It's Thanksgiving this week, and the new release calendar is giving gamers plenty of reasons to be thankful. This week see the return of Link and Serious Sam, a pair of resurgent fighting franchises, and much more.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword marks Link's return to the Wii in his first mainline game since Twilight Princess, which launched alongside Nintendo's remote-sporting system in 2006. His latest adventure sees the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities put to use in a new combat system. Beyond giving Link new ways to cut up the usual assortment of carnivorous plants, disembodied eyeballs, and orcish monsters, the game features new gadgets and abilities for the lithe protagonist to employ.
Namco Bandai's 3D tag fighter is back in the Tekken Hybrid dual pack for the PS3. The game portion delivers an HD remake of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, along with a demo for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The 3D feature film Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D is also included to round out the package.
Atlus is delivering the latest entry in another classic fighting series this week with The King of Fighters XIII for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. King of Fighters XIII will expand on its predecessor's roster, increasing from 22 characters to more than 30, and will include faster fights and new Neomax super moves. A completely revamped online mode is also on the way.
Another largely fondly remembered franchise is making a return this week with Serious Sam 3: BFE on the PC. Sam's latest encounter sees the return of the series' signature adversaries like the Headless Kamikaze and Gnaar, as well as new opponents going by names like Scrapjack and Khnum.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Hole in the Wall: Deluxe Edition--X360--Ubisoft
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword--Wii--Nintendo
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Batman: Arkham City--PC--Warner Bros.
Batman: Arkham City--Robin Bundle Pack--X360, PS3, PC--Warner Bros.
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic--3DS--Majesco
Corpse Party--PSP--Xseed Games
Defenders of Ardania--X360, PS3--Paradox Interactive
Get Up and Dance--Wii--Crave
Face Racers: Photo Finish--3DS--Majesco
Final Fantasy V--PS3, PSP--Square Enix
National Geographic Challenge!--X360, Wii--Ignition Entertainment
JAWS: Ultimate Predator--Wii--Majesco
Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine--Wii--Konami
Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3--X360--Konami
The King of Fighters XIII--X360, PS3--Atlus
The Sims Medieval Deluxe Edition--PC--EA
Power Rangers Samurai--Wii, DS--Namco Bandai
Serious Sam 3: BFE--PC--Devolver Digital
Tekken Hybrid--PS3--Namco Bandai
Tsumiki: Block Drop Mania--DS--SouthPeak Games
WWE '12--X360, PS3, Wii--THQ
WWE All Stars--3DS--THQ
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Gears of War 3: Versus Booster Map Pack--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25