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…
We are T-Minus 12 days from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, so now is a good time as any to ask Is Nintendo Marketing the Switch to the Wrong Audience? For a company so closely liked with the childlike wonder that video games can create, we’ve noticed there’s been a distinct lack of kids in the Switch’s marketing materials.
But, of course, video games aren’t just for kids. And no where is there more evident than in latest Kickstart This! selection, a game adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.
Finally this week, our Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time series looked at the simplicity of Space Invaders. Drop down, increase speed, and reverse direction!
You can find more news from this past week, including a recap of NIS America’s 2017 Press Event and a lost “Pac-Man” parody from Weird Al Yankovic, after the break.
New Game Announcements
- Nihon Falcom and NIS America will release Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana this Fall.
- NIS America will release RPG Maker Fes for the 3DS this Summer.
- Culdcept Revolt will be released for the 3DS in Summer 2017.
- Farom Studio unveiled Lost Region, their upcoming survival action game.
- Inversus will be released for the Xbox One later this year alongside a major update.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is finished, and it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in March and other platforms in April.
- NIS America announces release dates for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Disgaea 5 Complete, and many more.
- An Open Beta for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands begins on February 23.
- Bethesda will bring Quake Champions, Prey, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind to PAX East 2017.
- Crash Banidicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be released for PS4 on June 30.
- Cities: Skylines will be released for the Xbox One and Windows 10 this Spring.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will receive an Expansion Pass on the Switch and Wii U.
- Swamp Thing was added to Injustice 2‘s list of playable characters. NetherRealm also told fans “Here Come the Girls,” and added Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Cheetah.
- Sega will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at Sonic Mania and Project Sonic at SXSW 2017.
- Focus Home Interactive will release Call of Cthulhu and Vampyr in Fall 2017.
Other Game News
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard shambled to the top of January 2017’s best-selling games report.
- Niantic added more than 80 Pokemon and new features to Pokemon Go this week.
- I Am Setsuna – “Accolades”
- Super Bomberman R – “Opening Cinematic”
- Nier: Automata – “Glory to Mankind 11,945”
- Dark Souls III: The Ringed City – “Gameplay Trailer”
- Earth Defense Force 5 – “UFO Invasion”
- Arms – “Characters”
- Weird Al Yankovic recorded a “Pac-Man” parody in the 80s… and now we can finally hear it.
Rumor Has It
- Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma said there is “a possibility” for a 2D Legend of Zelda on the Switch.
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: For Honor, Sniper Elite 4, Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition, more
- Nintendo Download: Tank Troopers, Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, more
- PlayStation Store: For Honor, Sniper Elite 4, Ride 2, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Sniper Elite 4, For Honor, Ride 2, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition, Typoman, Vertical Drop Heroes HD
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: Halo Wars 2, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk