Welcome to the latest Release Week Primer. Here you will get a short description and when available, a trailer of the games released this week. The majority of the release dates and descriptions are based on press releases given by the publishers. All dates are for North America and Europe. More publishers are releasing to NA and EU simultaneously but if they are not released on the same day in both regions it will be noted.

Feb 14, 2011

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation

DS
Combining classic role-playing adventure with new character options and enhancements, the game offers hours of imaginative DRAGON QUEST fun spanning several unique game worlds that can be enjoyed on the go.

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation features a rich storyline that leads players through a multitude of captivating worlds as they gather allies and battle fierce monsters on a quest to defeat evil forces. With updated graphics and more than 15 character classes to choose from, new and experienced players alike can dive headlong into the timeless role-playing excitement of the DRAGON QUEST franchise anytime, anywhere. They can even enjoy special features such as switching between character classes and letting monsters, such as Slimes, join their party.

Originally released in 1995 for Japan’s Super Famicom system (known in the U.S. as Super NES), DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation challenges players to explore multiple worlds as they confront the many problems caused by the evil Murdaw. Players can choose from nine starting classes and unlock others as they progress through the game.
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Feb 15, 2011

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

PS3, X360
Innovative graphics and gameplay bring the Marvel and Capcom Universes to life: Powered by an advanced version of MT Framework, the engine used in Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 brings beautiful backgrounds and character animations to the forefront.

* Evolved VS. Fighting System: Wild over-the-top gameplay complete with signature aerial combos, hyper combos and other original systems. The evolved new battle system, the “Team Aerial Combo,” takes the exciting mind-reading game to a whole new level!
* 3-on-3 Tag Team Fighting: Players build their own perfect team by assigning unique “Assist Attacks” for each character and utilize each character’s special moves to create their own unique fighting style.
* Simple Mode: Streamlined button mapping option will allow novice players to perform moves like a pro.
* Living Comic Book Art Style: See the most adored characters from the Capcom and Marvel Universes brought to life in a “moving comic” style, blurring the boundaries between 2D and 3D graphics.
* New Characters: Popular returning characters include Spider-Man, Ryu, Wolverine, Morrigan, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Felicia, Chun-Li, Tron Bonne, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Viewtiful Joe will make his debut in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise. New characters joining the playable cast for the first time in fighting game history include Chris Redfield, Thor, Trish, Super-Skrull, Amaterasu, Dormammu, , Wesker, X-23, Arthur, Deadpool, Nathan Spencer, M.O.D.O.K. and Dante!
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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

PSP
TACTICS OGRE is one of the most beloved Strategy RPG titles of all time, with the game being the only one to place in the Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu’s “Top 20 games voted by readers” for 14 years running. TACTICS OGRE: Let Us Cling Together, is being reborn from the ground up, with reworked visuals and effects, a re-arranged soundtrack by the original composers, new character growth mechanics and a new Wheel of Fortune system that adds even more replay value to the game.
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Dance Paradise

X360
It’s Dance Central for your Xbox Avatars. Imitate the on screen moves and watch your Xbox Avatar dance.
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Dungeon Raiders

DS
Play a delirious trio: Glandalf, the cinema loving wizard, Luigi, the failed thief, and Extermino, the executioner who thinks with his axe rather than his head! Visit the huge dungeons scattered with countless traps, repel the onslaught of hundreds of wild creatures haunting the place and determined to stand in your way, and solve dozens of riddles and puzzles. From the Pirates caves to the heart of the Egyptian pyramids, through the corridors of the Dracula’s castle, Dungeon Raiders will carry you into the world’s craziest places through the most delirious quest.

With a gameplay specifically conceived and designed for the Nintendo DS, using the functionality of the touch screen, the stylus and the microphone to activate mechanisms, avoid pitfalls and crush your enemies! The clever spell system is a major support to overcome the puzzles and monsters awaiting you at every corner of the numerous dungeons that you’ll visit. Quickly draw magical symbols with the stylus on the screen of your Nintendo DS ™ and use your spells in action! From the Toilet Plunger to Telekinesis and Speed Fart to Duplication, there are many more or less serious spells to unlock over the levels that you will enable you to fulfill this crazy quest!
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Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

PS3, DS, PC, PSP, Wii, X360
Players will enjoy brand new game mechanics allowing them to create, control and explore in a galaxy far, far away like never before. Promising breathtaking visuals as well as new characters and levels, the game also features the signature tongue-in-cheek humour from the LEGO universe. With over 20 story-based missions and 40 bonus levels spanning the entire Clone Wars era, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will allow fans to explore endlessly and laugh their way through the Star Wars galaxy in the most humorous, accessible and action-packed LEGO game to date.

New Story – For the first time, players will experience their favorite stories from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, retold in the amazing LEGO world that fans know and love.

Massive Ground Battles – Brand new to the LEGO Star Wars experience, players will take control of battalions of clone troopers against the relentless droid army – building bases, deploying vehicles and calling in reinforcements to defeat opponents.

