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Eli as been obsessed with mobile gaming his entire life. Originally starting with Tiger Electronics handhelds, graduating to the original Game Boy, and upgrading to nearly every handheld platform leading up to modern day portables.

Surprise! What we initially thought was going to be a Japan-only release turned out to be a worldwide release under a totally different iTunes ID (which is sort of rare to see). Final Fantasy IX [$16.99] should now be available everywhere. If you're looking for the Japanese (and potentially other regions?) iTunes link, click here. Some interesting things of note now that the English iTunes description is available is that it's selling for $16.99 with a 20% off sale that runs out on February 21st, so hurry up and grab this before it goes up in price...

Late last year we learned of Final Fantasy IX coming to the App Store, and a couple weeks ago we posted an (entirely Japanese) video where Square Enix said that it was complete and launching very soon. Well, "very soon" in Squeenix-speak apparently means today, as Final Fantasy IX is now available on the Japanese App Store...




We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

The TouchArcade Show - 243 - A Trip to Blizzard

February 5th, 2016 9:45 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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811576_larger-2With me visiting Turbo this week for a look behind the scenes of Super Senso, we actually ended up recording the podcast in the limbo between when all the games start sneaking out in the morning and when they are released globally in the evening. So, with no new games to talk about yet we spent the first half of the podcast talking about my super secret trip to Blizzard as part of their process of figuring out what to do with card rotation in Hearthstone. On the other side, we talk about some of the cooler news stories of the week, and get back to the time honored tradition of speculating what Nintendo is going to do after all the Nintendo news this week.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

February 5th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey guys, we don't publish too many of these Patreon posts as I try to not be obnoxious about fundraising, but the very important fact remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, and over the past few months support has fallen off significantly.

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I mention on this week's podcast episode, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but we'd all sleep a little easier if we were closing in on our goal instead of falling away from it. If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (and Out Now): 'Space Grunts', 'Geki Yaba Runner', 'Pull My Tongue' and Tons More

It's Wednesday once again, which of course means oodles of new iOS games. Almost all of these seem to be available worldwide right now, aside from a few standouts which should appear on the US App Store around 11:00 PM Eastern. There's a silly amount of free indie games to play, but I'm guessing the big release (so far) people are going to be interested in is probably Space Grunts. There's a ton of other interesting (and weird) stuff in this list including a Splatoon knock-off and an MMORPG where you play as a horse?..

Additional Deck Slots and Card Rotation Come to 'Hearthstone' Following Secret Meetings With 'Hearthstone' Illuminati

As revealed moments ago by Blizzard, Hearthstone [Free] is getting what will amount to the most significant (and inevitable) change to the game ever: Card rotation. Along with that, the game is going to be split into two distinct formats: "Standard" and "Wild" (Think Legacy in the Magic the Gathering world.) and to account for all the decks players are going to be making to play in both formats, the amount of deck slots are getting doubled from nine to eighteen...

If you're ravenous about Ravenous Games games, or just really like pugs, or puzzle platformers, Pug's Quest is an upcoming game that needs to be on your watch list. As mentioned on our forums, they kicked off the project in mid-January and hoping to have it finished by the end of February. That seems quick, but Ravenous Games, like many indie devs, are really good at pumping out games quickly. Take a look at the game in action:..

Tomb of the Mask was revealed on our forums in early December of last year, and like any game that is able to succinctly show me exactly what you do solely in animated gifs, it's been glued to my radar ever since. As mentioned in the thread, Tomb of the Mask is a procedurally generated vertical maze game that looks a lot like Downwell [$2.99] meets The Last Rocket [$1.99]. That's a combination that has me super-stoked. Here, just check out the .gifs:..

'Paper Wizard' Is an Upcoming Papercraft Dual Stick Shooter, Check out the Trailer

I've always been oddly fond of games with papercraft art styles. I'm not sure if it's just Paper Mario nostalgia, but I'm always willing to give any game that leans on papercraft a closer look, which includes an upcoming title which just got posted to our forums, Paper Wizard. It appears to be a dual stick shooter sort of affair that's really reminding me of Solomon's Keep. Take a look at the trailer:..

Following Sharp Decline in Profit, Nintendo Promises "Best-Known Character" in Upcoming Smartphone Game

If you're into the spectator sport of watching the ebb and flow of the video game industry, Nintendo's foray into smartphone gaming is your Super Bowl. Per a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo's net third quarter profits fell 36%, largely due to a complete lack of any real blockbuster titles released in that time period. The previously announced smartphone social network / communication app Miitomo left both gamers and investors disappointed, which shifts a lot of the focus for Nintendo's future into their second smartphone title (or first game) which is said to "feature one of the company’s best-known characters."..

