There are two things worth picking up this week. The above picture contains neither of them.
Rune Factory: Frontier is from Japanese publisher/developer Marvelous Entertainment, best known for the Harvest Moon series and for blessing Wii owners with Little King's Story and Muramasa last year. The Rune Factory games have borne the subtitle A Fantasy Harvest Moon, transparently conveying how they give you an extra dose of fantasy role-playing in your farming/romance sim.
Frontier has been out for ages overseas, but it's still very much worth picking up now that Rising Star and All Interactive Entertainment have managed to bring it out locally.
Also worth grabbing is the Machinarium Collectors Edition, now finally available through EB Games.
Are you picking up anything this week?
New releases for the w/c April 6:
Borderlands Double Game Add-on Pack (360, PC) What Is It? The first two Borderlands DLC packs on disc. But not the third. Should You Care? Dr Ned is good; Mad Moxxi's not so good. 30 bucks seems a bit steep.
Dead Or Alive: Paradise (PSP) What Is It? Gameplay-free Nintendogs clone, except with pet bikini-clad girls instead of pet puppies. Classy. Should You Care? This is utter trash.
The History Pack (PC) What Is It? Three obscure strategy games bundled together: Fate of Hellas, The Golden Horde and Seven Kingdoms: Conquest. Should You Care? Of the three, the Golden Horde has the highest metacritic score of... 54.
Machinarium Collector's Edition (PC) What Is It? Belated EB-exclusive bundle of last year's wonderful adventure, featuring soundtrack CD, art book, poster and walkthrough. Should You Care? A steal at only fifty bucks.
Rune Factory: Frontier (Wii) What Is It? Delightful and charming RPG take on the Harvest Moon formula adds monster-battling and questing to the farming and courting staples of the series. Should You Care? An excellent reason to dust off your Wii.