Shippin' Out 2/4-2/9: Winning 11, MVP 07

Konami's pro footballer and EA's college baseball sim join Super Mario World, the Sims Life Stories, and Root Beer Tapper on this week's docket.

This week, many gamers in the American Heartland are staying inside to avoid a nasty arctic cold snap. On the East Coast, abnormally warm weather has given way to the traditional February chill. On the West Coast, some of the first rainstorms of an unusually dry winter have finally arrived.

Time to party like it's 1991!

Luckily, there's a fairly robust release schedule this week to help those trapped indoors stave off cabin fever. Foremost among these is Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, the latest installment in Konami's acclaimed sports series. The franchise returns this week to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable, and also makes its debut on the DS. A PlayStation 3 edition is due out later this year, and will be the first Pro Evo game for the platform.

If footie's not your thing, Electronic Arts is releasing an all-American game this week as well. MVP 07 NCAA Baseball, the only college baseball game on the market, will arrive exclusively on the PS2 for the budget price of $29.99. If you like your sports Canadian and/or extreme, then check out the Xbox and PS2 snowmobile racer SnoCross 2, which stars the Saskatchewan-born X-Games champ Blair Morgan.

It's also a decent week for Nintendo portable fans. Besides Winning Eleven, the DS will get Diddy Kong Racing (check out GameSpot's review for more) and Lunar Knights, the localized version of Bokura no Taiyou: Django and Sabata, the spiritual successor to the Boktai series. Last but not least, one of the top titles for the most venerable portable on the market, the Game Boy Advance, arrives in the form of Final Fantasy VI Advance, a reworked version of the classic SNES game (originally released in North America as Final Fantasy III).

SnoCross! The sensation that's sweeping the frozen nation!

Speaking of SNES games, the week sees the legendary SNES platformer Super Mario World arrive on the Wii's virtual console service. It'll be joined on the download service by Genesis actioner Gain Ground and the TurboGrafx-16 favorite Vigilante. The only other retro release due out is Root Beer Tapper on Xbox Live Arcade.

Though there aren't any PS3 releases set for this week, two other Sony platforms will be getting new games. Both Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI and Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia are slated to come to the PS2, while the PSP will get Capcom Puzzle World and the aforementioned Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007.

On the PC front, the highest-profile release is The Sims Life Stories, the new "laptop friendly," story-driven spin-off of EA's ever-popular series. Other notable PC releases include Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich, Alien Shooter: Vengeance, War Rock, and UFO: Afterlight.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

FEBRUARY 5, 2007
Alien Shooter: Vengeance (PC)
Diddy Kong Racing DS (DS)
Dora the Explorer Double Pak (GBA)
Final Fantasy VI Advance (GBA)
Gain Ground (WII)
Geneforge 4 (PC)
Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge (PC)
Super Mario World (WII)
SnoCross 2: Featuring Blair Morgan (PS2, XBOX)
Vigilante (WII)

FEBRUARY 6, 2007
Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia (PS2)
Capcom Puzzle World (PSP)
Lunar Knights (DS)
Monopoly Here and Now (PC)
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball (PS2)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI (PS2)
The Sims Life Stories (PC)
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (X360, PS2, PSP, DS)

FEBRUARY 7, 2007
Root Beer Tapper (X360)
War Rock (PC)

FEBRUARY 8, 2007
No releases scheduled.

FEBRUARY 9, 2007
Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich (PC)
City Life: World Edition (PC)
GTI Racer (PC)
UFO: Afterlight (PC)

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47 comments
lahoor
lahoor

i love this game RPG

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

What's with this information!, PES6 ( winning eleven ) has been out now for both 360 and PSP for approximatley 2-3 months ago, Gamespot has reviewed the 360 and PS2 versions already ( 2-3 months ago ), I'm still waiting for a PSP review. Unless this is a completly new version... if so why is it still being refered to as PES6! please explain Gamespot you're usually spot on when it comes to this info...

tao707
tao707

FIFA 07 is exclusive for the 360 for next gen system for that game only

tao707
tao707

FIFA 07 is exclusive for the 360 for next gen system for that game only

iDIVIDEBYZER0
iDIVIDEBYZER0

I always play PES with 6 stars since its too easy otherwise. The AI still sucks and the strategy commands are useless, I cant count how many times Ive been on a breakaway only to see my wingman run backwards rather than help me attack (he wasnt even close to being offsides since I was the one in front). Or if I pass the ball while running down the field so I can "one two" the defender only to have the guy who passes the ball immediately turn around and run back to midfield.

kuroinindato
kuroinindato

why not, i think i'll rent it to give it a second try since i wasn't convinced at all at 1st. and concerning the AI in Pro Evo, push the level to Top Player. Sure it might get harder (which is what we like :P) but also Ur teammates are way more responsive , give good passes, and defend alot better than in, let's say, Regular. I keep my hopes up for Fifa as I'm not a hater, but they all failed me since the SNES Fifa96...

iDIVIDEBYZER0
iDIVIDEBYZER0

I think Fifa07 is more of a simulator than the new Winning Eleven (PES6). Your teammates in Fifa07 are Einsteins compared to the PES6 players and actually use strategy (sometimes), you can do much more realistic plays with through balls and passes which is where the real game in soccer is. The dribbling and shooting is still quite a bit better on PES6, but everything else Fifa07 beats in a big way, especially teamwork and passing.

pdo4545
pdo4545

the new sims looks pretty Tizight.

sasukedevil
sasukedevil

FF6 might be a good buy for this week....and War Rock...I've played that before...and they've finally created a retail game even though you can play for free...just MORE CONTENT!

