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Super Mario Run is Finally Coming to Android Tomorrow with Some New Features

Tomorrow, March 23rd, Nintendo will finally release Super Mario Run on Android devices, more than three months after its launch on iOS. As with the iOS version, there will be a demo of Super Mario Run available for free, but the full game will cost $9.99.

Along with this release, Super Mario Run will be getting an update on all platforms, which will add a few new features to the game. Super Mario Run version 2.0.0 will include four new Yoshi colors (yellow, red, purple, and blue), a new challenge mode, and a few new courses in the Toad Rally that’ll become available after completing the first four worlds. The game is also getting a few smaller additions, like an increase in the maximum number of items that can be bought in the Kingdom Builder and more clear instructions regarding the process for unlocking content.

What do you think? Have you been waiting for Super Mario Run to make its way to Android devices? Are you excited by any of changes that the update will bring? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Perfectly Nintendo

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Nintendo Finally Announced When Super Mario Run is Coming to Android

After releasing on iOS devices in December, Super Mario Run will be making its debut on Android devices this March. The announcement comes from the official Japanese Nintendo Twitter account, and was shortly re-iterated by the other regional accounts, so this appears to be the worldwide release date. If you’re as excited for the game’s release on Android as I am, you can pre-register on the Google Play store here.

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You Can Now Pre-register for Super Mario Run on Android Devices

Super Mario Run launched on iOS devices two weeks ago, but Android users can’t join in on the fun yet. When Nintendo initially unveiled the auto-running mobile game, they said that it would remain exclusive to iOS devices at least through the end of 2016. Nintendo hasn’t given an exact release date for the game’s Android release, but it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.

As of today, you can already pre-register for the game
on the Google Play store, and if you do so, you’ll receive a notification as soon as Super Mario Run is available. Super Mario Run starts as a free download that restricts you to a limited version of the game, and the full game can then be unlocked for $10. There are no in-app purchases, and Nintendo currently has no plans to release any DLC for the game, free or paid.

Source: Google Play

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Android Owners are Having Trouble Using Pokémon GO Plus

Niantic originally announced that the Pokémon GO Plus would release in June, but the device’s launch was delayed so the company could improve optimization with the game. The companion device finally launched on Friday, but Android users seem to be having some issues with it. Several Reddit threads revealed that the device is pairing with their phones for a few minutes, then randomly disconnecting. Furthermore, on another thread, an Android user said they were also experiencing lag with the accessory.

Niantic is rolling out another Pokémon GO update soon which will fix some issues with the Pokémon GO Plus. Hopefully this will resolve the problems Android users have been experiencing.

Have you tried out the Pokémon GO Plus? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Reddit

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Pokémon GO is “Likely” Coming to Android Watches

Last week, Niantic attended Apple’s annual event and announced that Pokémon GO would be coming to Apple Watch by the end of this year. Pokémon GO players can use the Apple Watch to be notified of nearby gyms, Pokémon, and PokéStops. In a recent interview with Tech Crunch, Niantic CEO John Hanke said it’s “pretty likely” that Pokémon GO will also come to Android watches. According to Hanke, Niantic wants to “evangelize this whole concept of playing games outside, real world games.”

“[We think Apple Watch] is a great vehicle for that. As other devices come on the market–if those are Android Wear devices or if they are devices from other quadrants that are interesting for gameplay and mobility, and being active–we’ll look into supporting those too.” —
John Hanke

Since Niantic wants to ”
evangelize” the concept of playing games outside, it seems highly likely that Pokémon GO will appear on Android watches. Would playing on the Apple Watch or an Android Watch be more convenient than using your mobile phone? Discuss in the comments below!

Source: Tech Crunch

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Super Mario Run Won’t Come to Android This Year

During today’s Apple event, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage to make a surprise announcement. Miyamoto announced that the next mobile game would be focused on Mario. In Super Mario Run, players simply have to tap the screen to jump as Mario automatically runs across the level. Following the event, IGN spoke with Miyamoto about the decision to put Super Mario Run on iOS, with Miyamoto stating that “For us, the stability of the iOS platform was important in choosing iPhones for the game.” Miyamoto told IGN that Super Mario Run would be coming to Android at a later time, but not this year.

Source: IGN

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The Pokémon GO Plus Attachment Might Not be Compatible With Android Devices at Launch

Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm, and it’s only a matter of time before we see trainers walking around with the Pokémon GO Plus attachment on their wrist. Rumors have suggested that we may even see it launch on July 29th. Unfortunately, a listing on Nintendo UK’s official website implies that the device may not be ready for Android phones right away.

