Shippin' Out April 23-27: Pokémon DS duo, LOTR Online

Two more Pokémon games to catch, Middle-earth challenges Azeroth; also, F.E.A.R. hits PS3, Rabbids hit 360.

Insurance salesman by day, level 16 dwarf by night.

It appears the Great Game Drought of '06 may finally be over. Two popular properties had huge releases today, as Nintendo unleashed a pair of Pokémon games for the DS, and the universe of Lord of the Rings finally delved into the massively multiplayer online realm.

After working the charts over for years on the Game Boy Advance, the first proper Pokémon games for the DS make their debut in the US today. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl feature the series' traditional role-playing gameplay, as well as more than 100 new critters to catch. Both games feature online play, where trainers can fight or swap Pokémon with other users. The games will also support interconnectivity with Pokémon Battle Revolution for the Wii, which is due out in late June.

Those who prefer their nerdiness with pointy ears, furry feet, and flowing robes can join the virtual Renaissance Faire known as The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The game was developed by MMO specialists Turbine (Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, Asheron's Call) and will feature creatures and settings from the books of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Raving rabbids have raging cavities.

The only new retail releases for the current crop of consoles aren't actually so new. This week sees a trio of ports hit new systems, as Sierra Entertainment spreads F.E.A.R. to the PlayStation 3, Eidos builds Bionicle Heroes for the Wii, and Ubisoft breeds Rayman Raving Rabbids for the Xbox 360.

On the download circuit, the Wii gets a trio of old titles and the Xbox 360 gets a pair of new games. Gradius III, Wonder Boy in Monster World, and Battle Lode Runner were all released on the Virtual Console on Monday, and Pinball FX and Eets: Chowdown will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace on Wednesday.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates often vary, call your local game retailer for confirmation).

APRIL 22, 2007
Pokémon Pearl (DS)
Pokémon Diamond (DS)

APRIL 23, 2007
Battle Lode Runner (Wii via Virtual Console)
Wonder Boy in Monster World (Wii via Virtual Console)
Gradius III (Wii via Virtual Console)
Made Man (PC)
The Red Star (PS2)
Eureka Seven Vol. 2: The New Vision (PS2)
Th3 Plan (PS2)

APRIL 24, 2007
Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT 2 (PS2)
Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos (PSP)
Ancient Wars: Sparta (PC)
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC)
Dunes of War (PC)
SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS (DS)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (X360)
EverQuest The Anniversary Edition (PC)
The Fast and the Furious (PSP)
Hard Rock Casino (PSP)
Model Train 3D (PC)
Bionicle Heroes (Wii)
Cube (PSP)

APRIL 25, 2007
F.E.A.R. (PS3)
Circus Empire (PC)
Pinball FX (Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Marketplace)
Eets: Chowdown (Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Marketplace)

APRIL 27, 2007
Vegas Casino High 5! (DS)
Stargate Online Trading Card Game (PC)
Tank Beat (DS)
Fairy Godmother Tycoon (PC)

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Discussion

53 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Not a bad list overall. Hopefully there are a few blockbusters and some sleeper hits in store for us this summer.

Kicken
Kicken

cant see lotr being any good, vanguard was supposed to be revolutionary, yet was a disappointment... like lotr is going to be. but hopefully Im wrong, cause wow has pwned mmorpgs for too long

doughtybenjamin
doughtybenjamin

POKEMON i may just have to buy a DS when it comes out in the UK

bysmitty
bysmitty

They forgot to mention Sam & Max ep 6 being released on GameTap today! I can't wait to get off work. ...bysmitty

dmastor
dmastor

360 get's a wii port and ps3 get's an 360 port somebody wake me up next week thank u

O_OdazX_X
O_OdazX_X

If there was ever a game worth getting, it was Fairy Godmother Tycoon, seriously, buy it, it rocks.

ufopuller
ufopuller

F.E.A.R. and it's extension is a great game

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

lotor i wonder if its gonna be good somebody get back to me on that

emerald101
emerald101

Wot is the point of ordering pokemon dp from america cant u wait for it to come out here. Ur also going to get them here aswell.....JUST TELL ME WAT IS THE POINT?????

