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Release This: Ninja Gaiden II, Lego Indiana Jones Head U.S. Lineup

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide release list examines a week that sees a planetspanning release of Ninja Gaiden II on the Xbox 360 - joining Lego Indiana Jones and The Bourne Conspiracy as major debuts in this week's

Danny Cowan, Blogger

June 2, 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 marks the worldwide release of Ninja Gaiden II on the Xbox 360, which joins Lego Indiana Jones and The Bourne Conspiracy in this week's U.S. release lineup. Gamers in Europe can expect an early look at an English-language version of Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, meanwhile, as Japan prepares for Fushigi no Dungeon - Fuurai no Shiren 3. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending June 7th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:

License-based titles and film tie-ins make up the bulk of this week's U.S. releases, with The Incredible Hulk, Kung Fu Panda, and Lego Indiana Jones finding their way to a majority of platforms in the coming days. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will additionally see The Bourne Conspiracy and Codemasters' racer GRID. A select few platform exclusives round out North America's release lineup. Ninja Gaiden II is set to debut on the Xbox 360, arriving as what could be this week's most anticipated multiplatform release. On portables, SCEA's golf sequel Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 seeks to fill the void left by conspicuously absent PSP ports of Kung Fu Panda and The Incredible Hulk, while Atlus provides Nintendo DS owners with a new localized RPG in Summon Night: Twin Age. Games Released in Europe:

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit makes its English-language debut in the UK this week, several days in advance of its planned U.S. release. Other UK-exclusive debuts this week include Looney Tunes: Cartoon Concerto, Stratego, and Midnight Play! Pack for the Nintendo DS. Otherwise, many of this week's UK highlights are shared with the rest of the world, with Ninja Gaiden II and Lego Indiana Jones serving as standout titles. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii owners in Japan will soon receive Fushigi no Dungeon - Fuurai no Shiren 3: Karakuri Yashiki no Nemuri Hime, a long-awaited sequel in ChunSoft's Fuurai no Shiren roguelike franchise. The series recently made its U.S. and European debut with the March release of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer on the Nintendo DS, though the franchise's last true sequel was released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64. No international release date for Fuurai no Shiren 3 has yet been announced. Offerings are slim on other platforms, with the PlayStation 2 receiving the adventure title Oookuki and the Ridge Racer series-based pachinko sim Yamasa Digi World: Collaboration SP Pachi-Slot Ridge Racer, while the Nintendo DS sees an unusually slow week consisting of only four new releases. These titles have the potential to make an impact on Japan's upcoming sales charts, however -- the previous entry in Tecmo's Suspense adventure series remained a best-seller for several weeks after its initial release late last year, and Namco's 99 no Namida (99 Tears) promises a unique experience that aims to cause its players to cry.

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Danny Cowan

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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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