'Pokemon Go' deploys Snorlax to quake-hit Kyushu

Mar 3, 2017

'Pokemon Go' deploys Snorlax to quake-hit Kyushu

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The maker of “Pokemon Go” is now trying to draw visitors to quake-hit Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by increasing appearances made by a popular character in the hit smartphone game. The Snorlax, called Kabigon in Japan, will soon appear more often across Kumamoto and ...

Nintendo is switching it up

| Feb 25, 2017

Nintendo is switching it up

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It’s still early in 2017, but Switch, Nintendo’s newest gaming console, is bound to be the most desirable hardware of the year. Both a home console and a handheld, it’s being touted as an all-in-one must have. Drop it in its dock and players ...

Nintendo sues go-kart company over copyright infringement

Feb 24, 2017

Nintendo sues go-kart company over copyright infringement

Nintendo Co. filed a lawsuit Friday against Tokyo-based go-kart service MariCar for alleged copyright violations. In the suit, filed with the Tokyo District Court, Nintendo claims MariCar is renting unauthorized costumes of Nintendo game characters such as Super Mario to its customers and using ...

The top tech stories of 2016

/ Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was “Pokemon Go,” an augmented-reality game you ...

Updating gaming for the New Year

| Dec 24, 2016

Updating gaming for the New Year

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SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones For years, people have asked Nintendo if the Kyoto-based game maker was going to create titles for smartphones. Now, finally, the question has been answered. This isn’t actually Nintendo’s first phone app, but it is its first proper ...