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This Week's Releases: Command & Conquer 3, Shivering Isles

Gamasutra takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping worldwide this week, as Command & Conquer 3 and the Oblivion expansion pack Shivering Isles hit the States, while Japan prepares itself for Kingdom Hearts II Final M
Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores this week, in an exclusively compiled list. PC gamers in the United States and the UK have have both Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Shivering Isles to contend with this week, while Medal of Honor: Vanguard takes on the console front in both regions. Japan, meanwhile, will have its hands full with the upgraded Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+, while adventurous importers could find a lot to like in the Korea-born DJ Max Portable 2. The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 31, 2007. Games Released in the United States:
Nintendo Wii:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Medal of Honor: Vanguard (#2 on GamerMetrics, 19.71%)

Xbox 360:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons

PlayStation 3:
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent (#3 on GamerMetrics, 11.69%)

PlayStation 2:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Made Man (#8 on GamerMetrics, 2.76%)
- Medal of Honor: Vanguard (#4 on GamerMetrics, 8.09%)
- Metal Slug Anthology (#6 on GamerMetrics, 3.12%)
- The Red Star (#10 on GamerMetrics, 1.50%)

Nintendo DS:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Honeycomb Beat
- Konami Classics: Arcade Hits (#7 on GamerMetrics, 2.98%)
- Pogo Island (#9 on GamerMetrics, 1.97%)
- Purr Pals
- The Settlers
GameCube:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons

PlayStation Portable:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Hard Rock Casino
- Virtua Tennis 3 (#5 on GamerMetrics, 3.20%)

Game Boy Advance:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons

PC:
- Baseball Mogul 2008
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (#1 on GamerMetrics Most Anticipated New Releases, 41.27% Mindshare)
- DEFCON
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Shivering Isles Expansion Pack
Command & Conquer 3 headlines as this week's most anticipated new release across all platforms in the United States, with both the regular edition and the limited "Kane Edition" currently generating a healthy number of preorders at Amazon and other retailers. Other popular releases ranking high in IGN's GamerMetrics reported awareness and purchase intent include a PS3 port of the five-month-old Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent and two different ports of Medal of Honor: Vanguard. The Red Star should also finally see release this week, following years of delays, cancellations, and last-minute setbacks. The Red Star was one of the more famous casualties left in the wake of Acclaim's announcement of bankruptcy in 2004, and its pending release has been subject of rumors and uncertainty in the years since. Whether the game will be as well-received in 2007 as it was at E3 of 2004 is unknown, though it should be interesting to see if The Red Star's resurrection pays off for publisher XS Games. [Bethesda's Shivering Isles expansion pack for Oblivion is also available for the Xbox 360 this week, alongside a retail PC release, but the X360 version is download-only, since, as the company's Pete Hines explains: "The 360 does not allow stand-alone expansions to work with another existing product, making the only option to be to download."] Games Released in Europe:
Nintendo Wii:
- Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Heatseeker
- Medal of Honor: Vanguard
- Metal Slug Anthology

Xbox 360:
- Championship Manager 2007
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Earth Defence Force 2017

PlayStation 3:
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

PlayStation 2:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Freak Out - Extreme Freeride
- Heatseeker
- Medal of Honor: Vanguard

Nintendo DS:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Gunpey DS
- Lunar Knights
- Pogo Island
GameCube:
- TMNT

PlayStation Portable:
- 300: March to Glory
- After Burner: Black Falcon
- Call of Duty: Roads to Victory
- The Con
- Full Auto 2: Battlelines
- Gunpey
- Pocket Pool
- Test Drive Unlimited
- Virtua Tennis 3

Game Boy Advance:
- Disney's Meet the Robinsons
- Metal Slug

PC:
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Shivering Isles Expansion Pack
- Freak Out - Extreme Freeride
- Penumbra: Overture
- Virtua Tennis 3
Few region-exclusive titles can be found among this week's European offerings aside from a couple of lower-profile PC releases, but the sheer volume of titles soon to be available across all platforms should have plenty to offer for gamers in the UK. High-profile releases like Command & Conquer 3 and Medal of Honor: Vanguard should appeal to a large audience, while niche titles like Metal Slug Anthology and Earth Defence Force 2017 will please gamers looking for something different. Games Released in Japan:
Nintendo Wii:
- Mezase!! Tsuri Master

Xbox 360:
- Absolute: Blazing Infinity
- Call of Duty 3

PlayStation 3:
- Winning Post 7 Maximum 2007

PlayStation 2:
- Gakuen Utopia - Manabi Straight! KiraKira Happy Festa!
- Hokuto no Ken
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
- Shin Bokujou Monogatari: Pure Innocent Life
- Simple 2000 Series Vol. 115: The Roomshare to Iu Seikatsu
- Taito Memories II Gekan
- VitaminX
- Winning Post 7 Maximum 2007

PlayStation Portable:
- DJ Max Portable 2
Nintendo DS:
- Atama de Do! Kotenko Kotenko
- D.Gray-Man: Kami no Shitotachi
- Digimon Story Moonlight
- Digimon Story Sunburst
- Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Motto Eigo Duke
- Gamics Series Vol. 1: Yokoyama Mitsuteru - San Goku Shi - Vol. 3 - Sanko no Rei
- Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! DS - Shinuki Max! Bongore Carnival!!
- Kokoro ga Uruou Birei Aquarium DS: Kujira - Iruka - Penguin
- Kokoro ga Uruou Birei Aquarium DS: Tetra - Guppy - Angelfish
- My Melody Angel Book: Denshi Techou & Enjoy Game
- Odenkun 2
- Puzzle Series Vol. 13: Kanji Puzzle
- Shakugan no Shana DS
- Simple DS Series Vol. 13: Ijoukishou wo Tsuppashire - The Arashi no Drift Rally
- Tamagotchi no Appare! Niji-Venture
- TOEIC Test DS Training
The highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ will make its Japanese debut this week, featuring both an enhanced and extended version of Kingdom Hearts II and a 3D remake of the Game Boy Advance title Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Nintendo's edutainment sequel Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Motto Eigo Duke is also gathering preorder momentum in the days leading up to its release, as is IE Institute's TOEIC Test DS Training. One of the week's biggest overseas releases won't see official release in Japan, however. Astute importers and fans of the rhythm genre have been awaiting the debut of DJ Max Portable 2, a PSP title set for release exclusively in Korea. As one of the few PSP games to feature rhythm-based gameplay, the original DJ Max Portable quickly became a favorite at many online import game retailers, and the sequel is expected to meet with similarly high demand upon its release at the end of the month. [About IGN GamerMetrics: IGN GamerMetrics is an interactive tool designed to report the real-time behavior and interests of visitors to IGN Entertainment's network of gaming enthusiast web sites. Using data collected from IGN's readers, GamerMetrics shows the levels of consumer awareness, engagement, and purchase intent in every video game title released in the U.S. market.]

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