Shippin' Out January 7-11: NFL Tour, Harvey Birdman

Over-the-top football and avian attorney joined in stores by Kingdom Under Fire for 360, Sonic Riders sequel, Jackass DS.

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Last week's release schedule provided a low-key start to 2008, but things are picking up this week with a scattering of significant releases. Whereas last week saw nothing but new Wii releases at retail, this week is providing every current-generation console and the PC with at least one notable game.

The NFL post-season began this past weekend, and Electronic Arts is looking to capitalize on playoff fever with NFL Tour for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A spiritual successor to the NFL Street series, Tour is a relaxed-rules game of seven-on-seven football that sees players take on their favorite teams in quick games with a variety of winning conditions.

Gamers uninterested in the NFL's Cardinals, Ravens, or Falcons might find a legal eagle more to their liking. Capcom is releasing Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. Based on the Cartoon Network series of the same name, Harvey Birdman follows the former superhero in his new career as a defense attorney for hire. Originally scheduled to be released last November, Birdman was bumped by Capcom in the hopes that it could find a less crowded slate of competing new releases.

Another belated 2007 release arriving in stores this week is Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, the franchise's Xbox 360 debut. Developed by Blueside, the game is a departure for the series, ditching the action/real-time strategy formula of previous installments in favor of an action-RPG format.

Other releases this week include Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity for the Wii and PS2, and the first two installments of EA's new Sims Carnival line of PC games. On the downloadable front, Wii gamers can now download the NES adventure StarTropics for 500 Wii points ($5) and the Neo Geo brawler King of Fighters '94 for 900 Wii points ($9), whereas on Wednesday Xbox Live will welcome Omega Force and Tron for 800 Microsoft points ($10) and 400 Microsoft points ($5), respectively.

JANUARY 7, 2008
The King of Fighters '94 (Wii Virtual Console)
StarTropics (Wii Virtual Console)

JANUARY 8, 2008
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel (PS2)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PS2, PSP, Wii)
Jackass the Game (DS)
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (Xbox 360)
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge (Wii)
NFL Tour (360, PS3)
The Sims Carnival: SnapCity (PC)
The Sims Carnival: Bumper Blast (PC)
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (PS2, Wii)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Beginning of Destiny (PS2)

JANUARY 9, 2008
Omega Five (XBLA)
Tron (XBLA)

JANUARY 11, 2008
Kidz Sports Ice Hockey (Wii)

Discussion

47 comments
R_Land_Ram_24
R_Land_Ram_24

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PS360owner
PS360owner

Knowing the lazy people working here at Gamespot, you can bet it'll take weeks after the game has come out, for them to post a review of it.

Cablestein
Cablestein

ton of Wii releases? more like ton of crap Wii releases.

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

Jackass the game? Really? Stoked about Star Tropics though!

destrozz
destrozz

Im looking forward to KUF, Omega Five, and Tron, I loved that game when I was a kid and its alot of bad Wii games because its cheap and easy to make a game on it so dev looking to make a quick buck and really trick the casual gamers release monkey crap it reminds me of the PS1 days where alot of crap got released.

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

NFL Tour looks like utter garbage. Also the Wii has sooo many TERRIBLE game it's just rediculous.

miiiguel
miiiguel

KUF, as I'm waiting for a coop game to play with a m8 for a while now, but I do need to finish the amazing Mass Effect again and... again.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Depending on reviews, I might give Kingdom Under Fire a chance.

leesius
leesius

not much here at all

Tick660
Tick660

Wow, plenty of crap on that list..... With the exception of StarTropics one of the greatest adventure games of our time.

smsmith1978
smsmith1978

Tron? I remember the movie, i think I fell asleep in it. But then again, I was only 5 when it was in the movies.

ctg867
ctg867

I guess KUF or NFL Tour could be alright.. I guess. Wait, I totally forgot, I'm loving this down time. Now I can get finish Ratchet, play some more Mass Effect, get Unreal 3, and enjoy some more XBLA/PSN games. Woot.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

NFL Tour looks fun, but only looks different from Madden because they aren't wearing any equipment, plus they can run on walls.

Madbhal402
Madbhal402

Nfl tour looks interesting but other than that there is not much in store 4 gamers this week

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Um...anybody know when Nintendo will start the WiiWare stuff? I thought it would be early January...

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Finally Harvey Birdman is out and it looks like it's almost time to pick up Kingdom Under Fire as well. Good week for me it seems.

Bond1020
Bond1020

nothing for me this week

_NeoN
_NeoN

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Sonic Riders for me. ^_^

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_NeoN

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Psyfon
Psyfon

Nothing here catching my eye. DDR has crossed a line that should never have been crossed EVER. The Sims are going all out. As much fun as they are, enough already.

BlackPlague1
BlackPlague1

I recently downloaded NFL Tour. Not that exciting, id have to say id rather put in NFL street

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

WOAH! King of Fighters on the Virtual Console! SWEET!!!

werc96
werc96

Omega Five!!! Finally. Ive neevr been this excited over an XBLA title. But it looks like pure old schol crazy fun! Im down.

gnbfd
gnbfd

DDR: Disney Channel? Wow. Like we really want to dance to crappy Hanna Montana music >_>

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Bleh...terrible release list.

Lizasaur
Lizasaur

starTropics is on my top ten favorite old-school games, almost as good as zelda, but with a strange story thats a cross between final fantasy and Mother(Earthbound). i wonder what they will do about the password you have to enter later in the game. in the original release the game came with a letter that you would dip in water to get the code...but just in case,for anyone that will download it, the code is 747.

ocdog45
ocdog45

KUF and the NFL joint i might take a look at. nothing else.

-supercharged-
-supercharged-

Harvey Birdman and Kingdom Under Fire look like the only 2 decent games coming out. NFL Tour will suck NFL Blitz games are much better then what EA has made.

ChartTopper93
ChartTopper93

with all the games out right now i'm glad there's a lil slump right now in games...save some money finally. none of these games interest me...they have to release and get a lot of love before i think of buying any of them.

rl_41
rl_41

OH MAN KIDZ SPORTS ICE HOCKEY! NO WAY! ............................ boring week

CannibalFerox
CannibalFerox

Yay! StarTropics! Sorry, but some of us old farts liked this game. Like Zelda, but not.

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

I think the football game will suck. I'll demo the tron and KUF. I'm still on the fence about a wii though....

BigC43
BigC43

I'm getting KUF. It looks like it could be really good.

felshs
felshs

hardly any good game for this month

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

kingdom under fire sucks now that they changed the format

lafigueroa
lafigueroa

KUF: COD is the only big release this week. Wow, I miss last October and November. Hell, I'd even take last August again.

LINKloco
LINKloco

The StarTropics series pwns hard. Get if you haven't.

childe_roland
childe_roland

KUF looks to be a good time as far as co-op goes...

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I wouldn't mind playing Kingdom Under Fire, but it's not a priority.