Nintendo's angelic adventurer leads a formation full of new releases at retailers, including Ninja Gaiden 3, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Armored Core V.
It has been more than 20 years since the last original Kid Icarus game was released. That drought ends this week, as Nintendo's cherubic mascot Pit makes his 3DS debut in Kid Icarus: Uprising on the 3DS. However, Kid Icarus is by no means flying solo on the new release shelves this week, as new installments in the Resident Evil and Ninja Gaiden series lead up a deep slate of notable debuts.
As with previous Kid Icarus games, Uprising sees Pit taking on the evil Medusa, although this new iteration will feature him fighting the forces of evil in the skies as well as on land. Additionally, the game features a multiplayer mode where up to six 3DS owners can take each other on in teams of three. The game will also come bundled with a 3DS stand to let players focus on playing the system without worrying about holding it up.
Pit isn't the only gaming celebrity receiving a new title, as Ryu Hayabusa returns in Ninja Gaiden 3. The latest entry in Team Ninja's action series adds a few new elements to the formula, including competitive and cooperative online multiplayer for up to eight players. The PS3 version of the game will also feature PlayStation Move support, which Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has said is intended to "bring players closer to" Hayabusa.
Capcom has another zombie hunting game on tap for consumers in the form of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Developed by Slant Six, Operation Raccoon City offers a squad-based shooter take on Capcom's seminal survival horror series. The game puts players in control of a half-dozen special commandos employed by The Umbrella Corporation, the sinister pharmaceutical company whose unethical experiments caused the series' rash of zombie outbreaks in the first place.
Another long-running Japanese series returns this week as From Software and Namco Bandai launch Armored Core V. The game maintains the franchise's focus on high-octane mech combat and comprehensive customization options, although this installment features smaller mechs to encourage tactical gameplay. From Software has focused on delivering more content this time around by incorporating new environments and enhancing the game's offline mode. Online modes will also be available, and they'll emphasize large-scale, team-based battles.
For further details, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City--X360, PS3--Capcom
Ninja Gaiden 3--X360, PS3--Tecmo Koei
Silent Hill HD--X360, PS3--Konami
Armored Core V--X360, PS3--Namco Bandai
Sumioni: Demon Arts--PS Vita--Xseed Games
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD--PS3--Ubisoft
Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure--X360--Microsoft
Warriors Orochi 3--X360, PS3--Tecmo Koei
Dirt 3: Complete Edition--X360, PS3--Codemasters
Gogo's Crazy Bones--DS--Game Mill
Let's Ride: Best of Breed--DS--THQ
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort--DS--THQ
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
Angry Birds Space--iOS, AND, PC, MAC--Rovio
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
Kid Icarus: Uprising--3DS--Nintendo
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai--PC--Sega
i think the most anticipated game has got to be Kid Icrus Uprising. i mean 20 years for another sequel?
Dirt 3: Complete Edition... an admission that the original was incomplete and still carried a $60 price tag.
I'm still waiting for reviews or inside or proper gameplay/walk through to get a taste of how RE raccoon city will be exactly.
Glad that Kid Icarus finally came out. Hopefully work on the next Super Smash Bros. will begin later this year. *fingers crossed*
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai. This will be the most "modern" of all the Total War games to date - so it will be very interesting to see how it works. I also think it is great that it is shipping as a "stand alone" game, and not just an expansion - this will allow newer players to try it out without needing to have already purchased the original game. With this installment, they can branch the series out into the second half of the 19th Century if they so desire - very interesting period possibilities there. That said, however, I am sure that there are also a lot of Total War fans out there who are anxiously awaiting news that the CA is secretly working on a Rome 2 Total War - that could be pretty awesome too! :)
I will get for ps3 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Ninja Gaiden 3, Silent Hill HD and for the 3DS Kid Icarus: Uprising this friday... this is going to be good month of play for me =)
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