Week two of January brings the end of Christmas vacation at last. Not my vacation, of course, the entire industry fell asleep for a bit there. It's hard to draw up a list of titles when nothing comes out for three weeks straight.
After the "mainstream audience" releases of fall, it's nice to see a more "core gamer" set of titles available. The Megaman X and Castlevania collections (the latter sadly missing Circle of the Moon) gather up some scarce titles from the past, while PQ is a sequel to the first-gen PS1 title Intelligent Qube. Wild ARMs 4 and Samurai Showdown V continue the sequel theme, with the single completely original title (in more ways than one) being Electroplankton.
On a related note, Electroplankton is in very limited release at retail. It's supposed to be online only, in fact, but those who reserved it at EB/Gamestop will be able to snag it without having to mess around with website ordering. Kind of a bizarre way of getting a title out there, but at least it made a US release.
Week of January 9 - January 14
Tuesday, January 10
Megaman X Collection (PS2, GC)
Megaman X through Megaman X6, plus the Megaman cart racer.
Wild ARMs 4 (PS2)
The newest game in the quirky western RPG series, and the first from new publisher XSeed.
Samurai Showdown V (Xbox)
2D weapon-based SNK fighting goodness.
Not so much a game as a musical toy.
Nicktoons Unite (DS)
Dozens of Nickelodeon cartoons fight dozens of other Nickelodeon cartoons.
PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient (PSP)
Grid-based logic action puzzling.
Castlevania Double Pack (GBA)
Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow on one handy cartridge.
YuGiOh GX Duel Academy (GBA)
Card battling school.