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Release This: Ninja Gaiden Sigma Infiltrates U.S. and UK

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" this week sees Ninja Gaiden Sigma heading into the U.S. and UK, and Sony's bucolic Boku no Natsuyasumi 3 and SNK's infamous 'witch touching' title Dokidoki Majo Shinpan! coming to Japan.
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's worldwide release lineup is significantly quieter than last week's, with only a select few titles debuting in any region. The United States and Europe will receive the awaited Ninja Gaiden Sigma during this lull, however, while gamers in Japan prepare to enjoy a virtual vacation in Boku no Natsuyasumi 3 and touch witches with Dokidoki Majo Shinpan! The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending July 7th, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Chicken Shoot

Xbox 360:
- Vampire Rain

PlayStation 3:
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Nintendo DS:
- Platinum Sudoku
- Turn It Around
- Vegas Casino High 5!

Game Boy Advance:
- Horsez
PlayStation Portable:
- Hot Wheels Ultimate Racing
- Steel Horizon

PC:
- Dead Reefs
- Jewels of Cleopatra
- Marvel Trading Card Game
- Ride! Carnival Tycoon
- Seven Kingdoms: Conquest
- Taito Legends 2
- Terror Strike
With little competition to be found on any platform, Ninja Gaiden Sigma stands out as what is likely to be the week's most anticipated release in the United States. The title is currently receiving a healthy amount of preorder sales at Amazon, and is on track to become one of the PlayStation 3's biggest sellers in future weeks. It's worth noting, however, that similarly high levels of preorder interest were observed in Japan prior to Sigma's release there several weeks ago. This demand dissipated shortly after the title's release, leading to consistently tepid sales for Sigma in the weeks thereafter. It remains to be seen whether a similar sales pattern will emerge following Ninja Gaiden Sigma's release in the United States and Europe. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Scarface: The World is Yours

PlayStation 3:
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma

PlayStation 2:
- The King of Fighters XI

Nintendo DS:
- Touchmaster DS
PlayStation Portable:
- Parappa the Rapper

Game Boy Advance:
- Final Fantasy VI Advance

PC:
- International Cricket Captain III
Europe scales back its release schedule after last week's flood of new titles, with every major platform (minus the Xbox 360) seeing a total of one new release this week. The list includes a handful of region-exclusive titles; the English localization of The King of Fighters XI has yet to receive a final U.S. release date, while the PSP remake of Parappa the Rapper will make its way Stateside later this month. International Cricket Captain III also appears to be exclusive to the UK, with no release date for any other region announced. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo DS:
- Chikasete! Chibi-Robo!
- Dokidoki Majo Shinpan!
- Doko Demo Yoga
- DS Calorie Navi
- DS:Style Series: Anata mo DS de Classic Kiite Mimasenka?
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS - France-Hen
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS - Italia-Hen
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS - Thai-Hen
- DS:Style Series: Hana Saku DS Gardening Life
- Kado-Chan Shiki Doko Demo Kin Trai-Navi
- Kururin Doughnuts: Okashi Recipe
- Puchi Puchi Virus
- Treasure Gaust: Gaust Diver Crimson Red
- Treasure Gaust: Gaust Diver Deep Purple
PlayStation 3:
- Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
- Boku no Natsuyasumi 3
The Nintendo DS rules this week's Japanese charts with a total of fourteen scheduled releases. Among these are highly anticipated titles like Chikasete! Chibi-Robo! (to be released in other regions later this year as Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol) and Dokidoki Majo Shinpan!, SNK's infamous "witch touching simulator." Square Enix's DS:Style Series is also set to make its debut this week, featuring a variety of instructional titles that cover subjects ranging from gardening to cooking to classical music. The PlayStation 3 is not without its significance this week, however. Sony's bucolic summer vacation 'sim' Boku no Natsuyasumi 3 has been picking up steam in preorder sales over the last few months, and could end up singlehandedly selling PlayStation 3 consoles to hardcore fans of the vacation simulation series for weeks to come.

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