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Column: 'Release This: Prepare for Launch'
Column: 'Release This: Prepare for Launch'
November 13, 2006 | By Danny Cowan

November 13, 2006 | By Danny Cowan
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Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores this week, in an exclusively compiled list.

Well, this is it. After months upon months of anticipation and hype, both the Wii and the PlayStation 3 are set to debut in the United States in only a few short days. Both consoles will launch with a healthy amount of software already on store shelves, with more to come in the next few weeks.

New console adopters aren't the only ones who will have a good variety of new games to choose from, however, as more than 100 titles in all will debut across all platforms in the United States this week. Europe and Japan will see considerably fewer releases in comparison, but can expect a similar rush to accompany the launches of both consoles in the coming months.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending November 18, 2006.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- The Ant Bully
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Barnyard
- Call of Duty 3
- Cars
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Excite Truck
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- GT Pro Series
- Happy Feet
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Madden NFL 07
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
- Metal Slug Anthology
- Monster 4x4: World Circuit
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Open Season
- Rampage: Total Destruction
- Rapala Tournament Fishing!
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
- Red Steel
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
- Trauma Center: Second Opinion
- World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions

Xbox 360:
- Bionicle Heroes
- Blitz: The League
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
- Eragon
- History Channel: Civil War
- Pimp My Ride
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- World Championship Poker: All In
- WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007

PlayStation 3:
- Call of Duty 3
- Genji: Days of the Blade
- Madden NFL 07
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
- NBA 07
- NBA 2K7
- Need for Speed Carbon
- NHL 2K7
- Resistance: Fall of Man
- Ridge Racer 7
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
- Tony Hawk's Project 8
- Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom

PlayStation 2:
- Barbie: 12 Dancing Princesses
- Bionicle Heroes
- Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2
- Drive to Survive
- Eragon
- Happy Feet
- Hard Rock Casino
- Horsez
- Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge
- Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles
- NFL Street 3
- Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing
- Singstar Rocks
- Thrillville
- Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit
- WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007
- Xiaolin Showdown

Xbox:
- Bass Pro Shops Trophy Bass 2007
- Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2
- Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4
- Eragon
- Teen Titans
- Thrillville
- Xiaolin Showdown
GameCube:
- Bionicle Heroes
- Happy Feet
- Tomb Raider: Legend

Nintendo DS:
- Asphalt: Urban GT 2
- Bionicle Heroes
- Brain Boost: Beta Wave
- Brain Boost: Gamma Wave
- Charlotte's Web
- Eragon
- Final Fantasy III
- Gunpey DS
- Happy Feet
- Monster Bomber
- My Frogger: Toy Trials
- Spider-Man: Battle for New York
- Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Uno/Skip-Bo/Uno Freefall
- Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex
- Yoshi's Island 2

PlayStation Portable:
- Eragon
- Gitaroo Man Lives!
- Gunpey
- Hard Rock Casino
- Luxor: The Wrath of Set
- Mortal Kombat Deception: Unchained
- NFL Street 3
- Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts
- Platypus
- Sega Genesis Collection
- Sonic Rivals
- Star Trek: Tactical Assault
- Thrillville
- Warhammer: Battle for Atluma
- Xiaolin Showdown
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force

Game Boy Advance:
- Bionicle Heroes
- Charlotte's Web
- Eragon
- F-24: Stealth Fighter
- Happy Feet
- March of the Penguins
- Polarium Advance
- Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing
- Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis
- Spider-Man: Battle for New York
- Super Robot Taisen 2
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Tonka on the Job
- Totally Spies! 2: Undercover
- Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex

PC:
- Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express
- Bionicle Heroes
- Catz 2006
- Charlotte's Web
- Dark Age of Camelot 5th Anniversary Edition
- Dogz 2006
- Eragon
- EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer
- The Fifth Disciple
- Gothic III
- Great Invasions
- Happy Feet
- Heroes of Annihilated Empires
- Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate
- Horsez
- Medieval II: Total War
- Sonic Riders
- Teddy Factory
- Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
- World War II Online: Battleground Europe

This week marks both a strong introduction for new consoles and a last hurrah for last-generation hardware still clinging to life. While the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 compete for software sales among dozens of new releases, this week's meager lineup of Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance titles represents the biggest batch of new releases each of these console will see this year, after which new offerings will be virtually non-existent.

On the bright side, if you've been waiting for any upcoming U.S. title for any given platform, odds are it's going to be released this week. The week will see the debut of hotly anticipated launch fare like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Resistance: Fall of Man, along with other long-awaited releases like Final Fantasy III and Sonic the Hedgehog. The sheer variety of it all should ensure that gamers of all sorts will find something to play in the coming week.

Games Released in Europe:

Xbox 360:
- Cars
- Gears of War
- Tony Hawk's Project 8

PlayStation 2:
- Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
- Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch?
- EyeToy: Kinetic Combat
- The Sopranos: Road to Respect
- Tony Hawk's Project 8

Xbox:
- Tony Hawk's Project 8

Nintendo DS:
- Bratz: Forever Diamondz
- Chicken Little: Ace in Action
- Scoobo-Doo! Who's Watching Who?
- Ys Strategy
PlayStation Portable:
- Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
- Asterix & Obelix XXL 2
- Biker Mice from Mars
- Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2
- Lumines II
- Scarface: Money. Power. Respect.
- Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who?

Game Boy Advance:
- Disney Princess: Royal Adventure
- The Sims 2: Pets
- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

PC:
- EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer
- Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate

Europe's list is considerably less chaotic than the United States' this week, offering a rather ordinary schedule of releases in comparison. Though no new consoles will be launching in the UK this week, major releases like Gears of War and the multiplatform Tony Hawk's Project 8 should keep European gamers busy enough until the Wii and PS3 arrive.

The week will also see the resurrection of a pair of unlikely licenses. While the existence of Asterix & Obelix XXL 2 is not terribly surprising, considering the Asterix series has spanned consoles as recent as the PS2, one has to wonder why exactly the Biker Mice from Mars franchise has been exhumed and made into a cross-platform venture in 2006. This week's Biker Mice from Mars PSP port is set to be followed by a DS version in 2007, with a PS2 edition already on the market. Oh, Europe.

Games Released in Japan:

PlayStation 3:
- Genji: Kamui Souran
- Mahjong Kakutou Club
- Miyasato Miyoshi Kyoudai Naizou: Sega Golf Club
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight
- Resistance: Fall of Man
- Ridge Racer 7

PlayStation 2:
- Honkakuha 2000 Series: 3D Mahjong + Janpai Tori
- Naruto: Konoha Spirits
- Negima!? 3-Jikanme (Live Version)
- Negima!? 3-Jikanme (Play Version)
- Sengoku Musou 2: Empires
Nintendo DS:
- Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth
- Magic Taizen
- Puzzle Series Vol. 5: Slitherlink
- Puzzle Series Vol. 6: Illust Logic
- Puzzle Series Vol. 7: Crossword 2

PlayStation Portable:
- Plus Plum 2 Again
- Sudoku
- Vulcanus

Despite the PS3 launching in Japan a scant few days ago, this week's Japanese release list is fairly laid-back, with scarcely more than a dozen games set to debut in the next few days. Of the seven PS3 titles listed above, Mahjong Kakutou Club is the only one that has yet to be released; the other six launched with the console on the 11th.

One of the more anticipated titles debuting in Japan this week is the Nintendo DS' Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth, otherwise known in other regions as Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Localized versions are expected to be released in the United States in December, and in Europe in February of 2007.


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