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…
My friends, this is the end. Nintendo announced that they’re officially ending production of the Wii U in the very near future. Was Nintendo’s strange tablet controller a slow-burning secret success or a disaster from the very start? That question will probably be argued over and pondered until the real end of time, but for know, I think we can all agree that the Wii U was an extremely interesting experiment and it hosted some incredible games.
We’re also nearing the end of the year, and that means a few annual traditions are circling back around:
- Black Friday is less than a week away and here’s a look at the game deals you’ll find at Toys R Us.
- The 2016 Game Awards will be handed out in early December, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End leads the way with eight nominations.
- Sony PlayStation Experience event will also be held in early December and they’ve announced which publishers and developers will be attending this year.
More news from the last seven days can be found after the break.
New Game Announcements
- Mages of Mystralia will cast a spell on the PS4 (and maybe the Xbox One) in Spring 2017.
- GamePump is a subscription service that will bring classic games to Steam starting in January 2017.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- The Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Collector’s Edition includes a severed finger (USB Drive) and a music box (shaped like Baker Mansion).
- Amy Hennig’s Star Wars game won’t be “Star Wars Uncharted.”
- Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham will be released on November 22.
- Atlus pushed the release of Persona 5 back to April 4, but added dual Japanese/English audio to the game.
- Super Mario Run will be released for all iOS devices on December 15.
Other Game News
- Battlefield 1 was the best-selling game of October 2016.
- Overwatch is getting a “Free Weekend” until Monday.
- Microsoft is repackaging backwards compatible Xbox 360 games in Xbox One cases.
- Nintendo sold 262,961 NES Classic Edition consoles in Japan (and likely more than a million worldwide) at launch.
- Pokemon Sun and Moon – “Z-Moves and Ultra Beasts”
- Commercial director Simon McQuoid will probably direct the next Mortal Kombat movie.
- Nintendo is taking Defenders of the Triforce, a Legend of Zelda Escape Room, on tour in 2017.
- Dungeons & Dragons was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame for its “impact” on the video game industry.
Rumor Has It
- Pokemon Sun and Moon might be released for the Nintendo Switch as Pokemon Stars.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might not be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch.
- Nintendo hasn’t announced the official price tag yet, but Toys R Us Canada and GAME UK both priced the Nintendo Switch at $250 this week.
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: Pokemon Sun/Moon, Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, more
- Nintendo Download: Pokemon Sun and Moon, Excitebike 64, Wario Land: Shake It, more
- PlayStation Store: Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Headlander, Bombing Busters, Wheels of Aurelia, more
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: Darksiders Warmastered Edition, Dragon Ball Fusions, Stern Pinball, more