The Games of February 2016

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February is really shaping up to be a great month for gamers, especially those who enjoy RPGs on the 3DS. Here at Warp Zoned, we can mostly agree on one thing, and that’s Fire Emblem Fates! Read on to see what else we plan on playing while we eat our Valentine’s Day candy.

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Daily Scoop: February 5, 2016 – Huge sale happening at Steam

This weekend, my friends are in town from New Orleans, and I’m hoping we get a ton of gaming done! I would love it if we just had a pajama jammy jam and did nothing but game until the controllers ran out of juice. That’s a weekend plan I can really get behind!

There’s a new Humble Monthly offer that just started. This month, if you subscribe, you get Ark: Survival Evolved immediately as the early unlock.

Steam is having a massive Lunar New Year sale, which includes thousands of games. The Fallout franchise is 33-75% off, the XCOM franchise is $75-83% off, and the Tomb Raider franchise is 75% off. There are so many games available, like The Talos Principle for $9.99, King’s Quest for $7.49, and Crypt of the Necrodancer for $4.94.

Let’s start the weekend with a ton of t-shirts, shall we?

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New trailer shows off the enhancements added to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Nintendo isn’t just slapping a new coat of paint on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and calling it a day, the consolemaker also plans to add a number of new features to the upcoming remake.

Because Twilight Princess is getting a Wii-to-Wii U upgrade, the biggest addition to Twilight Princess HD is obviously Wii U GamePad support. Players will now be able to use the touchscreen to access their inventory and a map, as well as hop into the game’s Miiverse Community to use any Miiverse Stamps they find. If you prefer, the GamePad’s second screen can alternately be used for Off-TV Play.

Other changes will make the game both easier and harder. A new Ghost Lantern item was added to help make the search for Poes a little easier, while Hero Mode will (optionally) make things considerably tougher for Link. But Hero Mode will do more than just make the game a little harder:

Hero Mode, a challenging new mode, can also be selected when starting a new game. In this mode, Link will take double the normal damage and there are no heart drops. In addition, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as they have been modified to hold more Rupees.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released for the Wii U on March 4. And don’t forget, Nintendo previously showcased the Cave of Shadows challenge mode they’re adding to the game.

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Warpback: What We Played in January 2016

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Here at Warp Zoned, it looks like we all just tapped our backlogs this cold month of January! Read on to see which systems we were playing games on as ol’ Mother Nature snowed most of us in.

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Xbox Store Today: Marvel Puzzle Quest, Dad Beat Dads, Krinkle Krusher, more

xboxgamesstore-logoIt’s time to dig into another Friday update for the Xbox Games Store. These four games are now available to download for the Xbox One today:

  • Marvel Puzzle Quest brings the superhero-starring match-3/RPG hybrid to the Xbox One for the first time.
  • Dad Beat Dads is a four-player brawler that asks if your Dad can beat up somebody else’s Dad. Oh, and the winner gets to claim the loser’s kids.
  • Krinkle Krusher is a castle defense game where players have to blast away at giant walking mouths known as Krinkles.
  • Bike Mayhem 2 is a side-scrolling stunt game on two wheels. Radical!

More information on all of these games, direct from Microsoft, can be found after the break.

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Commemorate final game in the series with this Limited Edition Uncharted 4 PS4 Bundle

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be out on April 26th, and Sony just announced a gorgeous 500 GB Limited Edition Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 Bundle via the PlayStation Blog. It’s gray blue with an image of Drake silk-screened onto it, and comes with a matching DualShock 4 and, surprisingly, a physical copy of the game. It will have the phrase engraved in Drake’s ring – “Sic Parvis Magna,” which means “Greatness from Small Beginnings” – in gold on it. If you pre-order the bundle, you will also get “a voucher for an Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Outfit, Golden Weapon Skin, and Uncharted Points to use in Multiplayer Mode.”

If you already have a PlayStation 4, fear not – the special DualShock 4 will be available in early March, and they’ll also be releasing a limited edition gray blue wireless headset as well, which will also have “Sic Parvis Magna” on it in gold.

They’ve announced prices for everything as well. The PlayStation 4 will be $399.99, the controller will be $64.99, and the headset will be $99.99. Pre-orders started yesterday.

It’s hard to not get choked up watching that video and hearing those familiar voices say, “One last time?” I’m going to miss Drake and Sully so much! Get in on the action on April 26th.

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Conan O’Brien meets his Doom with Von Miller, Josh Norman, and Marshawn Lynch

Last year, Conan O’Brien celebrated football’s beautiful brutality with a “Clueless Gamer” segment focusing on Mortal Kombat X. The ultraviolent fighting game was the perfect backdrop for Conan to trade jokes with Rob Gronkowski and Marshawn Lynch… and to gasp in horror at D’Vorah getting punched in her lady-nuts.

Lynch returns for this year’s pre-Super Bowl shenanigans, which once again resurrects a gory franchise from the early 90s. Conan and Lynch sat down with Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers to play id Software’s upcoming Doom reboot… and it went about as well as you’d expect. Let’s just say there was a chainsaw involved.

While both players seemed to do pretty well against Doom’s demons, Norman outlasted Miller in the game’s final level, which might mean a Panthers victory this Sunday. If nothing else, it backs up Madden NFL 16‘s prediction of a Panthers win in Super Bowl 50.

Doom will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 13. In what is surely a coincidence, and not at all a crass attempt at cross-promotion, id Software also unveiled a new Campaign Trailer for the game yesterday.

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Rumor: Mother 3 (AKA EarthBound 2) will finally be released in US and Europe this year

mother3-boxHold on to your hats, Eurogamer has some good news for fans of the EarthBound franchise. According to Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips, Nintendo will likely release Mother 3 (also known as EarthBound 2) in the US and Europe later this year.

Phillips originally began chasing the Mother 3 rumors on Twitter and Reddit, but Eurogamer’s own sources within Nintendo eventually vouched for their accuracy. According to these insiders, Nintendo wants to release Mother 3 on the Wii U’s Virtual Console in North America and Europe to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its launch on the Game Boy Advance in Japan.

Momentum for a Mother 3 release in the West has been building since Nintendo added EarthBound Beginnings to the Wii U’s Virtual Console last June, ending its 26 years of Japanese exclusivity. While I’m hopeful that Nintendo may finally make Mother 3 available for English-speaking fans, it’s important to remember that this is still just a rumor.

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