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Armored Core 4 (PS3/X360)

The latest edition in the Armored Core series delivers super-charged warfare, destructible environments and online battle for up to eight players. The game is rated T for Teen (Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes) by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Key Features:

  • Over 35 action-packed futuristic missions
  • New boost powers allow maximum speed!
  • Engage new "Primal Armor" and head into battle
  • Customize your Mech with an arsenal of parts
  • Pilot your Mech against swarms of enemies

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Wii)

Experience the thrill of flight combat using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Whether it's a steep dive or tight dogfighting turn, the aircraft will intuitively respond to your hand movements and you'll feel more like a real fighter pilot than ever before. From the Battle of Britain, through the dramatic air combat of Pearl Harbor, and all the way back to Europe, your pilot skills will create WWII history. Dominate the skies of Western Europe and the Pacific and bring your squadron of Blazing Angels back alive.

Developed by Ubisoft, Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII ships with an ESRB rating of "T" (Teen), and an MSRP of $49.99.

Disney's Herbie: Rescue Rally (NDS)

In Disney's Herbie: Rescue Rally, players slip behind the wheel of one of the world's most beloved cars to navigate extreme race courses filled with ramps, jumps and hills while utilizing power ups and special moves to defeat opponents. Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by Climax Handheld(1) based in London, UK, Disney's Herbie: Rescue Rally is now available exclusively for the Nintendo DS. The game is rated E for "Everyone" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

"A fast-paced, arcade-style racer, Disney's Herbie: Rescue Rally offers an entertaining experience for racing and Herbie fans alike," said Craig Relyea, vice president of marketing, Disney Interactive Studios.

In the game, Louise Noble must win the Cross States Rally to protect her animal sanctuary from the E. Vile Corporation. She purchases Herbie, a dusty Volkswagen Beetle left forgotten in the corner of a car dealership, and challenges evil Herman, the E. Vile Corp's fully armored vehicle. It's up to players to help Louise and Herbie humble Herman and save the sanctuary.

Taking short-cuts, collecting pick-up items and completing special moves are more than fun tricks – they're crucial for success. Disney's Herbie: Rescue Rally features sixteen intense races and takes place in four challenging landscapes. Fill up the Love Bug's "Happy Meter" and perform wacky Herbie "Moments" to race up walls, loop-the-loop and leapfrog over obstacles. The game's multiplayer mode accommodates up to three racers on any of the tracks and includes two unique power-ups.

Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road (PSP)

Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. / Dimps, Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road takes the intense wireless multiplayer battles and thrilling combative gameplay made popular in last year's number one-selling fighting game on the PSP system and offers exciting new features and an all-new story arc. With counter-attacks, super high-speed bouts, flight and Ki energy management, gamers are equipped to experience the unique story following the future world of Trunks on his adventures against rival Majin Buu as well as relive the best Dragon Ball Z and GT battles.

"After the success of Shin Budokai, we are excited to deliver a sequel that pushes the experience to the next level," said Emily Anadu, product manager, Atari, Inc. "We are particularly excited to present the future world of Trunks, a story line that has never been explored in the DBZ mythology. In addition to the all new story line, the original gameplay from last year's Shin Budokai has been elevated with improved cinematic camera angles, a superior fighting system, and over 50 additional fighting skills and ultimate attacks."

Using a portable ad-hoc network, Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road allows explosive wireless two-player battles with 25 playable characters that feature transformation capabilities. With the improved fighting system and high-speed ad-hoc battles, Dragon Ball fans can enjoy in single-player or multi-player modes the expansive universe of Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road, the latest must-have DBZ chapter, is rated T for Teen and will be available for a suggested price of $39.95.

Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360)

This hard-hitting, arcade-style, third-person shooter thrusts players into the thick of battle in order to defeat a wide variety of invading alien attackers, ranging from giant ants and spiders to robots and bio-engineered monsters standing more than 20 stories tall! With hundreds of enemies on screen at once, a wholly destructible environment, 53 levels and more than 150 weapons in the arsenal, the Earth Defense Force is well equipped to annihilate the invading alien Ravagers.

"This wildly popular title has done exceedingly well in Japan, and devotees of the Earth Defense Force series have been clamoring for a North American release," said Alison Quirion, vice president of marketing, D3PA. "We are only too happy to deliver the exhilarating insect armies, alien attackers and wide-ranging defensive power to both loyal EDF series fans and new recruits!"

