After reaching 40 million downloads on the App Store it looked like Nintendo's Super Mario Run was poised to be the big mobile title for the holidays, but negative reviews from both fans and critics alike have taken the wind out of its sails. Rumors that Nintendo is not planning to release any updates for the game has also not helped Mario earn more mobile fans. The bigger story this Christmas may be the release of Minecraft: Apple TV Edition. Mojang's popular sandbox title will now be available to everyone who opens a new shiny Apple TV on Christmas day. The game is available on the Apple TV App Store for $19.99, and it includes new skin packs and new 2016 mash-ups for the holidays.
Atari has decided to ditch the microtransaction filled freemium model that has recently plagued its RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise by launching RollerCoaster TycoonClassic as a premium app. The new title, that promises to combine the best of RCT 1 & 2, is available now for only $5.99 on the Apple App Store. The game isn't totally IAP free, but it features a lot less additional purchases than recent titles, such as the heavily maligned RollerCoaster Tycoon 4.
Super Mario Run has had a rocky and successful App Store Launch. According to the app analyst Sensor Tower, Super Mario Run is the fastest game to reach 25 million downloads on the Apple App Store. The Nintendo game beat out Pokémon Go, which took 11 days to hit 25 million, compared to the 4 days that it took Super Mario Run to reach the same number. It is estimated that 2.1 million users have paid for the full version of the game, but the high premium of price of $9.99 has hindered the success of Mario's first iOS title.
Duet is a Mac and PC app that allows iOS users to utilize their iPad or iPhone as a second display using a Lightning or 30-pin cable. Today, the Mac app has been updated with a new feature that adds a Touch Bar to any supported iPad model. All you need is a Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and an iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. This includes older iPad models, such as the iPad 2 and original iPad Air.
The popular sandbox title from developer Mojang is now available on the Apple TV. Minecraft: Apple TV Edition was originally announced at Apple's “Hello again” Mac event in October. The new version of the game is available for $19.99 on Apple's fourth-generation set-top box. It includes the "Holiday 2015, Town Folk, City Folk skin packs, along with the Plastic, Natural, Cartoon, and Festive 2016 mash-ups," according to the official Minecraft blog.
The wait is finally over and Nintendo's first real mobile title has landed on the Apple App Store. Super Mario Run was the single most hyped mobile release since the App Store was launched in 2008. The game featuring Mario and other familiar faces from the Super Mario Bros. franchise is now available as a free download for all devices running iOS 8.0 or later. The first 3 worlds and a sample of the first boss level are available in the free version. You can unlock the remaining 5 worlds for $9.99. The game also features a competitive multiplayer option, and the ability to unlock building and other decorations to build your own Kingdom.
There's only one more shopping weekend before Christmas and Target is offering the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model at $150 less than Apple's normal $599 asking price. This makes the 32GB WiFi-only model only $1 more than Black Friday prices, and you don't have to deal with any unruly shoppers. This is also a much better deal than the discounts being offered by B&H, that we discussed earlier this week.
After being delayed longer than expected, Apple's new wireless AirPods are now available for purchase. Holiday shoppers can order the $159 Apple accessory directly through apple.com and receive them around December 21.
Apple's AirPods are earbuds that connect to most iOS devices, the Apple Watch and even Mac products without the need of annoying wires. They're powered by Apple's W1 chip, and automatically connect to your supported device when they're removed from their charging case. They also feature a microphone for taking calls and accessing Siri, just like previous Apple headphones.
After releasing several betas over two months, Apple has finally launched the first public version of iOS 10.2. The update for the sixth-generation iPod touch, iPhone and iPad includes a variety of new features, improvements and bug fixes.
As you may have already heard, Apple has redesigned many of the emojis in iOS 10. This caused a temporary social media uproar when it was revealed that the classic "butt" peach emoji was altered, but Apple has since changed it back. iOS 10 also includes support for Unicode 9.0 with over 100 new emoji for the Messages app.
We won't know for sure if Super Mario Run will be the game everyone has been waiting for until it is officially released on December 8th, but we do know it is one of the highest anticipated iOS releases since the launch of the App Store. It is hard to think of any other mobile title that has had this much buzz ahead of its launch, and Super Mario Run fever has reached even newer heights this week. It all started with Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, visiting The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to give the host a demo of the new game. Shigeru Miyamoto even made an appearance on Fallon's show to play the Super Mario Bros. theme with The Roots. You can watch both videos below.