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Release This: LEGO Mama: Dark Resurrection

Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", finds the United States hosting LEGO Star Wars II, Mega Man ZX, and Cooking Mama, and Europe and Japan receiving games like Tekken: Dark Resurrection
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 the week of September 11th, 2006, in an exclusively compiled list. The United States gears up for one of its biggest weeks in new releases so far this year, with over 40 titles scheduled to make their debut in the next several days. LEGO Star Wars II, Mega Man ZX, and Cooking Mama are only a few such titles that will find their way to retailers this week, and many more will soon follow. Europe and Japan also have a number of new games to look forward to in the coming week, with Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Ridge Racers 2, and God Hand all expected to be well received among consumers. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 16, 2006. Games Released in the United States:
Game Boy Advance:
- The Cheetah Girls
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Little Einsteins
- My Little Pony: Crystal Princess

GameCube:
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- One Piece: Pirates' Carnival

Nintendo DS:
- Cooking Mama
- Harvest Moon DS
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Mario Hoops 3-On-3
- MechAssault: Phantom War
- Mega Man ZX

PlayStation 2:
- Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Special Edition
- IGPX
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- NHL 07
- NHL 2K7
- One Piece: Pirates' Carnival
- Rule of Rose

PlayStation Portable:
- Bomberman
- Bounty Hounds
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- NHL 07
- Rengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N.
Xbox:
- Fuel
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- NHL 07
- NHL 2K7
- Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007

Xbox 360:
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- NHL 07
- NHL 2K7

PC:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Backyard Baseball 2007
- Brain Food Games
- Company of Heroes
- Everquest II Classic
- Faces of War
- Great Invasions
- Hoyle Card Games 2007
- Hoyle Casino 2007
- Hoyle Puzzle and Board Games 2007
- Joint Task Force
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- NHL 07
- Scrabble Complete with Clue
The United States is expected to see the release of a whopping 46 new titles this week, a number the likes of which has not been equaled in the last several months of video game releases in any region. Nintendo DS owners in particular will find themselves with plenty of options to choose from among the week's wide variety of new releases, which span everything from new entries in popular franchises (Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Mega Man ZX) to the original and the niche (Cooking Mama, Harvest Moon DS). Sweeping all platforms this week is LEGO Star Wars II, the much-anticipated follow-up to last year's lighthearted action title LEGO Star Wars. Based on the original trilogy of Star Wars films, LEGO Star Wars II is expected to offer similar gameplay to that of its prequel, and will feature the ability to mix and match character heads and bodies, to both humorous and practical effect. The original LEGO Star Wars is currently experiencing a surge in sales as consumers anticipate the release of its sequel -- LEGO Star Wars II should find similar success when it is released later this week. Games Released in Europe:
PlayStation 2:
- Ace Combat: The Belkan War
- Garfield 2
- Steambot Chronicles
- Super-Bikes: Riding Challenge
- Wild Arms 4
- Yakuza

PlayStation Portable:
- Gradius Collection
- Pocket Racers
- Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007
- Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Xbox 360:
- Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1
PC:
- Brain Trainer
- Broken Sword: The Angel of Death
- Call of Juarez
- Faces of War
- Garfield 2
- GTR 2
- Joint Task Force
- My Pony Club
- Night Watch
- Rome: Total War Alexander
Though not as massive in size as this week's release list for the United States, Europe's list still features a number of awaited titles. Among these include European versions of acclaimed games like Steambot Chronicles, Gradius Collection, and Tekken: Dark Resurrection -- titles that were released months ago in the United States, but will likely be appreciated nonetheless by gamers awaiting their debut in Europe. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo DS:
- Daredemo Kantan: Chou Chikun no Tsumego
- Kawaii Koinu DS
- Nounenrei: Nou Stress Kei Atama Scan
- Wi-Fi Taiou Yakuman DS

PlayStation Portable:
- Mahjong Haoh Portable
- Moegaku @ Portable
- Ridge Racers 2
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Tagforce

Xbox 360:
- Aquazone
PlayStation 2:
- Cluster Edge
- GI Jockey 4 2006
- God Hand
- Metal Slug 6
- Minna no Tennis
- Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne
- Simple 2000 Series Vol. 106: The Block Kuzushi Quest
- Simple 2000 Series Vol. 107: The Honoo no Kakutou Banchou
- Simple 2000 Series Vol. 108: The Nippon Tokushubutai
This week's Japanese release list contains only a handful of standout titles, though these few games could prove to be big sellers over the next several days. The PlayStation 2 is the winner among consoles in Japan this week, with the platform set to receive both Capcom's comedic beat-em-up God Hand and Minna no Tennis, an easily approachable tennis simulator from the creators of the Hot Shots Golf series. Other notable titles debuting in Japan this week include Ridge Racers 2 -- the follow-up to the PSP launch title Ridge Racers -- and Metal Slug 6, a console conversion of the Metal Slug series' most recent arcade entry.

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