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Nintendo Leaning Toward “Free To Start” Pricing for Mobile Games

In what could be read as a positive sign for free to play haters, Nintendo has talked a bit about pricing strategies for upcoming mobile games during a recent shareholders meeting.

Iwata then went into more detail about what he sees as the social issue of F2P games psychologically manipulating players and acknowledged that the profits from these kind of games come from “whales” rather than from the majority of players. Although companies in Japan can make quite a bit of profit by focusing on whales, Iwata doesn’t believe that the same approach would be embraced by people around the world.

Touch Arcade has the details.

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Hearthstone’s Latest Tavern Brawl is All About Webspinners and Random Spells

This week’s Hearthstone Tavern Brawl is heavy on the RNG, according to Touch Arcade:

After Ragnaros vs Nefarian and last week’s Banana Brawl, Blizzard has gone with preconstructed decks that contain only Webspinners and a random selection of spells from the class you pick.

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So That’s What a LEGO Angry Bird Looks Like

A big budget Angry Birds movie is slated to release next year, and LEGO is already starting to ramp up the marketing machine by releasing a teaser poster for a LEGO set based on the iOS game franchise. From Kotaku:

Earlier this month LEGO and Rovio announced LEGO Angry Birds, a series of playsets coming in 2016 to coincide with the big budget CGI movie. Now we’ve got our first look at Jason Sudeikis’ Red in LEGO form.

In case you missed it, Sony and Rovio amassed quite a cast for the Angry Birds movie, including Sudeikis as the red bird, Josh Gad as the yellow one, Danny McBride as black bird (singing in the dead of night), David Hader pulling pig duty and Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle.

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Microsoft Wants More Minecraft in the Classroom

Microsoft believes there are lots of benefits to putting Minecraft in classrooms. No doubt schoolkids agree.

“Many of the most fun parts of Minecraft, including the collaborative nature of play, the need to experiment, the open world, the earning of achievements, and the growth of players’ in-game characters as well as their personal skill sets, are also key to excellent learning environments.”

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Zynga Announces CSR2

The original CSR was an amazing technological feat bringing unbelievable graphics to a mobile platform — but that was three years ago. CSR2 will turn everything up to 11. In a first hand demo at E3 earlier this month I was blown away by the amazing quality. Zynga / Naturalmotion are shooting for beyond console quality — they might get there.

CSR2 will hit soft launch soon, and be launching globally later this year.

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‘Zen Pinball’ to Get an Ant Man Table

Ant Man is hitting theaters on July 17, and if early reviews are any indication, it’s supposed to be quite good. To commemorate the big day, Zen Pinball is getting a table dedicated to the diminutive hero. From Touch Arcade:

With a movie that’s based around a guy who can shrink to tiny sizes, Zen Studios has decided to take initiative to do some new things with their pinball engine. And yes, that includes shrunken pinballs, and some new mini-games that Zen promises aren’t like anything you’ve seen from them before. Sounds curious!

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Android Version of Fallout Shelter Coming Soon

If you’re an Android user who’s felt a bit left out of Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter party (the most radioactive party in town), cheer up. The game is coming to Android soon.

Plus, we’ve got word that an Android version is indeed in the works. A bunch of Android users were upset that the game didn’t launch on their platform, and they hopefully won’t have long to wait to play this for themselves.

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Big Changes Coming to Clash of Clans

Supercell recently outlined changes coming to Clash of Clans, most of which revolve around the game’s leaderboards.

Writing in its forum, Supercell announced that this update will bring a new Legend League at 5000 Trophies a well as a monthly Legend League Tournament in the Top Players list.

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Klei Entertainment Teases Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition

The surreal survival game Don’t Starve may be coming to mobile. At the very least, a short video on Klei Entertainment’s Instagram profile teases the possibility.

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Your Weekly Delivery of ‘Hearthstone’ News

Hearthstone is fathoms deep, and it gets enough attention that Touch Arcade has begun posting weekly news roundups just about this one game. From this week’s edition:

I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there’s so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don’t overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone‘s increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?

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Telltale Teases ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ at Minecon this Weekend

Somehow, for better or for worse, Telltale is going to bring their full adventure game development powers to the world of Minecraft. That’s about all we know so far, but that may change this weekend. From Touch Arcade:

One of Telltale’s more interesting upcoming projects is Minecraft Story Mode, their narrative adventure game that’s set in the Minecraft [$6.99] universe. We don’t quite know what to expect from this, but with Minecon this weekend in London, Telltale is teasing that we’ll be hearing something this weekend at Minecon.

