Shippin' Out June 19-23: NFL Head Coach, Alexander, Tomb Raider PSP

EA offers first stat-minded NFL management sim and Sega digitally distributes Rome: Total War add-on as flow of new releases narrows to trickle.

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June 19 is a bittersweet day in many respects. For instance, June 19 is Juneteenth Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas--two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. It is the birthday of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, whose team is currently in the NBA Finals--but has lost three games in a row to the Miami Heat in uninspiring fashion and now teeters on the brink of elimination. It is the birthday of baseball great Lou Gehrig--who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (now known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) on the day he turned 36.

Given the slim slate of games shipping to retailers this week, it seems appropriate that it be the week starting June 19. Focusing on the sweet, the week kicks off a pair of anticipated releases. Electronic Arts' first effort in the stat-crunching sports-management genre, NFL Head Coach, is already off to retailers, and Sega today began digitally distributing its Rome: Total War expansion, Alexander, through its official Web site.

Later in the week, Namco's MotoGP 4 arrives on the PlayStation 2 to sate fans of the racing series who want an alternative to last week's release of THQ's MotoGP 06 on the Xbox 360. Racing fans who prefer four-wheeled action with fewer hairpin turns can look forward to the Xbox version of IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition, a week behind its PC and PS2 counterparts.

PSP owners have a pair of new potential purchases this week, as Lara Croft makes her belated debut on the system in Tomb Raider: Legend, while last November's Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion is already getting a sequel in Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch. Owners of Nintendo's latest portable also get a pair of new options in the block-busting Break 'Em All and the self-explanatory Sudoku Mania.

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

Monday, June 19
NFL Head Coach (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Rome: Total War Alexander (PC, digital download only)

Tuesday, June 20
MotoGP 4 (PS2)
The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch (PSP)
Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP)
Break 'Em All (DS)

Thursday, June 22
AMF Xtreme Bowling (Xbox)
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (Xbox)

Friday, June 23
Cossacks II: Battle for Europe (PC)
Sudoku Mania (DS)

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VicaBizkit

ew. Im just waiting for July, 360 is gunna go nuts.

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faridmon

sudoku mania, wo00000t

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i_love_my_ds

nothing at all

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WolfSkill5544

I can't wait to buy tomb raider for my psp

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VanGriffin

Finally 2 games i've been waiting "forever" delayed Tomb Raider and the iffy Legend of Heroes.

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Kingsnake976

Another week, another complete lack of anything new that appeals to me. Except EXTREME bowling..... Whoot! Now I can drink cheap beer, eat stale nachos and and quote the Big Lebowski without ever leaving the couch........

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SavoyPrime

Sadly, nothing on that list interests me. :(

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Blazer88

Alexander is what to get.

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DaClint91

NOTHING IS COMING OUT! I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JULY AND AUGUST TO GET NCAA 07 AND MADDEN 07! At least there's NFL Head Coach to look forward too. But After August, there's a huge football video game drought At least real NFL games are on until February. Then no more NFL games until August! At least Arena Football (the game and sport) are on until June. And hey, NFL Head Coach 2 should be out by June. Isn't weird how the balance of football and video games just evens out? How did I make it in past years where the NFL Season ended in January, when the XFL folded, and where there was no Arena Football video games of NFL Head Coach video games?

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KrnDuDe

2 more psp games tmr yay

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DaClint91

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU TWO! CAN'T WAIT TO RENT NFL HEAD COACH FROM GAMEFLY!

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xbox_gamer1

GO HEAT!!!!!

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got_systems

AMF: Extreme Bowling is looking awfully good. Maybe I should pick it up.

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rynmls

what will i buy, what will i buy, nothing!!!

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NeoJedi

And the summer drougt begins...

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aramitz

Didn't MotoGP4 come out last year?

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masskilla334

meh

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paradyme777

Nifty, only a few more weeks until Prey and Chromehounds and I will be a happy man. Only 3 days until the demo for Prey.

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damariofan

GO JUNETEENTH DAY! WAHOO!

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Chubbums

LAME!!! The Wii and PS3 need to hurry up and be released we are hurting on games, this is also proof enough that there is a huge 360 game drought.

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comthitnuong

can't wait to buy xtreme bowling....

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blackIceJoe

Tomb raider on the PSP looks like it will be a good game to get with the extra goodies it will have.Legends of heroes the first one the US got was a good one and hope this one will be fun too.The new Rome expansion game from Sega I would like to get but do not trust downloads only I like having a disk on hand for what ever reason could happen.

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ryohazuki1987

wow, ten titles and all of them are must-own. Hopefully things will pick up soon, this is getting kinda boring.

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matt7899

lame lol execpt tomb raider

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rtehrani

wow.....what a list.