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Tuesday April 18, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 18, 2006 @ 2:55 p.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:

World Rally Championship (WRC) (PSP)

“WRC is the perfect pick-up-and-play racing game for a handheld system, “said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “As the only official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, fans of the franchise can play online and race friends on their portable gaming console anytime; anywhere.”

WRC offers a complete World Rally Championship season across five continents and 16 countries, and includes a vast array of wild terrains and surfaces including such first-time locations as the streets of Japan and the hills of Mexico.

WRC is based around the 2005 season and features 30 official and fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution, and Extreme spec cars from leading manufacturers such as Ford, Subaru and Mitsubishi, as well as all 36 official WRC 2005 drivers and co-drivers.

Offering 64 Super Specials Stages on gravel, tarmac and snow, WRC incorporates six exciting game modes encompassing single and multiplayer levels, including Quick Rally, Time Trial, Single Rally, World Championship, Head-to-Head Wireless and Turn-based Multiplayer, as well as Wireless Multiplayer (Ad-Hoc) for up to eight players.

Rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB, WRC is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Major League Baseball 2K6 (PSP)

"We are thrilled to bring Major League Baseball 2K6, the most authentic and feature-rich MLB video game available, to the PSP system," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "Baseball fans will now be able to have the ultimate MLB experience wherever they go. Not only will gamers enjoy a bevy of exciting features found in the other versions of the game, but a PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Career Mode as well."

Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system incorporates many of the features included in the console versions, such as A.I. powered by Inside Edge technology; intuitive Swing Stick control; the all-new Payoff Pitching system; World Baseball Classic Mode; and commentary from Jon Miller and Hall of Fame legend Joe Morgan. In addition to these stellar features, Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system debuts the PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Mode, a tag team-style hitting match, pitting gamers against the best sluggers in baseball to achieve home run career supremacy. Lastly, online play - both ad-hoc and infrastructure - are supported to deliver seamless online play on the go.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is rated "E" for Everyone and is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game that will be available on every major gaming console, including Xbox 360 and Xbox, the PS2, PSP, and the GameCube. The PSP system version is available now for a suggested retail price of $39.99; with the Xbox 360 version available for $59.99; and the PlayStation 2 and Xbox titles available for $39.99.

World Poker Tour (PSP)

World Poker Tour for the PSP system, based on the highly popular World Poker Tour television poker series, delivers a bevy of new, entertaining features, allowing gamers to experience the exciting world of poker wherever they go.

"World Poker Tour pioneered televised poker, creating unprecedented interest in the card game and a true cultural phenomenon," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "Now available on the PSP system, World Poker Tour delivers a wealth of awesome features, including prominent poker venues, comprehensive player customization, unparalleled A.I. logic, as well as unique online play. It is by far the most complete poker game for the PSP system."

Poker buffs test their luck and skills in World Poker Tour for PSP system, as they can create and customize their own characters to play against the virtual equivalents of real World Poker Tour pros such as Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil "Unabomber" Laak.

World Poker Tour for the PSP system includes a completely revamped and more intuitive A.I. system allowing gamers to play against more than 1,200 different characters, all with their own unique playing styles and behavior, in some of the world's most prestigious poker tournaments. As players increase their career earnings, they can unlock PSP system-exclusive custom clothes and events.

With over 4,000 custom variations of poker, gamers can challenge computer opponents or take their custom poker game online to make their mark as poker masters. With online play connectivity, users can connect wirelessly with other PSP systems, and/or PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment systems. World Poker Tour for the PSP system features exclusive tournament and "final table" venues that PSP system players can host online for both PSP system and PlayStation 2 World Poker Tour players!

World Poker Tour for the PSP system is rated "T" for Teen and is available at the suggested retail price of $29.99. World Poker Tour is also available for the PS2, Xbox and GBA.

Take Command: 2nd Manassas (PC)

Take Command: 2 nd Manassas explores the titular 1862 battle of the American Civil War, a pivotal engagement of the Northern Virginia Campaign. Players are invited to take on the most crucial battles of America's Civil War and use all their tactical know-how to shape the future of the United States. Play as the Unionists or the Confederates and lead as the historically significant leaders through the authentic environments and battles of the Manassas campaign and TAKE COMMAND!

"Take Command: 2nd Manassas is a great addition to our strategy stable and we are very excited about being able to launch this title simultaneously on download and in retail, a concept that has proven very successful with previous titles," said Fredrik W. Lindgren, Director of Publishing at Paradox Interactive.

"Take Command: 2nd Manassas plays out during a crucial time of the Civil War and while fans of this genre and era will instantly be able to relate to this title, strategy fans and history fans in general will find plenty to rejoice about," said Norb Timpko, CEO of MadMinute Games. "We have focused on creating a game with depth, immense replayability, and a strong sense of realism. Players will be able to experience first-hand what it must have been like to take control on the battlefield."

Take Command: 2nd Manassas will present the player with as many as 48 scenarios, 5 gigantic battlefield maps based on historical records from the Library of Congress and 3 modes of play. The linked scenario tree will allow results of one battle carry over into the next and players will control thousands of troops and direct them over 3D terrain. The ballistics for all weapons are accurate and players can play as any leader in Custom/Open Play Battles.

The title is rated T by ESRB, 3+ by PEGI and 12 years by USK. The suggested retail price is USD/EUR 39.99. The title is shipping in North America and Scandinavia today, on April 21 in Germany and May 5 in the UK.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT (PS2)

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT takes the adrenaline of street racing into the mountains and onto very demanding courses. Race genuine production cars on real mountain courses. Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more are all there to be tested on some of Japan's toughest terrain in Iroha, Haruna, Rokko and Hakone. State-of-the-art data recording techniques ensure that the courses look, feel and race just like the real thing.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT has two distinct racing challenges. As a race car driver, you take part in official mountain races during the daytime and then race for pride (and car upgrades and parts) at night. The idea is to earn money from day races to enhance your car and then bet car parts in night races. Sponsors will further enhance your income if you are successful. There are uphill and downhill races, day and night time races, challenging weather and season conditions and a nerve-ending one on one rival racing battle system.

"TXR DRIFT still has the elements TXR fans expect," said PSM 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine. "The driving feels as tight as ever, and the new drift mechanics are enjoyable to master."
"There's a lot of drift-oriented racers out there now, but this is the first one that made me feel as if I was barreling down a mountain road," said GotNext.com.

Game features include:

  • Drive and compete in licensed cars from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more.
  • Customize your cars in endless combinations.
  • Master the driving art of "Drift" and earn respect and victories.
  • Race in the picturesque and authentic mountain sides of Japan.
  • Compete in official day and unofficial night races.
  • Winding hills, changing weather and grueling environments affect the race course and test your driving skill.
  • Multiplayer competition with rival races.

With an incredibly low SRP of $14.99, longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike can enjoy exhilarating street racing without a huge price tag.

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