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Pokémon Sleep will gamify your sleeping patterns

Featuring the new Pokémon Go Plus Plus

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In 1996, Nintendo released the first Pokémon games — Pocket Monsters Red and Green. The pioneering series elevated mobile gaming to a whole new level. Introduced in the original Gameboy, Pokémon has always subsisted on portable consoles.

In 2016, Pokémon upped the ante even more, releasing the ground-breaking Pokémon Go. Because of the popular AR game, the series incorporated gaming into the real world. Pokémon Go promotes a walking lifestyle, allowing gamers to change their experience based on how far they walk. In 2016, Pokémon Go turned Pokémon into a lifestyle: you can play while you walk.


Now, Pokémon is breaking another barrier — the realm of sleep. This week, Nintendo hosted a Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct Presentation. Naturally, with recent news, everyone wanted Pokémon Shield and Sword announcements. However, Nintendo had a different plan — Pokémon Sleep.

As the name suggests, Pokémon Sleep brings the monster-collecting game to your bed. The game is literally a gamified sleep tracker. According to Nintendo’s presentation, your quality of sleep — how many hours you get — will affect your gameplay. It is developed by Pokémon Magikarp developer Select Button.

Sadly, Nintendo has not explained exactly how Pokémon Sleep will play or change gameplay. However, the presentation hints at connections between Pokémon Go and the existing Switch games.

Besides the game, Nintendo is also simultaneously launching a new accessory — the Pokémon Go Plus Plus. (Yes, two pluses.) The new accessory functions like the original Pokémon Go Plus. However, the Pokémon Go Plus Plus will track both sleeping and walking. The device will join the original walker and last year’s Pokéball Plus.

Pokémon has now created a lifestyle-oriented ecosystem. Nintendo’s recent launches are rewarding good lifestyle choices — better sleeping, longer walking.

Pokémon Sleep and the Pokémon Go Plus Plus will launch next year. In the meantime, Niantic has released a promotional sleeping Snorlax in Pokémon Go to hype the game.

SEE ALSO: A Pokemon Tamagotchi is coming!

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines

With a prize pool of P360,000

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Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.

With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).


Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is on its way

Following up the Switch’s best game

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Leave it to Nintendo to make the announcements that are worthy of closing the pre-E3 keynotes.

During Nintendo’s keynote, the company announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. A trailer was provided but didn’t show anything in terms of gameplay.


Instead, we see main characters Link and Zelda exploring a cave, seemingly continuing where they left off from the first game, and finding a ghastly corpse that awakens.

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Breath of the Wild is considered by many to be the best game on the Switch (along with Super Mario Odyssey), as well as the highest-rated entry in the long-running series, so any mention of a sequel is fantastic news.

Sadly, Nintendo didn’t provide a release date or any other details. All we know for sure is that this will be another Switch-exclusive.

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