Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. While I am excited to see many 64-bit updates coming across my desk, that wave seems to have gone hand in hand with fewer content updates. Which is fine, but it doesn't leave a lot for me to write about. I hope you'll enjoy this week's selection anyway. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!

Strike Team Hydra, $7.99 A new game from developer Wave Light Games means plenty of material for our Monday articles for the immediate future. The cool thing about this one is that its different theme is attracting new players, who are giving different kinds of feedback to the developer. Thus we're seeing useful updates like a new preview window that lets you see which abilities you'll still have points to use after moving to a particular space. We're also seeing some of the more expected updates like better animations, some balance adjustments, and smaller tweaks to the UI. We should have a review of this one shortly. Sorry if you've been waiting.

Nexomon, $2.99 Nexomon got not one but two updates in the last week. The first adjusted catch rates to make it easier to get your hands on wild Nexomon, alongside important bug fixes to cloud saving and such. The second update adds a settings menu so that you can adjust audio volume, improved buffing and debuffing skills, a little boost to the stats of evolved Nexomon, and a few other tweaks. Those are some solid improvements that should bring smiles to the faces of this game's many fans in our forums.

Street Fighter IV CE, $4.99 Capcom promised they would be releasing new characters to this one via free updates and, well, here's the first bunch. Final Fight's Guy barrel-kicks his way into the action, while Evil Ryu and not-Evil Ryu's teacher Gouken know you must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance. This update also includes some balance adjustments and improvements to match-making. The competition isn't exactly down-right-fierce this week, but hey, here's a coveted UMMSMotW award for you, Capcom.

Pinball Arcade Plus, $0.99 So this also got two updates this week. The second update was just to fix the absolutely disastrous bugs introduced in the first one, though, so let's focus on that. While Pinball Arcade generally wants to release new tables in a state as exact to the original as possible, licenses can make that tricky. Bally's popular 1994 World Cup Soccer is one such table. With a few very small modifications, this excellent table has been returned to life as World Champion Soccer. This one is perhaps best remembered for its spinning soccer ball toy on the field. You can buy it via IAP, as usual.

Disney Magic Kingdoms, Free Yes, it's a slow week. I blame the 64-bit updates. At any rate, that means we're covering Disney Magic Kingdoms again. Hey, this time it's an Aladdin update! Al, Abu, Jasmine, and four other new characters join the kingdom, bringing more than 60 new quests with them. There are new costumes, new attractions, new decorations, and more to try to collect. Fun Shaun trivia, since I'm not feeling quite as silly as usual this week. Prior to Spider-Man, Aladdin was the movie I had seen the most times in the theater. I went five times in total, and I actually used my little sister as an excuse to keep going even though she got tired of the movie before I did. And now you're wondering how many times I watched Spider-Man, aren't you? The answer is, not as many times as I watched Spider-Man 2!

World of Tanks Blitz, Free Well, this is a pretty soft one as World of Tanks Blitz updates go. A new in-game event called Missile Exercise gives you the chance to try out a new Tier 7 American light tank, the T49 ATM. Meanwhile, there seems to be some kind of grindy grinderfest happening where you can win KpfPz70 Tier 9 heavy tank if you rank high enough among the other players. I'd say good luck, but something tells me this is less about the good luck and more about the fat wallet, right? So... fat wallet!

Cookie Jam - Match 3 Games, Free Really, really slow week, friends. So yes, Cookie Jam. That game that is here from time to time because a reader requested it. It has 20 new levels, which is pretty much par for the course with this sort of game when they update. This new episode is apparently called Aesop's Table, and you know what? That's a really lazy pun. Like, you've got cookies and baked goods at your disposal for word play and all you can come up with is changing 'fable' to 'table'? Come on, you're never going to beat King if you can't bring better pun-doggery than that, Jam City.

WWE Tap Mania, Free Well, this is certainly a thing that SEGA publishes now. If you've caught the tapping fever and also love the epic tales of the WWE, this might be right up your alley. Extra bonus points if you like the Hardy Boyz or Samoa Joe, because they've just been added to the game in this latest version. This update also adds the SummerSlam pack and event, and challengers on stages 500 to 2000 that include some rare Superstars and Legends. Apparently! I'm not going to check that, so I guess SEGA can say just about anything in those notes and I'll re-print it.

Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, Free Let's finish things off with this update for the compelling existential drama Pokemon: Magikarp Jump. In as far as the story goes, this new version completes the game, adding the final league for you to go and conquer. There are some new random events, and apparently some new features to keep you playing even after you've finished the main game. Naturally, there are some new friendship items and decorations to buy with your hard-earned diamonds. Something's got to bring the dough in, and it sure isn't going to be Magikarp.

That about wraps it up for last week's significant updates. I'm sure I've missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I'll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

  • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

    Thanks for the shout out, Shaun. Next week should be another update ... adding a cool transparency effect so you can see characters behind walls and some more tweaks.

    • thejbe

      See characters behind walls!?? When did the gamer become so thick!!?

      • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

        I don't know ... it's kind of a cool effect. Looks like a hologram. It's pretty useful because the graphics are busy so you can easily lose a character, I suppose.

      • boydstr

        I find it a very useful function.

  • korossyl

    That cake in Cookie Jam looks incredibly appealling.

  • benadvanced

    My 5 year old loves the shit out of Cookie Jam. It's also semi funny how the cats sing when you finish a level.