Release This: F.E.A.R. 2, Retro Game Challenge Premiere Stateside

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings F.E.A.R. 2, Retro Game Challenge, and LocoRoco 2 to North America, as Japan gets Street Fighter IV.
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 North American multiplatform lineup includes awaited titles like F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, Retro Game Challenge, and LocoRoco 2. Retailers in the UK will soon see an early release for Shellshock 2, while Japan prepares for the debuts of Street Fighter IV and Mario & Luigi RPG 3. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending February 14th, 2009. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii: - Deadly Creatures - The House of the Dead: OVERKILL - NASCAR Kart Racing - Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Xbox 360: - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection PlayStation 3: - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection PlayStation 2: - M&Ms AdventureNintendo DS: - Jake Power: Fireman - Jake Power: Policeman - Moomin: The Great Autumn Party - My Do It All - Retro Game Challenge PlayStation Portable: - LocoRoco 2 PC: - Celetania - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition - Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst - Perimeter 2: New Earth - Warfare - X Blades

North America recovers after last week's disappointingly shallow lineup, as this week will see several anticipated releases debuting across all consoles. Monolith's FPS sequel F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin headlines multiplatform offerings, while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will also receive the 16-bit compilation Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. A pair of Onechanbara releases will make their way stateside this week on the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, arriving alongside a Wii-exclusive chapter in Sega's The House of the Dead shooter series. Portable highlights for this week include the Game Center CX spinoff title Retro Game Challenge and the action-puzzler sequel LocoRoco 2. Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii: - Ben 10: Alien Force - Bolt - Deadly Creatures - Hotel for Dogs - The House of the Dead: OVERKILL - Little League World Series Baseball - Monkey Mischief: Party Time - Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 - Petz: Monkey Madness - Pirates: Hunt for Black Beards Booty - Pitfall: The Big Adventure Xbox 360: - Bolt - Destroy All Humans: Path of The Furon - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Race Pro - Shellshock 2: Blood Trails PlayStation 3: - Bolt - Destroy All Humans: Path of The Furon - Eternal Sonata - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Shellshock 2: Blood TrailsPlayStation 2: - Ben 10: Alien Force - Bolt Nintendo DS: - Ben 10: Alien Force - Bolt - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice - Hotel for Dogs - Imagine: Movie Star - Petz: My Kitten Family - Petz: My Monkey Family - Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon PlayStation Portable: - Ben 10: Alien Force - Star Ocean: Second Evolution PC: - Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual - Europa Universalis III - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin - Hotel for Dogs - King's Bounty: The Legend - Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

Though the majority of the UK's offerings for this week consists of casual and licensed titles, the lineup also features a handful of interesting region-exclusive releases. Notably, the PlayStation 3 will host a UK-exclusive version of Destroy All Humans: Path of The Furon, a port that was previously denied U.S. release late last year. The Nintendo DS title Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice is not currently planned for release outside of Europe, either, while the multiplatform shooter Shellshock 2: Blood Trails will enjoy a UK premiere several days in advance of its release elsewhere in the world. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii: - Skate It Xbox 360: - Skate 2 - Street Fighter IV PlayStation 3: - Skate 2 - Street Fighter IV PlayStation 2: - Kidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou - Axis no Kyoui VNintendo DS: - Hidamari Sketch: Doko Demo Sugoroku x 365 - Mario & Luigi RPG 3 - Saga no Gabaibaa-Chan - Tantei Jinguuji Saburo DS: Fuserareta Shinjitsu PlayStation Portable: - Kidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou - Axis no Kyoui V - Tenchu 4 PC: - Danzai no Maria

The latest entry in Capcom's flagship fighting game franchise gets an awaited home port with this week's release of Street Fighter IV on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Localizations for North America and the UK are scheduled for release next week. On portables, the Nintendo DS hosts a sequel to the Mario & Luigi RPG series this week, as PSP owners receive Kidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou - Axis no Kyoui V and the Acquire-developed Tenchu 4.

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