Things are generally quiet after E3 and this year is no exception. Six titles last week and a whopping two next week are hardly the things gaming dreams are made of, but there are some gems to be found.
Coming off the clear winner is the GBA. Fire Emblem and a new WarioWare, on the same day no less, definitely proves there's life left in Nintendo's most successful product ever. Of course, there's no reason 2D can't live on the consoles as well as handhelds, and Metal Slug 4 & 5 showed up to provide proof.
It may seem calm and quiet now, but we've got three months of relative peace before September comes along and inundates us with more titles than we'll ever have time to play. So put your feet up, catch up on stuff you may have missed, and just enjoy the breather while it lasts.
Week of May 23 - May 28
Tuesday, May 24
Madagascar (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, GBA, DS, PC)
Movie-based running and jumping.
Finny the Fish & the Seven Waters (PS2)
Swim through rivers and ponds, avoid being eaten, and complete the quest to restore peace.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)
Epic battle strategy RPG, the newest entry in the long-running series, although only the second to make it to the US.
WarioWare: Twisted! (GBA)
A couple of hundred new micro-games, these involving physically twisting the actual GBA itself.
Wednesday, May 25
Outlaw Volleyball Remix (PS2)
Volleyball with attitude. Or possibly 'tude, depending on one's level of xxxtremeness.
Thursday, May 26
Metal Slug 4 & 5 (PS2)
Unapolagetically 2D, fantastically animated, brutally tough run & gun action.
Week of May 30 - June 4
Wednesday, June 1
Digimon World 4 (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Monster summoning RPG that isn't even vaguely similar to Pokemon. At all.
Advent Rising (Xbox)
Part 1 of a planned science-fiction action trilogy written by Orson Scott Card.