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Pokémon Go datamine hints at more new Pokémon to come


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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Watch today’s Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct livestream here


After last week’s big Nintendo Switch blowout, Nintendo still has plenty to share about its upcoming games. Today, the game maker will hold a Nintendo Direct presentation focused on the Fire Emblem franchise, where the company will offer updates on “upcoming Fire Emblem titles.” Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct kicks off at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. It will be streamed on Nintendo’s Twitch and YouTube channels. At least two Fire Emblem titles are confirmed to be in development. Nintendo announced a Fire Emblem game for mobile devices last year. It was originally slated for release sometime in 2016 — along with an Animal Crossing game for mobile — but was later delayed to 2017. Last week, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo announced plans for a spinoff, Fire Emblem Warriors, for Nintendo Switch. Based on...

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Fire Emblem mobile game opens up voting for favorite heroes


Nintendo launched a promotion for Fire Emblem Heroes, the series’ first mobile-exclusive entry, allowing fans to vote to get certain characters in the game. The “Choose Your Heroes” campaign is running now, and it has extra rewards for Nintendo Account holders. Visiting the campaign page, players are given the option to link their Nintendo Accounts. Doing so will earn them 200 Platinum points, which can be used to redeem gifts and discounts from My Nintendo. Visitors won’t just get points for linking their account, however. They’ll be rewarded the My Nintendo points after casting their first vote for one of a plethora of classic Fire Emblem heroes, spanning the entire franchise. Nearly every character from games like Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and last year’s Fire Emblem Fates are...

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Fire Emblem Heroes brings the tactical RPG to Android and iOS


Nintendo will bring Fire Emblem Heroes, a brand-new story in the tactical role-playing game franchise, to smart devices, the company announced during a Nintendo Direct livestream presentation today. The game will come to Google Play on Feb. 2 and later to iOS devices as a free download. Players can register for the Android version starting Jan. 19. As a summoner, players will “call upon Fire Emblem heroes throughout history,” including characters from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates, in turn-based battles. Those battles will take place on an 8x6 grid designed to fit on smartphones, Nintendo said, and feature the same weapon triangle system from the Fire Emblem franchise. Players will be able to upgrade their heroes and can even summon...

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Super Mario Run launching on Android in March


Super Mario Run will finally be released on Android in March, Nintendo announced today. The news came in a tweet from Nintendo of Japan: Android版「Super Mario Run」は、2017年3月に配信を開始します。現在Google Playでは、配信開始を通知でお知らせする事前登録の受付を行っています。ぜひご登録ください。https://t.co/2DW2TnCK6d pic.twitter.com/2QbMM6fGRh— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 18, 2017 Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first game for mobile devices, launched Dec. 15 on iOS after debuting at an Apple event in September. It is played solely by tapping on the touchscreen of a smartphone or tablet: Mario runs by himself, and the player must tap when they want him to jump. The game features four modes: World Tour, Kingdom Builder, Toad Rally and Friendly Run. Nintendo describes it as “free to start” — players can download Super Mario Run and play three...

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Nintendo Direct for Fire Emblem coming tomorrow


Nintendo’s next Nintendo Direct presentation will focus on the Fire Emblem series, the company confirmed today. The livestream will begin at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, Jan. 18. Nintendo has not yet announced how long the presentation will run. During last week’s hourlong presentation about the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo announced a new Fire Emblem spinoff that is in development for the upcoming console: Fire Emblem Warriors. Like the 2014 Zelda title Hyrule Warriors, it is a crossover with Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series. Nintendo said it would offer further details about Fire Emblem Warriors during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. We may also hear about the long-awaited Fire Emblem mobile game. Last spring, Nintendo announced that it aimed to release mobile entries in the Fire Emblem and...

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Titanfall mobile card game canceled


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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Could we finally get a real Hearthstone competitor from Magic: The Gathering?


Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card game Hearthstone has been an absurdly popular hit — to the tune of over 50 million players as of last April. While this player-friendly title has served as a perfect introduction to card games for many players (including myself), others who have been playing collectible card games for years have wondered: Why didn’t Magic: The Gathering ever get a truly great digital experience? If publisher Wizards of the Coast is to be believed, that could finally change in the near future. Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks published a statement today, claiming that the company will be making “increased investments in our digital teams that will give us the capability and flexibility necessary to fully realize the enormous potential of our games.” Going...

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


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


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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