsunekazu] Ishihara and John [Hanke] were able to meet and talk. At that time both of their thoughts and visions were also very close, and as a union of their spirit, the talk became ‘Let’s do something together in the future.’
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It seems as though a lot of people were excited and intrigued by the announcement that the augmented reality game Pokemon GO is in development for mobile platforms. The name has made the top ten trending video game search terms of 2015, according to Google. Pokemon Go is ranked sixth and is just behind popular titles such as Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 so there’s clearly quite a bit of excitement brewing. Pokemon GO will be a free download but will have in-app purchases and is due to launch next year on iOS and Android.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is in talks to purchase the immensely popular video game streaming service, Twitch. Many expected Google to finalise the deal, but it looks as though that venture has fallen through. The deal is thought to be worth one billion US dollars.
Update: Amazon has confirmed it has acquired Twitch
You might remember that back on April 1st Google Maps had been completely taken over by Pokemon. Google asked the world to sort through Google Maps and discover all 151 Pokemon in an effort to be crowned Pokemon Master by Google. Now the internet giant has begun mailing those that discovered all the Pokemon this lovely letter and personal business card.
Greetings, Pokémon Master
On behalf of the entire Google Maps team, we’d like to celebrate you for catching ’em all. Not 10, not 50, but all the Pokémon hidden throughout our maps. While we don’t currently have a Pokémon Master role, we hope you enjoyed our April Fools’ Day prank. Wynaut have a little fun once a year?
We’d like to say thanks with these cards – reserved for Trainers who completed the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge and let us know of their success.
Congratulations and thanks again for playing!
Tatsuo on behalf of the Google Maps Team
Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play experienced huge game sales growth during the third quarter of 2013. This surge in App spending has vaulted these platforms above the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita for the first time ever. Analytic firm App Annie reports that the App Store and Google Play spending on games combined was three times the amount of that on dedicated handhelds in the third quarter of 2013.
“Smartphones’ ease of use, low price point (due to subsidies), and multi-functional use as gaming and primary communications device have given them a ubiquity across a broad demographic that portable consoles will never have.”
“Add apps that are fun and engaging, and that deeper penetration can equate to big dollars for game app developers.”
– Marcos Sanchez, VP of corporate communications at App Annie
Nintendo revealed that it has changed the name of the Google Street View application for Wii U, which was first announced in December 2012. The application will still be powered by Google, and its official name – in Japan, at least – is Wii Street U. The application allows users to tour the world from the comfort of their own homes. Wii Street U was initially scheduled to launch in Japan this month, but Nintendo confirmed that it will instead be released in the country in mid-February.
Ngmoco, the company that makes free-to-play mobile games for iOS and Android has said that Nintendo’s handheld division is at the brink of falling apart due to increased competition from both Apple and Google. Ngmoco CEO Neil Young says that consumers can’t justify spending $30 on anything other than a Mario, Zelda or a Pokemon title.
“I think that Apple has done a number on Sony, and Apple and Android are now doing a number on Nintendo. What they’re really doing is defeating the Nintendo hardware machine.
“The ecosystem that they’ve created, it’s just really difficult to justify spending $30 on a game that is anything other than a Mario, a Zelda, a Pokemon. I think that ultimately their ecosystem starts to fall apart.”