AU Shippin' Out Nov. 21-24: Skyward Sword

Nintendo is out in force this week, with Zelda and Mario leading the charge.

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It has been four long years since there has been a new Zelda adventure on the Wii, but that's about to change this week with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Debuting at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Skyward Sword is actually a prequel to Ocarina of Time and sets the scene for what is one of the most iconic games in history. It's mandatory to play the game with a Wii MotionPlus controller, and waving the Wii Remote around plays a big part during the combat components of the game. While the regular game retails for A$99.95, select retailers like EB Games are offering a special-edition pack, which includes the game, a Zelda-themed Wii Remote Plus controller, and a music CD. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword limited edition is slightly more expensive, going for A$119.95.

Link isn't the only Nintendo mascot to be let out this week, as Mario makes his Nintendo 3DS debut. Super Mario 3D Land blends 2D platforming with the ability to move Mario around in multiple directions, making for a game that gives a nod to both the old Mario games and the new ones. It wouldn't be a Mario game without Peach getting kidnapped, and fans will be pleased to see that the tanooki suit makes a transition over to the portable console.

In other non-Nintendo-related releases this week, THQ's popular licensed wrestling franchise gets a reboot with WWE '12. This year, the game boasts a new engine, and there's a bigger focus on re-creating an experience akin to the TV broadcasts. The animations have also been reworked, and the submission system has been changed from button mashing into a new minigame.

This week also sees two previously released games expanding their platform base, with Batman: Arkham City expanding its war on crime to the PC, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 deploying to the Nintendo Wii.

To see what else is being released this week, check out the list below:

November 23, 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Wii)
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3, 360, PC )
Batman: Arkham City (PC)

November 24, 2011
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
WWE '12 (PS3, 360, Wii)
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic (3DS)
Sonic Generations (3DS)
The King of Fighters XIII (PS3, 360)
Rayman Origins (PS3, 360, Wii)
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Abba: You Can Dance (Wii)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (PSP)
Ben 10: Galactic Racing (PS3, 360, Wii, DS)
Move Fitness (PS3)
Start the Party: Save the World (PS3)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Wii)
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights (3DS)
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (3DS)
Magicka Collection (PC)
Cave Story 3D (3DS)

Discussion

11 comments
illmatic87
illmatic87

Excellent week. Getting Legend of 7elda. 5kyward Sword, I dont even have a motion plus yet >:I Also, Batman and Rayman: Origins later down the track

TheArcade
TheArcade

KOF XIII is gonna put boots to asses!!

TheArcade
TheArcade

Silly GSpot. Is what the title meant to say.

so_hai
so_hai

EB Games has their shelves totally full of those gold Zelda placeholoder boxes. Is that any indication at all as to how many there'll be available?

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Woah... Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, Sonic Generations (3DS), King of Fighters XIII, Rayman Origins and Cave Story 3D in one week?! WAY too epic!

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

Shut up gamespot...no one like you since the Skyward Sword review fail..

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

Awesome Zelda and Mario, I am personally going to look forward to Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics that I have still yet to pick up. Where is Disgea 4? Also Where In the World is Catherine???? Wasn't Catherine meant to be released in the end of October? Perhaps looking at the European delay of Catherine till Feburary 2012 I would not be surprized if Australia has suffered from a great game for otaku to be delayed till Feb. That would mean that by that time I would also be waiting to get Final Fantasy XIII-2 as well as Soul Calibur 5. Did anyone notice that out of the games on my list Catherine was the only original game on there that is not a sequel?

Azghouls
Azghouls ranger

@randomx999 - Australia. Our URL for Gamespot's is au.gamespot.com.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Gamespot you screwed up again. Where's Tekken Hybrid, Disgaea 4 and Soltarobo: The Red Hunter? All of these games come out this week. Oh well at least you didn't forget FAR more important titles like Move Fitness and Zumba Fitness.

randomx999
randomx999

What does 'AU' in "AU Shippin' Out" stand for?

Killer_73
Killer_73

finally they will release batman