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Retail Roundup: Apr. 23, 2008 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: Apr. 23, 2008

Ed Kirchgessner  //  April 23, 2008

A few of the games hitting store shelves this week.


hough I hate to admit it, I'm starting to feel bad for Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura — it must be hard to have your soul forever trapped in the mid-nineties. We're introduced to another batch of his Shibuya-chic characters this week care of The World Ends With You for the Nintendo DS. Menu-driven gameplay has been mostly cast aside this time around — battles are all action and require players to manage characters on both screens simultaneously. Though well received in Japan, it will be interesting to see how western audiences respond to the game's modern-day urban mythology.

When Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 released in the States last year, RPG fans were abuzz. Offering a story so unlike any Square Enix properties, everything about this Atlus release seemed so fresh. Hot on its heels is an expansion pack entitled Persona 3: FES. Adding more than thirty hours of new gameplay, this expansion pack is certain to keep the hardcore entertained for a little while longer. Making this PS2 pseudo-sequel even more enticing is its bargain price of $30 and the inclusion of an enhanced version of the original game.

If you like your basketball games to have the spirit of a fighter, then Midway's NBA Ballers: Chosen One might be for you. Highlighting one-on-one and two-on-two matchups, this arcadey sports game hits stores just in time for this year's NBA playoffs — it's available this week for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

I'd assumed that Target: Terror would soon be on the short list for "crappiest Wii game ever," but then I did a little bit more research. Apparently, this light gun shooter is a port of a 2004 arcade release. Designed by Eugene Jarvis (the man who brought us NARC), the game will have players shooting up terrorists at a number of American landmarks. Seeing as how violence solved the drug problem…

As is to be expected, ChunSoft has gone and grafted a popular franchise onto its Mystery Dungeon series. Available for the Nintendo DS, Pokemon Dungeon is a traditional dungeon crawler featuring many of your favorite pocket monsters. Although games of this ilk are notorious for their difficulty, I can only assume that ChunSofts eased up a bit considering the license.

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