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2019 the most lucrative year ever for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has been a viral sensation all over the globe, and through time, the game is earning more money than ever before.

According to recent report, Pokémon Go had a peak year in 2019, taking in revenue of an estimated $900 million only by in-app purchases, surpassed its launch year after a decline in both players and spending in 2017. It’s a rare phenomena for a free-to-play game, many of other games are random successes and fade quickly into obscurity.

Normally, free-to-play games either become a huge success in revenue and popularity and then slowly decrease as time goes by, or the app begins small and develops toward a top pof popularity and financial success. Pokémon Go didn’t follow either ways. After a blockbuster 2016 in which the game reach a viral sensation and earned roughly $832 million, before declining sharply. In 2017, the game only generated an estimated $582 million.

But through the introduction of new features — like raid battles, trading, and improved AR camera effects — Niantic carved out a dedicated and highly lucrative niche in the mobile industry. By the end of 2018, in-app purchase revenue for Pokémon Go once again soared, this time to an estimated $816 million.

Sensor Tower estimates Niantic has invested more than $3.1 billion on Pokémon Go. Although not all of that money is invested in the app developer, as the company has established revenue sharing system, which has never been announced publicly, with The Pokémon Company, of which Nintendo owns a significant amount.

Still, Pokémon Go’s success has contributed to put Niantic in the position of a top augmented reality developer and one of the top lucrative mobile app developers in the industry. The company has since developed its app-building and AR toolset, the Niantic Real World Platform, Harry Potter AR game in partnership with Warner Bros., as well as a renew its original AR game Ingress known as Ingress Prime.

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Best Nintendo games of the decade (Part 2)

The building in the newest released Luigi’s Mansion 3 is literally a hotel. There’s even the name sign on the front yard indicates so. On that loosely rationale alone we’re eliminating it from our list and choosing Luigi’s Mansion 2 as the best Luigi game of the decade. It’s a tightly constructed Nintendo adventure that requires players backtrack across its cleverly built halls, but never cause the feeling like you’re retreading. Armed with no more than a torch, a vacuum cleaner and Charles Martinet’s beautiful voice acting, Luigi’s persona really the star in this ghost-hunting game. We’re fans of alliteration although in no way would this game be half the fun if it was named Mario’s Mansion.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Nintendo games have always been famous for their charm, but somehow Captain Toad manages to increase to a new heights of adorable quirk. A upgrade from the bonus levels in Super Mario 3D World, each level contains a little diorama that an intrepid, anthropomorphic mushroom must discover, scale and reach the end of, handling compact puzzles along the way, while avoiding being killed by bullet bills, goombas, shy guys, et al. It’s similar to play a physical Mario level being built inside a bottle, with layers of extra icing on top, which is delightful.

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Advance Wars is a series of strategy games created by Intelligent Systems, questioned everyone when it planned to develop a game for the then-new 3DS in 2012. After all, people can betray each other while robots don’t, they can fall off as being shoot, and best of all, they can hook up. And so the Fire Emblem franchise was revived – and became the wonderful rock-paper-scissors style tactics and the threat that permadeath induces. It also came the mind-bending intrigue that let all characters chat each other up, get married and have kids that can immediately start battling. It was a perfect, intoxicating combination of the two and for money, the best among the best of the recent version of Fire Emblem games, which have developed more and more towards Japanese dating simulators with each passing release.

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Best Nintendo games of the decade (Part 1)

The Nintendo Switch is increasingly popular right now, but Nintendo’s collection of amazing exclusives in the 2010s still stretches across platforms. You might have overlooked a lot

Nintendo’s had a turbulent ten years ago by the beloved game and console maker and never quite cease to convert the hugely success of its Wii console to its successor, the Wii U. Meanwhile, its 3DS handheld has become a slow-burning hitmaker although the release of the hybrid Nintendo Switch in 2017 is the one that restore the company reputation to its rightful place in the cultural landscape.

Its systems have been through a lot since 2010, but what remains consistent is the sheer quality of Nintendo’s exclusive games, not just Mario and Zelda but including many others. Through time the company has rolled out brand new IPs and revived long-time popular ones too. In this post, you may find the very finest of Nintendo games over the decade. 

Legend of Zelda series – Breath of the Wild for Switch

Breath of the Wild is one of the greatest games of Nintendo. Nintendo never rush into things, which help the company earns a lot of flak such as  the stubborn refusal to launch Mother 3 in the West, its soft approach to online multiplayer support, or relaunched its old classics on Switch and many other meaningful number. As for Breath of the Wild, it is the proof that its careful approach can actually pay off. Thanks to years in the making. Zelda game is a combination of all of the best hits of the conventions of open-world adventure game genre and being developed even greater than all of them.

The most remarkable is how empowering the game is: instead of setting obstacles to prevent Link along, as it used to be in the series, Nintendo give players the tools to do whatever they pleased from the beginning – including fight the final boss

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The story of Nintendo (part 3)

The character name “Jumpman” isn’t popular for long which led Nintendo executives to change to “Mario” because of the likeness to the company’s landlord although they were still worried of whether or not the game would be successful due to the story-like style was a new feature in the video game genre at that time.

