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New Game Releases: Dec. 29th-Jan. 4th

With only a scant number of new game releases, 2016 is ending with a whimper rather than a bang. That is unless you’re a fan of Virtual Console offerings, which brings the beloved Mario Kart 64 and the contentious Castlevania: Dracula X. At least 2017 looks a bit better with Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone, Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, and Gravity Rush 2 coming out within the first three weeks of the new year.

PlayStation 4
MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore – 2017 Official Track Edition (retail, $39.99)

Wii U
Mario Kart 64 (eShop, $9.99)

Xbox One
MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore – 2017 Official Track Edition (retail, $39.99)

3DS
Castlevania: Dracula X ($7.99)

PC
Atmocopter ($TBA)
Azkend 2: The World Beneath ($TBA)
Metro Nexus ($TBA)
Polywar ($5.99)
Trick and Treat – Visual Novel (Free)
Verdant Skies ($TBA)
Ziggy’s Chase ($10.39)

Robert’s Pick: Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo aka Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is my second favorite Castlevania entry, following Symphony of the Night. Pick up this week’s eShop release of Castlevania: Dracula X and you’ll get a diluted taste of Rondo of Blood’s greatness. While the plotline hits some of the same beats (this is a side story after all), level design was altered, and many of the branching paths were pruned. On the upside, Dracula X ups the difficulty level and offers aesthetics on par with the original. In my book, even a blemished, 2D Castlevania is worth a playthrough or three.

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.

7 comments

  1. Last part of the year is always crap for games. You’d think publishers would think that millions of people got Steam, PSN, and Xbox cards and would use them if a halfway decent new game came out.

  2. I’m a little surprised they’re still making the MX vs. ATV games.

  3. Castlevania: Dracula X get a lot of hate for not being Rondo, but I kind of like it.

  4. If only Nintendo would have sales on VC games….

  5. Does Nintendo know everyone and their mother emulates Mario Kart 64?