In week 21 2007 Europe got some new releases early

27 May 2007
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Crush PSP screenshotWhile Europe traditionally sees retail releases weeks, months, sometimes years (Animal Crossing) after Americans got their gaming thumbs on the latest games. This is to translate them into multiple European languages according to game companies. This past week, however, there were a few retail games that came out in Europe first like Buzz! Junior: RoboJam for PS2, Crush for PSP, Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 for PS2, and Mario Strikers Charged Football for Wii, which we reviewed for launch this Friday.

Mario Strikers Charged Football Wii screenshotThat’s not all though, downloadable games like this week’s like Rush ‘n Attack and Xevious are always released simultaneously worldwide on the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade, but for the other consoles it differs. On the PS3 Store’s PlayStation Network the Go! Puzzle game got an early releases. The Wii’s Virtual Console even got three classic games early, them being Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mach Rider. While these lists are usually the same for all PAL region gamers, Australians won’t be getting Blazing Lazers from the Wii Shop, I guess they hated the TurboGrafx there?

Here’s what games came out in Europe this week:
* Blazing Lazers (Wii Virtual Console)
* Buzz! Junior: RoboJam (PS2)
* Crush (PSP)
* Custom Robo Arena (DS)
* Enemy Engaged 2 (PC)
* Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (DS)
* Go! Puzzle (PS3 Store)
* Mach Rider (Wii Virtual Console)
* Mario Strikers: Charged Football (Wii)
* Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)
* Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 (PS2)
* Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PSP, DS)
* Rush ‘n Attack (Xbox Live Arcade)
* SpongeBob & Friends: Battle For Volcano Island (PS2, DS)
* Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii Virtual Console)
* Valhalla Knights (PSP)
* Xevious (Xbox Live Arcade)

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