Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest news The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Mon, 21 May 2018 02:10:51 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer TableTap is taking over Twitch again with a stream of digital board game, Scythe <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xjrf/scythe.jpg" width="200" alt="TableTap is taking over Twitch again with a stream of digital board game, Scythe" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Friday, the week is winding down, but that doesn't mean we're done with you yet. We've got one last special treat to kick off your weekend in style - that's right, it's time for another TableTap stream.<br><br>And this week over on Twitch, the erstwhile James Gilmour is going to be getting some hands-on time with the digital version of Scythe, which is being published by Asmodee Digital.<br><br>You might remember we had a crack at this one before. It's a game set in an alternate 1920s Europe, featuring giant mechs. It's all about trying to control chunks of land, growing your economy and your empire, and fighting with the other players.<br><br>The last stream, as you might imagine, was brilliant, and we're pretty sure this one is going to be too. The excitement kicks off tonight at 5pm GMT, <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital">and you'll be able to follow it all by clicking this link</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/TableTap/news.asp?c=77546'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/TableTap/news.asp?c=77546 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:30:13 GMT PUBG Mobile has ten million people dropping in to play every single day <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pkiy_img_2080_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PUBG Mobile has ten million people dropping in to play every single day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Turns out a whole load of people really love PUBG Mobile, as Tencent has revealed that it's seeing 10 million players on the mobile battle royale game every single day.<br><br>What makes this stat even more impressive is that this isn't including players in China, which would no doubt bump that figure even higher if it were taken into account.<br><br><a href="/r/iPhone/PUBG+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77535"><em>Need some help with the new Miramar map on PUBG Mobile? Be sure to check out our guide for everything you need to know.</em></a><br><br>It's hardly surprising, given that PUBG is arguably the biggest and most influential game in the world right now, but getting ten million people to play your game every single day is no mean feat. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77541'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77541 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:28:09 GMT NES Mini returning to stores on June 29th for all your retro gaming needs <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lnexgpqw/nesmini-930x542.jpg" width="200" alt="NES Mini returning to stores on June 29th for all your retro gaming needs" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo has announced that the NES Classic Edition (or NES Mini, if you prefer) will once again return to stores on June 29th, so if you have been wanting the classic console, here's your chance.<br><br>The replica console was originally launched in 2016 and sold out quickly, so if you're interested, best start making your plans now.<br><br>The console comes with thirty built-in classic games, ranging from Donkey Kong to the Legend of Zelda, and of course several Super Mario Bros. titles. It includes one classical controller, and an HDMI connection for your TV.<br><br>If you want to get more details on the console, or the games included, check out <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic">the official website</a>. The NES Classic Edition will retail for $59.99/£59.99 MSRP. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/NES+Mini/news.asp?c=77501'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/NES+Mini/news.asp?c=77501 Tue, 15 May 2018 12:18:43 GMT Watching The Roots and Ariana Grande jam out with Nintendo Labo is everything I hoped it would be <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ucpd/1.jpg" width="200" alt="Watching The Roots and Ariana Grande jam out with Nintendo Labo is everything I hoped it would be" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've been enjoying <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Labo/feature.asp?c=77285">what the world's come up with</a> so far for Nintendo Labo and last night on The Tonight Show it went a step further. Sure, we've seen drinking games and amazing covers, but this is another level of awesome. <br><br>Using both Labo's Variety Kit and Robot Kit, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Ariana Grande came together to perform 'No Tears Left to Cry', Ariana's new single. On paper it sounds pretty standard - I rather enjoy the classroom instrument covers - but when watching the video in full, you can see how creative the Labo can be. <br><br>Complete with three Labo guitars (<a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Labo/feature.asp?c=77395">which you can learn how to make here</a>), one Labo drum kit, two lots of Labo pianos, and some cool uses of the Variety Kit's fishing rod and Robot Kit, the above video was made.