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Bplus is also bringing Puzzle Box to the Nintendo NX

Here’s another one for the next revision to The Big List of Nintendo NX Games… In an update to their official website, developer Bplus has confirmed that Puzzle Box is in development for Nintendo’s upcoming NX console.

Currently available to download through Steam, Puzzle Box asks players to recreate a series of pixel art images using a “paint-by-numbers” control scheme. After rebuilding each level, players will be able to explore them in a grab bag of action-oriented modes including Kubi Mode (a platformer starring a block named Kubi), Claw Mode (a side-scrolling flyer where players have to collect coins using a claw), and Run Mode (an endless runner).

Bplus is also working on a second game for the NX, a “war simulation game” with an “anti-war” message known as Tank It!

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Rumor: Nintendo begins production on their NX console

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It’s a lazy Sunday, so I guess it’s time for another dose of Nintendo NX rumors… though it looks like Nintendo might finally making some forward progress on their mysterious new console.

DigiTimes, a website devoted to the Japanese technology industry, is reporting that trial production of Nintendo’s NX console has begun at the Foxconn manufacturing plant. Citing “industry sources,” DigiTimes believes that Nintendo will eventually manufacture between 9.5 and 10 million NX consoles per year, though full production likely won’t start until later in the year.

Nintendo’s NX console is expected to launch in March 2017, so it’s a good sign if production has actually begun. But like everything else connected to the NX, we have very little concrete information to go on right now, so hopefully the consolemaker will reveal more details about its next console soon.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Pokemon is Coming to the Nintendo NX…

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…

While it still remains shrouded in mystery, the Nintendo NX got a big boost this week when the CEO of The Pokemon Company confirmed that a Pokemon game is in development for the Nintendo NX.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we dove into No Man’s Sky with a complete review and took a look at Crashlands, another exploration game that was “Seen At PAX West 2016.”

Finally this week, Chris Cobb published Part Four in his look at the history of horror games… It’s In Your Blood: A History of Horror Games.

More news from the past seven days can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Forza Horizon 3, FIFA 17, Yo-Kai Watch 2, More

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Soccer players (excuse me, footballers), racecar drivers, invisible Japanese spirits, a sneaker-wearing hedgehog, bloodthirsty aliens, and even bloodthirstier zombies highlight this week’s new release roundup…

FIFA 17 will be available in stores this week for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. In addition to a series of graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks, the latest soccer simulation from EA Sports adds “The Journey,” a story-based single-player mode where players take control a teenager trying to make it in the Premier League.

Also new this week is Microsoft’s latest racing sim, Forza Horizon 3. The PC and Xbox One game recreates Australia as a playground for open-world racing, which players can dive into with more than 350 cars.

Away from the fast cars and furious footballers, Nintendo and Level-5 will release Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. The creature-collecting games will include hundreds of new Yo-Kai, invisible spirits believed to exist out in the world. But with the game’s Yo-Kai Watch, players can see these supernatural creatures, and capture them.

Keeping with the otherworldly theme, 2K Games will bring XCOM 2 to the PS4 and Xbox One this week. After debuting on the PC earlier this year, the publisher is expanding the strategy game’s reach to new-generation consoles… and not a moment too soon. The alien invaders have enslaved humanity in the sequel and it’s up to players to guide the XCOM to victory against a foe that’s taken control of the Earth.

While the enemies of Dead Rising 2 are a bit dumber than a race of hyper-advanced aliens, they’re no less dangerous. Available this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, Dead Rising 2 was originally released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, but the re-release will still put a ravenous horde of undead between motocross racer Chuck Greene and the anti-zombie cure he needs for his daughter.

Hopefully, Chuck can avoid those zombies using Sonic-like speed, but a Blue Blur will be busy with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which will be released this week for the 3DS.

Finally this week, Microsoft is cramming a free copy of Minecraft in with their newest Xbox One S 500GB Console Bundle. So if you’re interested in picking up an Xbox One S, and you love Minecraft, it’s a fairly good deal.

