Welcome gaming bastards to another edition of G.R.O.W. This is NerdBastards weekly video game release list where we give y’all a heads up on what was released for the consoles and PC (and sometimes the MAC). We also cover downloadable titles as well.

Nintendo is giving gamers the chance to catch ’em all (649 of them now) again this coming Sunday while EA Sports is releasing their first ever M rated sports title today. Also, that game that has a commercial that says “we’re not in Azeroth anymore” comes out today as well.

After that, the downloadable side sees quite the release this week and I’ve decided to write it all out after the jump instead of just linking the trailer to the title. So click the jump button to see what game is receiving some single player DLC and two classic titles that are being brought back to make some cult fans happy.

So what are y’all waiting for? Check after the jump to see if there is anything coming out that will make your wallets cry!

Pokemon Black & White (*Release Date – 3/6/2011*)

Pokémon Black and White features the same handheld RPG and Adventure gameplay that has consistently thrilled Nintendo DS players, both young and more experienced, but it also introduces players to the all-new Unova region. Brought to life with improved graphics, Unova is a mix of urban and natural landscapes in which players are just as likely to encounter skyscrapers and bridges, as they are to walk alongside mountains and seascapes. It is of course also filled with a potent blend of all-new Pokémon, including the Legendary Vast White Pokémon Reshiram and the Deep Black Pokémon Zekrom. Stepping into the role of either a male or female Trainer, players further have their choice of their first Pokémon, who will serve as the first of many Pokémon companions in their travels through Unova, as they attempt to capture every wild Pokémon variety available and test their skills against other Trainers in turn-based battles.

Yes folks, like any major Nintendo release, this Sunday will be the release of Pokemon Black and White. Most advertising has been going along saying that it’s a revitalization of the franchise as Game Freak has made some changes to the core mechanic. We got cutscenes, seasonal changes, two new ways to battle with your Pokemon, participate in Pokemon Musicals (no f’n joke), and more! With a total of 649 Pokemon, do any of you NerdBastards have what it takes to catch ’em all?

Available: Black DSi Bundle, Black Version, White DSi Bundle, White Version

Rift: Planes of Telara

Rift is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (MMORPG) for PC that challenges players to stop an ongoing invasion of their world by horrific creatures from other planes of existence, while simultaneously growing ever more powerful by doing so. These creatures appear at a variety of elemental rifts that erupt at the confluence of these planes. Using an extensive level of customization, which allows players to very nearly create their own character classes, players defeat enemies, seal rifts and draw power from them. Additional features include: standard quest gameplay as well as player vs. player action, two factions each containing multiple races and a dynamic world full of unpredictability.

Collectors Edition includes: CD soundtrack; 8GB RIFT USB drive; SteelSeries gaming mouse pad; 128-page hardcover comic; Unique collector’s box; Double-sided poster and quickstart guide/reference card; Exclusive digital content – Ancient Tartagon Mount: Available at level 20, this turtle mount increases player speed by 60%, Collector’s Satchel: Increases the size of your primary backpack to 24 slots, Bogling Wastrel: This unique pet sets you apart from the other Ascended.

Looks like we got another MMO that’s ready to challenge (or get its ass kicked) MMO King, World of Warcraft. With various ways to subscribe and some unique character customization, this may be one MMO worth checking out if you have been wanting to leave Azeroth for some time.

Available: PC Collectors Edition, PC

Fight Night Champion

Fight Night Champion is a multiplayer boxing game for play on Xbox 360 that blends traditional one-on-one pugilistic action of previous games in the Fight Night franchise with new, more gritty story-driven gameplay rooted in the all-new Champion Mode. Game features include: unprecedented precision and accuracy of punches; local and online multiplayer support for four and ten players respectively; and a cast of more than 50 boxers from multiple eras and weight classes.

What makes this boxing game M rated you ask? It’s pretty much the language of the story mode as EA decided to add a storyline since you know, why not (not to mention the current state of boxing is pretty boring). The game still has its Legacy mode so that you folks can still create boxers that look like you… or cats.

Available: 360, PS3

Other Notable Release:

Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II Retribution (PC)
Rango (360, PS3, Wii, DS)

Downloadable Games Worth Checking Out:

Beyond Good & Evil HD (XBLA)
PixelJunk Shooter 2 (PSN)
Bit. Trip Flux (WSC)
Dead Space 2: Severed DLC (360/PS3)
PSOne Classic –Vagrant Story (PSN)

The XBLA Block Party is still going on with the release of Beyond Good & Evil HD. They did a great job in making the game look and run smooth in HD and for $10, it’s worth picking up this game that many fans are eagerly waiting for the sequel to come out.

PS3 gamers will be seeing the release of PixelJunk Shooter 2 which features more of the great gameplay from the first game but with some added mechanics into the mix. Also, we’ll be seeing the classic title, Vagrant Story being released. Another SquareEnix classic that was unique for it’s time and is definitely worth playing.

Wii users will finally be seeing another release from the Bit. Trip guys with the game Bit. Trip Flux. As always, the game features awesome music and visuals that the series is known for. Dead Space 2 fans will be seeing a release of Dead Space 2: Severed, which gives gamers the chance to learn more about the plot of Dead Space 2 and another chance to rip more necromorphs into pieces (also, the twitchers are back in this DLC).

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