Modojo Rewind: A Familiar Recipe

This week's Modojo Rewind looks over recent changes in the mobile games development scene plus a peek at the latest efforts from Nintendo.


It's been two full weeks since the majestic beast that is the Modojo Rewind was able to take to the open sky, giving us plenty of time to reflect upon some of the more noteworthy stories to hit the mobile and portable gaming industries. In particular, we heard about new upcoming releases and events, including the next Pokemon Go Community Day, and caught wind of new movements within the industry that should spell good news for players.

All these stories and more await those brave enough to face the Modojo Rewind.

A Mobile Matter

The Modojo @ Shacknews crew is ever vigilant in its search for mobile news, and the past fortnight has not gone without its stories. Harry Potter fans got a special treat with the release of free-to-play mobile title Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a joint effort from Jam City and Portkey games. We've also heard that Platinum Games has joined with DeNA for the free-to-play title World of Demons, set to release sometime this summer.

The 8.1 update to Android Oreo has been made available to owners of the Razr Phone, the mobile device purposefully designed to be more powerful and more robust than any other on the market. No doubt having the latest version of the operating system will help toward those efforts. We also heard about Pokemon Go's next community day, the likes of which fans will be able to enjoy next month.

Konami is geting back into the games development scene with Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, a new Castlevania-themed mobile game that should support up to four-player co-op in real time. On the more celebrity-oriented front, Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland have joined Contest of Champions for the special Infinity War challenge, running until May 17. Even Nintendo was able to make the mobile news front with word circulating that the company has invested in Cygames, with plans to publish Dragalia for mobile devices.

The Big N

As a nice segue between mobile and console gaming, Nintendo has released update version 1.50 for the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App. Among the new features are extended bedtime options as well as a new option to complete whitelist specific games.

Gamers with a penchant for classic gaming experiences will surely be excited to hear that the Sega Ages collection is bringing classic Sega games to the Nintendo Switch. Planned releases include Thunder Force IV, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Phantasy Star, although the company has plans to release even more games under the Ages banner over the coming months.

We also got a chance to learn about the upcoming Splatoon 2 Inkling World Open that will be held at this year's E3 presentation. This will be a fine chance for U.S. and Canadian players to showcase their Splatoon 2 skills, and will surely be among Nintendo fans' favorite highlights from E3 2018. Nintendo has also told us of plans to detail the Switch's online service next month. Last, but surely not least, we've heard that Nintendo plans to support the Nintendo 3DS into 2019 and beyond, great news for players still getting their kicks from the company's 3D-enabled handheld.

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