Release This: Room 215: Sid Meier's Inuyasha!

Gamasutra's regular round-up of video game releases, "Release This!", examines this week's anticipated new worldwide releases, including Hotel Dusk: Room 215 in the United States, and Capcom's debut of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in Japa
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. Though the United States and Europe continue to suffer through a drought of new software, Japan has no less than thirty-three new titles debuting in the coming week, including high-profile releases like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Idol [email protected], and multiple Konami-published classics compilations. Anticipated releases like Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel should satisfy gamers in the United States for the time being, however, while Europe is slated to receive Star Fox Command, Actionloop, Rocky Balboa, and not much else. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending January 27, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo DS:
- Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (#1 on GamerMetrics Most Anticipated New Releases, 32.52% Mindshare)
- Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel (#2 on GamerMetrics, 27.88%)

PlayStation Portable:
- The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean (#4 on GamerMetrics, 7.17%)
- Sid Meier's Pirates! (#3 on GamerMetrics, 26.15%)
- Alien Shooter: Vengeance
- Close Quarters Conflict
- Europa Universalis III (#5 on GamerMetrics, 6.23%)
- Hexic Deluxe
- The Poppit Show
GamerMetrics shows that the coming week's most anticipated release in the United States is Hotel Dusk: Room 215, a film noir-esque adventure title that has been getting high marks in the gaming press. It seems as though the Nintendo DS is becoming a sort of haven for text-based adventure games as of late, with Hotel Dusk and the recent Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All both meeting with a high amount of anticipation from gamers and enthusiastic recommendations from critics. Rounding out this week's Mindshare leaders are the anime-licensed Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel, RPG trilogy wrapup The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean, and an upgraded PSP port of the classic PC strategy title Sid Meier's Pirates! Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo DS:
- Actionloop
- Star Fox Command
PlayStation Portable:
- Rocky Balboa
Few choices await European gamers hungry for new releases this week, though Nintendo DS owners can look forward to the debut of both Actionloop (known as Magnetica in the West) and Star Fox Command. PSP fans in the UK will also have Rocky Balboa to call their own for the next few weeks, as the title will remain a European-exclusive release until its planned U.S. release in February. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Mahjong Taikai Wii

Xbox 360:
- The Godfather
- The Idol [email protected]
- Vampire's Rain
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007

PlayStation 3:
- [eM] -eNCHANT arM-

PlayStation 2:
- Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA
- FlatOut 2 GTR
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Happiness! Deluxe
- Kujibiki Unbalance
- Pachitte Chonmage Tatsujin 10: Pachinko Fuyu no Sonata
- Routes PE
- Taito Memories II Joukan
- Tennis no Oji-Sama: DokiDoki Survival - Umibe no Secret
- Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life
- Trouble Fortune Company * Happy Cure
- WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007
Nintendo DS:
- Nihongo Bunshou Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kyouryoku: Tadashii Nihongo DS
- Picross DS
- San Goku Shi Taisen DS
- Wish Room: Tenshi no Kioku

PlayStation Portable:
- Lost Regnum: Makutsu no Koutei
- Mite Kiite Nou de Kanjite Crossword Tengoku
- Parodius Portable
- Routes Portable
- Salamander Portable
- Twinbee Portable

- Sakura Taisen DVD
- Sakura Taisen 2 DVD
- Sakura Taisen 3 DVD
- Sakura Taisen 4 DVD
- San Goku Shi Taisen 2
Japan is set to see its biggest week in new releases in quite some time, with a lineup containing everything from localizations of popular American-made releases to a broad selection of text-based adventure games. Currently leading preorders this week are Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Wish Room: Tenshi no Kioku (also seeing release in the U.S. this week as Hotel Dusk: Room 215), and Picross DS. The PSP will soon receive a number of anticipated releases as well, including a trio of Konami-developed classic shooter compilations. Parodius Portable, Salamander Portable, and Twinbee Portable are already generating a lot of interest among shooter fans worldwide, and will likely pull in big sales numbers from both gamers in Japan and from importers in other regions. [About IGN GamerMetrics: IGN GamerMetrics is a tool designed to report the real-time behavior and interests of visitors to IGN Entertainment's network of gaming enthusiast web sites, showing the levels of consumer awareness, engagement, and purchase intent in every video game title released in the U.S. market.]

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