New Release Snap Judgements 8/25/2008

It isn’t even September yet and we already have a week with more than a few notable releases. We have a game featuring one of the most famous athletes in the world, the game that made Japanese people love the Xbox 360 (even if it was for a single week), a game featuring everyone’s favorite plumber and the final installment in the Summer of Arcade.

Tiger Wood ’09 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP) Pick of the Week

While golf may be a bore to watch on television, it is always a good time to play in video game form. The Tiger Woods games have always been solid but may lack the year-to-year additions of even a Madden. That being said, the fun factor, especially with some friends in the same room or over Live, cannot be overlooked.

Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)

The Japanese gaming public loves it’s RPGs and Tales of Vesperia seems to be the RPG de jour in gaming’s motherland. While I personally have no interest in the game, it must be solid if it was enough to make the Japanese public embrace the Xbox 360.

Mario Super Sluggers (Wii)

Did this Wii game featuring the original gaming mascot seem to come out of no where for you too? This game, which seems to extend the gameplay of Wii Sports’ baseball, is the latest Mario sports title and should sell really well to the Wii audience. Will it actually be a baseball sim or anything resembling a baseball game as we have come to know them? Probably not.

Castle Crashers (XBLA)

The final installment in the Summer of Arcade is the long-in-development Castle Crashers. The game has a big buzz behind it but seems to be nothing but a pretty, side-scrolling brawler. Despite the high hopes of many, a demo of this game may determine if it sinks or swims.

N+ (DS, PSP)

The free PC turned XBLA action puzzler now heads to handhelds for the bargain price of $19.99. Those who have played it say it has cameras issues which were not present in the XBLA version. It may be better to stick with that if you have it but, if you’re not an Xbox 360 owner, this may be an easy pick up.

What will you be picking up this week?