by Andrew Donaldson
Around a dozen new titles are flooding the market on Friday, as the video game industry prepares itself for the Christmas shopping period.
With the big day only around five weeks away, many of the industry’s biggest hitters see this week as the perfect opportunity to release their flagship games.
Top of the pile is New Super Mario Bros Wii.
Nintendo’s first 2-D Mario game on a home console since 1992 is a safe bet to top the sales charts come Christmas Day.
But if Nintendo isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for something with a little more action, don’t worry.
Xbox 360 owners can at last get their hands on Valve’s long awaited first-person-shooter, Left 4 Dead 2 – exclusive to Microsoft’s system.
Another much anticipated sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2 from Ubisoft Montreal, is also available to pick up from today, on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
For those who prefer to do their gaming on the move however, today sees the unveiling of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky for Nintendo DS.
But which game will prevail as the Christmas number one?
A spokesperson for the high-street retailer, Game, said: “So far we’re selling more copies of Assassin’s Creed 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 than the new Mario game.
“We had a lot of pre-orders for Left 4 Dead 2 and expect it to sell a lot over the next couple of weeks.
“Although we’ve sold a decent number for Lego Indiana Jones, we currently sell it as part of a console bundle, so it’s hard to tell if people are only buying it because it’s part of an offer.”