Gaming News Roundup: Final Fantasy Symphony in London

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Final Fantasy in London

The Final Fantasy Symphony Tour, a symphony that plays music from the popular Final Fantasy game series, will be coming to London this September. Composer Nobuo Uematsu, who wrote most of the Final Fantasy scores, will be attending the concert to do a pre-show talk about his career.

The ESRB Expands Service

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will be expanding its services to both mobile and digital storefronts. Currently, the ESRB rates games for dedicated consoles and computer gaming only. Many games slip through the cracks, including mobile games and indie games that only come out for PC or Mac.

Nintendo Coming to Mobile

Nintendo is finally expanding to mobile in a new partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA. The partnership with DeNA will mean new titles for smart devices, not just ports of existing games. The idea is to preserve the quality of the player’s experience. There will also be a service that will allow users to play across a variety of devices, including mobile, PC, and Nintendo’s other consoles—the Wii U and 3DS.

Ubisoft and Amblyotech Making Therapy Game

Game developer Ubisoft and therapy designer Amblyotech Inc. are partnering up to create a game that could help people with Amblyopia, a condition more commonly known as “lazy eye.” Amblyopia affects 3% of kids worldwide, and can cause blindness if unsuccessfully treated. The game is called Dig Rush, and will help patients cope with ongoing therapy by making for a more enjoyable and engaging experience.

MINECON 2015 Selling Tickets Soon

MINECON 2015, an annual Minecraft convention, will take place on July 4-5 in London. Tickets will be sold March 27-28 at  £129 each.

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Nintendo Finally Coming to Mobile

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This morning Nintendo announced that they are partnering with a mobile gaming firm to bring their games to mobile platforms. The partnership with DeNA will mean new titles for smart devices, not just ports of existing games. The idea is to preserve the quality of the player’s experience. There will also be a service that will allow users to play across a variety of devices, including mobile, PC, and Nintendo’s other consoles—the Wii U and 3DS.

DeNA (pronounced D-N-A) isn’t well-known outside of Japan, but the multi-billion dollar company has been around since 1999.

Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata said that he believes expanding Nintendo to mobile could become a bridge for more customers to buy dedicated Nintendo consoles.