Shippin' Out: Sept. 13-19: Marvel UA 2, Need for Speed: Shift

Busy week sees Activision's action RPG sequel and EA's arcade-style racer slide into stores with Scribblenauts, NHL games, Wet, PC ports of Batman, Red Faction, Resident Evil 5.

After six straight months of falling sales, analysts expect the gaming industry to start growing again in September. Last week's launch of The Beatles: Rock Band and next week's Halo 3: ODST will go a long way toward realizing those predictions, but this week's glut of high-profile releases is nothing to sneeze at, either.

The two biggest third-party publishers in the world, Activision and EA, both have major multiplatform releases anchoring the retail action for the week. Activision is rolling out its superheroic action role-playing game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, DS, and PlayStation 2, while EA revamps the Need for Speed franchise of arcade-style racers with the latest installment, Shift, on the 360, PS3, PSP, and PC.

EA also has another of its annualized sports franchises ready to return, as NHL 10 takes the ice with Chicago Blackhawks cover star Patrick Kane on September 15. Last year's installment in the series, NHL 09, was named GameSpot's Best Sports Game of 2008. As has become the ritual, bitter rival 2K Sports will drop the gloves against EA with its own pucks sim, NHL 2K10, fronted by Washington Capitals sensation Alexander Ovechkin.

The third-party publishers aren't the only ones rolling out new offerings this week. Nintendo kicks things off with the Sunday launch of new white and pink models of its camera-equipped DSi, following up on Tuesday with the debut of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story for the portable. The RPG follows Nintendo's famous pair of plumbers on a journey through the innards of their archenemy.

Pink is apparently "in" this year.

Lurking behind those heavy hitters are a handful of noteworthy titles, including 5th Cell's DS sandbox puzzler Scribblenauts, Bethesda Softwork's Activision-Vivendi acquisition orphan Wet, and Crave Entertainment's 360 and PS3 versions of Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. The week will also see Ubisoft take off with the aerial combat game Heroes Over Europe for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and PC gamers will get anticipated ports of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, and Red Faction: Guerrilla.

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.

Sept. 13, 2009
Nintendo DSi in white and pink colors

Sept. 14, 2009
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story--DS--Nintendo
My Boyfriend--DS--THQ
Princess in Love--DS--THQ

Sept. 15, 2009
Age of Empires III: Complete Collection--PC--Microsoft
Animal Planet: Vet Life--DS, Wii--Activision
Batman: Arkham Asylum--PC--Eidos Interactive
Bleach: The 3rd Phantom--DS--Sega
Chicken Blaster--Wii--Zoo Games
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs--Wii, 360, PS3, DS, PSP, PC--Ubisoft
Dreamer: Top Model--DS--Dreamcatcher Interactive
Heroes Over Europe--360, PS3--Ubisoft
Learn Geography--DS--Dreamcatcher Interactive
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim--PC--Paradox Interactive
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story--DS--Nintendo
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2--Wii, PS3, 360, PSP, DS, PS2--Activision
My Boyfriend--DS--THQ
Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2--DS--Tomy
Need for Speed: Shift--360, PS3, PSP, PC--EA Games
NHL 10--PS3, 360--EA Sports
NHL 2K10--PS3, 360, Wii, PS2--2K Sports
Our House Party--Wii--Majesco Games
Our House--DS--Majesco Games
Pacific Liberator--Wii--Zoo Games
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection--360, PS3--Crave
Princess in Love--DS--THQ RACE On--PC--bitComposer Games
Red Faction: Guerrilla--PC--THQ
Resident Evil 5--PC--Capcom
Runes of Magic Chapter II: The Elven Prophecy--PC--Frogster Interactive Scribblenauts--DS--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Tornado Outbreak--Wii, PS3, 360--Konami
Toy Story Mania--Wii--Disney Interactive Studios
Wet--360, PS3--Bethesda Softworks

Sept. 16, 2009
Panzer General: Allied Assault--360--Ubisoft

Sept. 17, 2009
Madballs in Babo: Invasion--PC--Playbrains

Sept. 18, 2009
Supreme Ruler 2020 Gold--Paradox Interactive

Sept. 19, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

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96 comments
hellstorm25
hellstorm25

finally at last they are going to release pinball hall of fame for the xbox360 and ps3, after many delays. pinball kicks monty!! long live pinball.

sartnd
sartnd

My boyfriend is best game ever in the World!!! (for girls).

TheArcade
TheArcade

MUA 2 is gonna absolutely demolish my wallet!!

Excedra
Excedra

MUA 2, Shfit, and Wet are going to kill my wallet!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm picking up Wet. Looks to be a lot of fun. Panzer General also looks really good, hopefully it's one of the cheaper downloadable games.

stinkyfriend
stinkyfriend

mua2 waiting for my oder and wouldnt mind tryin wet

allblacks448
allblacks448

noooo i hate the time difference, its the 15th here but the games are not out!

