Oct 21, 2014

KDDI, Gree team up for smartphone games

Major mobile phone carrier KDDI Corp. and mobile game site operator Gree Inc. said Tuesday they have formed a business alliance to support Japanese and overseas game developers. Under the collaboration, the two companies plan to release a new game developed by Tokyo-based Trifort ...

Oct 1, 2014

Classic video game Tetris to be made into a movie

The classic video game Tetris, in which players slot a cascade of tumbling blocks together, is being turned into a science-fiction movie, the project’s developers said Tuesday. Tetris has been a mainstay of computer gaming since it was created 30 years ago, but the ...

Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft reportedly in $2 billion talks for 'Minecraft' maker

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish company behind the wildly popular “Minecraft” video game in a deal valued at more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. The U.S. technology colossus and game maker Mojang AB were not commenting on ...

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Aug 30, 2014

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, ...

Aug 5, 2014

Scrabble players rejoice: game to get 5,000 new words

To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. sues Amazon over charges for children's online game buys

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon Thursday for charging parents for what their children spent on online games without parental authorization. The FTC said Amazon let kids playing online games to spend real money from their parents’ accounts on virtual items — coins, ...

Nintendo bolsters Wii U lineup with shooter game, toy platform

Jun 11, 2014

Nintendo bolsters Wii U lineup with shooter game, toy platform

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata has delivered his clearest message yet to gamers about the company’s future: Don’t count the Wii U out yet. Nintendo, threatened with becoming an also-ran in the market for home consoles, announced a half-dozen new titles for the Wii ...