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 Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:36:44 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Fire Emblem: Heroes stream reveals new Grand Hero Battle, Voting Gauntlet, in-game events, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-squbv/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Fire Emblem: Heroes stream reveals new Grand Hero Battle, Voting Gauntlet, in-game events, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="/r/iPhone/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73789">Yesterday</a> you'll probably have read the fact that Nintendo had some <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em> news to spill in a 10-minute presentation. Just to keep you in the loop, here's what it was about. <br><br>As I'd previously predicted, the entirety of the presentation was in Japanese (which I don't speak very well), but thankfully an English record of events came about earlier today. <br><br>To keep it short and simple there were about five points that came up. <br><br><ul><br><br><li><strong>Xander's Grand Hero Battle</strong><br><br><ul> <br><br><li>The Nohrian Prince will be arriving on May 2nd.</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73799'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73799 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:50:28 GMT Nintendo's got something to tell us about Fire Emblem: Heroes tomorrow <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vdsz/fire-emblem-heroes.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo's got something to tell us about Fire Emblem: Heroes tomorrow" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After the premium but short-lived experience of <em>Super Mario Run</em>, <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em> is definitely better received. However through its frequent updates it looks like Nintendo's got more news to share in a stream coming tomorrow. <br><br>According to <a href="http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-to-deliver-fire-emblem-heroes-news-during-10-minute-live-stream-tomorrow/">Nintendo Everything</a> the stream will only last 10 minutes and we have absolutely no idea what sort of things will be included. We just know it'll "<em>deliver the latest information</em>".<br><br>As NE pointed out, it's only been announced in Japan but it's likely to affect the game worldwide whatever news is shared. We'll keep you update if we learn more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73789'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73789 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:28:59 GMT The Nintendo Switch beats its original estimates after selling 2.74 million units in March <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="The Nintendo Switch beats its original estimates after selling 2.74 million units in March" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Even without the release of <em>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</em> teasing the horizon the Nintendo Switch is clearly being received well, as the <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/170427e.pdf">latest figures show</a>. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nintendo Switch has shipped 2.74 million units worldwide as of March 31st 2017. <a href="https://t.co/PFHxl5UzCK">pic.twitter.com/PFHxl5UzCK</a></p><br><br>— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/857490797071085569">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> Since its launch in March it topped the two-day sales charts in Japan and the Americas as one of the best selling Nintendo systems on record, with the Wii barely beating it. Collectively, however, the Switch shipped 2.74 million units in a single month which beat its original estimates. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73785'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73785 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:01:00 GMT The Guardians of the Galaxy makes an appearance in five Marvel games this week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ponjk/pz_story_master.jpg" width="200" alt="The Guardians of the Galaxy makes an appearance in five Marvel games this week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Obviously with <em>The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</em> hitting cinemas this weekend we should have expected some <em>Guardians</em> gatecrashing Marvel games, 'cos why not?<br><br>Starting from today, <a href="https://news.marvel.com/games/63871/guardians-galaxy-rock-marvel-games/">five Marvel games</a> will apparently be getting a little <em>GotG</em> love: <em>Marvel Avengers Academy</em>, <em>Marvel Heroes Omega</em>, <em>Marvel Puzzle Quest</em>, <em>Marvel Contest of Champions</em>, <em>and Marvel Future Fight</em>. <br><br>One game we know for sure will be getting the bug is <em>Marvel Puzzle Quest</em>. On April 30th, a new in-game event called <em>I Have a Plan</em> will go live. This is part of a three event release, each of which stars one of the new <em>Guardians</em> characters.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Marvel+Puzzle+Quest%3A+Dark+Reign/news.asp?c=73777'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Marvel+Puzzle+Quest%3A+Dark+Reign/news.asp?c=73777 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:25:00 GMT The Google Play Awards will take place at I/O on May 18th 2017 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ovxr/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The Google Play Awards will take place at I/O on May 18th 2017" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Can you believe that another year has flown by? It's almost time for the Google Play Awards again, and there's a very nice selection of nominees. In an event that'll run at the developer festival I/O 2017, the Google Play Awards is a great opportunity for game lovers to honour their favourite and standout Android titles across 12 categories. These include Best AR Experience, Best Multiplayer Game, Standout Indie, and more. It's nice to see a mix of games/apps in these categories. We've got the fan favourites like the absolutely amazing <em>Kingdom: New Lands</em>, <em>Pokemon GO</em>, and <em>Reigns</em>, but also lesser-known games like <em>Mars Mars</em> (which I recommend playing). The Google Play Awards will take place on May 18th at 6:30 PM (PT), and you can find the full list of nominees <a href="https://play.google.com/store/info/topic?id=merch_topic_30028d2_playwards2017_nomineesTP">right here</a>.   <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Google+Play+Awards/news.asp?c=73765'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Google+Play+Awards/news.asp?c=73765 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:33:00 GMT Get a second chance at grabbing Female Robin and Navarre in Fire Emblem: Heroes' latest Grand Hero Battle <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jxnga_fe-title_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Get a second chance at grabbing Female Robin and Navarre in Fire Emblem: Heroes' latest Grand Hero Battle " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You may think you're having deja-vu, but don't worry you're perfectly fine. <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em> is just bringing back some familiar faces in the latest Grand Hero Battle. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="ja" dir="ltr">????<br><br>??4/24(?)16:00????????????? ????????? ?????????!<br><br>????????????????????????????????!<br><br>????????????????????????????????<br><br><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FE%E3%83%92%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AD%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA?src=hash">#FE?????</a> <a href="https://t.co/8c2nG1wq08">pic.twitter.com/8c2nG1wq08</a></p><br><br>— ?????????? ????? (@FE_Heroes_JP) <a href="https://twitter.com/FE_Heroes_JP/status/856069984518144000">April 23, 2017</a></blockquote> Announced on <em>Fire Emblem: Heroes</em>' Twitter page, both Female Robin and Navarre's Grand Hero Battle maps have returned, and the characters are available to grab from now until May 2nd. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73748'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=73748 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:58:14 GMT Blizzard might be working on a new mobile title <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gflz/blizzard-logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Blizzard might be working on a new mobile title" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Fresh in the rumour mill today, it looks like Blizzard is looking to make a new mobile game. <br><br>Earlier today the user Nirolak posted a link on <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1363305">NeoGAF</a> leading to an <a href="https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/oMZ64fwF">interesting listing</a> on Blizzard's job site. The job called for a software engineer who, as a plus, they'd like to have experience developing mobile games. <br><br>As Nirolak pointed out the job listing was for the Incubation Department which is for new games and was certainly nothing to do with <em>Hearthstone</em>. <br><br>By speculating, the discussions in the forum moved between the two likeliest topical candidates: <em>Overwatch</em> and <em>StarCraft</em>. Whilst there will obviously not be any ports of the popular games any time soon, base-builders, tower defenders, or more CCGs would be quite likely.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Blizzard+News/news.asp?c=73746'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Blizzard+News/news.asp?c=73746 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:00 GMT The NES Mini may have been discontinued to make way for the SNES Mini <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fwbla/149259681143.jpg" width="200" alt="The NES Mini may have been discontinued to make way for the SNES Mini" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As you'd probably heard a week or so ago, Nintendo has officially discontinued the NES Mini. Today, however, Eurogamer reports that it may have been done to make way for the SNES Mini, coming later this year. <br><br>Stock levels were weak, at best, when it came to the NES Mini, but Nintendo had never intended it to be a permanent edition to its shelves. Typical of the internet people went mad for it, much like the Nintendo Switch situation currently. <br><br>The SNES Mini is apparently planned to launch around Christmas 2017, much like the NES Mini in 2016. We can only hope that Nintendo learns from its mistake and provides more stock at launch to save fans disappointment.<br><br>Take the news with a pinch of salt. Though <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-04-19-sources-nintendo-to-launch-snes-mini-this-year">Eurogamer</a> is pretty spot-on with scoops, there's always room for error, so get excited...but not too excited just yet.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/SNES+Mini/news.asp?c=73700'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/SNES+Mini/news.asp?c=73700 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:36:19 GMT Take a 'Great Adventure' in this month's Humble Mobile Bundle <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gcdx/machinarium-wallpaper-cover-1920x1200.jpg" width="200" alt="Take a 'Great Adventure' in this month's Humble Mobile Bundle" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Another <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/mobile/great-adventures-mobile-bundle?mcID=102:58f144bbf0c36041148b4567:ot:5791ae270dca63f1bd93566a:1&utm_source=Humble+Bundle+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017_04_17_adventures_mobile_bundle_press&linkID=58f5030b822c298a338b4569&utm_content=hero_image0">Humble Mobile Bundle</a> has rolled around and ho' boy is it a good one. Titled 'Great Adventures', Android gamers have a truly brilliant selection of games to get their hands on.<br><br>But, that's enough of my waffling. Let's take a look at what's on offer. <br><br><strong>For $1 or more for:</strong><br><br><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rawfury.kathy&hl=en">Kathy Rain</a><br><br><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doublefine.grimfandangoremastered&hl=en"> Grim Fandango Remastered</a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Humble+Bundle+for+Android/news.asp?c=73683'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Humble+Bundle+for+Android/news.asp?c=73683 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT Monster Hunter Stories is headed to the West on 3DS this autumn <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ovfwe/c9po52ivoaaxxog.jpg" width="200" alt="Monster Hunter Stories is headed to the West on 3DS this autumn" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's all good news at tonight's Nintendo Direct as there's a new <em>Monster Hunter</em> game on its way - <em>Monster Hunter Stories</em>.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Get ready for a new turn-based RPG unlike anything the <a href="https://twitter.com/monsterhunter">@MonsterHunter</a> series has seen before. Monster Hunter Stories will launch this fall! <a href="https://t.co/eKoU0ubGVe">pic.twitter.com/eKoU0ubGVe</a></p><br><br>— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/852280983772471296">April 12, 2017</a></blockquote> In this spin-off to the series, <em>Monster Hunter Stories</em> is a turn-based RPG where you'll tame monsters for battle, swimming, flying, and more. You can also raise your monsters up by hatching them from eggs. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+3DS/news.asp?c=73650'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Nintendo+3DS/news.asp?c=73650 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:03:15 GMT ARMS gets a new character and releases on June 16th on Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wtvtj/c9pqo2vvwaaies-.jpg" width="200" alt="ARMS gets a new character and releases on June 16th on Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Nintendo Direct time and it's time to talk about <em>ARMS</em>, the upcoming arena battler headed to the Nintendo Switch. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Introducing the newest contender to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ARMS?src=hash">#ARMS</a> - the fighting noodle girl Min Min! She can knock down an opponent’s arms with a mere kick. <a href="https://t.co/c86Gj5uDpy">pic.twitter.com/c86Gj5uDpy</a></p><br><br>— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/852283391814754305">April 12, 2017</a></blockquote> Today we got a deeper look at the different types of arms, special attacks, and more. You can also use in-game currency to unlock different arms to give your players different abilities, as well as mix and matching arms to really switch things up. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=73646'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=73646 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:20:26 GMT Clash Royale and Pokemon GO win big at last week's BAFTA Games Award <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-japsnp/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Clash Royale and Pokemon GO win big at last week's BAFTA Games Award" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As a follow up to my previous post, last week's BAFTAs saw some great games taking home well-deserved wins. <br><br><em>Uncharted 4</em> may have won the Best Game, but the dark puzzler <em>Inside</em> blew everything else out of the water with four wins overall, and yes that was certainly well deserved. <br><br>On the mobile front, however, we're lucky to see two winners rise into the ranks.<br><br>The popular augmented reality game, <em>Pokemon GO</em>, took the win in the Mobile category - you'd be mad not to see that coming from a mile away after it dominated millions of players last summer. Even now, recent statistics show that there are more than 65 million monthly active users. <br><br>In terms of the ESports Audience Award, the second mobile title to win a BAFTA was, of course, <em>Clash Royale</em>. Having beaten hugely popular games like <em>Overwatch</em>, <em>Dota 2</em>, and <em>League of Legends</em> to the podium, that's an incredibly valiant effort and epic win for the mobile world.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/British+Academy+Games+Awards/news.asp?c=73606'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/British+Academy+Games+Awards/news.asp?c=73606 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:52:13 GMT Overwatch won't be coming to the Switch for now, but there's a good reason for it <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kkfvjn/overwatch-share-3d5a268515283007bdf3452e877adac466d579f4b44abbd05aa0a98aba582eeaebc4541f1154e57ec5a43693345bebda953381a7b75b58adbd29d3f3eb439ad2.jpg" width="200" alt="Overwatch won't be coming to the Switch for now, but there's a good reason for it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Following up to my <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73308">previous article</a> on <em>Overwatch</em>'s potential development for Switch, we've got good news for some and bad news for others. <br><br>It's not been ruled out, but for now <em>Overwatch</em> is definitely not being developed for the Switch for a good reason. <br><br>After being approached by <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/789519/Nintendo-Switch-GAMES-LIST-Blizzard-Overwatch-min-specs-performance">The Express,</a> Jeff Kaplan said that getting the game on the platform would be a challenge - especially to balance it with their current workload across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. <br><br>"<em>I think the problem is, we've really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform</em>," said Kaplan. "<em>And also, it's already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we've finally been able to achieve</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73605'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73605 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:47:00 GMT Apple might be dropping 32-bit app support later this year <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmzpwk/wvcqzird.jpg" width="200" alt="Apple might be dropping 32-bit app support later this year " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Aside from removing apps that weren't frequently updated, the latest sad App Store news is that, come Autumn, we'll potentially be saying goodbye to 32-bit iOS apps when iOS 11 hits. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Devs: I'm hearing very clearly iOS 11 won't have 32bit app support at all. Update legacy apps now if you want them to survive past September</p><br><br>— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith/status/850628278595596288">April 8, 2017</a></blockquote> It's an extremely bitter moment for some as the 32-bit apps are considered mobile game classics.<br><br>Though Apple's been cracking down on the games for a while now, the notifications received on select games have changed from more of an update to a message of closure, essentially.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73604'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=73604 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:18:02 GMT Nintendo Switch Neon stock hits Amazon (UK), Tesco, and Argos <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Switch Neon stock hits Amazon (UK), Tesco, and Argos" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> People of Britain, it's exciting news this morning as the Nintendo Switch Neon version is currently back in stock, though in limited numbers. Apologies to our American readers, though I've checked the stock levels of major stores there's no surge for you yet - I'll keep an eye out.<br><br>If you're desperate for a Switch, the immediate port of call is at <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-UK-Switch/dp/B01N4NBHPM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=si7-21&linkId=09bba1ba956c34aa7e829b5df1a6304f&th=1">Amazon.co.uk</a>, which currently offers up the Switch (Neon) at its usual price. As it's a Prime item, and if you're a Prime customer, you can get your Switch as early as tomorrow. I highly doubt these will last for long.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73603'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=73603 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:40:00 GMT