The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest on the US retail calendar, thanks to an abundance of Black Friday promotions creating a potential nightmare for anyone working in retail. Ironically, it's one of the quieter weeks on the gaming new releases calendar this year, with such heavy hitters as Dragon Age: Origins, Assassin's Creed II, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 arriving earlier in the month.
For the traditional gaming crowd, the biggest retail release for the week of November 22-27 is the PSP version of Tekken 6, which launched on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last month. The portable version crams in all 40 main characters and their move sets, along with arcade, story, and challenge modes.
Although they won't be available in stores, two new downloadable offerings may also grab gamers' interest. EA debuts its latest arcade-style football game with Madden NFL Arcade on the Xbox 360 and PS3, while those same two platforms will see 2K Games' The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, the first add-on for the cooperative online shooter Borderlands. Details regarding a PC edition of Dr. Ned will be announced at a later date.
While the pickings are a bit slim for most gamers, there are a few potential hits for more casual crowds arriving in stores this week. Ubisoft's camera-equipped Wii fitness game Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy comes out this week, as does Konami's latest edition of Karaoke Revolution on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Finally, those with a thirst for trivia about tween-focused supernatural melodrama fads can pick up Scene It? Twilight on the Wii.
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.
Bit.Trip Void--WII--Aksys Games
Coldstone: Scoop It Up--WII--Zoo Games
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain--DS--Aspyr
Hello Kitty Party--DS--Majesco Games
Stoked: Big Air Edition--X360--Destineer
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned--360, PS3--2K Games
Chicken Riot--WII--City Interactive
Karaoke Revolution--X360, PS3, WII--Konami
King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame--PC--NeocoreGames
Madden NFL Arcade--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Marines: Assault on Terror--WII--Destineer
Scene It? Twilight--WII--Konami
Tekken 6--PSP--Namco Bandai Games America
Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy--WII--Ubisoft
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove--PC--Big Fish Games
Cocoto Surprise--WII--Big Ben Interactive