Gaming retailers give thanks for Black Friday sales as Namco Bandai's portable brawler and EA's downloadable football spin-off lead the holiday week's new releases.
The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest on the US retail calendar, thanks to an abundance of Black Friday promotions creating a potential nightmare for anyone working in retail. Ironically, it's one of the quieter weeks on the gaming new releases calendar this year, with such heavy hitters as Dragon Age: Origins, Assassin's Creed II, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 arriving earlier in the month.
For the traditional gaming crowd, the biggest retail release for the week of November 22-27 is the PSP version of Tekken 6, which launched on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last month. The portable version crams in all 40 main characters and their move sets, along with arcade, story, and challenge modes.
Although they won't be available in stores, two new downloadable offerings may also grab gamers' interest. EA debuts its latest arcade-style football game with Madden NFL Arcade on the Xbox 360 and PS3, while those same two platforms will see 2K Games' The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, the first add-on for the cooperative online shooter Borderlands. Details regarding a PC edition of Dr. Ned will be announced at a later date.
While the pickings are a bit slim for most gamers, there are a few potential hits for more casual crowds arriving in stores this week. Ubisoft's camera-equipped Wii fitness game Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy comes out this week, as does Konami's latest edition of Karaoke Revolution on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Finally, those with a thirst for trivia about tween-focused supernatural melodrama fads can pick up Scene It? Twilight on the Wii.
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.
Bit.Trip Void--WII--Aksys Games
Coldstone: Scoop It Up--WII--Zoo Games
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain--DS--Aspyr
Hello Kitty Party--DS--Majesco Games
Stoked: Big Air Edition--X360--Destineer
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned--360, PS3--2K Games
Chicken Riot--WII--City Interactive
Karaoke Revolution--X360, PS3, WII--Konami
King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame--PC--NeocoreGames
Madden NFL Arcade--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Marines: Assault on Terror--WII--Destineer
Scene It? Twilight--WII--Konami
Tekken 6--PSP--Namco Bandai Games America
Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy--WII--Ubisoft
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove--PC--Big Fish Games
Cocoto Surprise--WII--Big Ben Interactive
FYI: The Borderlands DLC is great, played coop last night with friends. Shoot, that DLC beats a lot of retail game's stories. Cough MW2 Cough.
Hopefully Black Friday provides some good sales. I still need to get Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed 2, Uncharted 2 and Demon's Souls. And Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2 are just around the corner... I"ll be broke for a while...
Holy crap! A Fighting Fantasy game for the DS!? Where's the information on this? EDIT: Aw, just saw the video... now I'm not as psyched. Looks like cross between Elder Scrolls and Hexen. Oh well...
Coldstone Sim? I'm there, dude. Hope it's rated M for blood, nudity, drug references, and ice-cream scoop related fatalites
Did the world need a Coldstone simulator? After the immersive "scoop, then put on cone" motion controls, where did they think the draw of the game was? You very rarely get to do the thing in real life that a video game simulates... but I'm pretty sure being a real Coldstone employee would prove this game is an awful idea.
Man the releases this week are pretty slim, not anything that is really setting my radar off. Well with Thanksgiving coming I'll be more worried with eating than playing, that's for sure.
i dont know about marines assault on terror.i want a game like that opn the wii.like modern warfare reflex.but the company Destineer has a terrible game record
I've been waiting for the PSP version of Tekken 6. Now I can practice combos while I chill out in the sun, or while I'm sitting on the can. Namco makes great portable versions of their games (Broken Destiny and Dark Resurrection), so I'm pretty confident that the PSP T6 will be good as well.
Tekken 6 PSP :P I might pick that one up. Not that into Tekken, but I can always use some good portable fighters
For once I find nothing to say, it's dull. There may be games on sale but my Mom does Christmas shopping on Black Friday, and I'm not invited to help her buy my presents (Or anyone else's, and that's despite the fact I know my biggest present already). Not that I was planning to buy anything much this year anyways, my favorite titles came out October to early November, it's just a matter of finding the cash to get them.
@More_Dakka I heard about about King Arthur: The Role-plying Wargame :) ...that makes a least two of us.. so far. It seems like it is going to be a pretty cool game
I'm betting almost no one here knows of "King Arthur: The roleplaying wargame"... (Ignore the lackluster name... :P ) I'm hoping for a demo of that one- even if there isn't one though, I'm pretty sure my comp can run it, cause I'm actually quite interested in it. Hopefully it'll fill that "at-least-decent AI" niche the Empire utterly failed to fill...
well notnhing more to buy until Zelda Spirit Tracks good.. i'm crampe with games i need to finish Borderlands and Dragon Age included
So...nothing.......for the rest of the year.....That is OK I need to catch up a bit anyways and with exams coming up......it's all good.
twilight, ewwww. yeah, i think i'm good with buying games until 2010, then it's gonna be a madhouse.
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- Tekken 6
- Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned
- Your Shape
- Bit.Trip Void
- Marines: Modern Urban Combat
- Karaoke Revolution
- Chicken Riot
- Madden NFL Arcade
- Hello Kitty Party
- Fighting Fantasy
- Scene It? Twilight
- Stoked: Big Air
- Cold Stone Creamery: Scoop it Up
- Cocoto Surprise
- Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove