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Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Aug. 15)

Here is a calendar of major releases listed Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months: the idea is to track what might be the next big hit in the industry from selected makers. Please note that for various reasons, I focus on native apps currently in production by publicly traded companies. Also note that games can be…

For Monster Strike And Line Pop: Mixi And LINE Start Marketing Collaboration

Monster Strike, the mobile action RPG that made Mixi (2121) a US$4 billion company late last month, continues to make headlines. Last week, during its earnings call, Mixi said that Monster Strike has generated about US$1 million per day in the April-June quarter. This number has grown to roughly US$2 million in July - and the game is still available…

LINE Partners With Game Company gumi, Announces US$100 Million Fund For Mobile Games

Big shake-up in Japan’s gaming industry today: LINE Corp., the company behind Japan’s biggest messenger app LINE, has reached a basic agreement to form a business and capital partnership with top mobile game maker gumi, TechCrunch Japan is reporting. gumi subsidiary Alim has produced Brave Frontier (iOS, Android), a mobile RPG that has not only become…

For Farm Heroes Saga: King Launches Another TV Ad Campaign In Japan

King is continuing to take Japan seriously, it seems. The company started running an advertising campaign on Japanese TV for Candy Crush in December 2013, before setting up King Japan in Tokyo and launching a second TV ad campaign for the same game earlier this year. The simple reason: Japan is still the only country in the…

Report: Japan’s Console Game Market Down 15.7% In 2013, Mobile Games Bigger

Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) published the s0-called 2014 CESA Games White Paper, which includes a number of interesting statistics on the status quo of this country’s gaming industry in 2013. In a nutshell, the Japanese market for consoles is getting smaller, while the mobile gaming market is getting bigger. And not only that. No surprises here:…

Monster Strike Becomes Japan’s Top Mobile Game, Makes Mixi A US$4 Billion Company

The Monster Strike hype in Japan has no limit, it seems. The action RPG has made Mixi (2121) a US$4 billion company at the Tokyo stock exchange today (US$4.2 billion at 2.30pm Japanese time, to be more exact) – after the share price has risen and risen over the last few days and weeks. So what happened?…

Shiro Neko Project: Colopl Releases Its Next Big Game

Colopl (3668), which I last year called the biggest Japanese mobile game maker you never heard of, has released its next big game on iOS today. The company, which is currently boasting a US$4 billion market cap, has very high hopes in the title. Colopl has also produced mega hit Quiz RPG. On Android, the new game, a 3D…

Mixi’s Monster Strike Passes 10 Million Downloads

Mixi (2121) today announced that its action RPG “Monster Strike” has passed the 10 million downloads mark on iOS and Android on July 19. The number includes users from Japan and Taiwan: in February, Mixi closed a deal with Tencent to distribute Monster Strike in China, but the game is still only available in two markets. Monster Strike was launched in Japan…