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Labo/news.asp?c=77497'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Labo/news.asp?c=77497 Tue, 15 May 2018 08:45:00 GMT Join TableTap on Twitch tomorrow to check out the latest expansion for Ascension <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zhry/ascension-iphone-3.jpg" width="200" alt="Join TableTap on Twitch tomorrow to check out the latest expansion for Ascension" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> What time is it? It's stream time! Well, actually it's not, but it nearly is. Tomorrow you can join the delectable Mr James Gilmour on Twitch to watch him playing the latest expansion to Ascension, Gift of the Elements.<br><br>Once again though, James won't be alone on the stream. He'll be joined by Justin Gary a renowned former Magic the Gathering pro player, and one of the creators of the game. So that's two experts for the price of one. You'd be a fool not to join in.<br><br>If you've not heard of Ascension, it's a deck-building game that sees you playing cards to battle foes. It's pretty damn good, especially if you're a fan of games like Hearthstone and Magic.<br><br>Anyway, the whole shebang will kick off tomorrow at 5pm UK time. <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital">And you can follow all the action at this link right here</a>. In the meantime though, make sure you check out all of TableTap's previous streams. Them's reet good. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ascension%3A+Chronicle+of+the+Godslayer/news.asp?c=77443'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ascension%3A+Chronicle+of+the+Godslayer/news.asp?c=77443 Wed, 9 May 2018 12:08:48 GMT We're finally getting Cloud saves with Nintendo Switch's Online service, but you've got to pay for it <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vtbit/nswitch_splatoon2_05.jpg" width="200" alt="We're finally getting Cloud saves with Nintendo Switch's Online service, but you've got to pay for it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oh joyous day, we've gotten a real look at what to expect with Nintendo Switch's Online service AND finally had news on the long-awaited Cloud saves too. Sure, it all comes bundled in with Ninty's packages, but I'm not really surprised. <br><br><a href="https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-Switch/Nintendo-Switch-Online/Nintendo-Switch-Online-1183143.html">Earlier today</a>, Nintendo revealed a full list of details regarding the Online service and here's what it'll cost you:<br><br><ul><br><br><li>1 Month - £3.49/€3.99/$3.99</li><br><br><li>3 Months - £6.99/€7.99/$7.99</li><br><br><li>12 Months - £17.99/€19.99/$19.99</li><br><br><li>12 Months (Family membership) - £31.49/€34.99/$34.99</li><br><br></ul><br><br>We've had inklings, but not been totally sure what the Online service will bring. We knew that we'd get access to online play, the Switch Online smartphone app, and exclusive members-only offers. However, aside from Cloud saves, there'll also be <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-Switch/Nintendo-Switch-Online/Nintendo-Entertainment-System-Nintendo-Switch-Online-1374626.html">20 NES games</a> on launch - these include titles like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77431'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77431 Tue, 8 May 2018 10:45:00 GMT The official version of a board game classic is on sale right now for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dkmuy/ipad-screenshot-3.jpg" width="200" alt="The official version of a board game classic is on sale right now for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Normally we cover less traditional board games on TableTap. But sometimes we like to make sure you know about what's going on in the world of digital board games that might be a little more familiar.<br><br>And today is one of those days. That's because the official digital version of Battleship is currently on sale on the App Store for just 99p / 99c. It's only been out for a few days, so sorry if you bought it when it first landed and it was more expensive.<br><br>If you don't know what the game is, it's all about trying to sink your opponent's battleships. You set them out in a grid, then take it in turns to choose points on a grid. If you get a hit, your opponent has to let you know.<br><br><strong>You sunk my battleship<br><br></strong><br><br>The first player to sink the other's ships is declared the winner. The key is remembering where you've hit, and working out where the rest of the ship might be positioned. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Battleship%3A+Official+Edition/news.asp?c=77429'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Battleship%3A+Official+Edition/news.asp?c=77429 Tue, 8 May 2018 10:11:39 GMT Does Clash Royale's Mega Minion need a nerf or is it OK? Our Mobile Minion investigates <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dgo/thumb-01.jpg" width="200" alt="Does Clash Royale's Mega Minion need a nerf or is it OK? Our Mobile Minion investigates" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Clash Royale's Mega Minion is a ridiculously strong card in the current meta, largely because players have had a chance to level it up and get used to it.