Shippin' Out October 15-19: Tony Hawk, Katamari 360, Wii Table Tennis

Activision attempts to defend its skateboarding turf from encroaching competition; Prince of All Cosmos debuts on the Xbox 360, and Rockstar's ping-pong sim bounces onto Nintendo's console.

Until last month's release of Electronic Arts' Skate, the Tony Hawk series hadn't faced any legitimate competition in the skateboarding genre for years. This week, the aptly named Tony Hawk's Proving Ground will give the series the opportunity to show it can still defend its turf from all comers by adding nail-the-grab and nail-the-manual mechanics to last year's introduction of the nail-the-trick mode. Proving Ground will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS.

Rolling into stores alongside Tony Hawk will be Beautiful Katamari for the Xbox 360, the first installment of Namco Bandai's quirky hybrid game to arrive on the current generation of consoles. Players once again pick up the role of the Prince of All Cosmos and roll ever-expanding Katamari clumps around in an attempt to make the largest spherical accumulation of random junk possible.

Fans of Nintendo consoles are a bit spoiled for choice this week, given that the DS release slate consists of nine games, most notably the new Touch Generations game Flash Focus: Train Your Vision in Minutes a Day, as well as the self-explanatory anime-based Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game. Meanwhile, the Wii will welcome a new Victorious Boxers game, Rockstar Presents Table Tennis, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, and Ultimate Duck Hunting.

On the downloadable front, the Wii Virtual Console sees its first TurboGrafx-16 CD release, Gate of Thunder (800 Wii points, or $8), along with the NES action game Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (500 Wii points, or $5), and the Super Nintendo sci-fi strategy game Metal Marines (800 Wii points, or $8). This week's Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays releases will be the futuristic sports game Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe as well as Q Entertainment's trippy shoot-'em-up game (without shooting), Every Extend Extra Extreme (both 800 Microsoft points, or $10).

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

OCTOBER 15, 2007
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, DS)
Beautiful Katamari (Xbox 360)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (Xbox 360 retail version)
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (Wii)
Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (DS)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game (DS)
Bee Movie Game (DS)
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Wii Virtual Console)
Metal Marines (Wii Virtual Console)
Gate of Thunder (Wii Virtual Console)

OCTOBER 16, 2007
Fury (PC)
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East (PC)
Sega Rally Revo (PC)
Crash of the Titans (PSP)
Spider-Man 3 (PSP)
Dawn of Magic (PC)
Victorious Boxers: Revolution (Wii)
Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii)
SWAT: Target Liberty (PSP)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition (PS3)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (Wii)
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (Wii, DS)
Ultimate Duck Hunting (Wii)
Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals (PC)
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey (PS2)
Disney Princess: Magical Jewels (DS)
Prism: Light the Way (DS)
Fish Tycoon (DS)
Hannah Montana: Music Jam (DS)
Power Rangers: Super Legends (DS)

OCTOBER 17, 2007
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (Xbox 360 Live Arcade)
Every Extend Extra Extreme (Xbox 360 Live Arcade)

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48 comments
MasterChief725
MasterChief725

oh my bad guys i thought beautiful katamari was an RPG...my bad

-SlipSkull-
-SlipSkull-

Too bad there aren't any games I'm interested in that appear on that list.

ocdog45
ocdog45

tony hawk this week, but im still playing halo and tiger and skate are in the way

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

wow so basically the wii is going to miss nothing this next few months yeay

lamprey263
lamprey263

BTW, Every Extend Extra Extreme (AKA "E4") was effing sweet!! Kind of ironic though that a PSP game would show up on XBLA; you'd at least think it'd also be on PSN. I downloaded it last night about 2am. Gave it about 30 minutes before going to bed. And I picked up Beautiful Katamari this morning. Can't wait to get home and play it.

