As the end of the year slowly wanders our way (or all too quickly, depending on what you're doing), the release list dries up to almost nothing. A few stragglers manage to flesh it out, but between now and early January it's going to be very slow going. That doesn't mean there aren't a few gems to be mined, though.
Last week belonged almost exclusively to portable gaming, with Mario Strikers being the sole console title available. On the plus side, any week with both Animal Crossing and Tokobot in it is nothing to sneer at.
Next week sees just a few odds and ends as well. Gauntlet gains a new entry in the long-running series, providing guys nationwide a game they can play with their girlfriends. Armored Core brings giant customizable robots to the PSP, and the GBA gets another Final Fantasy update. Also of interest is Chaos Field, because we just don't get enough arcade shooters in this part of the world. Just remember- Friends trivia good, anything from Cave bad.
Week of December 5 - December 10
Tuesday, December 6
Super Mario Strikers (Gamecube)
Proving that there's no sport Mario won't play to avoid his princess-saving duties.
Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
Furniture collection, now with an online component.
Mario Tennis Advance (GBA)
The best part is that playing all these games keeps Bowser too busy to kidnap the princess again.
Wednesday, December 7
Pac Man World 3 (DS, PSP)
Chomping dots and escaping ghosts in a third platforming adventure.
Puzzle platformer with super-cute tiny robot helpers.
Battles of Prince of Persia (DS)
The Prince tries something a little different, turn-based strategy with cards.
Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP)
A remake of the Warrior Within.
Thursday, December 8
Pinball Hall of Fame (PSP)
Classic pinball tables on the go.
Sims 2 (PSP)
Making it possible to ruin little people's lives on the go.
Week of December 12 - December 17
Tuesday, December 13
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PS2, Xbox)
Dungeon crawling, monster smacking, multiplayer action.
Chaos Field (GC)
This year's vertical shooter. Only 365 more days until the next one!
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play (PSP)
A collection of classics, including the first three Mortal Kombats.
Final Fantasy IV Advance (GBA)
The SNES classic on yet another platform.
Wednesday, December 14
Friends: The One With All the Trivia (PS2, PC)
Trivia game about a trivial tv show.
Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP)
Half action, half strategy, all giant robot!
Ultimate Block Party (PSP)
Block-spinning Tetris-y action.
WWE: Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 (PSP)
A month behind the full console version, as is typical of PSP ports.