Sponsored By

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" explores a week that will bring Burnout Paradise and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin to gamers in North America and the UK, as Japan receives a PS2 adaptation of Lucky Star and a PSP remake of _Yggdra U

Danny Cowan, Blogger

January 21, 2008

4 Min Read

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. Burnout Paradise and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin will see release in North America and Europe this week, while the U.S. additionally receives awaited titles like Endless Ocean and No More Heroes. In Japan, the anime-based Lucky Star will likely dominate sales among this week's titles, as Yggdra Union receives a PSP remake and Exit makes its Nintendo DS debut. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending January 26th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Endless Ocean
- Kawasaki Jet Ski
- No More Heroes
- One Piece: Unlimited Adventure

Xbox 360:
- Burnout Paradise

PlayStation 3:
- Burnout Paradise

PlayStation 2:
- Iridium Runners

Nintendo DS:
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

PlayStation Portable:
- Rainbow Islands Evolution

PC:
- The History Channel: Lost Worlds
- Pirates of the Burning Sea

As was the case last week, the bulk of this week's release activity centers around Nintendo's platforms, with the Nintendo Wii and the DS hosting several anticipated debuts. The week will see the introduction of Grasshopper Manufacture's first Wii title, No More Heroes, alongside the Nintendo-published underwater exploration game Endless Ocean. On the Nintendo DS, this week's release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has attracted attention after the success of the previously released Wii version, and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin serves as the follow-up to the early DS strategy hit Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Elsewhere, Burnout Paradise continues Criterion's destruction-based driving series on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while the seafaring MMORPG Pirates of the Burning Sea finds release on PC platforms. Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Donkey Kong Jet Race

Xbox 360:
- Burnout Paradise

PlayStation 3:
- Burnout Paradise

PlayStation 2:
- PDC World Championship Darts 2008
- Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus

Nintendo DS:
- Advance Wars: Dark Conflict

PC:
- Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
- Universe at War: Earth Assault

Gaming platforms in the UK will see a fairly equal distribution of debuting titles this week, including standouts like Burnout Paradise and the alternately titled Advance Wars: Dark Conflict. Otherwise, much of this week's European lineup consists of titles previously seen in North America, like Donkey Kong Jet Race (aka Donkey Kong Barrel Blast) and the MMORPG expansion Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus on the PlayStation 2 and PC. Games Released in Japan:

PlayStation 3:
- Drift Nights: Juiced 2

PlayStation 2:
- Lucky * Star
- TOCA Race Driver 3: The Ultimate Racing Simulator

PlayStation Portable:
- Winning Eleven Ubiquitous Evolution 2008
- Yggdra Union

Nintendo DS:
- Hijouguchi: Exit DS
- Kawaii Koneko DS
- The Sims 2: Survival
- SuperLite 2500 Brickdown
- SuperLite 2500 Joshikousei Nigeru! Shinrei Puzzle Gakuen
- Takahashi Shoten Kanshuu: Saihinshutsu! SPI Perfect Mondaishuu
- Tennis no Oujisama: Driving Smash! Side King

Dairantou Smash Brothers X (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) was initially expected to dominate software sales among this week's Japanese lineup, but its release has recently been delayed until next week. In its absence, this week's top seller is expected to be Lucky Star, a greatly anticipated anime-based PlayStation 2 adventure title. Lucky Star currently leads in preorder sales among this week's releases at Amazon.co.jp, and should prove to be a top seller for many weeks to come, as was the case with the recently released Suzumiya Haruhi no Yakusoku for the PSP. The week's offerings are mostly unremarkable otherwise, save for the Nintendo DS debut of Taito's Exit and a PSP remake of Yggdra Union. Next week, however, is shaping up to be the biggest week of new releases Japan has seen in quite some time. Big names like Dairantou Smash Brothers X and Devil May Cry 4 will compete with anticipated RPGs like Disgaea 3 and Tales of Destiny: Director's Cut, while a PlayStation 2 take on the Suzumiya Haruhi no Yakusoku anime license stands to be popular among series fans worldwide.

About the Author(s)

Danny Cowan

Blogger

Danny Cowan is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist for Gamasutra and its subsites. Previously, he has written reviews and feature articles for gaming publications including 1UP.com, GamePro, and Hardcore Gamer Magazine.

Daily news, dev blogs, and stories from Game Developer straight to your inbox

You May Also Like