Shippin' Out December 3-7: Golden Compass, Alvin and the Chipmunks

Holiday-movie tie-ins headline a week that also sees DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Godzilla, and Jenga on the Wii; Eternal Champions, Dynastic Hero, and Zanac on the Virtual Console.

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As was the case last week, the gaming industry continues its slow descent into the new year by giving off a few last hoorahs and tying up some loose ends. Leading the first full week of December is Sega's holiday-movie tie-in The Golden Compass for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC. Sega's first adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass follows the travails of Lyra, her shape-shifting demon accomplice Pan, and an articulate polar bear.

While the Jason Lee-led Alvin and the Chipmunks won't be in theaters until next week, Brash Entertainment is priming the waters this week with the multiplatform game tie-in. Brash, which formed earlier this year with the professed intention of focusing on film-to-game adaptations, is targeting best-selling platforms the Wii, DS, PS2, and PC with its kid-friendly rhythm game starring squirrelly crooners Alvin, Simon...Theodore.

As Atari frantically treads water in an effort to see the light of one more year, the publisher is releasing a handful of titles that have already appeared on other systems to the Wii. With its PS2 counterpart arriving at the end of November, Pipeworks Software's Godzilla Unleashed squares off a veritable who's who of seismic monsters in urban environments. While Atari's coveted Dragon Ball Z license remains in limbo, the publisher's power level is still high enough to unleash Budokai Tenkaichi 3 onto the Wii, with more than 160 Z-fighters in tow. Atari will also be stacking Jenga World Tour onto retail shelves this week.

With the bargain-bin Arcade Hits landing this week as part of the fall Xbox 360 fall dashboard update, Microsoft is taking a week off from its weekly Wednesday release. However, the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console continues its steady revival of legacy-generation classics. Eternal Champions is a violent 2D fighter that not-so-discreetly borrows its visceral approach to the genre from Midway's Mortal Kombat series, and is available for 800 Wii points ($8). Also available on the VC this week is Hudson's action role-playing game The Dynastic Hero for 800 Wii points ($8) and Zanac, a vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up for 500 Wii points ($5).

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

DECEMBER 3, 2007
American Girl: Julie Finds a Way (DS)
Band of Bugs (PC)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii)
Eternal Champions (Wii VC)
Manga Fighter (PC)
The Dynastic Hero (Wii VC)
Ultimate Duck Hunting (Wii)
Zanac (Wii VC)

DECEMBER 4, 2007
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Wii, DS, PS2, PC)
Atari Classics Evolved (PSP)
Beowulf (PSP)
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 (X360)
Draglade (DS)
Left Brain Right Brain (DS)
Pocket Pets (DS)
The Golden Compass (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC)
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008 (DS)

DECEMBER 5, 2007
Godzilla Unleashed (Wii)

DECEMBER 6, 2007
Warriors of the Lost Empire (PSP)

DECEMBER 7, 2007
Jenga World Tour (Wii)
Myth Makers: Super Kart GP (Wii)

Discussion

37 comments
ctg867
ctg867

Only things worth even mentioning are DBZ Budokai, Atari Classics, Beowulf, DDR RU2, and Golden Compass. But they all suck. So why bother.

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

Number of games listed - 21 Number of games listed that I'll play - 0 These kinds of games almost always fail one way or another and the developers never try to fix it. When will they get the message; probably never.

XeroComplex
XeroComplex

Movie Games are terrible. They exist to sucker those who don't know this.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Anybody know when Omega Five will be on XBLA?

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

Not alot of good games coming out. The Golden Compass, Warriors of the Lost Empire and Beowulf. Apart from that, everything is yawnsville to me.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Eternal Champions? Sweet. Let the good times roll (again).

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

who cares abot movie to games? they are awful

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

That giant sucking sound is the collective yawn of Gamespot users.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

*waves hand in front of nose* Pew! There is some crap games being released this week.

sean_ph
sean_ph

so weak games...or maybe im just spoiled by having all the awesome games which came out this november...

zombey1333
zombey1333

I'm so looking foward to mindlessly beating the crap out of giant monsters on the Wii XD! F yeah Godzilla Unleashed! Don't know how good it'll be, I haven't played the other ones. MST3k's got me wanting to beat stuff up as the Jet Jaguar.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I recommend DONT BUY ULTIMATE DUCKHUNTING its a bad PC game that gos by the concept that real and, graphics are more important then being fun and I think there attempting to cash in on it having a similar name to the NES classic. There is a video review on youtube titled worst game ever made that actually suggest the reviewer committed suicide.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I remember Eternal Champions getting a lot of hype in its day, though, I can't remember anything else besides that, other than that it was on the Genesis. But I think I'll download that as there doesn't seem to be much else ot to buy.

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Looks like that i am gonna save money this week !! What a bunch of weak games.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

I still haven't finished WC2007, and I'm already planning to get WC2008. :lol:

vampiredust99
vampiredust99

Is Band of Bugs the insect equivalent of Band of Brothers?

doctor_fury
doctor_fury

I'm mildly curious to see how the Alvin & the Chipmunks game compares to the movie in terms of sheer horror; a rhythm game featuring covers of songs by bands like Smash Mouth sounds like something that would make your flesh fall off the bone just by being within a foot or so of the game.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Only one game has me in an uproar this week, The Golden Compass - so looking forward to catching the movie (Hope the game isn't a Narnia clone).

_NeoN
_NeoN

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Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

what games look good? questions questions

gnbfd
gnbfd

*sigh* 69 more days till brawl

BorosHero
BorosHero

I saw Jenga for sale at Gamestop today. I doubt anyone really cares much for it, but it's out.

devilscry
devilscry

Damnit wheres Neo Geo Battle Coliseum!?!?!

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and......Godzilla Unleased?....hmm, yah i guess thats it, disappointing week overall, but budokai tenkaichi 3 will make up for it....maybe ill pick up godzilla just for the heck of it

squirtle4
squirtle4

most those games look suckish

smith447
smith447

cant wait till next week with UT3 for PS3. I've been dying to try the game, but my pc won't handle it. Also..blacksite is at least worth a rent.

Loucetios
Loucetios

There won't be anything big until late Jan to middle February games wise. DMC4 in jan with Killzone 2 and LBL in feb, a 2 month break might do our wallets some good

NintendoWarrior
NintendoWarrior

except for tenkaichi 3, the holiday must buy list is done

GregSnell
GregSnell

Too bad about Jeff. I really liked him. Maybe I should cancel my premium membership.

syk_gutt
syk_gutt

Wow, games being released every day. Is it just because of the Christmas season, or are we constantly being bombarded with new games?

Brambler
Brambler

hahah good one Fen. Poor guy. Who wouldn't hate Kane and Lynch? Give me a break. Anyways no more games for me the rest of the year.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

This year is pretty much over for the X360. Any owner should enjoy the release of all the great fall games. I wouldn't mind picking up some DS games.

Fen
Fen

Shipping out...Jeff. :(