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.

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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.

Now arriving, the Ace-Edge.
Now arriving, the Ace-Edge.

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)
Ninja Jajamaru-kun (Wii VC)
Lunar Pool (Wii VC)
Golden Axe III (Wii VC)

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)
Ratatouille (PS3)
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)

OCTOBER 24, 2007
Exit (XBLA)
Battlestar Galactica (XBLA)
Solitaire Overload (DS)

OCTOBER 25, 2007
M&M's Kart Racing (Wii)
Crash of the Titans (DS)

OCTOBER 26, 2007
Painkiller: Overdose (PC)
Power Rangers: Super Legends (DS)
Hannah Montana: Music Jam (DS)
Interactive Storybook Series 2 (DS)
Interactive Storybook Series 3 (DS)

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onthe_dl

the way i decide what system i want it for is simple. if it has online, xbox live is so much better then psn if there's no online and report of no slowdown and actually enhanced graphics, then ps3. i usually find myself only buying ps3 games that aren't on 360 because i'll always buy the 360 version over ps3

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David_Kniffin

Damn, still can't decide if I want Jericho on PS3 or 360... what to do?

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dmish82

Ratchet and Clank demo was awesome, Jericho I'm gonna wait on for a review, and the Conan demo was fun for a bit but I don't see the game being great for long.

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ocdog45

yanks you beat me to it, casue i was jsut about to say that

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yanks1112

IT STARTS!!

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dmastor

Why do anyone want a wii so bad unless your a kid or causal women gamer I mean BALLOON POP come on?

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Sokol4ever

Lots of good games coming out as the holidays approach.

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Dill-Man

of these i want, phoenix wright and zack and wiki ace combat looks like a rent to me, fun demo

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Ratchet and Clank!!

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lsny

Definitely going to have to check out Conan and Jericho if they prove to be any good.

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DonutTrooper

Not a big ratchet fan, but that's not saying a lot of people aren't going to have fun these coming days.

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King9999

Damn...Mega Man ZXA, Castlevania, and Phoenix Wright all on the same day...damn...

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v8nnwilder

NICE ONE!!!! Only problem is there is just too freakin' many to buy for one month! But good to know we have options of note!

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SpazH3d

Jesus christ, thats a lot of games!

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ScottEFresh

Ratchet is almost here!!!

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askaramanbaev

Ace Combat 6, definetely the best shot in the list!!!

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valestis

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles > all

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CaptValor333

Well there goes my cash in my wallet, though in the next couple of months, my wallet as well. Damn this year is too good.

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hilltops

lol.."gamers rejoice..we're going broke" wasnt gona get jericho..so tempting however!!

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earthking

First of all, that's a lot of games...:|...I guess October is going to start pain for my wallet...:)...So many good games, so little time! I mostly can't wait for R&C, Exit, Jericho, and Megaman ZX 2.

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LivingDeadNinja

Not even the slightest mention of Megaman ZX 2, Castlevania DXC or TombRaider A 360....booo. Anyway, another week to make me poor. Actually, that nuts. There's 9 games on this list i plan to get...

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werc96

OK.....WOW... It took me a couple of minutes just to go through tommorrows list of games. Definetly looking forward to seeing ace combat 6, jericho, castlevania, kings of fighters... and when i have enough mulaa for the ps3 i'll get ratchet & clank. why not. DO NOT.....AND I MEAN DO NOT BUY GOLDEN AXE 3. GARBAGE OF THE CENTURY. THERES A REASON WHY IT WAS EXCLUSIVE TO THE SEGA CHANNEL. Oh and that conan demo.... Ouch. Terrible. Gamers rejoice....were going broke!

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Baroncx

hmm. i am torn between jericho for the 360, and puppy luv for the wii...

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RaiKageRyu

Woah, October 23 is one hella of a popular release date. For me, the only game I will purchase is KOF XI. EDIT: Oh wait, Dracula Chronocles X is released. Might snag that up too.

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Bfos23

I'll be in stores around the area today looking for Ratchet and Clank definitely, anyone have any idea what stores are selling it on the 23rd? Other than that I was drooling over Jericho as well, played the demo and thought it was amazing. Happy hunting Ratchet fans!

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sonofabear17

oooOOoooOoo good week for gaming PS3 gets new R&C and Eye of Judgement. 360 Gets Ace combat with the new controller and naruto Wii has some stuff 2

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hovanPS3

I've noticed a LOT of crap games for the DS and Wii once again...

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DavidRswii

I just like the Naruto ones

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ElvenArcher

That controller looks really awesome, I hope this game does good and inspires others to release more games for it. I'd love to see After Burner: Climax on 360 using that.

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dexter111344

Wow! A lot games are getting released tomorrow. R&C, PW, Mega Man, Zack & Wiki, Castlevania, Ages of Empires 3, AC6, etc. Then, there's a bunch of crap, also... Well, every platform is getting something tomorrow.

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Maxdriva

there goes this months pay

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MasterChief725

WOW a lot of great games! ace combat 6, Ratchet and Clank, Tomb Raider Legend..And jericho! alright!

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Archaicstigma

@sqrabbit its better if its all out at once because u might be able to get a used copy of one like 3 weeks later :P I'm most excited for Castlevania and Megaman ZX advent

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juicenpancakes

Dear god look at all that DS crap

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sqrabbit

Man, please please if any publishers are reading this crap, PLEASE stop jamming up the holiday season with titles and spread them out. It's so much easier for you to sap my disposable income month by month.

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hovanPS3

Ratchet and Clank 4 me...TOMORROW!!! :-)

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Hyuzen

ratchet and clank looks to be a awesome game, if i had the money to get a PS3 i might just get it for that game. but i can settle for phoenix wright 3.

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stlthriot

I'd be all over the new Ratchet & Clank if I had a PS3! :D

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jacky531

CANT WAIT TILL OCT 23.......... must......... keep...... patience......

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_Sam_

The Asian Dynasties is going to be great!

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sw_and_wet

I want the flight stick so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it is so expensive!!!!!! And worest of all, ace combat delayed till 30 Oct............

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popsadent

lots of good games coming out this week.....(looks at wallet and cries)

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lamprey263

I checked Amazon and Tomb Raider Anniversary is going for $29.99 for X360. Not bad.

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jcwordlife

October 23th may broke some gamers! :shock:

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Agreb91

Looks like this will be a good week.

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nintendorocks

Wow, Ratchet & Clank, Jericho, Conan AND Phoenix Wright tomorrow...I feel a sharp pain in my wallet...

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mad_tyger

Woohoo! Finally, I get some new games. Can't wait to play R&C, it's going to be awesome :D

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vaejas

Dracula X, bit***s!

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cheezlarson

Pre-ordered Ratchet and Clank: Future from Amazon. No sales tax + free shipping + a few days early, Hell Yeah!