Shippin' Out Sept. 21-27: Brothers in Arms, Samba de Amigo

It's a busy week, as Gearbox's shooter joins Gearbox's maraca-shaker; also, Lego Batman, Wario Land, de Blob, Civ IV: Colonization, Buzz! Quiz TV, and on and on.

The 2007 holiday season was defined as much by its many delays as the games that did make it to market. This year, the industry has done a better job of hitting its deadlines, which translates to wave after wave of high-profile releases as the holiday sales tsunami builds toward December.

One game pushed out of late 2007 was Ubisoft and Gearbox's Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway. The game has been hit with a number of delays since it was originally pushed to early 2008, most recently bouncing to this week from August. Now with its kit together, the story-driven, squad-based shooter hops from its perfectly good airplane, following the 101st Airborne Division over a 10-day stretch as they attempt to secure an Axis-controlled road behind enemy lines. Hell's Highway will deploy on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Wii gamers will finally have a chance to fire up their own installment in the series, Brother's in Arms: Double Time.

While Warner Bros.' summer box-office smash The Dark Knight arrived without a game-adaptation sidekick, its internally owned Traveller's Tales studio will release its homage to the legendary DC Comics hero with Lego Batman. Descending not so much like a thief in the night as a carnie at a state fair, Lego Batman brings the same style of quirky humor to Gotham as Traveller's Tales' Lego Star Wars brought to George Lucas' revered universe. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, DS, and PC.

The casual-gaming crowd has a number of titles to look forward to this week. On the PS3, Sony has released the latest installment in its European studios' popular Buzz! Quiz TV trivia game. On the Wii, unlikely developer Gearbox--responsible for the aforementioned Hell's Highway--will also ship out Samba de Amigo, a maraca-shaking rhythm game that draws its roots from the widely acclaimed Sega Dreamcast title of the same name. Also on the Wii, Nintendo's platformer Wario Land: Shake It! and THQ's vibrant painting game de Blob are out this week.

With Disgaea 3 hitting the PS3 last month, NIS America will release Disgaea: Hour of Darkness on the DS. NIS' latest revamp of VIZ Media's droll 2003 original grid-based strategy game for the PS2 features a number of game tweaks, including new playable characters and Prinny commentary. In other DS remake news, Nintendo will rerelease the Super NES 2D platformer Kirby Super Star Ultra on its popular portable.

Take-Two may have brought Sid Meier's award-winning Civilization to consoles earlier this year with Revolution, but the publisher isn't yet done with the platform that gave Civ its start. Civilization IV: Colonization for the PC is a spin-off of the 2005 installment, bringing the franchise's signature "just-one-more-turn" gameplay to the New World.

Capcom's 8-bit revival Mega Man 9 leaps onto WiiWare and the PlayStation Network this week for $10 (1,000 Wii points). Both Sony's and Nintendo's digital distribution stores will also receive an additional downloadable title, with the PSN getting the Studio Liverpool-developed futuristic racer Wipeout HD ($20) and WiiWare being stocked with Bplus' puzzle shooter Plattchen: Twist 'n' Paint (1,000 Wii points, $10).

While there's still no sign of Duke Nukem Forever on new-release lists, 3D Realms will be deliver Duke Nukem 3D to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade this week. The game will cost 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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

SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
Baja: Edge of Control (X360, PS3)
Brain Quest Grades 3 & 4 (DS)
Brain Quest Grades 5 & 6 (DS)
de Blob (Wii)
Di-Gata Defenders (DS)
DropCast (DS)
EA Sports '08 Collection (PC)
Hell's Kitchen (PC)
Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)
Medal of Honor: 10th Anniversary Edition (PC)
Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)
My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Party (PC)
Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase (DS)
Plattchen: Twist 'n' Paint (WiiWare)
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization (PC)
SimCity Creator (Wii, DS)
Super Dodge Ball (Wii VC)
The Price is Right (PC)
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire Gold Edition (PC)
Vectorman (Wii VC)
Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
Zoo Hospital (Wii)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
Barbie: Eye For Style (DS, PC)
B-Boy (PSP)
Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway (X360, PS3)
Brothers in Arms: Double Time (Wii)
BUZZ! Quiz TV (PS3)
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009 (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
Dark Horizon (PC)
Dinosaur King (DS)
Disgaea DS (DS)
Dragon Ball Z: Trilogy (PS2)
Everlight (PC)
Hi! HamTaro Ham-Ham Challenge (DS)
King's Bounty: The Legend (PC)
Lego Batman (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC)
Line Rider 2: Unbound (PC)
Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked (Wii)
Margot's Word Brain (Wii, DS)
My Japanese Coach (DS)
My SAT Coach (DS)
Onimusha: The Essentials (PS2)
Pipe Mania (PSP, PS2, DS)
Pure (X360, PS3)
Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk (Wii)
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (DS)
Samba de Amigo (Wii)
Shaun the Sheep (DS)
SingStar Pop Vol. 2 (PS2)
Time Hollow (DS)
Twin Strike: Operation Thunder (Wii)
Warriors Orochi 2 (X360, PS2)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
Duke Nukem 3D (XBLA)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
Mega Man 9 (PSN)
Wipeout HD (PSN)

