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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS): "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an entirely original entry into the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, and brings a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments. With the use of the DS touchscreen, players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the franchise."

**In stores Wednesday, March 18th.**


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Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (NDS): "Destiny by sinner sought. Tragedy by power wrought. The origins of a cult classic are revealed in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, the third entry in the critically acclaimed Valkyrie Profile series. Development studio tri-Ace returns to craft a gameplay experience that boasts a captivating storyline with ties to Norse mythology and a familiar yet refreshing battle system enhanced with deeper strategic elements."

**In stores Tuesday, March 17th.**


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Suikoden Tierkreis (NDS): "The first Suikoden for the Nintendo DS, Tierkreis begins after the final fight of the 108 Stars, as the Suikoden heroes are nearly defeated by a powerful foe. Only four remain when the battle ends. You play as a young boy from the border village of Shi-Toro. As a member of a peacekeeping group, it's your job to protect the village from bandits and monsters. Your adventure begins as you and your fellow peacekeepers head out on a monster expedition. While exploring the mountains near your village, you come upon a strange light, which marks the start of the story."

General Features:

* Suikoden: Tierkreis is the first handheld Suikoden game and exclusive to the Nintendo DS
* Suikoden: Tierkreis returns with its established gameplay system but also offers an all-new online element that offers an a rich online community experience using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
* Featuring a new storyline and new variety of characters, Suikoden: Tierkreis will expand the bounds of the handheld RPG experience in a game that will take you to many cities and across parallel worlds
* Suikoden: Tierkreis features many cinematic events that will drive the grand storyline of the 108 Stars of Destiny as they battle to thwart the powerful One King

Online Features:

* Exchange characters via Wi-Fi
* Receive trade goods by clearing quests
* Receive rare items as rewards by clearing quests
* The exchanged character can get experience
* Receive rare item only available in the Wi-Fi mode
* Unique boss battle that is only available in the Wi-Fi mode

**In stores Wednesday, March 18th.**


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Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure (NDS): "Meet Henry Hatsworth, a quirky, light-hearted character who players will guide on their journey through a new style of gaming adventure on their Nintendo DS. In this two-in-one adventure, players explore five exotic worlds, fight a variety of opponents, and venture through more than 30 levels, including nearly a dozen hidden levels while taking on outrageous world-ending bosses. The separate worlds on the two Nintendo DS screens have a cause and effect inter-relationship, and players choose when to switch between conquering the action-platform realm and mastering the increasingly challenging puzzle world. A wide variety of power-ups help Hatsworth in both of these worlds. Players complete puzzle combinations and defeat puzzle enemies in order to gain power ups, health, and energy to supercharge Hatsworth in his adventure."

General Features

* Keep on your toes! Make quick switches between the intense action-adventure gameplay and an increasingly challenging puzzle world
* Jump, fight, and shoot your way through more than 30 levels, including nearly a dozen of hidden levels and take on outrageous world-ending bosses
* Explore 5 exotic worlds in a mad hunt for artifacts-each of which grants new abilities for Hatsworth and ultimately unlocks a massively powerful golden mech suit
* Solve challenging combo-puzzles in order to gain more health and energy. The more puzzle combos completed, the more you can enhance your melee and ranged weapons and transform Hatsworth into multiple powerful forms
* Activate puzzle power-ups to help Hatsworth in the puzzle world and the action game
* Keep an eye out for gems and treasure to purchase your favorite weapons and abilities along your way

**In stores Wednesday, March 18th. It has an EVIL Birthday Cake in it, You know you want it!**


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Rune Factory Frontier (Wii): From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of Rune Factory for a home console. In Rune Factory Frontier, you play as Laguna, who's starting life in a completely new land. Your goal is to build up your village in classic Harvest Moon style (Rune Factory is an offshoot of that series), attracting new residents, and eventually earning the affections of some possible marriage targets.

Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier features stunning graphics and takes full advantage of the Wii's unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe. Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether it's growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player."

**In stores Wednesday, March 18th.**


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Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (NDS): "Covenant of the Plume could be considered a mature counterpart to Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics A2. This is a polished SRPG that stands out from the crowd thanks to some unique battle mechanics. The enemy AI feels a little lazy at times, but the game still provides a nice challenge. The real draws here are the high-minded script and team-up attacks. There are already a bunch of great turn-based strategy games on the DS, but you should make room for another one." -- IGN.Com's 8.5 / 10 Review.

