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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Fire Emblem: Heroes and more

Kingdom Rush 4

It was kind of a slow week for the Apple App Store, especially after last week which was filled with both successful and failed reboots, big sequels and a new Star Wars title. Here are some of this week's major announcements you may have missed, and few new interesting looking App Store releases.

Ironhide Game Studio teased a new Kingdom Rush title on its blog and social media. Ironhide didn't release any major details about the fourth game in the series, but they did deliver this small hint:

"One thing is for sure, the bad guys shall have their revenge....muahaha."

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Barbarian Invasion and more

Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion

After releasing the classic strategy game Rome: Total War to the App Store in November 2016, Feral Interactive has announced this week that the expansion, Barbarian Invasion, will be released as a separate app for the iPad. Unlike Total War, which takes place during the rise of the Roman Empire, Barbarian Invasion is set during the decline. Users can play as the Western or Eastern Roman Empires, or as several barbarian factions, such as the Huns and Goths. Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion for the iPad will be available in March.

Creators of Astropad release new Studio app for the iPad Pro

Astropad Studio

The creators of the popular second-screen iPad app, Astropad, have released a new professional drawing tool for the iPad Pro. The new app, Astropad Studio allows users to utilize their iPad as a drawing tablet for their Mac. Users can draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac apps or tools with almost zero latency, full Apple Pencil support and more. The app is designed specifically for the iPad Pro and professionals who are looking for a quality second-screen option.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth now available on Apple App Store

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth iOS

The popular action RPG shooter, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, is now available for iOS devices after a series of delays. The iOS version was announced on Tuesday by the founder of Nicalis, the game's publisher.

The Binding of Isaac is a dual-stick 2D dungeon crawler with randomly generated dungeons. Players begin the game as Isaac, who must escape his mother after she decides that he must be saved, just like the biblical tale with the same name. In order to escape his crazy mother, Isaac flees to the basement where he must battle monsters and collect power-ups to survive.

Analyst predicts 3 new iPads will arrive in April

iPad 2017

Noted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has delivered the first iPad rumor of 2017. As we previously discussed, the Apple rumor mill has gone silent about the future of the iPad, but on Sunday Kuo got the ball rolling by dusting off an old prediction. In an investor's note (via 9to5Mac) Kuo said he expects Apple to release three iPad models in Q2 of 2017.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Mega Man 1-6 and more

Mega Man 2 Mobile

Everyone was excited about Capcom's planned release of all six original 8-bit Mega Man titles until they actually landed on the App Store and Google Play. The reviews from both critics and players have been abysmal, and everyone pretty much agrees that all six titles should be avoided. Touch Arcade rated all six ports 1-star, and urged its readers not to purchase any of the new Mega Man Mobile titles. You can read more about the awfulness of Mega Man Mobile by hitting the link above, and you can read Touch Arcade's full review here.

Apple breaks own App Store record on New Year's Day

Apple today announced that is has "shattered" another App Store record having its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day raking in $240 million.

“2016 was a record-shattering year for the App Store, generating $20 billion for developers, and 2017 is off to a great start with Jan. 1 as the single biggest day ever on the App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We want to thank our entire developer community for the many innovative apps they have created — which together with our products — help to truly enrich people’s lives.”

5 fun exercise and dieting apps for the new year

Zombies, Run

It's that time of year again when people begin to promise themselves that they're going to get more exercise, quit smoking or go on a diet. Purchasing a fitness tracker or Apple Watch may not be a possibility for everyone, but luckily there are a ton of affordable apps that can help you reach your new goals. Here are some fun exercise and dieting apps that you can download on any iOS device to help you meet your New Year's resolution of being healthier in 2017.

Hulu signs first licensing agreement with Disney

Hulu

The streaming wars are heating up with more and more companies offering exclusive content and launching their own digital pay-TV services. Hulu today announced that is has "reached its first licensing agreement for theatrical features with The Walt Disney Studios." The new agreement will add over 50 Disney titles to Hulu's on-demand streaming service. New films will include family favorites, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Pocahontas, and other popular Disney titles like Con Air, Step Up, Gone in 60 Seconds.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Super Mario DOA and more

Pokémon GO Apple Watch

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.

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