Shippin' Out April 16-20: Valhalla Knights, Bust-A-Move Bash!

A PSP RPG and Wii puzzler lead a minor mob of springtime releases, including five downloadable titles for next-gen consoles.

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Even though summer isn't until June 21, rain-starved Californians are already bracing for the first official drought in 15 years. But it's hard to imagine anything drier than this week's crop of game releases. The sole title being released at retail for the latest batch of consoles is Bust-a-Move Bash! for the Wii. The game is the latest in Taito's long line of puzzle games, and will allow up to eight-player matches using the motion-sensing Wii Remote.

All the rest of the week's next-gen console games come in the form of digital downloads. Most are retro arcade classics, such as Bonk's Revenge, Virtua Fighter 2, and the legendary Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, which are all now available on the Wii's Virtual Console. Also, old-school favorite Gyruss and new-school casual golf game 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures both arrive on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow.

The rest of the week's releases are a mixed bag. The DS will get some pinball courtesy of Classic Action: Devilish. The PlayStation Portable will take a double hit in the form of the Japanese role-playing game Valhalla Knights and the risqué billiards simulator Pocket Pool. Meanwhile, the handheld's older sibling, the PlayStation 2, will get races (Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2), heists (Th3 Plan), and mechs (Eureka Seven Vol. 2: The New Vision).

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

APRIL 16, 2007
Bonk's Revenge (WII)
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (WII)
Virtua Fighter 2 (WII)

APRIL 17, 2007
Bust-A-Move Bash! (WII)
Classic Action: Devilish (DS)
Eureka Seven Vol. 2: The New Vision (PS2)
Th3 Plan (PS2)
Sudokuro (DS)
Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 (PS2)
UFO: Extraterrestrials (PC)
Valhalla Knights (PSP)

APRIL 18, 2007
Gyruss (X360)
Pocket Pool (PSP)
3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures (X360)

APRIL 19, 2007
Made Man (PC)

APRIL 20, 2007
No releases scheduled.

Discussion

41 comments
PoopTete
PoopTete

yay mini golf. if only my 360 wasnt in for repairs......

outlawauron7491
outlawauron7491

Super Rub a Dub is coming on the 19! GS come on. Keep up.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Good thing I have a major backlog of games.

yyr
yyr

I might pick up Gyruss. It's an oldie, but a goodie. I've also heard good things about Bonk's Revenge. And I'm seriously thinking about Raiden III, if only to support the fact that some companies are still willing to bring shmups over the ocean.

gibsongirl
gibsongirl

"ultra" "mini" and "adventures" i'm pretty sure these words have never been used descriptively together before.

zsc4
zsc4

Nothing interests me this week :?

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

The real title that's good this week is 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures. Laughable.

TTDog
TTDog

That system seller "Super Rub-A-Dub" on the PS3 was on the list earlier... where'd that disappear to?

ASK_Story
ASK_Story

Where's Raiden III!? Sheesh, at least give it some respect!!!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Valhalla Knights & Eureka Seven looks awesome. Re Truth01: True; what happened to The Red Star?

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

I'm not dissapointed, if sony, nintendo, and microsoft tried to get a game out for each console each week, we'd get poor, undeveloped, and generally bad games (see half of PS2 and N64's library). 3d Ultra Mini Golf Adventures looks good. Level Editior and online multiplayer? Count me in.

smith447
smith447

Sweet, Valhalla Knights looks awesome.

Johann_Lieberg
Johann_Lieberg

is there any good game for grown-up people on the wii??? seriously.. im finished zelda n thinking about selling the console.......

FadeToBlack982
FadeToBlack982

There are way too many Sudoku games. But I guess it beats the old trend of overabundant Poker game releases.

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Only one Wii game and a bunch of downloadable games? Pass.

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

is it just me or is spring always lacking in good games?

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

That is a big list of mediocre games. I might get Valhalla Knights though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Nothing I want this week

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Valhalla Knights is the only thing that stands out.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

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_NeoN
_NeoN

Lol... Well said boffo21. The new Eureka 7 title for the PS2 has got me interested. I'm a huge anime fan. ;) My apologies if there's a double post, don't know why it seems to always do that.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Lol... Well said boffo21. The new Eureka 7 title for the PS2 has got me interested. I'm a huge anime fan. ;) My apologies if there's a double post, don't know why it seems to always do that.

Ragnarok1051
Ragnarok1051

Valhalla Knights!!!! I can finally get it.

boffo21
boffo21

Nothing on the PS3 and only Live Arcade games on 360, what is the industry coming too?

mcxps3
mcxps3

what happened to super rub a dub on the ps3?

mach-stem
mach-stem

Bust-a-Move Wii baby! There goes the neighborhood. :) I've been playing and addicted since the Saturn. I actually STILL play the Bust-A-Move for the Saturn. I think I'm going to go play right now. ;) PEACE

Truth01
Truth01

What happened to "The Red Star"?

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Valhalla Knights for the PSP, I'm looking forward to that one.

Somini
Somini

This has to be the worst week ever, there's nothing that's even remotely interesting on that list.

waleywu_basic
waleywu_basic

Valhalla Knights have a smiliar battling system (non random encouter with real time battling system) with Crisis Core. This will be the first test to this new genre. I will definitely pick up VK tomorrow. sadly, it's the only good game this week in any console.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

I hope Valhalla Knights turns into a great RPG. 8)

SuperVegeta518
SuperVegeta518

Wow. Maybe 2 of those games will score over an 8.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this week is terrible

TTDog
TTDog

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