EP Daily Rundown for March 17, 2016

In another fine edition of the Rundown brought to you from GDC 2016, Victor runs through the winners of last night’s Game Developers Choice Awards, has the latest on Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo and their new My Nintendo rewards program, and finally, we have the first details on Gotham: Season Three!

Let’s start with the Game Developers Choice Awards. The prestigious awards were given out last night at a special ceremony coinciding with the event. The biggest winners where the indie detective game Her Story, which took home three awards, and The Witcher 3, which netted two including Game of the Year. That’s a nice footnote to winning the Rocket and Raygun Award last year. The other winners were Life Is Strange, Ori and the Blind Forest, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Rocket League, basically, all the games that your should be playing if you haven’t already.

After years of waiting, Nintendo has finally jumped into the world of mobile gaming. The company’s long awaited first mobile game Miitomo launches today in Japan on iOS and Android devices. They haven’t announced a western release date yet, but pre-registrations are already available on Nintendo’s site so expect it very soon. Miitomo is basically a social media hub where Nintendo fans can interact with their friends using their Mii characters, and it’s tied to your existing Nintendo Network ID and the new MyNintendo program, which is available now. My Nintendo will work across multiple platforms, the Wii U, 3DS, and mobile, and the best part is that, by playing and buying games, it will let you earn reward points that can then be used to buy other games from the eShop. There are two different kinds of points: Platinum Points are earned by performing actions within games, sort of like achievement points, and they can be used to get discounts on eShop titles. Then there are Gold Points, which are earned by buying games, and when you get enough of those, they can be used to buy other games and in-game DLC. Pretty cool. This seems like a smart way for Nintendo to keep fans playing, especially now that they’re jumping into mobile gaming. More Nintendo games will launch on iOS and Android devices later this year.

The Batman prequel series Gotham has been renewed for a third season, which will premiere this fall. The second season is currently airing on Fox, and although it has okay ratings, it is down a bit from last year so the renewal makes me and all the other fans of the show breathe a sigh of relief. Gotham focuses on Commissioner Gordon as he battles the seedy, super villain-infested underbelly of the city, with a younger Bruce Wayne who hasn’t yet made his Bat-transition. The new season means that we’ll be one year closer to Batman making an appearance, and that’s alright with us, because Batman.

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