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The Major Trend In Japan’s Mobile Game Industry Now? Consolidation.

Shortly after DeNA (2432) and GREE (3632) pioneered the concept of mobile gaming as the world knows it today (free-to-play business model, bite-sized content embedded in social networks to increase stickiness, data analysis to improve monetization, etc.) in 2006/2007 on feature phones, a flood of new developers entered the Japanese market. The acceptance of local users to consume and pay for…

Apple Removes Mixi’s Monster Strike From Japanese App Store (Update: It’s Back)

Update: The app returned early Sunday morning Japanese time. Monster Strike, the current top mobile game in Japan in terms of sales, has disappeared from the Japanese App Store today (Saturday Japan time). It wasn’t operator Mixi (2121) that pulled the app, but it seems that Apple just “erased” it without a prior warning. At the time of…

Monster Strike Now Pulls In US$4.2 Million Per Day In Japan

Monster Strike continues to print money for maker Mixi (2121). According to the latest financial report released by the company, the mega hit game pulled in a whopping US$378 million in sales between April 1st and June 30th. In other words, Monster Strike made Mixi US$4.2 million per day in that time frame, and the game isn’t showing any…

GungHo Announces The Latest Move To Prolong The Life Cycle Of Puzzle & Dragons

Almost 3.5 years after launch, Puzzle & Dragons is still going strong in Japan, generating over US$100 million in sales per month and having crossed 36 million downloads domestically on May 15. Maker GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) has been doing its best to keep the game alive in recent years, i.e. by: updating the app with new characters, gacha, or…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of May 3)

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

Monster Stadium: Mixi To Release Monster Strike Spin-Off This Sunday

First shown to the public in January 2015, Monster Stadium (“Monsuto Stadium” in Japanese) is now ready for release. Maker Mixi (2121) has announced that the spinoff title to Monster Strike, it’s mega hit action game, will be released in Japan on iOS and Android this Sunday (April 26). The rather unusual date was chosen because…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of April 19)

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

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of April 13)

Many updates this week, i.e. an overview of the four games that Yahoo Japan subsidiary GameBank announced. Here is an updated calendar of major free-to-play native apps that publicly traded Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that these titles can be modified, canceled, or released at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily…