This is similar to the old "Wii and DS releases of the week" we had a while back, but it's for the whole month. You can read the Wii version of this thread right here. Some rules and stuff. Warning: Spoilers inside! - No flaming. If I list a game you don't like, too bad. If I don't, too bad. - This is mainly North American releases, sorry. I'll, on occasion, do a European or Japanese release if it's big enough and not already out in America. - If a game is already released in English and is being released again for another region, I won't bother adding it. Like say if Super Mario Galaxy 2 was out in America in April (it won't) and it came out in May in Europe, I won't list it for May. I'll also do the same if a game was released in English (aka Europe or America) and is being released in Japan. - I get my dates from GameFaq, Wikipedia, and IGN, so if a date is wrong don't blame me. You can, of course, point it out and ask me to fix it if you have the right date. Sands of Destruction Developed by: SEGA Published by: SEGA Release date: January 12th Genre: RPG My Hype Level: Pretty high GBAtemp Hype Level: Pretty high as well I read an article on this in Nintendo Power while sitting on the crapper and it got my attention. The makers of Xenogears made this game, so there's a lot of expectation here. Anyway, it's a turn-based RPG that is said to have both timing based (like SMRPG and Mario and Luigi games) and fighting (what?) elements. Well, that's what Wikipedia said. I've been rather picky about my DS RPGs so it's good to see another one on my chopping block. Glory of Heracles Developed by: Paon Published by: Nintendo Release date: January 18th Genre: RPG My Hype Level: Rather excited, the Japanese one was good GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a lot of rumble Not many know that Glory of Heracles is actually a long-running Nintendo brand that was kind of a Dragon Quest knockoff back in the day. Nowadays it's quite different, and this will be the first title coming to the US. I played the Japanese version with a translation patch and thought that while it wasn't perfect, it was rather enjoyable. I never got around to finishing it, though. I'd suggest it for RPG fans and I look forward to the US release. Bejeweled Twist Developed by: PopCap Games Published by: PopCap Games Genre: Puzzle Release date: Conflicting info, IGN says January 19th My Hype Level: I love you, PopCap GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a whole lot of talk Thanks to Icey for finding the correct image! For some reason it wasn't showing though, so I reuploaded it to my Photobucket account. With all these crappy casual-crowd aimed games coming out, it's nice to see the true kings of casual gaming, PopCap, stomp through the crap to bring us high-quality versions of their classic PC games. There was Peggle, then Bookworm, and now this puppy. I love Bejeweled as much as the next guy, and this will be more than satisfactory. That is, if it doesn't get the same dumping problems that Bookworm is having. The Legend of Kay Developed by: Neon Studios Published by: Dreamcatcher Games Release date: January 25th Genre: Action Adventure My Hype Level: Meh, rather unknown GBAtemp Hype Level: Same as mine This was a relatively unknown PS2 game, I think, that for some reason is being remade for the DS. I'm not quite sure what to think about that. Anyway, from the very brief looks I took about the PS2 game, it looks kinda like a hack and slash action adventure title with a lot of combos. It can't be that bad, can it? Dragon Quest VI Developed by: ArtePiazza Published by: Square Enix Release date: January 28th (Japan) Genre: RPG My Hype Level: Never really played or cared about Dragon Quest GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a lot of talk but people here love DQ Boxart by felixsrg. Thanks, since the old one was just a poorly cropped version of the original DQ VI art. Square Enix has taken the liberty of porting a bunch of Dragon Quest titles to the DS, as well as making the game's latest iteration, Dragon Quest IX, for the DS. I haven't taken much time to play with them, but they're supposedly some of the best RPGs around. Still, it's a JRPG, which I'm not always too fond of, and I'm very critical of Square Enix and its big franchises (which would be Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy). I would expect at least a menu translation for this one, seeing as how popular it is. Imagine: Party Planner Developed by: Who the fuck knows? Published by: Ubisoft Release date: January 26th Genre: Masochism My Hype Level: Super excited to bash this one. GBAtemp Hype Level: Same as me For the love of Christ, will they ever stop? A lot of these professions aren't fun at all. What's fun in planning a party? It isn't all fa-la-la here, it's stressful work and budget crunching. Not fun at all. I mean it's like planning a wedding, which means a lot of the aforementioned stress and panicking. Don't worry though, you can experience the wedding planning experience too through the Imagine series! Now if you excuse me I have to puke and bludgeon some Ubisoft CEOs with big lead pipes. Overall Summary We get 3 big RPGs this month, so that's nice. There's also the super-cool Bejeweled Twist, and the interesting Legend of Kay. Not to mention I'm quite hyped for the next Imagine game, since it lets my practice my flaming, metaphors, and general insulting of video games. As for next month, there's a few things to look forward to. There's the next SRT game, a new take on Ace Attorney games with Miles Edgeworth, the return of Bookworm through Bookworm Adventures, the English release of Ragnarok DS, and the sequel the horrific (that was a pun) Dementium. Have a fun January everyone!