Just two games dominated the App Store last year

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Pokémon GO was one of last year's biggest hits.
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Pokémon GO players can hunt ‘festive hat’ Pikachu this month

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Pokémon turns the legal drinking age this month.
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In news that makes us feel pretty darn ancient, this month marks 21 years since the first Pokémon game launched in Japan — and Pokémon GO is getting in on the action!

As part of the #PokemonDay celebrations, starting February 26 at 1PM PST and running through the next day, Pokémon GO players will be able to hunt and capture a wild Pikachu adored with “festive party hat.”

In other words, you’d better carve out some free time if you really want to catch ’em all!

Slayaway Camp, TwIM, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone.
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Pokémon GO is finally adding 80 new monsters this week

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Time to load up on PokéBalls and catch some pocket monsters.
Time to load up on PokéBalls and catch some pocket monsters.
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Catching all the Pokémon in the world is about to get a lot more challenging.

The makers of the popular game Pokémon GO revealed that 80 new creatures will be added this week, along with gender-specific variations and an all-new way to evolve your Pokémon.

Pokémon GO raked in almost $1 billion last year

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Pokémon GO made $800m faster than any other game.
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Pokémon GO too dangerous for China

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China says no to Pokémon GO.
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Pokémon fans in China may have to go without hit mobile game Pokémon GO after it was deemed too dangerous for approval.

The government is working to evaluate potential security risks, but it looks like the world’s biggest smartphone gaming market will miss out on one of the world’s biggest smartphone games.

Best Mac and iOS games of 2016

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2016 might have sucked overall, but not for games.
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac When it comes to games, Apple trails behind Microsoft and the broader PC market. Though Cupertino’s hardware often sports cutting-edge specs, the fact is that gaming was never really the intended use for Apple machines.

Why this is, and whether it should prevent top titles from gracing Mac screens, is enough for its own article. Luckily, things are changing: From sprawling strategy games to genre-bending first-person titles, 2016 gave Apple fans a harvest of great titles for Mac and iOS alike.

Apple’s smartest moves of 2016

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2016 wasn't all missed deadlines and mysterious battery problems for Apple.
2016 wasn't all missed deadlines and mysterious battery problems for Apple.
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac Apple pissed off a lot of people in 2016. In hindsight, some of Cupertino’s moves look clumsy, and others seem truly clueless, but Tim Cook and Co. also made some brilliant moves during this turbulent year.

Let’s go to our happy place and relive the smartest moves made by Apple in 2016.