The Nostalgia Factor

The most sought after gift for the gamer this year is the Nintendo Classic edition, an updated version of their 30+ year old console system, complete with original games pre-installed. These consoles have been sold out everywhere, and are being sold on eBay and Craigslist at large mark-ups – if you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Nostalgia is a key factor in gaming this year. Pokemon Go is another great example; the ability to play around with characters you knew and loved from your youth is a key driver for the huge amount of installs the game received at launch. Nintendo knows this, and we should expect to see more of this strategy going forward. It’s actually been studied — in the Journal of Consumer Research, they found that nostalgia-inducing products help restore “feelings of belongingness.”

Maybe Sega will release a similar product next year after the original Genesis console? Maybe a new Pitfall game from Activision?
Until next time,
Peter

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Dawn of Titans

NaturalMotion

Why Play? The long awaited strategy and RTS game by Zynga has finally been released. With stunning graphics and a polished core-loop, this is a game you’ll want to play to see what is best-practice for multiplayer games on mobile!

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Amateur Surgeon 4

Adult Swim

Why Play? The sequel to the beloved mobile game, Amateur Surgeon 4 lets you play the part of a doctor that uses everyday objects to perform life-saving surgery on his hilarious patients. Think of it as the board game Operation set in Adult Swim’s comical universe.

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Super Mario Run

Nintendo

Why Play? Nintendo’s iconic platformer finally arrives on mobile, and it’s worth checking out. Early reviews are criticizing the expensive $9.99 IAP, but the game itself is a pretty innovative take on the classic game for a mobile device.

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Nicki Minaj: The Empire

Glu Mobile

Why Play?  Glu Mobile is once again showing that they’ve perfected the formula of branded celebrity games aimed at a largely female demographic. The latest addition features Nicki Minaj and her catchy songs and some new twists on the Katy Perry, Britney Spears & Kim Kardashian games, yet still relies heavily on the tired energy mechanic.

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com