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 ...

Apple Watch says it's time to play 'Pokemon Go'

Dec 23, 2016

Apple Watch says it's time to play 'Pokemon Go'

The popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” is now available on the Apple Watch, squashing rumors that the game’s maker was scrapping such plans. The game involves catching digital pocket monsters in an augmented-reality version of your surroundings. The Apple Watch version will let you ...

'Beep' tracks down 8-bit maestros

| Dec 14, 2016

'Beep' tracks down 8-bit maestros

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Here’s one for the gamers: “Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound” interviews more than 80 composers, sound designers and voice actors in a comprehensive look at its topic. Starting with mechanical pinball bells, “Beep” moves through the bleepy 8-bit sounds of 1980s arcade ...

Universal Studios Japan to debut Nintendo-themed area in 2020

Dec 13, 2016

Universal Studios Japan to debut Nintendo-themed area in 2020

The operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka said Monday that it will open a Nintendo-themed area featuring the game maker’s popular characters by summer 2020, investing over ¥50 billion ($432 million). USJ Co. said it will create an area called “Super Nintendo World,” ...

Universal Studios parks to add Nintendo attractions

Nov 30, 2016

Universal Studios parks to add Nintendo attractions

Nintendo-themed areas will be added to Universal theme parks in Osaka, Orlando, Florida, and Hollywood, California, over the next few years, Nintendo Co. and Universal Parks & Resorts announced. The new areas will have multiple attractions featuring Mario and other Nintendo game characters, making ...

Nintendo to release first iPhone Mario game on Dec. 15

Nov 16, 2016

Nintendo to release first iPhone Mario game on Dec. 15

Nintendo Co. will release “Super Mario Run” worldwide for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15 in U.S. time zones, a highly anticipated launch that has a high bar for success after this summer’s “Pokemon Go” phenomenon. The game, the first mobile edition ...