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Tuesday, August 7, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 7, 2007 @ 9:25 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:

Mega Man Star Force (NDS)

Mega Man Star Force for the Nintendo DS, the first game in a new Mega Man® series, debuting in three versions – Pegasus, Leo and Dragon.

“Mega Man is one of the gaming industry’s most iconic franchises and the series continues to evolve,” said Jack Symon, director, brand marketing, Capcom Entertainment. “Mega Man Star Force kicks off a new, innovative series in three versions, offering fans even more ways to enjoy their favorite blue hero.”

This unique action RPG blends exploration with fast-paced battles, as players travel between the real world and virtual Wave World. Developed by the team behind the popular Mega Man Battle Network® series, the game marks the start of a new era for Mega Man, which celebrates his 20th anniversary this year. In Mega Man Star Force, players explore towns and interact with people in the real world while the action-packed battles take place in the virtual dimension. Enemy encounters take place on a three by five grid, where players use a portfolio of Battle Cards that each have distinct attributes and attack powers. As the story progresses, players will acquire additional cards and can build an arsenal that reflects their personal strategy. Players can also connect wirelessly via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection with friends to create a “Brother Band” network, where they can share cards and status upgrades.

Set in the year 22XX, Mega Man Star Force introduces all new characters in a fresh, futuristic storyline with interspatial themes based on astronomy and wireless wave signals. As main character Geo Stelar, players must vanquish a new breed of enemies that have emerged from the distant planet FM. Using a pair of special “visualizer” glasses that let him see wave signals that are otherwise invisible to the human eye, Geo and a mysterious ally named Omega-Xis must join forces to transform into Mega Man in order to enter the virtual “Wave World” and defeat the aliens from FM.

Mega Man Star Force is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and is now available for a suggested price of $29.95.

Boogie (Wii)

Players will dance, sing and create music videos with this complete entertainment package that takes advantage of the innovative controls of the Wii, as well as the game's packed-in karaoke microphone.

Boogie features new versions of tracks made popular by hit bands such as The Jackson 5, Kool & The Gang, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cyndi Lauper, Black Eyed Peas and Britney Spears. While belting out their favorite tunes or dancing to the latest hit songs, players can catch their best dance moves, record their own voice and make music videos with the easy-to-use music video creator. Gamers can also customize one of five lovable Boog characters for the videos or take them on the road to fame in the story mode.

Boogie, rated E10+ by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI Europe, is the perfect party game for gamers of all ages. Boogie has a U.S. MSRP of $59.99.

Boogie for the Wii has shipped to retail stores in North America and will be released on August 31 in Europe.

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 1 (PS2)

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 1 will include four classic Fatal Fury games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special and Fatal Fury 3: Road to The Final Victory. The compilation's release will mark the first time Fatal Fury has appeared on the PlayStation®2 system in North America.

The Fatal Fury series was SNK's first ongoing fighting-game franchise, and many beloved SNK characters and locations made their first appearances in Fatal Fury. Fatal Fury was also the first fighting game to feature a two-plane system, allowing characters to dodge out of harm's way when confronted with a challenger's attacks.

"With the release of Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 1 for the PS2, a brand-new generation of gamers will be introduced to one of SNK PLAYMORE's earliest fighting classics," said Ben Herman, president of SNK PLAYMORE USA Corp., "and gamers who loved Fatal Fury 15 years ago will relish the chance to revisit the golden age of 2D fighters."

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 1 has shipped for the PS2 for only $14.99 suggested retail.

Crazy Taxi (PSP)

For the first time ever, players can compete against a friend in a high-speed, money making multiplayer frenzy. Cabbies can also perfect their skills through 32 mini-games and effortlessly customize their music while racing through the city. With all-new features, gamers can now relive the addictive, action-packed gameplay of the original Dreamcast games, Crazy Taxi(tm) and Crazy Taxi(tm) 2.

In Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, drivers are more aggressive than ever when speeding fares to their destination. Cabbies can compete wirelessly head-to-head via Ad Hoc around the city, taking turns in a skills competition to see who can pick up and drop off the most passengers to earn the highest fares. Players can also run interference during an opponent's trial, throwing off the opponent and making them miss a passenger pick up, drop off, sharp turn, or ramp jump. An additional turn-based multiplayer mode allows for two cabbies to play on one PSP system and split the cab ride.

"With over 2.7 million games sold to date in the Crazy Taxi series, SEGA is excited to revitalize this fun, frantic, and highly addictive classic from its vault of top hits," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "With the newly added multiplayer modes in Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, and an easy to use custom music player, this PSP system exclusive brings back the fun on wheels for endless gaming on the go."

In Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, players can drive through the two original maps of Crazy Taxi, including the arcade map and the original Dreamcast map, both inspired by the steep hills, trademark cable cars, and breezy waterfront of San Francisco. They'll then head for the Small Apple maps in Crazy Taxi 2, which are inspired by New York's large building fronts, hectic downtown streets, and the city's famous Central Park and subway system.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars offers 32 mini-games for cabbies to train and hone their crazy driving skills which are available in two mini-game modes, Crazy Box and Crazy Pyramid. Drivers can now effortlessly download their favorite tunes and switch between songs while careening through the city. Cabbies can flaunt their skills and driving performance with the video record and save feature in Crazy Taxi 2. Additional unlockable content is available including interviews with Kenji Kanno, the original producer of Crazy Taxi.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, is rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and older, and has an MSRP of $29.95.

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