Does 'GTA: Chinatown Wars' Release Date Make Winter Of 2009 The Best Gaming Winter Ever?

The announcement of a March 17 U.S. release for "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars" suggests that the first quarter of 2009 could be one of the best video game winters in memory.

If you've been too distracted by the big holiday game releases to keep track of what's coming, consider the following line-up:

2/17 -- Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

2/17 -- Grand Theft Auto: The Lost And Damned (Xbox 360 downloadable)

2/27 -- Killzone 2 (PS3)

3/3 -- Halo Wars (Xbox 360)

3/13 -- Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)

3/20 -- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Nintendo DS)

Those are the heavyweights, the games that are so high-caliber you would expect them to come out any time other than the winter. Naturally, there are plenty of other games also slated for the winter, including "50 Cent: Blood On The Sand," "Skate 2," "Deadly Creatures," "Godfather 2" and maybe "Wanted," "Madworld" and "Bionic Commando." Oh, and new downloadable "Fallout 3" missions.

Plus, the game I'm most excited about for early 2009, the PSN's Flower, is coming in February or March.

Not a bad winter, huh?