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Release This: Civ Rev U.S.-bound; Japan Gets Persona 4, Wii BioHazard 0

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide release list examines a week that brings Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon Stateside, as Persona 4 and a Wii port of BioHazard 0 de
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. A release schedule slowdown hits western territories this week, with Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon serving as highlights in a small multiplatform U.S. lineup, while Secret Agent Clank and Summer Athletics headline in the UK. Japan is set to see a more robust cross-console lineup in comparison, with standouts including Persona 4, Densetsu no Starfy: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan, and a Wii port of BioHazard 0. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending July 12th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii: - Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon - Purr Pals - Sports Party - Wonder World Amusement Park Xbox 360: - Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games - Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - Unreal Tournament 3 PlayStation 3: - Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games - Sid Meier's Civilization RevolutionNintendo DS: - Carnival Games - Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution PC: - Devil May Cry 4 - Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
A slow release week awaits gamers in the United States, though a few standout titles make the upcoming lineup worth a look. Notably, this week marks the U.S. multiplatform launch of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution -- the first console-specific release in the long-running Civilization strategy franchise. Also premiering this week is an Xbox 360 port of the previously PS3-only Unreal Tournament 3, along with the Final Fantasy roguelike spinoff Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon for the Nintendo Wii. On other platforms, the Wii casual hit Carnival Games sees a port for the Nintendo DS, while the popular Nancy Drew series of PC adventure games receives a sequel in The Phantom of Venice. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii: - Summer Athletics PlayStation 2: - Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Nintendo DS: - Bakushow - Doodle Hex - Top Spin 3PlayStation Portable: - Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress - Secret Agent Clank PC: - Devil May Cry 4
The UK's recently busy release schedule slows to a crawl this week, with only eight new games debuting across all platforms. Among these are localizations of recent U.S. releases like Secret Agent Clank and Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress for the PSP, in addition to Europe-exclusive worldwide debuts for Summer Athletics and Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii: - BioHazard 0 - Puzzle Series Vol. 2: Illust Logic + Colorful Logic Xbox 360: - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Map Download Special Limited Edition) - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men PlayStation 3: - Dark Sector - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men PlayStation 2: - Persona 4 PlayStation Portable: - God of War: Rakujitsu no Hisoukyoku - Poncotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot: Vehicle Battle Tournament - Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula VSNintendo DS: - Cosmetic Paradise: Make no Kiseki - Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2 - Densetsu no Starfy: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan - Gakken Chuugokugo Sanmai DS - Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Daigekisen - Hanayori Danshi: Koi Seyo Onago - Naruto Shippuuden: Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu - Gekitou! Naruto vs. Sasuke - Pet Shop Monogatari DS - Simple DS Series Vol. 41: The Bakudan Shori-Han - Simple DS Series Vol. 42: The Haioku Byoutou - Touch de Ni-Hao Hitsudan - Yokojiku de Manabu Sekai no Rekishi: Yoko-Gaku DS
Japan sees the most active release lineup of any region this week, with a large number of major titles set to hit all platforms. Console offerings are headed by Atlus' much-anticipated Shin Megami Tensei subseries sequel Persona 4 on the PlayStation 2, while Wii owners await the release of an upgraded port of Capcom's BioHazard 0 (previously released on the GameCube in other regions as Resident Evil 0). Portables see a broader selection of releases, with the DS soon to receive Nintendo's Densetsu no Starfy: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan and Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2, along with a variety of licensed fare and budget-priced releases. The PSP gets a Steambot Chronicles follow-up in Poncotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot: Vehicle Battle Tournament, meanwhile, in addition to a localization of God of War: Chains of Olympus.

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