Pokemon Home, Go “Battle League”, Kentucky Route Zero, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Wednesday, January 29th. Today is a big Nintendo day, so we’ll start with that, and then move on.

Pokemon Home details released

Details for Pokemon Home have just been unveiled, and boy is this ever a doozy. If you don’t know, Pokemon Home is a cloud service dedicated to storing and transferring your Pokemon across various games. This is an evolution of something from the 3DS games, where it was called Pokemon Bank. Well to start, on the free version of Home, it will only support Pokemon Sword and Shield, as well as the Let’s Go games. You store up to 30 Pokemon, trade 3 at a time, and you cannot input Sword and Shield Pokemon into older games. Now, if you choose to upgrade to the premium $16/year subscription service, you can then store 6,000 Pokemon, trade up to 10 a time, and you get to transfer from Bank. So if you want to get your 3DS Pokemon onto your Switch, you’ll need to pay for both Bank and Home to make it happen. Not only is this whole system convoluted, $16/year feels particularly egregious for what I can only imagine is very litte storage on their part. Nonetheless, there it is, its coming some time in February.

Pokemon Go “Battle League” begins

Also in Pokemon news, Pokemon Go has officially launched their Battle League, which is a worldwide player vs player tournament that will occur over the course of multiple seasons. If you win, you get rewards in the game, and you get 5 initial matches for free. Walk 5km and you can get five more matches, up to 3 times a day. The monetization comes in by paying to speed up that 5km, and there will be a Premium Battle Pass which offers even more content. The preseason has begun today, with the feat ure rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, at least.

Nintendo-published mobile games hit $1 billion in revenue

Nintendo published mobile games have reached $1 billion in lifetime player spending, according to SensorTower data. So that’s $1 billion in revenue and around 450 million downloads across 6 different games. The overwhelming majority of revenue comes from Fire Emblem Heroes, which accounts for 61% of it. This is followed by Animal Crossing Pocket Camp at 12% and Dragalia Lost at 11%. Interestingly, the three Mario games are all below those.

Kentucky Route Zero releases final Act, now on consoles

Kentucky Route Zero has officially launched its fifth and final Act to the game. This is like 7 years in the making, everybody who plays it loves it, so now is the time to pick it up. Available on Steam, Itch, and GOG, and as of today its on all consoles, so definitely give it a look, Kentucky Route Zero, it’s a bite-sized non-violent adventure game.

GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 hits 150 million units sold

Take-Two announced today that Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 have now sold a combined 150 million units. Now we know that at least 115 million of those come from GTA V, but lets be real here, its an impressive number no matter what. This falls in line with the report from NPD that said that GTA V was the best selling game of the decade in the US, and that Red Dead was the best selling game of the last 4 years.

Alright everybody thank you very much for tuning in, and thank you to Damage Kahn-Troll for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.