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Pokémon Go datamine hints at more new Pokémon to come

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Dataminers have pored through the files for Pokémon Go’s latest version update, and they’ve found numerous signs of even bigger updates to come. Pokémon Go research community The Silph Road catalogued the code found in the game, which suggests that several more second-generation Pokémon are heading to the mobile hit. Found in the game’s latest update are evolutionary items. There are five items that appear by name in the datamined game code, which will be familiar to longtime fans of the handheld Pokémon adventures. There’s the Sun Stone, King’s Rock, Metal Coat, Dragon Scale and Upgrade items, each of which debuted in Pokémon Gold and Silver back on the Game Boy Color. In Gold and Silver, these items are given to a corresponding classic, first-generation Pokémon to transform it into a...

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Titanfall mobile card game canceled

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Respawn has canceled its Titanfall spin-off mobile card game, which is currently in closed beta. Titanfall: Frontline cast the player as a commander, like Sarah in the original Titanfall, who is responsible for putting together a team of titans and pilots. It offered turn-based combat in player-versus-player battles. Back in 2015, Titanfall developer Respawn announced a "multi-game, multi-year" deal with Nexon to bring Titanfall games to mobile. Frontline was announced in 2016. But according to a Facebook update posted yesterday, the game was not up to scratch. "We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn't ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall," stated the update. "While...

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Ariana Grande to be guest character in Final Fantasy mobile game (update)

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Pop star Ariana Grande will make a guest appearance in Square Enix’s free-to-play Final Fantasy mobile game, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, the singer announced on her Instagram account today. It’s not clear when Grande will make her guest appearance in the Final Fantasy game or how players will be able to recruit her. We’ve reached out to Square Enix for details. Grande’s appearance in Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is based on her latex rabbit eared look as seen on her latest album, Dangerous Woman, and in the video for the album’s title track. Grande shared “a little peek” at her character’s sprite in motion on Instagram. a little peek at DW featured in #FFBEWW ♡ A video posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jan 1, 2017 at 3:11pm PST Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is...

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Six 8-bit Mega Man games come to mobile, and they’re terrible

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The original six 8-bit Mega Man games have been released on iOS and Android devices, and you’re better off not buying them. We’re very sorry to be a bummer about this, but it’s best you hear it from a friend. “These lovingly-crafted adaptations will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made the Blue Bomber such a popular and iconic character,” the press release states. “Each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed. Each game will be available separately for $1.99.” The idea that the games have had their speed “adjusted” is somewhat misleading, as the reality is that the framerate on these new releases is abysmal. The games themselves have also been edited a bit from the originals. “The gameplay and difficulty have been optimized...

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Iran blocks Clash of Clans

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Iranian government censors have placed a nationwide block on Clash of Clans, citing concerns that the game promotes tribal conflict. The mobile strategy game is hugely popular in Iran, with local distributor Cafe Bazaar claiming a 64 percent market share, based on a survey of 1,000 gamers. In Clash of Clans, players build towns by taking resources from other players, often joining large guilds to facilitate victory and share spoils. According to the BBC, Iranian censors followed the findings of a panel of psychologists that the game encourages violence and tribal conflict. It's possible that the game will be made available in the future, but with restrictions. Iran's deputy attorney general Dr Abdolsamad Khoramabadi released a statement that the "vast majority" of the committee voted...

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Ariana Grande to be guest character in Final Fantasy mobile game

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Pop star Ariana Grande will make a guest appearance in Square Enix’s free-to-play Final Fantasy mobile game, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, the singer announced on her Instagram account today. It’s not clear when Grande will make her guest appearance in the Final Fantasy game or how players will be able to recruit her. We’ve reached out to Square Enix for details. Grande’s appearance in Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is based on her latex rabbit eared look as seen on her latest album, Dangerous Woman, and in the video for the album’s title track. Grande shared “a little peek” at her character’s sprite in motion on Instagram. a little peek at DW featured in #FFBEWW ♡ A video posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jan 1, 2017 at 3:11pm PST Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is...

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Pokémon Go holiday event kicks off this weekend with some pretty sweet gifts

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A special seasonal event starts in Pokémon Go on Dec. 25, encouraging players to celebrate the holidays by playing the mobile game. As part of developer Niantic’s gift to players, there will be increased chances to catch some of the most beloved Pokémon until the event’s end. From Dec. 25 until sometime in the afternoon on Jan. 3, players can grab one Incubator per day. These will be doled out at PokéStops and are single use-only. Visiting PokéStops will also give players a better chance of collecting eggs that house the new baby Pokémon, like Togepi and Pichu. They’re among the first second-gen monsters to make it into the game, after first appearing earlier this month. From Dec. 30-Jan. 8, players will also be able to find some old-school favorites more frequently. Charmander,...

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First two RollerCoaster Tycoon games arrive on Android, iOS

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a blend of the classic Windows PC game and its sequel, is now available for $5.99 on Android and iOS, publisher Atari announced today. The game isn’t a bundle of those two games; it’s one product that combines features from 1999’s RollerCoaster Tycoon and 2002’s RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. That means you can play scenarios from the original game with improvements from the sequel, such as the ability to place rides and other attractions at heights above and below ground. Chris Sawyer — the original developer of both games — served as a producer on RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, which was made by London-based Origin8 Technologies. “As the creator of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games many years ago, I have seen how much excitement and entertainment they...

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Pokémon Go now available on Apple Watch

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Pokémon Go is out now on Apple Watch, Niantic announced today. The watchOS version of the hit Pokémon game, which debuted at an Apple event this fall, is available to download from iTunes. The Apple Watch version of Pokémon Go is more stripped-down than its smartphone predecessor. The game is scaled back to better fit the watch’s user interface, but there are still several main features that players can access. These include finding Pokémon and picking up items from PokéStops, as well as collecting Pokémon candy. A key element lacking from the Pokémon Go Apple Watch app, however, is catching Pokémon. Players will still need to pull out their iPhones in order to capture a nearby monster, as the Apple Watch app only notifies players when a Pokémon is in the area. That aside, the features...

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Super Mario Run downloaded 40M times in four days

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Super Mario Run, the first mobile game starring everyone’s favorite Italian plumber, was downloaded more than 40 million times worldwide in its first four days of release, Nintendo announced today. That figure represents an App Store record for fastest-downloaded game, said Phil Schiller, senior vice president for worldwide marketing at Apple, in a press release from Nintendo. However, the companies did not clarify which app held the previous four-day record. Apple said in July that Pokémon Go racked up the most first-week downloads in App Store history, although neither Apple nor Nintendo gave a specific figure at the time for the number of downloads. In the case of Super Mario Run, the figure seems to exceed download numbers from various analytics firms. Launch-day estimates varied...

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