Shippin' Out Oct. 4-10: Wii Fit Plus, Spore Hero, NBA

Expanded Nintendo workout game joins EA's everything sim spin-off and a three-way basketball face-off between NBA 2K10, NBA Live 10, and NBA 10: The Inside.

Is it October already? Apparently, as the three-way face-off between 2K Sports, EA Sports, and Sony's pro-basketball franchises has arrived. Actually, it's more of a two-and-a-half-way face-off, since following the critical fouling of last year's NBA 09 The Inside on the PlayStation 3, NBA 10 The Inside is only being released on the PSP.

Fortunately, neither 2K nor EA is half-stepping its efforts, with both NBA 2K10 and NBA Live 10 hitting a variety of platforms. As outlined in GameSpot's exclusive first-look preview, NBA 2K10 boasts a variety of additions, including the single-player "My Player" mode that casts players as an up-and-coming hoopster and the create-a-draft option in Association mode. NBA Live 10 features upgraded animations, improved Dynamic DNA, and storylines based on real-life players' performance throughout a season.

For those who prefer real-life exercise, Wii Fit Plus goes on sale on Sunday. The new-and-improved version of the 2007 hit will add 15 new balance games, six additional strength-training exercises, and an option for players to customize their workout routines--a major criticism of the original. It will be available a la carte for $20 or as part of a $100 bundle with the Wii Balance Board.

Also arriving on the Wii is Spore Hero and its DS sibling, Spore Hero Arena. The all-new adventure will see players take control of a creature that crash-lands on a new planet and must deal with its quirky inhabitants in order to save the world. As the story-driven game progresses, players can upgrade their creatures with a number of brightly hued body parts.

Gamers looking for more mature titles have several options this week. For the itchy trigger finger crowd, there's Codemasters' Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, the latest installment in the Tom Clancy-like military tactical shooter series. For the sword-and-sorcery set, there's the PlayStation 3-exclusive role-playing game Demon's Souls from Atlus and From Software. Finally, for the "gorno" crowd, Konami is offering its film-inspired vivisection simulation Saw.

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.

OCTOBER 4, 2009

Wii Fit Plus / Wii / Sports / Nintendo

OCTOBER 5, 2009

Fatale / PC / Adventure / Tale of Tales
Squeeballs Party / DS, Wii / Puzzle / Performance Designed Products

OCTOBER 6, 2009

A Witch's Tale / DS / Role-Playing / NIS America
Afrika / PS3 / Adventure / Natsume
Demon's Souls / PS3 / Role-Playing / Atlus Co.
Disney Sing It! Pop Hits / PS2, PS3 , Wii, X360 / Puzzle / Disney Interactive
Game Party 3 / Wii / Puzzle / Midway
Hands On! Tangrams / DS / Puzzle / Storm City Games
Imagine: Zookeeper / DS / Puzzle / Ubisoft
Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising / PSP / Adventure / Namco Bandai
NBA 10 The Inside / PSP / Sports / SCEA
NBA 2K10 / PS2, PS3, PSP, X360 / Sports / 2K Sports
NBA Live 10 / PS3, PSP, X360 / Sports / EA Sports
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising / PC, PS3, X360 / Action / Codemasters
Saw / PS3, X360 / Action / Konami
Spore Hero / Wii / Action / Electronic Arts
Spore Hero Arena / DS / Action / Electronic Arts
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes / PC, DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360 / Action / LucasArts
The Biggest Loser / DS, Wii / Sports / THQ
The Sims 2: Best of Business Collection / PC / Simulation / Electronic Arts
Zenses Zen Garden / DS / Puzzle / Game Factory

OCTOBER 7, 2009

BioShock / MAC / Action / 2K Games
Lucidity / PC, X360 / Puzzle / LucasArts
South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! / X360 / Strategy / Microsoft Game Studios

OCTOBER 8, 2009

Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta / PS3 / Role-Playing / Bethesda Softworks
Fallout 3: Point Lookout / PS3 / Role-Playing / Bethesda Softworks


OCTOBER 9, 2009

Cities XL / PC / Strategy / Monte Cristo Multimedia
MotorStorm Arctic Edge / PS2 / Driving / SCEA
Shimano Xtreme Fishing / Wii / Sports / Mastiff

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75 comments
Ehggsz
Ehggsz

Afrika looks good. I have been waiting a while for it.

Flint247
Flint247

If you hate Wii Fit, just simply don't buy it. No need to get stressed out and say "OMGOSH! ANOTHER FITNESS GAME!!!!!" Most of us don't mind games like that anyways, as long as it's FUN.

-Canas-
-Canas-

It starts with fitness games. It ends with hidden messages from the Japanese government brainwashing their army of now fit, super geeks in to overthrowing the white house and creating a new world order

lamprey263
lamprey263

lol, Mac finally got BioShock, Justin Long can suck it

ocdog45
ocdog45

s oall the fallout dlc is goinbg to be on the dlc. cool, but im gettting the goty edition.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Holy crap, Demon's Souls...that came sooner than expected! Too late to ensure it ends up on the top of my Gamefly queue...now I guess I'll have to *sigh* buy it. And I'll be picking up Wii Fit Plus as well. I'm so glad my sister gave me her Wii Fit and Balance Board for free. That thing has my family tethered to the Wii once again. And no, none of us are fat...we just like it.

