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Release This: Rock Band, Mass Effect Helm Holiday Release Blitz

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" sees a week packed with major releases for all regions, including Harmonix's all-singing, all-drumming Rock Band, BioWare sci-fi RPG Mass Effect, and Japan's DS remake of Dragon Quest IV.
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 the release of many of this year's most anticipated titles, with Rock Band making its awaited debut in North America, while Mass Effect and Unreal Tournament III take on both the U.S. and the UK. Europe will additionally enjoy the release of Guitar Hero III, while Japan eagerly awaits a Nintendo DS remake of Enix's popular classic Dragon Quest IV. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending November 24th, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- AMF Bowling Pinbusters!
- Geometry Wars: Galaxies
- Ghost Squad
- Link's Crossbow Training
- Monster Jam
- Showtime Boxing
- Soul Calibur Legends
- Star Trek: Conquest
- Trauma Center: New Blood

Xbox 360:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth
- College Hoops 2K8
- Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 08
- Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess
- Mass Effect
- Rock Band

PlayStation 3:
- College Hoops 2K8
- Medal of Honor: Airborne
- Rock Band
- Soldier of Fortune: Payback
- Time Crisis 4
- TimeShift
PlayStation 2:
- Cabela's Monster Bass
- College Hoops 2K8
- Final Fantasy XI Online: Vana'Diel Collection 08
- Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess
- Godzilla Unleashed
- The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific
- Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge
- Petz: Dogz 2
- Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
- Star Trek: Conquest
- Swashbucklers: Blue & Grey

Nintendo DS:
- Baby Pals
- CSI: Dark Motives
- Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
- Godzilla Unleashed
- John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland
- Mario Party DS
- Petz: Hamsterz Life 2
- Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake

PC:
- Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
- The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific
- Imagine: Fashion Designer
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
- Sega Rally Revo
- Unreal Tournament III
The flood of high-profile new releases continues in the United States this week, with last week's Super Mario Galaxy and Assassin's Creed seeing new competition in titles like Rock Band and Mass Effect. Online retailer Amazon.com reports that the PlayStation 3 edition of Rock Band leads in current preorder sales among all of this week's upcoming titles, and the Xbox 360 version has proven to be so popular that Amazon's stock has been entirely sold out prior to the game's release. Third-party sellers are already marking up their prices in anticipation of a busy holiday season, throughout which Rock Band is expected to remain in short supply. Other awaited titles making their way to U.S. store shelves this week include Unreal Tournament III for the PC and Mario Party DS, which currently leads weekly cross-platform software sales in Japan. Final Fantasy fans will also find a lot to like this week, which will see the Nintendo DS release of the Final Fantasy XII spinoff Revenant Wings, while a new Final Fantasy XI expansion pack will be released across multiple platforms. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Code Lyoko
- Dewy's Adventure
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- Mini Desktop Racing
- My Horse & Me
- Need for Speed ProStreet

Xbox 360:
- Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
- Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Mass Effect
- Need for Speed ProStreet

PlayStation 3:
- Beowulf: The Game
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- NBA 2K8
- Need for Speed ProStreet

PlayStation 2:
- Cars Mater-National
- Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Jackass: The Game
- Need for Speed ProStreet
Nintendo DS:
- Boulder Dash ROCKS!
- Code Lyoko
- Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Mario Party DS
- My French Coach
- My Spanish Coach
- My Horse & Me
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Shrek: Ogres & Dronkeys
- Sight Training

PlayStation Portable:
- Crash of the Titans
- Jackass: The Game
- Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command

PC:
- Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
- Campus
- Cars Mater-National
- Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- Painkiller: Overdose
- Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
- Unreal Tournament III
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, and Need for Speed ProStreet are some of the more popular titles that will make their way to Europe this week after previously enjoying a successful North American launch. Amazon.co.uk reports that the Nintendo Wii release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games ranks as the week's most-preordered title across all platforms, though Mario Party DS has earned a large number of presales as well. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Dragon Blade
- Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Daiundoukai
- Mario & Sonic at Bejing Olympics

Xbox 360:
- Final Fantasy XI: Altana no Kamihei
- Final Fantasy XI: Vana'diel Collection
- Harry Potter to Fushichou no Kishidan
- Medal of Honor: Airborne
- World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008

PlayStation 3:
- Harry Potter to Fushichou no Kishidan
- Remy no Oishii Restaurant
- World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008

PlayStation 2:
- Dokapon Kingdom
- Final Fantasy XI: Altana no Kamihei
- Final Fantasy XI: Vana'diel Collection
- Harry Potter to Fushichou no Kishidan
- Pachitte Chonmage Tatsujin 13: Pachinko Hissatsu Shigotojin III
- Pri-Saga! Princess o Sagase!
- Shiju Hachi
- Umisho
- World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008
Nintendo DS:
- 1500 DS Spirits Vol.6: Trump
- 1500 DS Spirits Vol.7: Chess
- 1500 DS Spirits Vol.8: Darts
- 1500 DS Spirits Vol.9: 2 Ninuchi Mahjong
- Chou Kantan Boki Nyuumon DS
- Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi
- Harry Potter to Fushichou no Kishidan
- Juushin Enbu DS
- Kodai Ouja: Kyouryuu King - 7-tsu no Kakera
- Kouenji Joshi Soccer 2: Koi wa Nebagiba Kouenji
- Nazotte Oboeru Otona no Kanji Renshuu Kanzenhan
- Ryuusei no Rockman 2: Berserk x Dinosaur
- Ryuusei no Rockman 2: Berserk x Shinobi
- Sankei Sports Kanshuu: Wi-Fi Baken Yosou Ryoku Training: Umania 2007 Nendo-ban
- Unou Ikusei: IQ Breeder
- Wantame Music Channel: Doko Demo Style
- Yomesou de Yomenai Kanji DS

PlayStation Portable:
- AIR

PC:
- Final Fantasy XI: Altana no Kamihei
- Final Fantasy XI: Vana'diel Collection
- Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms
Japan's release schedule resumes its usual brisk pace this week, following several weeks of low activity. Few of this week's titles appear to be garnering as much prerelease attention as Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi, however. The original 1990 Famicom release of Dragon Quest IV is fondly regarded by many in Japan, and regularly appears among the top ten responses whenever Japanese gamers are polled on their favorite games of all time by Famitsu or other publications. This week's Nintendo DS remake of Dragon Quest IV has remained one of this year's most highly anticipated Japanese titles since its initial announcement several months ago, and is expected to lead Nintendo DS software sales in the region for weeks to come.

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