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Release This: Riddick Sequel, The Godfather II Debut in North America

Gamasutra's exclusively compiled worldwide release list sees The Godfather II and Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena hitting consoles in North America, while Japan gets Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes.
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 bring the North American releases of The Godfather II, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, and Ninja Blade. Gamers in Europe can expect to see We Rock: Drum King, while Japan gets Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes and Oboro Muramasa. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending April 11th, 2009. Games Released in the United States: Nintendo Wii: - Deer Drive - Escape the Museum - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity Xbox 360: - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - The Godfather II - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Ninja Blade PlayStation 3: - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - The Godfather II - Hannah Montana: The Movie PlayStation 2: - Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus Nintendo DS: - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity PlayStation Portable: - Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II - Dragonball Evolution - Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus - Hammerin' Hero PC: - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor - DCS: Black Shark - Elven Legacy - The Godfather II - Helldorado The first-person shooter remake and sequel The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena headlines this week's offerings on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms. EA's crime drama sequel The Godfather II will also see a multiplatform release this week, while From Software's ninja action title Ninja Blade is set to debut exclusively on the Xbox 360. The PlayStation Portable boasts an especially strong lineup this week. Sony's portable will soon host the 2D fighter upgrade Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, the side-scrolling brawler Hammerin' Hero, and a one-on-one fighter based on the upcoming live-action Dragonball movie. Games Released in Europe: Nintendo Wii: - Diva Girls: Princess on Ice - Ultimate Band - We Rock: Drum King Xbox 360: - The Godfather II PlayStation 3: - The Godfather II Nintendo DS: - Away: Shuffle Dungeon - Diva Girls: Diva Dancers - Jewel Quest Solitaire - Love is...in Bloom: The Flower Shop Garden - Ultimate Band PC: - Commander in Chief - Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor - DCS: Black Shark - Elven Legacy - The Godfather II - Real Madrid: The Game A relatively uneventful release lineup awaits gamers in Europe this week, with The Godfather II and Disney's band simulation title Ultimate Band serving as cross-platform highlights. The UK will also see a pair of region-exclusive games in the Diva Girls series, along with an early release for We Rock: Drum King, which will not see a North American release until next month. Games Released in Japan: Nintendo Wii: - Oboro Muramasa PlayStation 2: - Hyakko: Yorozuya Jikenbo! - Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 Nintendo DS: - Eiken Kakomon Daishuuroku: Eiken DS 2 Deluxe - Pocket Chikyuugi DS: Sawatte Tanoshimu Jinrui 5000 Toshi no Ayumi - Rhythm de RunRunRun - Super Auto Salon: Custom Car Contest - Zaidanhoujin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: Kanken DS 3 Deluxe PlayStation Portable: - Neon Genesis Evangelion: Koutetsu no Girlfriend Tokubetsu-Hen Portable - Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes PC: - The Last Remnant - Monster Hunter Frontier Online Season 5.0 Vanillaware's anticipated action-RPG Oboro Muramasa is set to premiere in Japan this week. A U.S. release will arrive later this year under the title Muramasa: The Demon Blade. PlayStation 2 owners will see 5pb's adventure title Hyakko: Yorozuya Jikenbo! this week, along with a port of the one-on-one fighter sequel Arcana Heart 2. Japanese Nintendo DS releases for this week include a pair of educational games from Rocket Company and the quiz titles Pocket Chikyuugi DS and Rhythm de RunRunRun. PSP owners can expect to see the history-based brawler Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes and the anime-based adventure game Neon Genesis Evangelion: Koutetsu no Girlfriend Tokubetsu-Hen Portable.

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