Weekly Warp-Up: Welcome to 2016 Edition

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

The Christmas tree has been taken down and the New Year’s confetti has been cleaned up. Yup, we are officially in the dead zone of video game news. Might as well strike up another round of “Auld Lang Syne” and take in another showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($625 million already, can you believe it?).

Believe it or not, one of the biggest stories from this past week is the announcement that another game in the Bases Loaded franchise is in development in Japan. For someone who played a ton of Bases Loaded back in the NES days, this is definitely big news. But it’s not exactly going to set the world on fire. “Auld Lang Syne” and Star Wars it is.

But before I go, I want to thank all our readers for sticking with Warp Zoned over the last five years. We love what we do and we’re going to keep doing it for as long as possible.

A small batch of news from this past week can be found after the break.

New Game Announcements

  • Square Enix will bring Final Fantasy IX to the PC and mobile devices sometime in 2016.

More News

  • The Oculus Touch controller won’t be released until the second half of 2016.
  • Square Enix said Final Fantasy XV will definitely be released in 2016.
  • The Skylanders SuperChargers figures of Bowser and Donkey Kong (which also double as Amiibo) are now being sold individually.
  • The Pinball Arcade will finally be released for the Wii U in early 2016.
  • Nintendo added Excitebike Racer, Birdo, and Captain Bird costumes to Super Mario Maker.
  • Songs from Coldplay, Justin Bieber, and One Direction were added to the Rock Band 4 Music Store this week.
  • Rebel Galaxy will be released for PS4 and Xbox One this month.
  • Sony will offer development assistance to Stoic to finish the Vita version of The Banner Saga.
  • Steam says Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released this month.

New Videos

Rumor Has It

  • Level-5 will announce “a sequel to a very popular series” and something “completely new” in 2016.

New Release Round-Up

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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