Many baseball fans—not to mention non-fans—know the R.B.I. Baseball franchise fondly remembered by NES console gamers as the first baseball title to include real MLB players. Major League Baseball has acquired the rights and revived it as a true premium game, in which the $4.99 upfront cost gets you the full experience. Ahead of the coming weekend's Opening Day, the 2016 reboot has hit the Play Store.
While last year's revision was fairly substantial, with realistic MLB stadiums, full team rosters, and a season mode, this year, the changes are far more modest. Beyond the customary update to each team's players and their ratings, all we get are some improvements to fielding actions that include dives and home run robberies along with vague promises of enhanced AI, a "reworked batting engine," and "reworked pitching strategy."
Of course, these are nothing to shake a stick at, but you may have to spend a lot of time with the game to know whether these changes are just bluster.
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is now available on NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV. And boy, are they excited about it. So excited that they've given us a super-duper SHIELD TV package... which NVIDIA then told us we had to give away to our readers. Bummer. But our loss is your gain: you can enter this giveaway for a shot at winning the following prize package.
16GB NVIDIA SHIELD (with the SHIELD controller)
NVIDIA SHIELD remote
NVIDIA SHIELD metal vertical stand
A free code for Super Mega Baseball on the Play Store
Nintendo is taking its sweet time in making its Miitomo app available to us US Americans. But the waiting, in so much as there has been waiting for a glorified Nintendo-only social network, is almost over. After a bit of exclusivity in Japan, the app is set to go live in the United States and "several other countries" on Thursday, March 31st. Want to know which other countries? So do we. Update: the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Canada.
All your favorite Marvel heroes are ready and waiting in the new Avengers Alliance 2 game, so I hope you didn't spend a lot of money playing the first one. That game is old news, and it doesn't look as pretty as the new one. This game was out in geo-limited beta a few weeks ago, but now it's available to everyone.
How many bullets do you like to see in your top-down shooters? If you answered "a reasonable number," then Operation Dracula is not for you. The latest game published by Crescent Moon Games contains lots of snappy chiptune music, multiple characters, and a totally unreasonably number of bullets. Thus, a "bullet hell" shooter.
I've been waiting for this one for a while. Rayman recently led a revival of classic 2D platforming on consoles and Steam, and now the original game (which debuted way back in the PlayStation era) is available on the Play Store.
For all its flaws, mobile gaming is kind of a big deal. Even world-class gaming hardware and software companies like Sony would be ill-advised to ignore it. And they aren't: today Sony announced that it's forming a new first-party development company called ForwardWorks, which will work exclusively on game development for mobile. Presumably that means Android games (since Sony manufactures Android hardware and leverages it with its PlayStation brand) and iOS games (since it would be foolish to ignore that potential revenue).
ForwardWorks will be based out of Tokyo as a fully-owned Sony subsidiary. At the moment it isn't clear what the focus of the developer will be: mobile tie-ins to popular Sony franchises like Killzone, Infamous, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted are obvious picks, but there's plenty of money to be made in mobile-only franchises as well if developers can score a win with the first title.
The recent Google spin-off Niantic Labs is cooking up what might be the first worthwhile Pokémon experience on a mobile device with Pokémon GO. A bit of footage was shown off at SXSW last weekend, but now Niantic has posted some proper details and screenshots. Get your Pokéballs ready.
It's update Wednesday, so Google is going to be pushing out some new versions of its apps. What about the other stuff in the Play Store, though? Well, some of that is on sale. If you're ready to get some new stuff and save some cash, read on.
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