Sometimes, we feel like we spend half of our lives waiting around. Whether we are waiting in line, at the doctor's office, or for the bus, we need something to keep us busy. One of our favorite ways to kill time is to play games using our Android phones. The mobile platform offers one of the widest varieties of gaming experiences you will ever find and, it's a cheap and fun way to stay occupied.
It seems like everyone uses their mobile phones for gaming now. We always see someone playing Candy Crush or Angry Birds at the bank or the cafe, and game companies are taking notice, too. Popular franchises that were once the domain of consoles like the Playstation or powerful PCs are now available for phones and gaming will never been the same. Classics like Final Fantasy VII are now available for Android and iOS and popular franchises like Fallout are making mobile versions or complements for their console games, too.
Even Nintendo, the makers of the 3DS and longtime guardians of mobile gaming, is beginning to develop its titles for smart phones. It was reported by Fortune earlier this year that the company was backing away from its "Quality of Life" project in favor of devoting more time to mobile development.
The first official Nintendo gaming app hit the App Store and Google Play on Sept. 1. The new game, titled Pokémon Shuffle, is a free-to-play app with a gameplay style similar to Bejeweled or traditional slots. In fact, these themed variations on classic gameplay styles have been taking the mobile world by storm with games based on many of our favorite characters and shows popping up across the mobile marketplace. Betfair's arcade platform offers variations on familiar classics like slot machines and card games. And they accomplish this by using themes based on pop-culture characters, comics, movies and TV shows, including this one for Deal or No Deal.
Apparently the new game is only the beginning for Nintendo and Pokémon on Android devices. The company has announced a new augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, that will task players with catching the lovable pocket monsters in real world locations using their phones. The game is scheduled for a 2016 release for both Android and iOS and was developed alongside Niantic and The Pokémon Company. Niantic is a subsidiary of Google and developed Ingress, another popular location-based game.
With more new, powerful phones being released this year and bigger game developers entering the market, it is definitely an exciting time to be an Android user. We can't wait to hear about more of our favorite Nintendo franchises like Mario and Zelda coming to mobile phones, and it looks like we might not have to wait too long.