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Looks like Super Mario Run will require a persistent connection

I knew there had to be a catch to Super Mario Run. While we originally thought that was going to be microtransactions, it looks like the game will require an online connection at all times. That shouldn't be the biggest issue for a mobile p...   read

 
 
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Super Mario Run will have no microtransactions, only a buyout option

Nintendo got into the smartphone game hella late, but not too late, it seems, as there's already a lot of buzz for their upcoming first real mobile title (Miitomo doesn't really count), Super Mario Run. Based on Eurogamer's findings, i...   read

 
 
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Bully gets a 10th anniversary re-release on mobile

Rockstar is continuing its trend of mobile re-releases by announcing that Bully: Anniversary Edition is now available on Android and iOS. This release contains all of the extra features from the Wii, Xbox 360, and PC release of the game, so...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go shinies, sponsored avatar items datamined

The latest update for Pokemon Go has been datamined, and although it isn't concrete proof of all 100 Silver and Gold era creatures heading into the game on December 12, it's something. Sounds files for the upcoming 100 Pokemo...   read

 
 
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Sprint and Niantic enter exclusive deal for Pokemon Go

Today on a conference call with Marcelo Claure, President and CEO, Sprint and John Hanke, Founder and CEO, Niantic, Destructoid learned that that as of December 12, Sprint stores will become special sponsored PokeStops and Gyms fo...   read

 
 
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(Update) Starbucks to get special Pokemon Go event with 'new Pokemon'

[Update: It's real, but not nearly as cool as it sounded. The below beverage exists, but doesn't grant anything in-game, it's just branded. As of 11AM PT today, most if not all Starbucks locations will roll out nationwide in becoming a gym ...   read

 
 
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Transformers: Forged to Fight is 30 years in the making

When I first saw the trailer for the upcoming Transformers: Forged to Fight I thought it looked kind of bad-ass. When I got the end and saw that it was for mobile, I still thought it looked kind of bad-ass, but would rather have a stra...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go expanding its 'nearby' feature to all of US and Europe

Previously, Niantic's "Nearby" system for Pokemon Go (hey! Something that was in at launch, then removed for months on end while independent versions were getting people banned), was limited to San Francisco, but according to a blog po...   read

 
 
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Apollo Justice is finally heading over to mobile devices

For awhile now, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney hasn't been available on iOS or Android. You could have most of the story with the other four games, but one of the most divisive (and important) chapters was absent. That won't be a problem any ...   read

 
 
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Forget about your family, Pokemon Go is having a double XP event!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Niantic is holding a double XP event for Pokémon Go. Running from November 23 until the 30th, the event will double all experience and stardust gained from catching Pokémon. Now, instead of fight...   read

 
 


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Rip and tear (pin)balls in Bethesda Pinball next month

Zen Studios had runaway success with its Zen Pinball series. While the first game wasn't too widespread, Zen Pinball 2 has been ported to more devices than I can count. It even has a Wii U port, which is basically just for show with most de...   read

 
 
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Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia delayed

Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia kind of came out of left field, and is yet another of Square Enix's many spinoffs for their existing properties (this is a spinoff of a fighting game spinoff franchise!). If you aren't aware of it yet it'...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go is running another limited bonus event

In an attempt to get people up and at 'em, Niantic is rolling out another Pokemon Go event that offers some XP bonuses (again, to the point that they should be normally). The previously announced daily bonus feature will be applied goi...   read

 
 
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No, Hearthstone is not coming to the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch was all the rage yesterday, and with lots of western companies on board (including Bethesda), there was tons of talk about who would announce a project for it next. Blizzard added fuel to that fire with a tweet to Ninten...   read

 
 
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Mobius Final Fantasy is coming to Steam, maybe some of you will actually play it

Playing a fully fledged Final Fantasy game on a mobile device probably doesn't sound like fun to a lot of people out there. I know for a fact it didn't around these parts, as many sounded off around the launch of Mobius Final Fantasy t...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go's gym overhaul and catch bonus update rolling out

Pokemon Go had two updates in the hopper -- one that was relatively tame and should have been in by default, and the other, a nice change to a system that naturally required fan feedback and adjustment. Operative phrase here being "had," be...   read

 
 
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Oh god, Japan made a horse dating game

Remember Hatoful Boyfriend? The pigeon dating game? Thought that was weird? Almost as if it were a competition, now Usaya Co. has released a dating game where you play as a girl (oneigh-san, if you will) and suddenly meet a horse ...   read

 
 
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This boring Pokemon Go update will probably appeal to hardcore players

Niantic has been taking it easy these past few months when it comes to sweeping changes. They seemingly have things down pat when it comes to server stability (no doubt due to the massive exodus of players), and although "big things" are pr...   read

 
 
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is getting a smartphone game

Madoka is one of the best shows I've watched in the last five years or so. What starts off as a standard slice of life/magical girl narrative becomes so much more, and I won't spoil it beyond that. It's also the kind of series that would tr...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go developers sued by the Netherlands

Thought Pokemon Go was dying? It's not, at least in the Netherlands apparently. A bunch of people have been collecting on protected dunes near the Kijkduin beaches. Niantic responded to requests to remove support from areas such as the...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft acquires 2048 publisher Ketchapp

The release of 2048 was a flashpoint; the low-budget free-to-play Threes! ripoff became more popular than the game it stole from, starting a conversation about the viability of paid games in the mobile space. Fun fact: the version...   read

 
 
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The most 'important' Final Fantasy character comes to Brave Exvius

If Square Enix had their way, every Final Fantasy homage would involve Lightning and Cloud. Out of every iconic character in the series' storied history, Lightning is the recent one that no one can seem to escape. She's got her own fashion ...   read

 
 
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There's very little lost in translation with the mobile version of Lumines

Lumines: Puzzle & Music isn't exactly a follow-up everyone wanted. Originally created by the Tetsuya Mizuguchi for the PSP, the series has garnered a hardcore fanbase for the past 12 years -- an audience that really isn't all that ...   read

 
 
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Limited mods are coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Windows 10

Announced today at MineCon, "Add-Ons" have been dated for Minecraft's Pocket, Windows 10, and Gear VR versions. Don't get too excited though! Microsoft falls one step short of calling them full-on mods, as the phrase "tweak" is used to desc...   read

 
 
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Man robbed while livestreaming Pokemon Go

Streamer Rickeybot found himself in a nightmare situation last night while playing Pokemon Go for a live audience in New York City -- he was mugged on camera. Rickeybot was just chilling playing Go when someone sucker punches him and s...   read

 
 
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