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Release This: Gears of War 3, Resident Evil 4 HD Lead Console, Digital Lineup

Gamasutra's latest custom compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Gears of War 3 and Kirby Mass Attack to North America, while Japan gets Dark Souls and HD remakes for ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.
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, and released as digitally distributed console games, in a custom compiled list. This week brings Gears of War 3 and Kirby Mass Attack to North America, while Japan gets Dark Souls and HD remakes for ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 24th, 2011. Games Released in the United States: Epic Games launches its third-person shooter sequel Gears of War 3 worldwide this week, marking the return of the studio's blockbuster franchise, comfortably between the summer game release doldrums and the holiday shopping rush. Often described by designer Cliff Bleszinski as a marrying of Resident Evil 4 and the lesser-known cover-shooter Kill.Switch, the series originally debuted in North America in 2006, and quickly became one of the Xbox 360's premier franchises. The series also became a technological showcase for the much-licensed Epic Unreal Engine 3. Gears of War 2 arrived on Xbox 360 in 2008 in North America, building on the success of the original. Speaking of Gears of War's influences, a downloadable HD remake of Capcom's Resident Evil 4 is heading to consoles. Also arriving this week is Electronic Arts' downloadable Burnout spinoff Burnout Crash!. Nintendo's Kirby Mass Attack and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 headline this week's portable console lineup, while PSP owners will soon see a remake of Atlus' PSOne-era RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin. Nintendo Wii: - Aya and the Cubes of Light (online) - Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! Xbox 360: - Burnout Crash! (online) - F1 2011 - Gears of War 3 - Resident Evil 4 HD (online) - Supremacy MMA PlayStation 3: - Burnout Crash! (online) - Cubixx HD (online) - F1 2011 - Supremacy MMA Nintendo 3DS: - Brunswick Pro Bowling - Frogger 3D - Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Nintendo DS: - Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! - Break Tactics (DSi online) - Challenge Me: Word Puzzles - Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 - Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSi online) - Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns - Jewel Time Deluxe - Kirby Mass Attack - ZhuZhu Pets: Quest for Zhu PlayStation Portable: - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin PC: - Bunch of Heroes (online) - Casino Chaos with Las Vegas Players Collection - Drakensang: Complete Saga - Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 3: Beyond Reasonable Doom (online) - Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (online) - Outdoors Unlimited - Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012 - Time of Fury - Worms Ultimate Mayhem Games Released in Europe: In the UK, Gears of War 3 joins anticipated releases like 505 Games' one-on-one brawler Supremacy MMA, Codemasters' racing franchise update F1 2011, and a PC adaptation of A Game of Thrones. Nintendo Wii: - Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! - Penguins of Madagascar Xbox 360: - F1 2011 - Gears of War 3 - Supremacy MMA PlayStation 3: - F1 2011 - Supremacy MMA Nintendo DS: - Barbie: Jet, Set & Style! - Just Sing! Vol. 2 PC: - Dawn of Fantasy - A Game of Thrones: Genesis - Men of War: Vietnam Games Released in Japan: From Software's Demon's Souls follow-up Dark Souls hits retail in Japan this week, arriving alongside Grasshopper Manufacture's Shadows of the Damned and HD remakes for ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. The 3DS will soon host Marvelous Entertainment's Senran Kagura: Shoujotachi no Shinei, while the PSP gets a Battle Masters sequel and a new Yu-Gi-Oh! title from Konami. Nintendo Wii: - Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer Xbox 360: - Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer - Gears of War 3 - Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3: - Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer - Dark Souls - ICO - Shadows of the Damned - To Heart 2 DX Plus - Wanda to Kyozou Nintendo 3DS: - Frogger 3D - Senran Kagura: Shoujotachi no Shinei PlayStation Portable: - Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 2 - Okashi na Shima no Peter Pan: Sweet Never Land - Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6

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