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Tuesday January 9, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2007 @ 5:43 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:

Arthur and the Invisibles (GBA/NDS/PS2/PC)

Arthur and the Invisibles invites players to relive the fantastic adventure of young Arthur and his two pals, princess Selenia and her brother Betameche, in their mission to save the Land of the Invisibles and its inhabitants from destruction. As they move through the Land of the Invisibles, players will encounter extraordinary adventures, menacing enemies, rich environments and varying gameplay elements including driving, fighting, flying and puzzle solving. The game offers an intense enactment of Besson's magnificent adventure while incorporating all of the richness and extraordinary visuals of the film.

"Arthur and the Invisibles is a brilliant adventure game that not only showcases Luc Besson's fantastic universe but further extends it by bringing the on-screen charm and action to an interactive medium that is eye-popping, engaging and extremely fun," said Rick Mehler, Director, Marketing, Atari, Inc. "Arthur and the Invisibles is a rare gem of a game that outshines other titles based on movies."

Arthur and the Invisibles' unique and innovative game structure revolves around the supportive co-op teamwork of the three characters, Arthur, Selenia and Betameche. Players can only progress by cleverly combining the three characters' skills -- Arthur is an acrobat, Selenia a warrior and Betameche a marksman. In solving mysteries and overcoming obstacles, players will realize that anything is possible when you work together.

The PS2, PSP, and PC versions of the game were developed by Lyon-and Paris-based Etranges Libellules, creator of several successful animated games, including Asterix XXL and Kirikou. The Nintendo DS game was developed by Neko, and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance version by Mistic. In February, Atari will ship the PSP version of the game.

The film, distributed by MGM/The Weinstein Company, opens nationwide on January 12th.

The Shield (PS2/PC)

Based on the critically acclaimed and award-winning edgy police drama produced by Fox Television Studios and airing on the FX Network, this third-person action game is a knockdown, drag’em-out brawler that takes place in the gritty streets of the Farmington District. The Shield game brings the TV show to life by featuring the voices of several favorite cast members, including the series’ star and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey.

In The Shield game, players are able to dive into frenetic-paced gameplay and interact with the series’ trademark complex characters and unique locations in 15 levels and 33 playable areas. Players take on the role of Detective Vic Mackey, the tough, street-savvy leader of the elite Strike Team, which is a special police unit located deep within crime-riddled city streets.

The story of the game follows Vic and the rest of the elite Strike Team as they struggle to keep the streets of Farmington District safe at all costs. Vic lives by his own code of ethics, neither bad nor good, and is a different kind of a cop who is willing to do what it takes to clean up the streets. In order to succeed, players will need to operate outside the rules by intimidating suspects with brute force, accepting bribes, and holding incriminating information over those who don’t agree with Vic’s “ends justify the means” approach to fighting crime. Players can choose to turn in contraband to keep internal affairs off their back or place it in their lockers to build up their retirement fund. How a player chooses to enforce the law can be left out of the police report, as long as they keep their trail and the streets clean.

Key Game Features

  • Experience the volatile dynamics between Vic and his Strike Team as they fight crime on the streets
  • Peek around corners to assess the situation before launching a precise attack on your targeted perpetrators
  • Choose from an array of techniques to break difficult suspects and obtain information.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller (NDS)

The first handheld Yu-Gi-Oh! game to feature full online head-to-head play, Spirit Caller also includes new character customization features and an updated card library consisting of more than 1,400 classic and new cards. Each copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller includes the limited edition Brain Crusher, Hunter Owl and Masked Chopper trading cards.

Based on the hit Yu-Gi-Oh! GX television series from Cartoon Network, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller immerses players in the Duel Academy, an elite school for gifted young duelists, as they start a new school year with the low ranking Slifer Red dormitory. Once classes are underway, strange things start to happen around campus and many duelists fear that the school itself has become haunted. With the help of top duelist Jaden, players learn that the school has come in contact with Duel Spirits, helpful apparitions that impart wisdom and help them to solve the mysteries behind the Duel Academy once and for all.

Introducing new gameplay elements to the series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller lets players duel with the aid of a Duel Spirit, which will provide guidance to help players reach the top of the Duel Academy. Players can now create their own custom avatars to use in the single player and multiplayer games, selecting from a number of body, face and clothing types to create an original personalized look. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller features a new library of over 1,400 cards consisting of new cards and older hard to find classics, allowing for new strategic possibilities. Building upon the legendary head-to-head pedigree of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller features full online play for two gamers via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe (PC)

Taking place on a virtual TV game show set, Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe features three different game variations with Pat's voice as he hosts and offers good-humored commentary throughout. The game offers an assortment of challenging fun that is filled with hours of entertainment. Enjoy the single-player crossword puzzle game with Lucky Letters, a faster single-player variation with Lucky Ten, and the competitive "buzz in" multi-player mode Lucky Players. With more than 30,000 family-friendly clues and answers, quick-witted matches, and educational gameplay that challenges reflexes, knowledge and luck, Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe is an exciting and delightful computer game. Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe includes exclusive video clips starring Pat Sajak and a trial version of Trivia Gems, an upcoming product from Pat Sajak Games.

"For more than 25 years people have been welcoming Pat Sajak into their homes and playing along with his TV shows," said Emily Anadu, Product Manager, Atari, Inc, "With Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe, fans of all ages can personally experience the excitement and test out their own puzzle solving skills anytime they want."

For Sajak, this project with Atari is equally exciting. "Atari is a brand closely associated with fun, quality and innovative gameplay. I wanted to be sure Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe had the same high quality and engaging format that's made my TV show such a success, and the team of Atari and Pat Sajak Games has pulled it off. This computer game show is sure to keep players challenged and entertained."

Based on the top 10 online puzzle game, Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Deluxe is rated E for "Everyone" and is available for a suggested retail price of $19.95.

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