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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…

From Wright Flyer Studios: GREE’s Next Big Game Is Out In Japan

As its big competitor, Mobage operator DeNA (2432), GREE (3632) is still waiting for its first big hit on smartphones. Today, GREE’s new subsidiary “Wright Flyer Studios”, which was established earlier this year, is trying again with a new app.  “Ten To Daichi Megami No Mahou” (roughly: “Magic Of The Goddess Of Heaven And Earth”) is now…

The Monster Strike Effect: Mixi’s Market Cap Is Now Higher Than That Of DeNA

A lot has been written and said about how hit-driven the mobile game business has become over the last few years, but if the industry needed another bit of evidence, here it is: the market cap of Mixi (2121), Japan’s once biggest social network, has eclipsed that of Mobage operator DeNA (2432) today. As I…

Lost Land Tactics: A First Look At GREE’s New Real-Time Guild Battle Game

Right after announcing a new studio, GREE (3632) proper announced a new title for the Japanese market today, “Lost Land Tactics”. In the strategy sim, players join guilds and battle each other in quests and s0-called “raid battles”. GREE says that the main selling point of the game is the so-called “Live Online Strategy Turn Battle”…

Wright Flyer Studios: GREE Sets Up New Studio, Teases Two Games

GREE (3632) yesterday announced the launch of a new studio called “Wright Flyer Studios”, a separate company that was incorporated in Tokyo in February . (Wright Flyer is the name of the world’s first powered aircraft.) The studio is headed by GREE executive Eiji Araki, a member of the core team during GREE’s move to…

Monster Strike: The Story Behind The Game That Made Mixi A Billion Dollar Company (Again)

Mixi (2121), Japan’s once largest social network , is back from the dead. In September 2006, Mixi was the first s0-called Web 2.0 startup ever to go IPO and managed to maintain its status as a large-cap company for years until it stopped innovating and was hit by a flood of competitors: DeNA (2432), GREE (3632), Twitter Japan,…

BNDeNA: Joint Venture Between DeNA And Namco Bandai To Be Dissolved In March

BDNA, the joint venture that Mobage operator DeNA (2432) and Namco Bandai (7832) launched in 2011 and that was rebranded to BNDeNA in 2012, is ending on March 31 this year. The news isn’t coming as a big surprise, for a few reasons. First, BNDeNA has released pretty solid games such as Gundam Kingdom and social 3D shooter Macross SP Cross…

Mobage Chat: DeNA Rolls Out Another Chat Service

Social networking services in Japan never really put much emphasis on chatting for several reasons: even the biggest homegrown social network Mixi (2121) waited years before releasing such a feature in 2012. Mixi’s move was caused by the meteoric rise of LINE, and other social services reacted as well: GREE (3632) released a chat called GREE Messenger, which…