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Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 5:55 a.m. PST

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:

Need for Speed Carbon (GBA/NDS/PSP/NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC)

Boldly expanding on the key features that have made the Need for Speed franchise a hit for more than a decade, Need for Speed Carbon turns up the excitement and intensity by introducing all-new canyon racing. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. With captivating graphics and stunning visual effects, players will be completely immersed in a gut-check race around the canyons where more than just winning is at stake.

A streamlined focus on game physics has resulted in a truly authentic racing experience. Each of the game's three distinct car classes - Tuner, Exotic, and Muscle - have been designed to maximize differentiation and enhance performance. Players will immediately experience the unique handling, acceleration and driving technique of the more than 50 different custom cars the moment they put the pedal to the metal. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your car in every way - including over 300 different parts - using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. With online racing and the most advanced graphics and car customization tools ever, Need for Speed Carbon is the ultimate next generation racing game.

"The Need for Speed franchise prides itself on innovation and this year is no different," said Larry LaPierre, the games Executive Producer. "By introducing all-new canyon racing, a re-vamped drift mode and a revolutionary customization tool, we feel we have developed the ultimate next generation racing experience."

Need for Speed Carbon is available today for the Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and PC. It will also be available for the PS3 and Nintendo Wii at the launch of each console. Need for Speed Carbon Own the City is available on PSP, GBA and NDS. Need for Speed Carbon and Need for Speed Carbon Own the City have a price range of $29.95 and $59.95 depending on platform in North America.

The Secret Files: Tunguska (PC)

Before his disappearance, Nina’s father was involved in a research expedition to Siberia in an attempt to reveal the cause of the mysterious Tunguska catastrophe of 1908. Nina soon discovers that powerful adversaries are interested in her father's findings which are veiled in a shroud of secrecy.

Help determine the cause of the event – was it an asteroid or a comet or a meteorite as many theories suggest? Why were there no signs of a crater left behind? Is the idea of a real “doomsday” that remote for the human race?

With its widescreen perspective and cinematic storytelling, The Secret Files: Tunguska plays out like a mystery movie. Explore some of the most fascinating corners of the world: Berlin, Moscow, Cuba, China, and the Antarctic, as you uncover the secrets of the historical explosion in Russia during the early 20th century.

The Secret Files: Tunguska is available at retailers across North America with an ESRB rating of ‘T’ for Teen.

Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil (PSP)

The sequel to one of the PSP system’s first hit games, Death, Jr. 2 brings back the mischievous son of the grim reaper and his macabre friends in an all-new adventure. Seamlessly blending platforming and weapons-based action, the game features a hilarious storyline full of robotic llamas, acid drenched waffles and C4 equipped hamsters and includes full cooperative wireless play, letting gamers take on the role of Pandora for the first time and unleash chaos on the game’s demented enemies as a team.

Following the events of the first Death, Jr. game, Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil lets players resume the undead adventure as DJ, Pandora and their friends find themselves in a heap of trouble once again. After accidentally unleashing a creature of nature, hell-bent on becoming the ultimate evil, DJ and Pandora have to scramble to stop this powerful force that puts their town, and even DJ’s Dad, in peril.

Featuring a unique mix of platforming and pure action, players will be able to build new weapons, upgrade their moves and execute acrobatic maneuvers as they progress through the game’s twisted environments. Both DJ and Pandora have different sets of melee attacks and ranged weapons, giving gamers extra incentive to play through the game with each character and experience the joy of taking down enemies with an entirely new class of lobbed weapons such as the Flaming T.P. Thrower, C4 Hamsters, Freeze Gun and Shiny Sparklies. Death, Jr. 2 also features an all-new camera system, giving players unprecedented control over their surroundings with a strafe mode that is great for ranged combat and free camera mode prime for exploration and melee combat.

Recognizing the indisputable fact that it’s more fun to take down a robotic llama with a friend, Death, Jr. 2 lets two players enjoy the entire game as both DJ and Pandora in wireless cooperative action. Each player can choose their favorite character and maintain the progress they achieve with a friend as they progress through the game.

Since it first exploded on the handheld gaming scene as one of the most highly anticipated titles for the PSP system in 2005, the popular Death, Jr. franchise has developed into a multimedia brand. In just over a year, the one-of-a-kind property has added to its gaming roots a top-rated comic book series, a line of action figures and a complete line of apparel.

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil carries a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is rated “T’ for teen by the ESRB.

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