Shippin' Out March 11-17: Mario Party 9, Silent Hill: Downpour

New release slate led by Nintendo's latest party game, Konami's new horror-action title; Journey, FIFA Street, Yakuza: Dead Souls, and Tales of Graces f also out.

This week's new release slate marks the return of several long-running--but recently dormant--franchises. Gamers keen on returning to the worlds of Mario Party, Silent Hill, and FIFA Street have completely new entries to pick up for the first time in years.

Mario and friends are throwing another party this week on the Wii.

Leading off this week is Mario Party 9, out now on Wii. The latest entry in Nintendo's long-running party game compilation franchise, Mario Party 9 sports 80 minigames, and for the first time in the series, it has players skipping across the virtual game board together, in a range of colorful vehicles.

Also out this week is Konami's Silent Hill: Downpour for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The first new console installment in the series since 2008's Homecoming, Downpour follows convicted felon Murphy Pendleton in the aftermath of a prison bus crash that leaves him stuck in Silent Hill.

On the downloadable front, thatgamecompany's PS3-exclusive adventure game Journey arrives this week. The game casts players as a robed adventurer, wandering through an expansive desert world, journeying toward a distant mountain. Gamers will encounter other players on their way and benefit from tackling the game's challenges together.

FIFA footy fans are a ways off from the next entry in the core series, but FIFA Street dribbles to retail this week for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game will let players compete in more than 35 locations, from one-on-one battles in parking lots and parks to five-a-side tournaments on the streets of capital cities, with and against club players and real-life street players.

Gamers who would prefer to be off the pitch and in the face of zombies can pick up the PS3-exclusive Yakuza: Dead Souls this Tuesday. Known as Yakuza: Of the End in Japan, Dead Souls won't be a straight port of its Japanese counterpart. Beyond the original campaign from the Japanese version, publisher Sega is bringing over all of the Japanese game's downloadable content and adding an all-new Pachislot minigame.

Lastly, Japanese role-playing game Tales of Graces f arrives this week on the PS3. The game takes place on Efinea, a planet dominated by three kingdoms competing for the right to rule. After losing a close friend, Asbel, the eldest son of a feudal lord, enlists in a knight's academy in his kingdom's capital to learn to better protect those he loves. Asbel's father subsequently dies, and Asbel then takes his place as a feudal lord, and the adventure begins.

For further details, 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 this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11:
Mario Party 9--Wii--Nintendo

TUESDAY, MARCH 13:
FIFA Street--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Journey--PS3--SCEA
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations--PS3, X360--Namco Bandai Games
Planet Crashers 3D--3DS--UTV Ignition Games
Reality Fighters--Vita--SCEA
Ridge Racer--Vita--Namco Bandai Games
Shoot Many Robots--PS3--Ubisoft
Silent Hill: Downpour--X360, PS3--Konami
Tales of Graces f--PS3--Namco Bandai Games
Warp--PS3--Electronic Arts
Yakuza: Dead Souls--PS3--Sega

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14:
Defenders of Ardania--X360, PS3--Paradox Interactive
Shoot Many Robots--X360--Ubisoft

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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13 comments
amaan4ever
amaan4ever

FIFA street baby!!!. Tired of playing FIFA 12

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

Lots of Japanese games from multiple genres comes out this week. RPG check, survival horror check, zombie shooter check, anime fighting game check, and a party game too. Nice :D

Setho10
Setho10

Played Journey already as a PSN Plus member and was blown away. Can't imagine any game this week, or this month for that matter, being better.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

It's time for me to take on the Journey.

Xx_Kares_xX
Xx_Kares_xX

All right!! I can't wait for my Tales of Graces F to get here!

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

I wonder what "shoot many robots" is about....

Goriza
Goriza

Fifa street and Silent Hill. I wil get those

cameio
cameio

WOOOW this week is Awesome there are lots of game am goin to buy: Naruto Shippuden Yakuza: Dead Souls Tales of Graces Journey and Mario Party 9

pokecharm
pokecharm

getting Silent Hill tomorrow - hope its better than Homecoming!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I'm not expecting much good out of Mario Party 9.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Why won't they just remake a mario party with all the good games and fun modes in previous mario party's. Would be fantastic if all you had was good fun mini games with fun maps. Most of them are annoying by now.