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Angry Birds downloaded over 8 million times on Christmas Day

Angry Birds downloaded over 8 million times on Christmas Day

It turns out that Angry Birds was a huge hit on Christmas Day. The series ended up getting over 8 million downloads on December 25 alone. The Finnish game studio, Rovio, released an infographic today dealing with the Angry Birds success over the holiday. Christmas week (December 22-29) saw a total of 30 million Angry Birds downloads.

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Zynga shuts down Japan studio

Zynga shuts down Japan studio

More bad news for Zynga today, as the social games maker has announced that it will be shutting down its Japan studio later this month. Zynga Japan is scheduled to go dark on January 31, 2013 according to Develop, and though there are a number of games shutting down with it, one in particular will remain supported after Zynga Japan closes its doors. That would be the card battle game called "Yin Ayakashi record," which has found success on iOS and Android.

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Jetpack Joyride becoming a free download on PSN

Jetpack Joyride becoming a free download on PSN

Jetpack Joyride is already on a number of different platforms - most notably iOS and Android - but just in case the mobile version isn't enough to satisfy your coin collecting cravings, you might like to know that it's going free-to-play on PSN. The switch is happening today in Europe, while North American PSN users will have to wait until Monday, December 31 to snatch the game up at no cost. Interestingly, Halfbrick announced the "launch" the game today, even though it was previously available as a PlayStation Mini for $3.99.

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Final Fantasy IV lands on iOS App Store, Final Fantasy V coming soon

Final Fantasy IV lands on iOS App Store, Final Fantasy V coming soon

Final Fantasy fans rejoice, because today Final Fantasy IV launches on the App Store. This is the latest in a long line of Final Fantasy IV ports, and why not? After all, Final Fantasy IV is widely considered to be one of the best in the series, so it isn't very surprising that Square Enix has chosen to bring it to iOS.

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2K Games discounting select iOS games through January 2

2K Games discounting select iOS games through January 2

Holiday sales are upon us, folks, and it's not just the big box stores discounting merchandise. Mobile games are also on sale for the holidays, and 2K Games specifically is discounting a select number of iOS games from now until January 2. Titles include Borderlands Legends, Civilization Revolution, NBA 2K13, and more.

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Dead Trigger getting massive Christmas update

Dead Trigger getting massive Christmas update

With Christmas right around the corner, we're sure to see plenty of app developers releasing holiday-themed updates for their mobile games. One such developer is Madfinger, maker of the successful free-to-play shooter Dead Trigger. Today Madfinger announced a Merry Christmas update for Dead Trigger, which brings the game up to version 1.7.0.

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Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, and more are free today only

Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, and more are free today only

For the first time ever, Australian iOS game developer Halfbrick Studios is offering all of their games for free during today only. The sale will end tonight at 1 AM EST (technically tomorrow morning), so if you have any interest in checking out Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies, Blast Off, or Monster Dash, now would be the best time to download and play them.

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Pudding Monsters gets first gameplay video

Pudding Monsters gets first gameplay video

Cut the Rope developer ZeptoLab is coming out with a new game soon, called Pudding Monsters. They officially unveiled the game earlier last week, but today, they released a short video that shows off some of the gameplay. It's a little bit more involved than Cut the Rope, but casual gamers should be able to pick it fairly easily.

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour back on Google Play with MOGA support

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour back on Google Play with MOGA support

Yesterday, mobile gamers were disappointed to see that Gameloft's new title, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour had been pulled from the Google Play Store just a few hours after launch. This came on top of a slight delay that saw the game pushed back past its original December 6 release date, so fans were already pretty annoyed by the time the game was pulled. At the time, Gameloft said some users were having issues downloading the game and that it had decided to stop offering it until these problems were worked out.

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Angry Birds celebrates 3 years, launches 30 new levels

Angry Birds celebrates 3 years, launches 30 new levels

Can you believe that you've been flinging birds at pigs for three years now? You're probably wondering where the time went, and we're certainly wondering the same thing. Rovio has announced that Angry Birds turns three years old today, and to celebrate a "happy birdday", Rovio has released 30 new levels for the game.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour now available [UPDATE]

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour now available [UPDATE]

Right on the money, both Rockstar and Gameloft have released their respective games to the mobile market. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour are now available for purchasing and downloading in the iTunes App Store. While Modern Combat 4 is planned to be released on Android "shortly after" today, Vice City was actually planned to have a simultaneous launch. However, the Android version seems to be MIA for the time being.

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour arriving December 6 on iOS, Android “shortly after”

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour arriving December 6 on iOS, Android “shortly after”

Back in September, we got our first glimpse at Gameloft's latest mobile FPS title, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, in the form of a trailer. Needless to say, we were pretty excited about it, and finally, Gameloft has announced that the new game will be releasing this Thursday, December 6, on iOS, while Android devices will get it "shortly after."

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