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Release This:  Resident Evil 5, MadWorld  Premiere in North America

Release This: Resident Evil 5, MadWorld Premiere in North America

March 9, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

March 9, 2009 | By Danny Cowan
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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.

This week brings the North American premieres of Resident Evil 5 and MadWorld. Gamers in Europe will soon receive Suikoden: Tierkreis, as Japan gets Phantom Brave Wii and Resistance: Retribution.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending March 14th, 2009.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- MadWorld
- Marble Saga Kororinpa
- MySims Party
- New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis
- New Play Control! Pikmin
- Totally Spies: Totally Party
- Trivial Pursuit

Xbox 360:
- Resident Evil 5
- SBK: Superbike World Championship
- Trivial Pursuit

PlayStation 3:
- Resident Evil 5
- SBK: Superbike World Championship
- Trivial Pursuit

PlayStation 2:
- Moomin The Mysterious Howling
- Trivial Pursuit
Nintendo DS:
- Animal Planet: Emergency Vets
- Avalon Code
- Boing! Docomodake DS
- Dream Day: Wedding Destinations
- Jake Power: Handyman
- Moomin: The Great Autumn Party
- My English Coach: Spanish Edition
- My Pet Shop
- MySims Party
- World Championship Games: A Track & Field Event
- Zubo

PlayStation Portable:
- Mana Khemia: Student Alliance
- SBK: Superbike World Championship

PC:
- Codename Panzers: Cold War
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Big Kahuna Cook Off
- World in Conflict: Complete Edition

Capcom's survival horror sequel Resident Evil 5 headlines this week's offerings on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while Wii owners get PlatinumGames' stylish action title MadWorld. Also premiering on the Wii this week are new versions of the GameCube titles Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin, both of which have been enhanced with Wii-specific control schemes.

On portables, the Nintendo DS will see the Xseed-published RPG Avalon Code, while the PSP gets a port of the first title in Gust's Mana Khemia series.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Grey's Anatomy
- Job Island: Hard Working People
- Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
- Monster Jam: Urban Assault
- My Animal Centre
- MySims Party
- Sonic and the Black Knight
- Trivial Pursuit

Xbox 360:
- Cabela's Dangerous Adventures
- Resident Evil 5
- Secret Service
- Trivial Pursuit

PlayStation 3:
- Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
- Resident Evil 5
- Trivial Pursuit

PlayStation 2:
- Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
- Monster Jam: Urban Assault
- Secret Service
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
- Trivial Pursuit
Nintendo DS:
- Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
- Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry
- Grey's Anatomy
- Monster Jam: Urban Assault
- MySims Party
- Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
- Sam Power: Footballer
- Travel Games for Dummies

PlayStation Portable:
- Monster Jam: Urban Assault

PC:
- Brain Training for Dummies
- Poker for Dummies
- Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
- Secret Service
- World in Conflict: Complete Edition

European gamers will get an early look at the Konami-developed RPG Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry this week. The U.S. version of the game (to be retitled Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times) will not see release until May. The UK will also host the worldwide English-language debut of Suikoden: Tierkreis this week, along with other region-exclusive releases like Job Island: Hard Working People and Sam Power: Footballer.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- Boku to Sim no Machi Party
- Phantom Brave Wii
- Pikmin 2 (Wii de Asobu)
- Sonic to Ankoku no Kishi
- We Cheer

PlayStation 3:
- Musou Orochi Z

PlayStation 2:
- Galaxy Angel II: Eigou Kaiki no Koku
Nintendo DS:
- 700-Banjin no Atama o Yokusuru: Chou Keisan DS - 13000-Mon + Image Keisan
- Annie no Atelier: Sera Shima no Renkijutsushi
- Boku to Sim no Machi Party
- Habu Yoshiharu Shougi de Kitaeru: Ketsudanryoku DS
- Rittai Picross
- Simple DS Series Vol. 43: The Host Shiyouze! DX Knight King
- Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side: 1st Love Plus

PlayStation Portable:
- Ever17: The Out of Infinity Premium Edition
- Never7: The End of Infinity
- Resistance: Houfuku no Koku

As Wii owners in the United States get a remade Wii edition of Pikmin this week, Japanese gamers will see a new version of Pikmin's sequel. The Wii also receives a remake of Nippon Ichi's Phantom Brave this week, along with localized versions of We Cheer and Sonic and the Black Knight.

Japanese PSP releases include Resistance: Houfuku no Koku (to be released next week in other regions as Resistance: Retribution) and a pair of ports for the PC adventure titles Ever17: The Out of Infinity and Never7: The End of Infinity. Meanwhile, the DS will receive the dating sim Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side: 1st Love Plus, RPG sequel Annie no Atelier: Sera Shima no Renkijutsushi, and the Nintendo-published puzzle title Rittai Picross.



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