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, 27 Mar 2017 21:34:15 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Candy Crush Saga's CBS game show names Mario Lopez as its host <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-feavf/unnamed.jpg" width="200" alt="Candy Crush Saga's CBS game show names Mario Lopez as its host" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey, remember that game show version of <em>Candy Crush</em> we talked about <a href="/r/Other/Candy+Crush+Saga/news.asp?c=71791">last year</a>? Well, it's still happening, and kids from the 80s/90s might recognise its host. <br><br>Late last week it was announced that Mario Lopez had been named as the upcoming CBS show's host. Though, some of you may remember him as A.C. Slater, the guy we all had a crush on, from <em>Saved By the Bell</em>.  <br><br><em>Candy Crush</em> is the first ever game show inspired by a popular mobile game, and Lopez says he's pretty stoked to be a part of it. "As a player, I'm excited to step into the real life Candy Crush Arena."<br><br>Where <em>Candy Crush Saga</em> is a colourful match-three game, the game show will certainly be more physical as teams of two use their wits and physical ability to compete on huge, interactive game boards featuring next-generation technology.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Candy+Crush+Saga/news.asp?c=73441'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Candy+Crush+Saga/news.asp?c=73441 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:50:00 GMT Nintendo were challenged to a milking competition - and they accepted <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fihy/milk-time-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo were challenged to a milking competition - and they accepted" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Alright, it may not be pressing news but with all of the negativity and seriousness, it's always nice to see something silly now and again. For Nintendo, they've answered a farmer's challenge and they're headed to a milking competition in Vermont. <br><br>Billings Farm & Museum called out via social media (and letter) last week. After one of their employees tried <em>1-2-Switch</em>'s milking game and found it unimpressive, the museum decided to pit the folks over at Nintendo against the established milkers to see who can come out on top.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73439'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73439 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:08:49 GMT This year's E3 is going to be a BIG one for Nintendo <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bmsb_nintendo-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="This year's E3 is going to be a BIG one for Nintendo" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It may still be a few months until E3 comes about, but that doesn't mean Nintendo can't start bragging about it ahead of time. <br><br><script type="text/javascript" src="http://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=5358840822001&w=457&h=257"></script><noscript>Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a></noscript><br><br>According to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, we can expect to see 'a big E3' this time around. With the Switch recently launched, that's hardly surprising, but an interview with Fox News over the weekend suggested that there'll be plenty of reveals to show off for both the Switch and 3DS come July. <br><br>"<em>E3 is always a big time for Nintendo. We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story - and we're going to have a big E3 this year. We're going to be showcasing a variety of games, we'll have experiences for consumers (who'll be able to attend the show for the very first time), so I'm not going to tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73438'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73438 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:21:00 GMT The Nintendo Switch is available to click-and-collect at Argos (UK) <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="The Nintendo Switch is available to click-and-collect at Argos (UK)" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I told you I'd be keeping tabs on this tricky-to-acquire console, and though the Switch isn't in stock indefinitely, it's definitely a start. <br><br>Aside from the usual third-party contenders selling the thing for an obscene amount in some cases, there are two places you can get the Switch right now.<br><br><a href="https://www.coolshop.co.uk/product/nintendo-switch-console-with-grey-joy-con/AK23RG">Coolshop.co.uk</a> recently popped up on our radar, selling the console at £309.95, and currently only in grey. <br><br>Argos on the other hand seem to have had a telling of when their stock is coming as <a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6836539?cmpid=COJUN&utm_campaign=11553376&cjsurferid=120280564399252125%3ALy1HrxfRB82x&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=MEGIT+Ltd%2C+Michael+Green&utm_source=CJ&catalogId=10001&storeId=10151&_%24ja=tsid%3A11674%7Cprd%3A5862730&utm_term=1376453&referredURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fproduct%2F6836539&referrer=COJUN">542 branches</a> (at this moment) are accepting 'click-and-collect' orders of the neon Joy-Con sort to be picked up next week. That's basically pre-ordering, to you and me.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73413'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73413 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:40:00 GMT Nintendo can fix the left Jon-Con issues with - er - foam <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo can fix the left Jon-Con issues with - er - foam" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After the Switch released a few weeks ago there were several smaller problems circulating the internet, as was expected. From screen scratches to blown pixels, and the most common of all - the left Joy-Con sync issues. <br><br>According Mr. Hollister over at <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/nintendo-switch-joycon-desync-connectivity-issue-fix/">CNET</a> however it looks like Nintendo may be accepting the fact that things aren't quite right as they start fixing faulty Joy-Cons with a very simple hack. <br><br>Unfortunately, as most people feared, the issue is hardware-related, so no amount of waiting for a patch to come out will ever stop Link from walking psychopathically off a cliff. Instead, it looks like contacting customer services is the way to go.