Executives even wondered whether the name would be appropriate as in Japanese, “kong” means gorilla, and “donkey” was a word meant stupid. Fortunately, “Donkey Kong” ended up doing very well. 

After years of selling its games made for devices developed by other companies, Nintendo developed and released its own game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, to worldwide market in 1985.

It was a big bet when Nintendo decided to make gaming consoles; however it paid off as the NES sold over 60 million units. The New York Times regarded the buzz for the gaming system as a “teenage cultural phenomenon” in 1988. 

In 1985, Mario got his big break to become the star as Miyamoto reinvented “Donkey Kong” for the Nintendo Entertainment System with the same objective of rescuing the Princess Peach, and saving the Mushroom Kingdom.

In this Feb. 6, 1997, Shigeru Miyamoto, developer of Super Mario video game series, introduced Super Mario 64 at the Nintendo Co. headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Although Mario hasn’t changed much in nearly three decades, the latest released version “The New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” has become one of the holiday season’s top titles which helped Nintendo to bounce back after the Video Game Crash of 1983 when there were too many bad games and ill-functioning consoles launched in the market. Children were more familiar with Mario than they were with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Mario and his brother Luigi have become a full-blown sensation and one of the most iconic, phenomenon and  mass-produced video games of all time. 

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Nintendo – the game giant

Hiroshi Yamauchi expanded Nintendo business into various industries outside gaming between 1963 and 1968, after it went IPO which gave him financial flexibility. The first offshoot is the “love hotel” business where people could rent rooms by the hour. Yamauchi was once famous for his affairs, and because hotels in Japan at that time only allowed booking for a night, his decided to open his own hotel allowed him free to entry as a frequent guest. The love hotels performing well, but ultimately being shut down because Yamauchi’s desire to explore other rising businesses. Nintendo also found success with taxi service, which quickly dissolved because a labor union dispute turned pricey. Nintendo’s last venture was an instant rice company, but, once again, Yamauchi ultimately decided to shut down to focus on the company’s historic roots in gaming. This time, Nintendo went all-in on the gaming industry with the next big thing were toys and electronic games. And thanks to assembly-line-workers, the “Beam Gun” was invented and released in 1970.

Ralph Baer, a German-American engineer, was an important element in making Nintendo became how it is today by developing a console where players could enjoy video games on a TV screen. Nintendo realized the possibility of the invention, and bought the rights in 1975 when the EVR Race was released.
In 1979, Minoru Arakawa, Yamauchi’s son-in-law, was appointed as the president of Nintendo of America, and launched shops in New York City to expand the business’s games to the West. Then Nintendo had set up a division for coin-operated games in 1979  in Seattle, where Arakawa oversaw product development which allow Shigeru Miyamoto — a young developer to create one of Nintendo’s now most famous games: “Donkey Kong.” in 1980 which consisted of a single premise: Jumpman, a carpenter, trying to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline, from pet gorilla, who’d kidnapped her. The player must run, jump, and climb a series of obstacles in an attempt to save her. 

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Nintendo – the 130-year-old gaming giant

Do you know that Nintendo used to be a playing card company before becoming an-favorite gaming giant? Do you know that the company turns 130-year this year?

In this post, we will talk about the improvement of Nintendo.

Nintendo turns 130 years old this year. Through time, a lot has changed, pivots have been made just like any other company that’s been able to survive or over a century. It has seen economic downturns then came back, product launch failures, and succeed.

Nintendo gave us the little plumber we’ve marveled, as well as numerous other video game character many ’90s kids consider as parts of their identity. All has its founder Fusajiro Yamauchi to thank for as he started manufacturing Hanafuda cards, and established Nintendo Koppai, on September 23, 1889 in Kyoto, Japan.

The Hanafuda cards had dots and pops of yellow and red with bold, black lines, featuring song birds, flowers, and cherry blossoms used for multiple games as well as gambling. The playing cards were even played by some notorious gangs, including the crime syndicate the Yakuza. 

In the early 1900s, Nintendo became the largest card-selling business in Japan. Fusajiro Yamauchi passed away in 1940, and his 22-year-old great-grandson Hiroshi took over the company in 1949.

He utilized the success momentum of the card playing’s revenue to venture into other fields such as taxi services, ramen noodles, short-term “love” hotels, and, video games. But only one of those paid off. 

Today, Nintendo gains billions of dollars in revenue from selling its consoles, from the Switch to Wii, and games series like cult-favorite “The Legend of Zelda” and newbies like “Animal Crossing.”

Hiroshi continued to manage Nintendo for the next 50 years and led the “transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant” after a trip to America despite all the trials, errors, and business pivots in that half century

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Richest Video Games Companies (part 3)

Bandai Namco Entertainment – $2.81 billion

Report shows that the Bandai Namco Company had revenue of ¥575.5 billion, equal to $5.04 billion, translated into the gaming subsidiary the sum that they conveyed is $2.81 billion. They developed some of the most popular gaming titles such as the Naruto series, Tekken and Soulcalibur, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the Dark Souls series … all of which brought them lots of financial benefits.

