Today(02/09) - Gamestop calls and tells me the preorders for Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles are in (early, too!)
02/10 - Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest
As much as I love traditional RPG's, in my circle of friends nothing beats (drunken)multiplayer hack and slash, and it looks like we'll be spread pretty thin with these titles being released in such quick succession. So far the absurd amount of hardware required for four-player fun hasn't been an issue. I don't mind buying a used multitap (for CoN), and luckily I have two friends who are um, more financially stable than I and will shell out the $$$ for the GBA plus the link cable so they can join me and my roommate (for FF:CC).
Actually, the biggest problem so far has been getting everyone together at once, what with the varying work and school schedules. I am DYING to play Crystal Chronicles, and we have it, but the earliest time we can get everyone together is in a week. The older you get, the harder it is to get a group together to game, I guess. Also, I expect I'll have to suppress the ever-present desire to level up my characters when I'm alone, lest I face the whiny wrath of my teammates.
If any of you play CoN or FF:CC before I do, let me know how it is while I bite my nails in anticipation.
If you want some hack 'n slash for your GBA as well, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was just released on GBA. I can't compare it to the PC version, as I rarely play PC games, but the GBA version was really fun. Lots of action, nice graphics and a good variety of weapons and armor.
My friend recently got Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes for the X-Box and said it's also really good in the same genre, and stays hack and slashy without falling into the pitfalls that come with the stigma of being called Dungeons & Dragons. It sounded pretty good and Diablo II-ish, which I enjoyed thoroughly ages ago.
Seeing as I have no X-Box, I started doing a bit of research for something similar on the PS2 or GC, and came up with basically the same list that Zeroquasi posted. I'm really looking forward to playing Baldur's Gate 2, presuming I can find a copy that's not rented out. CoN also looks very good and the graphics seem quite spiffy, but I'm not sure it sounds terribly superior to BG2 without the online play (for me, anyway.)
Unfortunately, it looks like Capcom isn't really interested in publishing it in the U.S. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/104551-Professor-Layton-Phoenix-Wright-Crossover-for-Japan-Only-Says-Capcom Man...is this worth learning Japanese....?