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The Games of September 2015

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The Warp Zoned staff doesn’t always agree on what we’re most looking forward to, but this month, we’re all in agreement about one game… Super Mario Maker! We’re all ready to hop in and start building Mario levels and going through each other’s creations. Other than that, it’s a pretty varied month here at Warp Zoned!

Hit the jump to see what’s got us the most excited this September. (more…)

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Extreme Exorcism busts its way to release on September 23

Ripstone Publishing and Golden Ruby Games have announced that Extreme Exorcism will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One on September 23.

The retro-styled side-scroller follows ghostbuster Mae Barrons as she ventures into a haunted house to clean up a band of offending spirits. Armed only with her unique expertise (and a huge arsenal of guns), Mae will have to dodge ghosts that mimic her own movements from the previous round. According to the developer, “players are their own worst enemy and the longer they survive, the more chaotic the game becomes.”

In addition to Extreme Exorcism’s single-player Story Mode, the game will include a Challenge Mode with 50 challenge and local multiplayer (both Co-Op and Deathmatch) for up to four players. The game’s latest trailer has been embedded above.

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Warpback: What We Played in August 2015

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Our gaming habits were all over the place during the month of August here at Warp Zoned! Even though Nicole finally got a Wii U, she didn’t touch it at all. We’re all hoping it doesn’t go the way of her Wii, which is primarily a dust collector nowadays. But he one unifying factor here seems to be portable games!

Hit the jump to see what kept us busy this hot month of August. (more…)

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Kickstart This! Anniversary Interview: Bendik Stang of Snowcastle Games Takes A Turn to Talk About Earthlock: Festival of Magic

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Earthlock: Festival of Magic was one of those rare Kickstarter projects that immediately grabbed our attention with its strong, colourful art direction, firm sense of genre, and polished gameplay. Its ambition was only matched by the passion of small Norwegian outfit Snowcastle Games, who, with only a couple of games under its belt, sought $150,000 to make a huge RPG for both PC gamers as well as the new generation of consoles. Originally featured in March 2014’s Guinness Aftermath Edition of Kickstart This!, Earthlock: Festival of Magic is expected to be released for the PC, PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One later this year.

We caught up with Bendik Stang, Snowcastle’s Game Director, earlier this year to talk about the team’s progress from campaign to nearly-finished product, as well as their experience at the 2015 Game Developers Conference. He even shared two brand new pieces of concept art with us… (more…)

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Xenoblade Chronicles X will also be available in a Special Edition

xenobladechroniclesx-specialNintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles X will also be available in a Special Edition when its released for the Wii U on December 4. Nintendo doesn’t often wade into the Special Edition space, but the Xenoblade Chronicles X package is reasonably priced ($89.99) and will include the following bonus goodies:

  • The Xenoblade Chronicles X game
  • A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
  • A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5×7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

According to Nintendo, this Special Edition is “Unique to North America” and is available to pre-order now.

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Shovel Knight Amiibo figure (and possibly a sequel) officially announced by Nintendo

shovelknight-amiiboWii U and 3DS owners were left out in the cold earlier this year when Shovel Knight‘s PS4 and Xbox One debut included exclusive platform-specific content. We could only sit back and watch as our knightly brethren did battle with Kratos and the Battletoads. However, the wait was probably worth it as Yacht Club Games had a very important Shovel Knight-related announcement to make during Nindies@Night, Nintendo’s pre-PAX event at the EMP Museum.

This news is three-pronged, and huge, so let’s start small. You what else is small? Amiibo figures are small. Even a Shovel Knight Amiibo figure, which will be available this Fall and which unlocks exclusive content in the 3DS and Wii U game. On the Wii U, players will be able to team up with a friend and take on the Order of No Quarter in a co-op mode. In addition, customizable gear (featuring new visual enhancements, relics, and abilities) and a special Challenge Mode will also be available on the Wii U and the 3DS.

Let me pause for a moment and mention that Nintendo did not announce Shovel Knight’s addition to the DLC slate for Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U, even though an extensive fan campaign has been pushing for the character’s inclusion in the fighting game for months. However, the commission of an Amiibo figure (the first to be compatible with a Nindie game) is certainly a strong indicator that Nintendo is at least considering it.

Moving on, Nintendo also confirmed that the Shovel Knight Amiibo will also be compatible with future Shovel Knight games released for Nintendo platforms. So, in a roundabout way, Nintendo just confirmed the existence of Shovel Knight 2! Yacht Club teased a “MEGATON” announcement earlier this week, and the announcement of a sequel to their beloved debut game certainly fits the bill.

Finally, the developer revealed that the Plague of Shadows expansion will be available to download in September. And if you’re interested in seeing the Shovel Knight Amiibo figure “in action,” I recommend checking out the comedic trailer from Game Grumps after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Disney Infinity Star Wars, Runbow, Sin & Punishment 1 & 2

disneyinfinitystarwarsToday’s Nintendo Download is a big one for the Wii U as four fantastic games are now available to download (or will be soon):

  • Available on August 30, Disney Infinity: Star Wars will bring the Disney Infinity formula to the Star Wars universe, including a brand new series of figures.
  • But available today is Runbow, a “frantic party-platforming game” for up to nine players that will also include a huge number of guest characters from Nintendo’s ever-expanding slate of “Nindies.”
  • Rounding this week’s new releases are Sin & Punishment and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, a beloved pair of rail shooters that are available to download on the Wii U for the first time.

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

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Nintendo dates Star Fox Zero, Fatal Frame 5, Devil’s Third, and more games for this Fall

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While most Nintendo fans are pretty broken up about The Legend of Zelda Wii U‘s delay, the consolemaker still has an extensive lineup of games on track to launch this Fall. Earlier this week, they announced official release dates for three of these games…

  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, a horror game developed in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, will be available exclusively through the Wii U eShop on October 22. Players will also be able to download a free-to-start demo that includes the prologue, the first chapter, and a good portion of the second.
  • Star Fox Zero, the first game in the franchise for the Wii U, will be released on November 20.
  • Devil’s Third, a melee brawler for the Wii U from Tomonobu Itagaki, will be released on December 11.

In addition to these three titles, Nintendo also nailed down release dates for several new Amiibo figures. The Mii Fighters 3-Pack, which is compatible with Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, will be released on November 1. It’ll be followed by Mewtwo on November 13, Mega Yarn Yoshi (for use with Yoshi’s Woolly World) on November 15, and Falco on November 20.

And don’t forget about Mario. A Wii U System Bundle featuring Super Mario Maker will be available exclusively at Walmart on September 11. The bundle, which will retail for $299.96, will include the system, the game, an Idea Book, and a 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo in “Modern Colors.” Mario’s first Wii U adventure will even get a makeover this Fall as a special New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U package will be released on October 16 with a $59.99 price tag.

Finally, Nintendo promised that Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, both of which are in development for the Wii U, will be released sometime during the “Holiday” season. I guess it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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