Upcoming 2012 Releases – Part 2

Earlier this year I wrote about the upcoming games of 2012 that I was looking at as a Day 1 Purchase.  Since my write-up, a few of the games have been released, and more game releases were announced at E3 2012.  As a follow-up I thought I’d reflect on the titles that have released and my experiences with them.  I also added some other games that have been announced for 2012 since the original post, and they’re all pretty much Nintendo related.

The Last Story (Wii)August 14th – I started playing Xenoblade Chronicles with my fiance about a month ago and it has lived up to all of the hype that surrounded it.  That restored my faith in the internet’s word on JRPGs, so I pre-ordered The Last Story based on the same kind of praise.  I probably will not start playing this until the fall though,  I don’t want it to interfere too much with Xenoblade Chronicles.  Xenoblade being a 60hour+ campaign, will take a while to finish it and I might not even be ready to jump into another JRPG right away. It really wouldn’t even surprise me if this were a game that I end up playing on my Wii U if it ends up with a real drought after the launch (or during).  The Last Story is about 30hours long, which sounds great to me, I don’t need back to back long JRPGs.  Main reason I’m getting this right away is because my pre-order included the bonus art book and soundtrack, and I imagine this being a late release for the Wii, it should be a collector’s item.

New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)August 19th – Mario Bros is probably my favorite franchise of all time, so I feel obligated to get this when it comes out.  My copy is already pre-ordered at Newegg (they had a promotion, $10 off all pre-orders), but I’m really not excited for this.  The best part about the Mario Bros series was it’s ability to reinvent itself each time, from the original all the way up to Galaxy.   I’m afraid the New Super Mario Bros series isn’t bringing anything new anymore, yes Mario is supposedly greedy for coins (Why doesn’t this game have Wario as the star? Or protagonist?) but NSMB2 still seems like just a rinse and repeat of New Super Mario Bros DS, New Super Mario Bros Wii, and the same goes to New Super Mario Bros. Wii U.   Yes, I’m getting this game, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, I just hope Nintendo slows down with the “New Super Mario Bros” games after this year.  For them to preserve the Mario Bros series (spin-offs such as Mario Party not included) for so many decades, and then over saturate the market with these New Super Mario Bros games would be a shame.

Kirby 20th Anniversary Collection (Wii)September 16th – When I heard this was announced for Japan, I was really hoping Nintendo wouldn’t skip over America for this release.  Yeah, I have all of these games already in their original form, but the bonuses that come with it and to have them all on one disc is enough to have me sold on it.  Without looking, I believe between my fiance and I, we own every Kirby game that has ever been released.  So obviously that would show we are big fans of the Kirby series.  We briefly played Kirby 64 Crystal Shards, even though we own it, and have always wanted to go back and play…Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Collection seems like the perfect opportunity.  Like The Last Story, this is a late release in the Wii’s life so I’m pretty sure this will be a limited print and end up as a good collector’s item.  Look at the last 2 Nintendo collections on the Wii, Metroid Prime Trilogy & Super Mario All-Stars, they both sold out and became hot collector’s items (Mario ended up with a 2nd print though that brought the value down).

Castlevania: Lord of Shadow-Mirror of Fate11/16/12 – The Castlevania series has shined on the Nintendo portables for the past decade and Castlevania: Lord of Shadow-Mirror of Fate is the first in the series on 3DS.  Trailers and screens I’ve seen online were impressive, while the impressions I’ve read online are all positive.  I enjoyed Lord of Shadows on 360 and would have Lord of Shadows 2 on the list here too if it were actually releasing in 2012.  The 3DS has a lot of games on my list here, but Castlevania is unique from all other I have listed, it is the only real action game (ok, action/adventure) that I’m looking forward to on the portable.  I’m pretty sure this will be another solid entry in the classic franchise

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion11/18/12 – The 16bit era Mickey Mouse games were classic platforming games that seem to be forgotten by most people when looking back on 16bit classics.  As a matter of fact, a lot of the Disney game’s were classics, Aladdin & Quackshot come to mind.  Seeing that Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion has the style and feel of the classic Mickey platformer, I am now interested.  If it weren’t for this approach, I wouldn’t even consider buying the game. I recently read a Nintendo Power (Vol.277) interview with the developer’s (DreamRift) co-founder and creative director Peter Ong, his passion for the classic games sold me that this game is headed in the right direction.  I’m actually looking forward to this game more than New Super Mario Bros. 2, which seems like blasphemy for an old-school platforming fan, but it is the truth.

