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Release This: Mario Party 9, Tales of Graces f premiere stateside

Gamasutra's latest custom compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Mario Party 9 and Yakuza: Dead Souls to North America, while Japan gets Mass Effect 3 and Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou.
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 a custom compiled list. This week brings Mario Party 9 and Yakuza: Dead Souls to North America, while Japan gets Mass Effect 3 and Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 17th, 2012. Games Released in the United States: Nintendo's minigame compilation Mario Party 9 premieres for the Wii this week in North America. Launching last week in the UK, Mario Party 9 is the first in the series to be developed by newcomer Nd Cube Co, succeeding the now-defunct Hudson Soft. The PlayStation 3 receives a strong lineup of platform-exclusive releases this week, including Sega's zombie-themed Yakuza series spinoff Dead Souls, Namco Bandai's enhanced RPG port Tales of Graces f, and Thatgamecompany's exploration-based adventure title Journey. Multiplatform highlights include the manga-based fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, a reboot for EA's FIFA Street soccer sim series, and Konami's survival horror sequel Silent Hill: Downpour. Nintendo Wii: - Mario Party 9 Xbox 360: - Birds of Steel - Defenders of Ardania (Xbox Live Arcade) - FIFA Street - Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations - Shoot Many Robots (Xbox Live Arcade) - Silent Hill: Downpour PlayStation 3: - 4 in 1 Action Pack - Birds of Steel - FIFA Street - Journey (PlayStation Network) - Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations - Shoot Many Robots (PlayStation Network) - Silent Hill: Downpour - Tales of Graces f - Warp (PlayStation Network) - Yakuza: Dead Souls Nintendo 3DS: - Planet Crashers 3D Nintendo DS: - Silverlicious PlayStation Vita: - Reality Fighters - Ridge Racer PC: - All Zombies Must Die! (online) - Azkend 2: The World Beneath (online) - Barbarian - The Death Sword (online) - Defenders of Ardania (online) - Soul of Guardian (online) - Top Gun: Hard Lock - Warp (online) Games Released in Europe: Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip series compilations Bit.Trip Complete and Bit.Trip Saga hit the UK this week, arriving alongside Eat Sleep Play's car combat title Twisted Metal and Codemasters' DLC-collecting DiRT 3: Complete Edition. Nintendo Wii: - Bit.Trip Complete - Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 - Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai - Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle Xbox 360: - Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 - Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai - DiRT 3: Complete Edition PlayStation 3: - Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 - DiRT 3: Complete Edition - Twisted Metal - Yakuza: Dead Souls Nintendo 3DS: - Ben 10 Galactic Racing - Bit.Trip Saga Nintendo DS: - Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle - Zhu Zhu Babies PC: - Agricultural Simulator 2012 - Panzer Corps Games Released in Japan: Nintendo and Koei team up in this week's release of the Nintendo DS strategy-RPG Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou, which combines characters from the Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition franchises. EA's SSX and BioWare's Mass Effect 3 also arrive in Japan this week, along with other standout console titles like Nippon Ichi's PS3 RPG Meikyuu Touro Legasista and Tecmo Koei's online beat-'em-up Shin Sangoku Musou Online: Ryujin Ranbu. Xbox 360: - Mass Effect 3 - SSX PlayStation 3: - Mass Effect 3 - Meikyuu Touro Legasista - Shin Sangoku Musou Online: Ryujin Ranbu - SSX Nintendo 3DS: - Onna no Ko to Misshitsu ni Itara OOshichau Kamoshirenai Nintendo DS: - Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou PlayStation Vita: - FIFA Soccer - Slotter Mania V: Black Lagoon PlayStation Portable: - Amnesia Later - DJ Max Portable: Black Square - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable - Shining Blade - Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story - Winning Post 7 2012

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