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Release This: Tomb Raider, SimCity premiere worldwide
Release This:  Tomb Raider, SimCity  premiere worldwide
March 4, 2013 | By Danny Cowan

March 4, 2013 | 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 a custom compiled list.

This week brings Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider, Maxis' SimCity, and competing baseball sims from 2K and Sony to North America.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 9th, 2013.

Games Released in the United States:

Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider series reboot arrives on store shelves this week to a spate of positive review scores. The reboot chronicles the travels of a young Lara Croft, and is notable for its drastic, darker shift in tone, compared to previous franchise entries.

The latest entry in Maxis' long-running SimCity series is set to launch on PC platforms, boasting a new gameplay engine and an asynchronous multiplayer mode. This week will also see the release of new MLB-licensed baseball sims from Sony and 2K Games, while the 3DS hosts Konami's side-scrolling platformer Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate.

Nintendo Wii U:
- The Amazing Spider-Man

Xbox 360:
- Dollar Dash (Xbox Live Arcade)
- MLB 2K13
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

PlayStation 3:
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
- Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation Network)
- Germinator (PlayStation Network)
- MLB 13: The Show
- MLB 2K13
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

Nintendo 3DS:
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
- Kersploosh! (Nintendo eShop)
- Naruto Powerful Shippuden

PlayStation Vita:
- MLB 13: The Show

PC:
- Dollar Dash
- The Showdown Effect
- SimCity
- The Sims 3: University Life
- Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition
- Tomb Raider

Games Released in Europe:

Europe shares many of the same releases shipping in the United States this week, including Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider, Gust's PlayStation 3 RPG Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, and CyberConnect2's multiplatform manga-based fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.

Nintendo Wii U:
- The Amazing Spider-Man

Xbox 360:
- History: Legends of War
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

PlayStation 3:
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
- History: Legends of War
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

Nintendo 3DS:
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
- Naruto Powerful Shippuden

PlayStation Vita:
- History: Legends of War

PC:
- SimCity
- The Sims 3: University Life
- Tomb Raider
- Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition

Games Released in Japan:

Sega's PS3 rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F ships in Japan this week, arriving alongside localized versions of Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3. Sony's PlayStation Vita is also set to see a big week with the release of SCE Japan Studio's Soul Sacrifice and a remake of Namco Bandai's Nintendo DS RPG Tales of Hearts.

Xbox 360:
- Crysis 3
- F1 Race Stars
- Far Cry 3

PlayStation 3:
- Crysis 3
- F1 Race Stars
- Far Cry 3
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F

Nintendo 3DS:
- Doraemon: Nobita to Himitsu Dougu Hakubutsukan

PlayStation Vita:
- Soul Sacrifice
- Tales of Hearts R

PlayStation Portable:
- Eikoku Tantei Mysteria
- Sora o Aogite Kumo Takaku Portable
- Ultraman All-Star Chronicle
- Uta no * Prince-Sama: All Star


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