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New Releases: December 6th-12, 2018

With a trio of Atelier titles, the return of the original Katamari Damacy and a gaming phenomenon known as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s a good week for gaming. Yet, that’s not the only highlight. From the Ghouls ‘n Ghosts-esque Battle Princess Madelyn to a compilation of SEGA Genesis games, and the sudden appearance of Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends on PC, wallets need to prepare for impact. Like a fight against Sheik or Kirby, damage is almost inevitable.

Header image: Sapphire Moon, PC

PlayStation 4
ACA NeoGeo Twinkle Star Sprites (digital, $7.99)
Atelier Arland series Deluxe Pack (digital, $89.99)
Atelier Meruru ~The Apprentice of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Atelier Totori ~The Adventurer of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Battle Princess Madelyn (digital, $19.99)
Earth Defense Force 5 (digital, $59.99)
Gungrave VR: Loaded Coffin Edition (digital, $39.99)
Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR (digital, $TBA)
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (digital, $26.99)
Kingdom Two Crowns (digital, $19.99)
The Last Remnant Remastered (digital, $TBA)

Switch
3D Billiards – Pool & Snooker (digital, $19.99)
ACA NeoGeo Cup ’98: The Road to The Victory
ARK: Survival Evolved (physical and digital, $49.99)
Arcade Archives Route 16 (digital, $7.99)
Atelier Arland series Deluxe Pack (digital, $89.99)
Atelier Meruru ~The Apprentice of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Atelier Totori ~The Adventurer of Arland~ DX (digital, $39.99)
Basketball (digital, $9.99)
Battle Princess Madelyn (digital, $19.99)
Beholder: Complete Edition (digital, $11.99)
Carcassonne (digital, $19.99)
Color Zen (digital, free)
Conduct Together (digital, $19.99)
Desert Child (digital, $11.99)
Everspace: Stellar Edition (digital, $31.99)
Guacamelee! 2 (digital, $17.99)
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (digital, $26.99)
Katamari Damacy REROLL (physical and digital, $29.99)
Kingdom Two Crowns (digital, $19.99)
LongStory: A dating game for the real world (digital, $11.89)
Monica e a Guarda dos Coelhos (digital, $14.99)
Rival Megagun (digital, $14.99)
Santa Tracker (digital, $2.99)
Sega Genesis Classics (physical and digital, $29.99)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (physical and digital, $59.99)
Ultimate Runner (digital, $19.99)

Wii U
Call of Nightmare (digital, $0.99)

Xbox One
Battle Princess Madelyn (digital, $19.99)
Desert Child (digital, $11.99)
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (digital, $26.99)
Kingdom Two Crowns (digital, $19.99)
On a Roll 3D (digital, $TBA)

3DS
PixelMaker Studio (digital, $9.99)

PC
Battle Princess Madelyn ($19.99)
Clinically Dead ($11.99)
Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition ($17.99)
Jagged Alliance: Rage! ($17.99)
Katamari Damacy REROLL ($29.99)
Sapphire Moon ($2.95)
The Spirit Master of Retarnia -Conqueror of the Labyrinth- ($11.24)

Robert’s Pick: Here’s the moment where I public admit that I am terrible at Super Smash Bros. and that I’m fond of the series for all the wrong reasons. Like many, I approached the inaugural Nintendo 64 version with the mistaken notion that the two-button control system meant simplicity. Across ensuing iterations, I repeatedly got owned by wiser players who understand the amount of nuance that’s baked into the title. Yet, with beloved characters like Kirby, Pikachu, and Yoshi mixing it up, I never had the willpower to give up on the franchise. That said, I also have my eye on Katamari Damacy REROLL because I’m really to roll up massive junk balls on my way into work. What’s your de-stressor?


Ryan’s Pick: While I would absolutely love to hear Meruru yell, “Huaaaahuaaaa!” after synthesizing in my Atelier again, I feel my time is better spent this week on Super Smash Bros. While I will admit I only moderately played the first version of the game on the N64, I got heavily addicted to Super Smash Bros. Melee. I still recall to this day the time I was finally able to defeat Event 49 – I tossed a box right at Falco’s face and many celebrations ensued.

Collegiate console gaming nostalgia aside, one characteristic of the series that has seen steady improvement is with its content. This time in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate there is definitely not a shortage of characters to use, which makes it all the better reason to jump back in for a brawl.  With over 70 iconic characters from various decades of franchises to choose from, it’s going to be amazing to try each of them. The dynamic stages equally have me excited with Battlefield and Final Destination versions for each. I absolutely cannot wait to Hammer someone on Green Hill Zone.

Matt’s Pick (Editor, DigitallyDownloaded): Screw Smash Bros. I spend months – MONTHS! – campaigning to get Hatsune Miku added to the roster. I even threatened Nintendo with a 0/5 review score if they didn’t add her. And now it’s launch time and there’s no Hatsune Miku. So… yeah, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can go right to hell.

It’s also far too easy for me to recommend the re-releases of the best Atelier games of all. The Arland trilogy is so utterly happy and sweet and delightful, and Meruru looks so good in her swimwear, that it would be downright lazy for me to recommend the Switch re-releases of those games (though you absolutely should play them).

So let’s get out there and be a bit wild. Earth Defence Force 5 is absolutely wild. The most gloriously self-aware B-grade humour, combined with enough giant ants and spiders to give anyone with an aversion to bugs a grand old stroke, Earth Defence Force 5 also does something that we haven’t seen in the series in the past; it plays bloody well, and looks bloody good. For anyone who’s ever been entertained by the B-grade side of entertainment, this game is just utterly hilarious and tonally spot-on. So… play this instead of Smash Bros. Take a stand with me.

Jay’s Pick: Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ what! Keep rollin’ roll… no, it isn’t the sound of The Undertaker making his WWF entrance circa 2001. It’s also not either Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nor the Atelier Arland DX Trilogy, both of which are incredibly enticing.

No, my pick came in like a wrecking ball. It’s Katamari Damacy Reroll of course!

Why they chose to release this toe-tapping, enrapturing experience smack-bang in the middle of a crazy release week headlined by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is beyond me, but that’s precisely why it’s my pick. We can’t let this release fade into obscurity – where else can you simulate the feeling of cleaning up your room with a giant sticky ball of what must be magnets, velcro, and glue all rolled into one?

Yes, you will occasionally get a cat stuck to your ball but sacrifices must be made in the pursuit of size supremacy. Bigger is always better, even if it’s covered in thumbtacks.

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.

10 comments

  1. Where’s da ZackAttack?

  2. I’d sooner drink a thermos full of scalding hot toilet water than pay $60 to play SSB. I never understood why people like the game. It’s not fun at all to me. Must be Nintendo nostalgia.

  3. Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends is $18? Thats kind of a deal.

  4. What exactly is “Monica e a Guarda dos Coelhos”

  5. Welcome, Jay. I’ve seen a few of your videos. Nice work.

    Zack, if you’re reading this, best of luck and ‘grats!

  6. I wonder if Katamari on PC will run ok in 4K?

  7. Hey Jay, how is you day (going)?

    Welcome!

    Smash Bros. after work today! All night maybe!

  8. Super Smash Bros and the Sega Genesis Collection for me.

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