February has come and gone and we are March-ing into spring, my well-aged fellow gamers. Time to store that smelly, old parka in the coat closet and stock up on some AA batteries, because March is going to be a month to remember. This week features a heroic port to the Nintendo side of the gameverse, a new portable Castlevania title in 3D, a whole lot of baseball going on, some shootin’, some Simmin’, and some tomb raiding. Buckle up, amigo.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Your friendly neighborhood Spider Man is coming to a Wii-U console near you this week. This is the same game that already released on every other platform on Earth, but if you own a Wii-U then it’s new to you. A deluxe version comes with every scrap of DLC pre-loaded on the disc: bonus costumes from the movies, Stan Lee Adventure Pack, Lizard Rampage Pack, Rhino Challenge, and the Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack. Will the Wii-U Spider Man be able to stand up to his Microsoft and Sony rivals? Don’t ask questions that you already know the answers to. Nintendo console gamers can start their web-slinging careers starting March 5th, unless you live in Australia, in which case you can buy it...never.
MLB 13: The Show
Sony is still tweaking their MLB: The Game series. 2013 adds seven new minor league parks to the game, a new beginner mode, instructional enhancements, Vita sync, and tweaks to create a true pick up and play baseball experience. In addition, in the spirit of the age-old baseball tradition of cheating, MLB 13: The Show allows players to skip that pesky baseball season and go straight to the postseason. Way to keep it real, Sony. Available March 5th on the PS3 and Vita.
Providing an “unprecedented depth of simulation”, the ability to control up to 16 cities, and a brand new multiplayer mode makes SimCity, actually Will Wright’s 5th game in the series, “the most responsive and personal SimCity ever.” In other words: it’s a PC game where you build stuff, but it’s newer than the others. I use my PC as a typewriter with digital ink! Available for PCs everywhere, starting March 5th.
2K’s mighty baseball juggernaut is back for another season. Featuring authentic commentary, a pain in the ass to master right analog pitching scheme, realistic environments and crowd pleasing modes like My Player, Franchise, and Postseason, MLB 2K13 is the closest thing you can get to going outside without actually doing it. This one slides into home on March 5th, for the PS3 and XBox 360.