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Thursday, October 12, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 12, 2006 @ 5:50 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts (GBA/NDS)

Starring the beloved characters from the hit DreamWorks Animation film "Over the Hedge," this all-new adventure re-teams Hammy with RJ the raccoon, Verne the turtle and Stella the skunk, and sets them on a quest into the 'burbs' when Hammy's beloved cable TV goes out and they have to restore the signal -- and Hammy's happiness.

"Building on the success of the 'Over the Hedge' film and video game, we have worked with DreamWorks Animation to create an all-new movie-inspired adventure," said Kim Salzer, vice president of global brand management, Activision Publishing. "Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts gives kids the chance to further engage themselves in the world of their favorite woodland creatures as they experience even more of their signature humor, friendship and fun."

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! for the Game Boy Advance features 30 levels where players play as nine different characters and are equipped with boomerangs, golf clubs and other backyard items. In Quick Play mode, gamers can visit all unlocked levels to earn high scores. Players can also choose to play with friends in hot-seat multiplayer mode, which allows up to four people to play in any of the previously unlocked levels.

In the Nintendo DS game, players help Hammy and their favorite woodland creatures explore neighborhood homes for items that will help them get revenge on Dwayne the Exterminator. Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! for the Nintendo DS also takes advantage of the touch screen system, enhanced dual-screen display and lets fans re-live moments from the game via a replay feature.

In the PSP system version, fans interact with new characters, explore 3D environments and experience "Hammy Time," which allows Hammy to race around and overcome opponents in the blink of an eye. Players will also experience wireless multiplayer gameplay, 3D and interactive environments, and new characters.

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts for the GBA is available now for a suggested retail price of $29.99. A NDS version of the game will be available on October 24 for the same suggested retail price and the PSP edition will hit retail stores in November for a suggested retail price of $39.99. All versions are rated "E" for Everyone.

Space Empires V (PC)

“We here at Malfador Machinations are very excited that “Space Empires V” is finally available for purchase. We’ve put a lot of work into this game, but the work hasn’t stopped. We continue to work with our beta testers and plan on releasing improvements October 16th, 2006!”

“Space Empires V” is the new edition in the Space Empires series. This new chapter’s completely updated UI takes the player into a real-time rendered 3D universe.

Watch space battles played out with incredible detail and realistic effects. Expand, Explore, Exploit, and Exterminate in a huge living and breathing galaxy. New features abound, with political alliances between multiple empires, top-down ship design systems, hexagonal movement grids, and much more.

“Space Empires V” is now available for purchase at EB, Gamestop and Comp USA. “Space Empires V” will be available at Best Buy in November, 2006. The game is rated E for Everyone by ESRB.

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