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Nintendo's Next Two Mobile Games Will Be 'Free-To-Start'

In case you missed the news, Nintendo makes mobile apps now. We saw the company's first Android app, Miitomo, come stateside at the end of March. A month later, that game had attracted over 10 million users around the world. Miitomo is more of a social network than a playable experience, but it does contain mini-games. The app has made Nintendo more money than expected.

Two "pure-game apps" are coming next, based on Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. And as the chief executive of DeNA (Nintendo's mobile development partner) told The Wall Street Journal, “Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are both free-to-start apps.”

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Bejeweled Stars Is A New Match-Three Game On Drugs, With Space Llamas... And IAPs

Match-three games are inherently derivative at this point - there's only so much spin you can put on a genre so played-out that even your grandma is probably getting a bit bored swapping kitty cats for lollipops in a landscape best described as the pink-and-yellow paletted fever dream of a six-year-old. But if you're looking for yet another match-three indulgence that sits in at least one of the more desirable mid-outer circles of hell, you might enjoy the latest take on the genre from one of its earliest innovators, Pop Cap, in the form of Bejeweled Stars.

Bejeweled Stars is, essentially, insane.

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NVIDIA And Bethesda Teamed Up To Make A Neat Fallout 4 Live Wallpaper

Live wallpapers might not be as impressive or common as they once were, but fans of the Fallout universe might want to give this one a look. Bethesda and NVIDIA joined forces to create a nifty Fallout 4 bobblehead live wallpaper. It's free and it works on all devices.

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online For Android Tablets Is Now Out Of Beta

Psst. Hey, Pokémon fans. I know you're all very busy obsessing over Pokémon Sun and Moon, the new entries in the main game series, after the starters were revealed this morning. But those games are still months away, and you need something to fill the Pokémon-shaped hole in your soul until then. Well I have good news, Poke-faithful: the official online digital version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game is now out of beta and available as a regular old vanilla download on Android tablets. Have at it.

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29 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/26/16 - 5/9/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Pathfinder Adventures

Android Police coverage: Pathfinder Adventures, A Collectible Card Game Based On The Popular RPG Universe, Lands In The Play Store For Free

The Pathfinder universe has become one of the most popular tabletop RPGs in the world - popular enough that it's spilling over into other media.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Updated With Two More Games, And We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away [Update: Winners]

As is tradition, Humble Bundle has updated its latest mobile deal with new games. There's still a week left to claim the whole bundle for as little as $7, but you might not have to drop even this small amount of coin. We've got 10 codes for the whole bundle, and we're giving them away below.

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Maestria, A Beautiful Puzzle Game, Is Now Free On The Play Store

I love puzzle games. The more I have to use my brain to solve a riddle, the prettier the graphics, and the simpler the story, the better. I can then lose a few minutes trying my hand at a new level or simply get completely drowned for hours on end, going through levels like my life depended on it.

Maestria tickles that side of my gaming addiction. It is exactly the kind of game I should stay away from if I want to be productive at all for the rest of the day. It is eerily similar to Monument Valley in its isometric graphics and pastel color scheme, but the puzzle mechanic is different.

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VRidge Lets Virtual Reality Fans Play Oculus Rift And SteamVR Games Using Google Cardboard

The current boom in virtual reality tech is progressing along roughly two lines: big, complex, and expensive VR headsets driven by full-power gaming machines, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and small, cheap headsets that slot a high-resolution smartphone in to pull double duty as processing unit and display, like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. Users who don't have four figures worth of money to burn have had to make do with the latter. But a new app is hoping to change that.

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Nathan Drake Makes A Mobile Debut With The Free-To-Play Uncharted: Fortune Hunter

Uncharted is one of the signature franchises on the PlayStation, and it's about to extend to the PS4 with its (allegedly) final entry, Uncharted 4. Surprisingly it hasn't come to Android or any other mobile platform until now. Uncharted: Fortune Hunter eschews the third-person shooting and Hollywood set pieces of the main series in favor of some rather basic puzzles, in the same vein as Hamilton's Great Adventure. It's free in the Play Store.

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Gangfort Is The 2D Platformer Version Of Team Fortress 2 You Never Knew You Wanted

If you're a PC gamer, odds are that you have at least a passing familiarity with Team Fortress 2. Valve's team-based shooter has become nothing less than iconic since its release almost a decade ago, thanks to impressive balance, a fun atmosphere, and a never-ending supply of updated content. We'll probably never see a full version of the game for Android (since Valve isn't really in the game-making business these days), but an indie developer has given us the next best thing: a 2D platformer version.

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