With Shrek the Third debuting in theaters this week, its expected multiplatform video game adaptations follow suit. Otherwise, the release drought continues on, with a few new Nintendo DS offerings, a rash of canon-worthy downloadable classics, and a few late-arrival ports also turning up this week.
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Fitting nicely with Nintendo's prediction that it will sell 22 million portable units this year, the Nintendo DS is the one platform that's seen a steady stream of releases. This week continues that trend, with a trio of original games releasing for the handheld, including: Code Lyoko, an anime-inspired action adventure from The Game Factory; Etrian Odyssey, a turn-based role-playing game from Atlus; and Touch the Dead, a zombie-slaying shooter from developer Dream On.
The Wii sees several retro classics hitting its Virtual Console shelves this week, courtesy of its great-great-grandpappy the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES versions of Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden and Namco's Pac-Man can now be added to Wii owners' virtual collections, landing at 500 Wii points ($5) apiece. Also arriving on the Virtual Console this week is Irem's Ninja Spirit, the Turbo Grafx-16 side-scroller from 1990. In other what's-old-is-new-again news, Resident Evil 4 finally makes its way to the PC, while MLB 07: The Show and Major League Baseball 2K7 round third and head for home on the PlayStation 3 and Game Boy Advance, respectively.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
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Resident Evil 4 (PC)
Shrek the Third (360, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS, GBA)
Art of Fighting Anthology (PS2)
Code Lyoko (DS)
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon (PSP)
MLB 07: The Show (PS3)
Etrian Odyssey (DS)
Touch the Dead (DS)
FreeStyle Street Basketball (PC)