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Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2007 @ 5:08 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:

Blazing Angels 2 (X360/PC)

Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII for the Xbox 360 and PC is an intense action-adventure air combat game that takes place during World War II. The players lead an elite undercover squad of pilots secretly created by the American government to execute Operation Wildcard. The squad's mission is to sabotage and destroy the Third Reich's evil plans to create a weapon of mass destruction. During this mission, players discover that the enemies also have an elite team of their own. In an attempt to disarm the enemy, players engage in dramatic and movie-like spy missions in some of the world's most exotic locations, using experimental weapons and flying never-before-seen prototype aircraft.

Key Features:

  • Over-The-Top Action – Engage in 18 high-stakes missions where you will bomb bridges, steal secret weapons, destroy zeppelins and more.
  • Fly Never-Before-Seen Aircraft – Pilot over 50 authentic planes and prototypes including the Gotha Go 229, DH Vampire F Mk 1, Me-163 "Komet”, Meteor and many more.
  • Unusual Experimental Weapons – Get the advantage in combat by using experimental WWII weapons including High Velocity Cannons (such as the German Mk 103), Self-Guided and TV-Guided missiles.
  • Exotic WWII Setting – Engage in epic battles in some of the world's most captivating environments such as Cairo, the Himalayas, Moscow's Red Square, Rome's San Pietro Basilica, the Swiss Alps, the Baltic Sea Coast and China.
  • Next-Gen Graphics – Discover fully rendered environments and 3D aircraft models designed for next-generation gaming. Experience improved depth of field, jaw-dropping cinematographic lighting and outstanding sound effects.
  • Fast Paced Multiplayer Action – Challenge up to 16 players in free-for-all, co-op and squad-based missions, including the all-new Epic Battle and Capture the Flag modes.
  • Epic Boss Battles – For example, go up against a giant German zeppelin over the pyramids of Cairo. Take out its nine gun turrets while you expose its vulnerable underbelly.

Developed by Ubisoft's Romania studio, Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is rated T (Teen) and has a MSRP of $39.99 for the PC and $59.99 for Xbox 360 system.

Coded Arms: Contagion (PSP)

In Coded Arms: Contagion, players must protect A.I.D.A., a virtual reality military training program, from cyber-terrorists whose goal is to infect it with a computer virus and steal classified military information.  Using high-powered weaponry and hacking abilities, players fight enemies and solve puzzles across a multitude of enclosed and open-air levels. Players can go at it alone as lone security agents or compete with friends in online play.

Coded Arms: Contagion features online multiplayer support for up to eight players, as well as fully customizable controls to suit any style of play.

"For fans of the Coded Arms franchise, we've enhanced the first person shooter experience by introducing exciting new elements of puzzle-solving and strategy into the gameplay," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Fans familiar with the original game can also expect an array of new weapons, firearms and explosives to choose from."

With a new futuristic storyline set in a virtual reality military training program, Coded Arms: Contagion introduces players to an all-new cybernetic crisis. Coded Arms: Contagion is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is available for an SRP of $29.99.

Dewy's Adventure (Wii)

The action adventure title offers players the chance to help Dewy, a small droplet of water, on his quest to fight off the evil Don Hedron by using the Wii Remote to control the environment and manipulate the terrain.

Multiple players can control the elements by using motion-specific gestures with the Wii RemoteTM, such as shaking it to cause an earthquake, waving it to create gusts of wind, or summoning bolts of lightning while in mist form. Combined with Dewy's three different forms and landscape tilting abilities, these skills provide players with extensive control over the environment and a great degree of freedom in approaching each of the game's six stages.

"With the release of Dewy's Adventure, the creative team behind ElebitsTM has delivered yet another innovative title for the Nintendo WiiTM." said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "An action adventure at heart, Dewy's Adventure is a gem of a family-friendly game with an environmentally aware twist that is sure to please gamers of all ages."

Dewy's Adventure introduces players to a world where pure green forests flourished under the careful watch of the towering Elder Tree. However, a mysterious dark force known as the evil Don Hedron has taken hold of the Elder Tree and transformed the land into a gloomy world shrouded in shadows and fog. Using the last of its remaining power, the Elder Tree creates a small droplet of water named Dewy and grants him the power of the elements with the hope that he can overcome the evil Don Hedron and restore tranquility to the land.

Dewy's Adventure is rated E for Everyone and is available for an SRP of $49.99.

Digimon World Data Squad (PS2)

Players guide Marcus Damon in Digimon World Data Squad, a member of the secretive DATS (Data Squad) sent to examine the mysterious disappearance of a group of children. During the course of the investigation, the Seven Demon Kings arrive, wreaking havoc across the world and putting their investigation in jeopardy. As Marcus, it is up to players to find the missing kids while defeating the deadly Seven Demon Kings and their evil minions.

