Dr. Mario World has been released a day early for both the iOS and Android platforms. This free-to-play game by Nintendo features in-app purchases consisting of diamond bundles that are priced from $2 to $70. These can be used by players to refresh their energy meter or be used to acquire items such as extra capsules. However, the Coins are free and earned through in-game progress and used to summon additional doctors. The game basically has you matching capsules with viruses and watching them disappear – just match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. Read more for a 10-minute gameplay video and additional information.
Popular fighting game content producer Maximilian Dood recently got a chance to preview the unreleased Capcom Project Battle, a new mobile card game for iOS and Android platforms. You’ll find many familiar characters, like from a variety of different games, including Ryu, Morrigan, Albert Wesker, Zero, Chris Redfield, Mega-Man, Chun-Li, Dante, and even Rathalos. Simply put, players get three active spaces to place cards from their deck and battle their opponent’s vitality from 30 to 0 by using attacks from characters drawn. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Niantic, the maker of Pokémon GO, announced today that its new game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch worldwide on June 21st. The game will be available in the US and the UK on Friday to kick off its worldwide launch. Players will be able to view the gameplay world through a smartphone, just like its predecessor, and fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. You’ll be able to choose a wizarding house, wand, and a profession – Professor, Auror or Magizoologist. Read more for the gameplay trailer and additional information.
Dr. Mario World was first announced earlier this year, but now, Nintendo confirms that the game will be released for both iOS and Android platforms on July 10th. This is a free to download game with optional in-app purchases and is being co-developed by Nintendo, LINE, as well as NHN Entertainment. Initially, it will be launched in approximately sixty countries/regions, including Japan and the United States. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
Nintendo officially announced today that it will host a closed beta Mario Kart Tour test for Android devices from May 22 to June 4 in the United States and Japan. “The closed beta test is a test of an application under development and is held for customers in order to improve the quality of the game. Furthermore, the number of customers who may participate in this test is limited. If the number of applications exceeds the number of possible participants, we will randomly select the participants,” said Nintendo. Read more for a video, a link to the beta signup and additional information.
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Microsoft has officially rebranded “Miami Street” into “Forza Street”, and for those who haven’t yet tried the free-to-play game, it basically offers a “race-on-the-go” experience for Windows 10, iOS as well as Android users. Simply put, players choose an event, set their lineup, and race to collect legendary cars. To keep things accessible on mobile devices, Forza Street offers timing-based controls rather than direction. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
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Mobile phone users prefer “dark mode” to save energy, and the latest app to offer this feature is Facebook Messenger, as the company announced it for Android last year at the F8 conference. It’s now available all users, but activating it is not as simple as heading over to the settings menu, but rather an Easter Egg hunt of sorts. Simply put, users have to send a half crescent moon emoji to someone. Read more for a video showing exactly how it’s done.
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Nintendo Switch fans who have always wished the portable game console could double as a full-fledged tablet will be happy to know that Android is officially coming, thanks to developers Billy Laws and Max Keller. They managed to get an early version of Android Q running on the device, complete with a working touchscreen, Joy-Cons, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
For those who don’t know, Rich Communication Services (RCS) is essentially a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier. It aims to replace traditional SMS messages with a text-message system that is richer, provides phonebook polling (for service discovery), and transmit in-call multimedia. Starting today, RCS is available on phones designed for Google Fi as well as compatible Android phones – if you’re using a phone designed for Fi, RCS will be automatically enabled. Read more for another video explaining what this technology actually does.
The iLight 7S is touted as the world’s smallest iPhone-inspired Android handset, if that even makes any sense. However, if you’re hoping for decent performance, this may not be the microscopic handset for you. Featuring a 2.4″ touchscreen display, an MTK quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Bluetooth / WiFi connectivity, and a metal body. Unsurprisingly, there is no headphone jack, so you’ll need to snag a pair of wireless headphones or earphones to jam. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.