Niantic announced today that its App Store hit, Pokémon GO will receive a major update "later this week." The update will add 80 new Johto region Pokémon from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. The new Pokémon will feature gender-specific variations, more ways to evolve, and feature more reactions while being caught.
ABC always live streams the Academy Awards at ABC.com and on the WATCH ABC app. Unfortunately the official live stream is normally limited to a handful of major cities and requires a cable/satellite subscription. Last year the live stream through both the official website and app was only available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
Hitcents.com has released The Godfather Game based on the classic 1972 gangster film starring Marlon Brando. The Godfather is a freemium title where you play as a devoted Underboss in the Corleone family. The goal of the game is to help "carry out the Corleones’ dirty deeds and fight for the honor and respect of the most powerful Family in New York City." You do this by enlisting Capos and Soldiers to settle any misunderstandings, and by making the right allies while developing your estate. The Godfather Game is basically another free building title cashing in on another popular franchise. It's available on the App Store for free.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in short supply ahead of the rumored next-generation iPad refresh in March, according to MacRumors. The Apple blog did a spot check of Apple's online store and third-party retailers, such as Best Buy, AT&T, and Verizon. MacRumors discovered that Apple store shipping times in the US have slipped from 1-2 weeks to 2-3 weeks, and in-store pick ups are currently listed as arriving around March 3rd. While this isn't proof that a new iPad model is right around the corner, the largely backordered status of the 12.9-inch model at third-party retailers does make one wonder.
Today kicks off Niantic's Pokémon GO Valentine's Day event. During the 7-day event, Pokémon trainers will earn double the amount of Candy every time they hatch or transfer a Pokémon. Other Valetnine's Day perks include six hour Lure Modules, more pink Pokémon, like Chansey and Clefable, in the wild, and Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will most likely hatch from eggs.
Developer Gambrinous announced on the Touch Arcade forums that the adventure pack. "Ice Cream Headaches" is coming to the iOS version of Guild of Dungeoneering on February 9th. The DLC is available for free for those who already own the game, but the download price will jump from $4.99 to $5.99 for new users. New users who download the game after the 9th will get both available adventure packs, including "Pirate's Cove."
The 59th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, February 12 on CBS starting at 8 PM EST. The Recording Academy has released a trailer for its Grammy Live coverage, which begins at 3 PM EST. You can tune in to watch the free live stream here, but the Grammy Live channel only features a pre-show countdown and live behind the scenes footage. It does not offer a live stream of the actual awards show. If you're interested in streaming the pre-show festivities, the trailer does mention that the live stream will be available on "your desktop and mobile devices," but it does not include any information how to live stream it from Apple devices. We will update this post when more information is available.
After a very long wait Fire Emblem Heroes has finally arrived on the US Apple App Store and Google Play. Nintendo decided to go with a free-to-play model instead of launching the RPG as a premium title, like it did with Super Mario Run. Heroes is a story-driven, turn-based battle game with simple touch-screen swipe controls. You can read a more in-depth review here, and download the second Nintendo mobile title here.
Nintendo this week also announced that its third iOS game, Animal Crossing will be delayed until at least April. Animal Crossing may be the last title Nintendo releases for smart-devices in 2017.
With the Switch gaming console right around the corner, things are getting busy for Nintendo, and it looks like the company's mobile release schedule will remain at only 2-3 titles a year. Nintendo plans to follow the December release of Super Mario Run with an Android version in March, and its next title Fire Emblem Heroes will arrive for both Android and iOS tomorrow. The third title on Nintendo's upcoming slate is Animal Crossing, which was originally scheduled for March, but it has been pushed back until later this year.
Apple has made sure its customers are well prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots on February 5th. iPhone and iPad owners can watch all the Super Bowl festivities through the free FOX Sports app. All you need is an iPad running iOS 8.0 or later to live stream the game.
Apple TV owners can watch the the game live through the FOX Sports GO app. Not only will Fox stream the entire game but it will air national and local commercials, plus the half time show and more. You can also access the game by by simply saying “Watch the Super Bowl" into your Siri remote.