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Release This:  Street Fighter IV  Hits U.S. Consoles

Release This: Street Fighter IV Hits U.S. Consoles

February 16, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

February 16, 2009 | 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 brings Capcom's Street Fighter IV stateside, as the Nintendo DS hosts awaited localizations of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. Europe will get an early look at 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, as Japan receives Star Ocean: The Last Hope and DoDonPachi Daioujou Black Label Extra.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending February 21st, 2009.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Battle Rage: Mech Conflict
- Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3: Senior Year
- Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters

Xbox 360:
- Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3: Senior Year
- Race Pro
- Street Fighter IV

PlayStation 3:
- Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3: Senior Year
- Street Fighter IV

PlayStation 2:
- Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3: Senior Year
- Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters
Nintendo DS:
- Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
- Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
- Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters
- Moomin The Mysterious Howling

PlayStation Portable:
- Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters
- Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?

PC:
- Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer
- Drakensang: The Dark Eye
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Capcom's highly anticipated one-on-one fighter sequel Street Fighter IV headlines an otherwise quiet console release lineup this week in North America. Other debuting multiplatform titles include Race Pro, Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters, and Disney Sing It! High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

On portables, Nintendo DS owners are set to receive a pair of awaited RPG releases in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, while the PSP gets the Disgaea series spinoff Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Nerf N-Strike
- Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers

Xbox 360:
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
- Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
- Race Pro
- Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
- Street Fighter IV
- X-Blades

PlayStation 3:
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
- Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
- Street Fighter IV
- X-Blades
Nintendo DS:
- B Team: Metal Cartoon Squad
- Blended
- Dragon Quest: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride
- Eledees: The Adventures of Kai and Zero
- Lola & Virginia

PC:
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
- X-Blades

The third-person shooter sequel 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand will make its worldwide debut in the UK this week, arriving several days in advance of its North American release. Other region-exclusive premieres hitting Europe this week include Lola & Virginia, Blended, and the Nintendo-published exercise title Walk With Me! Do You Know Your Walking Routine?

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Dead Rising: Zombie no Ikenie
- Metroid Prime (Wii de Asobu)
- SimAnimals

Xbox 360:
- DoDonPachi Daioujou Black Label Extra
- Shooting Love, 200X
- Sonic World Adventure
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope

PlayStation 3:
- Sonic World Adventure

PlayStation 2:
- Clear: Atarashii Kaze no Fuku Oka de
- Sacred Blaze
- Shinjuku no Ookami
Nintendo DS:
- Akiyama Jin Kyouju Kanshuu: Zennou JinJin
- Chou Gekijoban Keroro Gunsou: Gekishin Dragon Warriors de Arimasu!
- Eibun Ta Doku DS: Sekai no Meisaku Douwa
- Eibun Ta Doku DS: Sekai no Bungaku Senshuu
- Lock's Quest
- Machi no Pet-Ya-San DS 2: Wannyan 333-Hiki Daishuugou!
- Saru Saru DS
- SimAnimals
- Simple DS Series Vol. 46: The Hikyou Tankentai: Choutoko Special
- The World of Golden Eggs: Nori Nori Uta Dekichatte Kei

PlayStation Portable:
- The [email protected] SP: Missing Moon
- The [email protected] SP: Perfect Sun
- The [email protected] SP: Wandering Star

The Xbox 360 boasts an especially strong release lineup this week in Japan. The TriAce-developed RPG sequel Star Ocean: The Last Hope heads regional offerings, while shooter fans can look forward to Shooting Love, 200X and Cave's DoDonPachi Daioujou Black Label Extra.

Wii owners can expect to see remakes of Dead Rising and Metroid Prime this week, as portable highlights include Shining Force Feather on the Nintendo DS and a trio of [email protected] releases on the PSP.


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