Pokémon Duel finally came to the US App Store this week after launching in Japan a few months ago. The new title by The Pokémon Company is a strategy board game where players can compete in real time battles with other Pokémon trainers across the world. The one-on-one battles are easy to master, but the rest of the game can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to learn in this game, and it features really long tutorials and load times.
New iPad Games of the Week
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple this week announced their annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect will take place between December 23 and December 27. This means there will be no new apps uploaded to the App Store during the Christmas weekend. Here is the official announcement from Apple:
"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."
It was a slow week for App Store releases due to Thanksgiving, but there are a lot of apps on sale for Black Friday. Some App Store discounts include LIMBO ($1.99), Riptide GP: Renegade ($0.99), Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions ($3.99) and Don't Starve: Pocket Edition. You can see even more Black Friday App Store deals at Touch Arcade.
Don't forget to sign up for the Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition beta. Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition will make its debut at Amazon's Champion of Fire eSports tournament on December 2nd. You can learn more about the event and how to watch live here.
The well-reviewed dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome is finally available on the App Store. Neon Chrome is a top-down shooter with endless replay value. The object of the game is to take down the Overseer by blasting through 5 chapters, each with multiple levels. The game features RPG-elements, such as the ability to increase your health, attack, luck and energy by earning credits. You can also discover cybernetic enhancements to enhance your skills while playing the game.