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Release This:  Inversion, Virtua Fighter 5 FS  premiere worldwide
Release This: Inversion, Virtua Fighter 5 FS premiere worldwide
June 4, 2012 | By Danny Cowan




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 a custom compiled list.

This week brings Saber Interactive's Inversion to North America and Europe, while Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown premieres as a digital download.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending June 9th, 2012.

Games Released in the United States:

Saber Interactive's third-person shooter Inversion headlines this week's retail lineup in North America, offering gameplay that focuses heavily on gravity manipulation and destructible settings.

Other standouts include the multiplatform animated film tie-in title Madagascar 3, a new expansion pack for The Sims 3, and a 3DS port for Ubisoft's Rayman Origins.

On the digital front, Sega offers a long-awaited home console port of its arcade one-on-one fighter Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, while Digital Reality debuts its arcade-styled racer Bang Bang Racing for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms.

Nintendo Wii:
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game

Xbox 360:
- Bang Bang Racing (Xbox Live Arcade)
- Inversion
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Xbox Live Arcade)

PlayStation 3:
- Bang Bang Racing (PlayStation Network)
- Inversion
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PlayStation Network)

Nintendo 3DS:
- Art of Balance Touch! (3DSWare)
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game
- Rayman Origins

Nintendo DS:
- Cat Frenzy (DSiWare)
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game

PlayStation Vita:
- Madagascar 3: The Video Game

PC:
- Bang Bang Racing (online)
- Deadly Association (online)
- Inversion
- The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats
- Strategic War in Europe (online)

Games Released in Europe:

Synetic's multiplatform car chase franchise Crash Time gets a Europe-exclusive sequel this week, while the 3DS hosts the platform-specific spinoff Crash Time 3D.

Xbox 360:
- Bang Bang Racing (Xbox Live Arcade)
- Crash Time 4: The Syndicate
- Game of Thrones
- Inversion
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Xbox Live Arcade)

PlayStation 3:
- Crash Time 4: The Syndicate
- Game of Thrones
- Inversion
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PlayStation Network)

Nintendo 3DS:
- Crash Time 3D
- Fantasy Petz
- Funky Barn 3D
- Monster 4x4 3D
- Rayman Origins

Nintendo DS:
- 4 Elements

PC:
- Crash Time 4: The Syndicate
- Game of Thrones
- Gemini Wars
- Inversion
- The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats

Games Released in Japan:

Sony's action game Tokyo Jungle premieres in Japan this week, offering players a unique experience in which wild animals fight to survive on the city streets of a deserted Japan.

The PlayStation Vita gets its first Gundam-based game with the release of Artdink's mech combat title Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny, meanwhile, as the PSP hosts D3's visual novel Storm Lover Kai.

Xbox 360:
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Xbox Live Arcade)

PlayStation 3:
- Tokyo Jungle
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PlayStation Network)

PlayStation Vita:
- Hello Kitty To Issho! Block Crash
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny

PlayStation Portable:
- Storm Lover Kai!!


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