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US Gamers boast largest software line-up for Xbox 360

Following the announcement detailing the Xbox 360 launch titles available in Europe in December, Microsoft has revealed its US software package, which includes an additional three games on the shelves from day one.

Following the announcement detailing the Xbox 360 launch titles available in Europe in December, Microsoft has revealed its US software package, which includes an additional three games on the shelves from day one.

In addition to the fifteen titles heading for Europe, US gamers will be able to buy Ridge Racer 6, NBA 2K6 and NHL 2K6 when the next generation console launches throughout North America on November 22nd.

2K Games had initially intended to offer the NBA and NHL games in both territories from launch, though it seems the conversion from NTSC to PAL formats has taken a little longer than anticipated. The company has managed to complete the snowboarding title, Amped 3, which is confirmed as a launch title in both the US and the EU.

Both territories will have instant access to the improved Xbox Live service, including new casual games and downloads from the Xbox Live Arcade service. Accessories and console face-plates available from day one will also be similar in the US and Europe.

The full US launch day line-up of 18 titles consists of:

  • Amped 3
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • GUN
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Madden NFL 06
  • NBA 2K6
  • NBA Live 06
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • NHL 2K6
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong
  • Project Gotham Racing 3
  • Quake 4
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland

Microsoft confirmed that several further titles, including Dead or Alive 4, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Ridge Racer 6 are due to hit European shores "in the weeks after launch and beyond." To date, confirmation on the software titles available for the Japanese console launch on December 10th has yet to be announced.

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