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Release This:  Mario, Assassin's  Head Major Release Week

Release This: Mario, Assassin's Head Major Release Week

November 12, 2007 | By Danny Cowan

November 12, 2007 | 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.

This week brings a flood of new releases to the United States and Europe, including anticipated heavy-hitters like Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin's Creed, and SimCity Societies. Dozens more titles are scheduled to hit store shelves as well, ensuring a busy shopping season in the weeks ahead in both regions.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending November 17th, 2007.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Cars Mater-National
- Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity
- Geometry Wars: Galaxies
- Medal of Honor Heroes 2
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Petz: Catz 2
- Petz: Dogz 2
- Petz: Horsez 2
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
- Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
- Smarty Pants
- SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

Xbox 360:
- America's Army: True Soldiers
- Assassin's Creed
- Beowulf
- BlackSite: Area 51
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Monster Jam
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Soldier of Fortune: Payback
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

PlayStation 3:
- Assassin's Creed
- Beowulf
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

PlayStation 2:
- Boogie
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Fire Pro Wrestling Returns
- The King of Fighters XI
- Monster Jam
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Petz: Catz 2
- Petz: Dogz 2
- Petz: Horsez 2
- Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008
Nintendo DS:
- Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
- Baby Pals
- Contra 4
- Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders
- Impossible Mission
- Jenga
- Monster Jam
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Orcs & Elves
- Petz: Catz 2
- Petz: Dogz 2
- Petz: Hamsterz Life 2
- Petz: Horsez 2
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
- Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake
- Super Fruit Fall
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat
- Word Jong
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

PlayStation Portable:
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
- Medal of Honor Heroes 2
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
- Sonic Rivals 2
- Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008

PC:
- Beowulf
- BlackSite: Area 51
- Crysis
- EverQuest Secrets of Faydwer
- EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark
- Ghost in the Sheet
- Imagine Fashion Designer
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Left Behind: Eternal Forces Expansion Pack
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Next Life
- Petz: Catz 2
- Petz: Dogz 2
- Petz: Horsez 2
- SimCity Societies
- Soldier of Fortune: Payback

This week represents what could be the most significant release period the United States has seen so far this year. Super Mario Galaxy and Assassin's Creed stand out as the week's most anticipated console titles, and both promise to provide strong cross-platform sales throughout the holiday season.

Many more big names and respected franchises are represented in this week's lineup of more than 80 new U.S. releases. On the Nintendo Wii, Geometry Wars: Galaxies and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles are gathering large amounts of prerelease anticipation and preorder sales, while on other platforms, releases like Crysis, BlackSite: Area 51, and Kane & Lynch: Dead Men offer a diverse selection for shooter fans. PlayStation 3 owners will soon enjoy Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, meanwhile, as the Nintendo DS hosts awaited sequels in titles like Contra 4 and Cooking Mama 2.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Bee Movie Game
- Big Catch Bass Fishing
- Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire
- High School Musical: Sing It!
- My Word Coach
- Offroad Extreme
- Pippa Funnell: Ranch Rescue
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
- Super Mario Galaxy

Xbox 360:
- Assassin's Creed
- Avatar: The Legend of Aang -- The Burning Earth
- Bee Movie Game
- Beowulf
- Cars Mater-National
- F.E.A.R. Files
- Kengo Zero
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals

PlayStation 3:
- Assassin's Creed

PlayStation 2:
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
- Bee Movie Game
- Catz
- Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Nintendo DS:
- Animal Paradise
- Bee Movie Game
- Big Catch Bass Fishing
- Enchanted
- Jackass: The Game
- Left or Right
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Let's Yoga
- LifeSigns: Hospital Affairs
- My Animal Centre in Australia
- My Pet Dolphin
- My Word Coach
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

PlayStation Portable:
- International Cricket Captain III
- Jackass: The Game
- Silent Hill: Origins

PC:
- Bee Movie Game
- Beowulf
- Crysis
- Empire Earth III
- EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark
- F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
- SimCity Societies
- Viva Pinata

The bulk of this week's most significant North American releases will also find release in the UK, marking a refreshing change in the expected delays that usually affect the PAL market. Gamers in Europe will enjoy Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin's Creed, and SimCity Societies soon after their release overseas, and region-exclusive releases like Big Catch Bass Fishing, Let's Yoga, and International Cricket Captain III make for an even more interesting UK lineup overall.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles

PlayStation 3:
- Heavenly Sword

Nintendo DS:
- Cooking Mama 2
- Dungeon Explorer: Jashin no Ryouiki
- Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou
- HameKomi Lucky Puzzle DS
- Karada Yorokobu Shokuji & Exercise: Kenkou Kentei
- Pro Yakyuu Famista DS
- Snoopy to Issho ni DS Eigo Lesson
- Wine no Hajimekata DS
PlayStation 2:
- Hayarikami 2
- Manea Sugoroku: Kabukoro
- Soukou Kihei Votoms

PlayStation Portable:
- Anata o Yurusanai
- Dungeon Explorer: Meiyaku no Tobira

PC:
- Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties

Japan continues to lag behind other regions in its quantity of weekly releases, and awaited titles like Crysis and Assassin's Creed are not scheduled to make their Japanese debut until later this month. In the meantime, gamers in Japan can look forward to Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles, the TV series-based Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou, and two new entries in Hudson's Dungeon Explorer series, neither of which has received a Western release date.


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