Key Features:

  • Dozens of Digimon - As you travel through more than 10 unique stages, collect and evolve 140 Digimon. Each Digimon has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, and upgrading your Digimon can be easily done through the intuitive Galactic Evolution System!
  • Exciting new look and feel - Digimon World Data Squad features cel-shaded artwork and emotive Digimon that are affected by the way you treat them.
  • Numerous items to wield - There are over 250 items to find and acquire during the course of the game. Some items will help solve complex puzzles, while others will provide different advantages in battle.
  • Unique storyline and characters - Digimon World Data Squad features a storyline that parallels the upcoming Digimon Data Squad cartoon premiering this fall on Toon Disney's Jetix block as well as new characters voiced by the same actors from the animated series.

Digimon World Data Squad for the PlayStation 2 system is rated "E10+" by the ESRB and each carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Digimon World Dawn/Digimon World Dusk (NDS)

In Digimon World Dawn and Dusk, a huge earthquake has stricken the Sunshine and Dark Moon districts, damaging the access points to the Digital World and causing many Digimon to mysteriously devolve into Digi-Eggs. The two games present parallel perspectives of the catastrophe through the eyes of opposing tamers, while letting players collect and evolve more than 400 Digimon.

Key Features:

  • Hundreds of Digimon - As players travel throughout the land, collect, tame, train, and evolve over 400 Digimon from 8 different species. Each game contains some unique and rare Digimon that can only be obtained through wireless communication with the other version of the game.
  • New World Maps - Digimon World Dawn and Dusk both contain a new world map, which always shows where players have been and their current location. The maps also show info on each dungeon, including what items and Digimon are available.
  • New & Improved Digifarm - Raise, train, and evolve new Digimon. Different farms and goods help a Digimon learn new abilities and can boost their stats.
  • Compelling and Strategic Battle System - With intense 3-on 5 turn-based battles, manage the placement of your Digimon to gain a tactical edge over enemies.
  • Wireless Connectivity - Take your Digimon and battle or trade via the Nintendo Wi-FI Connection service. The winner of wireless battles obtains "Tamer" points which can be used to obtain unique items.

Digimon World Dawn and Dusk for the Nintendo DS are rated "E" by the ESRB and carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Ducati World Championship (PC)

Feel the rush of motorcycle racing with "Ducati World Championship". Select your machine from over 70 original Ducati models, perfectly simulated replicas of the real thing. With Ducati World Championship you don't have to settle on one model, you can have them all!

Ducati World Championship features more than 70 superbly modeled motorbikes from 4 different categories - Classics, Sports, Road and Grand Prix. There are over 34 exciting circuits to race on with an incredible amount of extras to unlock. A 360 view into the world of motorcycle racing enables players to be a pilot racing in the amateur, semi professional and professional racing classes, intent on reaching the Superbike and the Grand World Championship.

Ducati World Championship is available in North America at the suggested retail price of $19.99.

MySims (NDS/Wii)

Designed especially for the Wii and NDS platforms, MySims allows players to build a town, grow a community and discover a world of their own!

"MySims gives players the ability to unleash their creativity in every aspect of the game -- from characters with wacky hairstyles and cool new clothing to the entire town including houses and everything within them," said Studio Head of The Sims Label, Rod Humble. "MySims is a wonderful little world that people can enter, enjoy, and explore at their own pace changing it to their own desires."

MySims introduces a charming cast of whimsical characters while delivering the creativity, customization and classic open-ended gameplay that has enchanted The Sims players worldwide. Players begin by creating their own toy-like MySims character that reflects their personal style and attitudes. From bow-ties and baseball caps to sunglasses and braces, the options are endless and the style is unlike any The Sims game to date. By unlocking the latest trends, hairstyles and accessories, players explore the game's incredible depth of customization and expression... and the characters are just the beginning!

After creating a unique MySims character, players will help turn a rundown town into a thriving one by building and customizing objects with the easy and fun-to-use Wii and Nintendo DS controls. From one-of-a-kind homes and thriving businesses to amusing furniture and more, fans can personalize their creations with customizable skins, patterns, and unique themes. Each completed task will help the town thrive, so what each player makes... makes all the difference!

As fans explore and build up their town, they'll begin to attract new characters, like DJ Candy Supergroove -- the town's hippest disc jockey who likes to spin music and deck out her home in the coolest new fashions. Or cook up a slice with the famous Italian chef -- Gino Delicioso -- the best pizza maker in town! Each of the 60 unique characters bring knowledge and a fresh new experience to the town, and it's up to each player who moves in and who moves out, proving there's never a dull moment in the MySims community!

MySims is rated "E" for Everyone, will ship the Wii and NDS versions in North America on September 18th and in Europe on September 14th. The Wii version ships in Japan on September 27th, NDS version in Winter 2007.

