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The world’s favorite plumber is finally coming to smartphones with Super Mario Run. The game’s release this week is exciting because, well, we all love stomping goombas and collecting coins as Mario, but it’s also a fairly historic development. For years, Nintendo has aggressively guarded its characters and games, almost exclusively allowing them to appear on its own consoles. Now, though, we’re living in a brave new world. Who knows where Mario will end up next?

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Super Mario Run (December 15th)

Available for: iOS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD

Why we’re excited: This isn’t the first Nintendo-developed app?that’s Miitopia?or the first official mobile game using one of it’s major properties?that’s smash hit Pokémon Go?but it is the first smartphone title to do both those things at once. We’re excited to see what Nintendo’s designers can do on iOS with their biggest star. The early buzz: Nintendo isn’t allowing any prerelease reviews, but it’s been on a huge promotional campaign for Super Mario Run that’s built up plenty of hype. Jimmy Fallon got to try out the game on The Tonight Show, and the trailers have ranged from flashy and informative to adorable and downright silly. You MariOS If you’re on an Android phone, you’ll need to wait until 2017 to try out Super Mario Run.

Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain (December 13th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Playground Games

Why we’re excited: Forza Horizon 3 was arguably the best racing game of the year, and this first major DLC for the game looks to expand the experience with the addition of new vehicles, new events, and a snowy new region explore. Lift ticket: If you want to pick up the expansion, you can either buy it standalone for $20 or grab Forza Horizon 3‘s Expansion Pass, which will also net you a (still unannounced) second expansion for just $35. Let it snow? While Blizzard Mountain probably makes a ton of sense as a holiday release to most people playing in the States, it’s actually a bit odd given the game’s Australian setting. Snow isn’t exactly common Down Under, and given that the season are inverted in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s currently the middle of summer there, too.

Stardew Valley (December 13th on PS4, December 14th on Xbox One)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Chucklefish Games
Developer: ConcernedApe

Why we’re excited: This rustic indie RPG, inspired by the classic Harvest Moon series, has been a huge hit on PC, and now console players get to give it a shot. The buzz: Though the only reviews currently out are for the PC version, that release currently has an astonishing 88 out of 100 average on Metacritic. Players like it a ton, too, with the user score sitting at a barely-lower 8.5 out of 10. I do: In addition to the open-ended farming gameplay, which allows you to tend to your crops and manage your farm as you see fit, Stardew Valley also lets you socialize with the locals. Play your cards right, and you can even get married and start a family.

Also releasing this week:

December 13th

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 “City of Light” (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Bridge Constructor (PS4)
The Butterfly Sign (PC)
Drive!Drive!Drive! (PS4, PC)
Feist (PS4, Xbox One)
Forza Horizon 3 ? Blizzard Mountain expansion (Xbox One, PC)
Her Majesty’s Spiffing (PS4)
I Expect You to Die (PS4, PSVR)
The Little Acre (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Mountain Trap: The Manor of Memories (PC)
Perfect (PS4, PSVR)
Planes, Bullets and Vodka (PC)
Stardew Valley (PS4)
Stifled (PC)

The Escapists Supermax Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
Trove (PS4, Xbox One)

December 14th

Delicious – Emily’s Home Sweet Home (PC, Mac)
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (PC)
Mountain Trap 2: Under the Cloak of Fear (PC)
Nother (PC)
Space Hulk: Deathwing (PC)
Stardew Valley (Xbox One)
Super Dungeon Tactics (PC, Mac)
Uncharted 4: Survival (PS4)

December 15th

Bamboo EP (PC)
Blue Tear (PC)
Botolo (PC, Mac)
Breakout Defense (Wii U)
Caretaker Retribution (PC, Mac)
CoLab (PC, Rift, Vive)
Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PS4, Xbox One)
Endless Fables: The Minotaur’s Curse (PC, Mac, Linux)
Escape from Pleasure Planet (PC, Mac, Linux)
Fat City VR (PS4, PSVR)
iFactor (PC, Mac, Linux)
Isyium (PC)
Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castilla (PS4)
Magnet Knights (PS4)
Mercenaries Saga 3 (3DS)
Motor Strike: Immortal Legends (PS4)
Pandarama: The Lost Toys (PC)
Picross e7 (3DS)
Scribble (Wii U)
The Secret of Middle City (PC)
Super Mario Run (iOS)
SwingStar VR (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Time Leap Paradise Super Live! (PC)
VR the Anime Girls Method (PC)

December 16th

8-Bit Invaders! (PC)
Access Denied (PC)
Alchemic Jousts (PC)
Alpine Ski VR (PC, Steam, OSVR)
Ant-gravity: Tiny’s Adventure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Astroneer Early Access (Xbox One, PC)
Bridge Constructor Stunts (Xbox One)
Crazy Oafish Ultra Blocks: Big Sale (PC)
Dispatcher: Revoke (PC)
Elena (PC)
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Vive la France! DLC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Fastigium (PC, Vive)
Fish Lake (PC, Mac)
LoveKami -Divinity Stage- (PC)
Minimal (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mobile Astro (PC)
Moékuri: Adorable + Tactical SRPG (PC)
OneManVurgeR (PC, Vive)
Perfect (PC, Rift, Vive)
Reconquest (PC, Mac)
Santa Rockstar (PC)
Satellite Command (PC)
Snowball! (PC, Mac)
Steel Rain X (Xbox One)
Unearthed Inc: The Lost Temple (PC, Rift, Vive)

December 19th

Happy Room (PC)
Juno’s Darkest Hour (PC)
Wanderland (PC)

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The biggest new games out this week: December 13th–19th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By EGM Staff | 12/13/2016 01:15 PM PT | Updated 12/14/2016 09:40 AM PT

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The world’s favorite plumber is finally coming to smartphones with Super Mario Run. The game’s release this week is exciting because, well, we all love stomping goombas and collecting coins as Mario, but it’s also a fairly historic development. For years, Nintendo has aggressively guarded its characters and games, almost exclusively allowing them to appear on its own consoles. Now, though, we’re living in a brave new world. Who knows where Mario will end up next?

