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Released in Japan last year as Pokémon Co-Master, free-to-play strategy board game Pokémon Duel is n

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How To Get Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Because You Can Do That Now

As promised earlier this month, singer Ariana Grande is now a playable character in Final Fantasy mobile game Brave Exvius. Here’s how to add the bunny-eared performer to your pixel party. Advertisement First off, you have to have a copy of the free-to-play game installed on your iOS or Android device. Just search the store for “Final Fantasy” and look for the distinctive new game icon. Once you have the game installed, you’ll have to play to the point where you unlock the Dimensional Vortex, a special area where players and their parties of Final Fantasy characters can participate in special event battles for fabulous prizes. Look for the Dangerous Woman Tour event. It’s pretty easy to spot. Advertisement Playing through the lowest tier battle for the event is all you need to do to add Dangerous Ariana to your group. The stage features a pulsing heart motif, and Grande’s “Touch It” plays during battle in place of the normal music. Maybe turn your sound down first, or wear some headphones. Once READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fire Emblem: Heroes Is A Collectible Character Strategy Game For iOS And Android

Arriving on Google Play on February 2 and later on iOS, Fire Emblem: Heroes is a mobile turn-based tactics role-playing game in which players gather an army of iconic characters from across series history. Advertisement It sounds like any number of collectible hero mobile RPGs. Players use orbs won in combat or purchased via in-app transaction to attempt to summon their favorite Fire Emblem characters into their army. Battles are the same grid-based tactical fare we’re used to seeing from Fire Emblem, only a bit more vertical. Many familiar features of the franchise are at play here, including the attribute wheel (sword beats axe beats lance beats sword). One feature that isn’t present is permadeath—characters return to your army when defeated in battle. Check out the Nintendo Direct, embedded below, for more information on Fire Emblem: Heroes, starting around the 10:17 mark. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Titanfall Mobile Game Dies Before It Truly Lived 

Remember the mobile collectible card game Titanfall spin-off we told you about back in September? Well, forget it. It’s dead. Titanfall: Frontline is cancelled, it’s closed beta shutting down next week. Why? Seems like it just didn’t have that Titanfall zest. Advertisement Or at least that’s what it sounds like what is being said in the message on the Frontline Facebook page. Somehow Nexon and developer Particle City were having trouble communicating the action-packed feel of Titanfall in a mobile card strategy joint. It happens. It is our goal to create the best Titanfall mobile games that showcase the fast-paced action, mobility and, of course, the power of Titans in this iconic series. We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall. While it’s never easy to cancel a game, we’re excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games. Titanfall: Frontline’s closed beta will be winding down in the next READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The 12 Best Games on the iPhone

You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Advertisement Below, we’ve listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming. You can also watch the video above for a rundown. Hitman games are famous for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they let you creep around a party or a museum, find your target, and creatively take them out. Hitman GO… doesn’t really do that. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. With its stripped down board-game aesthetic and abstract violence, it may not look much like a Hitman game, but it still manages to capture the series’ meticulous, satisfying nature. Advertisement A Good Match For: Hitman fans, puzzle fiends, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Mega Man's New Mobile Ports Are Garbage

After weeks of being hyped on Twitter and Facebook, fresh mobile ports of Mega Man 1 through 6 have arrived on iOS and Android, and they are quite possibly the worst way to experience six classic NES games. Advertisement Capcom Mobile posted a series of trailers to its YouTube channel to celebrate the release of the games, available on iOS and Android devices for $1.99 apiece. Here’s the one for my favorite game of the six, Mega Man 2. The frame rates in the video aren’t great, but that’s just a promo video/ Here’s some gameplay, courtesy of YouTube’s MaximumAndroid. The games, all six from the look of it, suffer from inconsistent frame rates and stuttering, which isn’t great for a game that’s all about precision and timing, especially when players are already having to adjust for touchscreen controls. For some stupid reason I purchased Mega Man 2 on both Android and iOS. On my Galaxy S7, the game’s frame rate chugged seriously at every turn. On my iPad the game ran smoother, but the music was slowed and playing at a lower pitch than in the original game. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Super Mario Run Is Really Good