<br><br>But does it need a nerf, or is it fine the way it is? Our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-HeCiQCfXQUA7kGSPIk6rg">Mobile Minion</a> Josh Jones has sat down to take a look and share his thoughts and experiences on the card.<br><br>In his opinion, it needs a bit of a damage reduction, largely because it can't be hit with a fireball or many ground targets and costs just 3 Elixir.<br><br>There are ways to counter it – Archers are a good card, for example – but a little more tweaking will make it much more balanced overall. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=77423'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=77423 Mon, 7 May 2018 09:22:16 GMT Get Clash Royale's X-Bow deck on lock with our Mobile Minions' guide <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ijxu/maxresdefault-12.jpg" width="200" alt="Get Clash Royale's X-Bow deck on lock with our Mobile Minions' guide" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Clash Royale's X-Bow deck is a pretty viable option in a variety of situations, but you may not be entirely sure how to build around the key card and make the most of it in battle.<br><br>Luckily for you, our resident expert and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-HeCiQCfXQUA7kGSPIk6rg">Mobile Minion </a>Josh Jones has returned with a new video explaining how to make the most of the versatile deck.<br><br>As he says, there isn't a card in the deck that isn't perfectly balanced, and it's become incredibly popular since the Tesla received a buff.<br><br>Josh goes over how to make the best plays using the X-Bow deck, along with explaining its composition and which cards need to be used together for the highest chance of winning. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=77422'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=77422 Mon, 7 May 2018 09:12:21 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 441 - Dungeon Hunter Champions, Paladins Strike <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 441 - Dungeon Hunter Champions, Paladins Strike" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo reckons it hasn't cracked the mobile market yet, so James, Em, and Ric discuss the implications of <em>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</em>'s under-performance.<br><br>There's also chat about <em>Fortnite</em> Season 4, and yet another lawsuit against the Switch.<br><br>Meanwhile in the new releases section, Ric explains why <em>Paladins Strike</em> is a 'bit fiddly', and James shares his experience with all-things-to-all-people action RPG MOBA tower defence monstrosity <em>Dungeon Hunter Champions</em>.<br><br>Em's been playing <em>Agent Wonky</em>, and has found a neat puzzler tucked away in the corner of the App Store...<br><br><strong>Download episode 441:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep441.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77414'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77414 Fri, 4 May 2018 17:50:45 GMT Gamevice strikes up another lawsuit against Nintendo Switch, this time over its Joy-Cons <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Gamevice strikes up another lawsuit against Nintendo Switch, this time over its Joy-Cons" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It feels like deja-vu, but Gamevice isn't totally giving up the fight against Nintendo. Where it challenged the company <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=74967">last year</a> for the full Switch design, this time around it's focussing more on the Joy-Cons themselves. <br><br>Gamevice's controls are built to fit around a variety of mobiles and tablets to enhance the mobile gaming experience. As <a href="https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-05-02-nintendo-switch-targeted-by-gamevice-patent-lawsuit-again">gamesindustry.biz</a> points out, unlike Gamevice's products the Joy-Cons are specifically tailored for the Switch and the Switch only.<br><br>So, it's a similar idea but not identical software which infringes the existing patent. In the recently released <a href="https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2018/er0501ll939.htm">USITC statement</a> there's been no investigation as of yet. "<em>By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1111), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case</em>," it states. "<em>The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77378'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77378 Wed, 2 May 2018 12:49:17 GMT Nintendo hasn't yet reached a 'satisfactory profit point' on mobile <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dploa_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo hasn't yet reached a 'satisfactory profit point' on mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Recently it was revealed that Nintendo isn't exactly happy with its mobile profits, as was suggested by Nintendo's president, Tatsumi Kimishima in the recent <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180427_2e.pdf">financial briefin</a>g (p. 12). <br><br>"<em>The efforts we have made to date have yielded certain responses to our goal of expanding the number of people who have access to Nintendo IP. Even so, we have not reached a satisfactory profit point yet, so our goal is to further expand the scale of this business to develop it into one of the pillars of revenue</em>."