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New Releases 4/6/2009: Time to Upgrade

April is generally the slowest month in the gaming calendar. The holdovers from the previous year that missed November are all out and the summer releases are still a month or so away. That has not stopped this week from being a pretty significant week for upgrades and sequels. Let’s see what we have this week.

The Nintendo DS is the dominant handheld on the planet. So, if you’re Nintendo, you take a break and let your 800 pound gorilla lay waste to the market and relax, right? Wrong. Nintendo is launching the lates iteration of the DS this week. The DSi offers enhanced multimedia functionality and a brand new store from which gamers can download smaller games. If you have been waiting for a handheld that plays music, has a downloadable store and plays games (and is not made by Sony) then this is the one for you! All joking aside, no games that make use of the DSi’s dual cameras have been annoucned. So, unless you need the latest and greatest as soon as its released, you can probably wait until those titles arrive.

Another upgrade happening this week comes from Atari in the form of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (Xbox 360, PS3, PC). This two-for-one deal features both the Xbox title Escape From Butcher Bay and an all-new game called (appropriately) Assault on Dark Athena. A game that was amongst the very best on the Xbox being upgraded to make use of the current graphical power would seem like a slam dunk, especially for those, like myself, who missed out on the game the first time around.

Other notable releases this week:

The Godfather 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Hannah Montana: The Movie (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP)
Rhythm Heaven (DS)
Ninja Blade (PSN)
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (XBLA)
Flock (XBLA/PSN)
Halo 3: Mythic Map Pack (XBLM)

What will you be picking up this week?