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Retail Roundup: May 20, 2009 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: May 20, 2009

Ed Kirchgessner  //  May 20, 2009

It's still a hit more than two decades later.


ittle Mac strikes again! It's been more than 20 years since the orignal's debut on the NES, but somehow, Punch-Out!! on the Wii comes across as a uniquely fresh experience. With well-integrated Wiimote controls and balance board support, this one looks to take Wii Sports' boxing mini-game to the next level.

Mixed martial-arts fighting seems to be a love it or leave it affair — you're either turned off by the sport's brutality or captivated by the participant's athleticism and determination. THQ's UFC 2009 Undisputed seeks to do for MMA what EA's Fight Night series did for boxing. Players have an enormous arsenal of moves at their disposal as they attempt to pummel their opponents into submission.

Bionic Commando takes one of the most challenging (yet rewarding) arcade/8-bit titles and moves it into the third dimension. Whether Capcom and developer GRIN nailed the experience or not remains to be seen, but if the game's visuals are any indication: this one could blow your socks off.

Spring is producing plenty of Hollywood blockbusters (and plenty of tie-in video games to go along with). Go ahead and add Terminator Salvation to the list. This sci-fi action title for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC might bring a second helping of robot slaying to anyone returning from the film — probably not as exciting as Christian Bale's on-set antics, but exciting nonetheless.

Convinced that Nintendo's take on video game fitness titles wasn't good enough,
EA's decided to give it a go on their own. EA Sports Active may not ship with a balance board, but it does have an accessory or two. Think of it as a poor man's Wii Fitness — if its interface is compelling, it just might be a success.

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