Shippin' Out: 9/18-9/22: Okami, Pokemon, Godfathers, Xbox Vision camera

This week's release calendar features wolf gods, pocket monsters, vicious mobsters, and your mug.

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With the Wii launch details unveiled and the battle lines finally drawn for the next-generation console wars, it's easy to forget that there are systems already on store shelves with new games released for them every week. This week sees a number of anticipated titles arriving, including Capcom's action game based on Japanese folklore, two new Pokemon games to catch, and a bevy of graphic adventure compilations from Sierra.

The week starts off with a bang, as Nintendo is shipping the latest installments in its long-running Pokemon series to stores today. While it's not unusual to see Nintendo split its Pokemon games into differently colored counterparts, this week's release of two Pokemon Mystery Dungeon editions marks the first time the company has split a new game in the franchise between two systems. The Red Rescue Team edition of the game will arrive on Game Boy Advance, while the Blue Rescue Team takes care of the DS.

The popular pocket monsters aren't the only new releases vying to catch 'em all when it comes to gamers' paychecks. Electronic Arts' Xbox 360 and PSP interpretations of The Godfather should be coming soon to stores near you, and Vivendi label Sierra Entertainment will take a trip down memory lane with compilation packs for four of its fondly remembered graphic adventure series.

Later in the week, gamers can expect a flurry of new titles, spearheaded by Capcom's Okami for the PlayStation 2. In Okami, players assume the role of Amaterasu, a sun god who takes the form of a wolf on Earth. The game's visuals are presented in a traditional Japanese art style, and players are required to use the PS2's controller to perform "brush strokes" to battle enemies and solve puzzles.

Other notable releases include the Xbox Live Vision camera to add a visual oomph to the trash-talking in games like Uno and Texas Hold 'Em, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime on the DS, and King of Fighters 2006 on the PS2. Finally, you won't be able to find it in stores, but Sony Online Entertainment will begin distributing the Serpent's Spine expansion for EverQuest online for $29.99.

This week's new releases are listed below. The list is taken from retailer information, so actual dates may vary. Contact your local retailer for availability.

SEPTEMBER 18
Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales (PC)
Bratz: Forever Diamondz (GC, GBA, DS)
The Godfather (Xbox 360)
The Godfather: Mob Wars (PSP)
GTR 2 (PC)
King's Quest Collection (PC)
Leisure Suit Larry Collection (PC)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (GBA)
Police Quest Collection (PC)
Space Quest Collection (PC)
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble (DS)

SEPTEMBER 19
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PC)
Backyardigans: Mission to Mars (PC)
Cabela's Alaskan Adventure (Xbox 360, PS2)
Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA)
Danny Phantom Urban Jungle (DS, GBA)
Dora the Explorer: Dora's World Adventures (PC)
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
EverQuest: The Serpent's Spine (PC)
Dogz Fashion (GBA)
Ford Bold Moves Street Racing (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Go Diego Go! (PC)
The King of Fighters 2006 (PS2)
NRA Gun Club (PS2)
Okami (PS2)
Open Season (PSP, DS, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, GBA)
Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent (GBA)
Samurai Warriors 2 (PS2)
Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Dreams (GBA)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (PSP, PS2, PC)
Xbox Live Vision Camera (Xbox 360)
Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury (PS2)

SEPTEMBER 20
Hoyle Bridge Club (PC)

Discussion

74 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

not that great IMO

Supreme_Fantasy
Supreme_Fantasy

Okami sounds looks a great game...I'm tracking it now..

ocdog45
ocdog45

godfather is on my list

4lic
4lic

just Okami and Pokemon for now

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

getting the vision camera - but that Okami looks fantastic.

Havoc19
Havoc19

as long as okami sells atleast 400k worldwide capcom should be happy :)

ewjim
ewjim

Not many PS2 titles... :(

gagan21
gagan21

i am excited about pokemon ds ,okami and godfather for the 360. cant wait any longer 4 these games

kamicolo
kamicolo

Okami and King of Fighters, Yes!! A NRA game, oh no, since when has an org has itz own game? I can't wait for the Sec of State game starring Condoleeza Rice...heh

shanno
shanno

Okami!!!! Can't wait!!!!!

gautam3
gautam3

excited about Godfather for PSP!!

Tamer_kai
Tamer_kai

Yeah can't wait till I grip up Okami.

Dolacide
Dolacide

Finally Okami is here! Rejoice.

ssgohan2099
ssgohan2099

LOL. dumb asses!!!!!!!!!! gamestop aka eb sux

gamerdude27
gamerdude27

Okami takes the crown for this week's releases.

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

Okami rules that list with an iron fist

mskittykat
mskittykat

Just one more day until Okami comes out w00t!!

Slaveways
Slaveways

why isnt sw2 coming to 360 yet? are they upgrading it or something?

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

I'm looking forward to the long-named Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team for the DS. Rocket Slime looks good too. Lots of lincensed games this week; that's....um....yeah.

David600
David600

Can' t wait till Okami comes out!!!

korn18m
korn18m

Can't wait to play me some Okami.

RoninGaijin
RoninGaijin

Looks like they forgot Samurai Warriors 2 for the Xbox360, no big surprize there.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

The only good thing on that list is Dora the Explorer: Dora's World Adventures. Everything else eats poo

crills
crills

yes okami cant wait reserved mine 12 weeks ago now i just hope they make part 2 for the wii i think ill be well suited for the wii mote from the demo i played

vipr255
vipr255

Eventhough GBA is old. there are a lot of games coming out this week.

sarges24
sarges24

yeah thanks Capcom... can't even get Okami into stores for Tuesday? Knowing my luck no retailers will even get it till Friday here... They need to get games into all stores for a Tuesday release here... Especially when it's a game like OKAMI ;)

Kantwon
Kantwon

YES Okami tomorrow, with my art board accompanying it.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Okami then FFX13 then... bye bye PS2!

P2L5NM
P2L5NM

Screw the other games, it's all about OKAMI PEOPLE!! buy or DIE!

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

i'll probably grab those sierra collections, pokemon, capcom classics, dragon quest, okami, and king of fighters. visa will love me this month :\

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

Yay! New Strawberry Shortcake GBA game! I'm buying that!