The return of my Peabody-winning monthly column, Wii/DS Games of the Month! Yes, I'm posting early, but it's better to post before February begins and I have midterms for most of next week. I was also board and I get endless enjoyment from writing longs editorials. You can read the DS 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 GameFaqs, 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. Zangeki no Reginleiv Developed by: Sandlot Published by: Nintendo Release date: February 11th (Japan) Genre: Action My Hype Level: Has some bad-ass looking features, but language barrier sucks GBAtemp Hype Level: Not much rumble People always say "Nintendo doesn't support hardcore and mature games!" Well... That's true, unless it's theirs. Nintendo is publishing this Japanese bad boy, which has tons of blood and limb slicing, so I guess you can't say that Nintendo never does mature titles. Anyway, the game totes tons of hacking and slashing action, WM+ support, over 300 weapons (with customization as well), and four player online co-op. Are you as hard as I am yet? Still, the language barrier seems like it'd be real harsh, and this just doesn't feel like a title that would come to America. Sorry. Shiren the Wanderer Developed by: Chunsoft Published by: Atlus (America) Release date: February 9th Genre: RPG My Hype Level: I haven't really tried many roguelikes GBAtemp Hype Level: Not real big fans of the balls-to-the-wall difficulty This is actually the third Shiren the Wanderer game, but only the second one being released in the US. Anyway, this is a rogue-like game and part of the Mystery Dungeon series (which lends its name to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games) which is apparently insanely difficult. I haven't tried it yet, so I can't attest to it, but expect your ass to get handed to you on more than one occasion. If you're a fan of rogue-likes and enjoy the difficulty, this may be your paradise. For those who aren't, I'd suggest skipping this one. Super Monkey Ball: Step n' Roll Developed by: Amusement Vision Published by: SEGA Release date: February 9th Genre: Action? My Hype Level: Never really liked Super Monkey Ball GBAtemp Hype Level: Not a lot of hubbub If I'm correct, this is actually a remake of the original Super Monkey Ball for the Gamecube, except with Wii Balance Board support. I'm not sure how great the Balance Board is, but this could be some nice lighthearted fun. It also has some more mini-games and new levels, so if you liked the original Super Monkey Ball you may enjoy this. That is if you're good with a balance board. Data East Arcade Classics Developed by: G1M2 Published by: Majesco Release date: February 9th Genre: Compilation My Hype Level: Maybe I'm too young, but I've never heard of these games GBAtemp Hype Level: No chatter I've never heard of any of these games. Still, they are some older arcade games, and I do love compilation games. I read an article about this in Nintendo Power while I was sitting on the crapper, and it did mildly get my attention. Well, that is if anyone can determine if these games are shit or not. Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Developed by: Sumo Digital Published by: SEGA Release date: February 23rd Genre: Racing My Hype Level: Another Sonic license butchering? GBAtemp Hype Level: Fuck, another Sonic game? Yes, this is the same text from the DS description. Boo-hoo. This seems to be SEGA's take on Mario Kart, although they do bring in other SEGA characters, like Billy Hatcher and Beat from Jet Set Radio. The confirmed list right now is still kinda small, but given SEGA's extensive library of characters, who knows? If they give me Jack from MadWorld on his bike in the Wii version, I'll love this game forever. Still, it really does come off as another butchering of Sonic's license. And this poor hedgehog has been through the ringer too many times. On another note, WHY THE FUCK DOES SONIC NEED A CAR??? His name is "Sonic" after all! He's supposed to be super fast, faster than any of the little karts in this game can go! Sheesh. Other titles - Endless Ocean: Blue World (America): 2/22 Overall Summary It seems like all the big titles that I thought were gonna be released this month actually weren't. That kinda leaves us with a dry spell of a month. Zangeki seems to be incredibly awesome, but is offsetting with the Japanese language barrier, Shiren has a very small area of appeal, Super Monkey Ball is still borderline between looking good or bad, Data East is a little too unknown for me, and Sonic Racing could easily be a butchering of Sonic's license. For next month, get ready for some big titles. Red Steel 2 drops down, offering us some badass sword swinging and gun slinging action. We also get Fragile, a new RPG game for the Wii, Sakura Wars, LEGO Harry Potter, and Mega Man 10. Have a fun February everyone!