In Earth Defense Force 2017, gamers play with the aid of loyal AI teammates through more than 50 levels in the game as they strive to save Earth from the space invaders and their vicious attempt to eliminate humanity. Players can join forces in co-op mode and battle together, or they can go rogue and battle against friends in deathmatch. In a wholly destructible environment where bridges, skyscrapers and other structures can just as easily be destroyed by friend or foe, players can either save their world or demolish it in the process.

Earth Defense Force 2017, rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB, was developed by Sandlot and is now available exclusively for the Xbox 360 at a suggested retail price of $39.95.

Frontline: Fields of Thunder (PC)

Frontline: Fields of Thunder, has shipped to stores in North America and is available via download on Gamer's Gate.

The game follows in the footsteps of the original "Blitzkrieg" and offers a gameplay experience on a strategic level as well as a tactical level. The detailed giant battle map gives players both immense scope and historical accuracy. In addition, the historical settings and scenarios are so accurate that the game comes with a complete encyclopedia of all units represented in the game.

Frontline: Fields of Thunder is rated Teen by ESRB will retail for $29.99.

Full Auto 2: Battlelines (PSP)

Full Auto 2: Battlelines puts high-speed vehicles outfitted with weapons and armor into fully destructible urban street environments. Players can destroy the environment to dynamically change track conditions to block competitors, open new paths, or crush opponents with falling debris caused by well-timed missiles. Full Auto 2: Battlelines was built from the ground up specifically for the PSP system and features exclusive content including a new 56-event single-player story mode, 15 selectable cars, numerous multiplayer and arena modes via Ad-Hoc connections, game sharing capabilities, 15 tracks, and a host of new weapons guaranteed to cause massive destruction and havok.

Players can get behind the wheel of 15 different vehicles in Full Auto 2: Battlelines each with numerous customizable skins. Vehicles can also be customized with a multitude of weapons including M60 machine guns, M203 grenade launchers, aircraft guns, mortars, mines, fire & forget radar-guided missiles, and heat-seeking missiles.

In the 56 event single player campaign, players will battle through a variety of challenging modes, achieve a multitude of goals, and destroy numerous rivals - all the while thrashing the environment and using the destruction to their advantage. The multiplayer portion of the game features different race modes via Ad Hoc connections such as Circuit and Point to Point, or players can challenge others in Arena Deathmatch modes - all of which contain a variety of objectives. Full Auto 2: Battlelines for the PSP system also implements the fan-favorite Unwreck feature, which enable players to turn back time and take another shot at a treacherous turn, avoid a deadly obstacle, or simply avoid enemy fire. All the action is backed by a heart pounding soundtrack featuring Stone Sour, Sum 41, We Are Scientists, Wolfmother and others.

Full Auto 2: Battlelines for the PSP system was developed by Deep Fried Entertainment. Rated E10+ for "Everyone 10 and Above" Full Auto 2: Battlelines will retail for $39.99.

Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade (PC)

Genesis Rising, a futuristic space RTS for Windows, is now shipping in North America and will sell for a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD.

Three thousand years in the distant future after what was believed to be the arrival of "The Savior," mankind has carved a bloody path across the known Universe. Considering themselves a divine race and beyond reproach as a species, they view all alien races as inferior. Those that do not bend and acknowledge the infinite superiority of the Human genome are subsequently punished or simply destroyed. The dominion of the Human race was ensured by Organids - genetically designed organic machines, easily adaptable to any enemy strategy.

Take on the role of Captain Iconah, a battle-hardened fleet commander and a brilliant genetic designer, as you control a fleet of fully customizable organic ships in an attempt to conquer the last region of the galaxy: the Universal Heart, an enigmatic entity that spawned all life and matter in the universe. At least that's what the Human's believe...

Take command and lead your fleet to a glorious destiny and ensure the survival of mankind.

Genesis Rising is developed by Metamorf Studios and has an ESRB rating of 'T' for Teen in North America.

Kororinpa: Marble Mania (Wii)

With an inventive control scheme, Kororinpa: Marble Mania offers a unique video game experience that is challenging for seasoned gamers, yet highly accessible for players of all ages. While tackling over 100 different obstacle-packed stages, players will experience non-stop action as they use the Wii Remote to twist, turn and bounce their marble around the game world.

In Marble Mania, players use 3D motion controls to tilt, spin and flip the environment on three axes and up to 180 degrees in order to guide marbles through each unique maze full of obstacles and contraptions. Adding to the innovative gameplay dynamic, players can gather crystals as they navigate through the maze to unlock new stages and unique marbles. Once each stage is completed, players can use other types of marbles ­ over 20 in the game with different characteristics and abilities ­ to retry levels, adding additional replay value.

