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Video game releases for December 2016

The Last Guardian, Steep, Super Mario Run and Dead Rising 4 are highlights

Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of December 2016. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2016. Also, check out the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscriptions this month. Additionally, here's what is coming and going on Netflix in December.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of releases and only games with specific dates are listed below. Some games are announced for December but have no firm release date.

Dec. 1:


Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Android and iOS) — The fourth entry in the visual novel series was the first not to have Phoenix Wright in the lead role, fulfilling the wishes of its creator, Shu Takumi. The Android version of the game will be released one week later on Dec. 8. Read our review of the latest game in the Phoenix Wright series, which was released in September.

Dec. 2:


Steep (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Steep is an open-world game that combines a variety of extreme sports, including snowboarding, skiing and gliding through the air in a wingsuit. Check out 15 minutes of gameplay.


Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo 3DS) — The portable version of last year's Wii U game will let players create and play their own Mario levels in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. Players will be able to share their Mario creations via local wireless and StreetPass, but players won't be able to upload them to the internet for others to play. Here's an extended look at the game.

Dec. 6:


Dead Rising 4 (Windows PC and Xbox One) — Dead Rising fans have nothing to worry about, the game will 'still be stupid.' The fourth entry in the wacky zombie punching simulator will be the first in the series to drop the timer restrictions, letting players explore the open world and not "feel like they're under the gun." In one of the game's downloadable add-ons, Frank West will have a limited amount of time to find a cure, lest he become a zombie himself.

Read our review.


The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4) — After one last delay, Team Ico's long-awaited return has us a little worried. Polygon's Phil Kollar spent some time with the game in September and gave his impressions along with 18 minutes of gameplay.

Read our review.

Dec. 12:


Bastion (Xbox One) — With its release on Xbox One, Supergiant Games' debut role-playing game is available on nearly every platform known to man. You can play it on a Chromebook, seriously. Owners of the original release on Xbox 360 will get a copy of the game for free as long as they redeem it before Jan. 1, 2017. The game will feature new achievements, 1080p output and the Stranger's Dream downloadable content pack. Here's a first look at Pyre, the third RPG from the studio.

Dec. 15:


Super Mario Run (iOS) — Everyone's favorite plumber will star in his very own auto-run platformer on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices for the first time. Nintendo believes Super Mario Run is a premium experience and has given it a premium price of $9.99. A free version of the game will be available, showcasing all three modes of the title. There is no word on when the game will be coming to Android devices.

Dec. 20:


The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (Android, iOS, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) — Set almost four years after the series began, A New Frontier follows Clementine, who is now a teenager, and newcomer Javier. Players will take control of Javier as he tries to find the family that was taken from him by the devastating zombie attack. Both Clementine and Javier will be playable characters, but according to Telltale, "you may not be playing each character within the same frame of time."

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