Shippin' Out November 12-16: Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin's Creed, Crysis

Trio of games headlines crowded week alongside Kane & Lynch, new entries for Need for Speed, Area 51, WWE SmackDown, Rayman Raving Rabbids.

Weeks like this one are a cruel reminder that people have unlimited wants, but painfully limited means to achieve them. There are more than 50 new games expected to arrive at retailers this week, with new installments from some of the biggest franchises in gaming, and a few of this year's most anticipated new intellectual properties.

If any game can be said to headline this week's releases, it would have to be Super Mario Galaxy. With the GameCube and the Nintendo 64 hosting only a single proper Mario game each, new console excursions for Nintendo's platforming plumber have been rare in the last decade.

However, Mario will still have to fight for his sales figures. This week, the Wii will also see the release of Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (also for the DS), Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, and Geometry Wars Galaxies.

Huge new releases on multiple platforms may also cut into Super Mario Galaxy's sales, as gamers could easily blow a budget picking up Assassin's Creed, Kane & Lynch, WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008, Beowulf, BlackSite: Area 51, and Need for Speed ProStreet.

On the PC front, Crysis makes its long-awaited debut, while SimCity Societies offers developer Tilted Mill's take on the long-running city management game. Portable systems aren't being left out either, as DS owners will finally get to play id Software's Orcs & Elves, Contra 4, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Portable welcomes releases like Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus, Sonic Rivals 2, and Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command.

The week's downloadable releases will have a hard time keeping up with the sales of their retail counterparts. On the Virtual Console, Nintendo is offering the NES game Volleyball for 500 Wii points ($5), Super Nintendo shooter Axelay for 800 Wii points ($8), and the horizontally scrolling NeoGeo action game Blue's Journey for 900 Wii points ($9). Over on the Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft will release its 100th game for the service this Wednesday, as Activision's Shrek-N-Roll and THQ's Screwjumper launch worldwide (except for Korea and Japan). Each game will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

NOVEMBER 12, 2007
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
BlackSite: Area 51 (PC, Xbox 360)
Need for Speed ProStreet (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, DS, PS2)
Orcs & Elves (DS)
SimCity Societies (PC)
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008 (Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, DS)
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PC)
Boogie (PS2)
Beowulf (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Cars Mater-National (Wii)
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders (DS)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat (DS)
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (PSP)
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis (Wii)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii)
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (PSP)
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (DS)
Smarty Pants (Wii)
Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console)
Axelay (Wii Virtual Console)
Blue's Journey (Wii Virtual Console)

NOVEMBER 13, 2007
Assassin's Creed (PS3, Xbox 360)
Crysis
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii, DS)
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (PSP)
Contra 4 (DS)
Geometry Wars: Galaxies (Wii)
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Wii)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PS2)
Sonic Rivals 2 (PSP)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (PSP)
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)
Jenga World Tour (DS)
Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends (DS)
The King of Fighters XI (PS2)
Petz: Dogz 2 (PS2, DS, PC, Wii)
Petz: Catz 2 (DS, PS2, Wii, PC)
Petz: Horsez 2 (DS, PS2, Wii, PC)
Petz: Hamsterz Life 2 (DS)
Baby Pals (DS)
Next Life (PC)
Soldier of Fortune: Payback (Xbox 360, PC)
Dancing with the Stars (PS2)
Imagine Fashion Designer (PC)
Monster Jam (PS2)
EverQuest II Rise of Kunark (PC)
EverQuest Secrets of Faydwer (PC)

NOVEMBER 14, 2007
Shrek-N-Roll (Xbox Live Arcade)
Screwjumper! (Xbox Live Arcade)

NOVEMBER 15, 2007
Word Jong (DS)
America's Army: True Soldiers (Xbox 360)
Left Behind: Eternal Forces Expansion Pack (PC)
Super Fruit Fall (DS)
Ghost in the Sheet (PC)

NOVEMBER 16, 2007
Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity (Wii)

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244 comments
Big-Rick
Big-Rick

Speaking of wwe game, i just saw the returning of Chris jericho in recently :D

redbull2697
redbull2697

mario galaxy for wii is good enough for me. ((maybe ill rent assains creed for 360)

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Crysis and Assassin's Creed ftw! Next week, UNCHARTED!! PSP is also getting lots of love. I'm enjoying Silent Hill: 0rigins. Some good releases this week.

