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.

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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i want to see the new castlevania :D

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Zack and Wiki is a must silly name for a game but looks amazing. If only I had a psp Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles looks sweet as well.

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Im looking forword to getting Juiced 2 on PS3 if it even does come out this tues cause it's constantly getting pushed back.If not im getting Jerico.

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Woohoo! Ratchet and Clank (hopefully the stores around me will have it this week rather than next) and Phoenix Wright! Maybe some Zack and Wiki if I have some time leftover... which is unlikely but could happen.

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Hands down, Jerico for me. Seen the trailer a while back and it's mind-blowing. Save for that, there's Ace Combat 6 and King of Fighters XI (SearchBomber, you're not alone ^_^)

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The only problem for me is that Ace Combat 6 went to 360. After my years of loyalty. At least I have Rachet.

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that ace combat bundle looks so sick i would have been more hyped if i knew it was coming with the flight controls can't believe i didn't no. well no i want it even more.

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rachet and clank here i come!

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PHEONIX WRIGHT and I'm curious how Jericho will turn out, the demo was all right

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I'm looking forward to Culpa Innata and Zack and Wiki.

Avatar image for -THA-hamst3r

I hope some Jericho reviews start showing up soon. Jericho has been one of those games that looks great one minute and then horrible the next - I just really can't figure out of it'll be worth the cash yet.

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Guess I'll be the only one getting King of Fighters XI. 2D fighting FTW!

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Golden Axe III for Wii VC does not worth a penny. Be aware!

Avatar image for shortyman920

Man, a big week. If I had enough money, I might've gotten ratchet and clank. But I still need to wait for november to get haze and maybe assassin's creed.

Avatar image for SavoyPrime

Ratchet & Clank Future and Phoenix Wright are definite purchases this week.

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Jericho please, everything else this month looks balls D:

Avatar image for Generic_Dude

Isn't it a little late for a Napoleon Dynamite game?

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Jericho and Conan are the main two for me this week.

Avatar image for Chaos_Bladez

Ratchet Future! Finally!

Avatar image for Brambler

RATCHET! Booyah!

Avatar image for muppen

Jericho and Tomb Raider..yes!

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Wish my 360 was working. I really want Battlestar Galactica.

Avatar image for Pete5506

I am getting Ace Combat 6 and than I am going to rent Jericho

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Jericho, R&C, and EoJ for me. :)

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Already got Castelvania on preorder for PSP surprised they didn't at least mention besides in the stuff coming out, excited to not only play Dracula X but as well looking forward to replaying through Symphony of the Night since it's supposed to be unlockable.

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I'm buying Ratchet and Clank, with a side dish of Conan.

Avatar image for mcxps3

finally th eps3 has the best slate of games this week ill try to get my hand on Ratchet but EOJ seems to nerdy for me.

Avatar image for Hameyadea

Woah, hefty 23rd release listing...

Avatar image for AnFangs_Endes

I guess I'll pick up Front Mission sooner or later.

Avatar image for MalachiLiu

WOW October 23rd is PACKED!!! Spanish for Everyone is AAAA in my book. ;)

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Ratchet looks fun, I'm getting it!

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dang, and the DS section in the game store never seems to get any bigger

Avatar image for freerunner01

I was going to get a flight stick but extra $90 is really not worth it considering the staggering ammount of games coming out this holiday season...

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I'm getting AC6 and ratchet and clank so that's $220 out of my pocket cause I'm getting the flight stick.

Avatar image for solidsnakeo

wow theres a lot this week

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I'll pass