informa
6 min read
article

Release This: 'Ultimate Saints 'n Tingle'

Our regular column looks at a rapidly heating-up release schedule, with the United States getting Saints Row, Disgaea 2, and Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins, while Europe grabs Gangs of London and Japan sees Phantasy Star Univers
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. Publishers team up to empty the wallets of gamers across the United States this week, as the region is set to see several major releases in the next few days. Some of these big names include Star Fox Command, Disgaea 2, Ultimate Ghosts'n Goblins, and Saints Row, among many other notable titles. Europe and Japan are hard-pressed to compete with such a strong release list, but still manage to impress with games like Gangs of London, Phantasy Star Universe, Guitar Freaks & Drummania: Masterpiece Silver, and Mogitate Tingle no Bara Iro Rupee Land. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 2, 2006. Games Released in the United States:
Game Boy Advance:
- Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
- Madagascar: Operation Penguin / Shrek 2 2-in-1 Fun Pack
- Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots
- Uno / Skip-Bo 2 Game Pack

GameCube:
- One Piece Grand Adventure

Nintendo DS:
- Madagascar / Shrek: Super Slam 2-in-1 Combo Pack
- Star Fox Command

PlayStation 2:
- Dance Factory
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- One Piece Grand Adventure
- Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007
- World Championship Poker: All In
- Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra
PlayStation Portable:
- 50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition
- Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover
- Super Monkey Ball Adventure
- Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins
- World Championship Poker: All In

Xbox:
- Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007

Xbox 360:
- Bomberman Act: Zero
- Enchanted Arms
- Saints Row

PC:
- Ankh
- Bad Day L.A.
- Jaws Unleashed
- The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff
The United States will soon enjoy one of the biggest weeks of new releases in recent memory, with several major titles encompassing many genres making their debut this week. The Xbox 360 in particular has a good variety of games on the horizon, with Bomberman Act: Zero providing a dystopian future-fied take on the classic Bomberman formula, and the highly anticipated Saints Row promising the first Grand Theft Auto-style experience on Microsoft's console. RPG fans, on the other hand, have both Enchanted Arms and the Xenosaga series finale Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra to look forward to, as well as the more strategy-oriented Disgaea 2. All told, this week's RPG releases add up to approximately ten solid years of gameplay. Have fun, guys. Also seeing release is Capcom's Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins for the PSP, a new entry in the infamously difficult Ghosts 'n Goblins series of sidescrolling platformers. The series has remained dormant since the release of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, but Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins is said to be just as challenging as its predecessors, if not more so. Games Released in Europe:
PlayStation 2:
- And 1 Streetball
- Cue Academy: Snooker, Pool, Billiards
- Dance Factory
- Super Fruitfall
- WWI: Aces Of The Sky

PlayStation Portable:
- Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover
- Gangs of London

Xbox 360:
- Saints Row
PC:
- Age of Pirates: Captain's Blood
- Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
- Birth of America
- Dungeon Siege II: Broken World
- Real World Golf 2
- The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff
- Sword of the Stars
- Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot
Europe is no slouch when it comes to new releases, either, with Saints Row seeing release in the region a few days after it makes its debut in the United States, along with a good number of other games spanning various platforms. One of the more notable titles of the week is Gangs of London, a PSP release that will remain a European exclusive until it sees American soil in October. Developed by the same team responsible for The Getaway series on the PlayStation 2, Gangs of London looks to offer similar action and free-roaming gameplay, along with a variety of minigames. Gangs of London also somewhat inexplicably features a mode that has players fighting off an army of zombies -- an odd but very welcome addition that could be of benefit to just about any title. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo DS:
- Akiyama Jin Kyouju Kanshuu: Zennou JinJin
- Card Game 9
- Chou Soujuu Mecha MG
- Kokoro wo Yasumeru Otona no Nurie DS
- Majime ni Fumajime: Kaiketsu Zorori - Kyoufu no Takarabako
- Mogitate Tingle no Bara Iro Rupee Land
- Oshare Princess DS: Oshare ni Koishite!

PlayStation 2:
- Ayaka Shibito
- Blood+ One Night Kiss
- EVE: New Generation
- Guitar Freaks & DrumMania: Masterpiece Silver
- Kamiwaza
- Phantasy Star Universe
- Spartan: Total Warrior
PlayStation Portable:
- Bubble Bobble: Magical Tower Daisakusen
- Miami Vice: The Game
- Taikou Risshiden IV
- Valhalla Knights

Xbox 360:
- Condemned: Psycho Crime

PC:
- Daikoukai Jidai Online: La Frontera
- Phantasy Star Universe
Japan's list this week is strong enough to rival that of the United States, with many popular titles seeing release in the next several days. The release of Nintendo's Mogitate Tingle no Bara Iro Rupee Land is of particular significance to The Legend of Zelda fans, as the spin-off title is an RPG starring the Zelda series' infamous supporting character Tingle. Nintendo Power is currently surveying its readers to gauge interest in a possible U.S. release, though given Tingle's surprising unpopularity among many American gamers, this doesn't seem too likely. On the online front is Daikoukai Jidai Online: La Frontera, a PC update to the classic strategy series released in the United States as Uncharted Waters. Phantasy Star Universe is also scheduled to make its multiplatform debut this week, and promises an action-oriented MMORPG experience much in the same vein of Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1 and 2. This week's release of Guitar Freaks & DrumMania: Masterpiece Silver is a fan-driven compilation of songs from the many previous arcade versions of Guitar Freaks and DrumMania that never saw console release. Featuring the ability for up to three players to play at a time -- two on guitar, one on drums -- Masterpiece Silver is the game Bemani fans have waited years for, but was never thought to become a reality due to Konami's discontinuation of home ports for both Guitar Freaks and DrumMania in 2001. Konami's recent patenting of the name "Guitar Revolution" implies that a localized version of Guitar Freaks is in the cards for future U.S. release. It remains to be seen whether DrumMania will follow suit.

Latest Jobs

Studio Pixanoh LLC

Los Angeles, California
05.20.22
Combat Designer

Treyarch

Playa Vista, California or Vancouver, BC
05.20.22
AI Engineer

Question

Remote
05.20.22
Lead Level Designer (South Park)

Remedy Entertainment

Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
05.23.22
Rigging Artist
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more