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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To ryan71889, 'Zomies Ate My Neighbors'....nice one. I loved it on SNES circa '94. How 'bout Battle Toads&Double Dragon? Or, Super Double Dragon? Those rocked.

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I'd like to know when either service will have MK2, MK Trilogy or NBA Jam.

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yes wii is a bargin i may not have alot of killer games but at that price its not tha much of a risk

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Yep, folks, that's what you get for $250....Yes, sir. Quite the bargain.

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Brawl.... Brings a tear to your eye. King Dede looks to be my character. Who is everyone picking ?

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Im real eager to see wht the xbox version of GTA4 has to offer.

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Not too impressed, games I want are DMC4, Ninja Gaiden 2 and Metal Gear 4. Oh btw, GTA4 better come out on PC cause I dont intend to play that stuff on consoles. It looks alot better on PC (provided u have the right PC) plus you can mod it. I want to drive my skylines and lamborghinis like in my modded GTA3, VC and SA on the PC instead of those rubbish make-believe cars.....banshee, buffalo and all the rest of that crap.

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SSBB is the only thing I'm really waiting for . I'm soooooooooooooooo excited. Soooooooooooooooooo excited

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im not wanting that game anyways all i am wishing for is SSBB to come out on Feb 10,2008

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and rock band?

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Not interested in Metal Slug at all. Waiting more maps for online C.O.D.4 . or maybe just maybe P/C C.O.D 5

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Freakin' YES. I've been waiting SO long for Metal Slug on XBLA :D So happy...

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thekodaman you'll be in there for a long time lol, sorry couldn't resist, im sure it'll be out eventually.

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when nintendo or xbox secure rights to "Zombies ate my neighbors" give me a call.

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Metal Slug 3 was the quickest no thinking associated buy I have done on the 360. Online is amazing, its only 2 player though, but still amazing fun. Reminds me of those days when playing Contra 3 with a friend on the old SNES, but only like a million times better. Amazing fun, cant stress this enough everyone buy it now and join in... You wont regret it.

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All I heard was SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL...

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Nothing worth getting this week. Not a big deal since most people still have many games to finish from X-Mas.

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I might go into cryogenic freezing until MGS4 is released....

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Forgot to mention DMC 4 in February...So getting it!!!

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Ditto on the GTA4.

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Can't wait for Grand Theft Auto IV! :D

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Ridge Racer + Big Rigs = Rig Racer?

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Not too bothered about the lack of games. The game developers etc will have had a nice xmas break and now they should be ready to bring out the blockbuster games now =]

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the wii might have releases but they are all crap

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Memoryitis - I'm lost by your comment the Wii is the only console coming out with anything. PS3 and 360 don't have anything coming out.

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3 Big Hitters for 3 Big Consoles, Puuurfect

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"The game includes local multiplayer for up to four players, with online play supporting up to six gamers." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For some reason this is not true. I have downloaded Metal Slug 3 and I have found nothing like this.

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I´m gonna save some money this week

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Let's see... 6 above games are from Data Design, of which several were on PS2 in Europe. They're known for being a shovelware company. Low game budgets, but attractive enough box art to generate sales. All 4 downloadable ones listed aren't primarily original content. Bubble Bobble and Metal Slug from those would be my picks.

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Those wii titles are all shovel ware! I hope no one buys these.

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actually there was one great game on vc xmas eve ... donkey kong country 3 .... but ya i didnt even expect that come on now, if they release all the good games then thered be nothing left ,,, so its best if they do it this way and january just started so ya of course not many games have been out i my self may just check out these 3 racing titles on wii as i only have 3 racing games beside vc games

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At least I can watch American Gladiators in a few days!

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January, so slow on games.

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Woot Bubble Bobble may have to pick that one up been a long time since i played it!

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Not many big names...some interesting casual games sure to pick up some consumers

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What is this? Excluding MS3, it's not interesting.

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not bad at all

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Except for Metal Slug, not much to offer this week.

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They seriously need to start releasing some good games on the VC. I thought we were going to get some great games in the last 2 weeks as a "gift" from Nintendo, but I guess not. Yes, there are some good games on the VC but they are few and far between.

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These Wii games suck, AND THEY PUSHED RYGAR BACK!

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most of these Wii games sound lame (the new releases, not VC). Guess more waiting for me...

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Pretty much all Wii

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good thing there are so many games to tide us over from November to get us through til Brawl gets us going again

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yes metal slug 3 make sure it's 800 points snk and i download this classic

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Metal Slug is an absolutely fantastic series of games (despite the fact that they all seem pretty similar to me). The complete anthology is available on the Wii (as a full-priced game) and GameTap. Read my blog The Score for my opinions on gaming.

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Finally, Metal Slug on XBLA. All my hopes and dreams... *Rushes out and downloads MG3*

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Look at all that drek on the Wii. Top Hunter is possibly the worst Neo Game ever, aside from that horrid Mah-Jhong game.

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Metal Slug 3, why not just release the anthology on an X360 disc like they did for the PS2 and the Wii?

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The original Metal Slug was announced for Live Arcade a long time ago. What happened? Metal Slug 3 is cool, yes, but i would prefer the original.

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