Videogames out this week (9/30 through 10/06):

What to look out for this week!

–> It’s NBA week! Basketball fans will have their pick of the litter this week, as three major franchises all release their newest entries. Choose from NBA Live 2008 (EA Sports), NBA 08 (Sony) or you guessed it NBA 2K8 (2K Sports).

–> Excellent week to be a Nintendo fan, with both the newest Legend of Zelda game popping up on DS (look for the stylus-exclusive control scheme to be much-copied) and a couple of excellent titles on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Also, don’t miss Sin & Punishment, the much acclaimed and previously Japan-exclusive N64 game that westerners have waited 7 years to play. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels also makes an appearance. Remember how our Mario 2 was all weird and not like the others in the series? That’s because it wasn’t really Mario 2! The Lost Levels came out in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2, but the game was deemed both too challenging and too graphically unattractive by 1988 to be released as Mario 2 in the west.

–>Playstation 1 era fan favorite Crash Bandicoot is back with his new adventure in Crash of the Titans, coming for multiple systems this time. If you’re into the mascot 3D action-y platform-y collect-y genre, you could definitely do worse. In the same vein, there is a new Spyro the Dragon game coming out this week. It would be safe to assume that both games play fairly well and will be decent fun. I can’t say the same for Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, however?caveat emptor.

–>The new Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow for PSP is reputedly one of the best in the series thus far, which started on PS1, then eventually found its way to both the PS2 and PSP. Combined with the previous PSP Syphon Filter and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, this gives the PSP a burgeoning spy-action genre.

Playstation 3

  • NBA 2K8
  • NBA 08
  • NBA Live 08

Xbox 360

  • Crash of the Titans
  • FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
  • NBA 2K8
  • NBA Live 08
  • Project Gotham Racing 4
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

Nintendo Wii

  • Balls of Fury
  • Crash of the Titans
  • Dave Mirra BMX Challenge
  • NBA Live 08
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
  • MLB Power Pros
  • Sin & Punishment (VC)
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (VC)

Playstation 2

  • Crash of the Titans
  • NBA 2K8
  • NBA Live 08
  • Spider-Man Friend or Foe
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
  • MLB Power Pros

Nintendo DS

  • Nintendo DS Lite (Crimson & Black)
  • Arctic Tale
  • Crayola Treasure Adventures
  • Kuropoto Cool Cool Stars
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Race Driver: Create & Race
  • Backyard Football
  • Chibi-Robo!: Park Patrol (available only at Wal-Mart)
  • Crash of the Titans
  • Holly Hobbie & Friends
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Nights
  • Master Jin Jin’s IQ Challenge
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
  • Paws & Claws: Dogs & Cats Best Friends

PSP

  • Hot Pixel
  • NBA 08
  • NBA Live 08
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
  • Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

In addition physical console releases, each of the current generation systems from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo feature downloadable titles for their respective online networks, which are marked in good ole parenthesis.? Remember to look both ways before connecting.

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