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Fatal Frame 5 will be released in the US this year

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Wii U owners looking for a scare will be happy to know that Fatal Frame 5 will be released by Nintendo in North America later this year. Jointly developed by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, Fatal Frame 5 will include three playable characters, who are each exploring Mount Hikami, a “cursed tourist destination.”

Available in Japan (where it’s known as Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven) since September, Fatal Frame 5 will be the first game in the series released in the US since 2005’s Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.

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Mario Maker to launch in September as part of Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary celebration

mario-saluteAfter missing its original early 2015 release date, Nintendo has announced that Mario Maker will be released exclusively for the Wii U in September.

Mario Maker will allow players to create their own side-scrolling courses using a design template from four different Mario games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. Best of all, switching between each style is simply a button press away.

Mario Maker’s release will be part of Nintendo’s celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Bros. To help get players in the mood, the publisher has launched a special 30th Anniversary website and plans to roll out various other celebratory activities throughout the year.

And if you’re interested in taking another look at Mario Maker, be sure to view the new footage from the game available at the replay of today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

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Nintendo adds 200cc Class, more Amiibo Racing Suits to Mario Kart 8

After a relatively low-key April Fool’s Day, Nintendo has capped the day with a huge new Nintendo Direct, detailing part of the publisher’s plan for 2015. But before they dig into some of the new stuff, Nintendo announced continued support for Mario Kart 8, including a new 200cc Class and support for more Amiibo figures.

The much more difficult 200cc Class will be available as a free download beginning April 23. The 200cc Class offers even more speed and trickier drivers for all tracks. Think you can handle it, Nintendo says braking will be more important than ever. In addition to a new kart class, Nintendo has also added support for nine more Amiibo figures to Mario Kart 8. Starting today, players will be able to outfit their Mii in racing suits featuring the following characters:

  • Bowser
  • Mega Man
  • Olimar and the Pikmin
  • Pac-Man
  • Rosalina
  • Sonic
  • Toad
  • Villager
  • Wario

You can get a look at the Amiibo-enhanced duds in a new trailer available after the break. (more…)

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4/1: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth MIGHT be coming to New 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One

bindingofisaac-announcementI hate April Fool’s Day… I have no idea if this is real or just a joke. Nicalis sent out an absolutely deranged “press release” this morning, that quite honestly, scares me a little. According to the handwritten note (which is overly concerned with clenched anuses), the developer will bring The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth to the New 3DS XL (not the original 3DS or the 2DS), Wii U, and Xbox One in May. but I suppose that doesn’t mean it can’t be real.

For a while now, it was assumed that Nintendo’s content restrictions would prevent The Binding of Isaac from ever launching on the 3DS or Wii U. However, a post on the official Binding of Isaac blog from creator Edmund McMillen lists a number of increasingly absurd required to make it acceptable to Nintendo’s Standards and Practices department.

Is that part of the announcement a joke and the game really is coming to the New 3DS XL, Wii U, and Xbox One in May? Or is the whole thing just a big gag? I don’t know? Do you?

I repeat, I hate April Fool’s Day.

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The Legend of Zelda Wii U won’t be released in 2015

Delays are nothing new for The Legend of Zelda series. Nearly every game in the franchise has missed its originally announced release date. Today, The Legend of Zelda Wii U joins their ranks as Producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed the game won’t be ready for a late 2015 launch. Speaking in a video message to fans, Aonuma said that “new ideas” and “new possibilities” have encouraged the development team to take their time and produce “the ultimate Zelda” instead of attempting to hit an arbitrary deadline.

Aonuma’s full statement can be found right here:

Since I declared at the Game Awards in December that the game would launch in 2015, the directors and the many members of the development team have been working hard developing the game. In these last three months, as the team has experienced first-hand the freedom of exploration that hasn’t existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game.

As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, and it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds my own expectations. As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be.

So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make a Zelda on Wii U that will reward you for your patience. So thank you for your continued support.

A new release date wasn’t announced, but it’s assumed The Legend of Zelda Wii U will be released in 2016. However, Nintendo also announced (via Twitter) that the game won’t be shown at this year’s E3 Expo. So who knows when we’ll get another look at the next Legend of Zelda game.

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Nintendo Download: Dot Arcade, Namco Museum, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, more

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Six new games were added to the Nintendo eShop today and the two Wii U titles will definitely be of interest to anyone who loves retro gaming.

Dot Arcade is a Wii U compilation of three minimalist games (“Mr. Snake,” “Dodge Club,” and “Rally Driver”) that all take place in 8×8 light cabinets. While “retro” is a fair description, Dot Arcade is almost “pre-retro” in that it evokes the penny arcades of old. Also available for the Wii U is the Virtual Console re-release of Namco Museum, which was originally released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001 and includes Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, and Dig Dug.

If you’re looking for something a little more modern, WB Games has added Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin to the 3DS eShop. The latest Lego Ninjago game pits the Ninjas against Ronin and his memory-sapping ancient weapon.

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

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Video Game Release Calendar Changelog #3: Spring Madness Edition

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Don’t Forget! This is just a changelog of recently announced release dates. Warp Zoned’s complete Video Game Release Calendar includes every title we could find with a 2015, 2016, or unannounced release date.

Spring is in the air… well not literally as it’s still pretty cold out there in the northeast. But I hear it’s pretty crazy all over the place. Some kind of insanity has infected the populace and its scheduled to last throughout the month of March. A “March Madness” if you will. It’s a good thing we’ve got a new batch of release dates to round up.

Perhaps people are mad over the many delays that were recently announced including Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Fall 2015 to Spring 2016), Homefront: The Revolution (TBA 2015 to TBA 2016), the console version of Hyper Light Drifter (TBA 2015 to TBA 2016), the PS3/Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat X (April 14 to sometime in the Summer), and Batman: Arkham Knight (June 2 to June 23).

Other new release dates of note include 3DS-exclusive Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (May 22), Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (June), and God of War III Remastered (July 14).

The full list of games included in our third Video Game Release Calendar Changelog can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Mario Party 10, Elliot Quest, Fossil Fighters: Frontier, more

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Gather ’round the Wii U this week as Nintendo will add Mario Party 10 to the Wii U eShop tomorrow. The original party game includes a brand new “Bowser Party” as well as an “Amiibo Party” mode. Naturally, a new wave of Amiibo figures is now available in stores to make the most of your Mario Party experience. Also available on the Wii U this week is Elliot Quest, a retro-styled RPG platformer that might make NES fans stand up and take notice.

Over on the 3DS, this week sees the release of another dinosaur fighter from Nintendo. Fossil Fighters: Frontier is the first game in the series for the 3DS and it adds a “fully 3D world” for players to explore.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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