Apple’s big plans for iOS 12, this week on The CultCast


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iOS 12 is up for some big changes.
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Apple’s got big plans for iOS 12, and we’ll tell you all about them this week on The CultCast. Plus: New details tell us more about 2018’s iPhone X Plus; Nintendo says a new Mario Kart is coming to iOS; Apple works to bring iPad apps to Mac; and don’t miss our review of the Elgato Stream Deck, a must-have accessory for you Twitch, Mixer and YouTube streamers.

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Cardboard keyboards, unique gaming mice and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


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Nintendo Labo comes to iPad... almost.
Photo: Kami-Oto

Crowdfund Roundup bugNintendo has been making headlines with a range of do-it-yourself Switch accessories made out of cardboard. One of the best is a music keyboard, and now you can get one just like it for iPad.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have a gaming mouse with joysticks, an affordable “smart pen” for iPad, and more!

Mario Kart Tour will race onto iOS… sometime in the next year


Mario Kart
Nintendo says the game is coming to the App Store before March 2019.
Image: Nintendo

In news that’s worthy of celebration, Nintendo says that Mario Kart Tour, a new instalment in its crazy popular kart racing franchise, is coming to iOS.

In a tweet, Nintendo said that, “The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near.” However, it’s not revealing exactly when the game will be speeding into the App Store — other than that it will be in the “fiscal year ending in March 2019.”

Nintendo is already ditching its first mobile game


Miitomo is getting the boot in May.
Photo: Nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed plans to shutdown its first mobile game less than two years after its launch.

Miitomo wasn’t exactly the Nintendo name fans were hoping to see when the Japanese company finally embraced Android and iOS. Unsurprisingly, the game couldn’t sustain our interest for long and now it’s no longer worth Nintendo’s time.

Nintendo Switch games could be coming to macOS


The Nintendo Switch's flexible Joy-Con controllers work just fine with a Mac (but not an iPhone).
Zelda on the Nintendo Switch.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Nintendo Switch games could soon be popping up on macOS.

The team behind a popular Nintendo 3DS emulator for Mac is hard at work on a new Switch emulator called Yuzu. It will eventually allow fans to enjoy franchises like Super Mario and Zelda on platforms that aren’t officially supported by Nintendo.

Nintendo doesn’t want to keep iOS users waiting for new games


Super Mario Run
Nintendo is adding more mobile developers to speed up its rate of production.
Photo: Apple

Nintendo might be delivering on its promise to bring original titles like Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp to iOS, but it’s also concerned about the timetable it is able to deliver these on. Or not deliver them on, as may be the case.

According to a new report, Nintendo is looking to team up with new smartphone game developers after its partnership with current mobile dev DeNA “fell behind schedule.”

Animal Crossing enjoys crazy first week on mobile


Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
Rods at the ready!
Photo: Nintendo

Animal Crossing made the leap to mobile last week, and it’s proving to be another smash hit for Nintendo.

Pocket Camp attracted 15 million downloads across Android and iOS during its first six days of availability, according to the latest estimates. That’s more than double the number of downloads achieved by Fire Emblem Heroes over the same time.