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This Week In Mobile – GDC Gives A Look At What’s To Come

This week in mobile has been dominated by news coming out of GDC. With the convention drowning out any new releases, it’s time to take a look at some of the more interesting mobile games that hit the show-floor this year.

This War of Mine
Developer: 11 bit
Platform(s): iOS (iPad)

Game Informer’s PC Editor, Dan Tack, walked away impressed by This War Of Mine when it released late last year, as did many others. Now, those who didn’t have an avenue through which to experience the grim survival game when it launched on PC will have another option. Developer 11 bit says it’s committed to keeping the iPad version as close to the original as possible, and that the game will be releasing as a premium app instead of free to play.

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: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Platform(s): TBA

While big sprawling survival games have taken over the PC space in recent years, they’re still somewhat of a rarity in the mobile space. Developer Buttersctoch Shenanigans is looking to fix that with Crashlands. The game features an absolutely massive procedurally generated world, and a genuinely interesting story behind how it came to exist if you have a few minutes to spare. 

Eisenhorn: Xenos
Pixel Hero Games
Platform(s): TBA

Games Workshop has been fairly active with its Warhammer brand lately. We recently got a look at Warhammer: Endtimes – Vermintide, a co-op shooter set in the classic fantasy Warhammer universe. Eisenhorn: Xenos, based on the Warhammer novel Xenos by Dan Abnett, is an adventure game – with a dash of action – set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. While there aren’t many details surrounding the game at this point, its gorgeous visuals are enough to make it worth keeping an eye on.

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Developer: Kobojo
Platform(s): iOS, Vita, Others TBA

While turn-based JRPGs are certainly nothing new to the mobile market, few have the pedigree or good looks of Zodiac. With music from Hitoshi Sakimoto and writing from Kazushige Nojima, both of Final Fantasy fame, Zodiac is a game to pay attention to moving forward. Kobojo has already announced that the game is coming to Vita as well, so there’s intriguing potential for some unique cross platform interaction. 

Trial by Viking
Last Life Games
Platform(s): Mobile TBA, (also headed to PC, Mac, and Wii U)

Trial by Viking is one of the more ambitious games to come out of GDC this year. While it’s coming to PC, Mac, and Wii U, the action platformer is also targeting mobile platforms. The game already promises more than 150 levels to fight through, and if developer Last Life Games gets the touch controls right it could pave the way for more traditional 2D platforming on phones and tablets. – The Feed

Watch winter come to LittleBigPlanet 3 in Game of Thrones intro

“Adorable” is not an adjective often used when describing HBO’s Game of Thrones; nor can it be used in reference to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Powered by LittleBigPlanet 3, however, the show’s theme does have a certain charm…
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Disney’s Big Hero 6 come to save LittleBigPlanet 3

Burgeoning crimestoppers with a copy of LittleBigPlanet 3, take heed: you can suit up and save the day as any of the heroes from Disney’s Big Hero 6 thanks to a costume pack made available this week. Wasabi, GoGo, Hiro, Honey and Fred (pictured above…
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Watch A Walking Dead Pinball Machine Come Together

Stern Pinball is the oldest running pinball machine maker in the world, and it does most of its work out of a factory in Chicago, Illinois. Get a virtual tour of the company's headquarters and watch them construct a Walking Dead table before your very eyes. Now you never need to go to Chicago.

The Awesomer recently visited the Stern Pinball factory and filmed 3,500 parts and 1/2 a mile of wire get reworked into The Walking Dead pinball machines. For more on Stern Pinball read our Behind The Wizardry feature where we interview Stern’s director of marketing, Jody Dankberg.

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Nintendo and Philips come to terms, ending lengthy patent fight

Nintendo has signed a patent licensing agreement with Dutch technology giant Philips, closing out a series of patent disputes between the two companies that’s been brewing since 2011. …

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The Alienware Alpha has come for your money, Earthlings

Alienware and parent company Dell have made good on the promise to release a console-sized, TV-oriented PC by year’s end with the Alienware Alpha – a not-quite Steam Machine that runs Windows 8.1 and comes with an Xbox 360 controller (as opposed to…
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Joystiq Streams: Hey, Hyrule Warriors! Come out to plaayyayy

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Yes, it’s going to be a non-stop cavalcade of Link, Impa, and Midna action. We’ll slice up some Moblins and than a bunch…
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Seen@PAX: Where baby Xenomorphs come from

Okay, kids. Auntie Joystiq is going to tell you where baby Xenomorphs come from. You see, when a Lovecraftian horror from the stars and a human face love each other very much, they produce a hideous worm-larvae that erupts from the human’s chest…
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Yoshida: ‘I hope’ Tomb Raider will come to PS4

During its Gamescom press conference, Microsoft announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would launch exclusively on Xbox platforms in holiday 2015. This came as a surprise to President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida, he said in an interview…
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Paper Mario Stage, Takamaru Assist Trophy Come To Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has announced a few new inclusions for Super Smash Bros. The reveals include a new stage from a beloved RPG and an assist trophy from an older title only recently made available outside of Japan.

For the first time, there will be a stage based on Paper Mario. The fan in the background blows things around, and when the paper folds and unfolds, a new scene is revealed. The second area of the stage is based on the S.S. Flavion from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Sakurai also confirmed a new assist trophy. Takamaru from The Mysterious Murasame Castle will make an appearance (seen above). The title first appeared on the Famicom Disk System and arrived on the 3DS Virtual Console this year.

Sakurai also shared a new picture of the 3DS-exclusive Tomodachi Life stage. The environment was previously confirmed, but this gives us a new look at how we'll wreck our friends' apartments.

For more on Super Smash Bros., check out our coverage from E3 as the Wii Fit Trainer and Greninja. The 3DS version is slated to release on October 3. The Wii U version is yet undated, though Nintendo is targeting the “Holiday 2014” window. – The Feed