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure (NDS): "There isn't much more that can be said about Hatsworth without coming right out and telling you to buy it, which is exactly what I'm doing. The game blends the action/patforming genre with traditional puzzle gaming very well, the music, visuals, character design, and story is all completely over the top, and the action elements are a total love letter to dozens of different games spanning a handful of different schools of design. The pop-up combat feels great, and is a perfect way to hide more hardcore elements into an easily accessible game, while upgrades, mobility, level design, and game progression (the introduction of new enemy types, repeating anti-hero "rival" battles, new mechanics, and the like) show just how much detail went into making Hatsworth a game for the ages. There's a bit of a "been there, done that" feeling with some of the platformer elements, but those are easily outshined by an impressive and unique blending of two screens, two genres, and two fully-realized mechanics running in tandem." -- IGN.Com's 9.0 / 10 Review.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:11:11
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Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews?

And why do you use IGN as your main source of reviews?
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Iga_Bobovic said:
Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews?

And why do you use IGN as your main source of reviews?

Not generally, no. Sorry to say, most of the time I read GG Weekly, it has articles posted in it that I have already read.

IGN just has reviews before everyone else, for the most part, and (most of the time) they are well written and have a lot of media (pics) I can link to and grab to post elsewhere.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:39:38
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phantom_leo said:

Iga_Bobovic said:
Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews?

Not generally, no. Sorry to say, most of the time I read GG Weekly, it has articles posted in it that I have already read.

 And there goes the raison d'être of this site

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:55:12
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I have GTA pre-ordered. It's really cheap on play, suprisingly. Sometimes they do really great deals for new games. They only charged £19 for De Blob brand new at launch.

I am sort of interested in Rune Factory but there are other games I am more interested in. I already have Madworld pre-ordered, I've decided I'm going to rent RE5 and SFIV. Still have Gears 2 sitting on my shelf.

Rune Factory visuals are really inconsistent to me, I see some screens and some videos and alternatively they either look nice or basic and bad. Really all I would want is a game from them with the same style and charm as Harvest Moon a Wonderful Life.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:56:19
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Meh, nothing good coming out this week (for me). That's a good thing, though. I have Banjo-Kazooie Nut's & Bolts coming later this week. Happy

Wait, people are supposed to read those GGWeekly News articles? GASP Well, that's news to me! Nyaa

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phantom_leo said:
Iga_Bobovic said:
Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews? And why do you use IGN as your main source of reviews?

Not generally, no. Sorry to say, most of the time I read GG Weekly, it has articles posted in it that I have already read.

So you don't read it daily? Because if you do and you've read it all then you should be doing the updates damnit. Nyaa

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Meh, nothing good coming out this week (for me). That's a good thing, though. I have Banjo-Kazooie Nut's & Bolts coming later this week. Happy

Wait, people are supposed to read those GGWeekly News articles? GASP Well, that's news to me! Nyaa

I know you are probably messing around and knowing that your suckitude knows no bounds (Kameo lover). It still hurts Sad

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:07:22

Iga_Bobovic said:

phantom_leo said:

Iga_Bobovic said:
Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews?

Not generally, no. Sorry to say, most of the time I read GG Weekly, it has articles posted in it that I have already read.

And there goes the raison d'être of this site


Well, that's just ME. I tend to seek out information more quickly than the average bloke and I have a bit more time. This site serves it's purpose to many... just not me...

I come here to visit you guys and post my little tidbits, my opinions and a mega topic or two!  Nyaa

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:25:59

I have to say out of all the recent releases the game I am most excited about is GTA Chinatown wars. It looks like a full GTA game in the palm of your hand and not one you've played before like the PSP versions.

I've seen a few new videos and it looks really slick. Virtually all the previews have been really positive too. Screw the big games, I want the little game more than them Happy

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:35:48

I have VP, GTACS and Suikoden on pre-order, I didn't know they were all coming out in one week though.  Time to finish retro Game Challenge.  

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:53:11

phantom_leo said:

Iga_Bobovic said:

phantom_leo said:

Iga_Bobovic said:
Leo are you using GGweekly to find the reviews?

