Welcome to our weekly round-up of the goings on over at our sister site, PocketGamer.
Each week we take a brief look at the key trends, biggest stories, and most interesting games from the world of mobile and handheld gaming over the previous seven days - all as refracted through the inimitable PG prism.
However, we should probably start this week’s round-up with something of a sheepish disclaimer…
Steel Media conference
The week got off to a slightly slow start on PG, and that might have something to do with the annual Steel Media meet-up that took place in London on Monday and Tuesday.
There was mutual back patting. There was excited talk about future projects. There was extreme table tennis. There was copious alcohol.
There were, inevitably, a number of sore heads the next morning.
That is all we have to say about that.
The big game release of the week has to be Pokemon Duel. Yes, there’s a brand new mobile Pokemon game on the market - but we somehow doubt it’s going to provoke the same level of delirium as Pokemon GO managed last year.
Don’t get us wrong - it’s a promising competitive boardgame featuring those ever-adorable collectible critters. But the game is also fundamentally broken, with unreliable servers rending play either painfully slow or downright impossible.
Still, when you can get a game going it’s all good fun - and PG even provided a breakdown of some of the first Pokemon figures you’ll be able to buy in-game to help you on your way.
Exciting game announcements
There were a couple of exciting game announcements made this week. We’re dying to try Skate City, a new side-scrolling skateboarding game from the developers of the beautiful Alto’s Adventure. There’s a definite OlliOlli vibe to proceedings, but with a richer, moodier art style.
Another announcement that had us yelling like sozzled viking warriors related to The Banner Saga 3. The first two games were masterpieces of tactical RPG gaming and choose-your-own-adventure storytelling, so the appearance of the third and final game on Kickstarter was great to see.
The good news is that the game is well on its way to being funded. Do yourself (and everyone else) a favour and help push it over the line.
So far in 2017, PG has been kind of obsessed with the Nintendo Switch. This hybrid handheld console promises to tick an awful lot of boxes for an awful lot of the team.
It was a relatively quiet week for Nintendo Switch news, but we did hear of three more third party games that would be coming to the platform for launch day.
Okay, so World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine from Tomorrow Corporation are hardly the newest or highest profile games on the market. But they’re still ace (especially World of Goo), and when it comes to Nintendo, any third party support news is good news.