Marble Mania immerses gamers in five worlds including colorful lands of candies and sweets, lush outdoor mazes and industrial cityscapes. All of these levels offer their own challenges for manipulating the path of your marble. For multiplayer fun, Marble Mania features a split screen mode where two players must race to reach the end goal while collecting the most crystals along the way. With wildly addictive gameplay and increasingly challenging levels, players will find it is hard to put down the Wii Remote once they have set their marble in motion.

Kororinpa: Marble Mania is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB and is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Lost in Blue 2 (NDS)

Lost in Blue 2 follows Jack and Amy, young friends who are washed ashore on a tropical island when their cruise ship capsizes at sea. While planning their escape, the two must adapt to life on the island, collecting food and natural materials that can be fashioned into items. Players can choose to play as either Jack or Amy, each with their own set of unique survival skills. As they explore the island, Jack and Amy will need to control their hunger, stamina and thirst levels to ensure that they have enough energy to make it though each dense forest, rocky mountain pass and sandy beach. Featuring open-ended gameplay, players can actively choose to progress the game's storyline and try to escape to civilization or remain on the island to explore its large areas, battle its native wildlife and make use of its natural materials.

Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, Lost in Blue 2 makes extensive use of the system's touch screen and microphone to immerse players in all aspects of Jack and Amy's adventure. In addition to popular mini-games from the original Lost in Blue game with expanded touch screen and microphone functionality such as cooking and tool crafting, players will be able to enjoy new activities such as scuba diving, carpentry and archery. Players will even take on the elements themselves, dealing with the destructive forces of tidal waves, earthquakes and hurricanes as they seek shelter and avoid disaster areas.

Lost in Blue 2 lets up to four adventurers enjoy the game together via local wireless connection, testing their skills in each of the game's mini-games to see who has the superior survival skills. Using the Nintendo DS game sharing feature, only one game card is needed to play Lost in Blue 2 with others.

Lost in Blue 2 has a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated "E10+" by the ESRB.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (NDS/PSP)

"Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords contains the captivating elements of traditional casual games, but is even more compelling because it requires players to plan, strategize and grow a character instead of just react like most conventional puzzle games," said Brian Christian, vice president of product development, D3PA. "This is a completely new kind of experience that will get gamers who love puzzle games, RPGs or strategy games totally hooked!"

Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle Quest challenges gamers to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero to save the land of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. In order to advance, players will battle in turn-based, head-to-head, "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes: Single-player will allow gamers to battle against the computer AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests, Instant Action will allow gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests, and Multiplayer will allow gamers to battle live opponents via wireless connectivity on both the PSP system and Nintendo DS. Victory will advance the player's hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more -- ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn and providing endless hours of replayability.

Designed specifically to entertain both casual and hardcore gamers-on-the-go with its deep immersion, five to fifteen minute play sessions and turn-based play style, Puzzle Quest, rated "E 10+" (Everyone 10 and older -- suggestive themes), is available now on store shelves across North America for the PSP and the NDS handheld system at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Shining Force EXA (PS2)

Shining Force EXA features an entirely new storyline featuring over 40 hours of fast-paced action-RPG style gameplay. The story in Shining Force EXA is driven with stunning Japanese anime-style cutscenes that sets the atmosphere for this new adventure. The game also introduces a new Fortress System that allows players to experience two sides of the battle by using aggressive offensive and defensive strategies to protect their "Geo Fortress," the player's home base.

Character customization has been upgraded in Shining Force EXA. Equipping NPC (non-playable character) party members with different items will directly affect their look on screen as well as their AI thus affecting their behavior in the game. This gives the player the ability to fully customize their gaming experience visually and enhance the skills of their party members. With enhanced party command abilities, improved character customization, two main playable characters, and a distinctive art style, Shining Force EXA amplifies the strategic component while offering players a deep sense of personal involvement in the game's story.

Shining Force EXA's new Fortress System gives players the ability to manage the development, layout, and defense of the Geo Fortress. As players leave the Geo Fortress to go on missions and quests, they are kept abreast of events at the fortress. If at anytime the Geo Fortress comes under attack during the quest, players must switch between both parties and use members from the defensive force to protect the fortress from invasion. The Geo Fortress can evolve during the game to match players' personal style and tactics as "Core Metal" is discovered during quests. Through further player development the Geo Fortress will not only serve as the player's home base in the game, but also can serve as the ultimate weapon to wield upon the enemy.