SceneSwap – Authentic to the Star Wars experience, a new feature allows players to take control of multiple teams in separate locations. Working together to complete various objectives, players will control each team through the press of a button, while playing in single player or in multiplayer co-op modes.

All New Boss Battles – For the first time in the LEGO Star Wars franchise, fans will fight against massive bosses as seen in The Clone Wars animated series, including Gor, the epic Zillo Beast and many other favourites.

Multi-Layered Space Battles – Players will be able to take off in their favourite ships to navigate and fly through multi-layered combat throughout the galaxy.

New Combat Abilities – Characters will have more dynamic moves allowing players greater freedom to battle their opponents. Characters will also have new lightsaber abilities including Lightsaber Cutting, Lightsaber Throwing, and Lightsaber Climbing. The game will also feature new grappling abilities allowing players to climb their way through puzzles and defeat enemies.

Explore the Galaxy – Players will be able to explore exotic locations in a variety of ships throughout 16 different star systems. Fans will play as villainous Separatists, the noble Republic heroes or even as bounty hunters, tracking down characters across the galaxy.

Expanded Force Abilities – Using the Force in all new ways to control LEGO objects, players will solve puzzles, access new areas, pick up and throw enemies – even turning them into weapons.

Brand New Clone Weapons, Vehicles and Characters – New clone weapons including rapid fire guns and rocket launchers, as well as all new massive capital ships to explore, such as Anakin Skywalker’s flagship the Resolute and Grievous’ devastating warship , the Malevolance. Players will also navigate through the galaxy in new vehicles such as the Republic gunship, Clone Turbo Tank and even Anakin’s Jedi Intercepter and the Twilight. Fans will also discover their favourite classic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker.

Puzzle Solving – The game will feature all new puzzles that reward creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far, far away.

All new lighting and animations – A brand new engine brings characters to life, giving players a whole new level of control in a vibrant environment, unlike anything ever seen before in a LEGO game.

Split Screen – Improved dynamic split screen for multi-player co-op with jump in/jump out abilities for friends and families to play together.
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Ys I&II Chronicles

PSP
Ys I & II consists of the first two games released in the Ys series, Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished and Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter. In both games the player controls a red-haired swordsman named Adol Christin. In the first game he must seek out the six Books of Ys. These books contain the history of the ancient, vanished land of Ys, and will give him the knowledge he needs to defeat the evil forces currently sweeping the land of Esteria.

In Ys II Adol is transported to Ys, and begins a quest to unravel the secrets of the land, and finally rid it and Esteria of evil. All English translations of Ys II were part of a compilation; no standalone version has been localized.
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Hyperdimension Neptunia (delayed from the 9th)

PS3
This unique RPG features game consoles personified as goddesses, CPUs (Console Patron Units), who you can customize visually with equipment to enhance their stats. Players take the role of Neptune and follow her quest to save the captive Histoire. This leads her to face the corrupt monsters ravaging the world of Gamindustri unleashed by
the evil Arfoire. Neptunia also features iconic characters from classic games as special summon skills.
FEATURES
CPUs: Video game consoles & companies personified!
GRAPHIC EDIT: Edit pictures stored on your PS3 to use as Neptune’s rear emblem!
SUMMON: Summon video game characters or your own edited images!
COMBO EDIT: Customize, create, and name your own combo attacks!
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Feb 16, 2011

Hard Corps: Uprising

X360
The first title out of five from the XBLA House Party program. Thrilling retro run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in Hard Corps: Uprising, a new 2D side scroller developed by ARC System Works that pays homage to classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend. Battle in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode or the all-new RISING mode, where a life bar and point system allow you to purchase items and upgrades to build your soldier up and achieve ultimate victory. Need help? Partner with a friend to lay down some serious carnage.

Key Features:

Exciting run-and-gun gameplay with beautifully rendered 2.5D graphics from Arc System Works
Arcade mode features 2D run-and-gun gameplay that stays true to the genre’s hardcore roots
All new RISING mode allows players to train and level their soldier and purchase power-up items
Classic and all-new boss battles to challenge and thrill
Co-operate with gamers all over the world in Online Co-Op mode and compete via online leaderboards
Add-on content includes characters (three additional characters), wallpapers, gamertag pictures and avatar outfits
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TNT Racers

PSP, Wii….. X360, PS3 versions were released on Feb 9.
TNT Racers features 18 action-packed racetracks for up to 4 players. Built for ‘pick up and play’ fun for all the family, new players and seasoned gamers can experience the thrill of the chase and high-octane game play together.

Key to the heart-stopping action in TNT Racers is the fun of the multiplayer experience. As well as playing solo, up to 4 players can compete locally together or do battle against friends, family and other players online in a non-stop social competition.

A unique feature in TNT Racers is ‘Shadow Racing’. When players are thrown off the track, they immediately rejoin the action as a shadow racer, taking revenge on remaining players and ensuring everyone is always in the thick of the action.

Dedicated players who work their way up the leader boards are rewarded with free game content including new cars, new tracks and achievements.