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73389'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73389 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:58:24 GMT You can now download Splatoon 2's Global Testfire worldwide <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fqjvx/h2x1_nswitch_splatoon2.jpg" width="200" alt="You can now download Splatoon 2's Global Testfire worldwide" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I know I've gone on about it a couple of times but <em>Splatoon 2</em>'s Global Testfire is happening this weekend, in case you'd forgotten. <br><br>In order to help test four of its weapons and multiplayer capabilities Nintendo has planned for this Testfire for a few months. There'll be six opportunities to help test the game, so be sure to mark the times down if you're keen.<br><br>The event popped up originally on the Japanese eShop, but now it looks like the doors have opened to Europe and the USA, at least. This free event will be taking place on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of March at the following times:<br><br>Friday 24th<br><br><ul><br><br><li>19:00 - 19:59 GMT</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Saturday 25th <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/news.asp?c=73384'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/news.asp?c=73384 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:58:00 GMT Apple phases out the iPad Air with a 9.7 inch 'iPad' <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-snqy/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Apple phases out the iPad Air with a 9.7 inch 'iPad'" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Two pretty big things happened today - one: Apple brought out a shiny, red colour for its iPhone 7/7 Plus, and two: it's dropped its 'Air' branding in favour of something much simpler. <br><br>In case you couldn't guess it, this new red-coloured tech is to do with (Product)Red, a company which works together with larger corporations to spread awareness and raise funds to help eliminate the HIV/AIDs virus. This comes after the App Store held <a href="/r/iPad/App+Store/news.asp?c=72267">Games for RED</a> in December 2016. <br><br>If you're after a <a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/buy-iphone/special-edition-iphone-7">(RED) phone</a>, you can grab the iPhone 7 from £699, or from £33.56/mo. Or, if you're after the iPhone 7 Plus, you can nab it from £819, or from £39.31/mo. It isn't specified exactly how much is contributed toward the fund, but every purchase contributes to the Global Fund. This also applies to <a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/product-red/">accessories</a> such as phone cases, Apple Watch sport bands, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/news.asp?c=73375'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/news.asp?c=73375 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:07:00 GMT The classic RPG Seiken Densetsu 3 could be coming to the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-evpo/sd3box.jpg" width="200" alt="The classic RPG Seiken Densetsu 3 could be coming to the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're a fan of the <em>Mana</em> series, this one may get your bloody pumping as its official Twitter account has posted a ten-second video of <em>Seiken Densetsu 3</em> playing...on the Switch. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E8%81%96%E5%89%A3%E4%BC%9D%E8%AA%AC?src=hash">#????</a> <a href="https://t.co/uXD0hey02H">pic.twitter.com/uXD0hey02H</a></p><br><br>— ???? -??- (@Seiken_PR) <a href="https://twitter.com/Seiken_PR/status/843658507719127040">March 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <em>SD3</em> (1995) is the follow-up to the SNES game, <em>Seiken Densetsu 2</em> - or, <em>Secret of Mana</em> as it was known outside of Japan - and is a much-loved RPG classic. <br><br>Originally released on the Super Famicon, <em>SD3</em> never did get the western release people were hoping for. But, with the Switch's region-free settings, even if it followed the same path the game would be accessible to players globally.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73361'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73361 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:04:00 GMT [Update] Here's a list of every game featured on the App Store's indie take-over so far <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wbbxl/98qwbi6w_400x400.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] Here's a list of every game featured on the App Store's indie take-over so far" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Cast your mind back to last week and you'll remember that the App Store started its indie take-over on the 9th, with it running up until March 20th. So, what's happened so far? Take a gander, if you dare.<br><br>This isn't an exhausted list just yet so we'll be adding to it every day one the destined game rears its head.<br><br><strong>March 20th - Card Thief</strong><br><br>"<em>In Card Thief you move through a deck of cards as a stealthy thief. Sneak in the shadows, extinguish torches, pickpocket guards and steal valuable treasures without getting caught.<br><br>The game offers an accessible core gameplay with a deep layer of tactical planning and various risk reward mechanics on top. In 4 different heists you can test your skills against various enemy and trap types. By successfully completing heists you can unlock and upgrade 12 equipment cards each with a unique ability to improve your highscores</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73311'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73311 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:54:00 GMT Nintendo plans to increase their Switch stock and double production <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo plans to increase their Switch stock and double production" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We all know how hard it's been to get your hands on a Switch. Granted, it's not as hard as getting an NES Mini, but for a new console less than a month old, it's a bit of a problem. However, it sounds like Nintendo's on the case...maybe. <br><br>If you've been keeping an eye on the stock levels since launch, you'll know that it's pretty much been sold out since March 4th. Yes, there have been dribbles here and there, but I've never seen it last longer than an hour - maybe two at best - before the number settles at zero. <br><br><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-to-double-production-of-switch-console-1489728545">The Wall Street Journal</a> stated, "<em>Nintendo Co. has decided to at least double its planned production of the Switch console in the year ending March 2018 owing to strong demand, people briefed on the plans said</em>."  