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Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", finds Yoshi's Island DS and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas debuting in the West and major Wii titles such as Odoru Made in Wario appearing alongside the
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. All the action is focused in Japan this week, which will bring the Japanese launch of the Nintendo Wii and the release of anticipated titles like Odoru Made in Wario, Super Robot Taisen XO, and Final Fantasy VI Advance. The United States and Europe will see a milder week of releases in comparison, though titles like Yoshi's Island DS and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas are still likely to impress. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending December 2, 2006. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Barnyard
- Open Season
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Xbox 360:
- Pimp My Ride
- World Championship Poker: All In

PlayStation 2:
- Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
- Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer
- Cartoon Network Racing
- Hard Rock Casino
- Mercury Meltdown Remix

Nintendo DS:
- Cartoon Network Racing
- Catz
- Hamsterz Life
- Horsez
- Lionel Trains: On Track
- March of the Penguins
- Totally Spies! 2: Undercover
- Xiaolin Showdown
PlayStation Portable:
- Hard Rock Casino
- Online Chess Kingdoms
- Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing
- The Sims 2: Pets

Game Boy Advance:
- Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude

PC:
- DMZ: North Korea
- The Fifth Disciple
- Great Invasions
- Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: Race to the Rally
- Heroes of Annihilated Empires
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - The Rise of the Witch-King
- World War II Online: Battleground Europe
After recent weeks of impressive releases across all platforms, this week's U.S. release list feels somewhat lifeless in comparison. The major multiplatform releases of previous weeks have been replaced with licensed titles and games delayed from their original release dates, with few standouts garnering specific attention or significant preorder numbers. This is not exactly unusual, however, as the launch of new consoles and the subsequent phasing out of last-generation hardware presents a transition period wherein significant software releases are sparse. This will hopefully change in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, but in the meantime, gamers in the United States have few "must-have" titles to choose from among this week's offerings. Games Released in Europe:
Xbox 360:
- Football Manager 2007
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
- Viva Pinata

PlayStation 2:
- Chicken Little: Ace in Action
- Crazy Frog Racer 2
- Curious George
- Flushed Away
- Kaido Racer 2
- PDC World Championship Darts
- Thrillville

Xbox:
- Superman Returns

Nintendo DS:
- Spider-Man: Battle for New York
- Yoshi's Island DS

PlayStation Portable:
- Family Guy
- Football Manager Handheld 2007
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
- Pro Evolution Soccer 6
- Sonic Rivals
- Star Trek: Tactical Assault
- TOCA Race Driver 3
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Party Edition
Game Boy Advance:
- ATV Thunder: Ridge Riders
- Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
- Curious George
- Monster Trucks Mayhem
- Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
- Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude
- Uno/Skip-Bo

PC:
- Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II - The Rise of the Witch-King
- PDC World Championship Darts
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
Much like last week, Europe once again receives a slightly better release lineup than the United States. The two regions may share a large quantity of licensed titles, but Europe will additionally receive higher-profile releases like Yoshi's Island DS, Viva Pinata, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas in the week prior to the launch of Nintendo's Wii. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Caduceus Z: 2-tsu no Chou Shittou
- Crayon Shin-Chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King Wii
- Elebits
- Ennichi no Tatsujin
- Hajimete no Wii: Your First Step to Wii
- Kororinpa
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Necro-Nesia
- Odoru Made in Wario
- Red Steel
- SD Gundam: Scad Hammers
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
- Swing Golf Pangya
- Tamagotchi no Pika Pika Daitouryou!
- Wii Sports
- Wing Island

Xbox 360:
- Super Robot Taisen XO

PlayStation 2:
- Digimon Savers: Another Mission
- Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series Vol. 8
- Hokenshitsu e Youkoso
- Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Salaryman Kintarou
- Kamen Rider Kabuto
- Pachi-Slot Kanzen Kouryoku: Slot Genjin
- REC * DokiDoki Seiyuu Paradise
- Summon Night 4
- Tales of Destiny
Nintendo DS:
- Futari wa PreCure: Splash Star Panpaka Game de Zekkouchou!
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Mai-Ichi-Yoru
- Kokoro ni Shimiru: Mouhitsu de Kaku - Aida Mitsuo DS
- Tank Beat
- Tokyo Friend Pack II DS
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Spirit Summoner
- Zoids Battle Colosseum

PlayStation Portable:
- Akudaikan Manyuuki
- Makai Senki Disgaea Portable
- Ore no Dungeon
- Power Stone Portable
- Sony Computer Science Kenkyuusho Kenmogi Kenichirou Hakase Kanshuu - Nou ni Kaikan: Minna de Aha Taiken!

Game Boy Advance:
- Final Fantasy VI Advance
The Nintendo Wii launches in Japan this week, and along with it comes the debut of several titles that have not yet seen U.S. release. Notable among these are the Nintendo-published Odoru Made in Wario and Hajimete no Wii -- also known as WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Wii Play, respectively -- neither of which will be released in the United States until 2007. On other platforms, Super Robot Taisen XO brings yet another popular Japanese series to the Xbox 360, and judging by its preorder numbers over the last few months, it should be just as popular as other recent Japanese 360 hits like Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 and Culdcept Saga. Another popular preorder in recent weeks has been Final Fantasy VI Advance, a title that could very well mark the last significant Japanese Game Boy Advance release, as no other GBA titles appear to be scheduled for release in Japan at any point in the near future.

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