Update: Servers are back up and everything is good with the world. We’ve updated the rest of the story.
Following its official launch in 26 additional European countries Pokémon Go servers went down for about 16 hours on Saturday. Shortly after the outage, a group of hackers claimed responsibility for the event.
All systems were back online by 12:21am (ET) according to the Pokemon Go official Twitter account.
The issues causing the server problems have been identified. Trainers should once again be able to search for Pokémon in the real world.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 17, 2016
Below is the sequence of events as it happened.
Early Saturday morning in the US, users globally including our US based Editor reported of the server outage.
He sent us this screenshot.
The outage was also confirmed by @PogoServer the unofficial Twitter account which monitors Pokémon Go status.
UPDATE : All servers appear to be offline. Hang in there, trainers! #PokemonGO
— Pokémon Go Servers (@PoGoServer) July 16, 2016
A few hours later the official Pokemon Go Twitter account acknowledged the issue saying they were working on it.
Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO server issues. Thank you for your patience. We’ll post an update soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 16, 2016
A hacking group called PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for the crash, saying they brought down servers with a denial of service attack (DDOS attack). They also promised to wreak more havoc on the servers at a later date.
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) July 16, 2016
It was initially believed that the game’s European rollout took its toll on servers as it similarly did when it launched in Australia and New Zealand last week.
Following its initial rollout to UK, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain this week, the game was officially released throughout most of Europe on July 16th. The announcement was made via the official Pokémon Go Facebook Page.
Since its release, Pokémon Go has now more daily active users that Twitter and is currently the most downloaded app on both the iOS App Store and Google Play. But roll-out has been slowly mainly due to server issues like this one.
Looks like Asia will have to wait a while longer.
Sony unveils PlayStation Classic, comes pre-loaded with 20 games
It brings back good memories
Since gaming consoles today are all about great graphics and superb gameplay, it’s nice to have a break from them and enjoy a classic title. That’s what Nintendo realized with the reborn retro consoles, and now Sony wants to join the fun with the introduction of the PlayStation Classic.
The PlayStation Classic comes almost 25 years after the first PlayStation. It’s a miniaturized version that’s approximately 45 percent smaller than the original release, but it still emulates the look and feel. Here’s a short video showing off the new retro-style console:
Fans of the original PlayStation will be able to relive 20 legendary titles including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. All of the pre-loaded games are playable in their original format.
Unfortunately, you can’t put in your old but still working PlayStation game because it has no CD drive. The open disc and reset buttons have been remapped to serve different functions, but they’re nice to have for the complete nostalgic feel. The PlayStation Classic also comes with a pair of original PlayStation controller replicas.
Sony is already accepting pre-orders in key markets for around US$ 100. The PlayStation Classic will be available in stores starting December 3.
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This year’s best gaming phone?
No more speculation needed: The next Razer Phone will arrive on October 10.
Currently named the Razer Phone 2, it succeeds the Razer Phone that was launched in November last year. This will be Razer’s second gaming smartphone, and it’ll likely be a familiar-looking product.
This means Razer will have a new gimmick to present in order for it to separate itself from the original — plus more powerful hardware, of course.
We’ll definitely see the return of the 120Hz display, which enables smoother gameplay for certain mobile titles. The inside should get significant upgrades as well, such as a Snadrapdargon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, 512GB of integrated storage, and at least 4000mAh of battery capacity.
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4 big announcements headline the latest Nintendo Direct
Not even an earthquake could stop them from dropping something big
Nintendo did not let an earthquake deter their chances of bringing something explosive to its audience. After being rescheduled to a week after its original air date, Nintendo Direct finally took place and brought with it a whirlwind of game releases. So, if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, now would be a good time to get one.
More classic games for Nintendo Switch
The company’s cloud-based hub Nintendo Switch Online adds more classic titles to the mix before its official release on Tuesday. Apart from the original ten titles announced back in May, games such as Yoshi, Excitebike, Ice Hockey, and Ghosts ‘n Goblins are among the additional titles added. Nintendo also expects to add in a few more titles within the coming months. The company also mentioned that these titles will now feature online multiplayer — both cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Apart from these titles, there will also be new Final Fantasy games for the Switch in 2019. Square Enix will bring Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy X to the Switch through the Nintendo eShop. It was also announced that there will be a remastered version of Final Fantasy X-2 available around the same time as these games.
More Super Mario for the Switch
The popular Wii U platforming game New Super Mario Bros. U will be arriving on the Switch, now in a deluxe package. It will feature the same level of platforming from the Wii U classic, along with your lovable plumber brothers Mario and Luigi. What’s new about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the introduction of two new characters in Nabbit and Toadette. Nabbit is a magician-like rabbit that will not take any damage from opponents, while Toadette has the ability to turn into Peachette when grabbing a super crown.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will also come with another game in New Super Luigi U, with Luigi finally getting a starring role in their adventures. Both games are scheduled for release in January 2019, with New Super Luigi U bundled for free. And speaking of Luigi and his adventures:
Luigi’s Mansion 3 announced for the Switch
While Nintendo still claims this to be a working title, it was also announced that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will also come to the Switch. While a Nintendo 3DS title is already on its way in October this year, Nintendo said that the Switch game would be a new title altogether. This is the first time that the Luigi’s Mansion franchise will return to a console since its initial Nintendo GameCube release in 2001. The company also included new features for the 3DS title, including multiplayer and amiibo compatibility.
Animal Crossing finally gets a Switch title
Arguably, the biggest announcement during Nintendo Direct is the arrival of Animal Crossing to the Nintendo Switch. Part of a two-part announcement at the end of the live stream, Nintendo revealed little details as to the release date of the new Animal Crossing title, but it is expected to come out in 2019. Company executives also revealed that this will be a mainline game, meaning it will feature the same gameplay from before.
The announcement came in two parts, with the first part revealing that Isabelle will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. After showing gameplay footage from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it quickly transitions into Tom Nook looking at his computer in a possible setup as a playable character. Instead, he decides to prepare the town when they stop “camping and smashing,” leading up to the reveal of Animal Crossing‘s release.
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