Now Playing 11.17.2011

Mario! Zelda! Some other games! A busy week for Nintendo to say the least.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 11/17/2011 16:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Fancy buying a video game or two this week? There’s a lot out there– and that’s where Nintendojo’s Now Playing column comes in. Check out the list, and lean back as we figure out just what these games are all about.

Nintendo 3DS

November 13
Super Mario 3D Land

November 15
Dreamworks Super Star Kartz
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic
Imagine: Fashion Designer
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

Nintendo DS

November 14
Fossil Fighters: Champions

November 15
Bejeweled 3
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut
Dreamworks Super Star Kartz

November 18
Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance

DSi Ware

November 17
Escape Trick: Convenience Store
Play and Learn: Chinese

Nintendo Wii

November 15
Rayman Origins
WWE ’12
Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Need for Speed: The Run
Zumba Fitness 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
uDraw Studio: Instant Artist
uDraw Disney Princesses: Enchanting Storybooks
Dreamworks Super Star Kartz

November 17
Get Up and Dance

November 20
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword


November 17
Pinocchio’s Puzzle

Well hot dang, talk about a very busy week for Nintendo releases!

With the holidays right around the corner, judging by two radio stations around my location switching to an all-Christmas format until December 26th, this is when the release schedule starts to really take off, since every company wants to get their biggest products out there to gain the biggest profit. And what bigger games to put out at this time than a Mario game and a Zelda game?

Super Mario 3D Land and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword have been talked about to death here and elsewhere (and the former is now within my video game library– I recommend it); I think I’d try to focus on the other games that may pique the interests of fellow Nintendo fanboys and fangirls.

Most of the games seem to be mere crappy licensed video games usually ripping off one format or another. The most notorious of these is the Dreamworks Super Star Kartz, which not only bothers me in a grammatical sense (I freaking hate when companies use z’s like that) but also in a “I liked it better when it was called Mario Kart” sense. Plus, anything involving the creepy CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks film causes me to wince.

Despite that, there are two interesting games that look like they could sell a reasonable amount– Shinobi and Cooking Mama 4, both of which seem like they could both be fun plays. The former is a reboot of an arcade classic produced by Sega. The latter is a sequel to a rather popular franchise I never got around to playing.  Perhaps I may put a pretty penny on that game just to try it out. We’ll see.

Until next time, happy gaming– and may your Tanuki suits fit like a glove!

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