Shippin' Out Nov. 15-21: Assassin's Creed II, New Super Mario Bros., Tony Hawk Ride, L4D2

Hectic week at retail sees headliners joined by more EA Sports Active, RE: Darkside Chronicles, God of War Collection, first Sims 3 expansion, NCAA Basketball 10, LBP PSP, more.

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Publishers are running out of time if they want to be represented on retail store shelves during Black Friday--the post-Thankgiving retail event which is the busiest of the year. That fact is evident in this week's release lineup, as some of the most high-profile titles of 2009 flood retail shelves this week.

Retail stores get dangerous this time of year...

Leading things off is Assassin's Creed II for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. (The PC version won't ship until Q1 2010.) Ubisoft's sequel to the 2007 acclaimed original follows new hero Ezio through the streets of Renaissance-era Venice as well as the Tuscan countryside. In addition to other perks, a GameStop-exclusive $80 Master Assassin's Edition of the 360 and PS3 game includes an 8.5-inch-tall statue of Ezio.

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery for the DS tells a spin-off story, in which Ezio travels to Spain to rescue a fraternal brother held by the Spanish Inquisition. Lastly, Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for the PSP is a continuation of the original Assassin's Creed and picks back up with Altair as he battles Templars in Cypress.

With Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort already out the door, Nintendo now has its final tent-pole release of the year in the queue: New Super Mario Bros. Wii. One of a handful of Mario-themed games announced during the publisher's E3 2009 press conference, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a multiplayer-centric platform in which up to four gamers work cooperatively, yet also competitively, to work their way to the end of levels with the best time.

DJ Hero may have let the beat drop in October, but Activision returns with a new peripheral-backed game in Tony Hawk Ride. A reboot of Activision's long-running franchise, the $120 Robomodo-developed skater for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii includes a wireless full-sized skate deck. The board uses a combination of accelerometers and motion sensors and will require no other controller.

Activision's latest peripheral.

Zombies are never not well-represented at retail, and that goes doubly so this week. EA and Valve team to release the frenetic survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead 2 on the Xbox 360 and PC. Meanwhile, Capcom will test the inhospitable M for Mature market on the Wii with Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. Hardcore PS3 gamers may also be interested in the God of War Collection, a high-def compilation of the first two God of War games that includes a demo for God of War III.

Casual gamers have a number of titles that may pique their curiosity. EA Sports Active: More Workouts will seek to reprise its lucrative debut on the Wii from earlier this year, while Sony and Media Molecule's platformer Little Big Planet hops to the PSP. Warner Bros. has Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! on tap for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, while its LucasArts collaboration Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues hits the Xbox 360, PSP, WII, DS, and PC.

EA's PC stalwart The Sims 3 sees its first expansion pack in World Adventures, while EA Sports tips off the college hoops season with NCAA Basketball 10 on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Sony's newest karaoke rhythm game, SingStar Latino, brings Latin tunes to the PS3 and PS2.

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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

NOVEMBER 15, 2009
New Super Mario Bros. Wii--WII--Nintendo

NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Pokemon Rumble--WII--Nintendo

NOVEMBER 17, 2009
Assassin's Creed II--X360, PS3, IP--Ubisoft
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines--PSP--Ubisoft
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery--DS--Ubisoft
Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral--DS--Storm City Games
Discovery Kids: Spider Quest--DS--505 Games
EA Sports Active More Workouts--WII--Electronic Arts
F1 2009--WII, PSP--Codemasters
Foto Frenzy--DS--Storm City Games
God of War Collection--PS3--SCEA
Imagine: Artist--DS--Ubisoft
Just Dance--WII--Ubisoft
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight--WII, DS--D3
Left 4 Dead 2--X360, PC--Electronic Arts
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues--X360, PSP, WII, DS, PC--LucasArts
Little Big Planet--PSP--SCEA
NCAA Basketball 10--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Petz Dogz Talent Show--DS--Ubisoft
Petz Hamsterz Superstarz--DS--Ubisoft
Planet 51--X360, PS3, WII, DS--Sega
The Princess and the Frog--WII, DS, PC--Disney Interactive Studios
Rec Room Games--WII--Destineer
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles--WII--Capcom
Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen!--X360, PS3, WII--WBIE
The Sims 3 World Adventures--PC--Electronic Arts
SingStar Latino--PS3, PS2--SCEA
Stoked: Big Air Edition--X360--Destineer
Tony Hawk Ride--X360, PS3, WII--Activision
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4--PSP--Konami

NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Gyromancer--X360--Square Enix

NOVEMBER 19, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

NOVEMBER 20, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

Discussion

144 comments
noobsfolife
noobsfolife

picking up lbp psp tommorow but it would be nice if gamespot would F--KING REVIEW IT!!

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

l4d2 and new super mario bros wii :)

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

What's else to say than so little time so many good games.

Ric_SlayeR
Ric_SlayeR

Great game releases in November.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Real gamers will get New SMBWii. The flakes will get everything else on that list.

