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Release This:  Final Fantasy IV  DS,  Izuna 2  Premiere Stateside
Release This: Final Fantasy IV DS, Izuna 2 Premiere Stateside
July 21, 2008 | By Danny Cowan

July 21, 2008 | 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's worldwide lineup features North American releases for Final Fantasy IV and Izuna 2 on the Nintendo DS. Europe is set to receive Buzz! Master Quiz and Go! Explore, while Japan gets Wario Land Shake and Siren: New Translation.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending July 26th, 2008.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Kidz Sports: Crazy Golf
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
- Order Up!
- SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

PlayStation 2:
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Nintendo DS:
- Final Fantasy IV
- Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
- Nancy Drew: The Mystery of the Clue Bender Society
- New International Track & Field
PlayStation Portable:
- Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity

PC:
- Baseball Mogul 2009
- City Life 2008 Edition

A few significant releases can be seen among the handful of titles premiering across all platforms in the United States this week. The Nintendo DS receives many of the more interesting releases of the week, including Square Enix's remade Final Fantasy IV, roguelike sequel Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns, and Konami's arcade classic update New International Track & Field.

On other platforms, Wii owners are set to receive the movie-based The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, along with cooking sim Order Up! and a delayed port of the Neo Geo arcade compilation SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. The PSP sees a single new release in Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity, while PC gamers get updates to the Baseball Mogul and City Life franchises.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Urban Extreme: Street Rage

Nintendo DS:
- King of Clubs
- Lifesigns: Hospital Affairs
- Pony Luv
- Road to Vegas
- Yamaha Supercross
PlayStation Portable:
- Buzz! Master Quiz
- Go! Explore
- International Athletics

An uneventful release week is in store for the UK, with budget-priced Nintendo DS and Wii software accounting for the bulk of the region's upcoming multiplatform lineup. The week's standouts can be found on the PSP, where the PS2-born quiz series Buzz! is set to make its portable debut alongside the GPS navigation tool Go! Explore.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15
- Kung Fu Panda
- Mesaze! Tsuri Master: Sekai ni Challenge! Hen
- Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu
- Speed Racer
- Wario Land Shake

Xbox 360:
- Bully
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

PlayStation 3:
- Kung Fu Panda
- Siren: New Translation

PlayStation 2:
- Bully
- Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15
- Samurai Spirits Rokuban Shoubu

PlayStation Portable:
- Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
- Infinite Loop: Kojjou ga Miseta Yume
Nintendo DS:
- Kangaeru Ryoku o Gungun Nobasu! DS Youji no Nou Tre
- Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble Hyper - Moeyo Mirai
- Kikansha Thomas DS 2: Asonde Manabu DS Youchien
- Kirarin * Revolution: Minna de Odorou Furi Furi Debut!
- Koma Neko DS
- Korg DS-10
- Kung Fu Panda
- Kuwagata Tsumami: Kuttsuke! Tsumami Hako
- Machi-Ing Maker DS
- Moetan DS
- New International Hyper Sports DS
- Nippon Futsal League Kounin: Minna no Futsal
- Speed Racer
- Touch de Taikyaku! Yawaraka Sensha
- Twilight Syndrome: Kinjiratera Toshi Densetsu

PC:
- Asaki Yumemishi
- Daikoukai Jidai Online: Cruz del Sur Treasure Pack -- Inca no Hihou
- Devil May Cry 4
- Little Busters! Ecstasy
- Sou, Atashitachi wa Konna ni mo Rifujin na Sekai ni Ikiteru no Dara Yo 3

As a release slowdown continues to affect other parts of the world, Japan's lineup flourishes with a number of anticipated releases across all platforms.

Wii owners get an early look at Wario Land Shake (to be released in the U.S. later this year as Wario Land: Shake It!), along with the latest entry in Konami's long-running Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu baseball sim series. The PlayStation 3 is set to get a remake of the PS2 survival horror title Siren, while the Japanese Xbox 360 receives long-awaited localizations of Bully and Guitar Hero III.

Next week will see the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release of Soul Calibur IV in all regions. Consoles in Japan will additionally receive Dokapon Kingdom for Wii and Zero: Gesshoku no Kamen, while portables are slated to host Dokidoki Majo Shinpan! 2 DUO, Rhythm Tengoku Gold, and Phantasy Star Portable.


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