Lonewolftom87
Lonewolftom87

Just ordered both the Pokemon games for the US. As god knows when these games are going to come to the UK. Also my friend brought LOTR:Online yesterday and states that is utter rubbish. Fair enough, Pokemon will keep me entertained for ages. ^.^

p1er
p1er

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Bench_Scientist
Bench_Scientist

"Fairy Godmother Tycoon Demo This demo lets you tycoon it up for 60 minutes...Fairy Godmother style. Download » Posted Mar 13, 2007 | Size: 40.1MB | Downloads: 4,940" FGT FTW!

smfes
smfes

LOTR online is gonna be a huuuuge failure.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

:lol: SWEET ps3 gets another over a year old port!!!!

Swampthing
Swampthing

From someone who was in the LOTR Beta for a LOOOOONG time, I won't be bothering with this title. It is too much of a Warcraft clone and that's simply not good enough. WoW made a splash because it enhanced the playability so many things in the MMO world. LOTR just decided to copy that rather than innovate... which assumes nothing can be done better than WoW. I disagree, and wish they were brave enough to try new ways to do things instead.

zsc4
zsc4

Nice, but not planing to get any of those games :?

xelloss88
xelloss88

Got Lord of the rings today :D

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

LotR Online (heck yes for lifetime subscription) and maybe Pokemon & Red Star.

Homes225
Homes225

Fairy Godmother Tycoon? WTF.

RolielStarfire
RolielStarfire

The more I look at The Lord Of The Rings launch, the more I appreciate the genus that is Turbine: Releasing their new MMO on Everquest's 8th birthday is purely brilliant.

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

Everyone buy The Red Star for PS2!!! It's had a shaky development cycle but it's got good reviews.

thewesman
thewesman

Th3 Plan. Nobody has really said anything about this game. Same with the Red Star...two interesting game ideas, and no one says a word....interesting.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Hmmm... Good, scratch that, great week for DS fans as I've only read forum members saying how they can't wait to get the new Pokemon games. The only title that's got me interested is the Eureka Seven title for the PS2, huge anime fan. (sadly no next-gen consoles owned by me just yet) My apologies for the double post, seems to always do that for some reason.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Hmmm... Good, scratch that, great week for DS fans as I've only read forum members saying how they can't wait to get the new Pokemon games. The only title that's got me interested is the Eureka Seven title for the PS2, huge anime fan. (sadly no next-gen consoles owned by me just yet) My apologies for the double post, seems to always do that for some reason.

phantom4567
phantom4567

Already got pokemon and I can't stop playing it!! Now waiting for the Pokemon WII game....

mcxps3
mcxps3

Already got pokemon (the second ds game i bought and plan to keep since i got the darn thing in early 05 the last will be zelda). Might rent fear for my ps3. I need these slow weeks to save money for Spiderman3 Collectors edition( exclusive to ps3) which comes in 2 weeks. But then i wont buy anything really until Lair drops.

abu123
abu123

not much of a week unless your a DS fan.

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

Pokemon, LORTO and Fairy Godmother Tycoon. Awesome.

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

Fear for PS3 sucks Rayman for 360 = easy 1000 achievement points and pokemon well that might be cool.

hex_ten
hex_ten

Someone really should put US release dates in the title, i had my hopes up.

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

Gotta catch em' all!!!! YEAHHH EYAHHH HEYAIHDNLIA;SHGCFEOPWAIF[P yeahh

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

lets see tokyo xtrem racer - wont get aedis- wont get snk- wont get rayman- might get everquest- oh god another one? f&f- wont get hard rock- wont get model train- wont get bionicle heroes- wont get fear- dont have ps3 dont want one either maybe 360 version though well i could go on but the only one I really wont get is pokemon... oh if only you didnt get in trouble for ranting on here...

axes03
axes03

dont mess with pok3mon B

814StopsToday
814StopsToday

'Th3 Plan', high five to the kids in marketing for that one

smith447
smith447

LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE! WHOOOHOOO! YEAH! ALRIGHT! Too bad i can't afford it right now! WHOOO!