Videogame Releases: Week of November 17th, 2013

Videogame Releases: Week of November 17th, 2013

Smack-dab between the launches of the PS4 and Xbox One comes a one-two punch from Nintendo. This week gives gamers a massive list of options that should easily cover the rest of the year.

Note: Xbox One launch titles will be detailed separately.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

Along with the new 3DS ‘Zelda’ title, ‘Super Mario 3D World‘ is Nintendo’s most important and bankable release since ‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’. This new game escapes the single-player confines the 3D ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ titles in favor of the multiplayer, power wacky ‘New Super Mario Brothers’ series, and in effect tries to please all Mario fans, past, present and future.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T Know (360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)

The follow-up to ‘Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!’ jumps to consoles with ‘Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T Know‘. I have the 3DS CE on order, on account of the BMO SteelBook. I’d recommend that any crazed fans of the show to consider checking out the dungeon-crawler.

NBA Live 14 (PS4)

For reelz, EA is actually releasing a 5-on-5 NBA game in the form of ‘NBA Live 14‘. Despite being targeted at only the next-gen platforms (‘NBA Live 14’ is coming to the Xbox One as well), EA’s new b-ball game may still be behind the 2K series. Nevertheless, competition is good, especially when it comes to sports titles.

Soul Calibur II HD Online (XBLA, PSN)

I was such a huge fan of ‘Soul Calibur II’ on the Gamecube that I used controller convertors to allow the use of PS2 controllers on the Nintendo console. It should go without saying that ‘Soul Calibur II HD Online‘ is past due, and should be a great update to the all-time best weapon-based fighter.

Young Justice: Legacy (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS)

Young Justice: Legacy‘ seems like a decent tie-in game for young fans of the cartoon series. The developer specializes in tie-in games, but the release date seems to have been pushed back half a dozen times.

Tearaway (PS Vita)

Stepping away from the platforming of ‘LittleBigPlanet’, ‘Tearaway‘ sees Media Molecule use the Vita to create the fourth-wall-breaking messengers. You direct the messengers (by indication, not direct control) while they seek to communicate with you. This looks like a papercraft gem of a unique title.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

The Super Nintendo is unique in that it only ever had one ‘Zelda’ title. (Other Nintendo platforms always seem to have two.) The classic ‘A Link to the Past’ has been revisited before, but ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds‘ is full-blown sequel that still tries to offer a mix of new and old top-level ‘Zelda’ mechanics.

Also coming out this week are several games that have previously been available on other platforms:

The Amazing Spider-Man‘ (PS Vita)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘ (PC)

Need for Speed: Rivals‘ (360, PS3)

The Walking Dead Game of the Year‘ (360, PC)


    • I have no doubt that ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’ 3DS XL bundle ($220) will be a collector’s item, so you may want to decide soon.

      Meanwhile, both the Windwaker HD Wii U bundle and The New Super Mario Brothers/ New Luigi Brother Bundle are good choices for Wii U buyers. ($300)

      • William Henley

        That would be something my brother would be interested in. I am a casual gamer (I was hardcore 15 years ago – life got in my way). In any case, for me, it will be after the holidays as I haven’t bought a single present yet, and still need to buy plane tickets too. A lot of that will be done next friday.

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