Out this week (9/16 through 9/22)

What to look out for this week!

– Halo fanatics (they’re out there…) may be interested in the Halo-themed Xbox 360 hardware out this week, done up in a Master Chief-style olive drab and copper trim.

– Japanese-style RPG fans could do worse than to check out Eternal Sonata, a fantasy loosely based on the music of Chopin. As described by the Namco Bandai website: “On his deathbed, the famous composer, Chopin, drifts between this life and the next. In his final hours, he experiences a fantastical dream where he encounters a young girl facing a terrible destiny and the boy who will fight to save her. On the border between dreams and reality, Chopin discovers the light that shines in all of us in this enduring tale of good and evil, love and betrayal.”

– The Growlanser release on PS2 should excite some in that same demographic.

– The Playstation 2 also gets a heaping helping of the karaoke franchise SingStar for the musically inclined.

– Action and shooter fans should probably check out Syphon Filter on PS2, Coded Arms for PSP, and Warriors Orochi for hack-and-slash fun on PS2 or 360.

– In addition to physical console releases, each of the current generation systems from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo feature downloadable titles for their respective online networks. Releases for one of these platforms listed above will be marked in parenthesis in future installments of this column:

PSN ? Playstation Network (Playstation 3)

XBLA ? Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360)

VC ? Virtual Console (Wii)

This is not a comprehensive list, as other titles for these three ?virtual platforms? can appear at any time, with little to no warning. Remember to look both ways before connecting to the server.

Playstation 3

  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Loco Roco Cocoreccho! (PSN)

Xbox 360

  • Halo 3 Special Edition Xbox 360 (limited edition hardware)
  • Eternal Sonata
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
  • Warriors Orochi

Nintendo Wii

  • Anubis II
  • Cosmic Family
  • Dewy’s Adventure
  • Fishing Master
  • Mercury Meltdown Revolution
  • MySims
  • Super Thunder Blade (VC)
  • World Class Baseball (VC)
  • Yoshi’s Story (VC)

Playstation 2

  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Digimon World: Data Squad
  • Growlanser: Heritage of War
  • Honda SBK-07 Superbike World Championship
  • SingStar ’80s (game only and game with mic bundle)
  • Singstar Amped (game only and game with mic bundle)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
  • Warriors Orochi

Nintendo DS

  • 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Animates!
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Backyard Basketball
  • Digimon World Dawn
  • Digimon World Dusk
  • Master Jin Jin’s IQ Challenge
  • MySims
  • Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park
  • Original Frisbee Disc Sports: Ultimate & Golf
  • Sonic Rush Adventure
  • Namco Museum DS


  • Coded Arms: Contagion
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2

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