Shippin' Out Nov. 20-26: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Link's return to the Wii signals the backend of the holiday release period with Tekken Hybrid, Serious Sam 3: BFE hitting shelves, and The King of Fighters XIII.

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It's Thanksgiving this week, and the new release calendar is giving gamers plenty of reasons to be thankful. This week see the return of Link and Serious Sam, a pair of resurgent fighting franchises, and much more.

Link is back in Skyward Sword.
Link is back in Skyward Sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword marks Link's return to the Wii in his first mainline game since Twilight Princess, which launched alongside Nintendo's remote-sporting system in 2006. His latest adventure sees the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities put to use in a new combat system. Beyond giving Link new ways to cut up the usual assortment of carnivorous plants, disembodied eyeballs, and orcish monsters, the game features new gadgets and abilities for the lithe protagonist to employ.

Namco Bandai's 3D tag fighter is back in the Tekken Hybrid dual pack for the PS3. The game portion delivers an HD remake of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, along with a demo for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The 3D feature film Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D is also included to round out the package.

Atlus is delivering the latest entry in another classic fighting series this week with The King of Fighters XIII for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. King of Fighters XIII will expand on its predecessor's roster, increasing from 22 characters to more than 30, and will include faster fights and new Neomax super moves. A completely revamped online mode is also on the way.

Another largely fondly remembered franchise is making a return this week with Serious Sam 3: BFE on the PC. Sam's latest encounter sees the return of the series' signature adversaries like the Headless Kamikaze and Gnaar, as well as new opponents going by names like Scrapjack and Khnum.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Hole in the Wall: Deluxe Edition--X360--Ubisoft
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword--Wii--Nintendo

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Batman: Arkham City--PC--Warner Bros.
Batman: Arkham City--Robin Bundle Pack--X360, PS3, PC--Warner Bros.
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic--3DS--Majesco
Corpse Party--PSP--Xseed Games
Defenders of Ardania--X360, PS3--Paradox Interactive
Get Up and Dance--Wii--Crave
Face Racers: Photo Finish--3DS--Majesco
Final Fantasy V--PS3, PSP--Square Enix
Nano Assault--3DS--Majesco
National Geographic Challenge!--X360, Wii--Ignition Entertainment
JAWS: Ultimate Predator--Wii--Majesco
Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine--Wii--Konami
Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3--X360--Konami
The King of Fighters XIII--X360, PS3--Atlus
The Sims Medieval Deluxe Edition--PC--EA
Power Rangers Samurai--Wii, DS--Namco Bandai
Serious Sam 3: BFE--PC--Devolver Digital
Sonic Generations--3DS--Sega
Tekken Hybrid--PS3--Namco Bandai
Tsumiki: Block Drop Mania--DS--SouthPeak Games
WWE '12--X360, PS3, Wii--THQ
WWE All Stars--3DS--THQ

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Gears of War 3: Versus Booster Map Pack--X360--Microsoft Game Studios

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
F1 2011--3DS--Codemasters

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@DragonRift yes the zelda formula is the same but first off what do you expect what about games like cod halo gow. In cod you shoot people halo you shoot people gow you shoot people i'm sure they are fun but i"d rather play a game that requires me to think rather mash then buttons for 5 hours like an idiot

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My poor poor wallet is going to be hurting with 3 great games out today. Zelda,King of Fighters and Tekken. The only other problem I have is which one to play first.

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i getting zelda ss skyrim for ps3&360 assasin revelation and MW3 for ps3 now i have a lot of money i buy some awesome games

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It might be time to dust off the Wii. I can't stop playing my 360 to actually go out and grab some more titles for my Wii. I still want to grab Super Mario Bros Wii and DKC, but until they quit releasing so many darn good games it looks like I'll have to wait. Skyward Swords looks like a must-buy at launch to me though.

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@Blue-N-yellow I believe that many nintendo games get bashed because they are truly better, but not up to graphical standards. Personally, I call it horse f#ck, but I shall resort to actually playing the game and enjoying it. Let em think what they want, when in reality, the fact MW seems the same each other year when compared to other war games. GTA needs a good check as well, good graphics and all, but the overall feel of 4 wasn't greater than SA, but instead a feeling of awe for new graphics and MP. Not the story or the overall fun of the game.

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@Blue-N-Yellow Couldn't agree more. Dozens of other games have "similar" gameplay, but no one bashes them except Nintendo games.

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Just waiting for the gold controller bundle in the mail.The wait is almost unbearable. @Blue-N-Yellow It tends to be pretty obvious that the majority of the complaints about unoriginality of Nintendo games come from "people" (I use the term very loosely) who have never touched a Nintendo console.Double standard indeed.

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got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword yesterday wearing my green zelda shirt and $20 game coupon with it :) for next time and also have The King of Fighters XIII for X360, preorder

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Pretty nice week. Definitely pickin' up KOF XIII tomorrow, since I pre-ordered it. Can't wait for the 4-Disc Soundtrack bonus! Also, Zelda of course, Sonic Gen 3DS, and Tekken Hybrid (yay for Tag Tourney in HD!)

