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Release This: Guitar Hero III Hits U.S. Shelves, Super Mario Galaxy Reaches Japan

The latest "Release This!" details a week that will see the debut of Guitar Hero III, Manhunt 2, and The Simpsons Game in the United States, while Japan enjoys an early look at Super Mario Galaxy - exhaustive worldwide release
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. Guitar Hero III arrives on store shelves in the United States this week, promising big multi-platform sales numbers and a nationwide retail scramble to keep the title in stock throughout the holidays. Manhunt 2 and The Simpsons Game will also compete for consumer attention and sales, while in Japan, Super Mario Galaxy makes its anticipated worldwide debut. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending November 3rd, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Barbie as The Island Princess
- Battalion Wars 2
- Bee Movie Game
- Ben 10: Protector of Earth
- Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- High School Musical: Sing It!
- Manhunt 2
- The Simpsons Game

Xbox 360:
- Bee Movie Game
- Cars Mater-National
- Guitar Hero II (Game Only)
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
- The Simpsons Game
- TimeShift
- Virtua Fighter 5
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals

PlayStation 3:
- Cars Mater-National
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- The Simpsons Game
- Stranglehold

PlayStation 2:
- Barbie as The Island Princess
- Bee Movie Game
- Ben 10: Protector of Earth
- Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party
- Buzz!: The Mega Quiz
- Cars Mater-National
- Guitar Hero & Guitar Hero II Dual Pack
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- High School Musical: Sing It!
- Honda SBK-07: Superbike World Championship
- The King of Fighters XI
- Manhunt 2
- The Simpsons Game
Nintendo DS:
- Barbie as The Island Princess
- Bee Movie Game
- Ben 10: Protector of Earth
- Cars Mater-National
- Dementium: The Ward
- Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Garfield Gets Real
- Neves
- Ratatouille Food Frenzy
- Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys
- The Simpsons Game
- Super Collapse 3

PlayStation Portable:
- Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
- Manhunt 2

PC:
- Assault Heroes
- Barbie as The Island Princess
- Bee Movie Game
- The Command & Conquer Saga
- Culpa Innata
- FlatOut: Head On
- Hellgate: London
- NBA Live 08
- Sega Rally Revo
- Tabula Rasa
- TimeShift
- The Witcher
- World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
- Zoo Vet 2: Endangered Animals
It's another big week for new releases in the United States, as Guitar Hero III promises to be one of the most popular releases throughout the holiday season across multiple platforms. Bundled and standalone versions of Guitar Hero III currently dominate video game sales at Amazon, with the bundled Nintendo Wii version and the standalone PS2 port proving to be the most popular choices. The famously delayed Manhunt 2 will also make its debut this week, after undergoing a number of required changes regarding its content. Other long-awaited releases include the PlayStation 3 version of Stranglehold and an online play-enabled port of Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox 360. These titles -- along with popular licensed names like The Simpsons Game and releases for Ben 10, High School Musical, and The Bee Movie -- ensure that this week should represent a large financial investment both for gamers and for parents shopping in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Arctic Tale
- Offroad Extreme
- The Simpsons Game

Xbox 360:
- Avatar: The Legend of Aang -- The Burning Earth
- Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
- Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
- NBA 2K8
- NHL 2K8
- The Simpsons Game
- TimeShift
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

PlayStation 3:
- Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
- NBA 2K8
- NHL 2K8
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

PlayStation 2:
- Buzz! Junior: Monster Rumble
- Clever Kids: Dino Land
- Clever Kids: Pony World
- EyeToy: Play Astro Zoo
- The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
- Mr. Bean
- NHL 2K8
- The Simpsons Game
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
Nintendo DS:
- Chessmaster: The Art of Learning
- Clever Kids: Dino Land
- Clever Kids: Pony World
- CSI: Dark Motives
- Disney Princess: Magical Jewels
- Imagine Babyz
- The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
- Operation Vietnam
- The Simpsons Game
- Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

PlayStation Portable:
- The Sims 2: Castaway
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

PC:
- Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
- Championship Manager 2008
- Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition
- Dirty Dancing: The Video Game
- FIFA Manager 08
- Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power
- Hellgate: London
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Acceleration
- Tabula Rasa
- TimeShift
Europe boasts a daunting release list for this week. The chart features a large number of games debuting alongside their U.S. counterparts, along with a selection of anticipated titles already in the hands of gamers in other territories. Among these dozens of releases, Hellgate: London currently leads in weekly presales at Amazon.co.uk, while the Wii port of The Simpsons Game is attracting its share of attention as well. UK gamers will also find a number of region-exclusive releases on store shelves this week. Titles like Dirty Dancing: The Video Game and the Xbox 360 port of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War will see European release prior to debuting in North America, while Offroad Extreme, Mr. Bean, and Clever Kids: Dino Land and Pony World are not scheduled for multi-region release at all. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Opoona
- Super Mario Galaxy

Xbox 360:
- Ace Combat 6: Kaihou e no Senka

PlayStation 3:
- GI Jockey 4 2007
- Railfan: Taiwan Takatetsu

PlayStation 2:
- GI Jockey 4 2007
- MotoGP 07
- Super Robot Taisen: Scramble Commander The 2nd
Nintendo DS:
- Dragon Tamer: Sound Spirits
- Sangokushi DS 2
- Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Koushiki Soft: 250-Mannin no KanKen

PC:
- Lineage II: First Throne
What Japan's list for this week lacks in quantity it more than makes up in promised quality. Amazon.co.jp's users currently divide the majority of their preorders between Ace Combat 6: Kaihou e no Senka and Super Mario Galaxy, with Ace Combat 6 barely edging out Mario in popularity at this point in time. This is likely to change in future weeks, however, as both Japanese gamers and importers appear eager to snap up Galaxy in droves, as the title will not arrive in North America until the 12th. Judging by Amazon's presales data, gamers in Japan will also likely find interest in Super Robot Taisen: Scramble Commander the 2nd, the latest PS2 entry in the long-running strategy RPG series.

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