Harerazer
Harerazer

Wow, all these big releases and the only ones worth it for me were Mario and Pokemon Rumble. AC II looks interesting but Uncharted 2 killed it for a lot of the third person action games (aka Tomb Raider clones). Maybe the GoW collection for my kids...

enoslives7
enoslives7

I'm glad to see that dj-hero was an epic fail. Rap should have died with the 80s.

bragart
bragart

Just finished playing AC2, it's pretty god damn awesome..

teeskoowared
teeskoowared

Yeah, PC doesn't come out till like March or something....LAME. It better be worth it!! I don't have anything but a PC.

Nibustan
Nibustan

Assassins ****ing Creed 2! YEAH!!

AdamWriter
AdamWriter

Is there any word on the PC release of Assassin's Creed 2?

rohail88
rohail88

I'll be getting both LBP PSP and AC Bloodlines tomorrow :D

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

assassins creed 2 is the clear winner

Attoyou
Attoyou

God of war collection FTW!

fester420
fester420

SingStar Latino? SingStar has just been a dissappointment since it came out on the PS3. About 90% of the songs in the SingStore I have never heard of and none of the videos are in HD, they just get cropped and look like crap.

addictedtochaos
addictedtochaos

L4D2 is freaking awesome!!!! Slaughtering zombies with a katana is very satisfying.

left4right
left4right

vavle should bundle a real chainsaw whit L4D2.

left4right
left4right

i told you pirates are fare more advanced, assassin creed 2 is already out their on the web.

snoogans460
snoogans460

Well, I just picked-up the 'Assassin's Creed 2 : Master Assassin's Edition' and 'Left 4 Dead 2' at Gamestop during their midnight launch. Looks as if I'll also be purchasing the 'God of War Collection' here soon as well. Hmm, I totally forgot about the new 'Scene-It' game however... which is another must buy. Sheesh, my wallet is hurting at the moment, but it's always worth it.

shawn7324
shawn7324

I'm passing up on Left 4 Dead 2. Got Assassin's Creed 2 preordered & will start playing Wednesday.

kratos_marcus
kratos_marcus

Left4Dead 2 looks disappointing. AC2 and GOWC looks interesting.

tps_lover
tps_lover

God of War Collection for me.

DavidRswii
DavidRswii

wow so many games on november 17th

Merex760
Merex760

I'll save myself from being disappointed again. God of War Collection for me. Edit: Also got Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam!

jasongm
jasongm

Not much, only thing im looking forward to is AC2, if i ever let go of Dragons age that is...

Col-Struckin
Col-Struckin

@xemnas_kh64 You can't forget assassin's creed on the ipod touch/iphone! :)

Linkman0714
Linkman0714

AC2 blows im getting gow collection tomrrow

daabulls23
daabulls23

Epic gaming week! And they say gaming sales will go down...

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

Totally picking up the first Assassin's Creed and GOW collection tomorrow, all for a nice total of $60 bills.

xemnas_kh64
xemnas_kh64

Wow. Three Assassin's Creed titles in one day

Wingman1977
Wingman1977

EA developed the PS3 version of the orange box while Valve did the 360 version. The 360 version doesn't have the EA logo anywhere on the box (only has the valve logo). While the PS3 version has the EA logo on it. Also, neither of the L4D game boxes have the EA logo either (only the Valve logo).

carrett
carrett

God of War Collection = Stiffy

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

I get Assassin's Creed 2 Master Assassin Edition tomorrow and will have to pick up the God of War Collection after Christmas. Why is the 17, a Tuesday, such a huge release date? I would think Friday would be better.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I've lost count on how many peripherals Activision has released over the last few years...this is #50, right?

NiteX
NiteX

Gyromancer--X360--Square Enix No PC?

samissleman17
samissleman17

Too be honest, I didn't like the first assassins creed. I picked it up recently on steam for 5 bucks, and it was repetative. Not only that, but even the fighting wasn't fun. (the climbing and exploring was it) from what ive seen, its adding new moves, and a more centered storyline. But seriously, L4D 2 looks like sooooo much fun.

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I'm going with L4D first since I got some decent deals on it through Amazon and I loved the first one. I'll probably wait for AC2 to get s price drop or two. The first Assassin's Creed dropped pretty quickly despite being a good game, so I'll hold off on it.

Arkady313
Arkady313

Whats up with those weird Assassins Creed 2 commercials? They are so simple, love it.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Yo, i'm happy for all of you skater wanna-be's, imma let you finish, but Tony Hawk Ride is the biggest fail of all time!

djpetitte
djpetitte

@punchultimate @wwonka666 Now I know. I knew it was developed and published by Valve, but wasn't sure how Ea was invloved. Ea makes my favorite series in gaming to date and that's battlefield.

JimmeCata
JimmeCata

@MERGTROYDER - Try the L4D2 demo. I have, and I think I'll be picking up AC2 instead. Don't get me wrong, L4D2 is really fun, but c'mon - it's Assassin's Creed 2.