Namco Bandai updates 2006 release calendar

New Warhammer drops this fall; Stargate, DS Curious George curiously missing; Cowboy Bebop still a no-show.

Namco Bandai Games America today unveiled an updated release calendar for 2006, and with the exception of a few notable titles missing, there were few surprises.

The PlayStation 2 is the publisher's favorite platform with 11 titles hitting shelves this year, followed by the PC and PSP, with seven and five games, respectively. According to the calendar there won't be much for next-generation systems from the new company, aside from the Xbox 360's Frame City Killer, due out in the second half of 2006. The calendar did not mention anything about either of Namco Bandai's two PlayStation 3 games, Gundam World and a next-gen Tekken.

There was a bit of shuffling for games on Nintendo's new handheld. DS owners will be able to get their Tamagotchi on a few weeks earlier, as Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop DS will now be released on January 31, two weeks before its previous date of February 14. Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier, a turn-based strategy role-playing game, moved from a nebulous 2006 shipping date to spring 2006. The DS version of Curious George, based on the upcoming film hitting theaters February 10, did not make the release calendar. Though Namco did not outright say the game has been canceled, it's unclear whether George will be monkeying around on the DS.

On the PC side, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is now scheduled for a fall 2006 release, and Mage Knight: Apocalypse has been pushed back to spring 2006. Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, plagued with legal troubles after issues between developer Perception and European publisher JoWood sprang up, was noticeably MIA.

Fans of the anime Cowboy Bebop may have to play with their action figures a bit longer. The game, which made its debut at 2004's E3, was delayed to 2005 but never made it into stores. Online retailer EBGames.com shows the game as having a March release date and the game's Web site says "coming soon," but its absence on Namco's official release calendar may mean its future is in doubt.

Namco's announced 2006 lineup is as follows:

PlayStation 2
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Curious George -- February 1, 2006 -- Action Adventure
Tales of Legendia -- February 7, 2006 -- RPG
MS Saga -- February 2006 -- RPG
Payout Poker and Casino -- Q1 2006 -- Arcade Gambling
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War -- Spring 2006 -- Air Combat
MotoGP4 -- Spring 2006 -- Racing Simulation
Naruto: Narutimate Hero (working title) -- Summer 2006 -- Action
Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked -- Spring 2006 -- Action
Pac-Man World Rally -- Summer 2006 -- Kart Racing
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron -- Fall 2006 -- Aerial Adventure
.hack//GU Part 1 -- 2006 -- RPG

PSP
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Me and My Katamari -- March 2006 -- Action
Payout Poker and Casino -- Q1 2006 -- Arcade Gambling
Bounty Hounds -- Spring 2006 -- Action
Pac-Man World Rally -- Summer 2006 -- Kart Racing
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron -- Fall 2006 -- Aerial Adventure

Xbox
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Curious George -- February 1, 2006 -- Action Adventure
Payout Poker and Casino -- Q1 2006 -- Arcade Gambling
Pac-Man World Rally -- Summer 2006 -- Kart Racing
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron -- Fall 2006 -- Aerial Adventure

Xbox 360
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Frame City Killer -- 2006 -- Action

GameCube
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Curious George -- February 1, 2006 -- Action Adventure
Pac-Man World Rally -- Summer 2006 -- Kart Racing

Nintendo DS
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop DS -- January 31, 2006 -- Simulation
Mage Knight: Destiny's Solider -- Spring 2006 -- Turn-based Strategy

Game Boy Advance
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Curious George -- February 1, 2006 -- Action Adventure

PC
Title -- Release Date -- Genre
Curious George -- February 1, 2006 -- Action Adventure
Payout Poker and Casino -- Q1 2006 -- Arcade Gambling
Mage Knight: Apocalypse -- Spring 2006 -- Action RPG
Pac-Man World Rally -- Summer 2006 -- Kart Racing
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron -- Fall 2006 -- Aerial Adventure
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos -- Fall 2006 -- Real-Time Strategy
Hellgate: London -- TBD -- RPG

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Discussion

42 comments
Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

We require Cowboy BeBop, and we demand it be quality! We don't want any of those tired, broken anime adaptations! . . . but if it doesn't come, we will content ourselves with "What if?"

MasterKaito
MasterKaito

I doubt Xenosaga Episode III would be out this year. It took a while after Episode I for II to be released. I expect it to be the same for III.

MasterKaito
MasterKaito

I can't wait until .hack//GU is released.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Oh wow. A total of five games for Nintendo's systems. Goody.

Mothman
Mothman

never mind anything else, no Xenosaga Episode III? What's up with that?

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

I wish Sony announce the PS3 release date already.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I wish they would have pushed up the release of Tales of Legendia. Oh well, good things come to those who wait.

ocdog45
ocdog45

nothing really stands out for me

robert032
robert032

Comon Namco i want Breakdown 2! but back to reality, i want to try out Hellgate: London

Imavnas
Imavnas

wow some good questions and observations here by posters: no PS3 games; no Xeno 3, No PS (looks like PS support is finally dead). Somehow i get the feeling this list will get updated secretly a few times throughout the year though. Too many things "apparently" missing.

TaronAroyan
TaronAroyan

What happened to Xenosaga Episode III?

_sean_05
_sean_05

w00t narutimate hero! >_> too bad im playin NH3 on my jap ps2 already. Tales of Legendia should be good tho

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Some of them look pretty good... can't wait.

dengl
dengl

Tales of Phantasia is being released by Nintendo not Namco, and Isn't the Cowboy Bebop game supposed to be absolute garbage?

abdu4
abdu4

Wondering why they didnt mention anything about the PS3

abdu4
abdu4

Wondering why they didnt mention anything about the PS

piestuff
piestuff

To StayFrosty: ToP is being published by Nintendo, not Namco Bandai. Looks like im gonna get a PSP in March when MAMK releases!

Jman1236
Jman1236

It's still cool that .hack//GU is still expected out sometime in 2006 but no mention of .hack//fragment offline x online? I want online .hack in North America, that would kick butt.

StayFrosty
StayFrosty

hey where is Tales of Phantasia...i thougt they release in March?

SubSane0
SubSane0

Snoopy vs. the Red Baron is where it's at.

death919
death919

TO chibi-acer: How can PS2's graphics be starting to look dated? Final Fantasy XII has better graphics than ANYTHING I've seen on a next gen system! :O Anyways, on to the actual article. Some pretty good games, although the lack of Tales Of The Tempest and Tales Of The Abyss hurts. :( Maybe at E3... hopefully at E3... anyways, on that list, the games I'm going to be buying are: Tales Of Legendia (2006's Game Of The Year), Naruto: Narultamite Hero (looks really good!), and Me And My Katamari (when I get a PSP, which might not be until 2007 or 2008, depending on when the price goes down to something reasonable).

killa-k
killa-k

i hope these games will b good

networkpunk
networkpunk

wheres cowboy bebop? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Gah! Stop making PS2 games!!! I don't care if it's PS3 or Xbox 360, but the graphics on the PS2 are really starting to feel dated now. I realize that most of these are just ports of Japanese PS2 games, but I really wish the developers would have held off and waited to do more of these games on the "next-gen" systems.

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

Why do all 3 of us have 2 posts ? lol

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

Naruto, Samurai Shamploo & Tales of Legendia :D. Can't wait for the Cowboy Bebop either :/. (Goes and looks up what ToL is about!)

djdizz
djdizz

i wanna play moto gp4 i love moto gp

ryanduvall
ryanduvall

wait you wanna play curious george?

ryanduvall
ryanduvall

can somebody tell me what happened to the gundam ds game?

djdizz
djdizz

can't wait to play all these games