<br><br>As noted by <a href="https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-05-01-nintendo-has-not-reached-a-satisfactory-profit-point-on-mobile-yet">gamesindustry.biz</a>, Ninty's most recent mobile release, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, under-performed after raking in $20 million in its first two months as opposed to Fire Emblem Heroes' $86 million. Though there was nothing about these figures in the briefing, we can expect more updates and events in the future.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=77370'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=77370 Tue, 1 May 2018 16:52:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 440 - Harry Potter: Hogwart's Mystery, Night Trap <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 440 - Harry Potter: Hogwart's Mystery, Night Trap" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> "You're a wizard, Harry! But only for 5 minutes, because you've just run out of energy and you need to wait an hour and a half for it to recharge."<br><br>Yes, it's fair to say that <em>Harry Potter: Hogwart's Mystery</em> isn't everything we were hoping for. James, Em, and Ric cover the strengths and failings of the new RPG adventure, which falls prey to next-level free to play shenanigans.<br><br>Still, the team discover <em>Supertype</em> is actually pretty great, and that we can all look forward to feeling awkward on public transport while playing the re-release of <em>Night Trap</em> on our Switches. So that's good.<br><br><strong>Download episode 440:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep440.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77349'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77349 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:38:43 GMT Here's when the Nintendo Switch Online service should be launching <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Here's when the Nintendo Switch Online service should be launching" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Switch's Online service has been a bit of a weird affair for current users. Though we were only supposed to get the free trial for about a year, now we've got at least an inkling as to when we're going to have to pay up. <br><br>For those who don't know, the Online service is what you use to play with users over the internet, i.e. on Mario Kart or Splatoon 2. You'll also potentially get access to subscriber-only deals and offers. <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=74194">Last year</a> we learnt that you'd be paying up to £/$/€19.99 for a 12-month membership which isn't a terrible amount by far. <br><br>Earlier today, Ninty's <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/events/index.html">Financial Result Briefing</a> (<a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180427_2e.pdf">page 6</a>) noted that the Online service is slated to begin in September 2018. Though there's not a ton of information on it, more details will apparently be posted in early May, so let's hope those prices and benefits all stay their ground. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77339'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77339 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:05:46 GMT Play 100 games and eat pizza at Spring Play in New York on May 3rd <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-eobgjv/spring-play-nyc-expo.jpg" width="200" alt="Play 100 games and eat pizza at Spring Play in New York on May 3rd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're one of those lucky people who loves video games and lives in New York, then you might want to check out Playcrafting's <a href="https://playcrafting.com/event/spring-play-nyc-game-expo-2/">Spring Play: NYC Game Expo</a> on Thursday May 3rd at Microsoft's offices.<br><br>You can expect about 100 indie developers showing off their games, and some pizza to help sustain you while you check out everything on offer. Pretty good deal, to be honest.<br><br>There's already a fair few games lined up, including silly casual hawk simulator Mama Hawk and the delightfully weird-looking Burgal's Bounty, with more to be announced closer to the time.<br><br>And if you're a local developer, you can still submit your game to take part – you can find out more on <a href="https://playcrafting.com/event/spring-play-nyc-game-expo-2/">Playcrafting's own website</a> on how to get involved. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Playcrafting/news.asp?c=77330'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Playcrafting/news.asp?c=77330 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:44:46 GMT