Now Playing: 05.10.2011

Duke Nukem, planet-destroying aliens, and pirates made of LEGO bricks invade Videogameland this week.

By Andrew Hsieh. Posted 05/10/2011 20:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Every Tuesday, Nintendojo discusses the week’s video game releases on Now Playing. As long as a game’s on a Nintendo console, it’ll show up here– so come every week and don’t miss a thing.


May 10, 2011
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive)
Virtua Tennis 4 (SEGA)


May 10, 2011
Dream Trigger 3D (D3 Publisher)
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive)

May 14, 2011
Deca Sports Extreme (Hudson Soft)


May 10, 2011
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Disney Interactive)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over The Nexus (Konami)
Brainstorm Series: Treasure Chase (Storm City Games)

May 11, 2011
Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (Deep Silver)

May 13, 2011
Touch ‘N’ Play Collection (O-Games)


May 9, 2011
Mighty Milky Way (WayForward Technologies)
Tower of Deus (GAMEBRIDGE)
Whack-A-Friend (AgeTec)

Big names this week, though there are a lot more not-so-big names. Konami’s coming out with another game in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series– the third Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D Nintendo DS game and the fifth World Championship game for the Nintendo, according to the good folks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia, who I’ll believe just because they probably know more about Yu-Gi-Oh! than any known force on the planet. Like the other games, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over The Nexus contains three promotional Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, all of which will probably promptly be sold on eBay for exorbitant prices. Nevertheless, another reason why Yu-Gi-Oh! games continue to sell, while Pokémon Trading Card Game remains only at game two, and only if you live in Japan.

You probably haven’t realized that LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game came out today, unless you’ve been keeping track of Traveller’s Tales ever-widening LEGO video game catalog, in which case maybe try playing some other video games– though certainly they’re not a bad bunch. This incarnation actually takes players through the initial trilogy, as well as the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is slated to come out this year. (A fifth movie is in the works as well.) The LEGO game comes out for basically all consoles around, which is unsurprising.

The 3DS manages to keep afloat with Dream Trigger 3D, which sounds like the long-lost bootleg sequel of Chrono Trigger, except for the fact that it’s a shoot-em-up that involves “a constant battle against your nightmares”, according to a press release from D3 Publisher. While I’ve no experience with it (not that it would mean a thing, since I’m notoriously bad at shmups), Jack DeVries over at IGN says that “Dream Trigger 3D kicked my ass” and says that “it’s a 3DS game where the 3D actually matters”– which is the first I’ve heard for a 3DS launch window game. There’s a trailer up below that you can watch if you’re interested– Dream Trigger 3D actually looks like a pretty intense game, though from a perspective not quite normal for a shoot-em-up (that is, it’s a over-the-shoulder view as opposed to a top-down view).

Speaking of things not quite normal, Duke Nukem: Critical Mass is to be released on Nintendo DS, set apart from the allegedly upcoming PSP version with its many different views (e.g. third-person over-the-shoulder, first person, isometric, and side-scrolling), in the first of a planned Duke Nukem trilogy. While Duke’s been experiencing a Mickey Rooney-esque comeback lately, he hasn’t been on a Nintendo console since Duke Nukem Advance, the 2002 Game Boy Advance entry that incorporated Duke Nukem 3D visuals into a completely original story. Clearly, Critical Mass is meant to accompany Duke Nukem Forever, set to release early June after development that has lasted since 1997.

Finally, let’s take a gander at Mighty Milky Way, from WayForward Technologies– the same good people who developed Shantae for Game Boy Color, as well as Contra 4 and A Boy and His Blob. (And yes, of course, the much-anticipated, critically lauded DSiWare game Shantae: Risky’s Revenge.) Unlike those games, though, Mighty Milky Way comes without much fanfare, though it’s difficult to know why not considering how completely insane the game is. It’s about a green alien girl named Luna (who, by the way, speaks only French) who runs away from a cyborg Tyrannosaurus Rex, through a world filled with planets that Luna has the magical ability to both destroy and create. In any case, considering this is WayForward we’re talking about, Mighty Milky Way seems worth the investment. Assuming, of course, that you own a DSi.

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