We don't need to rehash Nintendo's standpoint about bringing any of their games to mobile devices other than their own. Everyone knows their stance on this by now. The same goes for a lot of titles made by third party developers who call Nintendo their home and this includes Animal Crossing's creator Katsuya Eguchi. However Katsuya does have some interest in the mobile field.
Konami has followed the release of their Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes mini-game with a sneaky release of a companion app along with it. In case you are wondering why we have called this game a 'mini-game', it is simply because it is just a short (but pretty challenging at times) game to tide folks over till the next installment into the franchise hits everyone's consoles in 2015 (or 2016 depending on how development goes).
A developer going by the name of Tricore has released a video showing how to achieve remote multi-touch using your Android devices and the Mad Catz MOJO game console. This is done through the use of tweaking a few settings on the Mad Catz MOJO console (rooted I believe) and Tricore's keymapper which is apparently still in development.
Google has announced today that Google Play Games will be getting support for multiplayer gaming cross-platform with iOS devices. This means that developers on Android that also make iOS games and have multiplayer gameplay can now mesh the two platforms and their player bases together.
One thing that has been a pretty major pain in the ass is trying to live stream mobile games on services like TwitchTV. Generally you have to come up with your own solutions to get this to work and half the time it is generally too slow to run through an emulator or anything like that. Lag is another issue half the time. The advent of Android-powered micro-consoles has helped this a bit though.
We already have the Xbox One SmartGlass application which allows people to access their Xbox Live account and do a few things like tweak your avatar or experience second-screen gaming on select Xbox One titles. We knew it wouldn't be long before this was expended and more of Xbox Live would become more available through your Android device. This is exactly what Microsoft has announced today.
Google has always allowed apps and games to be installed outside of Google Play, it is one of the perks of being an Android user. However security for this sort of feature has always been more based around user awareness rather than software-based security. There is the one-time verifying of installing an app or game outside of Google Play but it doesn't go much further than that.
Back in May of last year Amazon launched their Amazon Coins feature for use with their Kindle Fire tablets and the Amazon AppStore. Since then not much has happened in the way of expanding access to Amazon Coins outside of Kindle Fire owners until now as the company has now made available Amazon Coins to all Android devices if you live in the USA, UK or Germany.
Everyone enjoys getting stuff for free and getting Google Play store credit for free is no exception to that rule. However it is Google that is giving away the free store credit and all you have to do is fill out quick surveys to earn yourself some store credit which you can then use to purchase games and applications.
Square Enix has already made a pretty big announcement today with regards to the release of Hitman GO for Android which will be heading our way soon. The company has also announced that it will be launching a new paid version of their Thief companion app for Android users later this month.
For all you developers out there who want to make apps and games from Google's Chromecast, the SDK now has support for Google Play Services. Along with this new support, a new version of Google Play Services has begun to roll out to all Android devices in general.