In the United States, the last week of November is traditionally truncated by the Thanksgiving holiday, which takes place on Thursday. (Canadians have their own Thanksgiving in mid-October.) The following day is "Black Friday," the day on which thousands of US consumers trample each other to take advantage of deep holiday discounts at retailers. As such, most of the year's top-tier games shipped by last week to that ensure they would be place on store shelves in time for the deal-mad public's onslaught.
That said, there are still several new releases of note this week. First and foremost is Chrono Trigger, the Nintendo DS remake of Square Enix' classic SNES role-playing game. Unlike the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest DS remakes, Chrono Trigger did not receive a graphical overhaul, though it has been reformatted to use the handheld's dual-screen presentation and touch-screen functionality. The remake includes a wireless play mode and an all-new dungeon, and has received a solid 8.5 in GameSpot's review.
Connected Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3s will also receive the elaborately titled Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix this week. Announced in April 2007--and originally set for release last holiday season--the remake of the classic arcade game retains the original's gameplay underneath all-new high-definition graphics.
The Wii will also be getting its own retro-fighting-game redux in the form of the compilation The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga. Also out this week is the Meme expansion to Metal Gear Online, which adds three new maps to the PS3-exclusive stealth-actioner Metal Gear Solid 4's online mode. Acclaim's massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the PC, The Chronicles of Spellborn, will launch on Thursday, two days after what might be the first (and last) biathlon game, Crave's Ski & Shoot.
A full list of Thanksgiving week game releases is below. (List taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary. Cranberry sauce and stuffing not included.)
NOVEMBER 24, 2008
Age of Empires: Mythologies - DS
All Star Cheer Leader - DS
Boingz - WiiWare
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure - Wii VC
Cake Mania: In the Mix! - Wii'
Emma in the Mountains - DS
Personal Trainer: Cooking - DS
Skate City Heroes - Wii
Sudoku Challenge! - Wii
Ski & Shoot - WiiWare
NOVEMBER 25, 2008
Band Manager - PC
Chrono Trigger - DS
Chrysler Classic Racing - DS, Wii
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force - DS
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine - Wii
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga - Wii
Metal Gear Online Meme Expansion - PS3
Neopets Puzzle Adventure - DS, Wii, PC
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 - X360, PS2, PS3, WII
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure - Wii Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - PS3
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge - Wii, PS2, X360, DS