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 ...

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,” ...

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 ...

Former Prime Minister Mori behind Abe's surprising Mario appearance

Aug 23, 2016

Former Prime Minister Mori behind Abe's surprising Mario appearance

The idea for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprising “Super Mario” appearance at the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics came originally from former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, now president of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. The behind-the-scenes story was disclosed by ...

H.K. fund to Nintendo: Let smartphones tap games

Feb 27, 2014

H.K. fund to Nintendo: Let smartphones tap games

Nintendo Co. is ignoring “compelling evidence” that “Super Mario” and its other video games would sell on smartphones and tablets, according to a Hong Kong hedge fund manager who urged the company to shift gears. Seth Fischer, chief investment officer of Oasis Management Co., ...

Bogus game apps new woe for Nintendo

Feb 23, 2014

Bogus game apps new woe for Nintendo

Nintendo Co. isn’t offering Super Mario games on smartphones. Other people are. A game called “Super Mario” has been available to download on Baidu Inc.’s 91 Wireless online application store in China and was available on Samsung Electronics Co.’s online China app store by ...