Sacif
Sacif

Not a bad line up, I am still excited about Crackdown the 20th can't get here any sooner

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

MVP 07 coming out on the PS2 only is total crap! 2K Sports has no clue how to make a decent baseball game. Looks like I'll be going with MLB 07: The Show for the PS2 and PSP again.

kuroinindato
kuroinindato

@iDIVIDEBYZER0 : I did try the Fifa07 and it's defo still not all that, Winning Eleven 10 is way more the hot stuff. Even the Pro Evo 6 version is more of a simulation than the always arcade type Fifa07... looks good, lots of licences, but the gameplay is still not there IMO. Also, the 360 version (of PES6) is sadly disappointing with several options chopped off, even if the game does look nice, the PS2 version still is the one to go for, and it also supports online...and for free. So untill the next one, which will most likely be released on all 3 next-gen platforms this summer in Japan (check on CVG, Seabass confirmed in an interview a Wii version in the works) this Pro Evo 6 will help try and keep the dust away from ma PS2.

kuroinindato
kuroinindato

Just got maself Pro Evo for the DS the other day.. man I had been lookin fwd to this !! And please believe it's worth it. If U love Pro Evo and enjoy Ur DS... what a combo (PS1 level gfx + awesome gameplay) also some neat touch screen features... oh yeah...it's Wi Fi supporting, too. WOOT WOOOOOOOOOT !!

ManiacMatt1782
ManiacMatt1782

I'm still mad that MVP 07 is ps2 only, yes i have a ps2, but its rarely hooked up, memory cards suck and i would just rather have it on my xbox or 360. shame on ea for not releasing the only baseball game woth playing on other systems

Doolum
Doolum

i would like to have the new Winning Eleven.:)

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

Winning 11 not on PS3? GS says "TBA 2007"--but when? Isn't that a big title in some areas of the world? And not on the Wii (maybe they need a strap so you can attach the wand to your foot for kicking.

Ryosagi
Ryosagi

Diddy Kong Racing DS all the way for me! ^o^

thebrazenone
thebrazenone

it doesn't pain me to say it . . . fifa 07 is a lot better than the new winning eleven. i honestly hate ea, but it has continually improved fifa year after year to try and catch up with winning eleven, meanwhile winning eleven hasn't done squat in recent years. recycled gameplay . . . no scratch that . . . recycled everything is what winning eleven is all about.

iDIVIDEBYZER0
iDIVIDEBYZER0

As much as it pains me to say, Fifa 07 was a lot better than the new Winning Eleven. And I heard the 360 version is absolute garbage compared to the PS2 version. Your team mates are still total idiots and run away from the ball and attacks, the graphics still suck, the commentary is still the same if not worse. One of the worst things about it is that your "long" passes are now VERY short, you cant even cross the ball to the opposite side of the field and a defender cant come close to sending the ball past center field for some retarded reason. If your fowards are wide open deep in the field its now impossible to counter attack by doing a long through ball since all you end up doing is lobbing the ball 20 yards perfectly to the opposing team no matter how hard you kick it. On a kind of positive note, fouls are now very hard to get, in previous games you got a foul for breathing in the wrong direction, now they are so rare that they cost you valuable freekicks (you will be hearing "play-on says the referee" quit a lot). This is the first time FIFA has ever been good, and it manages to be better than the recycled last gen gameplay of PES6/WE11. I hope the next one gets some effort put into it and kicks FIFA's ass since theyll be forced to design a game based on the PS3 rather than the PS2.

jasongm
jasongm

I guess those that collected all the Mario titles on the GBA will probably pass this one... I got the SNES original, so im passing this one up and waiting for those other rare gems on the virtual console.

wenbin09
wenbin09

i looking forward to getting winning eleven!!

Mobius007
Mobius007

Winning Eleven is the best soccer franchise out there.

crithon
crithon

*excited* Lunar Knights! Finally NOT going to have to play Boktai out in the freezing winter days.

Juan-C
Juan-C

I'll be picking up Winning Eleven tomorrow for my 360. Can't wait :)

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

Super Mario World is all I'm interested in this week.

ocdog45
ocdog45

Capcom Puzzle World (PSP) is all im intrested in

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i'll definitely be getting Elemia this week.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Final Fantasy VI, Ar Tonelico, Super Mario World. That's 3 for me this week. I'll look into the reviews of Lunar Knigts and Capcom Puzzle World too...

Pete5506
Pete5506

Winning eleven should be good

alberto2045
alberto2045

o man winning eleven isnt coming otu on the PS3 yet cheese just get it out in 480p whats the diference

Bsblldude12
Bsblldude12

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