Shining Force EXA is rated "E10+" for "Everyone 10 and older" by the ESRB and will retail at $49.95.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)

Offering a unique combination of First-Person Shooter (FPS) and Survival-Horror action, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl gives gamers unprecedented freedom to explore the devastated exclusion zone that surrounds the Chernobyl power plant following a second apocalyptic explosion.

In 1986, the world's most horrific nuclear disaster took place in Chernobyl. After subsequent unexplained explosions in 2006, a military exclusion zone is set up preventing access to the area. Stories of huge anomalous energy disturbances and sightings of strange creatures within the Zone are widespread. Players assume the role of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a mercenary paid by scientists and other undisclosed groups, who is trying to regain his memory. Players will experience a unique "Survival-Shooter" game that combines action, stealth, survival and Role-Playing Game (RPG) elements to create an incomparable experience in the Zone. Developed by GSC Game World, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl delivers an immersive storyline that seamlessly blends with a living, breathing, non-linear open-world environment featuring accurately modelled real-word buildings and locations from around the devastated Chernobyl power plant.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is now available at retail outlets nationwide for the suggested price of $39.99.

Steel Horizon (NDS)

An original World War II naval strategy game that blends turn-based and real-time elements, Steel Horizon lets players assemble their own fearsome armada and use advanced maritime tactics to rule the seas and discover the mysterious truth behind the origins of the war.

Steel Horizon gives players full control over a fleet of high-powered warships as they travel across the high seas to engage in battle. With battleships, destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers and more at their disposal, players are given an incredible degree of flexibility in customizing their fleet. As each ship controls and attacks differently, players can strategize to counter any enemy formation, using submarines to launch surprise attacks or pounding away from a distance with the 18 batteries of a battleship. Using a unique combination of real-time and turn-based gameplay elements, ships can be moved at regular intervals or individually at any time for further control over the battle plan. As they progress through the game's single player story mode, virtual admirals will learn more about the origins of the war and discover that the Axis alone may not be the biggest threat to world freedom.

Featuring local wireless play, Steel Horizon lets two players go head-to-head in a battle for sea supremacy. Across nine unique multiplayer maps, several different game modes are available for a nearly limitless combination of strategic combat options.

Steel Horizon carries a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated "E10+" by the ESRB. The game will be released for the PSP system this spring.

TMNT (ALL)

TMNT the video game, based on the upcoming CGI feature-length film starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is now available at video game retailers in North America. Developed by Ubisoft's Montreal and Quebec City studios, TMNT, the video game, is rated E10+ and is available for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 2, the PSP, Windows PC, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube and Wii.

The new TMNT video game incorporates the same dark and dangerous environments and extends the adventurous themes featured in the new TMNT CGI film being developed by Imagi Animation Studios and Mirage Licensing and distributed by Warner Bros. The TMNT movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on March 23, 2007, takes place in a New York City plagued by secretive villains and strange, otherworldly creatures. Faced with these perils, the Turtles will experience their most trying time both as heroes and as a family, as Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo lose their focus and struggle to maintain their unity and ninja discipline. In the movie and in the video game adventure, it's up to Leonardo and the faithful father figure Splinter to reunite the band of brothers and save New York City from a monstrous evil that lurks around every corner. Video game players will engage in over-the-top acrobatic navigation, collaborative combat and powerful fighting moves.

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 (PSP/PS2/X360/PC)

The event's only officially licensed videogame introduces a new way to play the beautiful game on the Xbox 360, celebrates the passion soccer fans have for their club teams, and captures the real life tension as the competition draws to its dramatic crescendo in May. It is the closest fans can come to experiencing UEFA Champions League without playing in it.

The Xbox 360 version of the title introduces a unique and collectable virtual card system in the Ultimate Team mode that enables you to assemble your ideal team. Using collectable virtual cards, you can hand-pick everything from your players and staff members to your match strategy and stadium. Now you can build your dream team by going online to collect and trade virtual players, staff and gameplay cards.

The official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame on the Xbox 360 features a game engine with a more fluid player movement system that makes it easier for players to perform more incisive, defense-splitting one-twos, first touches and through passes with a ball that's alive with its own independent physics and even more responsive to every touch.

