Nintendo has stated in the past they would not repurpose their classic games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong to be available for iPhone and Android mobile devices. This was upsetting to hear for die-hard fans and casual fans alike as a generation of now young adults grew up playing those games for hours or days on end and getting into equally lengthy fights over who got to be ‘player 1’. These fond memories being thrust into the 21st century is no longer a nerd’s pipe-dream.
Recently Nintendo released its first classic game available for smartphone technology. Pokemon Go is the new App that was launched earlier this week. It originally began sales in New Zealand and Australia, leaving the Western world to sit on their hands and wait, some impatient consumers were able to get it early by going through Australian servers. The game does not stray too far from the original plotline for the Pokemon purists out there who are worried about consistencies in the storyline. The goal of the game is to ‘catch em’ all’, but this time on Earth. The more Pokemon you catch, the more “levelling up” you will do. As your Pokemon evolve you can take them to the Gyms and battle with other players. It is free to use and is optimized for smartphones both Android and Apple. However, it is not yet available for tablets.
The game was at the top of the iOS and Andriod App charts within the first 24 hours of release. In fact, the game was so popular and in such high demand the servers crashed from too many users trying to download the game. Since the release this week Nintendo shares have gone up 8.6%, the highest jump in value since February. Downloading Pokemon Go is free, yet there are many opportunities for you to charge your credit card within the game. Conveniently for Nintendo this means they are situated at the top of the Free App charts as well as Top Grossing Charts. The game is currently making more money than massively popular games like Mobile Strike, Game of War, Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga.
The game has been so successful that just 3 days after its release the servers are already overloaded. The game cannot support the amount of people joining, playing and paying for the game. Due to the massive amount of success in such a short amount of time it is plainly evident how much money can be made from established Nintendo franchises. Five more games have been announced for release in March 2017.
The game currently sits at a 3.5/5 star rating on the iOS chart, while Nintendo Insider has a rating for the game of 8.0/10. Fans have commented online that the interface is amazing, taking shots of the real world and overlaying the Pokemon animation creates a new type of involvement for those playing the game. The game is also equipped with ‘XBOX Live’ type communication. You are able to meet and join teams with your friends or new acquaintances anywhere in the world.
The most common complaints have not been about the game per se. Many users have claimed the game kills your phone’s battery life as well as chews through data extremely quickly, so it may be wise to limit use to WiFi capable areas. Users have also commented that it is slow-loading but that can be blamed on a multitude of reasons from amount of phone storage to service providers to the server crash after too many people tried to download the game.
Luckily for Nintendo fans and fans-to-be this is not the last of the companies switch to mobile-friendly games. Nintendo is rolling out more games over the next 2 years into 21st century technology, leaving millennials giddy and ready to spend their money reliving childhood memories.