Last week, the gaming industry served up a heavily laden platter of blockbuster games in an effort to wrest gamers away from their Thanksgiving-day feasts. This week, though, the flow of games slowed to a mere trickle.
While Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners are largely free to idly pick at last week's remnants, Wii owners have a small variety of new temptations this week. Midway will take aim at hardcore gamers on December 10 with the PS3 Unreal Tournament III, but this week the publisher is releasing the family-friendly parlor-game compilation Game Party, as well as the latest iteration in the classic arcade driving series Cruis'n. The Wii's casual library continues its rapid growth as D3 conquers yet another platform with its acclaimed Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and Ubisoft releases Cranium Kabookii, a digital translation of the popular board game.
Games for the Nintendo DS account for the vast remainder of this week's offerings. EA will undoubtedly be hoping to improve upon the less-than-groovy Wii version of Boogie with a 3D glasses-enabled DS version this week. Sierra Entertainment will also continue its manhunt on intergalactic polyhedrons in Geometry Wars: Galaxies, a Wii version of which was released last week. Nintendo also pulls Master of Illusion out of its hat for its popular portable.
Three new downloadable offerings have landed on the Wii's Virtual Console, with the NES classic Double Dribble bouncing for 500 Wii points ($5), whereas Vegas Stakes and Ecco Jr. go fish for 800 Wii points ($8) each. Atari's classic arcade shooter Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe are bundled into one 400 Microsoft-point package ($5) as Xbox Live Arcade's weekly Wednesday update.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
NOVEMBER 26, 2007
Master of Illusion (DS)
The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Starbright Charity Challenge (PC)
NOVEMBER 27, 2007
Cranium Kabookii (Wii)
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey (PC)
Game Party (Wii)
Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS)
History Channel: Battle for the Pacific (X360, Wii)
Speedball 2 - Tournament (PC)
NOVEMBER 28, 2007
Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe (X360)
NOVEMBER 29, 2007
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (Wii)
NOVEMBER 30, 2007
Chicken Hunter (DS)
Shadowgrounds Survivor (PC)