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Nintendo’s First Mobile Game Will Be Out This Year

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Nintendo will release its first mobile game by the end of this year, according to DeNA West CEO Shintaro Asako. Nintendo is partnering with DeNA to release mobile games based on its existing IPs. Shintaro also said that Nintendo plans to release five mobile games in total by March 2017, the first of which we will see by the end of 2015.

Speaking at Pocket Gamer Connects in San Francisco, Asako explained the plans for DeNA’s partnership with Nintendo. “I understand some people like RPGs, casual games. That’s why we decided to work together to create five games, hitting on different genre-utilizing IPs.” So their idea is to create five different games, each of which will cater to a different type of gamer. “We want to make sure out of those five IP that we can end up attracting hundreds of millions of people.”

Asako called DeNA’s deal with Nintendo the “most crucial partnership” the company as ever entered. Coming from a company that has partnerships with Disney and Marvel, that says quite a lot. He also acknowledged the public’s high expectations. Given Nintendo’s reputation for high-quality casual games and DeNA’s weight of experience in the mobile space, he says it will be a challenge to meet people’s expectations.

A few days ago, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata addressed concerns about how the company intends to monetise its mobile games at a shareholder meeting. Iwata said that Nintendo’s games will be labelled “free-to-start” rather than free-to-play, and heavily indicated that the games will contain microtransactions. But he also emphasised the desire to avoid the “notorious” business model that surrounds freemium mobile games. How the company will strike that balance remains to be seen.

As for how Nintendo’s partnership with DeNA will work, Asako pointed to Glu’s Kim Kardashian game (yes, there’s a Kim Kardashian game) as an example of a similar sort of brand partnership. Like the Kim Kardashian game (ugh, just saying it makes this whole thing hard to take seriously), Nintendo’s well-established brand will enter the mobile space with the help of a mobile gaming heavyweight.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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