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New Releases for the Week of August 2nd-8th, 2013

Tales of Xillia

This week, a number of classic gaming series return once more. Pikmin 3 repeals the franchise’s nine-year hiatus, while Tales of Xillia sees the long-running Namco franchise return for its thirteenth installment. Of course, once all the expansion packs, stuff packs, and different editions are tabulated, the Tales series isn’t nearly as prolific as The Sims. This week’s release of The Sims 3 Plus Monte Vista and Dragon Valley, bundles the base game with two Store Worlds- a package destined to secure the series status as the fourth bestselling game franchise of all time.

360
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA, $15.00)

PS3
Dragon’s Crown
Ibb and Obb (PSN, $9.99)
Superfrog HD (PSN, $9.99, Cross-buy enabled)
Tales of Xillia
Tales of Xillia Collector’s Edition
The Red Star (PSN, PS2 Classic, $9.99)

Wii
Disney’s Planes

Wii U
Cloudberry Kingdom (eShop, $9.99)
Disney’s Planes
Harvest Moon (Virtual Console, $7.99)
Pikmin 3

3DS
Bike Rider DX (eShop, $5.99)
Disney’s Planes
Family Kart 3D (eShop, $4.99)
Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Virtual Console, $3.99)
My Farm 3D (eShop, $7.99)

DS
Disney’s Planes

Vita
Dragon’s Crown
Little Acorns (PSN, PS Mobile, $1.49)
Space Quest 2000 (PSN, PS Mobile, $4.49)
Superfrog HD

PC
Divinity: Dragon Commander
Guacamelee!
The Sims 3 Plus Monte Vista and Dragon Valley

Robert’s Pick: Fans of Japanese games have a serious dilemma this week. They can side with Vanillaware’s combination of engaging combat and exquisite beauty and pick up Dragon’s Crown, or favor the consistently pleasing action-oriented combat which sets Tales of Xillia apart from its role-playing brethren. If money is tight, let your genre preference guide your decision- otherwise, buy both and indulge your inner otaku.

Dragon's Crown (4)

Say’s Pick: I remember way back when the original Pikmin were available on the GameCube, so it is quite lovely to see the return of those colorful little creatures.  This week I want to return to Miyamoto-san’s captivating little garden adventure and those beautiful environments in Pikmin 3. Although it took a while for the third game to be completed,  from what I have seen it does not disappoint – there’s many more new scenarios, new life forms to come across, new puzzles, and a few gameplay wrinkles. Top is all off with adorably cute visuals, and Pikmin 3 is my choice of the week.

Pikmin 3

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.

30 comments

  1. First, suckas.

    Harvest Moon seems a little pricey at $8. Not cool, Reggie.

  2. I’m guessing a review score of 90 for Tales of Xillia.

    I was a trailer for it that should have been called “That’s so DEagle”.

  3. I’m really considering grabbing Dragon’s Crown this week for PS3.

  4. This week is only good if you like crappy Japanese games.

  5. Nameless Assassin

    Honestly, only Kirby’s Dream Land 2 interests me.

  6. Family Kart 3D should win an award for the most generic titled game ever.

  7. Not enough games are Cross-buy.

    So, Superfrog HD for me. Ribbit!

  8. I heard some good things about Cloudberry Kingdom and need something to play on my Wii U. Pikmin 3 isn’t my cup of tea.

  9. Tales of Xillia Collector’s Edition looks nice, but I’ll probably go for the launch edition.

  10. After Jeremy confessed his undying love for Guacamelee on at least two podcasts, I may have to give it a try.

  11. Dragon’s Crown for me on Tuesday.

  12. Tales of Xillia for me this week.

  13. Dragon’s Crown day one. Maybe hour one.

  14. After looking around, is this site about gaming in general? The name doesn’t say anything about a focus on Japanese games.

  15. I bought Little Acorns for the 3DS, its all right but I wouldn’t pay more than 4 bucks for it.

  16. Just a suggestion– you should indicate what game is shown in the main screenshot. Xillia right?

  17. Games to deep lady called saying Dragon”s Crown was in. Can I believe her?

  18. When I get my PS3 fixed I’m gonna buy Dragon’s Crown. Hopefully very soon 😀

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