New Game Releases for April 21 – 27: PS4 Octodad, NES Remix 2, and More

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

We wouldn’t be much of a Chicago gaming blog if we didn’t head up this week’s release list with the PS4 version of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, coming out tomorrow. While console owners have had to wait an additional three months to get their tentactles on the game, developer Young Horses made sure the delay was worth it. According to creative director Kevin Zuhn (via the PlayStation Blog), “We’ve taken the time to improve it based on feedback from our players. The latter third of the game in particular has gone through some radical changes, with added challenges like deck swabbing, jig dancing, and new disguises to wear!” Also exclusive to the PS4 version is the ability to play the game with the PlayStation Move in various configurations, and play local co-op with a friend, each taking control of one of Octodad’s arms. PlayStation Plus users will be able to get the game at 20% off of the $14.99 price tag through April 29th.

Dark Souls II

On the opposite side of the who-got-what-first coin, the PC version of Dark Souls II finally hits this week, though console-only gluttons for punishment only got an extra month with the game. Still, that works out to exactly 4,789,134 more deaths that X360 and PS3 have been able to accrue in that time. Also that number is completely made up.

You Wii U owners haven’t been forgotten – well, at least not by Nintendo. The follow-up to their WarioWare-inspired classic game mash-up NES Remix will be available on the eShop this week. Not only does NES Remix 2 finally incorporate titles beyond just the NES launch window, it also includes a complete and “new” game, Super Luigi Bros., in which you play through the original SMB as Luigi complete with higher jump and left-scrolling levels. Hey, it beats just lazily throwing in a free version of Donkey Kong or Mario Bros. like they were doing for awhile.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

The Wii U goodness doesn’t end there. Hitting the Virtual Console this week is the Game Boy Advance game Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island, which of course is a remake of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for SNES. Confused yet? This particular release is notable because the SNES original is one of the only core entries in an 8- or 16-bit Nintendo franchise that was never put on the Wii’s Virtual Console, and used versions of both it and the GBA remake command the typically too-high Nintendo game premium online. Being able to buy a version of this game for only 8 bucks is going to be a welcome luxury indeed.

Rounding out the releases this week are Trials Fusion (PC), the latest in the addictive motorcyle series; RPG Demon Gaze (Vita) from longtime Sony handheld supporters Nippon Ichi Software; The Blackwell Epiphany (PC), the fifth and final installment in the Blackwell adventure game series; the newest entry in the insane but gorgeous – we’ve all known girls like that, am I right? Am I right?? – fighting game series, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantsma (Vita); and the Wii U version of LEGO: The Hobbit.