Memoryitis
Memoryitis

this sucks, i am strapped for cash right now

BigWorld41
BigWorld41

My gaming money is going out next week.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Demon's souls and operation flashpoint should keep rpg and fps fans on the ps3 set for a while, even more bigger titles coming in the next month :D.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Demon's Souls is already on pre-order at ol' Amazon. Can't wait. Atlus really doesn't get enough credit for their tireless efforts to localize a mountain of interesting games, particularly RPGs, especially since many of them are not especially commercial.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Getting 2k10 looking forward to it..Also putting cash down on Torchlight for the end of the month..You guys should check out riven for the pc...Very good rpg game that hit last week...Its been a fun, challenging game..Also putting cash down on cities xl..

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

nintendo fangirl (me) approves of wii fit , wii fit plus, wii fit plus plus, and wii fit plus plus ultra =) it sells, nintendo knows it, i know it

mysteriojoe
mysteriojoe

Wii Fit plus???? Will somebody slap Nintendo for me, please?

gameking5000
gameking5000

Wii Fit Plus = A way to continue sales from the WIi Fit Franchise that has changed gaming. Noticed that all of sudden there are many fitness games?

kamizuka
kamizuka

Wii fit plus is gnna sell well because lots of FAT ppl NEED it, why did you think they even made an other one?!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Wi Fit Plus...does the world need another one of that crap?

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

By the end of this month, everyone will be broke. This is the best gaming month in a while...so many epic releases.

JohnnyBiz
JohnnyBiz

Wii Fit Plus.... gimme a break...

IvanCar23
IvanCar23

Demon's Souls, hell yeah! :)

htotheo
htotheo

can't wait for NBA 2k10, onyl problem is i hav to wait till October 9th cause it releases later in Austraia, plus still no demo until Oct 8th for PSN.

Tizn0w
Tizn0w

Getting Demon's Souls this week. I hear that it's quite difficult, but I'm up for the challenge...I hope. :D

ShaunyChaos
ShaunyChaos

held my breath when i saw star wars. sighed in disapointment when i realized it said clone wars instead of battlefront. can i get a amen?

gnbfd
gnbfd

meh nothing this week. I usually enjoy NBA Live and/or 2K but I think I'll take a break this year EDIT: Just realized Demon's Souls is out this week. Not really into RPGs but it looks pretty good for people that do

Puckhog04
Puckhog04

These next 2 weeks are crazy. Demon's Souls and Operation Flashpoint 2 this week. Next week is Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend. :)

ahnzz
ahnzz

Demon's Souls gotta try that game

okassar
okassar

I'm waiting for Wii Double Fit Extra-Plus X ReAl Plus Plus Extra Mega Motion Extreme

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Might pick up South Park and Afrika look soothing but another weak week. Come on MW2, Uncharted, Borderlands, Forza.....

Pale-Folklore
Pale-Folklore

Man, I was really planning to get Demon's Souls day 1, but I'm so swamped with work at the moment that it might have to wait another week : (

keith577500
keith577500

why do game sites even list games like disney sing it ?

XenoNative
XenoNative

damn. with soo many games coming out for the ps3 a brother is going to go broke trying to keep up!!!

XanderZane
XanderZane

Hhhmm.. my comments disappeared. As I said previously, I'm not paying full price for any of those basketball games. I do like NBA Live 09 as the stats are pretty close to the real thing. Even though the A.I., training, dna, and several other features need work, it does play a decent game of basketball. NBA 2K9 was a mess. Terrible A.I. for you players and inconstant stats (Why does the CPU team shoot 60-70% in the 1st two quarters every time?). Still a lot of broken things in the game like the stats and hand passing through balls on blocks. These bugs have been in the game since 2K5, why haven't they been fixed yet? Besides the B-Ball games the only other games on the list I want to check out are Demon's Souls & SW: Clone Wars.

thetravman
thetravman

Sims 2: Best of Business Collection? Should it be #3, seeing as 3 came out not too long ago?

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising takes the cake for this week.

Normaral85
Normaral85

Demon Soul's needed more US commerical time. It could have moved some units in my opinion.

kamizuka
kamizuka

Omg OMg Demonsouls i am gnna be a faboy but screw it, THANK GOD it is only ps3 (FOR the blue-ray)

Ronin893
Ronin893

I need a review versus between the 2 basketball games and I don't want any bias opinions or fanboys.

evil_angel74
evil_angel74

whoever said SAW is gonna be amazing...i dont even know what to say to that. im gonna say it'll get a 4 or 5 from gamespot. dont waste your money. unless of course thats what your into, saw i mean, not wasting money.

evil_angel74
evil_angel74

@ DFen, Operation Flashpoint is looking like it will be a really good game. not really comparable to MW2 because they are both a lot different. i think if you took the average COD multiplayer mindset into OF:DR you would soon find that out. but yea it does look like a really promising game. probably wait for reviews though, not a first day buy

reztoc
reztoc

The article should read: "For those who prefer real-life exercise should forgo WiiFit plus and actually go outside and exercise. The fresh air might do you some good."