Play the official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame the traditional way on Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, and in Europe on PC and mobile phones as your favorite club team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the UEFA Champions League Final. Re-create or customize the real-world groupings of the official UEFA Champions League tournament by taking control of a selection of clubs. Plus, the new UEFA Champions League Challenge option will test even the most hardcore soccer fan by re-creating classic moments in UEFA Champions League history using modern teams.

Test your management credentials with over 400 objectives to accomplish in The Treble, exclusive to the PlayStation 2, PSP system and PC versions of the game. As manager of your club you have just one season to complete the ultimate soccer accomplishment - the treble! With each mission comes a new challenge as you take your team through the peaks and valleys of a season packed with league matches, cup ties and an entire UEFA Champions League campaign. Manage your campaign home and away by transferring The Treble mode between your PSP system and PlayStation 2. During gameplay retain your attacking momentum on the PS 2 or PSP system with the all-new Quick Controls system. Quick free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corners can be executed on the fly with the press of a button, keeping you on the pitch and in the action.

UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 will be available to download to mobile phones across Europe beginning April 6 and enable gamers to play using a virtual card system similar to that on the Xbox 360. Specifically designed for mobile, the game's revolutionary card mechanic allows gamers to collect cards and control their teams' destiny from the sidelines. Gamers use their deck of cards as part of a tactical master plan to action specific player commands like shoot, pass and tackle, in order to gain points to unlock and purchase new cards with every win.

The official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame is available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP system, and in Europe on PC and mobile phones. Developed under the EA SPORTS brand by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., the game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI.

Virtua Tennis 3 (PS3/X360)

The fun, addicting, award-winning series continues with Virtua Tennis 3, built specifically for next-gen consoles. With ultra-realistic graphics and precise player control, you'll hit 25 lifelike courts and play as or against today's tennis elite including Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, and Venus Williams. Serve up your best in exhibitions, tournaments, and competitions to rise through the ranks and battle for the top spot!

Wing Island (Wii)

Delivering soaring aerial acrobatics, the game lets players use the Wii Remote to maneuver a variety of planes in and around a chain of island environments. Featuring both solo and multiplayer action, the game's diverse missions range from racing and crop dusting to fire fighting and stopping thieves from stealing treasure. Filled with a colorful cast of animated characters, Wing Island is instantly accessible to players of all ages as they experience the thrill of flying.

Wing Island features three primary modes of play: Story Mode, Free Mode and Trial Mode. In all three game modes players can either fly solo or in formation, controlling a group of five planes simultaneously. Players have total control of their flight team, directing them to fly in a variety of formations simply by performing pre-set motions using the Wii Remote. The various formations are critical to completing mission objectives, as players zoom in and out of cramped caves, or fan out into a V-formation to deliver cargo.

In Story Mode, players assume the role of Junior, who must fulfill the responsibility of the family aviation business while his grandpa is on vacation. Junior, along with his friend Puffin, must help his fellow islanders by completing more than 20 unique missions. Using the game's intuitive control scheme where players tilt, turn and twist the planes using the Wii Remote, players seamlessly perform banks, dives and loops to accomplish mission objectives. Successfully completed missions earn money, which can be used to purchase or upgrade new aircraft. In Free Mode, players can fly around at their leisure, taking in the breathtaking island scenery. In the game's Trial Mode, two players can compete in head-to-head mini-games, or one player can compete against a computer controlled plane. In this multiplayer mode, players can use either the Wii Remote or Nunchuk together for additional multiplayer flexibility.

Wing Island is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 (NDS)

The official game of the annual Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament, the DS title offers an incredibly faithful adaptation of the hit trading card game, with more than 1600 cards to use, new modes of play and full online play with community support via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with full voice chat capabilities.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 lets fans of the trading card game construct their own deck from more than 1600 cards and use it to duel against computer-controlled opponents across a variety of gameplay modes. The game features a Limited Duel mode in which only certain types of cards can be used as well as Survival Duel Mode in which the player must survive for as long as possible against a seemingly endless array of adversaries. Players that own the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller game for Nintendo DS will be able to exchange cards and decks between the two games.

Taking advantage of the wireless capabilities of the Nintendo DS, Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 features extensive support for online play and community building through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service. Players will be able to compete with others in online head-to-head play and can use voice chat to communicate with their opponent as they trade cards or prepare to battle. Players will also be able to connect to the online service to download new cards as they become available for even more strategic deck building opportunities. The game will also boast extensive worldwide and local online leaderboards that will let virtual duelists see how they stack up against the competition.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 carries a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB.

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