Shippin' Out April 9-13: Super Paper Mario, PS3 MKII

[UPDATE] A new Wii RPG and PlayStation 3 retro-classic top a slim slate of springtime shipments; Boom Boom Rocket lands on XBLA.

As spring temperatures begin to thaw snow across the country, the game industry is entering a bit of a release drought. The second week of April 2007 will see under a dozen new titles arriving on store shelves and download services.

The highest-profile game is easily Super Paper Mario, one of the first role-playing games for the Wii. The sequel to the popular 2003 GameCube RPG Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is already being embraced by critics and is expected to be one of the top-selling games on Nintendo's new platform.

Sony's latest console, the PlayStation 3, is also getting a new game this week...sort of. On Thursday, Mortal Kombat II, the arcade classic that thrilled gamers and horrified media watchdogs back in 1993, will be available on the PlayStation Store. The game will support online matchups via the PlayStation Network and will retail for $4.99.

[UPDATE] Xbox 360 owners get a new Xbox Live Arcade offering this week in the form of Boom Boom Rocket. The game went live early Wednesday morning in the US, and costs 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

On the portable front, DS owners will get a tasty treat in the form of Cake Mania. A spiritual cousin to Diner Dash, Cake Mania will see players run a bakery that caters to increasingly cranky customers. DS owners not interested in simulated culinary arts can pick up Toondoku, a compilation of Sudoku-based puzzle games featuring cartoons.

As is often the case, the PC welcomes the most releases of the week. Leading the pack is The Ship, which arrives in boxed retail form after being available on Valve Software's Steam download service since last summer. Frontline: Fields of Thunder retreads the well-worn World War II real-time strategy genre, while Whirlwind Over Vietnam is set during a less popular conflict in Southeast Asia.

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

APRIL 9, 2007
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer (PS2)
Cake Mania (DS)
Hot Dog King A Fast Food Empire (PC)
Frontline: Fields of Thunder (PC)
The Ship (PC)
Super Paper Mario (WII)
Whirlwind Over Vietnam (PC)

APRIL 10, 2007
Inspector Parker Unsolved (PC)
Toondoku (DS)

APRIL 11, 2007
Boom Boom Rocket (X360)

APRIL 12, 2007
Mortal Kombat II (PS3)

APRIL 13, 2007
No releases announced.

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killeryoda85
killeryoda85

God Damn It! When do us Europeans get Super Paper Mario?

panteral3
panteral3

Warkunt- "Grow up". Says the "man" with the most childish pic. Oh, the IRONY!

panteral3
panteral3

PS3= Poor Stupid Los3rs Cry me a river, d-bags!

slayer1090
slayer1090

Yeah i picked up SPM on release date it is a must-have for all Wii owners who like to play old school style with a new school game. Other than that this week is just another week to skip.

_NeoN
_NeoN

I'm sure you mean Tekken 6 dude. ;) Yeah, good point BILLNYE6983. Those are mighty impressive games, I back 'em up too. Now the MK series, I never liked their 3D games. The only reason MKIII is my fav is cause of the insane roster of fighters.

_NeoN
_NeoN

I'm sure you mean Tekken 6 dude. ;) Yeah, good point BILLNYE6983. Those are mighty impressive games, I back 'em up too. Now the MK series, I never liked their 3D games. The only reason MKIII is my fav is cause of the insane roster of fighters.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Super Paper Mario, here I come.

Warkunt
Warkunt

pantera is obviously complaining about not having a PS3 whenever he decides to talk trash about it. just because you can't afford it doesn't mean it's a waste of money. please, grow up.

Gantz666
Gantz666

gmayronne MKII, 5 bucks.......oh yeah, im there dude. as for you 360 owners, at least you got Ultimate MK3.......hehe, that game SUUUUUCKED, worst mortal kombat in the history of mortal kombat, oops scratch that last remark, MK Special Forces was a much steamier turd Honestly, I can't see how you can say MK2 is better than UMK3.... Not saying that MK3 was better, but they are almost the same exact game. That was the problem with the Mortal Kombat franchise until Deadly Alliance. They just added new stuff without delivering a different experience

chakan2
chakan2

Resistance, Tekken 5, Virtua Fighter 5, Ridge Racer, and Motorstorm are all good games

