Shippin' Out May 17-23: Punch-Out, UFC 2009 Undisputed

Nintendo's and THQ's brawlers light up the ring, joined by Bionic Commando, EA Sports Active, Boom Blox Bash Party, Terminator, more.

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Spring 2009 hasn't been a particularly eventful one at retail for the gaming industry, a fact prominently supported by two consecutive months of 17 percent sales declines. However, mid-May has a number of high-profile console titles that may lure gamers back to their retailer of choice.

Little Mac, flashing his tiger eye.
Little Mac, flashing his tiger eye.

The Wii, in particular, is in for a big week, thanks to a one-two combo from Nintendo and Electronic Arts. Opening up the combination, Nintendo will release Punch-Out, a new installment in its venerable boxing franchise featuring unlikely pugilist sensation Little Mac. Along with his formidable trainer, Doc Louis, Little Mac makes his latest Cinderella run against 13 opponents twice his size.

As for Electronic Arts' follow-through, the publisher has on tap EA Sports Active and Boom Blox Bash Party. EA's take on the growing fitness genre, Active comes bundled with a neoprene sleeve and rubber resistance band and features more than 20 different workouts. Boom Blox Bash Party is the sequel to EA and Steven Spielberg's original 2008 collaboration, and it expands on the physics-based puzzle game with 400 new levels, underwater and zero-gravity arenas, and additional block types and shapes.

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers have a number of action-oriented titles to look forward to this week. With the Octagon suitably bloodied following THQ's well-received demo, the full edition of UFC 2009 Undisputed arrives for the Xbox 360 and PS3 this week. Alternatively, gamers can swing with Capcom and GRIN's reinterpretation of the classic Bionic Commando franchise. With Warner Bros. Pictures' Christian Bale-led Terminator Salvation doing the robot into theaters this week, Warner Bros. Interactive's game of the same name arrives on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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.

New Releases: May 17-23
May 18
Bionic Commando - X360, PS3 - Adventure - Capcom
Punch-Out!! - WII - Sports - Nintendo

May 19
Boom Blox Bash Party - WII - Puzzle - Electronic Arts
EA Sports Active - WII - Sports - EA Sports
Hannah Montana: The Movie - PC - Action - Disney Interactive
I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover - DS - Puzzle - City Interactive
Jagged Alliance - DS - Strategy - Atari
Party Pigs: FarmYard Games - WII - Sports - Destineer
Puchi Puchi Virus - DS - Action - NIS America
Rock Band Classic Rock Track Pack - X360, PS3, PS2, WII - Rhythm - MTV Games
Space Camp - WII, DS - Action - Activision
Steal Princess - DS - Strategy - Atlus Co.
Terminator Salvation - X360, PS3, PC - Action - Warner Bros. Interactive
Tournament Pool - WII - Puzzle - Destineer
UFC 2009 Undisputed - X360, PS3 - Action - THQ
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 - WII, DS - Puzzle - Konami

May 20
Imagine: Makeup Artist - DS - Puzzle - Ubisoft

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