Last week Pokemon Shuffle arrived on iOS and Android devices in Japan and now the free to play title is available in the west. Reports currently suggest that it’s only available at the moment on Apple devices, but Android users shouldn’t fret as it is arriving on the Google Play Store hopefully later today. Those who wish to download it should be aware that it is more geared towards micro transactions than the Nintendo 3DS version which is available on the eShop.
Japanese gamers can now download former Nintendo 3DS exclusive Pokemon Shuffle on both iOS and Android. It is available on the App Store and also Google Play if you have a Japanese account. One thing that you are unable to do is transfer your save from your Nintendo 3DS game which will be a sore point for many. There’s also apparently a lot more micro transactions than the Nintendo 3DS version too.
Tengami, the creative interactive title that was developed by a number of ex-Rare developers for iOS, Wii U eShop and PC, saw the vast majority of its revenue come from iOS. The Wii U and PC version of the game only accounted for 10% of the revenue. The news was disclosed today by Nyamyam co-founder Jennifer Schneidereit during the Develop Conference in Brighton. While 90% of the game’s total revenue came from iOS the developer says they don’t regret making a Wii U version.
“A lot of developers ask me about the Wii U, whether it’s a good platform for independent developers. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s a good platform for independent developers, but I don’t regret releasing on the Wii U.
“We decided we’re going to do a Wii U version, I worked under the assumption it would sell 10,000 copies – it sold a little bit more by now, so that’s okay.”
“Speaking to other independent developers, there seems to be a consensus that the average indie game on the eShop has sold 10,000 copies in its lifetime – we’ve sold 11,000 now, and I think there’s more room to grow. I think our lifetime sales will be closer to 20,000 in the end.”
– Co-founder Jennifer Schneidereit
Looks like more mobile games are being ported over to the Wii U! Curve Digital has announced that the hit iOS and Android game Pumped BMX 2 is coming to Wii U as Pumped BMX +. Here’s the official overview:
Originally developed by one man studio Yeah Us!, Pumped BMX + sees players ride their way through increasingly challenging levels while pulling off crazy and impressive trick combinations. The game lets players choose their rider style and throw down their best stunts whilst racing through more than 500 challenges to reach the top of the leader boards.
Pumped BMX + features high definition graphics, an improved control scheme, a new fully licensed soundtrack, and authentic BMX tricks that can be combined for nearly unlimited trick combinations. Pumped BMX + will be out on the Wii U eShop later this year.
Camp Pokémon has been advertised in the latest edition of National Geographic Kids and will be a free App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The Camp Pokémon App will include a number of things for fans to do such as participate in quizzes and mini games such as Pokémon Evolutions”, “Battle Matchups” and “Poké Ball Throw”. We should hear more about the App in the coming days.
Thanks, Bomber Bradley
The Pokémon Company International announced that iTunes is providing fans a one-stop destination, iTunes.com/Pokemon, for official Pokémon content. Animated episodes and specials, official Pokémon applications like the Pokémon TV app and Pokédex for iOS, and Pokémon video game music soundtracks from classic titles to the latest generation, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are all available for download now. Official Pokémon content at iTunes.com/Pokemon is available across Apple’s iOS devices.
To celebrate the launch of iTunes.com/Pokemon, episodes from the latest season of the TV series, Pokémon the Series: XY, and the four-part Pokémon Origins animated special are now available. The availability on iTunes continues a recent movement to give Pokémon fans more ways to enjoy their favorite Pokémon animation on demand, like episodes and specials on Pokemon.com.
Episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY are currently available on iTunes in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, new episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY will be added to iTunes.com/Pokemon on a weekly basis.
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