Not 600 dollars good

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

"panteral3 Cost of a PS3 - $600 Cost of a game more than a decade old - $ 5.00 Realizing you bought the most expensive hardware of this generation to play nothing more than half-a$$ed rehashes and ports - priceless." Ok this is pretty lame, did you know that (based on GS ratings) like 3 out of the top 5 games are VC games the other two are Twilight Princess (which is on the GC...) and WarioWare, so let's really not bash the PS3 for bringing a good game to it's store when Nintendo isn't even making new games that are as good as it's old games. If you check down the list of Wii games you'll see that most it's high rated games are VC games. Still not sure how the PS3 'sucks' and has 'no good games'. Resistance, Tekken 5, Virtua Fighter 5, Ridge Racer, and Motorstorm are all good games to me (and they are all exclusive too) so I'm not sure what your talking about.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Glad to read that there's a PS2 release, sorta caught me by surprise. None of the other games peaked my interests.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Glad to read that there's a PS2 release, sorta caught me by surprise. None of the other games peaked my interests.

gmayronne
gmayronne

MKII, 5 bucks.......oh yeah, im there dude. as for you 360 owners, at least you got Ultimate MK3.......hehe, that game SUUUUUCKED, worst mortal kombat in the history of mortal kombat, oops scratch that last remark, MK Special Forces was a much steamier turd

GXR
GXR

Mk II yay !

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Super Paper Mario and a few other games make up this week's release.

aashkii
aashkii

Yay, Super Paper Mario (was that game suppose to be released for the Gamecube when announced last year?)

sascha23
sascha23

I will definitely get MK2...I mean, it's five bucks...COME ON!!! This time of year sucks for console game releases. But the PS3 and 360 have some sweet games coming from June to December.

ufopuller
ufopuller

That does not seem like much to supply the whole world of gamers

drofgameanomics
drofgameanomics

wow! It's a realy slow week! Where's all the games people? lol

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

TTDog Are you kidding me??? The 1st decent game...heard of Resistance, Motostorm, F1, etc. etc.???? Everyone's heard of them... but I believe he said DECENT game so these don't count. Since when does a game getting over 9 on 10 isn't even considered decent? By you standards, Gears of War and Zelda are barely considered decent.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

panteral3 Cost of a PS3 - $600 Cost of a game more than a decade old - $ 5.00 Realizing you bought the most expensive hardware of this generation to play nothing more than half-a$$ed rehashes and ports - priceless. I am so GLAD I didn't buy that piece of crap. For the rest of you, at least it is shiny =). You sure thought about that a long time, didn't you? Didn't come to your mind that X360 and Wii charges you the same price for their old ports? And Nintendo's don't even have updates like online and leaderboards like MKII does. And to that HDPlayer guy, you forgot to add Wi-Fi and the bigger HDD, lol.

Kcube
Kcube

I cant wait to play MK2 online..I loved that game back in school.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

HDplayer ELite or Premium 360 + HD-DVD + LIVE membership = more than the cost of PS3 + BluRay + Home ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- :lol: @ PS3 Fanboys still talking about prices!! :lol: Get over it and move on with your life. Be happy the PS3 is getting MKII online.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Paper Mario awesome.. But MK2 is just another rehash..

natebayne
natebayne

HDplayer..... how many times must this be explained to you... the HD-DVD is an ADD ON... not part of the original design... sorry.. keep trying.. the ps3 sucks.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

super paper mario looks like a must-have.

HDplayer
HDplayer

ELite or Premium 360 + HD-DVD + LIVE membership = more than the cost of PS3 + BluRay + Home

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

It's good that Playstation 3 is finally getting it's first decent game, even if it is a fifteen year old classic.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

MKII for my $600 Resistance box sounds great! :)

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Roll on the summer release season!

Riorio99
Riorio99

panteral3 Cost of a PS3 - $600 Cost of a game more than a decade old - $ 5.00 Realizing you bought the most expensive hardware of this generation to play nothing more than half-a$$ed rehashes and ports - priceless. I am so GLAD I didn't buy that piece of crap. For the rest of you, at least it is shiny =). ---------------------------------------------------------- Point missed! These are the games that ensured that you would have a PS3 or 360 or whatever. Without these classics, gaming wouldn't have took off. This is a chance for people who haven't played the games that created gaming to see what started it all.

collum1987
collum1987

SageAnomie Nicely put, I may not have my Sega Mega Drive anymore or SNES but wish to play the old games which I loved as a small kid! The PS3 is progressing well here which is good as when I got it early back in January before the EU launch, there was hardly anything which kept me coming back on my PS3. But games like Virtua Fighter 5, Resistance, Motorstorm and F1 Championship Edition keep me occupied on the PS3 :D

TTDog
TTDog

Are you kidding me??? The 1st decent game...heard of Resistance, Motostorm, F1, etc. etc.???? Everyone's heard of them... but I believe he said DECENT game so these don't count.

zsc4
zsc4

Super Paper Mario, is a great game...besides that nothing interests me on that list.