On Shelves This Week: May 4 to May 10, 2008

On Shelves This Week: May 4 to May 10, 2008 - Image 1If last week’s on-shelves superstar is Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto 4 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), today we have Steven Spielberg, the Academy Award-winning director of ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park. No, we won’t be playing the director in a video game. Rather, we can now get a feel of his brainchild puzzle video game, Boom Blox. See what other game titles will be released this week over at the full article.  

On Shelves This Week: May 4 to May 10, 2008 - Image 1

Grand Theft Auto 4 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) finally rocked the video gaming shelves last week. With lots of next-gen console gamers busy for the coming days, we’re not surprised at all that this week was all about the Wii and the handhelds.

So how did this week follow up the GTA 4 release? With some Hollywood flavor, that’s how. Spearheading this week’s releases are Steven Spielberg (the director of ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Jurassic Park fame) and the movie tie-in to the 1960 cartoon series Speed Racer. Here’s the entire menu:

Boom Blox - Image 1Boom Blox. Steven Spielberg ventures into the video gaming industry by overseeing this block-centric puzzle game for your Wii. What does the Academy Award-winning director have up his sleeve? With hundreds of levels to entertain us and “the best physics on any platform,” that’s for us to find out.

Great War Nations: The Spartans. Spurred by films such as 300, the Spartans have been in greater demand recently. In this latest real-time strategy game, you will assemble your own Spartan army and lead them to battle to protect Ancient Greece. Conquer more cities and witness how powerful the Spartans can become.

  • PC – May 5, 2008
  • US$ 39.99
  • ESRB Mature 17+
  • Dreamcatcher Interactive

R-Type Command. We hope you pre-ordered this game to get this bonus perk. After being released in Japan last 2007, this tactical shooting game is finally coming to North American PSP gamers. Not only should you expect  58 single-player levels, you can also engage in some multiplayer action via Wi-Fi.

  • Sony PlayStation Portable – May 6, 2008
  • US$ 39.99
  • ESRB Everyone 10+
  • Atlus Software

Speed Racer. Who would have thought this 1960 animated series would go this far – its own modern-time movie adaptation and a video game tie-in? Yes, Speed Racer fans, this Wii Wheel-supporting racing video game’s for you. Watch a trailer of the game here.

  • Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS – May 6, 2008
  • US$ 49.99
  • ESRB Everyone
  • Warner Home Video Games

Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold Edition. Dungeons and Dragons creator Gary Gygax (rest in peace, buddy) will surely be proud that this game that he has inspired has come this far. With this Gold Edition, you can now get the original Neverwinter Nights game, the Shadows of Undrentide expansion pack and the mod/game creator Aurora Toolset.

  • PC – May 6, 2008
  • US$ 39.99
  • ESRB Teen
  • Atari

The Dog Island. Get your fix of cuddly puppy love with this game for your Wii. Help a brown puppy heal its sick brother by finding a special flower while going through bully dogs, mine cart rides and many more. See them in action in these videos.

  • Nintendo Wii – May 6, 2008
  • US$ 29.99
  • ESRB Everyone
  • Ubisoft

Toy Shop. Help two kids, Mel and Mark, as they try to keep their late grandfather’s toy shop by satisfying your customer’s toy demands. You have a three-year window to do so. Learn how to run a toy shop with just your stylus!

  • Nintendo DS – May 5, 2008
  • US$ 19.99
  • ESRB Everyone
  • Majesco Entertainment

Crosswords DS. You can’t go wrong with crosswords if you need to keep your brain in its prime shape. Nintendo of America made the old-school newspaper game classier by adding handwriting recognition, theme puzzles, word search, and anagrams. Not to mention there’s a hundred puzzles to go about.

  • Nintendo DS – May 5, 2008
  • US$ 19.99
  • ESRB Everyone
  • Nintendo of America

Buy: [Boom Blox (Wii)]
Buy: [Great War Nations: The Spartans (PC)]
Buy: [The Dog Island (Wii)]
Buy: [Toy Shop (DS)]
Buy: [Crosswords DS (DS)]

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