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The games of September 2012

September 18 (Continued)


Kinect Nat Geo TV

Platform: Xbox 360
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.

Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout

Platform: Xbox 360 (Kinect), Wii
EU: N/A

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 Fairytale Adventure

Platform: Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PC/Mac
EU:
TBA

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.

Hotel Transylvania

Platform: Nintendo 3DS, DS
EU: N/A

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.

NCIS 3D

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
EU: Out

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.

September 18

Jet Set Radio HD

Platform: PlayStation 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.

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22 comments

  • bamit11 - September 3, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    That Sherlock game isn't going to have a teleporting Watson, is it? That stuff's scary. Also, BORDERLANDS 2 WILL BE AMAZING!!!
  • TBone4Ever - September 3, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Well gives me an excuse to get battlefield 3 since i didn't get it the first time
  • laurenhiya21 - September 2, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    There are some interesting games in there but... I'm saving my money for the new Harvest Moon coming out in Oct. since I don't have much money to spend atm :< (and I LOVE Harvest Moon, and this one looks super awesome to me) (and no I can't get a job :/)
  • zombi3grim - September 2, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    Three games for me this month. The Sims 3 Supernatural, Borderlands 2 and Angry Birds Trilogy!
  • tehtimeisnow - September 2, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    if anyone bys that crappy kirbey collectoin then i lost all fathe and videogames seruiosely nitedno is destroying the industy by makeing the same game over and over agian they need 2 b stopped if u want a change and want true innevation just stop bying anything from nitedno and by xobx and iphone games
  • Dante1924 - September 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    You hear that, guys? EVERYONE GO OUT AND BUY THE KIRBY COLLECTION, IT WILL MAKE HIM LOSE FAITH IN GAMING AND STOP COMMENTING!
  • Person5 - September 2, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Nice try but terrible troll is terrible, you can't make him stop, which is unfortunate because the least he can do is be a good troll.
  • Dewsh - September 2, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    No Torchlight 2 love? Was the release announcement made after this feature was put together?
  • Person5 - September 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    It was, though they can still update the article, everyone should know that Torchlight 2 comes out the 20th, possibly the second most anticipated title next to Borderlands 2
  • codystovall - September 1, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    cause we all wanted an ncis game...
  • Gavo - September 1, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    Finally, I've been waiting for info on Jet Set Radio HD for ages.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 1, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    Seems like after September 25th there will be an ongoing battle between DoA 5, Mists of Pandaria, and studying for my midterms...
  • ObliqueZombie - September 1, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    NO. YOUR MONKS WILL NOT WAIT.
  • jackthemenace - September 1, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Borderlands 2 is definitely the main title this mont, although if I happen upon any degree of major money through some means this month, I'd quite like to pick up Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit when it comes out.
  • sweetchiliheat - September 1, 2012 2 p.m.

    Although there's nothing that quite interests me this month, I'll be sure to pick up RE6 at the beginning of October, and AC3 at the end.
  • Corsair89 - September 1, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Borderlands 2 and DoA5 for me.
  • Acerlux - September 1, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Feel like Tokyo Jungle goofed up using pomeranians instead of corgis. Would've totally bought it for adorable corgis. Borderlands and One Piece for me. Not even all that big into the Dynasty Warriors type of game, but if they want to bring One Piece games to the US, I will happily throw money at them so they'll continue.
  • Crypto140 - September 1, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Dead or Alive 5 and Tokyo Jungle. A game a fap too, and then a fighting game.

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