Activision Blizzard – $16.29 Billion

In 2008, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merged together to become a giant video game powerhouse which they opted for a different tactic of creating strategy adventure games, and introduced LAN multiplayer games with popular games sucj as Call of Duty, Warcraft, and Starcraft.

Sony Computer Entertainment – $17.49 Billion

Sony is known for producing many different entertainment products such as game console, PlayStation, which place the second on the list of items bringing highest revenue, at the same time, maintains a high position in the video game industry. Their online gaming network and games have been competed against Microsoft Studios for years.

Microsoft Studios – $37.2billion

Microsoft Studios is the leading video game corp which is mostly known as the maker of Windows; then Microsoft entered the gaming industry as a newbie. However, since their first move of launching Xbox, they have become a tough competition with Xbox gained continuous success with its games, leaving Sony behind by a huge margin.

The gaming industry is becoming more and more lucrative, having a total revenue of $99.6 billion registered in 2016 with a total of over 2.3 billion active players. As this entertainment sector grows, the companies that produce the games increase considerable their incomes too. The financial information was retrieved from official statements of the company although some of the companies didn’t declare their gaming exclusive income.

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Richest Video Game Companies (part 2)

Capcom
Capcom is one of the oldest video game developers with some of the greatest hits under its flagship, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man, Capcom,… generating revenue of $952 million. People all around the world still play their classic arcade games although the company regularly releases new editions of its popular franchises.
Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a French video game company and publisher started since 1986, well-known for its smashing games, such as Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Clancy. Through time they have built themselves into the ranks of the elite video game companies of the world at the same time expanding and opening stores across the globe to stay relevant in the biggest markets. Such a smart strategy!
Sega
SEGA is a Japanese company that has given us some of the best classic games ever such as Sonic the Hedgehog which is still making new and updated editions bringing the highest grossing franchise of all time to SEGA.

Electronic Arts
We all know Electronic Arts (EA) as father of FIFA. No one would have believes that it EA once considered soccer games as a joke. It’s such a twisted that FIFA has become their flagship game with the highest selling franchise in the industry. EA is also known as the king of sports games with new editions of videos games of the most popular sports every year with better graphics and updated players. At the beginning, EA was considered as being one of the worst gaming companies in the USA, it stepped up its game throughout the years to become one of the richest.
Nintendo
Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889, developing for gaming enthusiasts some of legendary characters, like Mario and Zelda, bringing huge profits out of them, as well. Besides, Nintendo also producer of game consoles that directly compete with PlayStation and Xbox. The most famous gaming franchises of Nintendo are Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon.

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Richest Video Game Companies (part 1)

Gaming is a lucrative,multi-billion dollar industry, both for the gamers, as well as the companies that operate with teams of creative and intelligent people. 

Since the games were invented, it has become a mean of relaxing things for people from all over the world to do in their free time. Games today are much more evolved, with the use of advanced graphics and sound so that gamers can enjoy an experience of simulated reality. The more enjoyable players get, the richer video companies get. In this article, let’s look at the Top Richest Video Game Companies in the world.

Square Enix

Square Enix is one of the oldest video game companies in the world, developing well-known games like Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Hitman. Square Enix then become one of the best and richest Japanese companies with over 110 million copies of the Final Fantasy series have been sold as of June 2014. They are also co-developers of the game Kingdom Heart with Walt Disney. Over 20 million copies was sold as of March 2014. The company is now valued at $1.26 billion owning the massively popular Tomb Raider franchise after buying Eidos in 2009.

KONAMI

Konami – one of the richest gaming companies in the world valued at $3.24 billion – was founded in 1969 by Kagemasa Kazuki. Initially, it was a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka. Konami developed many famous games series such as the Dance Dance Revolution, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid franchises and so on. Besides thriving as video game developers in the gaming business, Konami is also a developer and publisher of numerous children toys, trading cards, anime, slot game machines, arcade cabinets and health & physical fitness clubs in Japan.

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How to make video games

Playing a video game gives the feeling of entering another world, in which there are unique sights, sounds and realities. Its popularity is growing with players spend up to four hours a day. It’s a profitable business which influence many players to wonder what’s involved with creating these games. As the matter of fact, many players have become developers. 

Video game developers are the creative masters behind video games which requires many different set of skills, such as the visual imagination of an artist, the storytelling skills of an author, the technical computer programming skills necessary to make their imagination to become reality, at least in cyberspace.

A video game combines numerous elements, including adventure, danger, colorful, interactive characters and a plot with enhanced computer graphics. Video game developers usually use their experience to fulfill the need of players and deliver the most intense and entertaining experience. Video game market is extremely competitive which push developers to think outside of the box and come up with many creative ideas. 

Developing video games is not only fun, but also rewarding as a career which is expected to grow by 32 percent by 2012. If you want to make a video game, it’s not so difficult, the first thing you need is planning a visual art form, then produce a plot, characters and action. One of the best ways to plan those three elements is by using a storyboard which is empowered by programming softwares. The software is specially designed to facilitate the vast amount of computer software code needed to bring a game to life.

Now as you know about the basic concept, why don’t you start with a storyline to begin your career of video game developers.

Don’t miss the next article in which you will find more detailed information assists you in developing an actual video game.