Lukoss
Lukoss

crysis crysis crysis :D (it's almost like a cg movie... i want to know what ps3 owners may thinking "where are the uber graphics sony promised me, why pc has this graphics, ps3 will rule the world it's the uber console, it's,it's...." :P crysis crysis crysis :P

gnbfd
gnbfd

If this year's WWE game is the same as last years, somebody needs to get fired over at Yuke's. Well there's always SMG to look forward to :D

Pablo620
Pablo620

Man GS has a whole lot of games to review. Enjoy!

SirNicoli
SirNicoli

these look cool, but uncharted on the 19th : D !!!!!!!

SirNicoli
SirNicoli

these look cool, but uncharted on the 19th : D !!!!!!!

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

very good week, cant wait till uncharted next week though, man ima be so broke

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Mario is all I need, but where is Rayman's review already?

pidow
pidow

BlackSite: Area 51 it 's all I need.

pidow
pidow

BlackSite: Area 51 it 's all I need.

NightRain
NightRain

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NightRain
NightRain

This has to be one of the biggest weeks in a very long time. Omg... O_O

tclvis
tclvis

SimCity Societies is out November 15...like it says in the big ad on the front page.

Osolid1
Osolid1

NOVEMBER 12, 2007 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii) - this is not correct. This game comes out for 11/12 for the PS2 and on 12/3 for the Wii.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns will be the only pickup for me this week. I'm still on the fence about Assassin's Creed.

brain20035
brain20035

I will definitely get these Blacksite: Area 51 NFS Prostreet Guitar Hero III Crysis Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Soldier of Fortune: Payback all for PC

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Mario Galaxy!! Crysis!! Woop, woop!

DJ_ranch
DJ_ranch

I can't believe that how good computer wants Crysis!

DJ_ranch
DJ_ranch

I can't believe that how good computer wants Crysis!

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

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kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

creed,creed,creed,creed,creed,creed.......................................................

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

creed,creed,creed,creed,creed,creed.......................................................

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Mario Galaxy! Assassin's Creed's!! CRYSIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

creed,creed,creed,creed,creed,creed.......................................................

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

creed,creed,creed,creed,creed,creed.......................................................

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

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-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Got my Mario reserved, can't wait to pick it up and die from starvation when I can't stop playing it.

Jenova_Flare
Jenova_Flare

You guys should make lists of UK release dates too. I'm sure Gamespot AU do their own, so the UK should too. For instance, I'm pretty sure Assassins Creed is out on the 16th here, and Kane & Lynch is out on the 23rd...

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

dissapointed and extremely annoyed yet again with microsoft, no sensi soccer AGAIN, and two absolute sucky "steaming pile of topnam" games on xbox live, what was last week, word quest and a marble game, wow what corkers they were. Come on MS pull your fooking finger out. On the flip side, cant wait for creed and mario galaxy.

treelog187
treelog187

Got Mario and Assassins Creed pre ordered and playing COD4 right now. All I need is Uncharted and im set!

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Looks like Mario is the king this week.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

One of the single reasons why I want a Wii is for the Mario franchise. It might be hard to find one around the holidays, but I hope so.

Gravidtron
Gravidtron

Releasing your Code Lyoko game in the same week as a new Mario game comes out is as good as putting a sticker on the package that says "UNPLAYABLE TAX WRITEOFF."

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Get Super Mario Galaxy or you don't belong in this galaxy!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

One of the single reasons why I want a Wii is for the Mario franchise. It might be hard to find one around the holidays, but I hope so.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

One of the single reasons why I want a Wii is for the Mario franchise. It might be hard to find one around the holidays, but I hope so.

rome_tx
rome_tx

Man what a week this is gonna be. There's gonna be a lot of wallets in intensive care for a while.

osxgp
osxgp

Overload of games...need...more...money!

Homerj
Homerj

@gfw123 IGN article from 9-12-06, quoting the devs: "While the PlayStation 3 and 360 versions of Assassin's Creed are virtually identical, Raymond did say that on the 360 the team is putting a special emphasis on achievements. The hardware also allows for improved threading, which will improve even further the crowd AI." I am just curious to see how much an impact that the reduction of crowd AI due to PS3 hardware limitations has on the quality of gameplay.

Homerj
Homerj

@gfw123 IGN article from 9-12-06, quoting the devs: "While the PlayStation 3 and 360 versions of Assassin's Creed are virtually identical, Raymond did say that on the 360 the team is putting a special emphasis on achievements. The hardware also allows for improved threading, which will improve even further the crowd AI." I am just curious to see how much an impact that the reduction of crowd AI due to PS3 hardware limitations has on the quality of gameplay.

dutch777
dutch777

Bring on the games !!!!!

TranClan
TranClan

Arghhh my wallets starting to feel to light which is a good and a bad thing. I need to get some more high paying jobs