If you were worried that Nintendo’s move into mobile gaming would change the quality of their games, Super Mario Run should be a relief. Auto-running and screen orientation aside, it’s a full-featured Mario game that just happens to run on your phone. Advertisement When Nintendo announced Super Mario Run, I expected an endless runner, a game where Mario runs from left to right through randomly-generated courses until he dies. That’s not what Super Mario Run is. Super Mario Run is technically three connected games: World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder. Advertisement World Tour is most like the Super Mario Bros. platforming games we’re familiar with. There are six different worlds, each consisting of three levels plus a boss level. Mario runs automatically from left to right. All the player has to do is jump. Were these standard mobile runner fair, the 90 second levels would be boring. But these are meticulously-crafted Mario worlds, filled with coins to collect, creatures vault over or jump off and obstacles to avoid. There are blocks that make Mario jump backwards, speed him across large gaps and even stop him in his tracks, allowing players to determine the best time to move forward. Somehow…

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Bully Arrives On iOS And Android With Multiplayer Extras 

Combining all of the extra content for Rockstar’s classic school days adventure that came in the Scholarship Edition with all-new asynchronous multiplayer arcade challenges, Bully: Anniversary Edition is available today for iOS and Android devices. Advertisement I’ve fiddled around with the Android version of the game on my Galaxy S7, and it runs pretty well, especially considering it’s rendering (or at least upscaling) to 2560 x 1440. The Android version features haptic feedback while on iOS it harnesses 3D touch, with both supporting external controllers if you can’t deal with touch controls. New to both versions are multiplayer arcade challenges, allowing friends who can remember their Rockstar Social Club passwords the ability to take turns playing Bully’s various classroom and arcade mini-games for points. Bully: Anniversary Edition is available today on iTunes and Google Play for $6.99. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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DC Legends Is Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes With A Story

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a free-to-play RPG in which players build a team of characters from throughout Star Wars history and take them through a series of progressively difficult turn-based battles. Replace “Star Wars” with “DC Comics” in that description and you’ve got DC Legends. Advertisement When I previewed DC Legends back in July of last year, it wasn’t quite the same thing as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Battles were more dynamic, collecting new characters was more straightforward and the narrative was presented differently. Now that the game is finally available in North America on iOS and Android, it’s obvious WB Games took some cues from EA’s popular Star Wars character collection RPG. With Ron Perlman as Green Arrow? Characters are collected via shards rather than full-on unlocks, so purchasing a pack from the extensive in-game store is more likely to grant you progress towards unlocking or upgrading a character rather than he character itself. So many things to buy. They’ve done away with the original card-based item unlocking system in favor of a more generic gathering of items and elements. Experience points must be applied to characters between battles instead of being earned outright. Skills are…

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Galaga Wars Is A Fine Way To Update An Arcade Classic

Released this week for iOS and Android, Galaga Wars turns the classic arcade shooter into a fast-paced, phone-friendly survival shooter. It’s good stuff. Advertisement You’re still a spaceship fighting bug-looking aliens. You can still free captive ships from the enemy, doubling your firepower. Some of the enemy waves even resemble the classic arcade playfield setup. What’s new? Dazzling power-ups, varying waves of enemies, upgradeable ships and battles against massive bosses. Players have one life to give their galaxy, controlling their ship with the tip of their finger. Here’s some gameplay, courtesy of Youtube’s Napaan Soft. It really is great fun. There are in-app purchases new ships) and plenty of opportunities to watch ads to continue or earn in-game gifts, but the core game is worth it. Galaga Wars is available from Bandai Namco as a free download on iOS and Android. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dragonvale World Takes Obsessive Dragon Breeding To The Next Level

