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This week's releases see the United States preparing to take on Ghost Rider and Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and the quirky Chulip, while sequels to Bleach DS and Lumines are set to be unleashed upon Japan - exclusive G

Danny Cowan, Blogger

February 12, 2007

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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. Heavy-hitters like Ghost Rider and Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters headline this week's U.S. releases, while Europe plays catch-up with older hits like Excite Truck and Mario Slam Basketball. Japan, meanwhile, is set to receive a sequel to last year's successful Bleach DS, along with a strong PSP lineup that includes the likes of Lumines II and Tales of Destiny 2. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending February 17, 2007. Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Wii Play (#1 on GamerMetrics Most Anticipated New Releases, 64.74% Mindshare)

PlayStation 2:
- Backyard Basketball 2007
- Chulip
- Ghost Rider (#3 on GamerMetrics, 5.36%)

PlayStation Portable:
- Chili Con Carnage (#10 on GamerMetrics, 1.52%)
- Ghost Rider (#9 on GamerMetrics, 1.53%)
- Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner (#6 on GamerMetrics, 2.56%)
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (#2 on GamerMetrics, 10.11%)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (#4 on GamerMetrics, 5.05%)
- The Warriors (#8 on GamerMetrics, 1.87%)

Nintendo DS:
- Disney's Kim Possible: Global Gemini
- F-24: Stealth Fighter

Game Boy Advance:
- Ghost Rider

- Backyard Basketball 2007
- Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar (#7 on GamerMetrics, 2.53%)
- Great Invasions
- Mission: Blackhawk
- Monopoly: Here & Now
- Test Drive Unlimited (#5 on GamerMetrics, 3.63%)

While titles like Wii Play, the comic book-licensed Ghost Rider and PSP platformer Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters are all attracting their fair share of attention, Natsume's Chulip stands out as a particularly remarkable release. After being released in Japan almost five years ago, Chulip will finally see American shores on Valentine's Day, after years of delays and rumored cancellations. There may be a noticeable lack of next-gen offerings in this week's chart, but next week will see the release of anticipated titles for each of the major platforms -- Sonic and the Secret Rings for Nintendo's Wii, Virtua Fighter 5 for the PlayStation 3, and Crackdown for Xbox 360. Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Excite Truck

Xbox 360:
- Fuzion Frenzy 2

PlayStation 2:
- God Hand
- Robin Hood's Quest
- The Snow Queen Quest

Nintendo DS:
- Mario Slam Basketball

Game Boy Advance:
- Postman Pat

PlayStation Portable:
- Arthur and the Invisibles
- Chili Con Carnage
- TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge

- ArmA: Armed Assault
- Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
- Supreme Commander
- Tortuga: Two Treasures
- War Rock

Europe's release list for the week features several titles previously released in the U.S., including Fuzion Frenzy 2, Excite Truck, and Mario Slam Basketball (a.k.a. Mario Hoops 3 On 3). Scattered in among these big-name releases and sequels are cult hits like God Hand, along with curious exclusives like Robin Hood's Quest, The Snow Queen Quest, and Postman Pat. The week's offerings, in all, may be fairly underwhelming, but next week promises a much more exciting lineup. The European version of Final Fantasy XII is expected to drop near the end of February, and titles like Crackdown and the exclusive first English release of Kororinpa should keep European gamers entertained for weeks to come. Games Released in Japan:

PlayStation 2:
- Appleseed EX
- Hiiro no Kakera: Ano Sora no Shita de
- Soul Cradle: Sekai o Kurau Mono
- Zero no Tsukaima

Nintendo DS:
- Bleach DS 2nd: Kokui Hirameku Chinkon Uta
- Death Note: Killer Game
- Layton Kyouju no Fushigi na Machi

PlayStation Portable:
- Kanon
- Lumines II
- Tales of Destiny 2
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

Japan's release list for this week consists chiefly of anime-licensed titles and text-based adventure games, few of which stand out in particular. The Treasure-developed Bleach DS 2nd could be of interest to gamers who enjoyed last year's Bleach DS: Souten ni Kakeru Unmei, however, while the PSP has a pair of noteworthy titles in the ported-from-PS2 RPG Tales of Destiny 2 and a reworked version of Lumines II. Next week should see the debut of Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami for the Nintendo Wii, along with a selection of several other awaited releases. [About IGN GamerMetrics: IGN GamerMetrics is an interactive tool designed to report the real-time behavior and interests of visitors to IGN Entertainment's network of gaming enthusiast web sites. Using data collected from IGN's readers, GamerMetrics shows the levels of consumer awareness, engagement, and purchase intent in every video game title released in the U.S. market.]

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Danny Cowan


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.

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