Welcome to the latest Release Week Primer. Here you will get a short description and when available, a trailer of the games released this week. The majority of the release dates and descriptions are based on press releases given by the publishers.

10-Jan-11

Baby Ninja JUMP

iP (online)
Jumping on clouds as high as you can… collect fruits, teddy bears and destroy crates and bad fruits with real 3D Baby Ninja attacks!

Future Features:
– Game Center or(and) Openfeint Highscores and Achievements
– Social Notifications | Send Scores to friends
– Bonus Kick Points

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Hyper Button

X360 (online)
Hyper Button is a series of simple but challenging mini-games designed to make use of the four face buttons of an Xbox 360 controller. Whether it’s getting a train moving, shooting tennis balls or counting dozens of cards in one glance, quick button mashing alone will not get you through to the end of the game. Patience, discipline, and all those other virtues you constantly hear about in Role Playing games are necessary to complete this title without a pathetic score.

Hyper Button is available from the Indie Games section of the Xbox 360 Game Marketplace.
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11-Jan-11

Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!

We have a review of the game here that will do better than the typical primer.  Check it out.

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

DS
Director Shu Takumi, the original creator of Capcom’s Ace Attorney series, is back. In Ghost Trick, players will follow the story of Sissel, an amnesiac ghost who must use his ghostly powers to protect the lives of innocent people while attempting to uncover the secrets behind his own untimely demise.

Sissel has the unique ability to possess and manipulate objects within the world. Using these abilities to his advantage, he returns to the 4 minutes before a character’s death to change their fate.

Ghost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural.

Features:

• The original creator/director of Phoenix Wright brings a new title to the Nintendo DS
• Manipulate the physical world through supernatural possession – take control of inanimate objects and change the world!
• Change the fates of those around you – return to the four minutes before a character’s death to stop it from happening
• Text adventure combined with logic puzzles makes for an exciting new challenge on the Nintendo DS
• Over a dozen engaging chapters filled with entertaining, interrelated puzzles
• Unique visual style and character designs
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101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix

Wii, DS
Compete in your favorite sports-alone or with up to three other people. 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix offers one hundred and one popular sports-themed mini games-basketball, soccer, hockey and many more-on a single disc.

Key Features

  • 101 sports on one disc
  • Dive into a vast variety of sports-themed minigames to satisfy everyone’s tastes-from popular ones like soccer, boxing, baseball and tennis, to fun, quirky games like Psychic Bowling, Sumo Suit Showdown, Daring Darts, Fancy Fencing, and much, much more!
  • Compete with your family and friends
  • Challenge your friends, family, and loved ones to exciting sports challenges for up to four players.
  • The more you play, the more you unlock
  • A constantly rewarding experience, players who successfully complete sports games are rewarded with new ones.

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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

DS

Jiminy Cricket is looking over the journal he used to document his first adventure with Sora when he discovers a mysterious message. He didn’t write it – so how did it get there? King Mickey is determined to find out, so he and his friends decide to digitise the journal and delve into its deepest secrets. Inside this “datascape” dwells a second Sora who is about to embark on a grand adventure of his very own.

Set after the conclusion of KINGDOM HEARTS II, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded offers an exciting new adventure as you revisit events and characters from the previous KINGDOM HEARTS games in order to solve the mystery discovered by Jiminy Cricket. With new game mechanics, a variety of different play systems and a custom avatar system, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded looks set to be another colourful and fun-filled KINGDOM HEARTS adventure.

Features

Discover the Untold Story
Taking place after KINGDOM HEARTS II, return to your favourite magical Disney worlds and events through KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded.

Unleash Spectacular Attacks and Spellbinding Magic
The popular “Deck Command” system of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth By Sleep comes to KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded, allowing you to execute over 100 types of different commands such as attack and recover, with a single button.

Battle System Variety
Experience a wide variety of different battle systems, including side-scrolling boss battles, 3D shooting and even Command Battles – as seen in the legendary FINAL FANTASY series. The variety of game and battle styles adds to the fun.

New Growth System: The Stat Matrix
Increase and customise Sora’s power and abilities with an exciting new growth system, by placing new chips found in the adventure, into a circuit board. It’s colourful and simple to use yet with hidden depths for those willing to explore.

Meet Other Players with Tag Mode
Create your own custom avatar by collecting components from cleared areas. Swap floor maps and avatars with friends and other players and create your own dungeon by collecting maps via Tag Mode.

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DC Universe Online

PC, PS3

Lex Luthor has traveled back through time with news of a dire future: While the heroes and villains spent years battling amongst themselves, Brainiac has been feeding on their powers, building strength to return to Earth and destroy humanity. To change the future, Lex has come back to set off a device that bestows super powers to thousands of every-day citizens and give humanity a fighting chance. Can Brainiac be stopped, or is this another nefarious Lex Luthor plot?

For the first time, players and fans will be able to enter the DC Universe as an active force for good or evil. A massively multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online delivers unparalleled high-energy, physics-powered combat that brings the player’s extraordinary powers to life.

DC Universe Online was created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, and set within a world created by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.

The game includes one 30-day game membership, with monthly subscriptions available thereafter for US$14.99.  For customers playing the PC version of the game, DCUO will be included in SOE’s all-in-one Station Access subscription. Sony Online Entertainment expects to update the game regularly with new episodes featuring iconic DC Comics characters, new instances and major in-game events.

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Venetica

PC, PS3

Available in the EU since November this hit from Germany is finally making it’s way stateside.  Venetica is a  fantasy role-playing game, in which players assume the role of Scarlett, the daughter of Death. Set in and around the city of Venice in the 16th century, the game challenges players to rid the city of a dangerous necromancer, who is determined to bring death and destruction to the world.

The game offers players true-to-life visuals, subtle camera work, and spectacular cutscenes, with detailed cinematic sequences taking players on a unique journey through the game world in a way that is unmatched in the RPG genre.

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14-Jan-11

Viva! Mall

Web (Facebook)

Viva! Mall is a sim-focused game giving players full control of a shopping mall. From cleaning it, to replenishing inventory and merchandise, players will have the responsibility to maintain the mall in order for it to function and operate efficiently and effectively. From hiring friends to run various shops, to setting advertisements to generate a profit, Viva! Mall will give players a glimpse at what it’s like to have control of an entire shopping mall.

Viva! Mall features incremental content that is added weekly, user-specific friend list(s), and over 100 different stores, decorations, inventory and accessories to purchase. Users will also be able to gift items to friends and conduct daily lotteries and other SNS-specific features allowing them to connect and interact with all of their friends and fellow mall owners online. Viva! Mall will provide fans with an addictive Facebook experience they’ll want to share with their friends-by enlisting them as fellow mall employees and managers.

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