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Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 8, 2006 @ 4:02 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:

D.I.R.T.: The Origin of the Species (PC)

Nick Bamford of NuGeneration the developer of D.I.R.T. proudly proclaimed, “It’s been a long hard road but we wanted to take as long as necessary to deliver a gameplay experience that could be enjoyed at many levels by all the gamers out there, we are very proud to finally deliver that today!”

“D.I.R.T. has been a long-time-coming but will be well worth the wait,” said Shane Nestler of Tri Synergy. D.I.R.T. will be available at major software retailers as soon as this weekend.

The game will be available from retail stores in the US and Canada including Electronics Boutique, Gamestop, Fry’s, CompUSA, Circuit City, and more!

Digimon World DS (NDS)

The latest digi-evolution of the successful Digimon game and television series, Digimon World DS promises exciting turn-based battles, Digi-Farms where players can raise, feed, and train digital monsters, and the opportunity to create rare breeds of Digimon with friends via Wi-Fi and local DS wireless connection. Digimon World DS is rated “E10+” for Everybody 10+ and retails for $29.99.

“Since the premier of the first episode in the U.S. in 1999, Digimon has spawned 10 popular games on a variety of console platforms,” said Naruo Uchida, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.’s Vice President of Localization. “Since this is the debut of the Digimon on the Nintendo DS, we took special care to maximize the DS’ touch screen and Wi-Fi capabilities with Digimon World DS.”

With Digimon World DS, tamers are needed for new Digi-Farms to collect and train over 230 distinct Digimon. With eight different species to battle and breed, players will be able to create their own unique hybrid digital monsters. Truly rare Digimon can be formed by “matching” with friends via Nintendo’s Wi-fi capability and local DS wireless connection. Engage in three-vs.-three battles, and trade up-to-40 Digimon with your friends wirelessly.

SEGA Genesis Collection (PS2)

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, SEGA Genesis Collection features over 30 titles including, Altered Beast, Sonic The Hedgehog, Shinobi III, Phantasy Star, and the original SEGA Genesis version of Golden Axe. The games in the collection have been reproduced with the utmost detail and accuracy to the originals. SEGA Genesis Collection also features numerous unlockable items that delve into the soul of the SEGA Genesis, including interviews with the original developers that created the original titles, a museum area with interesting facts about the games, a hint area to help players complete their favorite SEGA Genesis games, and SEGA arcade titles from the Genesis era to unlock. SEGA Genesis Collection for the PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system marks the handheld debut of numerous titles in the collection and will ship to North American retailers later this month.

Rated 'T' for "Teen" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board; SEGA Genesis Collection for the PlayStation 2 system will retail at $29.95.

The Winx Club: Quest for the Codex (GBA/NDS)

Magical fairies Musa, Layla, Tecna, Flora, Bloom and Stella are back with new adventures, an updated wardrobe, and familiar friends and foes. Quest for the Codex is the latest installment from the popular Konami video game franchise based on the hit animated children’s television series The Winx Club, broadcast by 4Kids Entertainment.

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, players experience the Quest for the Codex story through a series of side-scrolling flying segments, using their magical powers to blast enemies and to clear obstacles. Players can also use the touch screen to switch between characters at any time in the game, strategically using their unique abilities to solve puzzles and defeat opponents. Adding an additional element of fun, players can enjoy character-specific mini-games in between the action, and design new clothing patterns to share with friends through a local wireless connection.

With Quest for the Codex for the Game Boy Advance, players must stop the evil and relentless Lord Darkar, who has plagued the stylish and empowered fairies on numerous occasions. Bloom, Stella, Layla, Musa and Tecna must thwart his plan to take over the universe through succeeding in mini-games that will determine the game’s storyline. Each fairy has her own individual mini-games and can call on her friends for help by collecting Secret Charmix items throughout the game. Players can also unlock different outfits for their Magic Closet to wear by achieving high scores in each mini-game.

Available at major retailers nationwide for a suggested price of $29.99 (Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance), Quest for the Codex is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB.

My Frogger Toy Trials (NDS)

For the first time in the history of the franchise, Frogger will be paired with a new partner named the Hero, as the two playable characters try to win a toy pet competition that will grant them one wish which will make all their dreams come true. My Frogger Toy Trials brings the classic “Hop ‘N Dodge” gameplay into the new millennium with innovative mini-games that fully utilize the Nintendo DS touch-screen and microphone. Control the Hero in the game’s adventure map and use Frogger to solve puzzles and take part in the mini-games, as players hop higher and dodge faster than ever before. Players can collect more than 20 different costumes to obtain power ups such as super speed and sticking ability, or compete head-to-head wirelessly with up to four friends using the Nintendo DS Download Play.

In My Frogger Toy Trials, a company named Tobi Inc. has developed a way to transform a child’s drawing of his or her ideal pet into a real toy pet with a will of its own. The newly created pets are then entered into a competition of mini-games to crown the best pet ever. Deciding to take part in this exciting contest, Frogger and the Hero must rush to submit their idea before time runs out!

Originally launched in 1981, Frogger is one of the most universally adored characters in video game history. The objective of the original Frogger game was to scoot a friendly frog across a busy five-lane highway and over a perilous river to peaceful lily pads. The simple, yet addictive "Hop 'N Dodge" gameplay made Frogger accessible to players of all skill levels, allowing it to quickly develop an immense fan base and become an instant success. With over 20 million games sold worldwide, Frogger continues to capture the hearts of gamers everywhere.

My Frogger Toy Trials is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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