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DS releases for the week of November 5th

Holy snaps, look at all the games this week! We're not even sure where to begin! Why, is that our surprise title of the year, Hannah Montana: Music Jam, finally hitting shelves? Maybe, maybe ... but let's see what else we've got. Rhythm games, check. All the war you could want, check. Language and word trainers, check. Action, check. We even have one for all the people who just have to have virtual pets. Basically, if you like games at all, there may be something you're interested in this week.
  • Bratz 4 Real
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
  • Enchanted
  • Hannah Montana: Music Jam
  • Horse Life
  • Hot Wheels: Beat That
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • My French Coach
  • My Spanish Coach
  • My Word Coach
  • Ontamarama
  • Panzer Tactics
  • Puzzle de Harvest Moon
  • Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys
  • Spectrobes (Collector's Edition)
  • World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
Check out the lists after the break for releases in other major regions.

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Ontamarama joins the holiday madness

We don't remember seeing a release date for Atlus's Ontamarama, but this 1UP page has one: November 15th. (Update: and GameStop shows November 6th! We'll go with theirs, because they want to sell it to people. Thanks, Matdredalia.) Ah, the holiday rush is soon approaching, when every game we've thought about buying all year comes out at the same time and vies for our limited funding.

Since this is Atlus, and their distribution is typically quite limited, we'd suggest buying this one when you see it instead of waiting. Atlus games have a habit of disappearing from shelves and never being seen again outside of eBay.

We're glad these screenshots have come along to remind us all that the game is on the way. And that, as per the screen shown here, it's not necessarily for kids only. That looks pretty frenetic.

Color the bouncing balls at Ontamarama site

We know some of you have some mixed feelings about Ontamarama, but we'll say this: the newly-revealed English-language site is pretty awesome. But then, we're suckers for any chance to color, so maybe we're biased. The new web site actually has a decent amount of content, and the overall design is quite pleasing -- we especially appreciated the stylus pointer when navigating around. The usual fare is all here: story, screens, and downloads featuring wallpapers, videos, and as a nice addition, an avatar package, but it's the extras that got our attention. In addition to the coloring book mentioned above, there are a couple of little minigames to get you hyped for the Ontamarama experience. If only every game site was as rich in fun, random content!

[Via press release]

Trailerama for Atlus's new rhythm game

We still kind of can't believe that Atlus has decided to localize Ontamarama. We're not used to this post-Guitar Hero US in which companies think it's a good idea to release rhythm games. We are, of course, happy with the development, as we have an insatiable hunger for rhythm games. In fact, we actually stopped playing Elite Beat Agents just now to write this post. We're crazy enough to be vaguely curious about Boogie, even.

We can't expect Elite Beat Agents quality out of every game, so we'll focus instead on the bizarre multitasking and aggressive cuteness found in Ontamarama. If anything, the circle-then-tap gameplay reminds us of the drag-and-activate mechanic found in Technic Beat, at least conceptually.

Joystiq on Ontamarama

The more we hear about Ontamarama, the less like an inconsequential game for kids it sounds. We've already established that it has a challenging control scheme, but this rundown of the game's controls by Fanboy BFF Ludwig Kietzmann is the most detailed yet. Will we have the intelligence and dexterity required to manipulate the touch screen and the d-pad at the same time? Probably not? Will we enjoy trying and failing? Indubitably!

After posting all of these favorable impressions from friends and colleagues, we want to be able to post our own impressions! Even some of our commenters got in on the act last time, telling us about their experiences with the Japanese version of the game.

You guys are killing us. But thanks for your comments! But killing us.

Siliconera checks out Ontamarama

We were piqued by the puzzlish multitasking rhythm gameplay in Noise Factory's Ontamarama before its Japanese release as Ontama. But now that it's being localized and we may actually have a shot at playing the thing, we've graduated from piqued to some degree of interest that is a little greater than 'piqued.'

Siliconera's Spencer Yip played Ontamarama at E3 and wrote up a description of the game, which sounds as complicated as ever: it involves first touching a little creature of the correct color, then tapping the D-pad in the direction of a scrolling arrow. We knew that those two components were involved, but didn't know the chronology. We're glad somebody got to play it and tell us!

80Pan fans take note: this game, for once, will be keeping the original Japanese music. Is that a good thing? No idea! If it helps, we're pretty sure there was no Avril Lavigne in the Japanese version.

DS Daily: So about those new Atlus games ...

With yesterday's announcement of three all-new (well, one is only half-new) games for the US from Atlus, we thought it might be a good time to ask which one sounds the most interesting to you. Do you want to do a little detecting with Mackenzie and her suspiciously-shaped sidekick? Are you more the type to get down with the rhythm, particularly when it looks inspired by Jet Grind Radio? Or do you want to be a Grapping superstar?

So what'll it be? Ontamarama, Draglade, or Touch Detective 2½?

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