Square Enix' SNES-to-DS remake joins revamp of Capcom's classic fighter on 360, PS3; Metal Gear Online expansion, Chronicles of Spellborn also launching.
In the United States, the last week of November is traditionally truncated by the Thanksgiving holiday, which takes place on Thursday. (Canadians have their own Thanksgiving in mid-October.) The following day is "Black Friday," the day on which thousands of US consumers trample each other to take advantage of deep holiday discounts at retailers. As such, most of the year's top-tier games shipped by last week to that ensure they would be place on store shelves in time for the deal-mad public's onslaught.
That said, there are still several new releases of note this week. First and foremost is Chrono Trigger, the Nintendo DS remake of Square Enix' classic SNES role-playing game. Unlike the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest DS remakes, Chrono Trigger did not receive a graphical overhaul, though it has been reformatted to use the handheld's dual-screen presentation and touch-screen functionality. The remake includes a wireless play mode and an all-new dungeon, and has received a solid 8.5 in GameSpot's review.
Connected Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3s will also receive the elaborately titled Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix this week. Announced in April 2007--and originally set for release last holiday season--the remake of the classic arcade game retains the original's gameplay underneath all-new high-definition graphics.
The Wii will also be getting its own retro-fighting-game redux in the form of the compilation The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga. Also out this week is the Meme expansion to Metal Gear Online, which adds three new maps to the PS3-exclusive stealth-actioner Metal Gear Solid 4's online mode. Acclaim's massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the PC, The Chronicles of Spellborn, will launch on Thursday, two days after what might be the first (and last) biathlon game, Crave's Ski & Shoot.
A full list of Thanksgiving week game releases is below. (List taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary. Cranberry sauce and stuffing not included.)
NOVEMBER 24, 2008
Age of Empires: Mythologies - DS
All Star Cheer Leader - DS
Boingz - WiiWare
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure - Wii VC
Cake Mania: In the Mix! - Wii'
Emma in the Mountains - DS
Personal Trainer: Cooking - DS
Skate City Heroes - Wii
Sudoku Challenge! - Wii
Ski & Shoot - WiiWare
NOVEMBER 25, 2008
Band Manager - PC
Chrono Trigger - DS
Chrysler Classic Racing - DS, Wii
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force - DS
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine - Wii
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga - Wii
Metal Gear Online Meme Expansion - PS3
Neopets Puzzle Adventure - DS, Wii, PC
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 - X360, PS2, PS3, WII
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure - Wii Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - PS3
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge - Wii, PS2, X360, DS
Chrono Trigger and Street Fighter 2 Hurting Letters Turbo HD. Makes for a hell of a week I tell you what.
Nothing of interest here. *Continues to save money for Gears, Guitar Hero, and my Gamefly subscription*
I never played Chronos Trigger for the SNES, but I'm betting that it'll be even better for the DS. I'm definetly picking this one up!
Nice...can't wait for Chrono Trigger. I'll likely hold off till Christmas, just because I've got Disgaea and a lot of old GBA RPGs to occupy my time.
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is awesome but I can't wait for Super Duper Supreme Street Fighter II Classic Championship Challenge Ultra Ultimate Turbo Alpha Hyper HD Remixed Online version to come out. But seriously I played the Beta and can't wait to play the finished game.I think it'll cost $15 and well worth it.
Who needs a feast when I can stuff myself full of Street Fighter 2 HD? :P I can't wait for tomorrow. I just hope that the reports about Sony giving an early update to the PSN Store this week for SF2HD turn out to be true!
There sure is a lot of shovelware in that list. Chrono Trigger and SSIITHDR are the only games that stick out. Shame on you GameSpot for giving Chrono Trigger an 8.5. One of the best SNES RPG's deserves a much better rating of at least 9 or higher.
I love the idea of high-def 2D games like SF2, but why the heck can't they increase the number of frames for animations? That really drives me nuts: the game looks so great, until you see it in motion and everything still animates as jerkily as it did back in 1991. Why did they bother to update the graphics but not the animations?
November has already made me a broke man and now it is going to push the very limits of my wallet, lol. Chrono Trigger and both versions of Street Fighter HD Remix are a must!
Chrono Trigger and SSF2... after that, all I need is Prince of Persia in December and I'll be cool going into 2009 ;)
SSF2T HD remix and CT are must own titles, obviously. As for the KOF collection... I want that too but i'll wait for the PSP version.
Well I won't be getting SFII for 360. The controls on a 360 just don't work for a fighter ( Soul Calibur IV ).
well, I was up in the air about getting the new HD remake of SF2... though, I think I'm now sold on the idea, I think it'd be a nice to have and would probably eliminate any need to play SFIV until that's $20 or $30
umm banjo-kazooie for the xbox live arcade? anyone? well i guess whoever wants this game already has it, through the preorder of nuts and bolts and it might not be worth mentioning it
I never got to play the original Chrono Trigger on the SNES, but from what I've heard about it, I have very high hopes for this one.
I think your date on Chronicles of Spellborn may not be right. Last I heard it was in the new year for North America (perhaps you could say this date is UK only?).
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