Kinect Nat Geo TV
EU: September 18
Much like Kinect Sesame Street TV, Microsoft's Kinect Nat
Geo TV repurposes content from the popular television channel and adds
interactive elements meant to engage kids and families. From what we've seen,
there's a bit more watching in this entry, however, as wildlife footage is
enhanced with pop-ups that let you learn more about the documentary clips on
the screen, with some opportunities to jump up and play mini-games. The more
active diversions utilize the camera to place animal limbs and heads atop kids'
bodies as they wave their arms frantically, which sounds equal parts amusing
and lightly horrifying.
360 (Kinect), Wii
Do you want that Hollywood
body? Or might you simply be interested in a workout game that features
beach chairs, iconic cityscapes, and SmartWater logos in the background? If
you've answered yes to either of these questions, Majesco's got you covered
this month with Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout, an Xbox 360/Kinect (or
Wii) fitness offering starring the titular personal trainer to the stars. It's
based on his signature 5-Factor Fitness plan, which shakes up cardio, core, and
strength workouts within a 25-minute routine intended for use five days a week.
Also, it's from the same studio behind last year's UFC Personal Trainer, which
had its fans.
Disney Princess: My
Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PC/Mac
While Disney's latest Princess brand affair probably isn't
targeted towards many of our readers, My Fairytale Adventure does seem to take
a page out of the book of a game that is: Kingdom Hearts. As in that
role-playing affair, Disney Princess spreads its action across worlds based on
a large array of classic Disney stories, with locations like Cinderella's ball
and Beast's castle, and as the Fairy Godmother's apprentice, you'll work to
remove the spell from these worlds. Sounds a bit more involved than the usual
licensed fare, so families with Disney-loving kids might do well to keep this
one in mind this holiday season.
Nintendo 3DS, DS
Directed by Samurai
Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky and with a screenplay co-written by Robert
Smigel and tunes from Mark Mothersbaugh, Sony's CG animated flick Hotel
Transylvania has at least a couple things going for it – beyond a requisite
celebrity voice cast, of course. Likewise, the licensed Nintendo 3DS and DS
game has its own celebrated creative force at the wheel in the form of
WayForward Technologies. With luck, it'll prove a solid handheld adaptation,
and the rare bits we've seen show a side-scrolling adventure across
zombie-filled settings and a Metroidvania-esque map screen, with promises of
puzzles and boss battles as well.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Already available in Europe since last year, NCIS 3D
translates the hit CBS crime procedural into a simplistic adventure game – the
same one that hit various other platforms months back. Nintendo Gamer, our
sister publication on the UK side, had this to say about the version released
there late last year: "The evidence trails are so insultingly simple to
follow that even the Italian police couldn't bodge them." We've not heard
a peep about any changes or enhancements to the late U.S. release, but
considering the budget $20 tag and quiet launch, we won't be surprised if it's
simply middling licensed fare at a price that fans can breezily shrug off.
3, Xbox 360 (9/19), PC (9/19)
EU: September 18
(360/PC – 9/19)
Sega's massively-loved Dreamcast blading/tagging classic
returns this month on a bevy of digital platforms (with a Vita launch coming in
October), and PlayStation 3 owners get the first crack at the updated affair in
two ways. PlayStation Plus users can actually buy the game a full week early on
September 11, while regular ol' PSN members can snag it on the 18th. XBLA and
Steam users get it a day later on the 19th. Whatever platform you prefer, however,
this HD iteration seems well worth the wait, as it features high-resolution
visuals, nearly the entire amazing soundtrack (save just one song), and a
tweaked camera that'll no doubt be appreciated.