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New Releases for the Week of December 4, 2011

With last week’s lackluster offerings behind us, the next seven days looking remarkably brighter, with a handful of interesting choices. From the return of a few familiar titles (Final Fantasy VI, The Oregon Trail and the seventh iteration in the Mario Kart series) to a handful of promising new games (Nano Assault and Fortune Street), holiday shopping lists may need some thirteenth-hour adjustments.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game

Final Fantasy VI (PSOne Classic)
Just Dance 3
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game

Fortune Street
Jaws: Ultimate Predator
Oregon Trail
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game

F1 2011
Jaws: Ultimate Predator
Mario Kart 7
Nano Assault
Oregon Trail
Outdoor Unleashed Africa 3D
Outdoor Unleashed Alaska 3D
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game

7 Wonders: Treasures of Seven
Face Racers: Photo Finish

Final Fantasy VI (PSOne Classic)

Defense Grid: Your Monster
Field of Glory: Decline and Fall
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game

SeanNOLA’s Pick: A big shoutout to Majesco for laser-targeting the worst possible day to release Face Racers: Photo Finish for the 3DS. I can only assume that the budget cart racer is only a tool in a larger, avant-garde “life as art as life” piece, where dozens of programmers were forced to work toward the impossible goal of usurping the cart-racing throne on a tight budget, only to be thwarted at the end by the release of the far superior and infinitely more recognizable Mario Kart 7, just two days prior to their near-silent release. Bravo, Majesco. I openly weep after gazing into your tribute to the futility of Man’s hard work and sacrifice. Bravo.

DesertEagle’s Pick: Beyond the obvious choice of Mario Kart 7, players shouldn’t overlook Fortune Street. Known as Itadaki Street overseas (where the series was originally conceived by Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii), the game offers a satisfying complex economics situation that builds on the fundamentals of a board game like Monopoly. With a cast of recognizable Nintendo and Square-Enix characters, I’ll be pushing my Blue Slime toward one-percent/Illuminati status.

BlueSwim’s Pick: It seems like every week Deagle says or does something that makes me think that he and I are somehow related. I, too, am going to pick Fortune Street over the shell-tossing racing antics of Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS. Like Rayman Origins, the reason I’m picking Fortune Street is because I believe it could get overlooked this holiday season. Until I saw a review for it this week, I had no idea it was coming out anytime soon. Heck, I barely even remember hearing about it coming to the U.S. to begin with. Unless you have a blood-feud with board game video games, you might want to check this one out.

Samurage’s Pick: This week I gotta go with The Adventures of Tintin. The movie the game developers worked together to make the game a seamless part of the film’s story and environment, and they say they tried to keep the style and feel closely tied. I’d say that much effort deserves a look.

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. Are you sure Nano Assault is coming out this week?

  2. So is Fortune Street like Mario Party?

  3. shit, no one can bring ’em down to size quite like NOLA. That’s why I like ya.

  4. Sean gets first pick? He must have created the list. Why does it say “DesertEagle”?

  5. A whole lot of nothing for 360 owners this week. Not even any arcade games. 🙁

  6. This week’s new releases have died of dysentery. Game over. Back to backlog.

  7. Damn NOLA, why do you have to wreck my dream around in a car with my big face on it. MY FACE!

    You suck.

    (not really. you’re rant was pretty good)

  8. Outdoor Unleashed Africa 3D and Outdoor Unleashed Alaska 3D? They couldn’t get brown and white on the same cartridge?

  9. I’ll wait for the steering wheel, gear shift, and space chair to come out before getting F1 2011 for the 3DS.

  10. You guys should post some deals too, like does.

  11. Why the hell does Baby Mario have a mustache? Movember is over, man.

  12. Mario Kart 7 will get my money. I played so much of the DS version when McD’s has free wifi its not even funny.

  13. Just Final Fantasy VI this week.

  14. I’ll probably pick up Mario Kart 7.

  15. I’ll be amazed if Jaws ever comes out. Not that I’ll pay full price for it.

  16. Psychomantis Manny

    No arcade games this week? After Voltron, maybe that’s for the better.

  17. I have zero interest in racing faces. MK7 if I ever get a 3DS.

  18. I’m interested in Oregon Trail, but I’m sure they ruined it.

  19. I hope Fortune Street comes to Redbox.

  20. Deagle, you went back on your pick of Nano Assault?

    • Cabbage Patch Wino

      From his nerdiness on the podcast, I’d say he’d choose a sim boardgame over a shmup. I could be wrong though.

  21. Fearless Bystander

    I’m picking up Mario Kart 7 right now!

  22. Really Sage? Tintin? How much are they paying you for that pick? Make sure Deagle isn’t pimping more than 20% off the top.

    Licensed games which come out day and date are almost never good.

    • Well firstly, I have never been, and never will be, for sale. Secondly, in general I agree with you, usually franchise shit is, well, shit. But I saw an interview with the developers of the game in which they talked about all the detail they covered with the movie directors and other people closely tied to the tin tin series. I appreciate games that try to create cohesion to a series, whatever that series may be. So, I’m interested to see if it’s any good, even if it only ends up being good for kids and die hard tin tin fans. As much as I am anti-franchise, I’m more anti-not-checking-something-out-just-because-it’s-franchise.

      • I like the way you tell it like it is, Sage.

        BTW- I think that’s just a running joke about getting paid to endorse games. It’s on EVERY site that reviews.

      • Not trying to be rude but Tintin is a single name not two.

  23. Be sure not to pick this up accidentally. 😉

  24. What’s the PC defense game about? Monsters?!?

  25. So is Nano Assault actually coming out this week?

  26. Preordered Fortune Street last week. Show up to Gamestop and guess what? No game!