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Nintendo's investors are urging the company to bring its iconic game characters, like Mario, Luigi, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, to Apple's iPhone and iPad. The call to make games for Apple's hit mobile devices, which have fueled success for companies like PopCap and Rovio, comes after lackluster sales of Nintendo's latest 3DS handheld have driven prices of the company's stock to a 6-year low.

But despite the allure of selling millions of copies of a touchscreen-enabled Super Mario title to some 200 million iOS users, who on average play 14.7 hours of games per month, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will have none of it.

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angry birdsAngry Birds has been the ultimate obsession of everyone from Justin Bieber to Cory Monteith, so it's no wonder why the addictive game landed the No. 1 spot on iTunes' Top Apps of 2010.

The physics-based game shares the upper eschelon with other paid apps like Bejeweled 2, Doodle Jump, Skee-Ball and Fruit Ninja.

Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, recently announced that it has sold 12 million copies of the beloved app to date, also logging 30 million downloads of its free version. The game is currently available for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones, while the company is looking into bringing it to Windows Phone 7, Facebook, Xbox, Wii and more.

Just in time for the holidays, Rovio released Angry Birds Seasons, a Christmas-themed version of the game. A few months ago, the company released Angry Birds Halloween, which helped in making the game the No. 1 paid iPhone app.

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Last weekend there were reports that iTunes and the App Store had been hacked. However, it turned out that a developer had used other users' iTunes accounts to buy his apps repeatedly, quickly moving the apps up the App Store sales ranking. It now appears that another developer, WiiSHii Network, has started doing the same thing.

Ars reader Harper Reed contacted us to detail the problem. His account was used earlier today to purchase 34 of WiiSHii Network's apps without his permission, for a total of $168.89. The apps appear to mostly be travel guides for cities in China, and come in both English and Chinese versions—oddly enough, Reed ostensibly bought both.

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