Shippin' Out 9/25-9/29: NBA trifecta, Just Cause, Valkyrie Profile 2

Sony, EA, and 2K Sports hit the hard court this week as Eidos offers up over-the-top action and Square Enix brings a long-awaited sequel to retail.

September's come and almost gone, which means the all-important fourth quarter of the year is almost upon us. But don't look too far ahead, as the third quarter's going out with a bang when it comes to new releases.

Just as the NBA season trails the NHL season by a little bit each year, so too do the basketball games trail their hockey counterparts. 2K Sports and Electronic Arts hit the ice with their respective efforts in the middle of this month, and now the sports-game titans are reprising their feud once more with NBA 2K7 arriving in stores across multiple formats on the same day as most versions of EA's NBA Live 07. Sony's NBA 07 franchise is getting in the mix, as well, with versions for both the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation 2.

Nonsports gamers also have a bevy of choices on tap this week, as Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis hits the Nintendo DS, the long-awaited sequel to the original PlayStation game Valkyrie Profile arrives on the PS2, and Eidos' over-the-top, open-world action game Just Cause also drops in on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, and PC.

On the strictly PC side of things, Vivendi Games' city-building sim Caesar IV ships out this week, alongside a port of Majesco's Jaws Unleashed and a rare PC title from Namco Bandai in Mage Knight: Apocalypse. Namco Bandai's DS effort based on the same tabletop gaming license, Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier, is also set to arrive in stores.

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 25, 2006
Backyardigans: Mission to Mars (PC)
Baten Kaitos Origins (GC)
Dora the Explorer: Dora's World Adventures (PC)
Family Feud (PC)
Ford Bold Moves Street Racing (Xbox, PS2, PC)
Go Diego Go! (PC)
Hollywood Posh Pets (PC)
King's Quest Collection (PC)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (GC)
NBA 07 (PSP)
NBA 07 Featuring The Life (PS2)
NBA 2K7 (Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2)
NBA Live 07 (Xbox 360, PSP, Xbox, PC)
Pacific Storm (PC)
Paparazzi (PC)
Pony LUV (PC)
Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Dreams (GBA)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2006
Backyard Football 2007 (GBA)
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2007: 10th Anniversary Edition (PC)
Caesar IV (PC)
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA (PS2)
The Fast and the Furious (PS2)
Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball Max'd (PS2)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (PS2, GC)
GTR 2 (PC)
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (GBA)
Hidden Expedition: Titanic (PC)
Hoyle Bridge Club (PC)
Import Tuner Challenge (Xbox 360)
Jaws Unleashed (PC)
Just Cause (Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PC)
Mage Knight Apocalypse (PC)
Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier (DS)
MotoGP (PSP)
NRA Gun Club (PS2)
Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent (GBA)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (GBA)
Spectral Souls (PSP)
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (PS2)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2006
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (DS, GBA)
ParaWorld (PC)
Unfabulous (GBA)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (PC)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
NBA Live 07 (PS2)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2006
Bubble Bobble Revolution (DS)
El Matador (PC)
Rainbow Islands Revolution (DS)

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44 comments
EMAN2g
EMAN2g

Baten Kaitos w0o0oo0t

_Sam_
_Sam_

it says The Fast and the Furious was cancelled :?

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Baten Kaitos Origins, Spectral Souls, the two Mage Knight games, not to mention BradyGame's WoW Second Edition Guide. That's a hole in the pocket...

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

errr..... there is finally a GCN game coming out that isnt multiplatform and they make no mention of it?

I_Stole_the_Tv
I_Stole_the_Tv

BK: O is really under the radar. I want to rent it and VP2 but need enough time to be able to play both.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

just picking up nba 2k7 - may rent just cause on 360.

AdMordem
AdMordem

import tuner challenge??

ocdog45
ocdog45

Big week for games this week. at least 4 games are on my list

paradyme777
paradyme777

Still not sure if I want to get NBA Live 07

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I might be getting NBA Live 07 and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria depending on the reviews.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Just cause looks like another stupid mindless sandbox action game so yes i'll mos definately be getting it.

dhjohns
dhjohns

NBA 2K7 and Just Cause for the 360. That makes it a great gaming week.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

I'll get VP2 and Caeser IV thank you!

lordxymor
lordxymor

I'll have a Caesar IV with Mage Knight Apocalypse and VP2 for desert, please.

faizali86
faizali86

why couldnt they release the good stuff in the holidays?

gagan21
gagan21

cant wait to get just cause,i read the review at gamespot,but i dont give a dam coz i played the demo, its awesome and i ll b gettin the full version

korn18m
korn18m

Looks like I'll be enjoying me some Valkyrie Profile 2 soon.

methedemon
methedemon

Valkyrie Profile 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tyler2010
tyler2010

nba Nba NBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

enoslives7
enoslives7

whats with the queer picture ????

dragonball3900
dragonball3900

Baten Kaitos Origins and Clash Of Ninja 2 for me.

ArGus88
ArGus88

The only game in this list that I might get is Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria. The rest don't seem that interesting. Spectral Souls sounds interesting, but I'll have to wait and see.

ajy2
ajy2

Caesar IV time has finally arrived!!! It only took 8 years for the sequel, but I have a feeling it will be worth it. :) Time to also get a new monthly dose of Mario on DS!

Po77InAtOr
Po77InAtOr

Woohoo! I've been waiting for that Dora the Explorer game for ages. The new graphics engine is insane! Check out the screens guys. You'll swear it's really her! I bet it outsells Madden 07.

thisisasignin
thisisasignin

Its going to be a tough choice between Valkyrie Profile 2 and Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Dreams... yeah Im thinking the same thing just get both

got_systems
got_systems

Valkyrie Profile 2, Just Cause, Baiten Kaitos and Cesar 4 time.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

it has nothing im really looking foward to

Inde_
Inde_

5th. cool. nice variety

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria is a game for the PS2 I will be picking up. I loved the remake on the PSP and to see another one on the PS2 will be fun to play.

juanfraino
juanfraino

Mario Vs. DK 2 looks like the one to get!

JcNasty
JcNasty

seriously EA needs to focus on Football