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…
Have you seen the hamster run through Level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros.? If not, drop everything you’re doing and watch it right now. And after you’re done, dial up the video of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe getting an Olympic-sized assist from Mario during the Closing Ceremony.
Nintendo stayed in the news a lot this week by releasing a series of mini-trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Each clip is under a minute, but Link has been able to display his prowess with the Woodcutter’s Axe, a variety of magical Runes, a razor-sharp sword, and a bunch of arrows.
Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we reviewed Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 and it got a “Mega Meh.”
Looking for more news from the last seven days? You can be find it after the break.
New Game Announcements
- Lara Croft Will Return… Art Director for Dead Space joins Crystal Dynamics as Game Director of Tomb Raider franchise.
- Mortal Kombat XL is coming to PC after all… and you can play the Open Beta now.
- A SteamWorld Collection will package together Dig and Heist on a single disc this October
- The Witness will be released for the Xbox One on September 13.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- The Nintendo eShop’s Nindies Summer Jam kicks off on September 1.
- A Closed Beta for The Behemoth’s Pit People will begin on September 15
- Allison Road got un-canceled by developer Christian Kesler.
- See Goldberg’s ring entrance and 27 more wrestlers that’ll be part of WWE 2K17.
- Snowcastle will launch Earthlock: Festival of Magic on the Xbox One for free (through the Games With Gold program) and for the PC on September 1.
Other Game News
- Experience the end of the Zombies saga with Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s Salvation DLC Pack.
- Square Enix will bring a lot of Final Fantasy, Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, and more to PAX West 2016.
- Nintendo is holding another Nindies@Night event at PAX West 2016.
- Almost three years after its release, Grand Theft Auto V managed to reclaim the top spot in the NPD’s report of the best-selling games in July 2016.
- The Dark Souls comic miniseries will be collected in a graphic novel on December 6.
- Dark Horse will publish The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts in February 2017, a sequel to Hyrule Historia.
- The making of Tetris will be chronicled in a new graphic novel this October.
Rumor Has It
- An ESRB Rating Summary for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was revealed… and then removed.
- Nintendo wants the Nintendo NX to appeal to “people who like games” and “moms.”
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: Madden NFL 17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, The King of Fighters XIV, more
- Nintendo Download: Super Mario 64 DS, a trio of Street Fighter games, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice demo, more
- PlayStation Store: Madden NFL 17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, The King of Fighters XIV, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Madden NFL 17, Worms W.M.D., more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, Solar Shifter EX, Obliteracers, more
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: World of Warcraft: Legion, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Attack On Titan, more