Shippin' Out Dec. 31-Jan. 4: Wii discount games, Metal Slug 3 XBLA

Retailers get a chance to spend the week restocking hits and cashing out gift cards as a thin release lineup of offerings hits stores.

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The first half of 2008 looks to be a big one full of anticipated games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Grand Theft Auto IV, but the first week of the new year shows little to suggest the coming storm.

In fact, only Nintendo's Wii is expected to see any retail releases at all this week. Destineer has a handful of budget titles on tap for Nintendo's newest console. Kidz Sports: Basketball and Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom join a trio of motor-minded offerings in Kawasaki Quad Bikes, Rig Racer 2, and Monster Trux Offroad in new release aisles this week. On the downloadable front, the Wii Virtual Console welcomes the NES version of arcade classic Bubble Bobble (500 Wii points, $5), the Genesis action role-playing game Light Crusader (800 Wii points, $8), and the NeoGeo side-scrolling action game Top Hunter (900 Wii points, $9).

In a smidgen of non-Wii-related release news, Microsoft is adding SNK Playmore's Metal Slug 3 to the Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft points ($10). [UPDATE: The game includes local or online multiplayer for up to two players, not four or six as indicated by Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb.]

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

DECEMBER 31, 2007
Kawasaki 4X4 Quad Bikes (Wii)
Bubble Bobble (Wii Virtual Console)
Light Crusader (Wii Virtual Console)
Top Hunter (Wii Virtual Console)

JANUARY 2, 2008
Metal Slug 3 (Xbox Live Arcade)
Classic British Motor Racing (Wii)
Kidz Sports Basketball (Wii)
Monster Trux: Offroad (Wii)
Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom (Wii)
Rig Racer 2 (Wii)

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Metal Slug ?! hells yeah!

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I got Metal Slug Anthologies, but online play might get me to play if I can find a couple of people to play it with..

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not really excited about these

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wow, nothing good.

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Sigh, when will legend of zelda the twilight princess is going to be sold at a reduced price.

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Metal Slug 3 FTW!!! ;D

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Um...I got Donkey Kong Country 3 on the Wii Virtual Console a couple weeks ago. When is GameSpot going to put it up here? They don't have last week's releases.

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Pretty interesting. Great to see some new News Articles! Welcome back Gamespot :D

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Metal slug 3 sweet

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chelosera91: how the hell did you get the avatar? F'ing hilarious. they need one of luigi doing toad. er, was toad a guy?

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so much crap gets released on the wii it's unbelievable

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why does nintendo let lazy developers make games for the wii? this is ruining their image

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i have never seen only i company having almost all releases for the week

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MS3 with 6-player online? Awesomeness:D

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... i guess i should have checked the xbox site befor going off in my previous post. Live status: " up and running"..... 6 days later!!! at least now I can DL some goodies when I get off work. for christmas I got like 4K microsoft points and couldn't use them because Live was on the fritz. I wonder if Crank is still available for DL? love that movie.

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they made a news article on this slow week but didn't for the new MGS4 and gran turismo 5 prologue release dates, or skype coming to the psp?

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i love my 360 and Live but; how the hell am I going to download Metal Slug 3 if the Live network is down? i've been loyal to the 360 but Live has been down for almost 7 F'ING days!!!! I better get some freaking credit to my Live account. it blow's that I can't play CoD4 MP or anything on Live... however, this has led me to more playing of Oblivion. seriously, those MS network guy's get major cash and for what? i say dock thier pay and send them to a refresher course. it is one thing for the Live network to be down it is entirely different for it to be down this long. someone needs to get fired, immediately.

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Only metal slug managed to make this week not suck totally.

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Rig Racer 2? Is this a new franchise from Namco? LOL

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How do you spell out a raspberry noise?

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Hmmmm, the Virtual Console has just been dead with good releases lately. And the Wii games sound like trash. However, Metal Slug 3 will probably get a buy from me...just for the 6 player online play. That sounds great. But otherwise, thank goodness I have other games to keep me busy.

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This weeks releases sure make me proud to be a Wii owner. :| *hopes and prays*

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As long as these new games don't require xbox live, we are good to go.

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better jump on them Kawasaki 4X4 Quad Bikes, it seems like they plan to sell based on the brand Kawasaki*

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*Awkward silence.*

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