While the item description does confirm that it is compatible with all iPhone 5 and 6 models, it’s a little more vague regarding other devices. The item reads, “As of July 2016, the Pokémon GO Plus compatibility with phones using the Android operating system is under development.”

What do you guys think? Would you be upset if the device wasn’t compatible with Android phones right away? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo UK

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Pokémon GO Has Been Downloaded Over Ten-Million Times on Android Devices

Pokémon GO is a massive success. I never thought I’d see the day that so many different kinds of people all went out together to catch Pokémon, but here we are. As of yet, the app has already been downloaded over ten-million times on Android devices alone. This is all the more impressive when taking into account that it only has been officially released in three countries as of yet, so we will probably see an exponential increase in these numbers when it reaches other areas, which is supposed to happen “in the next few days.”

Source: Google Play

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Pokémon GO Has More Downloads than Tinder, Nearly More Users than Twitter on Android

Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm. It quickly topped the charts on iOS, and it continues to dominate in the Android market as well. SimilarWeb has made some statistics available that show that Pokémon GO has surpassed the number of daily installs of Tinder and is almost to the point of bringing in more daily users than Twitter. On top of that, more people are spending time playing Pokémon GO than they are using other apps, such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.

Apkmirror.com, a website dedicated to installing Android applications unofficially, has also seen a huge increase in traffic on their website and went from 600,000 daily visits on July 5th to 4 million on July 6th, the day the game became available to Japan, Australia, and North America. This is likely due to all of the players who want to play Pokémon GO in Europe and other areas where the game has yet to be released. This is reflected by the site’s breakdown of traffic, which shows that most site visits came from people in European countries.

You can check out charts with all of these statistics in the gallery below!

Source: SimilarWeb

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A Security Firm Has Discovered an Android Version of Pokémon GO That Contains Malware

Pokémon GO has only been officially released in three countries for the past few days, with more getting it once Niantic solves their server issues, but unofficial downloads for the game have been offered on Android via the web ever since it first launched in Japan. If you grabbed one of these, however, you may want to double-check your device, as security firm Proofpoint has discovered at least one version of the download file that also loads a malware program called DroidJack to your phone. Proofpoint states that this malware could “virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone,” which is of course something that none of us ever want to have happen.

If you’re worried that your copy of
Pokémon GO might have infected your phone, Proofpoint has given a list of instructions for checking your device for the unwanted software. What it basically boils down to is checking your phone’s permissions to see if a whole bunch of new ones have been added, as well as also checking Pokémon GO‘s classes, as the malware-ridden version contains a couple extras so that it can run in the background. The risks are large for those who keep a lot of personal data on their phones, and especially on those whose phones then connect to a corporate network, as then “networked resources are also at risk.” You can check out more details about this in Proofpoint’s full article.

All that said, this only appears to be a possibility for Android phones, and only if you have downloaded an unofficial version of the game. Gamers who go through the Google Play store and grab it from the proper channels need not worry about this.

Did you grab an unofficial version of
Pokémon GO for yourself? Would you do it now, knowing that there is some risk involved with that decision? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and remember: download random internet files at your own risk.

Source: Proofpoint

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Final Fantasy VII is Now Available on Android Devices

Last year, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation 4 and iOS, and promised the game will come to Android. That day has now come, and Android device owners can download the title now through Google Play. It costs $15.99 and will require over 4 GB of space on devices with OS 4.1 and up.

Square Enix did comment that the Android version is currently experiencing a bug relating to the game’s modes of transportation such as submarines and airships. Hopefully the bugs will be fixed soon and an update will be available.

“Depending on the terrain and timing of the action, the buggy, submarines, airships, and other modes of transportation may cease to move when the player embarks or disembarks. Currently, the only fix is to restart the game from a data file saved before the bug occurred. We recommend saving frequently and/or utilizing multiple save files. This bug occurs most often when players embark or disembark while extremely close to the terrain, as well as during time-sensitive activities for events.

“Please note that the game will not save automatically when escaping from a battle on the world map, even if the Auto Save function is set to the ON setting.”
— Square Enix

Will you be downloading
Final Fantasy VII on your Android device? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Google Play

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Miitomo Has Been Downloaded Over 5 Million Times on Android Devices

Nintendo was opposed to the idea of entering the mobile market for years, but they’ve had a change of heart recently, teaming up with Japanese publisher DeNA to develop and release five mobile games. The first of these mobile ventures, a social app called Miitomo, launched in March, and it has proven quite popular. Miitomo reached 10 million downloads last month, and it has now been downloaded over 5 million times on Android devices alone. It passed the 1 million mark on Android devices early last month, so its numbers have jumped up quite a bit since then.

Source: Google Play

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The Camp Pokémon Mobile App is Now Available on Android Devices

Back in 2014, The Pokémon Company released Camp Pokémon, a mobile application designed primarily for children, on the Apple App Store. It’s taken a year and a half, but now Android users can now enjoy the experience as well.

Camp Pokémon released on the Google Play store today, so the app is now available for those with Android devices; it features a few minigames to play, videos to watch, and virtual pins and stickers to collect. If you’re interested, you can head over to the Google Play store (or App Store) and download it for free now!

Source: Pokémon.com

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Miitomo is the Top Selling App on the Google Play Store

The launch of Miitomo has gone swimmingly, and the success story of Nintendo’s first smart phone app is only getting better. The app has officially climbed to the top of the Android charts, beating out routine competitors like Messenger, Snapchat, and Flash Keyboard. Miitomo‘s longevity is still up in the air, but the app is off to a good start. Take that, Messenger. Who’s da king now?

Source: Google Play

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Miitomo Has Been Downloaded Over 1 Million Times on Android Devices

Nintendo was resistant to the idea of entering the mobile market for years, but they’ve changed their tune recently with the launch of Miitomo. The Mii-focused social app has drawn a lot of interest early on, shooting to the top of the Japanese and US download charts at launch and quickly reaching the three million download mark globally and the one million mark in Japan. Nintendo’s first mobile venture has reached another milestone, as the Google Play Store now lists it in the “1,000,000 – 5,000,000 downloads” category, indicating that it has been downloaded at least one million times on Android devices alone. Not bad!

Source: Google Play Store

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Miitomo is Currently the #1 Most-Downloaded Free App on Japan’s Android Phones

Nintendo launched their first mobile app, Miitomo, in Japan just last week, and all signs thus far indicate that it’s a hit. It immediately shot to the top of the charts on iOS devices and managed to gain one million users in just three days, and now it’s passed another milestone. Just like with Apple devices, Android users in Japan seem quite pleased with Nintendo’s foray into the mobile market, as the app store shows Miitomo as hitting the top of the charts there as well. It took Nintendo a long time to decide to move into the mobile market, but it sure looks like it’s paying off for them!

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Scribblenauts Unlimited is Now Available on iOS and Android

Scribblenauts Unlimited is now available for iOS and Android. The game is the fourth title in the series, and it originally came out in 2012 on 3DS, Wii U, and Windows. However, it has finally made its way to mobile platforms and is available to download now for $4.99. It is the full version of the game, so this is a really decent price. There will also be some in-app purchases for $.0.99 if you want to unlock even more content.

Source: App Store

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Fallout Shelter Launches for Android on August 13

Fallout Shelter, Bethesda Game Studios’ first foray into mobile gaming, launched for iOS during Bethesda’s E3 press conference. The free-to-play spinoff game has seen massive success, earning over $5 million USD in its first two weeks alone. Android users have been waiting to get their hands on the game, and according to a Twitter post from Bethesda, they will be able to on August 13. Are you one of the many fans who have been waiting for the Android release? Comment below.

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This Unofficial Companion App is an Amiibo Fan’s Best Friend

Amiibo do have their use outside of Nintendo platforms thanks to an app named Amiibuddy found on the Android App Store. The app is only available on Android and costs 99 cents for you to buy. To use the app, turn on your NFC, then place an Amiibo behind your phone. Depending on which Amiibo you use, you will get different wallpapers for your phone, as well as a sound and a song based around that Amiibo. The app also has a tracking system, so you can find out where many of the Amiibo are available for you to buy.

Those are just some of the features found within the Amiibuddy. You can check out everything found in the app in the video above!

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Fallout Shelter May Be Coming to Android Next Month

Android users may be able to get their hands on the hit free-to-play game Fallout Shelter very shorty, according to Bethesda’s Pete Hines. Responding to a question from a fan on Twitter, he revealed that the game will most likely be coming to Android next month. He also said that game is coming along nicely, and that he’ll let fans know the specifics soon.

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