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Release This: Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Gundam Musou 2 Headline Japanese Lineup

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" explores a week that brings Rock Band 2 to the Wii and PlayStation 2 in North America, while Japan receives Gundam Musou 2, Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis and Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
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. Rock Band 2 is set to make its North American debut on the Wii and PlayStation 2 in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday. Japan hosts a multiconsole lineup that includes beatmania IIDX 15: DJ Troopers and Gundam Musou 2, meanwhile, as portables receive Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis and Dissidia: Final Fantasy. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending December 20th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii: - Calvin Tucker's Redneck Jamboree - Neopets Puzzle Adventure - Rock Band 2 - Summer Sports 2: Island Sports Party - Word Jong Party Xbox 360: - Rise of the Argonauts PlayStation 3: - Rise of the Argonauts PlayStation 2: - Rock Band 2Nintendo DS: - Candace Kane's Candy Factory - Cate West The Vanishing Files - C.O.R.E. - Dreamer Series: Horse Trainer - Dreamer Series: Puppy Trainer - Driver's Ed Portable - Learn Math - Mystery P.I.: Portrait of a Thief - Zoo Quest: Puzzle Fun! PC: - Azada 2 - Rise of the Argonauts - The Tale of Despereaux

As Christmas approaches, North America's console release schedule slows to a crawl. Codemasters' Rise of the Argonauts debuts as this week's only release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 owners will receive a long-delayed port of Harmonix's Rock Band 2. Holiday shoppers will have more options on the portable console front, as the Nintendo DS will soon receive a handful of educational releases, pet simulations, and a port of PopCap's Mystery P.I.: Portrait of a Thief. Games Released in Europe:

Xbox 360: - AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track PackPlayStation 3: - AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack - Sonic Unleashed

Europe's release lineup also suffers the effects of the holiday doldrums. AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack and a PlayStation 3 port of Sonic Unleashed are this week's only UK premieres, with few other titles planned for release in upcoming weeks. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii: - Bleach: Versus Crusade - Dance Dance Revolution: Furu Furu Party - Disney TH!NK: Haya Oshi Quiz - Karaoke Joysound Wii - Let's Tap - Need for Speed Undercover - Sonic World Adventure Xbox 360: - Fable II - Gundam Musou 2 - Lego Batman - Need for Speed Undercover - Prince of Persia PlayStation 3: - Gundam Musou 2 - Lego Batman - Need for Speed Undercover PlayStation 2: - ADK Tamashii - beatmania IIDX 15: DJ Troopers - Fate/Unlimited Codes - FIFA 09: World Class Soccer - Gundam Musou 2 - Hisshou Pachinko*Pachi-Slot Kouryaku Series Vol. 13: Neon Genesis Evangelion - Yakusoku no Toki - Need for Speed Undercover - Yukinkoto Daisenpuu: Saiyuki to Koyukino Hie Hie DaisoudouNintendo DS: - Bokujou Monogatari: Youkoso Kaze no Bazaar e - Edogawa Ranpo no Kaijin Nijuu Mensou DS - Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis - Kirarin * Revolution: Atsumete Change! Kurukira Coorde - Lego Batman - Minna de Dokusho: Keatai Shousetsu Desu - Momotarou Dentetsu: 20-Shuunen - Nakayoshi All-Stars: Mezase Gakuen Idol - Ochaken no Daibouken 2: Yume Ippai no Omocha Hako - Power Pro Kun Pocket 11 - Princess Ballerina: Yumemiru 4-Jin no Primadonna - Ragnarok Online DS - Space Puzzle Bobble - Takahashi Shoten Kanshuu: Saihinshutsu! SPI Perfect Mondaishuu DS 2010 Nendohan - Tales of Hearts (Anime Movie Edition) - Tales of Hearts (CG Movie Edition) PlayStation Portable: - Crimson Room Rebirth - Dissidia: Final Fantasy - Hiiro no Kakera Portable - Need for Speed Undercover - Otsugea Uranai na Desu. - Saikyou Shogi Bonanza - Solfege: Sweet Harmony PC: - Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 4.0

While other regions slow their release schedules in preparation for the holidays, Japan's multiplatform lineup boasts a number of new titles across all platforms this week. Fable II and Prince of Persia highlight this week's Xbox 360-exclusive offerings, while PlayStation 3, PS2, and 360 owners will receive a sequel to last year's hit beat-em-up Gundam Musou (Dynasty Warriors Gundam). The PlayStation 2 is also set to see a sequel in Konami's DJ simulation series beatmania IIDX, along with a home port of Capcom's 2D fighter Fate/Unlimited Codes. Nintendo Wii gamers can expect to see Let's Tap and Hudson's anticipated karaoke sim Karaoke Joysound Wii, while Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis, Tales of Hearts, and Dissidia: Final Fantasy headline this week's portable lineup.

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