Several years ago I wrote about Dragonvale, a dragon breeding game that dominated my mobile gaming time for nearly two years. Through sheer force of will I was able to shake the compulsion to breed giant lizards. It’s sequel, Dragonvale World, arrives tomorrow, and I am already lost. Advertisement The first Dragonvale was and remains to be a fiendish combination of colorful characters, collectibility and random chance. Players start with one dragon, say a fire dragon. Then they get an earth dragon. Raise those two to appropriate mating level by feeding them, let them simmer in the breeding cave for a bit and bam, magma dragon. Since its 2011 launch, Dragonvale’s been adding new dragons, new combinations, new elements and new gameplay features. Its most evil feature is special event dragons that only show up during certain holidays or other special occasions. I squee. Dragonvale World takes that special combination from the 2D hit and fleshes it out into a full 3D game. Advertisement Players build and decorate their own dragon park, clearing debris and adding decorations. They breed dragons and grow food to feed them. All the good stuff is in there, only now it’s much prettier. Here’s a…

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A Candy Crush Saga TV Show Is In The Works

Just when we thought we were over the Candy Crush Saga frenzy, CBS, Lionsgate and King reveal plans to turn the hit mobile game into an hour-long, live-action TV game show. Advertisement According to the official press release from CBS, 18 billion rounds of Candy Crush Saga and its spin-offs are still played every month around the world. That’s the sort of number that gets television heads turning, and likely a driving force behind CBS ordering a game show based on King’s platform-defining series. They’ve tapped reality TV king Matt Kunitz (The Real World, Fear Factor, Wipeout) to create a brand new format, in which two teams of two people use wits and agility to navigate an enormous interactive game board. Advertisement From the press release: “The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it,” said executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”). “As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.” Trying to imagine what that will look like is likely much more amusing than the…

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There's A DC Comics RPG Coming Out Next Month

Back in July of last year I shared the first five minutes or so of a game called DC Comics Legends, a turn-based mobile RPG that I said should be hitting North America soon. By soon, I meant this November. Oops. Advertisement DC Comics Legends is basically DC’s answer to Marvel Avengers Alliance, which is nice because Marvel’s answer to Avengers Alliance ceased operation last month. Players create a team of DC heroes and villains and embark on missions consisting of 3D turn-based battles. Characters gain levels and can be upgraded, all in the name of saving the known universe from the vile machinations of Nekron. Machinations are always pretty vile, aren’t they? There are never splendid machinations. Delightful machinations. Look, it’s Hal Jordan. DC Comics Legends has been developed by WB Games San Francisco and will be released on iOS and Android next month, following a very lengthy period of testing. Players can preregister at the official website to unlock Striker Wonder Woman at launch. I bet her machinations are pretty sweet. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Galaxy's Most Addictive Game Is Hidden In Star Trek: Timelines

In a season five episode Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Enterprise crew falls under the spell of a dangerously addictive augmented reality game. That same game lies buried within mobile game Star Trek: Timelines, an easter egg so well-hidden only one player has uncovered it, and they don’t even know it yet. Next Generation’s 106th episode, “The Game”, is notable for several reasons. It features a visit from Wil Wheaton’s Wesley Crusher, who at that point had left to attend Star Fleet Academy. Wesley’s love interest in the episode, Ensign Robin Lefler, is the acting debut of Ashley Judd. And it’s the episode where Riker brings back something from pleasure planet Risa and proceeds to infect the entire crew, only this time it’s a video game. Developed by the Ktarians (Atarians?) as a means to subvert the wills of their victims, the titular game is an interesting concept that was hampered somewhat by the limits of early 1990s technology. As Riker actor Jonathan Frakes put it, “all it was … was a tuba on a checkerboard.” Well that tube on a checkerboard lives on as an interactive “game” within Disruptor Beam’s Star Trek: Timelines. The show-spanning mobile game (which…