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

I have never played sk8e, but the tony hawk games are awesome, I seriously hope that activision continues to beat down EA, a serious victory would be that proving ground demolished sk8.

skatatay
skatatay

I played the demo for this game and the first thing i noticed was that the graphics were really bad and the gameplay wasnt too fun either. I prefer Skate way more than this game, but who knows, the demo might have just sucked.

ayumichan
ayumichan

Beautiful Katamari for me this week. Already picked my reserve copy. :D

DarkSan00
DarkSan00

I want the retail version of shivering isles =D

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

2 games here interest me the most beautil katamari and avatar ,also ultimate duck hunting but i dnt have wii . and tony hawk is alright .

jasongm
jasongm

After demo-ing both THPG and Skate, Skate is the new champ in skate boarding games! The Hawk man will have to fly elsewhere...

lamprey263
lamprey263

awww, I was looking forward to hitting up EB Games after work but Beautiful Katamari doesn't come out until tomorrow

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Pretty good week. Excited for Tony Hawk and Beautiful Katamari.

shudog2
shudog2

ya proving ground sucks. what is elder scrolls game of the year?

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Salith, I'd suggest you give the demo a whirl before you shrug it off.

km1498
km1498

Beautiful Katamari looks like the only one for me.

Salith
Salith

Just another off week after Halo so that people can build back their wallets for Guitar Hero 3 in two weeks... Yea Proving Ground is just another TH remake, and I don't have enough time to spend 5 min. doing 5 tricks in skate using the sticks for each... so no skating games for me this year, too many other good games to waste my money. But hey with Proving Grounds you get a GH3 demos lulz... or wait two weeks for the real thing for only $40 more

darthzew
darthzew

What the heck is Fish Tyccoon? Do you play as a fish who just happens to be a tyccoon? Or do you run a dockside fish market? Oh well, I'm sad to say that Fish Tyccoon is the hilight of this list.

Palehorse
Palehorse

Awesome, Metal Marines! I still have that for my SNES, but I could play some VC goodness to avoid dragging it out. Man,....I played that to death....

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

proving ground is horrible, unplayable after skate

LINKloco
LINKloco

SaxxyGamer18 Katamari? When is that series going to just die? Those games are terrible! Katamari pwns.=/

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

I'll have to give Tony Hawk's Proving Ground a try but otherwise nothing special this week.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Katamari? When is that series going to just die? Those games are terrible!

MROmeo10
MROmeo10

Yay Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Not that it's a good game... I just want to play the Guitar Hero 3 demo. Maybe I'll rent it....

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Nothing too exciting this week besides Tony Hawk. That one does look interesting but I'm still a little skeptical of it. Hopefully the review will clear things up.

jasonlagory
jasonlagory

Umm. Beautiful Katamari is a Roll Playing Game RPG not a Role Playing Game RPG. I think MasterChief725 is just being clever.

Blace_07
Blace_07

Not a single game I am interested in! All right! * goes back to playing FFT on his PSP*.

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

7 kingdoms...i thought that was dead

ZOnikJJ
ZOnikJJ

Nothin for me this week.

cj_hope33
cj_hope33

hey masterchief beautiful katamari isnt a rpg man....just to let you know.

roadrunner1178
roadrunner1178

Wow, SPEEDBALL 2, I forgot all about that game! I wore that game out on the Genesis back in the day.

Thrazor
Thrazor

Can't wait to play Oblivion GOTY Edition for PS3! :D

munsoned
munsoned

MasterChief725 Beautiful Katamari! Oh yeah! I cant wait! Another great 360 RPG! i ts not a rpg dude i just had to tell u because this is twice i seen u post this. its a puzzle game lol

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

I think Beautiful Katamari looks awesome and have been waiting to play it since I first downloaded the demo.

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

Beautiful Katamari! Oh yeah! I cant wait! Another great 360 RPG!

lamprey263
lamprey263

sweet, Beautiful Katamari, Every Extend Extra Extreme; I'm all over that

munsoned
munsoned

Ultimate Duck Hunting i might have to rent it

desert_e_909
desert_e_909

the only interesting titles out of the list are,proving ground and swat,thats about it

munsoned
munsoned

no mine was, urs didnt count lol or it wont after i report u BWAHAHAHAH

munsoned
munsoned

another week of not having any good ps3 games to rent... dont like tony hawk anymore. and i already deleted my files of oblivion after returning it to gamefly. so i dont think ill rent the goty edtion. having the orange box woulda been nice this week =(

Shwanman1
Shwanman1

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