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Release This: Halo Wars Premieres Stateside; Japan Gets BioHazard 5

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Halo Wars, Sonic and the Black Knight, and Phantasy Star Portable to North America, as Japan gets the awaited Resident Evil sequel BioHazard
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 brings Halo Wars to North America, along with titles like Sonic and the Black Knight, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. and Phantasy Star Portable. Patapon 2 headlines a slow week in Europe, as Japan gets the awaited Resident Evil sequel BioHazard 5. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 7th, 2009. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii: - Grey's Anatomy - Major League Baseball 2K9 - Six Flags Fun Park - Sonic and the Black Knight - We Ski & Snowboard Xbox 360: - Halo Wars - Major League Baseball 2K9 - SBK: Superbike World Championship - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. PlayStation 3: - Major League Baseball 2K9 - MLB 09: The Show - SBK: Superbike World Championship - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. PlayStation 2: - The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match - Major League Baseball 2K9 - MLB 09: The Show - Spongebob Squarepants Happy Squared Double Pack - Tomb Raider UnderworldNintendo DS: - Grey's Anatomy - Littlest Pet Shop: Spring - Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars - Monster Band - SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off PlayStation Portable: - MLB 09: The Show - Phantasy Star Portable PC: - Empire: Total War - Grey's Anatomy - Major League Baseball 2K9 - SBK: Superbike World Championship

The Ensemble Studios-developed real-time strategy title Halo Wars headlines this week's North American console lineup, with other highlights including Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. and a pair of baseball sims from Sony and 2K Sports. Wii owners will soon see the We Ski sequel We Ski & Snowboard, along with Sega's Sonic and the Secret Rings follow-up Sonic and the Black Knight. Sega will see a big week on other platforms as well. The company is set to publish the anticipated strategy RPG sequel Empire: Total War for PCs platforms, while the PSP gets the Phantasy Star Universe spinoff Phantasy Star Portable. Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii: - AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack - Bigfoot: Collision Course - New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis - Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity Xbox 360: - Battle Fantasia - Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. PlayStation 3: - Battle Fantasia - Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.Nintendo DS: - Away: Shuffle Dungeon - Big Bang Mini - Bigfoot: Collision Course - Bleach: Dark Souls - Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles - Littlest Pet Shop: Spring - Spongebob Squarepants: Frantic Fry Cook PlayStation Portable: - Patapon 2 PC: - Empire: Total War - Grand Ages: Rome

Sony's rhythm-action sequel Patapon 2 makes an early English-language debut in Europe this week, with a North American release not planned until May. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis also arrives in the UK this week in advance of its release overseas, as does Kalypso's real-time strategy title Grand Ages: Rome. Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii: - Relaxuma: Minna de Goyururi Seikatsu Xbox 360: - BioHazard 5 PlayStation 3: - BioHazard 5 PlayStation 2: - Super Robot Taisen Z Special DiscNintendo DS: - Aibou DS - Kimokawae! - Seventh Dragon - Simple DS Series Vol. 47: The Suiri: Shinshou 2009 - Sukashishipanman DS: Shokotak Koto Nakagawa Shouko Produce! - Tennis no Oji-Sama: Doubles no Oji-Sama - Girls, Be Gracious! PC: - Action Game Tsukuuru

Capcom's survival horror sequel BioHazard 5 (Resident Evil 5) heads this week's Japanese console lineup, though few other titles are set to debut alongside it on store shelves. Wii owners will get Relaxuma: Minna de Goyururi Seikatsu, as the PlayStation 2 receives the Super Robot Taisen encyclopedia title Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc. Nintendo DS offerings for this week include Sega's RPG Seventh Dragon, Tecmo's adventure title Aibou DS, and Konami's manga-based Tennis no Oji-Sama: Doubles no Oji-Sama - Girls, Be Gracious!

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