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Nintendo Releases 'Pokémon Shuffle', Their First Game With a 'Candy Crush' Style Lives System

In the world of mobile gaming, it seems like keeping an eye on what Nintendo is doing has become the favorite spectator sport of many. February has been a particularly dramatic month as Nintendo's profits are falling and they've got concrete plans in place for bringing limited amounts of the Nintendo ecosystem to iOS. It's no secret that Nintendo has been dabbling in microtransactions on their own platforms, but today marks the day of the release of the first game released by Nintendo which straight up features a Candy Crush style lives system and monetization scheme...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere', 'Mecha Showdown',  'Swap Heroes 2', 'Switch and Drop' and More

As of this writing this morning, the list of game releases this week is a little threadbare, but keep in mind this was a holiday week in the USA. Holidays always seem to make developers gun shy with regards to releasing their games because who knows if it messes up the iTunes featuring process since these days you need to get featured. But, hey, whatever, if this week is like any other week the initial list will be tiny and filled with "weak week" comments while the full roundup of new games at 11:00 PM Eastern will be bursting from the seams...

"Platinum Edition" Update for 'Space Miner' Submitted to Apple, Check Out These Screens

One of the App Store's true classics and our 2010 Game of the Year Space Miner: Space Ore Bust [$3.99 / $3.99] is finally getting a big, modern update very soon. We first heard of this new update, which developer Venan Entertainment is dubbing the "Platinum Edition" update, back in November, and this week we've learned that it's finally in the hands of Apple waiting for review, possibly even coming as early as this week...

Jim Sterling Shows Why Sympathies for Peter Molyneux's 'Godus' Failings are Misplaced

There was a particularly interesting response to the interview that John Walker of Rock, Paper, Shotgun did with Peter Molyneux, game industry veteran and creator of Godus [Free]. Godus was a Kickstarter project and has since seen delays, unfulfilled backer rewards, features like multiplayer are nowhere to be seen, and the "God of Gods" winner from Curiosity has gotten bupkis so far. But there's been an undercurrent of sympathy for Peter Molyneux in the wake of what was admittedly a hostile interview - and some of the criticism has been seen as bullying of Molyneux...

This Back to the Future Case is the Craziest iPhone Case We've Ever Seen

You may have seen the Batmobile case that was making the rounds earlier this month and thought, "It's official, iPhone cases cannot get crazier than this." Wait, you didn't see the insane Batmobile case from a few weeks ago, well, friends, feast your eyes on this. Fair warning, you might want to be sitting down particularly if you're a Batman fan:..

Update Mondays: 'Junk Jack X', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Gems Of War', 'Subway Surfers', And More

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. Too many updates this week, my friends. Far too many. Some TouchArcade favorites, some App Store favorites, and even a couple that fall into both categories. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], 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!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/13/15 - 'Dark Echo', 'Radiation Island', and 'Pike and Shot'

We reviewed a lot of great games this week, but the three with the highest review scores this week I feel really confident in saying you need on your phone. 2015 is ramping up to be a hell of a year, and we're barely a month and a half in. I can't imagine what the rest of the year is going to bring us...

This is How Nintendo is Breaking Into the Smartphone World

Nintendo and mobile gaming have been flirting quite nicely as of late. First there was the whole Puzzle and Dungeons [Free] making an appearance on 3DS thing. Then, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata talked about bringing more mobile games to 3DS. Well, loving is about giving and taking, and Iwata says he wants to bring a Mii app to iOS. Iwata said "It would be fun for players to use their Mii characters as icons on social media. We are currently developing an application that will allow users to do that. The app will be announced around the time our full-year [financial] results are released."..

Hands-on with 'Sick Bricks' - A Mobile-First Toy Adventure

iOS was a little late to the game when it came to action-adventure games that featured real-world toys. Disney’s iOS version of Infinity [Free] is restricted to its (admittedly cool) toy box mode while Skylander’s Trap Team [Free (HD)] is the first title on iOS to offer the full console package. While both have enjoyed some success on iOS, they are still ports of console juggernauts. Sick Bricks by toymaker Spin Master looks to change all that with a new universe of animated shorts and miniature toys all grounded in an action-adventure title designed for mobile...

RPG Reload File 025 - 'Dragon Fantasy Book 1'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where some of us may be losing our hair, but we certainly aren't losing our thirst for adventure. Each week, we dive into the bountiful past of App Store offerings, looking for previously-released RPGs that we can pull out and get reacquainted with. It's a chance to take a deeper dive on games that we may have already reviewed in the past, and a sort of check-up to see how those games are getting on these days. I try to present a fairly balanced schedule that represents the broad spectrum of RPGs out there, but I need your help to make sure I'm not missing anything. Each month, the readers have a chance to select the game I'll be writing about. Hey, you're a reader! If you'd like to vote, simply head on down to the comments, pop into the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your selection. The next reader's choice article is coming up in the first week of March, so get your vote in as soon as possible!..

'Final Fantasy Legends: The Crystal Of Time And Space' Hits The Japanese App Store

Just a couple of months ago, Square Enix announced they would be releasing a sort of follow-up to Final Fantasy Dimensions [Free] called Final Fantasy Legends: The Crystal Of Time And Space. Well, I guess time flies when you're having fun and developing free-to-play mobile games, because the game just hit the Japanese App Store earlier today. It is, as promised, free to download, and unfortunately for those holding out hope that it might have chapter unlocks similar to Dimensions, it seems that Square Enix is once again chasing the dragon...

Out Now: 'King of Thieves', 'Radical', 'Darklings Season 2', 'Staying Together', 'Auro', 'Daytona Rush' and More

It turned out to be a pretty busy night of new iOS games, as the list below has expanded a lot over the one we posted earlier this morning. Zeptolab's anticipated King of Thieves officially launches, Beavertap's Radical far and away has the biggest "radical" factor, and Staying Together is just plain adorable. There's even a new Darklings game that I was totally unaware existed. Not a bad week so check out everything and let us know what you've got your eye on...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Radical', 'Staying Together', 'Daytona Rush' and a Bunch More

No week can ever truly be weak when Radical is on the horizon. I mean, have you seen the trailer? You should fix that problem if not. If pick up and play insta-death games aren't your thing, that's cool too, there's a ton of new stuff coming out this week as well...

Fans Clamoring for 'Sonic 3 Remastered' Create Online Petition

In October of last year, Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the duo responsible for the incredible remastered ports of Sonic 1 [$2.99], Sonic 2 [$2.99] and Sonic CD [$2.99], posted a proof-of-concept video for a remastered version of the only game left to be remastered out of that quartet of original Sonic games: Sonic The Hedgehog 3 aka Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Although nothing had been commissioned by Sega, the developer duo's passion led them to begin work on a Sonic 3 remaster, and they had posted the proof-of-concept video in hopes of getting Sega's attention and getting them to greenlight the project. The three previous remastered Sonic games are absolute masterpieces, and were top-sellers. It's tragic to think that one of the old Sonics might be left off the table...

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