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New Game Releases Super Show - Week of September 9, 2012

It's fair to say that the holiday rush is about to begin. This week doesn't have that many huge, AAA releases, but it's definitely starting, with games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and NHL 13 releasing for fans of beating people up and... beating people up on ice. There are also some interesting PC releases, and a few downloadable titles that might be of interest to anyone uninterested in going to the store to pick up their games. Oh, and watch the video above, we're making one every week from now on!

September 11


Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 14

The Tekken series has been in something of a holding pattern of late, at least on the Namco Bandai side (we're not counting Street Fighter X Tekken), but we're curious to see if Tekken Tag Tournament 2 can shake things up a bit. Like the memorable PS2 and arcade original, the sequel notably focuses on team-based battles, though TTT2 adds elaborate team-up moves, plus you can play with a single fighter if you choose, even against pairs. Additionally, the game includes a Fight Lab training mode that lets you create a robot fighter with customizable moves, not to mention a huge roster to boot. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is in the game for some reason.

NHL 13

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 14

With the only annual National Hockey League sim still on the market, you might think that EA Sports would kick up its feet and take a load off. Not so much this year, as NHL 13 introduces new tweaks like True Performance Skating and a refined A.I. system, as well as the ridiculously massive GM Connected mode. As we detailed in our recent preview, this sprawling online dynasty option lets up to 750 total players – that's a commissioner, GMs, and individual athletes on each team – choose a role and contribute to its progress via online matches, offline battles, co-op, and Coach mode. We're quite curious to see how such an ambitious addition plays out across a full season online.

Double Dragon: Neon

Platform: PSN, XBLA (Sept. 12)
EU: September 11 (XBLA: 9/12)

Who's ready for a reboot? Double Dragon: Neon marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic arcade beat-'em-up with a new downloadable entry that's heavy on bros, pastels, and plenty of '80s flavor. Luckily, the classic brawler franchise has been put into the capable hands of WayForward Technologies, which previously revived A Boy and His Blob and Contra with success, and the result seems to find the middle ground between the simplistic punches and flying kicks of the original with a handful of modern flourishes. And humor – reviving a fallen comrade has you rewinding a cassette tape by popping a pencil in the spool and rotating vigorously. Clever!

NBA Baller Beats

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

The Kinect enables some seriously oddball experiences, but even something like NBA Baller Beats seems totally wacky. It sounds like a basketball game, no doubt, and even requires you to use a real leather pumpkin – downstairs neighbors be damned. But at the core of it, this Kinect original is actually a rhythm game in disguise, as dribbling the ball translates into beat-matching gameplay. Despite the weird mash-up, it actually works quite well in practice, and it's meant to develop your dribbling skills in the process. On top of all of that, it has a banging soundtrack, with licensed songs from Skrillex, LMFAO, Gorillaz, and Kanye West. Hoops and hits! How can it go wrong?

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue

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

Here's an odd one. Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue originally shipped on Nintendo DS in 2006, but like the film it's based on, the handheld adventure is being re-released in just a couple weeks. And this time around, it's also hitting the Nintendo 3DS in what we assume to be a slightly upscaled iteration. Expect mini-games and an interactive reef area in addition to the story mode, plus the 3DS edition arrives with 3D clips of the film in tow. Otherwise, available info is incredibly slim with the release on the horizon, so don't be surprised if it looks a whole lot like a DS game.

September 13


Fractured Soul

Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
EU: September 13

Many Nintendo 3DS games focus on the special-effect-wielding top screen and opt to save the bottom display for maps or basic touch interactions, but Fractured Soul – an ambitious downloadable action game coming to the eShop this month – has its own plans for the dual screens. Set in a pair of parallel worlds, you'll command a sci-fi hero across both, swapping on the fly to deal with the challenges and pathways provided on each, which should create some ridiculous scenarios. In addition to on-foot action, horizontal space shooting levels are also included, which will hopefully give this eShop original a fighting chance with 3DS owners.

September 14


Secret Files 3

Platform: PC
EU: September 14

Deep Silver and Animation Arts' successful point-and-click adventure series returns in the follow-up to Secret Files: Tunguska and Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis. Shunning a subtitle this time around, Secret Files 3 follows redheaded lead Nina Kalenkow through an action-packed quest to locate her fiancé, who in the trailer appears to be led away by armed soldiers from their chic pad. When we reviewed Secret Files 2 back in 2009, we praised it for "[embracing] silly conventions in a way many point ’n’ clickers shy away from," though the story let us down. Hopefully the third time's the charm in that regard with Secret Files 3.

War of the Human Tanks

Platform: PC
EU: N/A

Groups of Human Tanks go head-to-head in War of the Human Tanks, a story-driven tactical strategy game. The Japanese indie game is already out overseas and got good buzz upon release, so it might be worth paying attention to if you're interested in something a bit more niche.

Tryst

Platform: PC
EU: September 14

Set in 2900 AD, Tryst is a real-time strategy game with an emphasis on unique units and interesting environments. And multiplayer, of course--always multiplayer. It might not be an extremely high profile RTS, but we've heard good buzz surrounding the game, and it's definitely on our radar.

GamesRadar's New Game Releases Super Show is a weekly feature where we present you the upcoming week's big releases in an interesting, unique way. Check out the video, and let us know which games you're planning on picking up.

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32 comments

  • Fenderstat - September 10, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    My name is Fenderstat and I app;rove of this post.
  • profile0000 - September 10, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Coop is the best.
  • zombi3grim - September 10, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    Awsome video. But isnt the text under the games the exact same as the other article you guys do that is almost just like this, "The games of September."
  • Brutus - September 10, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Awful.
  • XanderGC - September 10, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    Fantastic! This is the type of thing I want to see on GR. I'm glad Henry wasn't dead or left GR that would be sad. Cooper seems super tiny compared to Sterling lol.
  • smcgarvey - September 11, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    Coop is perfectly normal. I am a Large Human. ;)
  • luckyseven - September 10, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Hahaha so cute. Looking forward to more of these!
  • scifly - September 10, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Beautiful GR. Just beautiful.
  • dlam - September 10, 2012 2:06 a.m.

    rofl, cool vid! ^___^
  • Hobogonigal - September 10, 2012 1:21 a.m.

    Hilarious as I expected it would, very creative and easy to get a quick snapshot of the games for this month. Keep up the good work!
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 9, 2012 8:57 p.m.

    It was the silliness of this site that originally brought me here. And after a time where I thought it may be leaving, you guys have really pulled it together. Good stuff!
  • SpadesSlick - September 9, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    And then Henry became a black lantern.
  • ultimatepunchrod - September 10, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Awesome video. Really looking forward to more of these.
  • F4G1TR0N - September 9, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    This page deserves more comments. No joke here.
  • LordZarlon - September 9, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    Lots of fun guys. Great to see you acting crazy again.
  • Stabby_Joe - September 9, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    Henry cannot be destroyed! He is powered by the yellow sun!
  • Unoriginal - September 9, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    What *is* that song? I want this as a soundtrack to my life.
  • J-Fid - September 9, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    What... the heck did I just watch? That was brilliant!

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