DeNA and Waseda University announced on 10 April that they'll be teaming up to provide a series of lectures and events for future venture entrepreneurs.
The course will be available to students affiliated with any of the university's colleges, with the aim of providing necessary skills to start a business. Guest speakers will include the founder of DeNA, Waseda graduates who have gone on to success as entrepreneurs, and researchers from Waseda's own venture entrepreneurship research department.
In Japan, where the traditional path has been to succeed in school to join a large (stable) mega-corp, it's interesting to see initiatives to encourage venture entrepreneurship. Given the recent, meteoric rise of mobile content developers in Japan, it's fitting a company like DeNA would be involved.
Sentinel Co., Ltd. makes MGS's iDROID a reality (of sorts)
One of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes'Â unique features in an iOS/Android app that allows the devices to take on the capabilities of the GZ's "iDROID" handheld device.
On his Twitter account, Hideo Kojima shows pics of the case, which lights up at the slide of a switch to look just like the iDROID. Unfortunately, Kojima confirms the case will not give iPhones the capability to project holograms.
Beeworks releases NEO MushroomÂ Garden Â globally
Showing the forward thinking of a company that rose to popularity through a genuinely free-to-play mushroom-raising franchise, on 11 April Beeworks released NEO Mushroom GardenÂ in both English and Japanese [Google Play link].
The first Mushroom GardenÂ title in two years, NEO ups the ante with two logs on which to grow the fabulous fungi, along with updates such as full HD, themes, a food dispensing apparatus, and prizes and upgrades as rewards for huge harvests.
Themes subtly tweak the cultivation environment, for example making the cultivation period shorter but also promoting the dreaded spread of mildew. The food dispenser allows players to cook up their own miracle growth concoctions, increasing the odds of appearances of rare mushrooms.
Square Enix working on new mobileÂ Saga and Mana titles
Since joining Square Enix, Takehiro Ando has participated in the development of a multitude of games including the mobile hits Song SummonerÂ and Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur.
Now working as the producer of one of Square Enix's largest mobile development departments, Ando was recently interviewed by Famitsu App. In addition to discussing the development of recent titles, Ando also revealed that his mobile division has been asked to participate in the development of upcoming SagaÂ and Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana)Â titles.
Ando dropped the news that Square Enix is working toward releasing a new SagaÂ title by the end of the year, as well as another new Mana title by 2015, in time for the series' 25th anniversary.
Silicon Studio shows off Saga of Ishtaria
Bravely Default developer Silicon Studio is showing Saga of Ishtaria, reminding everyone that it makes its own games, too.
In the iOS/Android title, players assemble a deck of five characters to send into battle. When the battle starts, players choose the characters' attack order and individual attack types, looking to chain attacks together for damaging combos.
Beyond the standard mission mode, there will also be a PvP mode allowing players to assemble 15-character teams divided into three 5-character units. In both modes, affinities among the 5-character units will unlock powerful attacks on other battle skills.
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