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Release This: Apollo Justice Arrives Stateside; BioShock Debuts in Japan

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" examines a week that brings Apollo Justice and Dragon Quest Swords to North America, as Japan receives a localization of BioShock and a NiGHTS remake.
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 brings Dragon Quest Swords and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Stateside, along with multiplatform offerings like The Club, Dynasty Warriors 6, and FIFA Street 3. Meanwhile, Japan receives a long-awaited localization of BioShock, as Europe gets Unreal Tournament 3 and Patapon. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending February 23rd, 2008. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Balloon Pop
- Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
- MX vs. ATV: Untamed
- Pimp My Ride

Xbox 360:
- The Club
- Dynasty Warriors 6
- FIFA Street 3

PlayStation 3:
- The Club
- Dynasty Warriors 6
- FIFA Street 3
- The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific
Nintendo DS:
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
- Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of the Ancient Arts
- FIFA Street 3

PlayStation Portable:
- Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of the Ancient Arts
- Need for Speed ProStreet

PC:
- CABAL Online
- The Club
- Forgotten Riddles: The Mayan Princess
- The Guild Universe
North America plays catch-up this week with a lineup featuring several releases previously seen in other regions. Koei's history-based brawler Dynasty Warriors 6 made its multiplatform Japanese debut late last year, and the Bizarre Creations-developed shooter The Club was originally released in Europe earlier this month. On Nintendo platforms, Wii owners will soon get a localized version of Square Enix's Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, as Capcom readies its Phoenix Wright series successor Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for the Nintendo DS. Next week will bring Sony's rhythm-action title Patapon to North American PSPs. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners can expect to see LOST: Via Domus, along with the alternative history FPS Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Godzilla Unleashed
- Jenga
- Samurai Warriors Katana
- Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

Xbox 360:
- FIFA Street 3
- Jumper

PlayStation 3:
- FIFA Street 3
- Unreal Tournament 3

PlayStation 2:
- Buzz! Junior: Dino Den
- Godzilla Unleashed
- Iridium Runners
- Jumper
- Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Nintendo DS:
- Brain Challenge
- FIFA Street 3
- Godzilla Unleashed
- Paint by DS

PlayStation Portable:
- ATV Offroad Fury Pro
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Patapon

PC:
- AGON: Lost Sword of Toledo
- City Life 2008
- The Club
- Imperium Romanum
- TV Giant
EA's arcade-style soccer title FIFA Street 3 debuts in the UK at the same time as its U.S. counterpart, though the bulk of this week's European lineup has already been seen release elsewhere in the world. A Europe-exclusive localization of the "digital coloring book" Paint by DS offers up variety on the Nintendo DS, however, and PSP owners in the UK can expect to see Patapon several days in advance of its scheduled U.S. release. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Miburi & Teburi
- Winning Eleven Play Maker 2008

Xbox 360:
- BioShock
- Burnout Paradise

PlayStation 3:
- Burnout Paradise
- Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
- Stuntman: Ignition

PlayStation 2:
- Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2
- Last Escort 2: Shiya no Amai Ira
- NiGHTS into Dreams...
- Pachinko Kamen Rider: Shocker Zenmetsu Daisakusen
- Stuntman: Ignition
Nintendo DS:
- Bokujou Monogatari: Kira Kira Taiyou to Nakama Tachi
- Hisshou Pachinko*Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series DS Vol. 1: Shinseiki Evangelion - Magokoro o, Kimi ni
- Keiji J.B. Harold no Jikenbo: Satsujin Club
- Populous DS
- Sekaiju no Meikyuu 2: Shoou no Seihai
- Space Invaders Extreme
- SuperLite 2500: Tokyo Odaiba Casino

PlayStation Portable:
- Musou Orochi
- Space Invaders Extreme
Last year's acclaimed shooter BioShock makes its Japanese debut this week, exactly six months after its initial North American release. Other Western releases finding their way to Japan this week include Burnout Paradise on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 and Stuntman: Ignition for the PS2 and PS3. On the Nintendo DS, the Harvest Moon series continues with Bokujou Monogatari: Kira Kira Taiyou to Nakama Tachi, and last year's Wizardry-like RPG Etrian Odyssey receives a sequel in Sekaiju no Meikyuu 2: Shoou no Seihai. The week will also bring new life to classic franchises on the Nintendo DS with Populous DS and Space Invaders Extreme, while the 1996 Sega Saturn title NiGHTS into Dreams... receives a PS2 remake that additionally includes a port of Christmas NiGHTS.

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