Among upcoming video games, dive back into the bizzaro world of Wario in the Wii U's collection of mini-games, and take command of developments on World War II's grueling Eastern Front in "Company of Heroes 2."
Game & Wario (Wii U)
North America: June 23
European regions: June 28 (Aus: June 29)
Japan: since March 28
A selection of sixteen minigames are contained within the latest outing for a Wario-hosted collection, many of which were first shown as Wii U demos two years ago. Be a UFO-fighting chauffeur in "Taxi," steal apples from other players in "Fruit," obey Dr. Crygor's design instructions, or secretly play video games after bedtime in "Gamer."
Price: $39 / €39 / £29 / AU$79 / ¥4,935
Company of Heroes 2 (Win)
International: July 25
The original "Company of Heroes" still represents a high-water mark for its genre. This well-anticipated sequel adopts a Soviet focus on World War II's Eastern Front, with soldiers and vehicles now further hampered or enabled by weather conditions, and infantry, land and air forces at players' disposal.
Price: $59 / €49 / £39 / R$99 / AU$79
Muramasa Rebirth (Vita)
North America: July 25
European regions: TBA
Japan: since March 28
On the Wii, "Muramasa: The Demon Blade" won high praise for its lush art direction and smooth controls, accompanied by favorable reviews and an excellent reception by Japanese gamers in particular.
Price: $39 / ¥4,980 ($59 / ¥6,940 special edition)
Deadpool (360 PS3 Win)
International: June 25
"Transformers" studio High Moon takes a crack at turning mouthy, weapon-wielding Marvel antihero Deadpool, filled with braggadocio as always, into the star of a video game. Expect plenty of smart-talking, lowbrow jokes and vigorous violent sequences -- just as Deadpool would have it.
Console price: $49 / €69 / £35 / AU$69
PC price: $39 / €49 / £39 / R$99 / AU$29
Toki Tori 2+ (Mac, PC)
International: July 2
Released on Wii U in April and now being made available for Windows PCs, cute platform puzzler "Toki Tori 2" now boasts a better map, a level creation and sharing suite, and extra puzzles for the PC faithful.
Civilization V: Brave New World (Mac, PC)
North America: July 9
Rest of the World: July 12
Included in this expansion for 2010 tour de force "Civilization V" are eight new wonders of the world, nine new civilizations -- including Brazil, Portugal and Morocco -- two new scenarios to play through and several additions that make diplomatic endeavors even more significant.
Price: $29 / €29 / £19 / R$89 / AU$49