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star77241
star77241

When is Lost In Blue going to be reviewed?

lamprey263
lamprey263

My Japanese Coach is actually supposed to come out next month from what I've heard. Amazon has it listed for October and so does my local EB Games, though their list of upcoming titles does list it for 9/23 for some reason. Weird though, there's absolutely no information about this game anywhere, and I've tried using Google to find out more but can't find anything. Oh, and Brother in Arms is out today my ass, I've called every game store in the city and nobody has it.

AM_DAVE
AM_DAVE

How many great Call Of duty games have been out in the time its taken to make one BIA? lol

necronaux
necronaux

Way too many releases, and it's only September. More the merrier? Maybe. Burn out? Possible. But if they keep releasing titles like this, by Christmas no one will have any money left to buy anything.

Tebbit
Tebbit

Wipeout HD, yuss! Also, about time for brothers in arms!

osmifura
osmifura

man, this game is gonna rock!

MobiusWolf
MobiusWolf

Prinny commentary! I'm a little annoyed that they keep re-releasing Disgaea with new features. I love this game series, but seriously, just give me more new games instead of remaking the ones I have.

mrkame16
mrkame16

BIA: HH doesnt look that great in the preview videos, but i suffer from new game fever and i must play it so if it sucks i will def trade it. heres hoping it turns out well.

raymondcs123
raymondcs123

One more delay and I'll get a knife and stab Randy.

adamduffield
adamduffield

Cant wait for BIA: HH, Have already pre-ordered this on play.com

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

Woopido for store storming! hopefully they have BIA today!

bamfer3
bamfer3

BIA: HH will be pretty awesome

lamprey263
lamprey263

I want to get BiA: Hell's Highway and WipeOut HD myself. Also, I'm glad Capcom decided to release the Onimusha collection... though I already have it, I'm hoping this will encourage Konami to release a Silent Hill box set... actually, I'm sure there's lots of PS1/PS2 boxsets that could be made and should be made.

videogameking26
videogameking26

Crazy week as I'm buying these...Baja for PS3, Pure & Lego Batman for the 360, Kirby Superstar Ultra for DS and finally Warioland: Shake It on the Wii.

ChristianKiss
ChristianKiss

King's Bounty: The Legend (PC)! Let's bring some nostalgia with a new and good looking engine. I'm restless because of this one. =)

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

For those who have a Wii, de Blob is fun. There's a free demo for PC. By the way, Wipeout HD... true 1080p & 60fps, WOW!

deadaim89
deadaim89

none of these games our good and never heard of these games either.. whats shaun the sheep?

Z-Blood
Z-Blood

yea baby!!! can't for the price is right game!!! thats gonna be a top notch game!!! (i think i just threw up)

CrazyRabbi
CrazyRabbi

Finally, another good XBLA game in Duke Nukem. Getting real classics instead of newly made crap that sucks.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

That's a lot of games in that list, unfortunately nothing I want to put down Rock band 2 and the others I recently purchased for.

maaly81
maaly81

I want BIA:HH bad!!! i gotta wait though. $64.64 dont grow on trees

ElZilcho
ElZilcho

everything looks like crap including "wipEout HD" brothers in arms though looks really good, I'd say about 99 percent of the games here are crap, including but not limited to wipeout HD, again, I dont know why anyone would consider any of those games and just so there's no confusion and everything's clear, Wipeout HD kinda sucks, sorry.

InfinityTomorro
InfinityTomorro

everything looks like crap except wipEout HD and Megaman 9

cerealkiller8
cerealkiller8

wow lol its been like 2 yrs since they announced it

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Lego Batman is gonna be an awesome game. And with The Dark Knight just recently out, it should get a lot of sales.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Lego Batman is gonna be an awesome game. And with The Dark Knight just recently out, it should get a lot of sales.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Wow a lot of games that look good coming out this week. Anyway I probably going to get a Wii Point Card for Mega Man 9 (and also for Super Mario RPG).

09231991
09231991

Oh man, BIA is finally coming, I can't wait!:)

sherif77
sherif77

nothing for me this week, waiting for saint row 2, and Blitz II in OCT.

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itwiz90
itwiz90

Oh yeah, I have to check this one out. 8)

itwiz90
itwiz90

Oh yeah, I have to check this one out. 8)

dukerav
dukerav

BIA all the way for me, the definitive WWII series, at least imo. Tempted to buy Onimusha Essentials too, not sure, its been so long since I played those games. Maybe Lego Batman, but in a rental.