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 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:26:41 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Nintendo Switch digital game sizes finally revealed <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Switch digital game sizes finally revealed" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With less than a fortnight to the Switch's release, we've finally got a look at what a few of the game sizes are. Obviously this list isn't definitive, but it's a start.<br><br>Nintendo's Switch keynote a month ago revealed that the internal memory of the device was 32 GB - or 25.9 GB after the pre-loaded software takes its cut, <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73025">as we found out</a>. Though that doesn't sound like an awful lot, it shouldn't be too much of a problem, especially if you're looking to use the physical cards to load your games from. <br><br>However, if you're likely to be more of a digital buyer, you may want to invest in a Micro SDXC card. Game size estimates have been thrown about the internet for some time now, and some of them you may find quite surprising.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73050'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73050 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:42:00 GMT You can earn 50% more exp for your troubles in Fire Emblem: Heroes right now <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jxnga_fe-title_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="You can earn 50% more exp for your troubles in Fire Emblem: Heroes right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> An event has just kicked off in Fire Emblem: Heroes that allows you to earn 50% more experience for a limited time.<br><br>Aptly entitled 'EXP x1.5 Event', the event rewards your units with more exp in Story Maps, Training Tower, Special Maps, and the Arena.<br><br>It kicked off today and will run until February 23rd, giving you plenty of time to boost your favourite units.<br><br>Take a wild guess how we'll be spending our weekends. Go on. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73034'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73034 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:26:38 GMT One lucky gamer gets the Nintendo Switch early and shows off its operating system <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="One lucky gamer gets the Nintendo Switch early and shows off its operating system" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been Switch-crazy in the run-up to release and, yes, it's only two weeks away. However one Nintendo fan got extremely lucky and managed to get their hands on the Switch a little early. <br><br>According to NeoGAF user <a href="http://neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=230445937&postcount=649">hiphoptherobot</a>, the shop they purchased his Switch from might have hiccuped and sent it early to him. After a swirl of fellow GAF-ers requested details about the device, some screenshots and a video were posted showing off the operating system.<br><br>It's a pretty standard setup process, following along the lines of confirming your language, date, timezone, and allows you to tackle your handheld and TV setup separately if you want to. You also configure your Joy Cons at this point before moving on to your nickname. Here, you can add up to eight other users onto a single device. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73025'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73025 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:09:00 GMT Nintendo's announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting an expansion pass <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cektgx/si_wiiu_thelegendofzeldabreathofthewild.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo's announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting an expansion pass" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> To cut to the chase, Nintendo's given us a reason to get excited this Valentine's Day as it announced that <em>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</em> will be getting an expansion pass. <br><br>Amazingly, this means that <em>BoTW</em> is the first <em>Zelda</em> game to be getting a DLC. Eiji Aonuma, Producer for the <em>Legend of Zelda</em> series announced via a YouTube video that this latest incarnation of the world, Hyrule, is such a huge place that they wanted to give players the opportunity to explore it further. <br><br>DLCs will be launched twice throughout 2017 - once in the summer, and again at the end of the year. The first expansion pass however will be on sale on the 3rd of March, alongside the launch of the full game, for $19.99.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/news.asp?c=72985'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/news.asp?c=72985 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:36:00 GMT Get into the old-fashioned MMORPG Ragnarok Online's Chinese mobile beta right now <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tfw/ragnarok-mobile-logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Get into the old-fashioned MMORPG Ragnarok Online's Chinese mobile beta right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've ever been part of the crazy community that filled the servers of <em>Ragnarok Online</em> on PC, you know that there's quite no game like it. Indeed, sequels and reboots of the franchise have tried to expand this MMORPG but none could really build a community like <em>Ragnarok Online</em> did.<br><br><iframe width="457" height="257" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KpsN5UacAtE?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen><br><br>Announced a while back, Ragnarok Online Mobile, an adaptation of the classic game for mobile devices, has been released in China in Open Beta form. To get it, you'll have to create an <a href="https://www.taptap.com/auth/login">account here</a> (follow the <a href="http://2p.com/46970356_1/Ragnarok-Mobile-Kicks-off-Pre-OBT-Test-Download-Guide-Attached-by-shaylynsun.htm">guide here</a> in case you don't understand or are stuck somewhere in the process) and download the app through this link for <a href="https://www.taptap.com/app/7133">Android</a> or this <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/xian-jing-chuan-shuoro-shou/id1071801856">one for iOS</a> (You'll need a chinese App Store account, find out <a href="/r/iPad/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=69041">how to create one here</a>). <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ragnarok+Mobile/news.asp?c=72953'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ragnarok+Mobile/news.asp?c=72953 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:45:00 GMT Voting is now open for the 13th International Mobile Gaming Awards <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zbwy_imga_logos_3_red_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Voting is now open for the 13th International Mobile Gaming Awards" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It may be Oscars season for movies but that doesn't mean that it's the only award show in town.