After the relatively dry month of August, September looks to be bringing it back in a big way, especially in terms of games. I seriously doubt I'll be picking all of these up at once (the majority of them are landing on the same day, September 23), so I'm gonna have to pace myself by using the two-tier priority listing here. The first are likely day-one pickups, the second maybe within the coming weeks or months:
Samba de Amigo (Wii)
Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)
Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
Dragon Quest IV (DS)
Mega Man 9 (Wiiware)
Lego Batman (PS3)
Silent Hill Homecoming (PS3)
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (DS)
Time Hollow (DS)
Yakuza 2 (PS2)
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 (Wii)
I'm super-excited for Samba de Amigo and Dragon Quest IV, in particular. DQIV was always my favorite DQ game in the series; I've had some fond memories with the NES Dragon Warrior IV back in the day, and I never did get to check out the PSOne port for which the DS game is based on. It's gonna be awesome having Kirby Super Star on the go; Gourmet Race in my pocket! I placed Lego Batman as a Tier 2, since I haven't even gotten halfway through Lego Indy yet. I'll wait on reviews for Silent Hill Homecoming, and I'm moderately curious about Atlus' Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, seeing as how I missed out on the PSOne version from years back. The change to a turn-based combat system sounds like something more up my alley.
On the home video front, it's Iron Man, preceded by my most wanted movie this year: Speed Racer. It's a damned shame that Warner is skimping on the Blu-ray release for Speed Racer though, with paltry extras, a BD-25 transfer, and a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track instead of lossless TrueHD. The community is an uproar over it, and rightly so; one of the most technologically-advanced films in recent times getting such a second rate treatment? How are they culling films from their 1970s collection like Gauntlet with lossless but not this? This could've been the demo disc of the decade, but I guess when a film did as badly as this, they felt it was justified to skimp.
For you Phoenix Wright fans, just a heads-up: Del Ray is releasing the English-language version of the manga this month. The first of two releases, this one is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Official Casebook: Vol. 1: The Phoenix Wright Files, which will include the first six chapters.
Music-wise, I'll probably want to hear the music in-game first before deciding to go for the Rockman 9 Original Soundtrack. Soul Calibur 4 Original Soundtrack also hits, and Smile.dk's seven year hiatus will finally come to an end with Party Around The World.