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Release This: Metal Gear Solid: Squeak Squad

Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", examines every title debuting worldwide in the coming week, including a pair of hotly anticipated DS titles in the United States, a sequel for Ryu ga Gotoku in Japan, a
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. Big releases for this week include a pair of hotly anticipated DS titles in the United States (Kirby: Squeak Squad, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin), a sequel for Ryu ga Gotoku in Japan, and more than a dozen Wii titles accompanying the console's launch in Europe. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending December 9, 2006. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- The Ant Bully
- Barnyard
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Xbox 360:
- Star Trek: Legacy

PlayStation 3:
- Fight Night Round 3
- Full Auto 2: Battlelines

PlayStation 2:
- Cartoon Network Racing
- Mercury Meltdown Remix
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids

GameCube:
- Zatchbell: Mamodo Fury
Nintendo DS:
- Cartoon Network Racing
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Lionel Trains: On Track

PlayStation Portable:
- Brothers in Arms: D-Day
- Hard Rock Casino
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
- Star Wars: Lethal Alliance
- WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007

PC:
- 18 Wheels Haulin'
- DNA
- SpaceStation Sim
- Star Trek: Legacy
Kirby: Squeak Squad leads preorders across all platforms in the United States this week, with Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin trailing close behind. Sony's consoles will also receive a number of awaited titles this week, with Full Auto 2: Battlelines and Fight Night Round 3 soon to be available to PS3 owners, while the PSP's Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops stands as a probable system-seller for Metal Gear diehards. In other news, the GameCube will receive its last slated third-party release this week in Zatch Bell: Mamodo Fury, while next week's debut of the ported The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess currently stands as the console's final release. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Call of Duty 3
- Cars
- GT Pro Series
- Happy Feet
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Madden NFL 07
- Monster 4x4: World Circuit
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
- Red Steel
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
- Wii Play

Xbox 360:
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

PlayStation 2:
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
- Superman Returns
Nintendo DS:
- Cooking Mama
- Justice League Heroes
- Point Blank DS
- Totally Spies! 2: Undercover

PlayStation Portable:
- Bliss Island
- Brothers in Arms: D-Day
- Justice League Heroes
- Star Wars: Lethal Alliance

Game Boy Advance:
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
- Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex

PC:
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
The Nintendo Wii is set to debut in the UK this week alongside a spate of launch titles, all of which have been seen before in other regions. One of the more interesting titles finding its way to Europe this week is Wii Play, a Nintendo-published minigame collection released in Japan last week as Hajimete no Wii. The localized English version of the title will remain a European exclusive until Wii Play premieres in the United States in January of 2007. Releases across other platforms are scaled back in the wake of the Wii's launch, though popular names like Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 and Cooking Mama could still find a home with many European gamers in the meantime. Games Released in Japan:
Xbox 360:
- Blue Dragon
- Zegapain NOT

PlayStation 2:
- Madden NFL 07
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: Rengou vs. Z.A.F.T. II Plus
- Momotaro Densetsu 16
- Ryu ga Gotoku 2
- Taiko no Tatsujin Doka! to Oomori Nanadaime
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Yoake Yori Ruriiro na: Brighter than Dawning Blue

PlayStation Portable:
- Mahjong Fight Club Zenkoku Taisen Version
- PaRappa the Rapper
- Sarugetchu: Pipo Saru Racer
- Tomb Raider: Legend

GameCube:
- Zelda no Densetsu: Tasogare no Himegimi
Nintendo DS:
- Akko ni Omakase! Brain Shock
- Anpanman Toasobo Aiueo Kyoushitsu
- Chaodori Mutacchi! Happy Anniversary
- Cinnamoroll: Ohana Shishiyo - KiraKira de Kore Cafe
- Doko Demo Raku Raku! DS Kakeibo
- DS Dengeki Bunko: Alison
- DS Dengeki Bunko: Inukami! feat. Animation
- DS Puzzler: NumPlay Fan & Oekaki Logic
- Kageyama Method Dennou Hanpuku: Masu x Masu Hyaku Masu Keisan
- Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000: DS Kondate Zenshuu
- Kirarin * Revolution: Naasan to Issho
- Mahjong Fight Club DS Wi-Fi Taiou
- Otogi Juushi Akazukin
- Power Pro Kun Pocket 9
- Simple DS Series Vol. 11: Mouichido Tsuueru - The Otona no Shougakkou
- Simple DS Series Vol. 12: The Party Unou Quiz
- Table Game Spirits 2
- Tenohira Gakushuu: Chikyuu no Narabe Kata
The Xbox 360 continues to see strong releases on a weekly basis in Japan, with the Mistwalker-developed RPG Blue Dragon predicted to move big numbers following its release this week. Other highly anticipated titles soon to debut in Japan include a PSP port of rhythm genre pioneer PaRappa the Rapper and the GameCube port of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Currently leading preorders among all software to be released this week are Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: Rengou vs. Z.A.F.T. II Plus and Yakuza sequel Ryu ga Gotoku 2.

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