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Release This: Def Jam, GRAW 2, MotorStorm

Gamasutra's 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, as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and MotorStorm head for U.S. shores - excl

Danny Cowan

March 5, 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. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and MotorStorm are expected to dominate U.S. sales charts this week, while Europe will soon see the introduction of awaited sequels like Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. Japan, meanwhile, will find itself inundated with multiple puzzlers, brain training titles, and occasional standout releases like Yoshi's Island DS and Karous. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 10, 2007. Games Released in the United States:

Xbox 360:
- Def Jam: Icon (#3 on GamerMetrics, 12.68%)
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (#1 on GamerMetrics Most Anticipated New Releases, 29.72% Mindshare)

PlayStation 3:
- Def Jam: Icon (#5 on GamerMetrics, 6.76%)
- MotorStorm (#2 on GamerMetrics, 18.40%)
- NBA Street Homecourt (#4 on GamerMetrics, 8.73%)

PlayStation 2:
- Burnout Dominator (#6 on GamerMetrics, 5.70%)
- Carol Vorderman's Sudoku
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (#8 on GamerMetrics, 3.64%)

Nintendo DS:
- Rayman Raving Rabbids
- Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing
- Wario: Master of Disguise (#7 on GamerMetrics, 3.68%)

>PlayStation Portable:
- Burnout Dominator (#10 on GamerMetrics, 2.95%)
- Carol Vorderman's Sudoku
- Pimp My Ride

PC:
- Sonic Mega Collection Plus
- Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (#9 on GamerMetrics, 3.42%)
- Tortuga: Two Treasures

One of the Xbox 360's most enduringly popular titles is set to see a sequel this week in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, which lies at the top of many gamers' wish lists in the days prior to its release. The highly anticipated PS3 racing title MotorStorm trails close behind in gamer awareness and purchase intent, while NBA Street Homecourt and two different ports of Def Jam: Icon round out the top five most wanted releases for the week. The PS2 port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, on the other hand, only manages to take eighth place in this week's findings. This modest amount of gamer anticipation is somewhat unexpected, given the popularity of the GTA series and the previously released PSP-to-PS2 upgrade of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Sales figures could tell a different story by the end of the month, however, despite this tepid prerelease buzz. Games Released in Europe:

Xbox 360:
- Bullet Witch
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

PlayStation 2:
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Stacked with Daniel Negreanu

Nintendo DS:
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
- Garfield's Nightmare
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

PlayStation Portable:
- The Hustle: Detroit Streets
- M.A.C.H. Modified Air Combat Heroes
- Stacked with Daniel Negreanu

Game Boy Advance:
- Dogz 2

PC:
- Murder on the Orient Express
- Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle
- Silverfall
- TrackMania United

Big names like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 will see simultaneous release in both the U.S. and the UK this week, while Europe also catches up with several popular titles that originally hit American shores in months past. Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis in particular stand out as major releases that were proven hits overseas, and should find similar success among gamers in the UK. Europe will see little in the way of exclusive titles this week, however, aside from Dogz 2 for GBA and a select few PC titles that will not be released in the U.S. until later this month. The coming weeks should feature more and better exclusive releases, along with the usual localizations of popular titles from other regions. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo DS:
- Ark no 10-Punkan Eigo Master: Chuukyuu
- Ark no 10-Punkan Eigo Master: Joukyuu
- Ark no 10-Punkan Eigo Master: Shokyuu
- Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Makai Daibouken DS
- Dragon Sakura DS
- EQ Trainer DS: Deki Iru Otona no Communication Jutsu
- Karasawa Shunichi no DS de Oboeru Kaiwa Spice - Zatsugakuen DS
- Kikutan DS Advanced
- Kikutan DS Basic
- Numpla 10000-Mon
- Oishinbo: DS Recipe Shuu
- Otonaryoku Kentei
- Puzzle Series Vol. 10: Hitori ni Shitekure
- Puzzle Series Vol. 11: Nurikabe
- Puzzle Series Vol. 12: Bijutsukan
- Seiken Densetsu: Heroes of Mana
- Yoshi's Island DS

Nintendo Wii:
- Bomberman Land Wii
- Eyeshield 21: Field no Saikyou Senshi Tachi

PlayStation 3:
- Power Smash 3

PlayStation 2:
- Amekoushi no Kan
- Guitar Freaks & DrumMania: Masterpiece Gold
- Hisshou Pachinko*Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series Vol. 9: CR Fever Captain Harlock
- Kenka Banchou 2: Full Throttle
- Major League Baseball 2K6
- Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection

Dreamcast:
- Karous

An obscene number of puzzlers and brain training titles will hit the Nintendo DS in Japan this week, as unique releases like Yoshi's Island DS and Seiken Densetsu: Heroes of Mana are left to drown in a sea of double-digit sequels and edutainment software. Elsewhere, Bomberman will set out on his first adventure on the Nintendo Wii, while the Virtua Tennis series makes its next-gen debut with Power Smash 3. Other notable releases include the retro compilation Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection (which captures Sega's convoluted Wonder Boy series in its entirety) and Karous, which is purported to be the very last Sega Dreamcast game that will be officially produced. Given the console's longevity and popularity among shooter fans, however, future Dreamcast releases still remain very likely.

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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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