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Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2007 @ 9:59 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:

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Wii)

Unlike any other game, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams delivers the feeling of flight through the innovative Wii control system and sends players on an epic journey of exploration and adventure. With online-enabled competitive play and an intriguing artificial life system, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is the first Wii title to tap into the system’s Wi-Fi capabilities with Forecast Channel support that recreates the player’s regional weather within the game’s custom “My Dream” sandbox-like area. Additionally, the game features an online two-player race mode enabling gamers to race head-to-head via Wi-Fi connection. Featuring a storyline about courage, hope and inspiration, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is an ideal game for the entire family.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams unfolds in Nightopia, the spectacular dream world of two young characters, Helen and Will. Struggling to overcome the every day challenges of growing up, these two 12-year-olds find their real life experiences spilling into their dreams. As Helen and Will fall into a deep sleep they are greeted by NiGHTS, a fantasy jester, who leads them to explore the rich and vibrant land of Nightopia. Along the way, NiGHTS helps the youngsters bravely face their fears by finding inventive ways to confront, outpace and outwit foes.

“The release of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is very exciting and special for both SEGA and gamers around the world,” said Don Mesa, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Gamers have been clamoring for NiGHTS to return since its debut in 1996 and the end result is nothing less than spectacular. We’ve harnessed the power and innovation of the Wii alongside a rich storyline and blended original and next-gen features that will transport gamers to a dream world like no other.”

Building on the global popularity of the original NiGHTS into Dreams game, key elements of that critically acclaimed title were brought forward in this latest release. Groundbreaking features, including the A-LIFE creature system, have been reawakened. There are three types of A-LIFE creatures – Nightopians, Nightmarens and Mepians – who exist within the dream world of Nightopia. Creatures can be captured in single-player mode using an acrobatic flight move called a Para-loop and transferred to the player’s “My Dream” space. The My Dream space is a sandbox-like world where A-LIFE creatures are raised and nurtured, or traded with other gamers online. Over time, the My Dream environment will evolve, where various objects will appear and monthly holiday-themed events will occur.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, rated “E” for Everyone, carries a suggested retail price of $49.95 and available at retail stores throughout North America.

Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge (Wii)

In Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge players will shoosh, swoosh and soar in sporting events such as Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Speed Skating, Cross-Country-Skiing, Bobsledding, Luge, Skeleton, Figure Skating and even Curling! For the competitive gamer, there's even a split-screen multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to take on a friend in head-to-head sporting action.

Marco Hüsges, Executive Vice President of Conspiracy Entertainment said, "We are thrilled to offer U.S. gamers the opportunity to check out Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge. It's a great combination of fun and exhilarating winter events, which, when combined with the unique controls of the Nintendo Wii, will surely offer countless hours of enjoyment to players."

Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge offers players the chance to break world records in diverse single-player modes and challenge their friends and family to exciting multiplayer matches. Nine popular winter sports, from Bobsledding and Curling to Luge and Speed Skating are all included, ensuring there's something for every winter sports fan. Experience the fascination of Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge with stunning graphics and an exciting soundtrack.

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