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73343'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73343 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:05:57 GMT The App Store's indie game showcase is staying for good <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qdta/17379915_10154528304978175_1924275622_o.jpg" width="200" alt="The App Store's indie game showcase is staying for good" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After the monumental success of the past week and a bit, it's hardly surprising to hear that Apple will be giving indie games their own section on the App Store. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Love the games we’ve debuted? Starting today, we’ll have a permanent spot on the App Store just for indie games. <a href="https://t.co/M7fhi8kU4D">https://t.co/M7fhi8kU4D</a> <a href="https://t.co/d9Nt98EGvw">pic.twitter.com/d9Nt98EGvw</a></p><br><br>— App Store Games (@AppStoreGames) <a href="https://twitter.com/AppStoreGames/status/842545079915106308">March 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> You guys know <a href="/r/Other/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=72506">where I stand</a> on indie games. Let's not beat around the bush, they rock, and have been somewhat continually overlooked in favour of the AAA titles, or those published by a top-class company.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73342'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73342 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:06:16 GMT The Nintendo Switch is back in stock in the UK, but barely <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="The Nintendo Switch is back in stock in the UK, but barely" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I know, I know, trying to get Switch stock is almost as impossible as NES Mini stock currently, but this month's looking good for the next couple of weeks - for the UK at least. <br><br>I've been watching the Switch come back into stock and sell out within a couple of minutes since its launch earlier this month, and it's been very enlightening. Nintendo stated that their goal was to shift 8-million units. Considering they've managed to sell 1.5-million worldwide in just a couple of weeks, and out of holiday season, that's very impressive.  <br><br>While Amazon, GAME, and Tesco are accepting pre-orders to guarantee your console at the end of March/beginning of April, <a href="http://store.nintendo.co.uk/nintendo-switch/consoles.list?utm_source=mothership&utm_campaign=nintendo-switch&utm_medium=microsite|buttontest01">Nintendo UK</a> actually has the Switch back in stock, both in Grey and Neon. Argos also has a scattering of units, mainly in Grey, so be sure to check with your local stores if you haven't immediately gone to Nintendo. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73320'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73320 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:24:00 GMT Get your hands on some of the best strategy games in this month's Humble Mobile Bundle <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ubqire_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Get your hands on some of the best strategy games in this month's Humble Mobile Bundle " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's that time of the month again, and though the Humble Bundle can have its fair share or excellent (and not quite so excellent) games, there's a bunch of cracking strategy titles to get your hands on in the <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/mobile/best-of-strategy-mobile-bundle?mcID=102:58a4b1892190d4fe2e6d2bb7:ot:5791ae270dca63f1bd93566a:1&utm_source=Humble+Bundle+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017_03_13_Strategy_MobileBundle_press&linkID=58c6e5d712ac4ee04d8b4567&utm_content=logo0">Humble Mobile Bundle</a> this time.<br><br>So without further ado, let's take a look at what's on offer. <br><br><strong>For $1 or more</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li><em>Epic War TD 2</em></li><br><br><li><em>MechCom 1 & 2</em></li><br><br><li><em>Age of Civilisations</em></li><br><br><li><em>Battle for the Galaxy</em></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Humble+Bundle+for+Android/news.asp?c=73313'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Humble+Bundle+for+Android/news.asp?c=73313 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:07:00 GMT Overwatch isn't totally out of the question for the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Overwatch isn't totally out of the question for the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After a rather interesting <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/5yj2zk/ama_request_jeff_kaplan/dew6xy9/?context=3">AMA with Jeff Kaplan</a> (Blizzard) yesterday, it looks like <em>Overwatch</em> hasn't been totally ruled out for the Nintendo Switch. <br><br>Granted, it's not been ruled in either, but it's an interesting thought. <em>Overwatch</em> is a success on both console and PC, so a Switch release seems almost natural to follow. The big question is whether it would be practical or not, even with the Switch's portability.<br><br>When asked about the possibility, Kaplan responded with, "<em>I'm loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73308'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73308 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:16:00 GMT The very best indie games take over the App Store for the next 12 days <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wbbxl/98qwbi6w_400x400.jpg" width="200" alt="The very best indie games take over the App Store for the next 12 days" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In case you haven't heard already, over the next week and a bit the App Store is celebrating the very best Indie game developers on the planet by initiating a pretty awesome take-over. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">For the next 12 days, we’re celebrating the best independent game developers on the planet. <a href="https://t.co/M7fhi8CuWb">https://t.co/M7fhi8CuWb</a> <a href="https://t.co/QdOXFxg0n3">pic.twitter.com/QdOXFxg0n3</a></p><br><br>— App Store Games (@AppStoreGames) <a href="https://twitter.com/AppStoreGames/status/839920634977112064">March 9, 2017</a></blockquote> Whatever the base reason it's brilliant to see so many wonderful games showcased in such spotlight. From <em>The Room</em> series, to <em>Framed</em>, to the ultra rare PG Platinum-winning <em>Prune</em>, now's definitely the time to explore the genre that can be overlooked at times.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73280'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73280 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:34:46 GMT