Tag Archive: mobage

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 1)

Here is an updated calendar of major native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that games can be modified, canceled, or released by these companies at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as sometimes games get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change….

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…

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…

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…

Raldessia Chronicles: DeNA Publishes Social RPG On Mobage And Mixi Simultaneously

One current trend to be observed Japan’s mobile gaming industry is that the era of the classic card battler genre is coming to an end. In its place, “classic” RPGs with a card battle and other social elements are starting to pop up as of late, often with impressive production values. Recent examples include Magic &…