TOKYO: Nintendo Co Ltd.’s first Mario smartphone title has set a download record

TOKYO: Nintendo Co Ltd.’s first Mario smartphone title has set a download record but gamers baulked at the one-time cost of unlocking content, prompting investors to push the Japanese game maker’s stock to a one-month low.


Super Mario Run hit 25 Million downloads in just four days after it was released on Dec. 15 in 151 countries on Apple Inc.’s App Store.  This earned gross sales of about 21 million according to data from app analyst Sensor Tower.


BMW: The German luxury vehicle maker will open a dedicated center for developing self-driving technology.


This center is for the advancement of autonomous driving technology as part of it ambitious plans to deliver a true self-driving car by 2021.

Based in Unterschlesisheim near Munich, the new campus will be home to 2000 experts working on every aspect from software development to real-world testing. Europe is firmly on the map for the next-generation automotive technology development.

“The road to fully automated driving is an opportunity for Germany’s automobile manufacturing base. The decision to develop and road-test these vehicles in the Munich area illustrates how the BMW Group and the whole region can benefit from this shift in the automotive industry,” said Klaus Frohlich, member of the Board of Management, responsible for Development at the BMW Group.

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