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

woww tomorrow mad games getting released for some reason

heat_bomb_2002
heat_bomb_2002

do not ever do anything while driving but drive. you're going to kill someone so you can play a game, that's messed man

HumanoMexicano
HumanoMexicano

Marvel Ultimate Alliance AND Wet...damn there goes 120 bucks :O

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

MUA2 and Wet are a must.

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

Really wants to get Scribblenauts, especially since I've got a long car trip coming up this weekend. But my fiance gets so pissed off when I play my DS while driving, so I dunno...

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Scribblenauts, Mario+Luigi, and MUA2? Man, I guess this fall season is busier than I thought.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Marvel ultimate alliance 2 for me..An nhl 10 tommorow..Than comes october woot bring it on..

bwilkins928
bwilkins928

pinball!! wooooooo!! im gonna be smacking brendon sinclair all over the place!

Flint247
Flint247

Less than 24 hours for M&L: BiS!!

Thraxen
Thraxen

Brendan Sinclair apparently has little knowledge of color trends.

shawn7324
shawn7324

I would really like to pick up NFS Shift, but don't have the money to do so since I've already picked up Dirt 2 this month.

gnbfd
gnbfd

I wasn't feeling the NHL 10 demo like I did the 09 demo... wonder why? I loathe Activision now so I'll wait on MUA2 till I can get it used. Oh, and ****ING SCRIBBLENAUTS!!!!! Week 1 buy!

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

NHL 10 and MUA2 are a definate go. Ive been with the NHL series since its debut on the Genesis and MUA was lots of fun on my PS2. I was interested in Wet right up until I played the demo, but I just can't see it having the depth to keep my interest as anything more than a rental. I was rather dissapointed with that demo to be honest and it alone ruled it out as a possible first day buy. Scribblenauts looks sweet but Im too old to own a DS.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is what Im a get

ParisSun
ParisSun

I'm picking up MUA2 and Batman: AA tomorrow. I like the look of Wet but I wonder how much game you'll get out of it. May wait till it's half price. Halo: ODST next week baby.

zaqcdebgt9513
zaqcdebgt9513

Scribblenauts, NFS, and MUA2 are all amazing games, still need to finish Scribblenauts

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

NFS Shift looks great and can't wait for Bethesda's WET.

wiifan001
wiifan001

Why the heck is Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story--DS--Nintendo releasing on both the 14th AND the 15th? It's one or the other :evil:

XenoLair
XenoLair

Nice Scribblenauts coming out tomorrow :D gonna try it for sure. Should be a lot of fun!

joke_man
joke_man

@gerson25 Desperate single women. The new target audience of Nintendo....

joke_man
joke_man

@Chico_Azteca & Nintendo Stop milking the franchise, and the poor children you have straddled since their birth, with your dry simple minded unremade remakes. We get it already, you know how to throw out the same game remade multiple times in multiple genres and sell millions. Ow wait, it's starting to make sense, lol.

soulhunter91
soulhunter91

lol, for a sec, i thought he said "Need for Speed: S*it"

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

my wallet is crying lol also.... nintendo... i'll give you my soul... but release Pokemon HG&SS this year

Oloryn
Oloryn

With Layton just having come out recently, and now Mario and Luigi AND Scribblenauts...its a good time to own a DS.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

The demo of Wet actually made me want that game more than I ever would have imagined. That's some fun Kill Billish gameplay right there. Can't wait to see how the full game plays out...

svaubel
svaubel

Bowser's Inside Story woot!

isaacmj
isaacmj

So Scribblenauts a.k.a. GOTY is finally released this 15, that's nice

cparker2510
cparker2510

@Volks18t scribblenauts is listed right after runes of magic...stuck on the end there. ... don't feel bad...i am to "i spy" what sean connery is to the bond lineage. simply amazering.

Chippie17
Chippie17

2 great games NFS : Shift Im not a fan of it anymore but Mario and Luigis new one is set to be a great game

Berem
Berem

Aion next week!!!!!!

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

Resident Evil 5 PC Edition=Best version of this awesome game Scribblenauts=Probably GOTY Need I say more?

kytomasi
kytomasi

Only game im getting is Wet.NFS:Shift looks great but the drifting is horrible, my friend has it from a buddy at gamespot. Best to wait for Forza 3 or GT, But NFS:Shift is great aslong as you dont drift lol.

gerson25
gerson25

there's a game called My Boyfriend? I wonder who thought that was a good idea...

kikaazz
kikaazz

Also going for mario and luigi 3 and maybe waiting if NHL10 is a good game.

Volks18t
Volks18t

M&L listed twice and no Scibblenauts is included