Nintendo’s going somewhat-in on mobile by committing its Mii franchise, the $250 OnePlus X looks really nice but the buying process is Kafka-esque, Google Play now allows $400 apps, iPhone alarms are failing people, GoPro’s experimental drone takes great footage, and there’s a new Homestar Runner Halloween episode.
Nintendo’s First Smartphone Game Is Basically Mii Maker
Nintendo’s getting into mobile gaming! They’ve announced their first title, and it’s not Mario. It’s not Zelda.
what did you expect, mario with touchscreen controls? of course this was going to happen. pic.twitter.com/pfqax32KpI
— Luke Plunkett (@LukePlunkett) October 29, 2015
Kotaku reports that the game will be called Miitomo, will be free-to-play, and that it’s less a “game” than it is a chance to talk with strangers. Like a social network for Miis, but with in-app purchases and some sort of interface with your Nintendo consoles.
Excited? Weird. But you’re in for a wait: it’ll be out March 2017.
I wasn’t expecting Mario or Zelda to make an appearance right away: touchscreens wouldn’t lend themselves to those games, at least not without some major adjustments. And Nintendo has never really made a lot of games for platforms it doesn’t control, so it makes sense to start small.
But this isn’t the only mobile game from Nintendo coming out next year: there’s also an augmented reality Pokémon thing. RPGs seem like a good fit for mobile, with their touchscreen-friendly menus, and the real-life angle could be fun.
Time will tell, anyway, and it is interesting to see Nintendo branch out to Android and iOS. We’ll keep you up-to-date on this one, but we’re not sure Miis are going to be a hit – at least not in the West.
It’s Really Hard To Buy a OnePlus X
Speaking of mobile: the OnePlus line of phones have some great features, and the new OnePlus X, seen above, looks really nice. At $250, it’s priced well too – but if you want one be prepared to work for it.
The Verge ran through the options anyone looking to use their money to purchase a OnePlus X, calling it a “Kafka-esque nightmare”, and a “confusing system of invites, social media campaigns, and limited in-store sales”.
Basically, if you want one of these phones, you need to do one of three things:
- Sign up for an invite on the OnePlus website, and hope you are early enough to get one soon.
- Win a social media contest.
- Attend one of the pop-up stores they’re setting up this year, if you happen to live near Mumbai, New Delhi, London, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong or Los Angeles.
This strategy helps build buzz, sure, but at this point isn’t OnePlus established enough to sell devices without these sorts of gimmicks?
Want To Spend $400? Google Play Has Apps For That Now
@Phandroid If you happen to buy an app for $400, I have a bridge for sale.
— TechWaze (@TechWaze) October 28, 2015
When you can get an attractive phone for $250, you’re going to need something else to blow your money on, right? Might I recommend a $400 Android app? Because Google is now allowing apps priced up to $400 in Google Play, as Android Police is reporting. The previous cap was $200.
There’s always been obscenely expensive iPhone apps, of course, but now Android developers can get in on this. In all seriousness, there might be some business-focused apps actually worth that amount, and it’s good that developers have the flexibility to offer them now. But I certainly won’t be buying them.
My iPhone Made Me Late, Boss, I Swear
this new iphone update is awesome, especially when it makes my alarm not go off for class
— jim wicker (@jimmywicker1) October 28, 2015
So long as there’s been an iPhone, people have been using iPhone alarm apps – but lately they’ve been proven unreliable. The latest updates for iOS offer to install themselves overnight, so that they can upgrade while you’re sleeping and as such not using your phone. But there’s a catch: your alarm won’t go off in the morning if you do this.
All of our iPhones alarms failed to wake up our household. Did anyone's iPhone alarm go off this morning?
— Joey Santiago (@JoeySantiago) October 28, 2015
This isn’t the first update to cause this problem, and Apple is yet to do anything about the issue. Annoying.
GoPro Drones Take Pretty Good Footage
The GoPro team is working on a prototype quadrotor with a camera, and it’s taken some beautiful footage. I’ll just leave it here for you to watch, because you scrolled this far down and I love you for that.
And Finally, Homestar Runner Is Back For Halloween!
Does this even need an introduction? Strong Bad, The Cheat and the rest of the gang are back. I’ll shut up and just let you watch it.
If you’re a fan, you love that. If you’re not, you might be confused. Put simply, this is one of the best Web cartoons ever made, and you should start watching it from the beginning immediately. You’ve got 15 glorious years to catch up on.
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
So, is Nintendo’s Mii game everything you wanted and more? Do you think the OnePlus process is too complicated, or is it worth it for a good phone? Would you spend $400 on an app? What do you do when you miss your alarm? How do you like that drone footage? And how long will it take for another Homestar cartoon to appear?
Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.