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Release This: Etrian Odyssey IV launches stateside
Release This:  Etrian Odyssey IV  launches stateside
February 25, 2013 | 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 Etrian Odyssey IV to store shelves in North America, while Japan gets a new Professor Layton game and a PS Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 2nd, 2013.

Games Released in the United States:

Atlus's first-person dungeon crawler Etrian Odyssey IV arrives at retail and in Nintendo's eShop this week in North America. Following up on a trio of Nintendo DS titles, the first 3DS entry in the Etrian Odyssey franchise boasts a varied collection of playable classes and a new casual mode designed for newcomers to the notoriously difficult series.

Other titles premiering this week include MileStone's multiplatform racer MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship, an enhanced PlayStation Vita port of Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Gaijin Games' downloadable Bit.Trip Runner follow-up Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

Xbox 360:
- MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship
- Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (Xbox Live Arcade)

PlayStation 3:
- Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires (PlayStation Network)
- MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship

Nintendo 3DS:
- Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

PlayStation Vita:
- MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

- Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
- Brutal Legend
- Expeditions: Conquistador
- Masters of the World, Geopolitcal Simulator 3
- Might & Magic Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness
- MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship
- Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army

Games Released in Europe:

Europe sees a light release lineup in advance of next week's launch of Crystal Dynamics' multiplatform Tomb Raider reboot and the newest entry in Maxis' long-running SimCity series.

PlayStation Vita:
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

- Might & Magic Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness

Games Released in Japan:

The latest entry in Level 5's Professor Layton puzzle-adventure series, Layton Kyouju to Choubunmei A no Isan, premieres in Japan this week for the Nintendo 3DS, joining other awaited portable offerings like Sega's PSP RPG Shining Ark and the Touch Detective spinoff Osawari Tantei Nameko Shigeru.

The PlayStation 3 is set to host Artdink's anime-based shooter Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe, meanwhile, as Sega launches its MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2 for the PlayStation Vita.

Xbox 360:
- Risen 2: Dark Waters

PlayStation 3:
- Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe
- Risen 2: Dark Waters
- Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo
- Shin Sangoku Musou 7

Nintendo 3DS:
- Dragon Ball Heroes Ultimate Mission
- Layton Kyouju to Choubunmei A no Isan
- Osawari Tantei Nameko Shigeru

PlayStation Vita:
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Shoujotachi no Shoumei

PlayStation Portable:
- D.C. III Plus: Da Capo III Plus
- Kyoukaisen no Horizon Portable
- Onigokko! Portable
- Shining Ark
- Solomon's Ring: Kaze no Shou
- Stellar * Theater Portable

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