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Devs laid off from Wooga’s Black Anvil join Snowprint, launch new Berlin studio

Remember late last year, when German game company Wooga shut down its internal studio Black Anvil Games? Snowprint has hired a number of the laid-off devs to open a new studio in Berlin. …


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Nintendo’s mobile Fire Emblem surpasses $5M in revenue, a week after launch

“Less than a half-day after its release, [Fire Emblem Heroes] had been downloaded over a million times, and we’re seeing revenue today at $ 5 million U.S. dollars,” Nintendo chief Kimishima tells Time. …


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Celebrate The Launch Of Fire Emblem Heroes With Free Super Mario Run Coins

As Nintendo ramps up its mobile efforts, it's learning how to get players to hop among its multiple games on phones.

Case in point: the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes is cause for celebration in Super Mario Run, where players who log in now will receive 2,222 coins (coinciding with the game's launch date of February 2, or 2/2). You don't have to download Fire Emblem Heroes or have paid the $ 10 it takes to unlock all of Super Mario Run's courses, either – all of you have to do is log in.

[Source: Nintendo Everything via Siliconera]

 

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But when can I take Mario and friends into the historic battlefields of Fire Emblem Heroes to sacrifice their lives for my kingdom? 

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Mobile Firm Reports Strong Numbers For Fire Emblem Heroes’ Launch

Fire Emblem is the latest series Nintendo is testing the mobile waters with. Although it's not as popular of a franchise as previous mobile endeavors such as Mario or Pokémon, it's still off to a strong start according to mobile marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower. 

Today, Sensor Tower reports that the free-to-play Fire Emblem Heroes has grossed $ 2.9 million worldwide in its first day and has been downloaded more than two million times from the App Store and Google Play. Sensor Tower says this tops Clash Royale's launch, which it reports made $ 1.4 million on its launch day, but had the same number of downloads. The firm also compares this to its launch day revenues for Pokémon Go at $ 10.2 million and Mario Run at $ 8.4 million (although keep in mind that Mario Run was behind a $ 10 paywall). For a niche series like Fire Emblem, this means it's off to a good start. The big challenge ahead will be if it can engage its player base for the long haul. Sensor Tower also notes that the majority of Fire Emblem Heroes downloads have come from Japan, which isn't that surprising considering the popularity of the series and mobile games there. 

Time will tell how Fire Emblem Heroes fares, and if Nintendo releases any official numbers. For now, this is based off Sensor Tower's report, which also said the company will "check back on the game as we get further from release to see how these day one metrics hold up."

For more on Fire Emblem Heroes, you can check our impressions here.

[Source: Sensor Tower via VentureBeat]

 

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As a big Fire Emblem fan, I like that Nintendo has been putting the series more in the spotlight. It doesn't surprise me that it's most successful in Japan right now. I started Fire Emblem Heroes last night, and as a long-time fan, I reveled in getting iconic heroes to use in my party. It's too early to tell how long I'll stick with it, or if it will provide compelling reasons for me to keep logging on, but I've enjoyed what I've played so far. I will be interested to see if Nintendo releases numbers to back up Sensor Tower's findings. It's hard to confirm how accurate these are without Nintendo lending confirmation.  

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At GDC 2017, learn how to design games so servers don’t die on launch day

At GDC 2017, Riot Games’ Jennie Lees and VREAL’s Sela Davis (two engineers who have worked on scalable systems large and small) will provide key takeaways on how to reduce or prevent launch issues. …


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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Nintendo of America boss explains Switch launch tactics, lack of game bundles

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained precisely why the Switch hasn’t been bundled with any games, and shed some light on Nintendo’s current launch tactics. …


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Watch Extended Demos Of Nintendo Switch’s Launch Games Right Now

This morning's Nintendo Treehouse stream is devoted to the
Switch, and they're going in-depth with some of the system's launch games.

Nintendo finally spilled the beans on its upcoming console
during last
night's presentation
, but most of the revealed games got a cursory look at
best. Today the company is providing hands-on time at its reveal event in New
York City (stay tuned for hands-on impressions!), but if you're not on the east
coast, the Nintendo Treehouse livestream is the next best thing. Nintendo has
lined up a host of full-fledged demos that will give you a better look at the
games as well as the hardware. You can check it out below!

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As mentioned earlier, G.I. editors Kyle Hilliard and Ben
Reeves are at the event, so you can expect hands-on impressions of all the
newly revealed games later in the day.

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All Systems No: Come to GDC 2017 and learn from Brigador’s troubled launch

At GDC 2017, Stellar Jockey’s Hugh Monahan aims to break down all the details of what he calls the well-reviewed Brigador’s “doomed release” in an easy hour. …


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