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Release This: UT3, Orange Box Premiere for U.S. PS3s

Gamasutra's latest, exclusively compiled worldwide weekly release round-up sees Unreal Tournament III and The Orange Box hit the PlayStation 3 in the United States, while Japan gets a first look at Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and the Wii'
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. As new releases slow to a crawl in Western territories, a select few standout releases manage to make the week interesting nonetheless. The Orange Box will soon see its PlayStation 3 debut in the U.S. and the UK. In addition, North American PS3s will additionally receive an awaited version of Unreal Tournament III. Japan, meanwhile, will receive Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a much-anticipated preview of the next edition in the popular driving simulation series. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending December 15th, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Indianapolis 500 Legends
- Kawasaki Quad Bikes
- Kidz Sports Basketball
- Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom
- Showtime Championship Boxing
- Super Swing Golf Season 2

Xbox 360:
- Madden NFL 08 en Español
- NCAA March Madness 2008

PlayStation 3:
- BlackSite: Area 51
- NCAA March Madness 2008
- The Orange Box
- Unreal Tournament III
PlayStation 2:
- Dai Senryaku VII: Exceed
- Madden NFL 08 en Español
- NCAA March Madness 2008
- NeoGeo Battle Coliseum

Nintendo DS:
- Luxor 2

PlayStation Portable:
- Warriors of the Lost Empire

PC:
- The Golden Compass
- The Lost Crown
- Universe at War: Earth Assault
Unreal Tournament III and The Orange Box have long stood among this year's most anticipated PS3 releases, and both will find their way to store shelves in the United States this week. The Nintendo Wii will receive a handful of racing and sports titles, meanwhile, as PS2 owners await niche budget releases like Dai Senryaku VII: Exceed and NeoGeo Battle Coliseum. Next week is shaping up to be the last major release week the U.S. will see until 2008, with titles like NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams and the PS2 port of Rock Band making their debut just before Christmas. Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night

PlayStation 3:
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition
- The Orange Box

PC:
- The Golden Compass
PlayStation Portable:
- Beowulf: The Game
- Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
- The Golden Compass
- WipeOut Pulse
- World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
The busiest segment of the UK's holiday release season appears to have come to an abrupt end, with this week offering up a scant few titles across all platforms. The PlayStation 3 boasts a pair of heavy-hitters in The Orange Box and the Game of the Year Edition of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, however, and the PSP is scheduled to receive Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and WipeOut Pulse after a week's delay. Elsewhere, though, the pickings are slim, and according to UK retailers, further cross-platform releases are not expected to arrive until 2008. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon: Toki Wasure No Meikyuu
- NiGHTS: Hoshi Furu Yoru no Monogatari
- Puchi Copter Wii: Adventure Flight
- Shanghai
- Shikigami no Shiro III
- Soulcalibur Legends
- We Love Golf!

Xbox 360:
- Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom
- Shikigami no Shiro III
- Smash Court Tennis 3
- Stuntman: Ignition

PlayStation 3:
- Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

PlayStation 2:
- Hakarena Heart
- Spectral Gene
Nintendo DS:
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS (Great Britain)
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS (Hong Kong)
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS (Seoul, Busan)
- DS:Style Series: Chikyuu no Arukikata DS (Shanghai)
- Fujinomori no Let's Tarot
- Jinsei 8-Ban 7000-Kai no Shokuji o Rakushi Kusuru: Oishiku Kiwameru Shokutsuu DS
- Kageyama Method: Masu x Masu Pure Hyaku Masu Keisan - Hyaku Masu no Maeni Kore Dayo!
- Kirarin Revolution Tsukutte Misechao! Kime*Kira Stage
- KuruKuru * Princess: Yume no White Quartet
- Ookiku Furikabutte: Honto no Ace ni Nareru kamo

PlayStation Portable:
- TalkMan Travel

PC:
- Shin Megami Tensei Online: Imagine Memorial Package
- Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer
- Sukatto Golf Pangya! Yokubari Kit
Japan continues to outpace other regions in its quantity of weekly releases, with this week featuring an expanded lineup of anticipated titles. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and NiGHTS: Hoshi Furu Yoru no Monogatari are currently generating the highest weekly preorder numbers of any of this week's offerings at Amazon.co.jp. Shooter enthusiasts will enjoy Shikigami no Shiro III on the Xbox 360 and Wii this week, while fans of the Xbox-born Kingdom Under Fire series await the release of Circle of Doom, an Xbox 360-exclusive sequel that could end up being a system-seller for the franchise's large Japanese fanbase.

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