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Pokémon Company and Niantic unleash a raft of updates for AR mobile games

Pokémon Company and Niantic unleash a raft of updates for AR mobile games

Gaming
In their effort to keep Pokémon GO‘s sizable 65 million worldwide player base on board and find new recruits who didn’t get hooked last summer, developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company have come out with a number of new updates for their groundbreaking AR mobile game. A new Gyms update, which is available now on the App Store and Google Play, makes ownership more collaborative and encourages all players to visit friendly gyms and engage with them in new ways. A spinable Photo Disc similar to PokéStops that can distribute new items has been added to the update. Players can now earn gym badges that they can level up for more rewards and bonus items. In addition, each new gym now holds up to six Pokémon and players battle Pokémon in the order in which they were assigned to a gym, instea
Moshi Monsters franchise gets into mobile arena

Moshi Monsters franchise gets into mobile arena

Gaming
With the launch of Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt Mind Candy, the Moshi Monsters franchise, has made its entry into mobile. The new game allows youngsters to adopt their own Moshling, hatching, naming and customising it from scratch. Once their pet has settled, players can find and hatch new Moshlings every day to build their collections and keep their pet company. The new iOS and Android mobile game is targeted at children aged four upwards and ushers in a new era of interactivity for the property. With a focus on personalisation and education, the new mobile game, upon its release, has soared to the number one spot in the App Store’s six to eight kids’ chart. The new game is paired with a collection of collectable trading cards each featuring secret codes to unlock additional in-game cha

Sphero teams up with Marvel for its latest tech toy Spider-Man Interactive Super Hero

Gaming
Colorado’s Sphero has joined forces with Disney-owned Marvel for its latest tech toy an app-enabled Spider-Man Interactive Super Hero. This comes after the company recently teamed up with another Disney-owned company Pixar on a Cars 3-based Lightning McQueen robot named Boulder. Featuring fully animated LCD eyes, voice control and motion detection, the expressive bot can sense when people pass by, react when shaken or tossed in the air, act as an alarm clock and guard a child’s room to stop unwanted intruders. And by double-pressing the toy’s spider button and using a variety of pre-programmed phrases like “What’s the crime report?,” “Make me laugh” and “Tell me a story,” the famous web-slinger will react with his signature snarky attitude. The toy, which is AppliedTrust-certified and
Ubisoft  launches new toys-to-life game

Ubisoft launches new toys-to-life game

Gaming
Videogame developer Ubisoft has entered into the field of the toys-to-life and unveiled its new concept Starlink: Battle for Atlas at this year’s E3. The firm now joins the likes of LEGO Dimensions, Amiibo, Skylanders and the recently revealed Lightseekers title from the toy specialist Tomy. The launch was announced at this year’s E3 in L.A. and is expected to land in autumn next year, and will be available on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. The move comes as a real stake in the ground for Ubisoft’s place in the toys-to-life market, one that was kickstarted in 2013 with the launch of Activision’s Skylanders. The new game enables players to create a team of starfighter pilots and directly control them in battle against an enemy known as the Forgotten Legion. At the middl
The Pokémon Company records huge profit on its  Pokémon Go, Sun and Moon app

The Pokémon Company records huge profit on its Pokémon Go, Sun and Moon app

Gaming
In its latest financial earnings report unveiled this week, The Pokémon Company has revealed a massive growth in profits, $143.3m, to be exact a massive growth in profits, $143.3m to be exact in the last fiscal year,. This shows a massive boost in profits thanks to the runaway success of mobile app Pokémon Go. To put this in perspective this represents a 2458 per cent jump over that of last year, denoting a whopping 26x higher than The Pokémon Company's previous net sales report. This success is undoubtedly due to the launch of mobile app Pokémon Go which reached phenomenon levels of users, as well as high sales for the latest editions to the mainline Pokémon video game series Pokémon Sun and Moon which has sold 15.44m units by the end of March. Pokémon continues to dominate the toys
Chinese gaming company acquires Kurosawa’s untouched works

Chinese gaming company acquires Kurosawa’s untouched works

Gaming
Looks like the untouched screenplays of Japanese film legend Akira Kurosawa could finally be making their way to the big screen. At a press event at the Cannes Film Festival today, Chinese gaming company Jinke Entertainment declared that it has acquired the rights to nine un-filmed Kurosawa works from Kurosawa Production Co., the Tokyo-based firm dedicated to promoting and protecting the filmmaker's legacy. The acquisition announcement in Cannes was made by Akira Kurosawa’s grandson, Takayuki Kato, who now heads up Kurosawa Production Co. "My family and I are extremely pleased to work with Jinke Entertainment on the completion of my grandfather’s film Silvering Spear," Kato said. "We look forward to giving his millions of fans around the world the chance to experience one of his final
Nickelodeon licenses 20 half-hour episodes of show

Nickelodeon licenses 20 half-hour episodes of show

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DHX Media, the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has announced that Nickelodeon has licensed 20 half-hour episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem, an original show for kids between 6 and 11. The show combines live action and CGI animation with real competition and comedy.  The series is scheduled to premiere later this year. Josh Scherba, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Content at DHX Media, says: “We are always on the lookout for fresh, bold, creative ideas, and this one from Artur and Michael had us hooked. Massive Monster Mayhem combines an original, highly entertaining universe and cast of characters with action, competition and laugh-out-loud gags, all within an exciting game show format that is bang on target for 6-11 year olds. With Nickelo
PBS KIDS releases streaming stick

PBS KIDS releases streaming stick

Gaming
PBS KIDS has released a COPPA-certified streaming stick loaded with sing-alongs, exclusive games, videos and more. The PBS KIDS Plug & Play comes pre-loaded with content and also connects to the internet, offering free access to the newly launched PBS Kids’ 24/7 channel and live stream. When connected, the stick provides subscription-free access to more than 100 hours of on-demand programming. Content including videos, seasonal programming and more will be refreshed on a regular basis. Kids tech developer Ematic which also paired up with the kidcaster for its the PBS Kids Playtime Pad last year, helped create the device, which retails for US$49.99 and launches at Walmart.com and in stores on May 24. Retail distribution will expand later this year. All proceeds from PBS KIDS Plug &a
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Bandai Namco has announced its next main entry in the cult favourite SRPG series Super Robot Wars namely Super Robot Wars V. The announcement was made during a live NicoNico stream, where it was announced that the game will be coming to the Playstation 4 and PS Vita sometime in 2017. Those interested in the game and unable to read Japanese need not have to worry because like many recent Bandai Namco games, Super Robot Wars V will have an Asian release with English subtitles which should be viable because PS4s don’t have region-locking for the games. The list of franchises that will be included in the game are Invincible Super Man Zambot 3, Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ,  Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counter Attack, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaw
Dish TV consolidates ties with Visiware International

Dish TV consolidates ties with Visiware International

Channels, Gaming
Having intensified its partnership with Visiware International, the leader in games for interactive television Dish TV has launched Cartoon Network Games in partnership with Cartoon Network India. India's largest Direct to Home (DTH) television operator, Dish TV is a division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Elated at the promising tie-up, Dish TV, CEO, Arun Kapoor said, “At Dish TV, we have always believed in providing the best entertainment to our subscribers. Being India’s most trusted DTH brand, we ensure that our subscribers from all age groups get entertained.” “Keeping this in mind, we are glad to strengthen our partnership with Visiware International to launch a whole new set of Cartoon Network games on our platform. We are delighted with this launch, since this service will off