Release This: Spore Hits U.S. Shores; Japan Gets Pokemon Platinum

Gamasutra's latest "Release This!" explores a week that sees the North American debut of Spore and Yakuza 2, while Europe gets Dragon Quest IV and Japan prepares for Pokemon Platinum.
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. The long-awaited Spore will make its debut on PC platforms this week in the United States, joining cross-console offerings like Yakuza 2 and Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. Europe will soon receive an early look at a DS remake of Dragon Quest IV, while Japan prepares for the release of Pokemon Platinum. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 13th, 2008. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii: - Cabela's Legendary Adventures - Hell's Kitchen - NHL 2K9 - The Price is Right Xbox 360: - NHL 09 - NHL 2K9 - TNA Impact - Zoids Assault PlayStation 3: - NHL 09 - NHL 2K9 - TNA Impact PlayStation 2: - Cabela's Legendary Adventures - Dance Dance Revolution X - NHL 2K9 - TNA Impact - Yakuza 2Nintendo DS: - Hell's Kitchen - Lock's Quest - Mazes of Fate DS - Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir - The Price is Right - Spore Creatures - Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise PlayStation Portable: - Cabela's Legendary Adventures PC: - CSI Super Pack - FlatOut: Head-On - Spore
Digital hockey season begins in the United States this week with the dual release of EA's NHL 09 and 2K's NHL 2K9 across multiple platforms. The titles join other debuting multiplatform offerings like Midway's wrestling sim TNA Impact and Cabela's Legendary Adventures. A variety of awaited platform exclusives will also be available in the coming days. PS2 owners will soon receive a localized version of Yakuza 2, while on PC platforms, the Will Wright-designed Spore will make its awaited North American debut. Elsewhere, the formerly Japan-exclusive Zoids series will find its first American release on the Xbox 360, while the Nintendo DS hosts the once-delayed dungeon crawler Mazes of Fate DS and the Nintendo-published adventure title Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii: - Ferrari Challenge - Opoona - Pimp My Ride - Rock Band - TNA Impact Xbox 360: - NHL 09 - NHL 2K9 - Supreme Commander - TNA Impact - Warhammer: Battle March PlayStation 3: - NHL 09 - NHL 2K9 - Rock Band - TNA ImpactPlayStation 2: - Ferrari Challenge - NHL 2K9 - Rock Band - TNA Impact Nintendo DS: - Bakushow - Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen - PictoImage - Subbuteo PC: - Dead Mountaineer's Hotel - Two Worlds: Epic Edition
Gamers in Europe get an early look at the English version of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen this week, as the title is set to debut in the UK several days in advance of its planned U.S. release. The PS2, PS3, and Wii versions of Rock Band and its bundled peripherals will also see release in Europe this week, several months after the title's regional premiere on the Xbox 360. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii: - One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 - Nami ni Yureru Hihou Xbox 360: - Atsumare! Viva Pinata 2: Garden wa Dai-Punch - Double Clutch - Infinite Undiscovery PlayStation 3: - Double Clutch - StrangleholdPlayStation 2: - D.Gray-man: Sousha no Shikaku - Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection Nintendo DS: - Gakken Mu Henshuubu Kanshuu: Choujou Genshou Research File - Hoshizora no Comic Garden - Pocket Monsters Platina - Quiz Magic Academy DS - Spore Creatures - Theresia: Dear Emile
Several anticipated releases can be seen among this week's seemingly sparse Japanese console lineup. Xbox 360 owners will soon receive Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, Double Clutch (a localized version of Conflict: Denied Ops), and the Tri Ace-developed RPG Infinite Undiscovery. The Nintendo Wii is set to see the first chapter in the One Piece Unlimited Cruise series this week, while on the PS2, Sega releases a collection of its Fantasy Zone arcade shooters. Portable offerings this week are headed by Pocket Monsters Platina (to be released in other regions as Pokemon Platinum). In the vein of previous Pokemon series upgrades like Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Emerald, Platina is an updated version of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl that features a number of gameplay improvements and changes. Given the long-running popularity of Diamond and Pearl, the title seems likely to lead Japanese portable console sales for the next several weeks.

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