Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of June 17, 2008: Not many releases this week, and probably for a number of reasons. First would be the summer slump. Second would be that one of the biggest games ever came out last week. Third would be that the sequel to a game with a crazed following comes out this week. Run for your lives!

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted June 16, 2008

Game of the Week

Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
Atlua USA | Nintendo DS | Hardcore First Person Dungeon Exploration
So, preaching to the choir much? I don't really need to encourage anyone here to pick up Etrian Odyssey II. Not only did our site overlord call the original one of his favorite games of last year, the topic on the forums has over eleven hundred responses. And that's not counting the original Fun Club thread! You guys know what you're getting yourself in to, and you guys love it. Because it hurts so good.

Also Appearing in Stores

Space Invaders Extreme
Taito | Nintendo DS / Sony PSP | Old School Shooter
Somehow, it appears that Taito has re-envisioned Space Invaders much in the way that Namco re-envisioned Pac-Man in Pac-Man C.E. Throwing new enemies, bosses, and power ups into the mix apparently does wonders for this thirty-year old game, based on the rave reviews it's been getting. (There's also an Arkanoid remake, but it's not as awesome as Invaders.)

Secret Agent Clank
High Impact Games | Sony PSP | Platforming Comedy
The Ratchet and Clank games have always been fun. Not perfect games, mind you, but the series consists of a long string of solid entries. But while its last PSP outing, Size Matters, was pretty decent, just like the others, this one has me worried. To me, Ratchet and Clank has always been about the gameplay as Ratchet, and the commentary by Clank. Now they're focusing on Clank and nothin' but Clank, and I fear it won't turn out too well.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

Wii VC: Samurai Shodown
SNK | Wii via Neo Geo | Round one, fight!
Samurai Shodown's carefully hand-drawn graphics and animated gore were a thing to see in the early '90s -- they showed you could have gore and good gameplay at the same time. Take that, Mortal Kombat! The zooming-out thing was pretty cool, giving players a much bigger field of combat than Street Fighter II. Plus it had that weird green goblin guy. This is a strong choice for the VC, weakened only by the upcoming release of a $20 set that collects all the Shodown games together.

WiiWare: Cocoto Fishing Master
Neko Entertainment | Wii | Goin' fishin'
I was all set to dismiss Cocoto Fishing Master as yet another boring simulated fishing game with the Wii Remote as rod and tackle. But it's totally not! Instead it's a weirdly fantastic fishing game where you're trying to catch five special fish to prevent the world from being engulfed by lava. Oh, and it came out on the PS2 first.

WiiWare: Block Breaker Deluxe
Gameloft | Wii | Not yer standard block breaker
Be the first on your block (Ha! Ha!) to pick up this WiiWare port of the deluxe N-Gage block-breaking game. Heh, just kidding; it's actually a port of an arcade game. But it was ported to the N-Gage first! Never forget: Wii is just a dumping ground for N-Gage rejects.

XBLA: Elements of Destruction
THQ | Xbox 360 | Sim-destroy-a-City
They laughed at my scientific ideas; now I can turn the tables by destroying them with fire and ice! I told you some day you'd regret laughing at me, all of you! Who's the weatherman now!? VWEE HEE HEE HEE

XBLA: Sealife Safari
Sierra Online | Xbox 360 | Title = genre
Swim around. Take pictures of crabs and jellyfish and stuff. Get ranked on their quality. Not sure what else there is to say about this, really. It's Pokémon Snap meets Endless Ocean. Glub.

PSN: Fatal Intertia EX
Koei | PS3 | Racing, but in the future
My friends, I don't know what happened. A wire was crossed! A mistake was made! And two weeks ago I told you this game was out already! Alas, it was not; but it is out this week. Look for it on Thursday! Or don't, as you prefer.

Talk about how crappy these games are!