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Latest NPD numbers reveal Xbox One outsold PlayStation 4 last month

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April 2015 witnessed Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console outselling Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the US, according to a latest report from research firm NPD. “As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” said Mike Nichols, corporate vice president for Xbox Marketing.

Microsoft claims Xbox One sales in the US increased 63% compared to the same time last year, while the number of active global users for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 increased 24% during the period. Read more »

Microsoft is hosting a contest for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collectors Edition

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Upcoming role-playing game The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt is getting excellent ratings from the game reviewing community. It is easily one of the hottest and most anticipated game to be available for PC and gaming consoles.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson aka Larry Hryb is hosting a contest on his blog to know your strategy to face and fight the evil monsters of The Witchers 3 game. The users are required to answer that in the comments section stating their fighting strategy – magical powers or brute force combat. Read more »

‘Grim Fandango Remastered’ for iOS and Android game review

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Grim Fandango is an adventure game released first on PC back in 1998. The game was lauded for its characters, story, and amusing dialogue. With the remastered version, you are back in the shoes of Manny Calavera, a travel agent working in the Land of the Dead, whose job is to send recently departed souls to the Ninth Underworld.

The game is now available on iOS and Android and has been redone with enhanced graphics. Let’s take a look. Read more »

Windows 10 to come pre-installed with Candy Crush Saga

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King.com is making a desktop version of its ridiculously popular game, Candy Crush Saga. The game will be available on Windows and will even come preinstalled with Windows 10 for those who get the free upgrade for the first year.

Candy Crush Saga is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and through the Facebook website as a Flash-based game but this will be the first time it is coming as a native app on desktop. The game uses your Facebook account to sync progress across all versions of the game so you can pick up right where you left off regardless of where you last played it. Read more »

New Amazon bundle is offering $110 worth of apps and games for free

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The recent Game of Thrones episode broke pirating records, but now you can legally get the GoT – A Telltale Games Series for Android completely free.

That’s just one of many free games – indeed free apps – Amazon is offering through its app store, their total sum (if you had to pay for them) is $110. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.

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Nintendo to release five smartphone games in next two years

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Back in March this year, Japanese gaming company Nintendo announced that it will finally start making games for smartphones, and now the company has revealed that it plans to release five such games by 2017, with the first one coming by this year’s end.

“You may think it is a small number,” said CEO and president Satoru Iwata, adding that “but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.” Read more »

Original Snake game maker to release Snake Rewind for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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Before the Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga, the most popular mobile game was Snake that came preloaded on the Nokia’s monochrome era phones. Taneli Armento, created the original Snake game for Nokia phones and has now teamed up with Rumilus Design to release the iconic Snake game for smartphones.

Snake Rewind is the modern day reboot of the original snake game and will certainly include the gameplay and the elements from of the original game. Obviously the new game will be improved with eye pleasing visuals plus a slew of interesting features such as letting the user play the game even after the snake has crashed. Read more »

PlayStation Now subscriptions coming to PlayStation 3 (PS3) this month

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Sony has announced that subscriptions for its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will be available on the PS3 gaming console starting May 12. “Now you’ll be able to play a huge library of more than 100 hit PS3 games on PS4 and PS3, as well as select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs, all for one monthly price,” the company said in a blog post.

The company also revealed that the subscription will be coming to more devices soon, and more games will be added to the service’s library each month – this month’s new titles include Fat Princess, F1 2014, Sanctum 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, and Farming Simulator. Read more »

‘Broken Age’ Act 2 for iOS and Android game review

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We reviewed the first act of Broken Age back when it launched on iOS around this time last year. Initially a Kickstarter project by Tim Schafer, creator of Grim Fandango, the game received positive reception from critics and gamers for its first act.

The second act of the game has been in works for a while now and after a long wait it’s finally here. Unlike last time, the game is now also available on Android, and you can download both parts of the game together and those who bought the first part get the second one for free. With that out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the review. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are the best apps and games that came out this week.

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‘Monument Valley’ comes to Windows Phone

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Popular and award winning game Monument Valley is now finally available on Windows Phone. The Windows Phone release comes about a year after the original iOS and Android launch.

Monument Valley is a 3D puzzle game known for its beautifully designed levels. The game got praises from gamers and critics alike and went on to win many awards. Here at GSMArena, it was chosen as our Game of the Year for 2014. Read more »

Angry Birds now out for Tizen

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The Angry Birds franchise is seemingly everywhere you look these days, but one place it wasn’t present up until this point was Samsung’s Tizen OS. That all changes now with the launch of Angry Birds on Tizen.

The game can be downloaded from the Tizen Store, which can be found on the Samsung Z1 – the only smartphone running Tizen at the moment. Read more »

Oculus Rift retail launch may slip into 2016

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The launch of the retail version of the Oculus Rift has always been a nebulous “soon” and it may be undergoing another revision. Until recently the target was by the end of 2015, but the launch may slip into next year.

HTC and Valve are hoping to bring their Vive VR headset for the holidays this year and may be cheering at the delay. Read more »

Mortal Kombat X now available on Android

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Warner Bros. Interactive has kept its promise to bring the Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices. Now the visceral fighting game is made available for the Android 4.0 or higher devices with freemium model.

The NetherRealm Studios developed Mortal Kombat X was already available for the iOS platform so now both major platforms are covered. For mobile devices, the game includes the usual brutal fights along with card-collecting to unlock special features. Read more »