Via Touch Arcade

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Super-Sized Phones (Like iPhone 6 Plus) Are Too Big for Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Replica

If you had your heart set on tearing through the wasteland with the Pip-Boy replica being packed with special editions of Fallout 4, you may have to rethink your beautiful life choices. It turns out some super-sized phones won’t fit into the handsome chunk of plastic.

“As we wanted to stay faithful to the dimensions of the in-game model, any smartphones larger than the models listed will not fit inside the wearable device. For these larger devices, our Pip-Boy companion app will still be available.”

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Two Banned Civil War Games Return to App Store

Last week, Apple pulled games and apps displaying the Confederate flag from the App Store. Two of those games, both Civil War titles, have since returned.

Ultimate General: Gettysberg is back and unchanged. “After several late night phone calls with Apple yesterday and today the game has returned to App Store the way it was… in 1863,” says developer Game-Labs.

Civil War: 1862 and 1863 have also returned, with new icons and screenshots that don’t show the flag. “The correct flags will appear in game,” developer HexWar says. “Just no rebel flags in the icon, splash, or prominent in screenshots”.

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12 New iOS Games You Should Know About This Week

Gamezebo has posted their usual roundup of the best-looking games to launch on the App Store for the week. This week 12 games make the cut, including titles like Her Story, Dragon Quest VI, Sonic Runners, and more. Check out the full article to see what interests you.

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App Store Removes Apps, Games With Confederate Flag

There’s been a backlash against the Confederate flag following the tragic shooting in South Carolina, and Apple has moved to take down apps and games that feature a Confederate flag in any context.

As of the writing of this story, games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and all the Hunted Cow Civil War games are nowhere to be found. Apple is famous for reaching for the axe rather than the scalpel when it comes to political issues (like rejecting Hunted Cow’s Tank Battle 1942 for depicting Germans and Russians as enemies), so this move doesn’t come as a great surprise.

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Hearthstone’s Latest Tavern Brawl is Totally Bananas

It’s time for another tavern brawl in Hearthstone, and as Touch Arcade outlines, it’s loaded with potassium.

From now until Sunday, you get to build one deck of any class you want and then fight with other players. The special rule this week is that you get a random Banana every time one of your minions dies.

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‘Monument Valley’ Expansion Will Be Free Starting Thursday

Owners of Monument Valley will get the Ida’s Dream expansion for free come Thursday. From Pocket Gamer:

Last year, Monument Valley was expanded with a special red-themed level pack, made to support the Project (RED) charity. This week, that chapter will be made available for free across all platforms.

Not only will everyone be able to experience this content now, the levels have also received a visual update.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Fallen London Coming to iOS

Fallen London, a super-cheery Lovecraft-inspired post-apocalyptic interactive adventure, will be getting an iOS release later this year.

Fallen London is a sort of story-driven online adventure in which players create a character, train various skills, use those skills to complete increasingly difficult jobs, then use the spoils from those jobs to unlock new missions and stories as well as get some fancy new duds. And it’s all set in a sort of post-Cthulhu apocalypse where London has sunken into a vast underwater cavern.

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LEGO Minifigures Online Coming to Mobile

Funcom’s MMOG LEGO Minifigures Online is being overhauled. It’s also going cross-platform with PC and mobile releases.

Overall, the developers claim that the upcoming game is the definitive version of LEGO Minifigures Onine and will feel very different and much improved from the original PC-only version. The game will cost $4.99 and will include the first world, with additional worlds available as IAPs from day one (for iOS).

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World of Tanks Blitz Celebrates First Birthday With Special Promotions

World of Tanks Blitz is celebrating its first year of online tank mayhem, and you’re invited. Look for special promotions, as well as a new tank. Bet your mom never got you a tank for your birthday.

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Apple Rejects Kill the Plumber on Copyright Grounds

Kill the Plumber, a clever-looking platform game that pits you, as a bad guy, against Mario (but he’s not Mario!) might not be getting an iOS release. The title was rejected by Apple because of its similarities to Nintendo’s property. Don’t pipe in the “Game Over” music just yet, though: Kill the Plumber is still coming to Android on July 23, and a Steam version of the game is in the works.

Via Touch Arcade

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