Weekly video game releases: 'Mario Sports Mix,' 'Test Drive Unlimited 2,' 'Stacking'
Wednesday 02 February 2011
This week, let's look ahead to Mario and pals adding to the Wii's sports compilations in
Mario Sports Mix, the charming download
Stacking (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), and burning rubber across an island paradise in
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (360, PS3 and PC), with extensive preview footage from TeamVVV on YouTube.
Mario Sports Mix (Wii)
North America, February 7. Europe, February 4. UK, January 28. Japan, released November 2010.
Age rating: North America, Everyone. Europe, 3+. Japan, A (all ages).
An alternative (or addition) to Wii Sports Resort and Mario & Sonic's Olympic endeavors. Basketball, hockey, volleyball and dodgeball are all present in some fashion, with over-the-top special moves, power ups, and both local and online multiplayer.
Price: $49 / €45 / £39 / ¥5,800
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (360 PC PS3)
North America, February 8. Europe, February 11. Japan, March 31.
Age rating: North America, Teen. Europe, 12+.
Online and offline racing set in Ibiza and Oahu with plenty of luxury lifestyle options on the side (cars, houses, clothes, social clubs, even plastic surgery). If TDU was anything to go by, the emphasis will be on arcade fun rather than realism. Check out TeamVVV on YouTube for a metric ton of hands-on preview videos.
Price: £35 / €49 / $39 / ¥7,140 on PC. €55 / $49 / £49 / ¥7,140 on 360 and PS3.
Stacking (360 PS3)
Xbox LIVE download: February 9
PlayStation Store download: February 8 (North America), February 9 (Europe).
The studio behind the adorable Costume Quest is putting its experience to good use with this, an adventure puzzle set in a world populated by stackable Russian dolls.
Price: 1200 MS Points ($15/€14/£10) on 360. $14.99 (~€14/£10) on PS3.
Magicka retail version (PC)
North America and Europe, February 15.
Age rating: 12+
Magicka's multiplayer mayhem makes its way to retail as a boxed product a month after its debut as a $10/€10/£8 digital download. Already a hit thanks to clever twists on classic gameplay and a cheeky satire on fantasy adventure tropes.
Price: €17, others TBC
Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (360, PS3)
North America, February 15. Japan, February 17. UK, February 18.
Age rating: North America, Teen. Europe, 12+. Japan, C (15+).
Eleven years after Marvel vs Capcom 2 first hit retail, Fate of Two Worlds mixes series favorites with a selection of new characters in this year's big fighting game release.
Price: $59 / €59 / £49 / ¥6,990
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP )
North America, February 15. Europe, February 25. Japan, released 2010.
Age rating: North America, Teen. Europe, 12+. Japan, B (12+).
A remake of strategy role-playing game Tactics Ogre (SNES, Saturn, PS1, Wii Shop Channel) but with modern players in mind: improved graphics and character progression, a new soundtrack and updated storyline. See why Tactics Ogre is, for many, superior even to Final Fantasy Tactics.
Price: $39 / €39 / £35 / ¥5,980
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