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Release This: God of War PSP, Bully Arrive Stateside

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide release list examines a week that brings Sony's God of War franchise to the PSP in North America, as other platforms receive Bully: Scholarship Edition, Army of Two, and the year's fir

Danny Cowan

March 3, 2008

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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. This week's worldwide lineup sees Bully: Scholarship Edition and Army of Two debuting across multiple platforms in North America and Europe. The U.S. will additionally receive the awaited action title God of War: Chains of Olympus on the PSP, along with a pair of MLB-licensed baseball sims from Sony and 2K Games. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 8th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Major League Baseball 2K8
- Ninja Reflex

Xbox 360:
- Army of Two
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Major League Baseball 2K8

PlayStation 3:
- Army of Two
- Major League Baseball 2K8
- MLB 08: The Show

PlayStation 2:
- Major League Baseball 2K8
- MLB 08: The Show
- Silent Hill: Origins

Nintendo DS:
- Anno 1701
- Bubble Bobble: Double Shot
- Chicken Hunter
- Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest
- Homie Rollerz
- Imagine: Figure Skater
- Let's Ride! Friends Forever
- Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
- Ninja Reflex
- Petz: Bunnyz

PlayStation Portable:
- God of War: Chains of Olympus
- Major League Baseball 2K8
- MLB 08: The Show
- World Championship Cards

PC:
- Arctic Stud Poker Run
- Imperium Romanum
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

Many long-awaited titles are set to release across all platforms in the United States this week. God of War: Chains of Olympus in particular has been touted as the PlayStation Portable's most anticipated release of the year so far, and PSP hardware sales are likely to see a boost in the coming week as a result of the previously PS2-only series making its portable debut. Elsewhere, Sony's and 2K Sports' rival baseball sims Major League Baseball 2K8 and MLB 08: The Show compete across multiple platforms, as an upgraded version of Rockstar's Bully makes its way to the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Meanwhile, the Nintendo DS finds a busy lineup featuring a variety of casual and kid-friendly releases (along with the well-regarded roguelike Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer), as the PlayStation 2 receives a port of Konami's Silent Hill: Origins. Next week will mark the U.S. release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Nintendo Wii, as other platforms see Condemned 2, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates. Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
- Fishing Master
- Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue

Xbox 360:
- A-Train HX
- Army of Two
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Dynasty Warriors 6
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed

PlayStation 3:
- Army of Two
- BlackSite
- Dynasty Warriors 6
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed

PlayStation 2:
- The Dog Island
- Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids
- Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed
- Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2

Nintendo DS:
- Baby Pals
- Bubble Bobble: Double Shot
- Kira Kira Pop Princess
- Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids
- Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed
- Winx Club: Mission Echantrix
- Zoo Hospital
- Zoo Tycoon 2 DS

PlayStation Portable:
- Fading Shadows
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed
- World Championship Poker Featuring Howard Lederer: All In

PC:
- Jack Keane
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

EA's cooperation-based shooter Army of Two will debut in both the U.S. and the UK this week, arriving months after its originally scheduled release date due to reportedly significant gameplay tweaks. The UK will also see exclusive localizations of the DS rhythm title Kira Kira Pop Princess and Artdink's railway simulator A-Train HX for the Xbox 360 in the coming week, while the PSP receives the Europe-only puzzler Fading Shadows. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Family Jockey
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Minna no Joushiki Ryoku TV
- Nobunaga no Yabou: Kakushin with Power-Up Kit
- Playground: Kouen de Asobou!

PlayStation 3:
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!

PlayStation 2:
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Naraku no Shiro
- Nobunaga no Yabou: Kakushin with Power-Up Kit

Nintendo DS:
- Doraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojinden DS
- Eiken-Ou: 2-Kyuuhen
- Hana to Taiyou to Ame to
- Jigsaw Puzzle DS: DS de Meguru Sekai Isan no Tabi

PC:
- Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! Online Beginner's Package
- The Typing of the Dead II

Among Japan's most prominent offerings this week are localizations of Guitar Hero III and Metroid Prime 3, both of which arrive several months after their initial Western release. Anticipation also runs high this week for Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!, a PS3 sequel to Sega's Yakuza franchise that takes place during Japan's Edo period, in contrast to the characteristic modern-day setting seen in Ryu ga Gotoku and its sequel. An overseas release for Kenzan! could be a ways off, however, given that a localization of Ryu ga Gotoku 2 (Yakuza 2) was only recently announced for U.S. release at an unknown future date.

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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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