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Release This:  Excitebots  Premieres in US; Japan Gets  Monster Hunter G

Release This: Excitebots Premieres in US; Japan Gets Monster Hunter G

April 20, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

April 20, 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 Excitebots: Trick Racing and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 to gamers in the United States, as Japan gets Death Smiles and Monster Hunter G.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending April 25th, 2009.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Excitebots: Trick Racing
- Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans
- Pennzoil Build-N-Race: Speed Demons

Xbox 360:
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2

PlayStation 3:
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2

PlayStation 2:
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2
- Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans

Nintendo DS:
- 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix
- Hands On! Tangrams
- I Love Horses
- Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans

PC:
- Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason
- Dream Day Wedding: Viva Las Vegas
- Stalin vs. Martians

North America hosts a select few multiplatform highlights in what otherwise seems to be an uneventful release week. Nintendo Wii owners will get the Excite Truck follow-up Excitebots: Trick Racing, while the mecha brawler sequel Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 is set to debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PS2.

Fewer options exist on other platforms, with the Nintendo DS offering up the Atlus-published card game compilation 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix, as PC gamers get the oddball real-time strategy title Stalin vs. Martians.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Don King Boxing
- Little King's Story
- MotoGP 08
- New Play Control! Pikmin 2

Xbox 360:
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2

PlayStation 3:
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2
- Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
- SingStar: Pop Edition

Nintendo DS:
- Mind Body & Soul: Big Word Puzzle Book
- Mind Body & Soul: MinDStorm 2

PC:
- Bejeweled Twist
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Neopets Puzzle Adventure

The Cing-developed simulation RPG Little King's Story will make its worldwide premiere in the UK this week, arriving two months in advance of its planned release in the United States. A Japanese release date for the title has not yet been set.

The Wii rerelease of New Play Control! Pikmin 2 will also see release in Europe prior to its U.S. debut, while SingStar: Pop Edition on the PlayStation 3 is not currently scheduled for release outside of the UK and Australia.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Meja-Maji March
- Monster Hunter G
- Tomb Raider Underworld

Xbox 360:
- Death Smiles
- Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

PlayStation 3:
- Killzone 2

PlayStation 2:
- Kanuchi: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shou
- Little Anchor
- Tomb Raider Underworld

Nintendo DS:
- 250 Banjin no Kanken Premium - Zenkyuu Zen-Kanji Kanzen Seiha
- A Ressha de Gyoukou DS
- Another Time Another Leaf: Kagami no Naka no Tantei
- Fuuun! Daisoujou
- Last Bullet
- Mezase!! Tsuri Master DS
- Yatsu Hakamura

PlayStation Portable:
- Hoshigari Empusa Portable
- Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan Advanced
- Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan Basic
- Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan Entry
- Nantama: Chronicle of Dungeon Maker
- Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3

Capcom's awaited online action-RPG Monster Hunter G is scheduled to make its debut for the Nintendo Wii this week in Japan. The Xbox 360 will soon host a port of Cave's horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up Death Smiles, while PS3 owners get a localization of Killzone 2.

Artdink's rail line simulator sequel A Ressha de Gyoukou DS highlights this week's Nintendo DS offerings, as the PSP gets the Dungeon Maker series sequel Nantama: Chronicle of Dungeon Maker and Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3, an Irem-developed follow-up to the PlayStation 2 adventure titles Disaster Report and Raw Danger.


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