November hidden gems
Lets face it this November has been so busy with releases and from just a Nintendo stand point (in Europe) we get Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario and Sonic at the 2012 Olympics all on the same day. So whilst the focus has been on those games, a few have (and will) slip under the radar.
Cave Story 3D
Released 11th November on the 3DS, Cave Story 3D has been one of those games I’ve waited for since I first read about it being remade for the 3DS. For those of you who don’t know about Cave Story it is an homage to classic games such as Metroid and Castlevania. A good fun 2D platformer that really does have some magic about it with a great 8-bit retro feel with a ton of exploring. I’ve not played Cave Story 3D yet but as a remake with some good background visuals that you can play on the go it’s worth picking up and supporting Pixel.
Another 11th November 3DS game (15th in the NA regions) the Megadrive series Shinobi goes for its second attempt at a reboot (last attempted in 2003). Rather than Joe Musashi you play as his father Jiro Musashi and somehow end up in the future, if you’re a fan of Shinobi this is a must but if you’re not and want some mindless 16-bit style hack and slash platforming fun then go for it!
If you’re American you can pick up the game tomorrow (15th November) but if you’re European you have to wait until the 25th for this game. Don’t let the countless remakes of the older Rayman games or even those Rabbids let you put it off, it’s been universally praised. “Rayman Origins is the best looking platformer this generation and also the most fun.” is a bit of a huge claim by IGN seeing as they gave both Galaxies a higher score (10 for SMG2, 9.7 for SMG) but a 9.5 out of 10 is nothing to laugh at. Visually it looks great and is once again a classic style platformer and it will also be getting a cross platform release, which is nice.
There are a few others getting released, but I think people will wait due to wanting other games. All out on the 25th November is Kirby’s Adventure Wii, Professor Layton and the Spectre’s call and Sonic Generations 3DS. November has some stellar AAA titles, but there are some great games in addition to this.