'Pokemon Go' maker Niantic making a game of the world

Business / Tech Nov 7, 2019

'Pokemon Go' maker Niantic making a game of the world

Pokemon Go maker Niantic on Wednesday moved closer to turning the world into a giant game board. San Francisco-based Niantic opened the door for outside developers to build titles to add to its lineup of mobile games, which include Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite ...

Mario Kart Tour a much-needed smartphone hit for Nintendo

Business / Corporate Oct 29, 2019

Mario Kart Tour a much-needed smartphone hit for Nintendo

Nintendo Co. can finally claim a megahit smartphone game with its new Mario Kart Tour, which has been downloaded 123.9 million times in its first month and comfortably eclipsed the company's previous mobile game debuts, according to data from app research firm Sensor Tower. "The ...

How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

TV Oct 6, 2019

How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

by Nathalie Olof-Ors

Heidi and Super Mario may not seem to have much in common but anime and video game aficionados will detect the signature style of Japanese character designer Yoichi Kotabe in both. Far from the Swiss Alps, the cherished 19th-century storybook character Heidi played an unlikely ...

Nintendo may move some Switch console production from China

Business / Corporate Jul 9, 2019

Nintendo may move some Switch console production from China

Nintendo Co. is considering partially relocating the production of its Nintendo Switch video game console in China to Vietnam this summer, officials said Tuesday. The game maker apparently aims to diversify business risks amid lingering concerns that the United States may expand its tariffs on ...