Out This Week is a roundup of new games that are out this week. These listings don’t constitute an endorsement or a review of any sort. We also don’t pretend that this is an exhaustive list. If there’s a game on the horizon that interests you, share it in the comments.
Sure, it’s easy to mock Nintendo’s new system as being overly reliant on touchscreen technology or too cutesy. But consider how many times as a kid your little brother or sister wanted to play games with you, and you handed them a controller not plugged into anything and told them, “You’re helping!” (Just me?) Well, thanks to the Wii U, you can do that every single time! Give them the big controller—“the big one!”—and assure them the blocks they magically place on the screen as you play New Super Mario Bros. U are very important. Without those extra blocks, how would you reach that other block over there, aside from jumping onto it like you’ve always done?
Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two
PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360—November 18
Last we left Mickey Mouse, he was painting up a storm, armed with a brush that could shoot paint at a moment’s notice. Years later, he’s still pursuing such artistic goals, much to the chagrin of his doting parents who wish he’d get his MBA already.
Wii U—November 18
Speaking of parents, Rabbids look like normal rabbits who were warned by their elders that if they kept making that face, it’d stick. Then it did. Then they went off and slobbered all over each other and shoveled food into their faces. And those eyes…those hypnotic eyes—must…murder…Bugs Bunny…
PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360—November 20
Fall of 2012 will be remembered as “the season the video game death rate spiked.” Between this, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III and Borderlands 2, there are some video game mayors running around trying to juice the crime stats like little bizarro Rahm Emanuels.
PC, Wii U—November 19
This is a game where you celebrate a weird holiday that involves receiving presents and immediately throwing them into the fire. Or, as it’s known around these parts, “Chanukah.”