6 New Games Launching Next Week: ‘Mighty No. 9’ and More

6 New Games Launching Next Week: 'Mighty No. 9' and More

The hero and villains of Mighty No. 9. | Source: Deep Silver

The year isn’t quite half over, and already we have a killer lineup of great games, including Overwatch, Doom, and Uncharted 4 to name a few recent ones. But if you’re ready for something new to dive into, you’re in luck; a fresh batch of fine-looking games is coming next week.

Whether you’re into retro-style shooters, post-apocalyptic nightmares, or Olympic games starring Italian plumbers and blue hedgehogs, next week’s video game releases offer something for everyone. Read on for the scoop about all the biggest, new games launching the week of June 20, 2016.

1. Mighty No. 9

Release date: June 21, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PS Vita

Keiji Inafune is best known as the creator of the Mega Man series. But when he left Capcom in 2010, many worried that would be the last we’d see of the beloved Blue Bomber. Mighty No. 9 is Inafune’s latest game, made with his new independent development team, and you don’t have to squint to see the similarities to Mega Man.

Both games are side-scrolling action platformers starring boy robots. In both games, you can choose any stage to play in any order, picking up new weapons as you progress. Basically, if you like Mega Man games, you’ll want to keep an eye out for reviews of Mighty No. 9.

2. Umbrella Corps

Release date: June 21, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

If the recent unveiling of Resident Evil 7 has you eager to dive into that particular zombie-infested world, Umbrella Corps could be the game you’re looking for. This online shooter finds two teams of gun-toting soldiers facing off against each other in settings you’ll recognize if you played Resident Evil 4 or 5.

The catch is that those settings, as you might expect, are also populated with zombies. Think of it like a post-apocalyptic take on Counter-Strike. If that sounds like your kind of jam, check this one out on June 21.

3. Deadlight: Director’s Cut

Release date: June 21, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

The world has succumbed to the inevitable zombie apocalypse in this gloomy side-scroller. You play as a man whose wife and daughter are missing, so you set off on a journey across the devastated city to find them. But you’re no soldier with combat skills, like in so many other games. You’re just a guy, so you’ll generally have to avoid confrontation with the undead whenever possible.

The game received positive reviews with its initial 2012 release on Xbox 360 and PC. This version brings it to modern consoles, with improved graphics and controls, plus a new Survival Arena mode.

4. Pac-Man 256

Release date: June 21, 2016
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

This fever-dream of a game is a modern take on the classic pellet-eating, ghost-avoiding arcade game Pac-Man. It’s basically the classic game everyone already knows, but with a level that stretches vertically without end, while the bottom of the level keeps disappearing.

It’s kind of a Pac-Man endless runner. It came out on mobile last year, but this fancy version has a four-player co-op mode. Check out the trailer to see what it’s like, or download it for free on your phone.

5. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Release date: June 24, 2016
Platforms: Wii U

You may not know it from looking at them, but the two big gaming mascots from the ’90s are quite talented athletes. So is just about everyone from their respective franchises, because they all compete in the Olympic games every couple of years. The latest installment of this series comes with 17 events, including soccer, archery, boxing, and long jump.

You can play each event in two different flavors: “normal,” which plays how you would expect, and “dream,” where elements from Mario and Sonic games are brought in. This franchise doesn’t tend to review very well, but who knows, 2016 might be a good year.

6. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Release date: June 24, 2016
Platform: Wii U

This game mashes up two franchises that are big in Japan and gradually gaining mindshare in the U.S. Shin Megami Tensei is a series of role-playing games centered around going out to battle and collect demons. Think of it like a mature version of Pokémon.

Fire Emblem is a series of turn-based strategy games that pit small armies against each other on grid-based playing fields. Both sets of games are known for their appeal to hardcore gamers, because they get complicated pretty quickly.

This crossover, frankly, looks little like either series. It takes place in modern-day Tokyo and centers around an aspiring J-pop star, who summons Fire Emblem characters to fend off interdimensional demons who have invaded the city. It sounds downright bizarre, but if you’re a fan of either series it’s based on, it may be worth a look.

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