October 2017

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Beautiful Adventure Game ‘Abi’ Coming November 2nd

There’s something very cute about little robots acting like humans (Wall-E and BB-8 are just some examples), and I think Abi and DD, the two robot stars of the upcoming adventure game Abi, might join your list of favorite mechanical devices. Abi is a melancholic story of two robots exploring a desolated world where humanity is long gone. In this puzzle adventure game, you’ll control both Abi, the small robot programmed to be an educator, and DD, the hulking industrial robot, as you try and uncover the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of all humanity. Humanity’s impact, though, is visible throughout the world you’ll explore.

Abi is gorgeous, with great art style and animations and wonderfully somber music. It feels like one of those games you want to play on the couch with the lights out. Wall-E is one of my favorite movies ever (well, the first half of it at least), so I’m really looking forward to Abi. The game is releasing November 2nd, and it will cost you $2.99, a small price to pay to keep those poor little robots company.

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Nintendo Says 3DS Sales Are Stable, Even After Switch

Nintendo has made a point to show that Switch sales haven’t significantly impacted 3DS hardware numbers so far.

During a recent financial briefing, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said, “Even after Nintendo Switch sales began, sales of the Nintendo 3DS family remain stable, as you can see here.” He was pointing to a graph that’s showcased below.

Nintendo highlights how 3DS sales have stayed stable this year, even after Switch’s release. (Courtesy of Nintendo)

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‘Roblox’ Gets Big Cross-Platform Update, Mobile Players Can Now Play With Xbox Players

Roblox [Free] is an incredibly popular cross-platform game that lets its players do pretty much whatever they want, and now it’s grown even more by allowing Xbox One players to play along with the ones on mobile (and PC). This new update brings the over 60 million active players together in a way similar to what Mojang did with Minecraft‘s Better Together update. This is a pretty big deal for one of the biggest games in the world right now (even if it doesn’t get the attention it deserves sometimes). Currently, Roblox is the number 2 Adventure game on the App Store with 4.7 average rating, a ton of players, and plenty of room to grow.

Roblox has managed to get all those millions of players because it provides them with the opportunity to design any kind of user-generated game they want, from playing cops and robbers, become race drivers, and everything else you can imagine. It’s like Minecraft, but the focus is less on what the game comes with and more on what you can do with what the game provides. And I’m glad to see another …read more


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PUBG “Never Banned Anyone For Honking at Streamers”

Following PUBG streamers and honking car horns at them in-game has never been treated as a bannable offense, according to creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene.

“A lot of our Steam reviews say ‘don’t buy this game because they ban people for honking at streamers,'” Greene said. “We’ve never banned anyone for honking at a streamer.”

‘Stream honking’ surfaced as a popular method to annoy PUBG streamers several months ago. But while some players have been banned for ‘stream sniping,’ repeatedly hopping between lobbies with the intent to kill or harass specific streamers by using their live stream as a cheat sheet, Greene insists the honking itself has never resulted in a player being banned.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Has Sold 18 Million Copies

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now sold over 18 million copies, according to C.H. Kim, executive producer and CEO of newly formed studio PUBG Corp.

Creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene added that 40 percent of PUBG players play on the game’s first-person servers.

“I was expecting maybe 10 percent of players would enjoy

, but it’s really shown huge numbers,” he said, adding that North American and European players are especially fond of first-person mode.

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Nintendo Aiming for 2 to 3 New Smartphone Apps Annually

Nintendo plans on continuing to create new smartphone apps, adding two to three each year.

Company president Tatsumi Kimishima discussed Nintendo’s app approach during a six-month financial briefing for fiscal 2018. On top of new games, he said, “we will continue services for applications that have already been released.”

He highlighted, for example, Super Mario Run getting version 3.0 in September. Kimishima stated the update has increased user engagement for the game, which has surpassed 200 million downloads.

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‘Iron Marines’, a Fantastic Futuristic RTS From the Creators of ‘Kingdom Rush’, Is on Sale for the First Time

Today is Halloween, and for the vast majority of people this means elaborate costumes, spooky trick-or-treating and binging Stranger Things 2. However, for us mobile gaming enthusiasts, this ‘holiday’ also brings along with is a slew of brilliant price reductions on the App Store. If you prefer to stay away from the shadows in the comfort of your own home, or you just want to grab one of 2017’s best releases at a bargain price, Ironhide Studios has you covered. Iron Marines [$2.99] was a neat futuristic RTS game from the creators of Kingdom Rush [Free (HD)], and received an exultant five-star review in our extensive launch coverage. With some deserved comparisons to the mighty StarCraft, it was certainly not one to miss for real-time strategy fans – if the game did manage to slip by in the usual tsunami of App Store releases, the developer has put Iron Marines on sale for the first time this Halloween, and is now a veritable bargain at $2.99.

Iron Marines was the real deal when it released back in September, and featured a ton of things to micromanage and 14 extensive campaign missions across the game’s beautifully illustrated worlds. While …read more


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‘Final Fantasy Dimensions II’ Hits the App Store a Day Early as a Premium App

It was just about a year ago that Square Enix announced a proper sequel to their mobile-exclusive premium RPG Final Fantasy Dimensions, known as Final Fantasy Legends in Japan, and it was just last Friday that they announced that the game would be launching on November 1st. Well, we’re not quite at November 1st just yet, at least in our part of the world, but Final Fantasy Dimensions II [$14.99] has decided to pop up in the App Store a day earlier than expected. And here’s a thing: It’s a totally paid, IAP-free release clocking in at a price of $14.99.

This game has a pretty weird history. Originally released in Japan in February 2015 as Final Fantasy Legends: The Crystal Of Time And Space, it was positioned as a direct sequel to the first Final Fantasy Dimensions/Legends but was a free to play game closer to a social RPG than a traditional one. It chugged along in Japan for about a year and a half before Square Enix announced a massive update to the game and a rebranding as Final Fantasy Legends II. That update replaced the original version of the game, but now in conjunction with …read more


Microsoft launches a revamped version of Mixer into beta

Microsoft today announced the launch of a new beta version of its mobile gameplay streaming app, Mixer, for both iOS and Android. The company says the new app features an entirely different codebase that will allow it to roll out updates more quickly, and includes a number of changes focused on improving the core user experience, content discoverability, app performance and personalization.… Read More …read more