Upcoming video game releases: 'Paper Mario: Sticker Star,' 'Black Ops II,' 'Hip Hop Dance Experience'

Upcoming video game releases: 'Paper Mario: Sticker Star,' 'Black Ops II,' 'Hip Hop Dance Experience'

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
North America: November 11
European regions: December 7, 3+ (AUS: G)
Japan: December 6, A (all ages)

The first Mario role-playing game since Bowser's Inside Story in 2009, StickerStar presents this latest outing as an adventure into a world made of card, paper, scissors and stickers -- albeit filled with recognizable Mario characters and scenery at every turn.
Price: $39 / €45 / £35 / $69 AUD / ¥4,800
papermario.nintendo.com

Lego The Lord of the Rings (360 3DS DS PC PS3 Vita Wii)
North America: November 13, rated Everybody 10+
European regions: November 21, rated 12+ (AUS: PG)

Return to Mordor in the company of Frodo, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas and friends, before this year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives at cinemas. All three LoTR films are covered, with typical Lego humor and wit.
Price on 360 and PS3: $49 / €49 / £35 / $79 AUD
Less on other platforms

The Hip Hop Dance Experience (Wii, 360+Kinect) 
North America: November 13, T for Teen
European regions: November 16, 12+

One of many spin-offs from the Just Dance series, this genre-specific entry features tracks ranging from Naught by Nature, TLC and Snoop through to Nelly, LMFAO, NERD and Chris Brown -- 30 in all on Wii, 40 with the Xbox Kinect version.
Price: $39 / €49 / £29 / $55 AUD
Less on Wii

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360 PC PS3)
Also on Wii U at console launch
North America: November 13, M17+ for Mature
European regions: November 13, 18+ (AUS: MA15+)
Japan: November 22, Z (18+)

Back to the future for Black Ops II's tale of counter-terrorism and global insurgency, which switches between episodes in the 1980s and a glimpse into 2025. Plus there's the expanded co-op and multiplayer modes, with a Zombies horde mode now able to accomodate 8 players.
Price: $59 / €69 / £39 / $99 AUD / ¥7,980
callofduty.com

Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3 + Move)
North America: November 13, Everyone 10+
European regions: Nov. 14 EU, Nov. 15 AU, Nov. 16 UK, rated 7+ (AU: PG)

Disregard the imminent Nintendo Wii U, Sony says, and instead pick up a copy of J.K. Rowling's interactive Book of Spells, selected from Harry Potter's school library, and will appear on screen as a magical tome whose stories and adventures are brought to life with the PlayStation Move's wand controller.
Price: $39 / €39 / £29 / $49 AUD
Wonderbook Move Bundle: $79 / €79 / £49 / $99 AUD

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage? (DS 3DS)
North America: November 20, Everyone 10+

Finn and Jake set after the omni-crabby Ice King, who's bent on constructing his own special princess out from the things that everyday folks leave behind -- so expect appearances from Adventure Time characters such as sweet Tree Trunks the elephant, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lady Rainicorn and the Lumpy Space Princess.
Price: $29
Special edition: $39