The larger consoles may be taking a few weeks off, with the exeption of an odd and an end, but the handhelds never rest. This week saw a whopping total of one new console title, in the form of the new Prince of Persia, and a handful of portable games. Mario & Luigi made their return on the DS, while PoPoLoCrois finally put in a showing here in the US.
Next week doesn't look much different. The one console title is Mario Strikers, which would have looked so much cooler if the in-game graphics used the art style found on all its promotional material. Mario then keeps playing his days away on the handhelds in Mario Tennis, and the Prince of Persia has two totally different games coming in as well. Also showing up is Tokobot, which will hopefully be a new franchise with tons of worthy sequels from Tecmo. And then there's Animal Crossing, which might as well fuse itself to DSes nationwide once it hits.
Sneak peek- The week after next sees more than one console game in it. Honest!
Week of November 28 - December 3
Tuesday, November 29
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (DS)
Mario and Luigi team up with Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in this platforming RPG.
Dr Mario/Puzzle League (GBA)
Two Tetris-y puzzle games for the price of one.
Wednesday, November 30
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Platforming, fighting and temporal manipulations in the Prince's third current-gen iteration.
American Chopper: Full Throttle (Gamecube)
The third version of the motorcycle customization game in three weeks.
Burnout Legends (DS)
Destructive arcade racing.
Friday, November 31
Elf Bowling 1&2 (DS)
Christmas themed bowling. At elves.
The first two games in the formerly Japan-only RPG series compiled onto one UMD.
Week of December 5 - December 10
Tuesday, December 6
Super Mario Strikers (GC)
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.
Puzzle platformer with super-cute tiny robot helpers.
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.
Dragon Booster (DS)
Dragon breeding and training in an action setting.
Battles of Prince of Persia (DS)
The Prince tries something a little different, turn-based strategy with cards.
Pinball Hall of Fame (PSP)
Classic pinball tables on the go.
Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP)
A remake of the Warrior Within.
Thursday, December 8
Bust A Move (DS)
Bubble-popping puzzle gaming.
Sims 2 (PSP)
Making it possible to ruin little people's lives on the go.
Friday, December 9
Ultimate Block Party (PSP)
Block-spinning Tetris-y action.