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates through 2017, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Super Mario Run (December 15th)

Available for: iOS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD

Why we’re excited: This isn’t the first Nintendo-developed app?that’s Miitopia?or the first official mobile game using one of it’s major properties?that’s smash hit Pokémon Go?but it is the first smartphone title to do both those things at once. We’re excited to see what Nintendo’s designers can do on iOS with their biggest star. The early buzz: Nintendo isn’t allowing any prerelease reviews, but it’s been on a huge promotional campaign for Super Mario Run that’s built up plenty of hype. Jimmy Fallon got to try out the game on The Tonight Show, and the trailers have ranged from flashy and informative to adorable and downright silly. You MariOS If you’re on an Android phone, you’ll need to wait until 2017 to try out Super Mario Run.

Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain (December 13th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Playground Games

Why we’re excited: Forza Horizon 3 was arguably the best racing game of the year, and this first major DLC for the game looks to expand the experience with the addition of new vehicles, new events, and a snowy new region explore. Lift ticket: If you want to pick up the expansion, you can either buy it standalone for $20 or grab Forza Horizon 3‘s Expansion Pass, which will also net you a (still unannounced) second expansion for just $35. Let it snow? While Blizzard Mountain probably makes a ton of sense as a holiday release to most people playing in the States, it’s actually a bit odd given the game’s Australian setting. Snow isn’t exactly common Down Under, and given that the season are inverted in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s currently the middle of summer there, too.

Stardew Valley (December 13th on PS4, December 14th on Xbox One)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Chucklefish Games
Developer: ConcernedApe

Why we’re excited: This rustic indie RPG, inspired by the classic Harvest Moon series, has been a huge hit on PC, and now console players get to give it a shot. The buzz: Though the only reviews currently out are for the PC version, that release currently has an astonishing 88 out of 100 average on Metacritic. Players like it a ton, too, with the user score sitting at a barely-lower 8.5 out of 10. I do: In addition to the open-ended farming gameplay, which allows you to tend to your crops and manage your farm as you see fit, Stardew Valley also lets you socialize with the locals. Play your cards right, and you can even get married and start a family.

Also releasing this week:

December 13th

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 “City of Light” (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Bridge Constructor (PS4)
The Butterfly Sign (PC)
Drive!Drive!Drive! (PS4, PC)
Feist (PS4, Xbox One)
Forza Horizon 3 ? Blizzard Mountain expansion (Xbox One, PC)
Her Majesty’s Spiffing (PS4)
I Expect You to Die (PS4, PSVR)
The Little Acre (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Mountain Trap: The Manor of Memories (PC)
Perfect (PS4, PSVR)
Planes, Bullets and Vodka (PC)
Stardew Valley (PS4)
Stifled (PC)

The Escapists Supermax Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
Trove (PS4, Xbox One)

December 14th

Delicious – Emily’s Home Sweet Home (PC, Mac)
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (PC)
Mountain Trap 2: Under the Cloak of Fear (PC)
Nother (PC)
Space Hulk: Deathwing (PC)
Stardew Valley (Xbox One)
Super Dungeon Tactics (PC, Mac)
Uncharted 4: Survival (PS4)

December 15th

Bamboo EP (PC)
Blue Tear (PC)
Botolo (PC, Mac)
Breakout Defense (Wii U)
Caretaker Retribution (PC, Mac)
CoLab (PC, Rift, Vive)
Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PS4, Xbox One)
Endless Fables: The Minotaur’s Curse (PC, Mac, Linux)
Escape from Pleasure Planet (PC, Mac, Linux)
Fat City VR (PS4, PSVR)
iFactor (PC, Mac, Linux)
Isyium (PC)
Maldita Castilla EX: Cursed Castilla (PS4)
Magnet Knights (PS4)
Mercenaries Saga 3 (3DS)
Motor Strike: Immortal Legends (PS4)
Pandarama: The Lost Toys (PC)
Picross e7 (3DS)
Scribble (Wii U)
The Secret of Middle City (PC)
Super Mario Run (iOS)
SwingStar VR (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Time Leap Paradise Super Live! (PC)
VR the Anime Girls Method (PC)

December 16th

8-Bit Invaders! (PC)
Access Denied (PC)
Alchemic Jousts (PC)
Alpine Ski VR (PC, Steam, OSVR)
Ant-gravity: Tiny’s Adventure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Astroneer Early Access (Xbox One, PC)
Bridge Constructor Stunts (Xbox One)
Crazy Oafish Ultra Blocks: Big Sale (PC)
Dispatcher: Revoke (PC)
Elena (PC)
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Vive la France! DLC (PC, Mac, Linux)
Fastigium (PC, Vive)
Fish Lake (PC, Mac)
LoveKami -Divinity Stage- (PC)
Minimal (PC, Mac, Linux)
Mobile Astro (PC)
Moékuri: Adorable + Tactical SRPG (PC)
OneManVurgeR (PC, Vive)
Perfect (PC, Rift, Vive)
Reconquest (PC, Mac)
Santa Rockstar (PC)
Satellite Command (PC)
Snowball! (PC, Mac)
Steel Rain X (Xbox One)
Unearthed Inc: The Lost Temple (PC, Rift, Vive)

December 19th

Happy Room (PC)
Juno’s Darkest Hour (PC)
Wanderland (PC)

Read More