Dates To Be Announced

Wii UTBA – I can’t believe as I write this it is August 10th and there still is no announced release date or price for the Wii U.  I know I will buy this when it is released, but I haven’t figured out which games to get.   New Super Mario Bros Wii U or Rayman Legends, or both?  Project P-100 or Pikmin 3, or both?  Knowing me, I’ll probably get all 4 of those.  Will I get Nintendo Land if it’s not bundled in? I’m unsure.   When more details are announced and the launch titles that will be out on Day 1 are revealed, I will post on the site with more in-depth coverage of Wii U.  For now, all I can say is I’ll be getting it when it comes out.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)TBA – This is a Mario RPG, how could I ever pass this up?  This is a first day release and I look forward to this more than most of the console releases coming out this year.  If Nintendo would announce a release date, I would know when I’ll be playing this, but currently it’s just a 2012 release.  Super Paper Mario was the last Paper Mario game to be released, and it was more of a platformer than a RPG game.  While the changes in Super Paper Mario were refreshing for the series, I’m very happy to see the game go back to it’s roots.  The twist in collecting/using stickers seem interesting and using the 3D with the story book style seems like a perfect match.  I don’t know how in the hell I’m going to make time for all of these 3DS games that are now on my list of games to get.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)TBA – Nintendo still has not announced a release date for Luigi’s Mansion 2, which is really surprising to me.  Whenever this game comes out, I will pick it up first thing that morning.  When the 3DS was announced, right away I thought about how great a Luigi’s Mansion game would be on the system, possibly the best way to showcase the 3D feature.  So yes, I’m very excited for Luigi’s Mansion, it is my most anticipated game for the 3DS and ranks right up there at the top of all the games I’m looking forward to.  Seeing that Next Level Games is the developer means I don’t have to worry, this game will be solid.  Next Level Games made Punch-Out!! for the Wii, which I thought was excellent, I’m sure they can work there magic again on a Nintendo franchise.  There hasn’t been too much info released on the game that I’m aware of, but I don’t need the details, I want the surprises when it comes out.  I just wish we could get a release date announcement soon.


Honorable Mentions:

Code of Princess (3DS)October 9th – I already pre-ordered this game as part of NewEgg’s promotion ($10 off all pre-orders $39.99 and up), but I’m not sure if I’ll end up keeping the pre-order or not.  I never played Guardian Heroes, I hear it’s a classic and there is a pretty strong buzz around the similar Code of Princess. Since I already put the pre-order in, there’s a good chance I’ll keep it, but I really don’t even know what to expect.

James Bond 007 Legends (360)October 16th – I don’t think I’ve ever played a James Bond game that I didn’t enjoy, even the less appreciated titles were fun in my opinion.  I also waited for big time price drops on some of the poorly rated Bond games, so my expectations were lowered.  This is probably going to be a game that I get off of GameFly, or I wait for a price drop.  Unless of course the general feedback of this game is very high (I’m doubtful), then I will be picking it up day one.t

Medal of Honor: Warfighter (360)October 23rd – I think I’m in the minority here, but I had a lot of fun with Medal of Honor (2010)’s multiplayer, I was hooked on it for a while.  Actually, thinking about it right now, I might go pick it up again soon and see if anyone else is still playing it.  Anyhow, if I have money burning a hole in my pocket and I hear the multiplayer is similar, I will pick this up on Day 1.  If not, I’m going to rent it off GameFly or wait until early next year when the price is bound to be $40 or less.

Hitman: Absolution (360)November 20th – I never really got into the Hitman series, I briefly played Hitman2, but that’s really about it.  I’ve heard good things about the series, and if there is a good enough buzz surrounding this game when it comes out, or a good sale, I’ll give the series one more shot.