Not generally, no. Sorry to say, most of the time I read GG Weekly, it has articles posted in it that I have already read.

And there goes the raison d'être of this site


Well, that's just ME. I tend to seek out information more quickly than the average bloke and I have a bit more time. This site serves it's purpose to many... just not me...

I come here to visit you guys and post my little tidbits, my opinions and a mega topic or two!  Nyaa

 You are hired, now do the updates Nyaa. Seriously you would be a good updater, but I guess you have better things to do.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:28:19

Yeah nothing that really tempts me this week. Ah it feels a little nice in a way. I'll use this time to get caught up on a few games. I'll be picking up Halo Wars so I have that one to look forward. I may want to pick up FEAR 2 as well.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2009 02:43:44
Run Factory is tempting (on prettiness alone) but Madword and Deadly Creatures are more tempting (on prettiness alone).

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Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:40:02
Rune Factory!!!  Boo-Yah!!!  Unfortunately I don't have a penny to my name right now and I don't even have the time to play it since I wasn't able to touch MadWorld all weekend (and really have barely scratched the surface with We Ski & Snowboard.  I'm going to have to start beating up elementary school kids for their money again.
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Mon, 16 Mar 2009 23:06:26
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS): "I know I'm omitting a ton from this review - there's so much to the design that it's impossible to list everything there to experience. What I won't forget to mention: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars continues GTA's legacy as the premiere "sandbox" game design. Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away - there's so much to do in this Liberty City, and it's hard not to be impressed and amazed at some of the things the developer's managed to pull off on the hardware. GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform." -- IGN.Com's 9.5 / 10 Review.
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Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:27:53
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Suikoden Tierkreis (NDS): "Suikoden Tierkreis may not be a pocket-sized representation of what hardcore series fans have grown to love, but it's still one of the deepest and fully produced RPGs on the system, and a serious showpiece. You won't find runes, duels, or army battles, but Tierkreis is well worth the cash, offering a huge slew of animated sequences, hundreds of lines of voiceover, beautifully composed music, and a battle system that takes inspiration from one of the most fluid and entertaining turn-based attacking out there. The in your face storytelling gets a little obnoxious at times (especially with as much anime-influenced "bad is bad!" fanfare there is), but the overall offering is one that pushes the system to its limits, and includes dozens of hours of great gameplay. The Mark of the Stars system is an easy magic mechanic to get into, the barter/trade system is still in place, auto-battles are fast and cinematic, and there's almost no level grinding to be had, making for a great overall experience. The story is engaging, though never as mature as the original Suikoden titles, and the final product is a game that's ambitious and well-crafted, though also easy enough for newcomers to get into without being intimidated. If you're looking for true Suikoden, I highly suggest downloading the original game in some form if you have access to PSP or PS3, or can find the original – expensive – version on PSX. If you want a great DS RPG, and don't mind that it's not the true Suikoden many of us have grown up with, Tierkreis is still very much the real deal. You'd be hard-pressed to find a DS game as well produced, beautiful, or polished as this." -- IGN.Com's 8.8 / 10 Review.

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Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:20:09
Rune Factory: Frontier (Wii): "I’m hoping this is the beginning of big things for the Rune Factory franchise on Wii, as the series has made a great debut on Nintendo’s console with Rune Factory Frontier. The visuals are beautiful, the world itself is well-crafted, and the design is as deep and addictive as the best titles in the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory series. The designers could certainly be nicer to players in the future, making it easier to figure out where to get the starting items and exactly what’s needed to expand the story, but as far as “do anything” gameplay goes, Rune Factory dominates on Wii. Everything from farming, fishing, forging, dungeon crawling, medicine making, mining, and cooking could be used as a key form of income, and it all leads to a simple – but fun – dungeon crawling experience complete with a handful of locales and bosses. You may want to keep a guide handy for some of the odd moments in the game, but it should in no way discourage you from picking this one up. The Rune Factory franchise is three for three, and its console debut is one that fans should really get behind. If a sequel comes around with more extravagant features (online co-op, MotionPlus support, real-time weather) and fixes some of the oddities found in this debut offering, Rune Factory could be one of the top franchises on Nintendo’s console hands-down. As it stands right now, it’s still a great package, and one of the deepest RPG’s on the system thus far." -- IGN.Com's 8.3 / 10 Review.
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