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Release This:  The Dark Spire, Dokapon Journey  Arrive Stateside

Release This: The Dark Spire, Dokapon Journey Arrive Stateside

April 13, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

April 13, 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.

Gamers in North America will soon see the Atlus-published RPGs The Dark Spire and Dokapon Journey, along with a PlayStation 2 port of Guitar Hero: Metallica. Europe will soon receive CID The Dummy and Dementium: The Ward, while Japan gets Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending April 18th, 2009.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Escape the Museum
- Samurai Shodown Anthology
- Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals

PlayStation 2:
- Guitar Hero: Metallica

Nintendo DS:
- Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
- C.O.R.E.
- The Dark Spire
- Dokapon Journey
- Imagine: Makeup Artist

PC:
- City of Heroes: Architect Edition
- Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason
- Demigod
- Still Life 2

A pair of awaited Atlus releases highlight an otherwise quiet release week in North America. In the coming days, the company plans to launch its English localization of the RPG board game Dokapon Journey alongside The Dark Spire, a retro-styled first-person dungeon crawler.

Niche publisher Graffiti Entertainment also has two titles on tap for this week: the first-person sci-fi shooter C.O.R.E. and the fantasy-themed RPG Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled. On other platforms, the PlayStation 2 will host a port of Guitar Hero: Metallica, as Wii owners get the one-on-one fighter compilation Samurai Shodown Anthology.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- CID The Dummy
- Rock Band: Song Pack 2
- Skate City Heroes

Xbox 360:
- Rock Band: Song Pack 2

PlayStation 2:
- CID The Dummy
- Rock Band: Song Pack 2

Nintendo DS:
- Dementium: The Ward

PlayStation Portable:
- CID The Dummy
- Dragon Ball: Evolution
- Mytran Wars
- Phantasy Star Portable

PC:
- CID The Dummy

The Rock Band expansion pack Rock Band: Song Pack 2 and the Europe-exclusive action-platformer CID The Dummy highlight multiplatform offerings in this week's UK lineup. Gamers in Europe will also get a long-delayed look at the Renegade Kid-developed Dementium: The Ward this week, as PSP owners receive Sega's Phantasy Star Portable and the turn-based strategy title Mytran Wars.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Deca Sporta 2: Wii de Sports 10 Shumoku!
- Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis

Xbox 360:
- The Godfather II
- You're in the Movies: Mezase! Movie Star

PlayStation 3:
- The Godfather II

Nintendo DS:
- Hokkaidou Hatsu!! Dosanko Wide ga DS ni Narimashita! Hoshizawa Sachiko no Temanashi Raku Raku Gohan
- Oshaberi Oumu
- Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai

PlayStation Portable:
- 12Riven: The Psi-Climinal of Integral
- Fantasy Golf Pangya Portable
- Keibatsuu Portable 2: JRA Koushiki Data 23 Nenbun Shuuroku
- Remember 11: The Age of Infinity

EA's The Godfather II serves as this week's only multiplatform Japanese release, and will be the only title released for the PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 owners will also see a localization of the camera-bundled You're in the Movies: Mezase! Movie Star, as the Wii gets Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis and the sports minigame compilation sequel Deca Sporta 2: Wii de Sports 10 Shumoku!

Nintendo's Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series sequel Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai heads this week's Nintendo DS lineup, while the PSP gets Fantasy Golf Pangya Portable, horse racing sim Keibatsuu Portable 2, and the visual novel titles 12Riven: The Psi-Climinal of Integral and Remember 11: The Age of Infinity.


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