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New Game Releases: September 1st-7th, 2016

Trails of Cold Steel II

From a follow-up to a cherished Nihon-Falcom title, a slew of C-grade downloadable Wii U titles, and even a game entitled Free Balling this week’s schedule of new releases could also be referred to as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. On the upside, the 3DS gets a few respectable titles, including a Rogue-like RPG and a Picross title.

Header Image: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (retail and PSN, $39.99)

PlayStation 4
Just Sing (retail and PSN, $29.99)
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy (PSN, $19.99)
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet (retail and PSN, $29.99)
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet – Limited Edition (retail, $49.99)

Wii U
140 (eShop, $7.99)
Alice in Wonderland (eShop, $5.00)
Axiom Verge (eShop, $17.99)
Free Balling (eShop, $9.99)
Games for Toddlers (eShop, $3.99)
Panda Love (eShop, $1.49)
Piano Teacher (eShop, $39.99)
Skunky B’s Super Slots Saga #1 (eShop, $14.95)
Super Hero Math (eShop, $7.99)
Tallowmere (eShop, $4.99)
The First Skunk Bundle (eShop, $24.99)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (eShop, $19.99)

Xbox One
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy (XGS, $19.99)

Nintendo 3DS
Adventure Labyrinth Story (eShop, $5.00)
Picross 3D Round 2 (eShop, 29.99)
Ping Pong Trick Shot (eShop, $1.99)

PS Vita
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (retail and PSN, $39.99)

PC (via Steam unless noted)
Blockships ($6.29)
Dodgeball Blitz ($14.99)
Gochi-Show! ($4.24)
Mother Russia Bleeds ($13.49)
Seasons After Fall ($12.74)
Space Hole ($0.59)
Tadpole Treble ($6.99)
The Castles of Dr. Creep ($2.69)
The Lords of the Earth Flame ($4.99)
The Odyssey ($TBA)
The Tale of a Common Man ($6.99)
The Underground Man ($TBA)
Toadled ($TBA)
World of Fishing ($TBA)

Robert’s Pick: Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes franchise isn’t just a great role-playing series, but it’s one of the genre’s best. Sure, some of the early games suffered from localization woes and it’s well documented that the Gagharv trilogy was released out of order, further alienating any would-be fans. But when XSEED took over publishing duties, allowing stateside players to enjoy the Trails in the Sky and Erebonia games, things improved dramatically. This week’s release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is poised to persist the virtues of the first game- extending everything from engaging combat, eye-codding visuals, and a social system that really makes you care about Class VII. Now, if they could just provide a PC port, I’d be in turn-based paradise on my lunch breaks.

Trails of Cold Steel II (1)

 

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert ‘DesertEagle’ Allen is Tech-Gaming’s resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

9 comments

  1. I like to play Free Balling on the weekends. Just remember to stop playing if you want to go for a run.

  2. The Wii U is really dying a terrible death. Nothing but shovelware.

  3. Trails of Cold Steel II seem to be the only worthwhile game this week.

  4. $15 slots games for Wii U? This is how you dominate the industry, Nintendo style!

  5. It’s Kiseki week for me.

  6. Who do I contact about our upcoming Steam release mentioned on the site?

  7. If you haven’t played Axiom Verge yet, it’s a really good Metroidvania.

  8. Picross 3D Round 2 is a $30 downloadable game? Remember when Picross was like $20 tops? It’s not like there’s a lot of fancy graphics or licensed music….