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Release This: Eternal Sonata, MySims Head Major U.S. Release Week

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" details Eternal Sonata's anticipated American release, as MySims, World in Conflict and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus prepare for launch in the UK and Japan - exclusive IGN GamerMetrics
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 swell of gamer enthusiasm greets Eternal Sonata's American release this week, as anticipated titles like MySims and World in Conflict prepare for launch in both the U.S. and the UK. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 22nd, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Anubis II
- Cosmic Family
- Dewy's Adventure (#10 on GamerMetrics, 3.07%)
- Fishing Master
- Mercury Meltdown Revolution
- MySims (#4 on GamerMetrics, 6.87%)

Xbox 360:
- Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
- Eternal Sonata (#1 on GamerMetrics Most Anticipated New Releases, 21.60% Mindshare)
- Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (#9 on GamerMetrics, 3.48%)
- Warriors Orochi

PlayStation 3:
- Stranglehold (#2 on GamerMetrics, 8.38%)
- Stranglehold: Collector's Edition (#5 on GamerMetrics, 5.76%)
- Stuntman: Ignition (#7 on GamerMetrics, 4.12%)

PlayStation 2:
- Digimon World: Data Squad
- Growlanser: Heritage of War
- Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
- SingStar '80s
- SingStar Amped
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Warriors Orochi
Nintendo DS:
- 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
- AniMates
- Backyard Basketball
- Digimon World: Dawn
- Digimon World: Dusk
- Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
- Master Jin Jin's IQ Challenge
- MySims
- Namco Museum DS
- Nancy Drew: Deadly Secret of Olde World Park
- Sonic Rush Adventure (#6 on GamerMetrics, 4.81%)

PlayStation Portable:
- Coded Arms: Contagion
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2

PC:
- Big Buck Hunter
- Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
- Experiment 112
- The History Channel: Great Battles of Rome
- I Love Kittens
- I Love Puppies
- Pirate's Revenge
- Stranglehold (#8 on GamerMetrics, 3.75%)
- World in Conflict (#3 on GamerMetrics, 7.96%)
This week's sizable U.S. release list is headed by Namco Bandai's Eternal Sonata, which boasts an impressive and somewhat unexpected Mindshare lead over its competitors in the days leading up to its release. Given this high level of anticipation, Eternal Sonata is likely to receive the warm retail welcome that was denied fellow RPG Blue Dragon, which recently debuted to a mediocre sales performance. Stranglehold also stands to be one of the week's biggest titles, with a PC port and two separate PS3 editions making an appearance in this week's Mindshare top ten. The list additionally spotlights MySims, World in Conflict, and Sonic Rush Adventure as being among the week's most anticipated releases, though competition from the many other debuting titles ensures that a tough battle is about to be fought on retail shelves. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Anubis II
- Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing
- Brunswick Pro Bowling
- MySims
- Ninjabread Man
- Rock'n Roll Adventures

Xbox 360:
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition
- NHL 08
- Warriors Orochi

PlayStation 3:
- NASCAR 08
- NHL 08
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

PlayStation 2:
- Brunswick Pro Bowling
- SingStar Rock Ballads
- Warriors Orochi
- World Championship Poker 2
Nintendo DS:
- B-17: Fortress in the Sky
- Cake Mania
- Drawn to Life
- MySims
- The New York Times Crosswords
- Prism: Light the Way

PlayStation Portable:
- Brunswick Pro Bowling
- Freak Out - Extreme Freeride
- Little Britain The Video Game

PC:
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition
- NHL 08
- Red Ocean
- World in Conflict
While gamers in the UK will likely devote the majority of their attention to heavy-hitters such as MySims and World in Conflict this week, the week-early European release of budget-priced Wii ports like Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing, Ninjabread Man, and Rock'n Roll Adventures ensures that a number of gamers will find something to like in this week's lineup. Europe will also receive region-exclusive releases in Red Ocean and Freak Out - Extreme Freeride, along with a selection of titles previously released in other regions. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Mario Strikers Charged
- Sengoku Musou Katana

Xbox 360:
- Madden NFL 08

PlayStation 2:
- Burnout Dominator
- Kiniro no Corda 2 Anchor
- Madden NFL 08
- Nanatsu Iro * Drops Pure!!
- Princess Concerto
- Saint Beast: Rasen no Shou

PlayStation Portable:
- Burnout Dominator
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
- R-Type Tactics
Nintendo DS:
- Deltora Quest: 7-tsu no Houseki
- Elemental Monster
- Gachapin Nikki DS
- Katekyoo Hitman Reborn!! DS Flame Rumble Kaien Ring Soudatsuen!
- Kyouryuu Ikusei Battle RPG: Kyouryuu Monster
- Sankei Sports Kanshuu: Keiba Ryoku Nintei Shiken: Baken DS
- Simple DS Series Vol. 22: The Zero-Yon * Shinya
- Tanoshii Youchien: Kotoba to Asobo!
- Uwasa no Misu-Kun!! Natsuiro Striker
Despite their sales successes overseas, hits like Mario Strikers Charged and Madden NFL 08 don't appear likely to fare as well in Japan, where a pair of expansion packs are set to do the biggest business this week. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus and the Koei-published adventure title Kiniro no Corda 2 Anchor currently rank as the most-preordered titles among this week's batch of releases at Amazon.co.jp, with few competing titles generating nearly as much attention on any platform. [About IGN GamerMetrics: IGN GamerMetrics is an interactive tool designed to report the real-time behavior and interests of visitors to IGN Entertainment's network of gaming enthusiast web sites. Using data collected from IGN's readers, GamerMetrics shows the levels of consumer awareness, engagement, and purchase intent in every video game title released in the U.S. market.]

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