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Release This:  Bully: Double Agent: Pets

Release This: Bully: Double Agent: Pets

October 16, 2006 | By Alistair Wallis

October 16, 2006 | By Alistair Wallis
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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.

It's an exciting week for new releases in the United States, with long-awaited titles like Bully, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent, and The Sims 2: Pets set to debut alongside acclaimed niche efforts like Contact and WTF: Work Time Fun.

Europe will see many of these same titles this week, and will additionally have Capcom's Power Stone Collection to call its own. Japan, meanwhile, has both Gekitou! Custom Robo and Oto o Tsunagou! Gunpey Reverse promising to impress Japanese gamers and curious importers.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending October 21, 2006.

Games Released in the United States:

Game Boy Advance:
- Flushed Away
- Justice League Heroes: The Flash
- Noddy: A Day in Toyland
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Caper
- Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2

GameCube:
- Flushed Away
- The Sims 2: Pets
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab

Nintendo DS:
- Contact
- Flushed Away
- Justice League Heroes
- Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends
- Scooby Doo! Who's Watching Who?
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
- Strawberry Shortcake Strawberryland Games

PlayStation 2:
- Bully
- Cabela's African Safari
- Destroy All Humans! 2
- Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave
- Family Guy
- Flushed Away
- Justice League Heroes
- Kim Possible: What's the Switch?
- The Sims 2: Pets
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
- Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri

PlayStation Portable:
- Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
- Cabela's African Safari
- Family Guy
- FIFA 07
- Ford Bold Moves Street Racing
- Scooby Doo! Who's Watching Who?
- WTF: Work Time Fun
Xbox:
- Destroy All Humans! 2
- Family Guy
- Justice League Heroes

Xbox 360:
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

PC:
- Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs
- Barbie: 12 Dancing Princesses
- Battlefield 2142
- Brigade E5: New Jagged Union
- Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition
- D.I.R.T.: Origin of the Species
- Evidence: The Last Ritual
- Face Factory 3
- The Guild 2
- Jaws Unleashed
- Jewel Quest Solitaire
- Lineage II: The Epic Collection
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X
- Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
- Panzer Command
- Sid Meier's Civilization Chronicles
- Sid Meier's Railroads!
- The Sims 2: Pets
- UFO Extraterrestrials
- Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania
- Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collection

The United States sees the best release lineup of all regions this week, with numerous big names and anticipated sequels making their American debut in the coming days. Among the most prominent of these titles include the expansion pack The Sims 2: Pets, along with Rockstar's infamous Bully, which has seemingly been the subject of controversy ever since its development was first announced.

Gamers in the United States have a lot to look forward to on the portable front as well. The Nintendo DS will receive both Grasshopper Manufacture's Contact and a new edition of Nintendogs, while the PSP will get WTF: Work Time Fun, an unusual minigame collection that has been labeled by some as a part time job simulator.

Games Released in Europe:

Game Boy Advance:
- Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

GameCube:
- The Sims 2: Pets

Nintendo DS:
- Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
- Strawberry Shortcake Strawberryland Games

PlayStation 2:
- Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party
- Dance Fest
- Destory All Humans! 2
- Family Guy
- Jaws Unleashed
- The Sims 2: Pets
- Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberryland Dreams
- Street Dance
PlayStation Portable:
- KAZooK
- Power Stone Collection
- ProStroke Golf World Tour 2007
- Rengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N.

Xbox:
- Destroy All Humans! 2
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

Xbox 360:
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

PC:
- Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs
- Battlefield 2142
- Caesar IV
- Football Manager 2007
- The Sims 2: Pets

Europe shares many of the United States' bigger releases this week, with titles like The Sims 2: Pets, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent, and Destroy All Humans! 2 scheduled to see almost simultaneous release in both regions.

In addition, Europe will soon get an early look at the PSP's Power Stone Collection, several days before it's set to debut in the United States. The compilation includes the 3D brawlers Power Stone and Power Stone 2, both of which were formerly exclusive to arcades and Sega's Dreamcast.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo DS:
- Gekitou! Custom Robo
- Kodomo no Tame no Yomi Kikase: Ehon de Asobou 4-Kan
- Kodomo no Tame no Yomi Kikase: Ehon de Asobou 5-Kan
- Kodomo no Tame no Yomi Kikase: Ehon de Asobou 6-Kan
- Oto o Tsunagou! Gunpey Reverse

PlayStation 2:
- Captain Tsubasa
- Gift: Prism
- Honoo no Takkyubin
- Sokudoku Master
PlayStation Portable:
- Planetarium Curator Ohira Takayuki Kanshuu: Home Star Portable
- Tenchi no Mon 2: Busouden

Though Japan's release list may be somewhat limited in terms of size this week, a few notable titles are to be found within. Gekitou! Custom Robo is one of the bigger standouts; developed by Nintendo, the title allows for users to build and customize their own robots and battle them in online matches. Previous releases in the Custom Robo series have been popular in Japan, and this newest entry could become a hit in the United States as well when it's released there in November as Custom Robo Arena.

The DS will also soon host Oto o Tsunagou! Gunpey Reverse, a new puzzle title from the creators of Lumines and Meteos. Originally released for the Wonderswan -- Bandai's Japan-only portable console -- Gunpey was created by famed video game innovator Gunpei Yokoi. Two different versions of Gunpey will make their way to the United States in November; one is an original title for the PSP, while the other is a localization of the DS's Oto o Tsunagou! Gunpey Reverse.


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