MOBILE GAMES SCROLL: NINTENDO POSTS IMPRESSIVE REVENUE GROWTH; ‘APEX LEGENDS’ COULD HIT PHONES IN SPRING
Mobile Games Scroll is a curated weekly roundup of the hottest news from gaming-on-the-go.
Apex Legends has been teased for mobile devices since last year and now publisher EA is teasing a soft-launch in China that could come as soon as this spring. During its quarterly earnings call earlier this week, the company revealed plans to continue to expand the franchise by reaching new audiences with both a mobile port and the newly-announced launch on Nintendo Switch in March.
Respawn’s take on the popular Battle Royale genre would join other megahits like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and Call of Duty Mobile.
Here’s what else is happening in the world of mobile games.
NieR Re[in]carnation Gets Japanese Release Date
Announced last year, the mobile game exclusive NieR Re[in]carnation will finally hit devices on Feb. 18 — but only in Japan. While a release outside of the country has been confirmed, no date has been set. NieR Re[in]carnation takes place in the same universe as NieR and Nier: Automata and follows the story of the White Girl and her companion Mama. To coincide with the announcement, Square Enix released the opening movie from the game earlier this week.
Snoop Dogg Enters the Ring
To celebrate the fourth anniversary of WWE Champions, the mobile game’s first celebrity integration will introduce Snoop Dogg as a new emcee. “The Doggfather is ready to get in the game,” said the rapper-turned-mogul of his inclusion in the mobile title. “Having the chance to be part of WWE Champions combines two things I love: gaming and WWE.”
The fourth anniversary celebration includes daily log-in bonuses and special in-game prizes found in a limited-time Snoop Dogg prize vault. WWE Champions 2021 has proved a big hit for publisher Scopely as the game has surpassed $200 million in lifetime revenue and sees players average 85 minutes of play each day.
Better Year For Nintendo on Mobile
Net sales for Nintendo over the nine-month fiscal period ending on Dec. 31 totaled $13.4 billion. Of the impressive figure, the company’s mobile efforts brought in $400 million, a 13.8 percent increase on year-on-year sales. Currently, Nintendo has six mobile games on the market including Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Dragalia Lost, Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour. For a full rundown of Nintendo’s financial stats, take a look at the full report here.
Updates and New Additions
An update to Lineage 2: Revolution introduced an all-new Rune territory made for higher level players. A level cap increase to 520 was also added.
K-Pop title BTS World was updated this week to include a new chapter featuring singer Hoseok. A batch of new 5-star cards were also introduced.
Tribe Battle was added to StoneAge World. This new mode pits players against each other in competitions for higher ranks. New pets like Duford and Ashford are now available to collect.
Lots of small additions were added to Drawn to Life: Two Realms this week and include 30 stickers, 15 templates and 10 new challenge levels.
More in the World of Mobile
Several new mobile games are now in development under a multiyear deal between EA and UEFA. Additional details here.
The Red Bull AR App launched Discover Your Wiiings, a new game featuring the likes of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Carissa Moore. Check out more here.
Square Enix saw a marked increase in net sales across its latest nine month fiscal period with mobile games like Dragon Quest Walk and Octopath Traveler boosting growth. Read up on the stats here.
King, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, saw over 400 million monthly active users in 2020. Hits like Candy Crush brought in $473 million in 2020. See the full rundown here.
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