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New Game Releases: December 22nd-28th, 2016

With the holiday shopping season quickly coming to any end, this week offers a restrained number of new game releases. Yet, look beyond the typical filler destined for Nintendo’s eShop and several remarkable titles can be found, from a retail release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to Mario Party 2’s expedition onto Virtual Console. Also worth noting is the annual Steam’s Winter Sale, poised to tempt PC players with discount prices.

Header image: Heroine Anthem Zero, PC

Wii U
Mario Party 2 (eShop, $9.99)
Radiantflux: Hyperfractal (eShop, $2.99)
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Risky Beats Edition (retail, $29.99)

Geki Yaba Runner Deluxe (eShop, $4.99)
Gourmet Dream (eShop, $5.00)
Hit Ninja (eShop, $1.99)
Mini Golf Resort (eShop, $4.99)

Domino Craft VR ($8.99)
Garden Gnomes 3: The Thief of Castles ($4.99)
Heroine Anthem Zero ($13.49)
Mankind Defender ($2.99)
Pinball Parlor ($TBA)
Redneck Rampage ($TBA)
Remain ($4.24)
Revival Reset ($TBA)
Vertigo ($14.99)

Robert’s Pick: While the full review of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is still forthcoming, the portion I’ve played has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Gone is the pixelated spite-work used across previous Shantae console titles, replaces with high definition sumptuousness that endows Shantae and her transformations with charm. Sure, the title can be a bit difficult as times, putting your platforming skills to the test. But if you’re up for a solid challenge, Half-Genie gets a full recommendation.

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.


  1. Well, only the retail release of Half-Genie Hero is coming out this week, the game came out last week. SO you’re kind of bending the rules with your pick.

  2. Redneck Rampage is going to make SOMEONE’s X-mas. I don’t know who, but still….

  3. Steam is down for hours now. Gaben ruined Christmas for all the ‘not so Master Racers’.

  4. I beginning to think the Mario Party series was a mistake. It really hasn’t evolved from a basic blend of board game and arcade mini-games.