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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