Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (XBL, $15)
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
Corvette Evolution GT (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PSN, $14.99)
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (PSN, $TBA)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (PSN, $14.99)
Mutant Mudds Deluxe (eShop, $9.99)
New Super Luigi U (DLC, eShop, $20)
Big Bass Arcade: No Limit (eShop, $6.99)
Columns (Virtual Console, $3.99)
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Virtual Console, $2.99)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (eShop, $5.99)
PICROSS e (eShop, $5.99)
Shining Force: Sword of Hajya (eShop, $3.99)
Sonic The Hedgehog (Virtual Console, $4.99)
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Jak and Daxter Collection
Dracula 4: Shadow of the Dragon
Knights of Pen & Paper
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
Pro Cycling Manager Season 2013: Le Tour de France – 100th Edition
Robert’s Pick: While Jak and Daxter Collection seems like a tempting pick, the port has a few problems, such as a sputtering framerate and the lack of any cross-save functionality with it’s PS3 brethren. A far better option for PS Vita owners would be found in Muramasa Rebirth, which offers an improved translation, customizable controls, and remastered graphics. Having played this title on the E3 show floor, I can testify that Rebirth‘s visuals look absolutely amazing on an OLED screen.
Eric’s Pick: It seems 2013 truly is “The Year of Luigi”. First, he got a 3DS sequel to his Gamecube launch title, Luigi’s Mansion, and now the green-clad younger brother is getting an expansion pack of his very own. With over eighty courses, a one-hundred second stage time-limit, and Nabbit as a new playable character in multiplayer, New Super Luigi U should be a worthy download for New Super Mario Bros. U owners. Those looking to get the game on-disc will have to wait until August 25th and pay $10 more than digital buyers.
Jeremy’s Pick: Coin-op gaming lives on this strange pedestal in the murky recesses of childhood memory. I was never an arcade rat, so the occasional visit to Aladdin’s Castle or the odd arcade cabinet in the supermarket foyer was a rarified experience for me. Populating the Hall of Dubious Honors in my memory are games like Willow, Golden Axe III, and Dungeons & Dragons. With the release of Chronicles of Mystara on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, I once again defy nostalgia to do its worst. Capcom has done a really good job with their recent arcade re-releases, and Chronicles of Mystara will be receiving not only the requisite HD up-res, but also a number of additional features such as an unlockable “House Rules” system and other challenge modes. As a fan of arcade beat-em-ups, I’m always happy to see something old get a refresh. In the case of Chronicles of Mystara in particular, I may have to throw a saving roll against hype.
Sean’s Pick: I’m pretty sure I’ve spent at least $15 in quarters on Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons arcade cabinets, so $14.99 for the collection is a no-brainer for me. I haven’t seen a Tower of Doom stand-up since I was in high school, so I’m thrilled to be able to replay one of the best brawlers ever made. I’d be remiss not to mention the Virtual Console release of Shining Force: Sword of the Hajya. The only one of the Shining Force Gaiden games to make its way to the US (although they were collected and remixed as Shining Force CD) Hajya is not the best Shining Force title, but that’s like saying the Vantage is not the best Aston Martin – you should still drive it if you get the chance, because it’s probably still better than whatever it is you’re driving.