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Mobile gaming has come a long way in 10 years, with mobile games now pulling in large audiences and generating a huge amount of interest. Here, we showcase some of the most exciting upcoming games for both iOS and Android coming up in 2017. Best new mobile games coming in 2017.

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  • Super Mario Run
  • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Alto’s Odyssey
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Planet of Heroes
  • Transformers: Forged to Fight
  • Titanfall: Frontline
  • The Bunker
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Considering that ten years ago we said hello to the very first iPhone, the world of mobile gaming has come a long way. While mobile gaming started off as an escape from boredom while on a train (or on the toilet, let’s be honest), mobile games now pull in large audiences and generate a huge amount of interest. Here, we showcase some of the most exciting upcoming mobile game releases for both iOS and Android coming in 2017. Also see: Most anticipated games of 2017

Best new mobile games 2017: Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run caused a huge stir when it was first announced at Apple’s September 2016 keynote, as it’s the first time that Mario has left the Nintendo Kingdom for a holiday on iOS and Android islands, with a brief period of exclusivity for Apple users. While Super Mario Run has been available for iOS since December 2016, Android users are out of luck - for now, anyway.

Following a successful iOS release, Nintendo has added a pre-order listing for Super Mario Run on Android, allowing interested users to sign-up for Google Play release date notifications. There’s no word on a specific release date yet, but we imagine it’ll be made available by Spring 2017, around three months after the listing appeared (as was the case with iOS users).

Price: Free with additional purchases

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: iOS available now, Android available March

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Considering that ten years ago we said hello to the very first iPhone, the world of mobile gaming has come a long way. While mobile gaming started off as an escape from boredom while on a train (or on the toilet, let’s be honest), mobile games now pull in large audiences and generate a huge amount of interest. Here, we showcase some of the most exciting upcoming mobile game releases for both iOS and Android coming in 2017. Also see: Most anticipated games of 2017

Best new mobile games 2017: Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run caused a huge stir when it was first announced at Apple’s September 2016 keynote, as it’s the first time that Mario has left the Nintendo Kingdom for a holiday on iOS and Android islands, with a brief period of exclusivity for Apple users. While Super Mario Run has been available for iOS since December 2016, Android users are out of luck - for now, anyway.

Following a successful iOS release, Nintendo has added a pre-order listing for Super Mario Run on Android, allowing interested users to sign-up for Google Play release date notifications. There’s no word on a specific release date yet, but we imagine it’ll be made available by Spring 2017, around three months after the listing appeared (as was the case with iOS users).

Price: Free with additional purchases

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: iOS available now, Android available March

Best new mobile games 2017: Fire Emblem Heroes

Fans of the Fire Emblem franchise will be overjoyed to hear that the long awaited mobile game is nearly here and is called Fire Emblem Heroes. Users in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia should be able to download it now from Google Play, while it will be rolling out elsewhere imminently. If it's not available in your country, grab the APK from APK Mirror.

The original strategy RPG brings two warring kingdoms to smartphones and tablets and you, a summoner, will need to build an army by calling upon Fire Emblem heroes that span the series you might know so well. Players can get deep into tactical battles while on-the-go that have been streamlined for mobile devices with a mix of new and legendary heroes.

Nintendo said: "Some familiar hero characters will become allies, while others will become enemy generals and take arms against you. Players can enjoy the full majesty of tactical roleplaying on bite-sized maps designed to fit nicely on a smart device screen, even when playing in short bursts."

The game will take advantage of touchscreens with touch and drag controls. You can also attack by swiping over an enemy. As well as the main story mode, players can use other modes to strengthen their army and compete against others.

Ahead of the game's release you can vote for the characters you'd like to see appear. The top ranked male and female characters will make it to the game as Choose Your Legends event characters.

Price: Free with additional purchases

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: 2 February

Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: Alto’s Odyssey

Following the release of what many called “the greatest mobile game ever made” in 2015, Alto’s Adventure developer Built by Snowman has announced the sequel - Alto’s Odyssey. Teasing it as “the next adventure” for the snowboarding endless runner, details about the upcoming game are fairly scarce apart from the promotional image showcasing a possible new location.

What we do know is that the original team will be returning for the sequel, and after many lessons learnt from the success of Alto’s Adventure, we’re sure Alto’s Odyssey will be just as impressive. No word on release date, and it seems at this stage to be an iOS exclusive, although we’ll update this listing if anything changes.  

Price: TBC | iOS

Release date: 2017, TBC

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Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Following the success of earlier games in the Telltale Series including Batman and The Walking Dead, developers Telltale Games is now focusing its sights on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In a similar concept to the earlier games, players will take on multiple roles within the GOTG team and take control over the decision-making process in escapades spanning across the universe.

The developers are staying pretty tight-lipped on a release date, only confirming that the game would be out in 2017 and that it’d be coming to both iOS and Android.

Price: TBC

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: 2017, TBC

Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: Planet of Heroes

Being described as a PC-quality MOBA for mobile devices, Planet of Heroes is generating a lot of online interest - and for the right reasons. While there are some obvious differences between mobile gaming and PC gaming, in terms of input and time spent gaming, the developers have developed a system that’ll let you battle other players online when you’ve got time to kill, but also lets you battle AI when you only want a quick game (or when you haven’t got a decent Wi-Fi signal).

Following months of development, users can join Early Access and play the game while the developers finish up the game. There will be bugs, but you’ll be able to play it a few months before everybody else - plenty of time to hone your Planet of Heroes skills.

Price: Free (in Early Access)

Platforms: Android

Release date: Early Access out now, full game release in 2017

Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: Transformers: Forged to Fight

Announced in December 2016, Transformers: Forged to Fight is a new “action-fighting” game for both iOS and Android gamers coming in Spring 2017, although Android users can participate in the open beta right now. The game features games from the entire Transformers franchise, from the Generation 1 characters from the original cartoons to the updated Transformers in the recent movies.

Players will build teams of Autobots and Decepticons to battle against a group of corrupted Transformers and their evil overlords, of course. Gameplay is focused on 1v1 battles, but with an RPG-style system to level up characters.

Price: TBC

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: Spring 2017

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Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: Titanfall: Frontline

Despite the luke-warm reception that the release of Titanfall 2 got, Titanfall: Frontline is an upcoming strategy card-based action game for iOS and Android coming in 2017. Players will assume the role of brigade Commanders with Pilots, Titans and tactical Burn Cards at their disposal, and will go head-to-head against other online players in real-time.

Developers have said that there are hundreds of Pilots, Titans and Burn Cards with users able to collect, upgrade and organise their units as they progress through the game. The wide range of cards available will provide gamers with the chance to build a deck that suits their particular style, improving the overall experience.

Price: TBC

Platforms: iOS & Android

Release date: 2017

Best upcoming Android and iOS games of 2017: The Bunker

Described as a live action game, players will take the place of the last remaining survivor of a nuclear bunker, 30 years after the blast destroyed Earth as we know it. All the bodies are stored in the cold storage room, with the daily routine of checking the bodies the only thing keeping you sane. However, when an alarm is triggered, you have to venture deep into the long-forgotten bunker and reveal its darkest secrets.

The key to the game is exploration and survival, with gamers having to move fast and make quick decisions to escape the Bunker alive. The coolest part? As it’s a live action game, everything you see is real.

Price: TBC

Platforms: Android

Release date: Q1 2017

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