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Thursday June 22, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Judy on June 22, 2006 @ 10:26 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:

The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch (PSP)

Part of the renowned Gagharv Trilogy in Japan, this bittersweet coming-of-age tale features accessible gameplay, enhanced enemy A.I., and dazzling visuals. With the unique “pet system” and a charming cast of characters, The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch is an exquisite role-playing game that offers hours of enchantment and fantasy.

The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch opens with childhood friends Jurio and Chris as they embark on a pilgrimage to five shrines surrounding their village. During their journey, they learn of a mysterious force that threatens to destroy everything in its path. Can Jurio and Chris, with the help of their friends, unveil the secrecy shrouding Queen Isabella’s castle? Will they discover the identity of the mysterious “Moonlight Witch” who predicted it all? Players can join in the adventure with this elegant turn-based role-playing title developed by the legendary Nihon Falcom.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PSP/NDS/GBA)

Buena Vista Games today announced that handheld video games based on Walt Disney Pictures' feature film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" have shipped to retail stores in North America. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest video games for the PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance will be on store shelves on Tuesday, June 27, in time for the film's release on July 7.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest lets gamers embark on a high-seas adventure that parallels events from the upcoming summer blockbuster film release," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "As one of the most successful handheld video game publishers, BVG looks forward to offering gamers the opportunity to take the action from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film franchise with them wherever they go."

Developed by Amaze Entertainment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest comprise three unique swashbuckling third-person action/adventure video games in which players engage in action that reflects the cunning world of the film franchise -- with an abundance of disloyalty, humor and revenge.

The PSP system version, BVG's first game for the platform, offers gamers the opportunity to control Captain Jack Sparrow. Players can utilize strength and speed attacks to take down enemies as well as "dirty moves," typical of pirate fighting. The PSP system version also features multiplayer ship battles for up to four players via local wireless. Ship battle gameplay contains 10 maps and offers GameShare mode (only one game disc needed to play on multiple PSP systems).

In the Nintendo DS version, players embark on a daring adventure as each of the three main characters -- Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Each character has his or her own signature fight move. The Nintendo DS version also includes three two-player mini-games that can be played via local wireless. The mini-games include Walk The Plank, Boom Barge and Shoot The Monkey.

The Game Boy Advance version lets players take the helm of the Black Pearl as Captain Jack Sparrow in three-dimensional seafaring action to battle other ships or sail to 15 islands. The title for the GBA includes 50 side-scrolling adventure maps.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest for the PSP system and Nintendo DS are rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The PSP system version carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. The Nintendo DS version carries a suggested retail price of $34.99. The Game Boy Advance version has an ESRB rating of E10+ for Everyone 10 and older, and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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