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NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA quietly launched a mobile game last month that allows gamers to grow their own virtual plants aboard the International Space Station. Called “Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth,” the game takes players aboard the ISS, where they meet the crew, gather items, float around, and ultimately get their own mission: experimental plant growth.

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Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

It looks like Pokemon GO is going to lose a large chunk of potential players, as China has put a hold on the game's release for the time being. That means Pokemon GO won't be able to tap into the country of 1.3 billion people, at least not until it addresses some of China's concerns. Given the sheer number of people in China, Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be moved to do just that.

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Pokemon GO: Here’s how baby Pokemon affect egg hatch rates

Pokemon GO: Here’s how baby Pokemon affect egg hatch rates

Baby Pokemon recently made their way into Pokemon GO, but now it's becoming a little more clear that their addition did more than just inject the game with some cuteness. Ever since these baby Pokemon began appearing back at the start of December, players have been reporting that their evolved forms were no longer hatching from eggs. Reports of these hatch rate changes were ultimately conflicting, leading the sleuths over at The Silph Road to conduct an experience of their own and get to the bottom of this.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Just a few days after Nintendo announced that Super Mario Run had hit 40 million downloads, it's back with another milestone announcement. Super Mario Run has crossed 50 million downloads worldwide, and as a result, Nintendo is going to hand out some free in-game goodies. It would seem that Super Mario Run's app store dominance continues on, at least for the time being.

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Super Mario Run cost survey: Nintendo reconsiders

Super Mario Run cost survey: Nintendo reconsiders

It looks like the controversy surrounding Super Mario Run's $9.99 price tag has prompted a response from Nintendo. The mobile gaming newcomer has sent out a survey to some Super Mario Run players, asking them a variety of questions about their feelings on the game. One question asks how much players think is a fair price to pay for it.

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Super Mario Run tops 40 million downloads in just four days

Super Mario Run tops 40 million downloads in just four days

It's hard to imagine anything beating the success of Pokemon GO, but Super Mario Run might just be it. Nintendo announced this morning that Super Mario Run has enjoyed 40 million downloads around the world. That's pretty impressive, especially considering it only took four days to get there.

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Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

It looks like Super Mario Run might be able to challenge Pokemon GO's meteoric rise to App Store dominance. Pokemon GO launched over the summer and was almost immediately popular, but now that Super Mario Run has hit the scene, those records may not belong to it much longer. If Pokemon GO proved that there was an audience for Nintendo properties on mobile devices, it seems that Super Mario Run confirms that audience isn't a fleeting one.

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Pokemon GO Plus available for pre-order at Best Buy, shipping out in January

Pokemon GO Plus available for pre-order at Best Buy, shipping out in January

The wait for the fabled Pokemon GO Plus may soon be coming to an end, as Best Buy has made the accessory available for pre-order. For those not in the know, Pokemon GO Plus is an accessory that allows you to catch Pokemon and get items from PokeStops with the touch of the button. It acts as a companion to the app, meaning you don't have to constantly stare at your phone to play Pokemon GO when you're out and about.

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Always-on woes: Super Mario Run requires a constant internet connection

Always-on woes: Super Mario Run requires a constant internet connection

Nintendo has confirmed that Super Mario Run will require an always-on internet connection to play. This means, of course, that you won't be able to play the game in places where you can't maintain a connection to Nintendo's servers. Always-on internet connections have been implemented in the past to combat things like piracy, and that's the exact reason why Nintendo is including it here.

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Super Mario Run release demo out early: play now!

Super Mario Run release demo out early: play now!

Super Mario Run won't be officially available until December 15, but Apple and Nintendo are giving you the chance to check out a demo early. When Reggie-Fils Aime stopped by The Tonight Show last night, he mentioned that a demo would be available at Apple stores across the country. That demo goes live today, so if you want to see how everyone's favorite plumber does in his first mobile game, you need only track down the nearest Apple store.

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Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

It's been a big day for Pokemon GO, with Niantic earlier announcing an update that adds a ton of new PokeStops to the game through a partnership with Sprint. On top of that, Niantic also said that it will soon be adding more Pokemon to Pokemon GO, but we need to wait until next week for more details there. As if that somehow weren't enough, Pokemon GO is getting a second update today, and it's adding some quality of life improvements players have been requesting for quite some time.

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