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Release This: Ninja Gaiden DS, Crisis Core Premiere in U.S.

Gamasutra's latest exclusively compiled worldwide game release list examines a week that brings North American debuts for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword - while the UK gets Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
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 will see anticipated North American debuts for portable titles like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword. UK gamers can expect a first look at an English version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, while Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G and Raiden Fighters Aces stand out in a busy week in Japan. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 29th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Obscure: The Aftermath
- Octomania
- Opoona

Xbox 360:
- Dark Sector
- Universe at War: Earth Assault
- Viking: Battle for Asgard

PlayStation 3:
- Dark Sector
- Viking: Battle for Asgard

PlayStation 2:
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3
Nintendo DS:
- Backyard Baseball 2009
- Harvest Moon DS Cute
- Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

PlayStation Portable:
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
- Warriors Orochi

PC:
- Australia Zoo Quest
- Belief and Betrayal
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
- Escape from Paradise City
Many of this week's most notable North American offerings are set to arrive on portables. The Nintendo DS will see a new Harvest Moon release and the Ninja Gaiden series' anticipated portable debut Dragon Sword, while on the PSP, Square Enix's enduring RPG favorite Final Fantasy VII receives a prequel in Crisis Core. The PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 will host awaited action titles like Dark Sector and Viking: Battle for Asgard. Wii owners can expect to see puzzler Octomania, the RPG Opoona, and horror-adventure sequel Obscure: The Aftermath. Next week will bring a trio of niche PS2 offerings in Arcana Heart, Baroque, and Mana Khemia, though new releases on other platforms will be scarce until mid-April. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Dancing Stage Hottest Party
- George of the Jungle
- The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
- The King of Clubs
- MX vs. ATV Untamed
- Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
- Sega Bass Fishing
- Worms: A Space Oddity

Xbox 360:
- Football Manager 2008
- Universe at War: Earth Assault
- Viking: Battle for Asgard

PlayStation 3:
- Everybody's Golf: World Tour
- Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
- Viking: Battle for Asgard

PlayStation 2:
- ATV Offroad Fury 4
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
- George of the Jungle
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends
- WWII: Battle Over Europe
Nintendo DS:
- Bunnyz
- Crayola Treasure Adventures
- Double Sequence: The Q - Virus Invasion
- Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
- George of the Jungle
- Hurry Up Hedgehog!
- Neves
- Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys!
- Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008

PlayStation Portable:
- Battle Over the Pacific
- Boulder Dash Rocks!
- Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts
- God of War: Chains of Olympus
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
- Riviera: The Promised Land
- Warriors Orochi

PC:
- Belief and Betrayal
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
- Lost Empire: Immortals
- Warriors Orochi
In addition to sharing many of North America's biggest releases this week, the UK is set to receive a number of anticipated releases and exclusive debuts. As the PSP gets localizations of big-name titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus, DS owners can expect to see the UK-exclusive debuts of Hurry Up Hedgehog! and Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! Console-wise, gamers in the UK will soon see the world's first English-language release of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a preview version of developer Polyphony Digital's upcoming PS3 racer. Prologue is not set to see a U.S. release until April. On other platforms, European Wiis will soon host Konami's Dancing Stage Hottest Party (previously released elsewhere as Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party), while the Xbox 360 receives a port of the popular PC sports team management sim Football Manager 2008. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Ninja Reflex
- Nitrobike
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Xbox 360:
- Dark Sector
- Raiden Fighters Aces
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary

PlayStation 3:
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Lyra no Bouken: Ougon no Rashinban

PlayStation 2:
- Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors
- Elminage: Yami no Fujo to Kamigami no Yubiwa
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
- Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Oro de: Oshie Nikki
- Nobunaga no Yabou Online: Souha no Shou
- Neo Angelique Full Voice
- Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Nintendo DS:
- Business Ryoku Kentei DS
- The Eigyoudou
- Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! Bongole Shiki Taisen Battle Sugoroku
- Kidou Senshi Gundam 00
- Lux-Pain
- Lyra no Bouken: Ougon no Rashinban
- Minna de Flash Anzan DS
- Minna no Atsumare! Quiz Party
- Sakana to Asobou! Aquazone DS - Kaisuigyo
- Simple DS Series Vol. 35: The Genshin
- Tetsudou Seminar: JR-Hen
- Vitamin X Evolution

PlayStation Portable:
- Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors
- Dead Head Fred
- Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary

PC:
- Daylight: Asa ni Hikari no Kanmuri wo
- Nobunaga no Yabou Online: Souha no Shou
Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G ranks high in Amazon.co.jp's multiplatform preorder charts this week. Amazon also notes increasing preorder numbers in anticipation of Kidou Senshi Gundam 00 and both the PS2 and PSP editions of Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors. Importers will likely take interest in the Phantasy Star series compilation Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection and the Guilty Gear expansion Accent Core Plus. Shooter fans worldwide await the release of Raiden Fighters Aces, meanwhile, as none of the Raiden Fighters titles included in the collection have received a home port since their initial arcade releases throughout the late 1990s.

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