Nintendo may still insist on keeping its head out of the mobile market, but that isn't stopping a few enterprising developers from filling the gap. This time, it's the guys behind GBA4iOS, who made a name for themselves in 2012 with an app that let you play Game Boy Advance games via an emulator. It's back again, and this time Apple's apparently allowing it (for now).
We'll get into the details in a bit, but the big news Wednesday had to be Google unloading its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo at what appears to be a huge loss — and during the same week that the Android maker announced a sweeping patent-sharing deal with Samsung, which can't be just a coincidence. More on that in a moment, but for now, here's what else went down on Wednesday...
Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.
This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.
Can it be? Is the mobile gaming event many of us have long waited for on the verge of happening? According to Cult of Mac (via King 5 news), Nintendo is actively experimenting with at least dipping its feet into iOS. But will its beloved library of classic games follow? Right now, the prospects look grim.
Forgot about the rumors and speculation: Tuesday, Oct. 22 has arrived, and we'll all soon know what Apple has in store for us with a fall media event in San Francisco that will unveil what the company has to offer through the end of the year and into early 2014. Since the website will be dominated by Apple-related stories today, our overnight recap is mostly a little break from all that noise, so dive in and enjoy!
Riding the success of Disney Infinity's huge console launch last month, the Toy Box app for iPad allows players to build and test their creations from inside Infinity's creation mode, and then transfer it all back to your console. It benefits from the intuitive nature of touch controls and portability that the tablet allows, but struggles with keeping a constant frame rate even when dealing with a low number of items in your world. That takes some of the shine off of the experience, especially when transitioning from a glossy home console game.
Could Nintendo lift its sagging fortunes by releasing its hottest properties on other platforms like iOS or Android instead of keeping them on their own hardware? It's a question we may never have an answer to, but it's fun to speculate. And for our American readers, you'll have plenty of time to do so as we enter the three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out there and enjoy the last blast of summer -- we'll be back with a weekend recap on Tuesday morning!
Don't be surprised if a simple app named "MyStache" suddenly makes it to the top of the App Store's charts by the end of the day; as reported by 9to5 Mac, the app ostensibly does little more than help you add a mustache on a photo, but in reality it serves as an emulator for ROMs for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the Super Nintendo, and the GameBoy.
On the off chance that you need further evidence of mobile gaming's rapidly changing landscape, IDC and App Annie recently released the results of a study demonstrating that revenues for iOS and Google Play gaming rose sharply in 2013's first quarter. Revenues for the handheld gaming devices made by Nintendo fell during the same period. Google's still behind Sony and Nintendo's overall revenue for the time being, but with the rate of growth they reported during their recent I/O, it's expected that Google Play, too, will overtake traditional handheld gaming devices sometime during the next quarter.