Weekend Report, 12/6 Feature - The Next Level

Weekend Report, 12/6

Christmas is almost here. Find out what's out and heading to store shelves to fulfill those gaming wishlists.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
December 7th 2004, 03:53AM

It was all retro times in game land last week, with Metal Slug, a retooled Final Fantasy for handheld gamers, Mr. Driller, and even a new extreme Prince of Persia installment now available on store shelves.

It's kind of strange to think that Mr. Driller is the youngest member of that list, seeing as there isn't much done in his game that couldn't have been accomplished on the NES, but there it is. Of course next week is about the same when it comes to heritage, with a new editions Megaman, Ridge Racer, Mario Party, Worms (for N-Gage no less, but it still counts), and even the potential for Growlanser at long last. It helps if you think of it as the game industry respecting its heritage rather than strip-mining its past.

Only three more weeks and the holiday game count ends. Without further ado, onto the report...

Total number of titles previously released this holiday season: 419
Titles released last week: 13
Total number of titles since September: 432

Week of November 29 - December 4

Tuesday, November 30

Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (GBA)
Kuma War (PC)

Wednesday, December 1

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, PC)
Ghost Recon 2 (PS2)
World Poker (Xbox)
Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits (DS)
Armies of Exigo (PC)

Friday, December 3

Metal Slug Advance (GBA)
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell (PC)

Saturday, December 4

American Chopper (XB)

Week of December 6 - December 11

Tuesday, December 7

Battle Assault 3 Featuring Gundam Seed (PS2)
Mario Party 6 (GC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords (Xbox)
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth (PC)

Wednesday, December 8

Growlanser Generations (PS2)
Viewtiful Joe 2 (PS2)
Megaman X8 (PS2)
Kuon (PS2)
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2005 Adventure (GC)
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)
Ping Pals (DS)
Ridge Racer (DS)
Worms World Party (N-Gage)

Thursday, December 9

Sprung (DS)

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