There is also plenty to keep the single player occupied with three different single player modes. As well as 45 Challenges across three different speed classes, there are time trials and custom races where racers decide the victory criteria and place the pickups on the track.

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Feb 18, 2011

PopCap® Hits

X360
PopCap Hits brings together some of PopCap’s greatest titles: Bejeweled® 2, Peggle®, Feeding Frenzy™ and AstroPop™ for the first time in one collection. The first ever collection of Xbox Live titles to be available from a single developer as a boxed collection at retail.

Bejeweled 2 is the most popular casual game of the 21st Century. The franchise boasts over 350 million downloads to date and over 50 million units sold. In this classic game of gem swapping and explosive action, match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of colour and points. Match four or more to create power gems that boost your score and your mood with dazzling cascades and combos. Soar to gem-matching heights in Classic mode, or speed through matches against the clock in Action. For even more dazzling fun, bump up your brainwaves with multi-faceted Puzzles, or enter the Zen state of Endless play.

Peg-busting phenomenon Peggle – voted Top 10 best Xbox Live Arcade games in 2010 by IGN – has achieved over 50 million downloads on the internet alone. A blend of pachinko, pinball and pool, the challenge is to conquer 55 levels with 10 mystical Magical Powers and rack up bonus points. Face off against friends in 4 player Xbox Live multiplayer play and take your best shot at becoming the ultimate Peggle Master !

Feeding Frenzy – the action-packed deep-sea challenge. Immerse yourself in stunning underwater environments as you slurp, gulp and crunch your way along 50 frenzied levels and eat anything smaller than you. Can you overcome the fearsome Shark King?

Arcade-puzzle action in AstroPop – Choose from four space pilots, each with unique abilities and weaponry, to grab and blast bricks and clear a path to the stars. AstroPop blends two different gameplay modes (Classic and Survival) with 33 challenging bonus rounds, offering hours of replay fun for all ages.
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Deathsmiles

X360
Enter the world of Gilverado, a kingdom plagued by hideous monsters and tortured souls. Choose from four angels with unique demonic familiars and battle against a storm of enemies pouring out of Hell’s gates! Fight your way out of tight spots as you are surrounded by enemy units and bullets from both sides of the screen.

The unique left/right shooting mechanic of Deathsmiles will keep you on your toes as you dodge and weave through complex enemy fire, beautifully crafted by the modern masters of shmups, CAVE. Triggering “Power-up mode” will unleash great streams of golden crowns, white tiaras, and grey skulls as you cut through enemies with your little Angel’s mighty magic shot. Try not to get distracted by the bling as you collect these gorgeous trinkets en masse and pump your high score to the limit!
Deathsmiles Key Features:
• Five Characters to Explore Gilverado Choose Windia, the foppish English girl; Casper, the sassy German; Follett, the cautious French girl; or Rosa, the California valley girl. Travel down the roads of Gilverado and discover hidden conversations between the angels.
• Mega Black Label Test your supernatural powers against the onslaught of the Ice Palace and its forgotten protector! Put your skills to the test with a new scoring system that demands more, but pumps out even more explosions of shiny tokens!
• Choose Your Path and Difficulty You can choose your own route through the game’s stages and set the difficulty for each, from a level of 1 to 3. These difficulty levels allow you to customize the bullet count and boss toughness. Watch out if you choose level 3 four times, though….
• Save and Play Back Replays Save replays of your own games to watch later for your own enjoyment. Players can also download the top 20 scoring runs on the leaderboards.
• Online Rankings & Online Co-op
• Check out your score on the online leaderboard, with rankings for each character and game mode. Two-player cooperative play is also available via: Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network!
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Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok

PC
The eccentric architect Baron Wittard has built something really special: a city inside a building. This monumental pleasure dome, called ‘The Utopia’, features 1000 apartments, a shopping mall, and hundreds of offices and leisure facilities. All under one roof. Its grand opening was supposed to have been two years ago. That event never happened. A chain of mysterious events has now left the Utopia abandoned and silent. People have gone missing. Electromagnetic disturbances are increasing. These happenings all point to Wittard’s desolate Utopia. Armed with only a camera and a torch, you must journey there alone to explore its winding corridors, its secret passageways, and its gloomy halls. Local townspeople say Wittard kept a terrible secret. They speak fearfully of someone or something malevolent lurking at his city. They say it is waiting and growing in power. They say time is running out…

Features

* Explore the ruins of a decaying building and uncover its terrible secret
* Non-linear gameplay: explore at your own pace
* Experience urban decay in high resolution graphics
* Eerie and mysterious soundtrack with full musical score
* Discover a massive world in First Person Perspective
* Use skill and cunning to search for clues and solve puzzles
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Family Party: 90 Great Games

Wii
# Three full titles in one: A compilation of the first three Family Party: 30 Great Games titles
# Unlockable costumes, characters, levels for ultimate fun
# All 90 games support 1-4 players for party mode
# Rewards including rankings, high scores, and medals

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