Craneballs' 'Splash Cars' Combines 'Splatoon' With Racing, Launches This Week

Craneballs' Splash Cars soft launched late last year, and has had a small following of excited players in our forums since then. Gameplay seems like a crazy mix of something like Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] and Nintendo's Splatoon as you're driving around in a car trying to restore color to a black and white world by painting it with your car. Does the premise make much sense? Not really. Does it look like a lot of fun? Yes. Check out the trailer:..

The TouchArcade Show - 242 - Trump Dump

January 29th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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6444269_largerWe kick off this week's episode by wishing we could spend another week just talking about Crashlands [$4.99], but we chat a bit about this editorial on Wired before Mike butts in to talk about the chart-topping Flappy-like Trump Dump [Free] which is a real thing that exists. From there we discuss Super Phantom Cat [$1.99], Infinite Skater [$0.99] and Circa Infinity [$2.99] before taking a quick break to get a word in from this week's podcast sponsor, Captain Cowboy [$2.99]. Coming back on the other side we get into a long discussion about Twofold, Inc [$3.99], then shift gears to TV Sports Soccer [$2.99] (with a brief mention of Touchdown Hero [Free]) before moving on to Blocky Football [Free] and a brief rundown of some of this week's bigger news stories.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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As an American who is just ever-so-slightly too old to have been a part of schools really pushing playing soccer, most of the game is a total mystery to me. Thankfully, Tasos is around to review the super-in depth soccer strategy games, but I never really got past the complications that got added to soccer games in recent years. However, I always really enjoyed the super old-school 16-bit and previous soccer games which focused more on just passing the ball down the field and scoring. Well, the recently released TV Sports Soccer [$2.99] is exactly that, a gloriously stripped-down game of soccer that endlessly has you scoring goals from field to field...

The Mobile Port of 'Final Fantasy IX' Is Complete, Likely Will Launch Very Soon

Last year ended with a bang as one of the last stories we posted in 2015 was Squeenix announcing Final Fantasy IX is coming to mobile. As mentioned in that same post, it doesn't sound like it's going to be a quick and dirty port either, as high quality graphics, auto-save, high-speed mode, achievements, and other modern conveniences have been added to the game. The only question that remained was when will we be playing it?! Well, a preview video posted by Square Enix gives us some clues:..

The history of the App Store has been filled with weird little things that slip through the cracks and provide functionality Apple... Well, didn't really intend on anyone doing. This inevitably leads to those things getting nuked from orbit on the App Store by the powers that be at Apple. Apps with "hidden" emulators inside them fit inside of this category, as do all the weird little games and apps which run in Notification Center, and apps which used the volume buttons before that was allowed. (Although I guess Overglide [$0.99] is still on the App Store, probably because PCalc [$9.99] won the Notification Center argument for them.) Today's craziness comes courtesy of Lock Blocks [$0.99], a game you can play while your phone is locked...

Sandstorm: Pirate Wars [Free] has a bit of a weird history behind it, as being from Ubisoft we were naturally fairly excited for it... But it soft launched in Spain, which is a strange place to soft launch a game. Since not many of us have Spanish iTunes accounts as part of our Batman utility belt of regional iTunes accounts for downloading soft launched stuff, it just sort of sat on our forums without much interest for the better part of ten months before it appeared globally today. To be fair, I think the fact that the screenshots were all in Spanish didn't really help a whole lot...

I'm posting this slightly earlier than usual as I've got to take my jerk of a cat to the vet this morning to get some well deserved annual shots, so keep in mind there's a near 100% chance that this isn't even half of the games that are coming out today. Typically we see a couple different bursts of new games hitting the App Store throughout the morning, and this is just the first of that. I'll update this with the second wave of games when they hit our forums, or you can just hit this link and see 'em yourself as they're posted...

Late January seems to be the time of year when every research/analytics firm on the planet is releasing their reports for the previous year, and we've been inundated with all sorts of them. Superdata published a nice and succinct report showing top digital revenue generating titles across console, PC, and mobile which seemed too crazy to not post. The tl;dr effectively is Clash of Clans [Free] and Game of War [Free] together made more money than the entire top ten console games list combined in digital revenues. That's absolutely insane to think about...

LogoThis was a fun podcast to record, as it's great when you have more awesome games that you're genuinely excited about than you even have time to talk about them. We kick things off with Punch Club [$4.99] (and this is the editorial we mentioned) then move on to Sky Chasers [Free] and its questionable monetization methods. The main course of the podcast is Crashlands [$4.99], but we also hit on Dungelot: Shattered Lands [$3.99] before shifting gears to go over a few quick news stories. As we mention in the show, if you like what we do here, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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