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Xbox Store Today: Virginia, The Bunker, Eventide Slavic Fable

Two spooky adventure games and a hidden game object have been added to the Xbox Games Store today…

Virginia is a first-person mystery game for the Xbox One that takes place in a small town with a secret. Players will slide into the shoes of rookie FBI Agent Anne Tarver as they search for a young boy who has seemingly vanished without a trace.

Meanwhile, The Bunker is a live-action game that was filmed on location in a decommissioned government nuclear bunker. The Xbox One title follows John, the bunker’s sole survivor, as he goes about his daily routine. But after an alarm breaks his routine, he’ll need to “unlock the dark secrets of The Bunker” to regain his sanity.

Finally this week, Eventide: Slavic Fable, a hidden object game, is now available to download for the Xbox One. Players will interact with “mythical Slavic creatures” as they search for their grandmother.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Doom’s “Free Update 3” adds Deathmatch, Private Matches, and Custom Matches

Doom‘s third “Free Update” is now available and players of the game’s multiplayer mode will finally get the chance to compete in a free-for-all Deathmatch. The inclusion of Deathmatch in the original Doom is one of the things that put the 1993 shooter on the map, so it’s great to finally see it added to this year’s reboot.

“Free Update 3” will also add an option to create Private Matches in multiplayer, as well as Custom Matches that’ll allow players to adjust “the modes, maps, length of play time and other match settings.”

To celebrate these changes, id Software has unveiled a new trailer for Doom, and kicked off a Double XP Weekend for multiplayer players. The Double XP Weekend begins today and will run until Monday, September 26, at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time).

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Respawn reveals PC specs and “Pilots” trailer for Titanfall 2

While most fans flocked to the original Titanfall for the giant mech fights, Respawn wants to remind everyone that Pilots will also play a huge role in Titanfall 2. The brand new “Pilots” trailer shows the heavily-augmented soldiers dashing around the screens, delivering a lightning fast attack, and flying away with the help of a grapple gun. Even a Titan seems to be no match for a well-trained Pilot.

In addition to a brand new trailer, Respawn has unveiled the system requirements for Titanfall 2 on the PC. The Titanfall 2 Blog has an overview of what kind of PC you’ll need to play the game on “Minimum,” “Recommended,” and “Ultra 4K60” settings:

Minimum

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3600t or Equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Recommended

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 or Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Ultra 4K60

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700k or Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 8GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Titanfall 2 will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 28.

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Next Assassin’s Creed game will “revolutionize” the franchise

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Not all “annualized” franchises are created equal, as Ubisoft announced earlier this year that Assassin’s Creed would be skipping 2016 to give the development team more time to work on the next entry in the series. With the Assassin’s Creed film penciled in for a December release (and the subsequent announcement of The Ezio Collection), perhaps the publisher was afraid of a backlash from fans.

But in a new interview with GameSpot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that Ubisoft actually gave the Assassin’s Creed series a bit more time to breath so the development team could “revolutionize” the franchise with the next one:

GameSpot: This is the first year in a long time where we don’t have an Assassin’s Creed. Why was now the right time to take it out of rotation?

Guillemot: What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin’s Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level. So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionize the IP, so we said, “Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.”

GameSpot: When you say, “Let’s give it the time it needs,” does that mean you haven’t set a time for it to make its return? Most people are expecting it’ll be back next year, is that the case or will it be back when it’s ready?

Guillemot: It will be back when it’s ready. That’s when we feel we have something there.

Obviously, your idea of a revolutionary leap forward for the Assassin’s Creed franchise might differ from Ubisoft’s. But it looks like the publisher has no plans to just coast along with their biggest franchise, and I’m sure many are glad that Guillemot is so passionate about creating a “greater experience.”

An all new Assassin’s Creed game is expected to be released sometime in 2017, though Guillemot refused to commit to that timeline with GameSpot.

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