The good news is that next week marks the arrival of EA Sports' Madden NFL, better known as the traditional kickoff for the holiday season and the influx of games that comes with it. The bad news is that the week before Madden's arrival is pretty much as bare as a release schedule comes from the US gaming industry.
In fact, the biggest release of the week isn't even software. Instead, Microsoft takes top billing with the launch of its latest hardware revision for the Xbox 360 Arcade unit. Available at the $199 price point, the system resembles the slim-line 250GB hard drive model, though with a black matte finish. However, instead of external memory, it includes 4GB of internal flash memory, as well as a wireless controller, built-in wireless connectivity, and five USB ports.
As for software, UFO Interactive will be releasing Tecmo Koei's latest installment in the Monster Rancher series for the DS. The monster breeding and battling game features a number of classic critters from previous installments in the franchise, including Mocchi and Suezo.
Karaoke fans also have something to look forward to by way of Disney's Sing It: Family Hits. Available for the PlayStation 3 and Wii, Family Hits offers classic Disney tunes from films such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, and Aladdin.
For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3
4GB Xbox 360 S
Disney Sing It: Family Hits--PS3, WII--Disney Interactive
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Junior Classic Books and Fairytales--DS--Navarre Corp
Monster Rancher DS--DS--UFO Interactive
Mumbo Jumbo 6 Pack 2nd Edition--PC--MumboJumbo
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4
Commander: Conquest of the Americas--PC--Paradox Interactive
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair--X360--Konami