Release Round-Up for the Week of November 15

by John Catuira

Hot on the heels of the monster hit, Modern Warfare 2, we have yet another week of major releases.  This time around, we have several headliners to look forward to.

Nintendo knows what Nintendo fans want.  They want more Mario.  New Super Mario Bros., exclusive for the Nintendo Wii, is the sequel to New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS.  Mario returns to his traditional platformer roots with a couple new twists.  Local multiplayer allows up to four people to play through the story as well as compete for the best time and most coins collected.  Additionally, the Super Guide feature will play the game for you if handling the mustached plumber proves too much for you.


Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Jerusalem anymore.  Well, Desmond, you’re not.  Assassin’s Creed II takes you out of the Crusades of the first game, and transports you to Renaissance-era Italy.  Play as Ezio, the thorn of justice in the side of Italy’s corrupt and power-hungry.  Releasing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the Nintendo DS will get its own version in Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery while the PlayStation Portable gets  Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines.


The God of War Collection offers series fans remastered versions of God of War and God of War II, made to run on the PlayStation 3.  Sony’s packed upgraded graphics, smoother frame rate and trophy support for both games onto a single Blu-ray disc.  Exclusive to the PlayStation 3, the God of War Collection should keep you hungry for Kratos’s next blade-flinging adventure.


Infected.  Zombie.  Same thing, right?  Left 4 Dead 2 has a new cast of characters that blast their way through the undead horde from Savannah to Nawlins.  They’re using slightly upgraded firearms, melee weapons from frying pans to katanas, and fighting special infected we didn’t see in last year’s iteration.  Whatever you want to call those blank-eyed, screeching brain-eaters, Left 4 Dead 2 makes it oh-so-fun to kill them on either the PC or Xbox 360.


The previous Lego Indiana Jones has been re-imagined in Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues.  Not only can you play the original adventures, but you can relive your favorite scenes from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  For some added fun, players can create their own levels.  It’s brick-building fun on the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360.


Sackboy on the go!  That’s LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Portable.  Play through 35+ levels in Sackboy’s new adventure.  Play, Create and Share with the game’s easy-to-use tools and community upload features.


The other zombie game coming out this week is Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.  This Wii exclusive sequel to Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles has upgraded the on-rails shooter gameplay with a new graphics engine and a difficulty setting that automatically adjusts to your performance.


That should keep everyone plenty busy.  The entire list of this week’s videogame releases are after the jump.

Sunday, November 15

  • New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii)

Monday, November 16

  • F1 2009 (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Portable)
  • NCAA Basketball 10 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  • Pokemon Rumble (Nintendo Wii)
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (Nintendo Wii)
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures (PC)

Tuesday, November 17

  • Assassin’s Creed II (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  • Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery (Nintendo DS)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (PlayStation Portable)
  • Bermuda Triangle: Saving the Coral (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS)
  • Crazy Chicken Tales (Nintendo Wii)
  • Discovery Kids: Spider Quest (Nintendo DS)
  • EA Sports Active More Workouts (Nintendo Wii)
  • Elven Legacy: Siege (PC)
  • Foto Frenzy (Nintendo DS)
  • God of War Collection (PlayStation 3)
  • Imagine: Artist (Nintendo DS)
  • Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue (Nintendo Wii)
  • JumpStart Escape From Adventure Island ( Nintendo Wii)
  • Junior Classic Games (Nintendo DS)
  • Just Dance (Nintendo Wii)
  • Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360)
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360)
  • LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation Portable)
  • My Ballet Studio ( Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS)
  • Personal Fitness for Men (Nintendo DS)
  • Personal Fitness for Women (Nintendo DS)
  • Petz Dogz Talent Show (Nintendo DS)
  • Petz Hamsterz Superstarz (Nintendo DS)
  • Planet 51 (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Nintendo Wii)
  • Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  • SingStar Latino (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3)
  • Stoked: Big Air Edition (Xbox 360)
  • The Princess and the Frog (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC)
  • Tony Hawk Ride (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 4 (PlayStation Portable)

Wednesday, November 18

  • Gyromancer (Xbox 360)

Thursday, November 19

  • Echoes ( PlayStation Portable)
  • Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare (PC)

Friday, November 20

  • Cocoto Festival (Nintendo Wii)
  • King’s Bounty: Armored Princess (PC)
  • Strength & Honour 2 (PC)

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