Shippin' Out October 22-26: Ratchet & Clank, Jericho, Conan, Phoenix Wright
The week's headliners joined by Namco Bandai's Ace Combat 6, Naruto on the Wii and DS, Eye of Judgment, and Zack & Wiki, among many others.
Ever ones to cause problems, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction may or may not make their next-gen debut on the PlayStation 3 this week. The game, which was originally slated for October 23, was bumped to October 30 even after Insomniac Games had laid the last line of code. With manufacturing complete, Sony has given retailers the go-ahead to put the last Lombax and his mechanical confederate in play as of its original ship date, October 23. Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction will wreck their mayhem on the PS3 for $59.99.
Insomniac's platformer isn't the only high-profile console-exclusive this week. PS3 owners scope out the fantasy-inspired The Eye of Judgment, where tangible cards are used to wage war in virtual environments. Powering the conflict is Sony's latest camera, the PlayStation Eye, which is also available as a $39.99 stand-alone product this week. Namco Bandai's supersonic arcade fighter Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation sets the Xbox 360 alight this week, available solo or in a $150 bundle with the first flight accessory for Microsoft's console, Hori's Ace-Edge Flightstick. The Wii gets a pair of anticipated exclusives as well, with Capcom bringing Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure and Tomy and D3 giving Naruto his next-gen debut with Clash of Ninja Revolution.
Exclusives aside, two very-much M-for-Mature multiplatform releases hit this week. Codemasters sounds the horns on its paranormal shooter, Clive Barker's Jericho. With demented monsters aplenty, Clive Barker's latest crossover into the interactive space spooks the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3. For those hankering to pillage and wench, THQ is bringing Conan to market. Robert E. Howard's Cimmerian brute makes a mess of mangled bodies on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
A near-obscene number of Nintendo DS games are expected to hit retail this week as well. Tomy will be bringing Naruto: Path of the Ninja, originally released for the Game Boy Advance in Japan, to the Nintendo DS. Other headliners for the DS include Phoenix Wright's return to the courtroom in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations, as well as Square Enix's Front Missions, a mech-centric strategy game originally released for the Super Nintendo.
The Wii's Virtual Console continues the classic gaming. Lunar Pool, originally released stateside for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, marries billiards with miniature golf and is available for 500 Wii points ($5). Originally released only in Japan, Ninja JaJaMaru-kun is an action game and carries the premium NES-port price of 600 Wii points ($6). Initially released in North America exclusively through Sega's early experiment in digital distribution--the Sega Channel--Golden Axe III is available for 800 Wii points ($8).
With the PC version out a day earlier, Battlestar Galactica gives sci-fi gamers a valid reason to scream frak into their Xbox Live headsets on Wednesday. Accompany the multiplayer-centric space shooter on Xbox Live Arcade this week is Taito's puzzler with an escape strategy, Exit. Both games are available for 800 Microsoft points ($10).
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
OCTOBER 22, 2007
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (PS3)
Escape From Paradise City (PC)
The Sims 2: Castaway (PS2, PSP, DS)
Deal or No Deal: Secret Vault Games (PC)
EA Playground (Wii)
OCTOBER 23, 2007
Balloon Pop (Wii)
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets (PC)
Imagine Animal Doctor (DS)
High School Musical: Sing It! (PS2)
Napoleon Dynamite (DS, PSP)
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis (PS2, DS)
Imagine Babyz (DS)
EA Playground (DS)
Puppy Luv (Wii)
Dancing with the Stars (PS2, Wii)
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (PS2, Wii, DS, GBA)
Rhythm 'n Notes (DS)
Zoo Hospital (DS)
Backyard Football (DS)
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge (PS2, PSP)
Ed, Edd & Eddy: Scam of the Century (DS)
Chessmaster: The Art of Learning (DS)
Imagine Fashion Designer (PC, DS)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3 - check local retailers for availability)
Backyard Football 2008 (PC)
Spanish for Everyone (DS)
Cake Mania 2 (PC)
Assault Heroes (PC)
Warriors of the Lost Empire (PSP)
Conan (X360, PS3)
Battlestar Galactica (PC)
Clive Barker's Jericho (X360, PS3, PC)
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (X360)
Flight Simulator X: Acceleration (PC)
Dawn of Magic (PC)
Naruto: Path of the Ninja (DS)
Mega Man ZX Advent (DS)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations (DS)
MotoGP '07 (PS2)
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (X360)
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)
The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution (Wii)
The King of Fighters XI (PS2)
Culpa Innata (PC)
Front Mission (DS)
Namco Museum Remix (Wii)
Victorious Boxers: Revolution (Wii)
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