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This Week’s Games

For those that are willing to brave the snow, or have a postman willing to work during all weather conditions, there are a few quality titles out this week. Donkey Kong Country Returns is Nintendo’s big Christmas Wii game and everybody who plays it seemingly loves it. If you missed the news story going around yesterday, the first 20 people who take a bunch of bananas to either GAME in London’s Oxford Street or GameStation in Hull’s Prospect Centre will get it for free. Great PR work, Nintendo.

Super Mario All-Stars is also out and, well, it’s a bit of a lazy collection. It is literally just Super Mario All-Stars on a Wii disk (the menus haven’t even been changed) while the music CD apparently only contains a stingy single music track from each game.

PlayStation 3 owners should not feel jealous of these two new Wii platformers – The Sly Collection is out today, with the general verdict being that it’s pretty good.

There isn’t a whole lot more else out. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is a brilliantly animated and loving crafted 2D brawler. The first one was only released earlier this year.

There’s also Just Sing, which is apparently the DS’s first singing game. It’s pretty obvious to me as to why nobody has made one before and I also think Ubisoft should put their foot down. The game’s name could mislead people into thinking it’s part of Ubisoft’s Just Dance series. Which it isn’t.

Next week: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Sniper Elite and Dodge Racing: Charger vs. Challenger.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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