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I am so tired of Nintendo games receiving a double-standard when it comes to changing up their game formulas. People will lambast Mario and Zelda for being rehashed, and yet praise new GTA and MW iterations. New Modern Warfare comes out every freakin' year now; it is the same damn game as the previous year. Yeah, they added new guns and new maps and a new campaign. The core gameplay elements have not changed. This is the case for the majority of shooters this gen, and they are all using the same graphics engine. Grand Theft Auto: the core gameplay does not change from III. New city, characters, weapons, vehicles, etc. The gameplay is the same. Are these games bad? No. But why is it that when a new Zelda comes out, which is every 5 years or so unlike shooters which get pumped out in 1-2 years, it gets bashed for keeping the gameplay elements the same? They keep the OoT gameplay the same because it was an amazing game, it sold a ton and the fans LOVED it. Why should they fix it if it's not broken? Especially when other games aren't held to the same standard? Seriously, someone show me how Gears of War 3 has more differences from Gears 2 than Skyward Sword does from Twilight Princess. Anyone, show me a list. Not a fanboy alert; I own all 3 consoles, GTA and Gears included. I'm just saying that I buy games because I like the core gameplay; if they changed it too much then I would no longer buy them.

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so far i dont see anything that constitutes a 7.5, unless of course you're an idiot who doesnt know how to use the controller

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I dunno just for some reason Skyward Sword didnt interest me in any way.

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Reviews mean nothing. The same person gave Infamous 2, Ratchet and Clank Future 1, a score of 7.5. I also find it strange that a doggone for Arkham City was reviewed before Sonic Generations was. I also find it strange that games can and will get marked down for something like not having online, not having streetpass, this or thatt, but let a game cut a piece of story content behind an online pass and see if that makes the cut to the cons.

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KING OF FIGHTERS 13!!!!!!!!! Less than 24 hours left now!!! New Netcode, Mai, Kim, OH The JOY!!! XD

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That Skyward Sword bundle with the Wiimote.... I WANT IT. Also, lol at Tom McShea, there's a reason the game has a 95 average on Metacritic.

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Ill admit I thought claims of this game being the best zelda were clearly overrated, but the 7.5 surprised me, I was expecting closer to 8.5 or 9 on gamespot. That being said if you have this game as your GOTY you are clearly bias, there is no way its better than Dark Souls, Skyrim, arguably Gears 3, and then you have dark horse original titles like Catherine. The fact is looking at gameplay and videos its like many said, it looks oldhat. Its still a quality title, but nothing breath taking. Though I will agree MW 3 was overrated.

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skyward sword is my goty no matter what anyone says.

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Its amazing how much is different about Skyward. Motion Control Combat,Stamina, Upgrade System and wall jumping. I am only at the 2nd dungeon but thats a lot so far. The 7.5 review is so bogus!

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@DragonRift they did make many changes I am not arguing the score but they added alot to this new Zelda and it has changed alot more than any COD has since MW has this gen.

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I love how folks are raging over Zelda's 7.5 score... Look, the review has a valid point. The formula has been beaten to death with a club for years. The franchise barely tries to break free from the familiar mold. But... It's 7.5. That's still a POSITIVE score. They still recommend it to fans. I thought it was very fair. We're sure to enjoy the game, but you have to admit, they really need to try something fresh.

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@sulaymanqazi3 Acting like a chump. Thumbs up if you agree. Thumbs down if you disagree.

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Serious Sam 3 here...no cover...all man.

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Hey guys...? How's your WALLET so far...? Mines have tons of holes in it.. It's like it has been gang raped by dozens of tall musclebound construction workers.. Poor WALLET.

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Zelda's so pretty. But who's the blond girl beside him?

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My brother got skyward sword today :D seems like i will be playing it.

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Regardless of the controversial GameSpot review and the reviews from some outlets, Skyward Sword's sales will not be affected. Most buyers either do not care about reviews and probably never heard of the outlets that gave the game less than glowing reviews.

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cooking mama 4!!!!! been waiting all year for this!!!!!!!!!!

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Nothing for me this week, but I'll pick up Zelda SS when it gets cheaper :D

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@sulaymanqazi3 wow you are such a fanboy

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I don't know if I should pick up Skyward Sword. I mean, Tom McShea's 7.5 score and review told me that the controls don't really work right and the... BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Nah, just kidding. I'm still buying this game because it's going to be amazing.

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Still playing Skyrim and DCUO.....and I'm savin' $$$

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I don't know if I can pick up Zelda cause of the 7.5 and bad controls....oh wait.

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@sulaymanqazi3 clever girl...

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KOF XIII her we come!!! =D

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Batman: Arkham City and Serious Sam 3: BFE for me :)

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legend of zelda has been milked soo much that it did deserve a 7.5. no offence fanboys.

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Got Skyward Sword already. :D

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@sulaymanqazi3 It's a trap! :P

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2 things: -Great for PC gamers that Arkham City will finally be out :) -The wait is over! Skyward Sword is here! :D And please guys, don't make a fuss about the 7.5, just enjoy the game.

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Nintendo makes the worst games ever now-a-days. thumbs down if you agree.