Shippin' Out February 18-22: The Club, FIFA Street 3

Small, balanced week of releases sees headliners joined by DS Apollo Justice, Wii Dragon Quest Swords, Dynasty Warriors 6 for 360 and PS3; N+ stalks XBLA, Ninja Gaiden III strikes VC.


Best known for its Project Gotham Racing series for Microsoft's Xbox 360, Bizarre Creations will be visiting the projects of another sort this week with The Club. The studio--which was bought outright by publishing powerhouse Activision in September--will be venturing into the underground world of organized crime with the help of Sega. The modern-day gladiatorial shooter will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A demo for The Club is currently available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, as well as through GameSpot for PC users.

For gamers merely looking to channel their inner soccer hooligan, EA Sports will be passing off FIFA Street 3 this week after a two-year hiatus. Taking several cues from the recent NBA Homecourt brand of arcade b-ball, FIFA Street 3 takes to the tar with a stylized look and fields more than 250 pro footie stars drawn from 18 teams across the globe. In addition to versions on the Xbox 360 and PS3, EA will be targeting the mass market with a Nintendo DS edition. With Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War still fresh in many gamers' minds, Koei's Omega Force team returns with the final multiplatform release for the week with Dynasty Warriors 6 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Otherwise, gamers have a number of single-platform releases to anticipate. On the DS, Apollo Justice takes the courtroom floor from Phoenix Wright in the fourth edition of Capcom's Ace Attorney series. Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, a Wii-exclusive action role-playing game from Square Enix, ventures out into the popular universe. Nintendo has a pair of greats from days gone by on its Virtual Console this week as well, with Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom available for 500 Wii points ($5) and Phantasy Star II docking for 800 Wii points ($8).

On the Xbox 360's virtual marketplace this week is Slick Entertainment's N+. Originally a browser-based action puzzler, N+ plays heavy to physics, ninjas, ragdolls, and ninjas. The game is currently slated to appear on the DS and PlayStation Portable later this year, but will be available on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

FEBRUARY 18, 2008
FIFA Street 3 (X360, PS3, DS)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (Wii)
Need for Speed ProStreet (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Wii VC)
Phantasy Star II (Wii VC)

FEBRUARY 19, 2008
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Wii)
Dynasty Warriors 6 (X360, PS3)
History Channel: Battle for the Pacific (PS3)
My Horse and Me (PC)
Pimp My Ride (Wii)
The Club (X360, PS3, PC)
The Guild Universe (PC)

FEBRUARY 20, 2008
N+ (X360)

FEBRUARY 21, 2008
CABAL Online (PC)

FEBRUARY 22, 2008
No releases announced.

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