<br><br>Starting October last year, <a href="http://www.imgawards.com/">the IMGA</a> (International Mobile Gaming Awards) were once again open for submission to vote on mobile gaming's <a href="/r/iPad/Monument+Valley/news.asp?c=64230&srch=IMGA">best of the best</a>. Now, it's time for you to decide which you think are worthy of such an honor, since voting as begun for the nominees of this 13th IMGA. You'll find a wide range of games from indie games like <a href="/r/iPad/1979+Revolution/news.asp?c=70332">1979 Revolution: Black Friday</a> to behemoth like <a href="/r/iPad/Pokemon+GO/review.asp?c=72557">Pokémon GO</a> and <a href="/r/iPad/ROME%3A+Total+War/review.asp?c=72070">Rome: Total War</a>.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/IMGA+Awards/news.asp?c=72933'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/IMGA+Awards/news.asp?c=72933 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 08:46:51 GMT Super Mario Run has been downloaded 78 million times since launch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uiczj_5275343_larger_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Mario Run has been downloaded 78 million times since launch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As we're reaching the end of another month, Nintendo's recent financial brief for <em>Super Mario Run</em> showed that since release the game's been downloaded over 78 million times. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Super Mario Run downloaded 78 million times; more than 5% paid for full version: Nintendo president</p><br><br>— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) <a href="https://twitter.com/ynakamura56/status/826335204453126147">January 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br><br>Though impressive on the outside, it looks like Nintendo aren't best pleased with the result as the total number of purchases sits at about 4 million. Even with such a large number of purchases, this 5% conversion rate means that Nintendo actually fell short of its aim.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Mario+Run/news.asp?c=72835'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Mario+Run/news.asp?c=72835 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:45:36 GMT Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the Switch's release only a couple of months away there're more games announced as the time passes, and <em>Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas </em>is joining the party. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/JeGeekJePlay">@JeGeekJePlay</a> Yes, Oceanhorn will head to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NintendoSwitch?src=hash">#NintendoSwitch</a> later this year. Will run beautifully on the powerful Switch.</p><br><br>— FDG Entertainment (@FDG_Games) <a href="https://twitter.com/FDG_Games/status/825652543359418368">January 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br><br>This <em>Zelda</em>-like RPG was teased initially last year, but now we've had official confirmation from FDG Entertainment (thanks to <a href="http://www.dualshockers.com/2017/01/29/oceanhorn-monster-uncharted-seas-setting-course-switch/">DualShockers</a>). The game is supposed to run beautifully on the system, and I don't doubt that for a second to be honest.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72825'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72825 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:34:00 GMT Reigns wins the International Competition at the Zurich Game Festival <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-aukc/ludicious_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Reigns wins the International Competition at the Zurich Game Festival" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>"It’s a good time to make satire," joked Nerial’s <a href="https://twitter.com/nerial" target="_blank">Francois Alliot</a>, as he picked up the top award for <em><a href="http://nerial.co.uk/reigns/" target="_blank">Reigns</a></em> at this year’s <a href="http://www.ludicious.ch/" target="_blank">Ludicious</a>, the Zurich Game Festival.</p><br><br><p>Held on Friday night at the Alte Kaserne of the Zeughaushof Areal in Zurich, Switzerland, <a href="http://www.ludicious.ch/competitions-2017/" target="_blank">the awards</a> celebrated the best international indie games. They honoured small studios and developers trying novel ideas with small budgets. There were four categories, the International Competition (won by <em>Reigns</em>), a Student Competition (won by <em>Nocturnal Hunt</em>, developed by Wolf Pack of the Games Academy in Berlin), an audience vote taken live on the night (won by <em>Deru</em> from Schlicht) and a Main Award (which also went to <em>Deru</em>).</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Reigns/news.asp?c=72810'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Reigns/news.asp?c=72810 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:29:00 GMT Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is an upcoming mobile fighter tie-in to the movie reboot <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ueax/power-rangers-legacy-wars-2-760x428.jpg" width="200" alt="Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is an upcoming mobile fighter tie-in to the movie reboot" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Power Rangers fans don't need to be told twice that a movie reboot is arriving in March, but they might not know a mobile game is dropping alongside it.<br><br><em><br><br>Power Rangers: Legacy Wars</em> is a real-time multiplayer fighting game that features characters from the legendary TV series. Additionally, there will be updated versions of characters based on the upcoming <em>Power Rangers</em> film.<br><br>And that's all we can glean from the brief teaser trailer above. Suffice to say that it looks like a right treat for fans of the franchise.<br><br>You can pre-register by clicking <a href="http://playlegacywars.com/#/main">here</a> to grab it as soon as it drops on iOS and Android. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Power+Rangers%3A+Legacy+Wars/news.asp?c=72789'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Power+Rangers%3A+Legacy+Wars/news.asp?c=72789 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:32:00 GMT Out now: Ninja Spinki Challenges!! is a series of frustratingly challenging minigames by Flappy Bird developer .Gears <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oavkm/ninja_spinki_challenges.jpg" width="200" alt="Out now: Ninja Spinki Challenges!! is a series of frustratingly challenging minigames by Flappy Bird developer .Gears" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Good news, <em>Flappy Bird </em>fans! Your masochistic tendencies will soon be soothed as .Gears has just released another near-impossible mobile game, <em>Ninja Spinki Challenges!!