Released Games

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – Honestly, I haven’t played Kid Icarus that much since it came out, but that’s because I was so disappointed with it.  My expectations were high, I was expecting a franchise revival on the level of Metroid Prime, and replay value of Smash Bros…yeah those are almost unrealistic expectations.  From what I played though, the game itself was good, it seems like the replay value is there too, but the controls are terrible!!  I can’t believe Nintendo approved the release of this game, with such terrible controls.   The circle pad pro would’ve probably solved everything, but the uncomfortable use of joystick and touch screen hinder the game.  I can see the actual content of the game is fantastic, but getting over those controls is a mountain I don’t know if I want to invest in climbing.  I’m sure I’ll pick up Kid Icarus: Uprising again soon to try it again, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get good enough to master/beat some of the harder difficulties, or ever compete online in multiplayer.

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) – Wow, I picked this game up based on the hype that had built around it, and I got it Day 1 just incase it became hard to find (plus pre-order bonuses).  I didn’t get to start playing this until early July, 3 months after its release, and I’ve been chipping away at it with my fiance for the past month.  We’re currently a little over 15 hours into the campaign, which supposedly is around 60 hours long.  We’ve been doing a lot of side quests too, so it’ll probably take us around 80 hours to complete.   I’m really hoping we can keep focused and make our way through this game because it is amazing and one of the most innovative JRPGs I have played in a very long time.   The combat system is unique and the world is large, but everything seems condensed and practical.  It never feels like you’re forced to travel across large areas of land with the only purpose being to drag the game on, or force the player to grind.  The entire game has been a pleasure to play, and it is currently my Game of The Year for 2012.

Max Payne 3 (360) – It’s funny that I previously said Max Payne 3 “looks like it will not be a disappointment.” Because in my eyes, this game was a huge disappointment.  Max Payne 3 doesn’t stand out as a great action game and comes nowhere close to the Rockstar standard.  The campaign was very boring, and it dragged on, there is more detail of my disappointment in my Finished Games article.  The multiplayer is suprisingly pretty good, but instead of Max Payne 3 being what I thought was gonna be a top game of this generation, it is just another bland shooter/action game.  I’m sure Rockstar won’t drop the ball on GTA V, but I’m not as confident in them as I once was. I was expecting Max Payne 3 to hold my Game of The Year title at this point, but surprisingly it’s my biggest disappointment of 2012.

RELEASED HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Mario Tennis Open (3DS) – My fiance & I rented this game from GameFly due it’s poor reviews, we didn’t want to jump into purchasing it for $40 if it wasn’t that good.  Expect a “Glad 2 GameFly” write-up pretty soon, we were overall disappointed in the game.  The AI was too simple, it wasn’t any bit of a challenge to breeze through the single player/campaign part of the game.  Online Multiplayer seemed impossible from the little bit I played, I was lucky to ever hit the ball back, I don’t know if it was due to people being so great, me being terrible, or lag…but it wasn’t pleasant.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360) – My interest in Future Soldier has kind of fizzled out, it is still in my GameFly que however.  I’ll play it if it’s put in front of me, but I really don’t have any desire to.  I played the Beta two times…the first sitting, I did incredible and the game seemed like a lot of fun, it shot up in my interests.  The second time I played, I got crushed, and spawn camped, it seemed cheap/annoying and I rage quit.   That basically did it for me, I realized I don’t need another multiplayer military shooter to kill time with, and the campaign is probably as redundant as the rest of the military games out.  We’ll see if I ever play it.

Lollipop Chainsaw (360) – This was just an “honorable mention” but I found a good price and got it on the day of release.  What a surprise this game turned out to be, I still pick this up once in a while since I’ve beat it.   I hope to eventually get 1000/1000 on all the achievements, and currently Lollipop Chainsaw is my favorite 360 game of this year (which I admit, has been a disappointing 360 release year..especially for those who aren’t Mass Effect fans).  For more of my praises of Lollipop Chainsaw you can check it out in the Finished Games write-up I did earlier.

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