We still quite haven’t begun the fall rush of new game releases, but a few biggies are hitting stores this week.
Despite what anybody thinks about Nintendo, when they release a new entry in one of their core franchises, it’s a big deal in the gaming world – and it typically causes a bump in hardware sales. The release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – which unfortunately is the game’s actual title – is not only a big deal for those two reasons, but it also marks the franchise’s first appearance on a handheld. Hopefully that game won’t be Samus’ only appearance on the system…
I am convinced that Warner Bros. Interactive delayed the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS3, X360, XBone) just so journalists and social media snarkers would make “One does not simply release Shadow of Mordor on time” jokes, thus drumming up more publicity for the game. Fortunately, we here at the Chi-Scroller are too classy to resort to that type of meme-based humor. Nobody got time for that.
Skylanders was a surprise megahit when it was released a few years back, but it has since seen some serious competition in the buy-toys-to-scan-into-your-game genre from Disney Infinity, its newly released Marvel-focused sequel, and Nintendo’s upcoming entry Amiibo. So it’ll be interesting to see how Skylanders Trap Team can hold up when its competition involves some of the most beloved and iconic characters not just in video game history, but pop culture history period. As far as what platforms its coming out for, it’ll probably be easier to just say what it ISN’T releasing on (at least this week): PC, 3DS and Vita.
Also hitting stores this week:
Natural Doctine, a strategy RPG for PS3, PS4 and Vita.
Chariot, a 2D platformer for PS4 and XBone (Wii U and PC versions to follow later this year)
Tulpa, a puzzle game for PC and Mac
Outland, a 2D action game for PC (already available for PS3 and X360)