</em>.<br><br><em>Ninja Spinki Challenges!!</em> has clearly been designed with <em>Flappy Bird</em> in mind. It's frustratingly difficult, can be played with a single finger, and will probably cause a few broken phones in its time.<br><br>There are six challenges to test your wits at, and they range from dodging spikey bolders to throwing shurikens at nasty little paper faces. <br><br>It's really not for the faint-hearted, as each challenge requires timing, precision, and pure blind luck to succeed. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ninja+Spinki+Challenges/news.asp?c=72788'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ninja+Spinki+Challenges/news.asp?c=72788 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:40:37 GMT Three more third-party titles are confirmed for the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ilpya/tcvault.jpg" width="200" alt="Three more third-party titles are confirmed for the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As the weeks crawl slowly past until the Nintendo Switch's release date, we've got another few games to add to the list of upcoming third party titles. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The fabled Tomorrow Corporation vault is open! This time, for the Nintendo Switch: <a href="https://t.co/pAnWlZlD4e">https://t.co/pAnWlZlD4e</a></p><br><br>— Tomorrow Corporation (@TomorrowCorp) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomorrowCorp/status/823993192831795200">January 24, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br><br><em>World of Goo</em>, <em>Little Inferno</em>, and <em>Human Resource Machine</em> have all joined the pack, Tomorrow Corporation announced in its latest blog post (via its Twitter). All available in one, big bundle, the newest generation of players will shortly be able to play three iconic indie titles in whatever way they see fit.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72775'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72775 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:45:00 GMT Nicalis looks like it might be bringing more of its titles to the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tjkzt/1.jpg" width="200" alt="Nicalis looks like it might be bringing more of its titles to the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Since the Nintendo Switch's Direct last week, who thought we'd see another rumour on the device so soon? But when it comes to <em>The Binding of Isaac </em>developer, Nicalis, we can only hope this one proves true. <br><br>After Nicalis apparently tweeted out the picture (above) yesterday, it was removed sharpish. Reddit user <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/5oy2qi/nicalis_reveals_1001_spikes_cave_story_for_switch/">tsarkees</a> managed to mirror the shot, giving us another look.<br><br>Speculations suggest it could be due to the clipped-off title in the right-hand corner. Reddit user <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/5oyi54/the_clipped_game_in_the_nicalis_switch_picture_is/">bopoe posted</a> a photoshopped picture of <em>Hydra Castle Labyrinth</em>, suggesting that this could be the accidental clip. As well as showing off <em>1001 Spikes</em>, <em>Cave Story</em>, and <em>BoI: Afterbirth+</em>, it looks like the Nintendo Switch could have a 'Dark UI' mode, potential profile picture, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72762'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=72762 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:59:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Connects London 2017: Mona Lisa wins first place at The Very Big Indie Pitch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wtuzfz/ml_gcbanner-900x600.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Connects London 2017: Mona Lisa wins first place at The Very Big Indie Pitch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Pocket Gamer hosted its first event of 2017 this week in London. Whilst there were dozens of talks and hundreds of meetings, one event took place that always creates a buzz, The Very Big Indie Pitch<em>.<br><br></em><br><br>This year we had an enormous 37 games pitched to our prestigious judging panel, ranging from gaming enthusiasts to industry experts.<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//original (2).png" width="457" height="323" /><br><br>The Big Indie Pitch has been run for several years but, this year saw a VBIP rarity. The 15 judges picked <em>Mona Lisa</em> by Italic Pig as their winner without hesitation and you can see why.<br><br>You play as the Mona Lisa herself, working with Leonardo Da Vinci to steal the best artworks of the time. It's an ingenious combination of platforming and speed painting with a solid narrative to drive us forward. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Mona+Lisa/news.asp?c=72744'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Mona+Lisa/news.asp?c=72744 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:23:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Connects London 2017: the emotive puzzler Link Twin grabs second place in the Very Big Indie Pitch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-efdto/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Connects London 2017: the emotive puzzler Link Twin grabs second place in the Very Big Indie Pitch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've spoken of <em>Link Twin</em> on a number of occasions: initially when we learned of it, again after its entry at Gamescom's Big Indie Pitch, and now as it takes second place at Pocket Gamer Connects' Very Big Indie Pitch. <br><br><em>Link Twin</em> is a wonderfully stylistic puzzler in which you play as a pair of twins. As they're connected, the twins move simultaneously, so it's up to that big brain of yours to figure out how to use the environment around you to get your twins to the markers and continue on to the next level. <br><br>There're five stages - each one representing one of the stages of grief for these unfortunate children, though we don't yet know what the cause of their grief is. Having stated 'we were happy until they left' in the trailer suggests that perhaps their parents may have met an untimely end.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Link+Twin/news.asp?c=72745'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Link+Twin/news.asp?c=72745 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:51:55 GMT