Games industry unlikely to try to clone 'Pokemon Go'

| Aug 10, 2016

Games industry unlikely to try to clone 'Pokemon Go'

Top video game companies, caught off-guard by the runaway success of “Pokemon Go,” are wrestling with how to play catch-up after the augmented reality app became a worldwide phenomenon. Nearly a dozen executives at companies from Sony Corp. to “Angry Birds” creator Rovio said ...

The sea's the inspirational limit for 'Abzu' game creator

Aug 2, 2016

The sea's the inspirational limit for 'Abzu' game creator

After designing grassy knolls and desert vistas for the landmark artsy video games “Flower” and “Journey,” there was only one place video game designer Matt Nava wanted to go next: underwater. Following the success of thatgamecompany’s 2012 indie hit “Journey,” which swept that year’s ...

Jul 25, 2016

Searching for Pikachu

What may be most significant about the "Pokemon Go" phenomenon is what it portends for the future of online gaming.

Console makers banking on virtual reality

| Jul 20, 2016

Console makers banking on virtual reality

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Gaming console maker Sony Corp. is betting big on virtual reality, with a new headset and a slew of games set for release later this year, while rival Microsoft Corp. is also developing its own hardware to make use of the immersive technology. Shawn ...

Video games may become China's best cultural export

Jul 6, 2016

Video games may become China's best cultural export

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When Chinese internet giant Tencent acquired the Finnish video game developer Supercell last month for $8.6 billion, it became the world’s dominant publisher and distributor in the $100 billion gaming market. It was a blockbuster deal: No other Chinese entertainment company in any field ...

Apr 27, 2016

Nintendo's net profit drops 61% in FY 2015 as stronger yen bites

Nintendo Co. said Wednesday its group net profit fell 60.6 percent in the 2015 business year ended last month to ¥16.51 billion ($139.5 million), bruised by the yen’s appreciation against major currencies and languid portable game sales. With nearly three-quarters of the video game ...

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Mar 18, 2016

Nintendo finds a hit with its new social app, Miitomo

Nintendo Co.’s foray into smartphones is off to a good start. Miitomo, a free messaging-based application, reached No. 1 among social-networking apps in Japan on Apple Inc.’s iOS devices on the day of its release, market researcher App Annie said Friday. Line, the country’s ...