Colds suck. Don't get one or you too will end up writing a boring intro.
Still, there are one or two things worth noting about the upcoming week, particularly the old-school feel of it. We've got, not one, but two N64 series springing back to life in the form of Perfect Dark and Snowboard Kids. Joining them is a new Dragon Quest, which hopefully needs no introduction, and Legend of Heroes, a new game in the series last seen on Turbografx CD. It was excellent back in the day, and Falcom is on a roll lately, so there's room for optimism.
What you won't find listed in this week's section is all the Xbox 360 peripherals that are starting to hit retail shelves. Kameo isn't the only thing that's showed up early: video cables, battery packs, and even corded controllers all put in an appearance on store shelves. Next week, in addition to more than a dozen games for the new system, will ultimately lead to the advent for more peripherals hitting retail shelves. Of course, they won't do anyone much good until the system arrives, but getting a few purchases out of the way early can only help the Day One launch go smoother.
Week of November 7 - November 12
Tuesday, November 8
The Matrix: Path of Neo (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Shiny's second shot at a Matrix game, this time starring Neo.
Mario Party 7 (GC)
Not too many series keep their numbering up to seven, but Mario Party is good with it.
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)
The third SNES DK game makes it onto the GBA.
Wednesday, November 9
Gun (PS2, GC, Xbox, PC)
Brutal 1800s cowboys & indians action.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PS2, GC, Xbox, PC, GBA, DS)
Four books down, three to go.
Karaoke Revolution Party (PS2, Xbox)
All three consoles get a crack at singing in harmony.
Fatal Frame 3 (PS2)
The spookiest survival horror around.
Suikoden Tactics (PS2)
Suikoden goes turn-based battle strategy.
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (GC)
Viewtiful Joe turns into a one-on-one fighter.
Kameo: Elements of Power (X360)
Fantasy brawler with platforming added, and the first Xbox 360 title to market.
SpongeBob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger (DS)
SpongeBob as a superhero. It was probably inevitable.
Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! (DS)
Viewtiful Joe's side-scrolling mayhem gets the touch-screen treatment.
The Lord of the Rings Tactics (PSP)
Lord of the Rings goes battle strategy, like anything fantasy seems to do eventually.
SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo (PSP)
Modern-day third-person military sim shooter, now portable.
Fantastic 4: Flame On (GBA)
At a guess, seeing as there's no information on it anywhere, something to do with the Human Torch.
Friday, November 11
Sea World: Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures (GC, DS, GBA)
Still very much like an ad you have to pay for, but now on a different set of consoles.
Operation Flashpoint: Elite (Xbox)
Modern-day third-person military sim shooter.
The Proud Family (GBA)
Platform adventuring game so self-righteously multi-cultural it'll set your teeth on edge.
X3: The Reunion (PC)
Space action strategy trading pirating goodness.
Week of November 14 - November 19
Tuesday, November 15
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS, PC)
Movie-based Christian allegory as video gaming adventure.
Magna Carta (PS2)
The first Korean RPG to hit the US.
Stuart Little 3: Big Photo Adventure (PS2)
Action-adventure starring a freaky CGI mouse.
WWE: Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006 (PS2)
Hot rasslin' action.
Project Gotham 3 (X360)
Skill-based racing, including a Geometry Wars 2 demo.
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Mario Kart and the Nintendo DS finally make it online.
Wednesday, November 16
Aeon Flux (PS2, Xbox)
Movie-based action gaming, starring the creepy MTV anti-heroine.
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2 (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Hunging things that hunt back.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS2, GC, X360, Xbox, GBA, DS, PC)
EA's annual racing series returns to its police chase roots while keeping the car tuning.
Pac-Man World 3 (PS2, GC, Xbox, PC)
3D platforming starring the former maze game yellow disc thing.
Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Like Sonic, but with guns and an extra serving of 'tude.
True Crime: New York City (PS2, GC, Xbox)
The GTA-wannabe takes a second crack at it.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Classic turn-based RPG action with a gorgeous modern day look.
Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends (PS2)
The fifth installment of the historical Chinese brawler series gets an expansion pack.
EyeToy: Operation Spy (PS2)
Sneak past the camera.
Flow: Urban Dance Uprising (PS2)
Urban break-dancing DDR.
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie (PS2)
The Neopets get a fantasy action adventure.
Wild Arms: Alter Code F (PS2)
The orginal Wild Arms gets completely remade from the ground up.
007: From Russia with Love (GC)
The Gamecube version of third-person shooter finally shows up.
Amped 3 (X360)
Striking a blow for tradition, the snowboarding series shows up for the 360 launch the same way the original did for the first Xbox.
Call of Duty 2 (X360)
The only console version of the PC WWII FPS.
Condemned: Criminal Origins (X360)
FPS/adventure gaming in the dark, hunting for serial killers.
FIFA 06 (X360)
The same western gaming as the other console versions, now prettier.
Madden 06 (X360)
NBA 2K6 (X360)
NBA Live 06 (X360)
NHL 2K6 (X360)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (X360)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (X360)
And finally, skateboarding. About the only thing missing is baseball and interpretive dance.
America's Army: Rise of a Soldier (Xbox)
The console version of a game paid for by your tax dollars.
Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 (Xbox)
This year's Xbox version of the dance series.
Half-Life 2 (Xbox)
Gordon Freeman redefines the FPS again, now on Xbox.
SBK: Snowboard Kids (DS)
The N64 snowboarding series is resurrected for the DS.
Sega Casino (DS)
Touch-screen casino gaming.
Sonic Rush (DS)
2D Sonic action, as god intended it to be.
Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (DS)
The final Tony Hawk this year, unless another platform is invented at great speed.
Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP)
Giant robot customization and action, with an added strategy mode for good measure.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PSP)
The video game of the movie of the book.
Ultra-gory zombie blasting action.
The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion (PSP)
Falcom's classic turn-based RPG series returns to the US for the first time since the Tubrografx.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 (PSP)
Like the other NFS, but with a slightly different title.
HiHi Puffy Ami Yumi (GBA)
A cartoon-based GBA adventure? Who'da thunk?
Thursday, November 17
American Chopper: Full Throttle (PS2, Xbox)
Ride and customize a motorcycle to call your own, kind of.
Perfect Dark Zero (X360)
The N64 FPS gets a sequel, two hardware generations later.
Friday, November 18
Not a Nintendogs clone, seeing as this series beat it to market by about a decade.