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They might have been able to create a perfect polygon copy of Johnny Depp, but if the reviews are anything to go by then Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a bit on the fishy side. Will it knock Spider-Man 3 off the top spot? Place your bets… now!

Mario Strikers Charged should do well in next week’s chart too. Not only is it the first online Wii game, but also the first Wii game of note since Sonic. Nintendo are still being annoyingly coy with the release date for Super Paper Mario but on the flip side they’ve released Custom Robo Arena on DS this week. It’s the first title in the long running series to make it to Europe, which if anything shows that they have great confidence in the current DS demographic buying it. There’s also Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, which looks quite interesting. The graphics seem on par with Final Fantasy III at least.

Over on PSP there’s a couple of games of note – Sega’s shape shifting puzzler Crush and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Eurogamer gave Crush a glowing review earlier in the week and we know that a lot of people have been waiting for Portable Ops to make it out over here. It was delayed a few times then at the last moment slipped due to a problem with the age certification.

If you’re done with the latest PlayStation 2 Final Fantasy then you might want to take a look at Shadow Hearts: From the New World. It’s being released at less than full price and the last two were pretty good. They were actually made by ex-Square employees who were fed up with making twee RPGs. Also on PlayStation 2: another Naruto, another Buzz! quiz and another Spongebob game. Who said originality is dead?