Namco Museum DS (NDS)

Compiling over 25 years of video game history on one game card, Namco Museum DS provides players with the definitive experience for all of their favorite games. In addition to pixel-perfect translations of all eight included titles, the game also lets players experience new dual-screen presentation for additional gameplay flexibility and fun unlockable content such as sound tests and original arcade cabinet artwork. Players are encouraged to pass the fun along to their friends and family by wirelessly sending demo versions of each game, and can even go head to head in multiplayer action via a local wireless connection.

Delivering unprecedented gaming value to the Nintendo DS , Namco Museum DS lets players enjoy eight all-time video game classics, including the standout Nintendo GameCube title Pac-Man Vs., with updated dual-screen presentation, full wireless multiplayer support and game sharing capabilities at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park (NDS)

In Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park, players assume the role of the classic teenage super sleuth. Players must collect clues, decipher puzzles, follow suspects, sneak into areas and much more as they use their deductive reasoning skills to progress through 13 increasingly difficult chapters in graphic novel format. Touch Screen play is incorporated into unique conversation and unlocking mini-games, but players will also use the stylus in Nancy's Clue Journal to access inventory and tasks.

Olde World, a multimillion dollar vacation spot celebrating the peak of history's greatest civilizations, is the brainchild of billionaire industrialist Thaddeus Belmont. On the eve of Olde World's opening, the usually boisterous billionaire hasn't been seen or heard from in days, and it's up to Nancy to unravel his mysterious disappearance.

Developed by Gorilla Systems Co. and licensed from Simon & Schuster, Nancy Drew captures the mystery of the series in an all-new story written exclusively for the premier portable gaming system.

"With her aspirational character traits of independence, intelligence and resourcefulness, Nancy Drew is enjoying a renaissance with today's girls," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing. "We believe this classic character is well-suited for the growing female Nintendo DS audience looking for new interactive experiences."

Rated "E" for Everyone, Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Stranglehold (PC)

Developed at Midway's Chicago studio by the PSI-OPS: The Mindgate Conspiracy team, led by industry veteran Brian Eddy. Stranglehold, brings John Woo's famous use of hyperkinetic, choreographed action and freeze framed sequences to the video game arena and features the likeness and voice talent of international action film star, Chow Yun-Fat, (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hard Boiled, Bulletproof Monk) in his video game debut. Having worked together for several feature films, the dynamic duo, Yun-Fat and Woo, are teaming up once again, but this time bringing their expertise to the world of interactive entertainment.

A "spiritual sequel" to Woo's action masterpiece, "Hard Boiled," Stranglehold redefines the action gaming experience with its acrobatic gunplay, thrilling cinematography, frenetic combat and incredible Massive Destructibility (Massive D). Chow Yun-Fat reprises his signature role as Inspector Tequila, pitting gamers as a take no-prisoners cop waging a personal war with Hong Kong crime lords. Tequila's loyalties to the force are tested when his ex-wife is kidnapped by the Russian mob in Chicago. Tequila struggles to balance his duty to uphold the law with doing what it takes to save his family.

Top talent such as Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Blood Diamond ), along with Randall Duk Kim (Memoirs of a Geisha, Enter the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded) join Chow Yun-Fat in the upcoming action-packed adventure video game. Additional talent includes, Grant George, David Lodge, Lydia Look, Neil Kaplan, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sorich, Russell Wong, Danny Bernardo, Jin Kim, Phuoc Nguyen, Andrew Lee, Joseph Yau, Philip Chan, Ronal A. Cheng and Alexander Brandon.

The cinematic action video game featuring duel-wielding, stunt-laden gameplay, incredible environmental destruction and an intense online multiplayer experience is available on the PC for a U.S. suggested retail price of $49.99. The Xbox 360 version is currently available for a U.S. suggested retail price of $59.99, and $69.99 for the collector's edition.

Stranglehold is scheduled to be available for the PS3 on October 29 for a U.S. suggested retail price of $59.99. The PS3 collectors' edition will feature the game and a full-length version of John Woo's critically acclaimed action film "Hard Boiled" both on the same high-capacity PlayStation 3 Blu-ray disc, for a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PS2)

"Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is a story-driven, intense action adventure that we are very excited to share with PlayStation 2 owners. The control configurations for Dark Mirror are a natural fit for PlayStation 2. With the addition of the second analog stick, players have even more ability to control Gabe Logan," said John Garvin, Creative Director, Bend Studios. "We adjusted the textures and character models so they uphold the quality of a PlayStation 2 game on the consumer's televisions and are very happy with the results."

In Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, players take on the identity of Gabe Logan, a highly-trained Precision Strike Operative, commanding a black box military agency that legally doesn't exist and answers to no one. As Logan, players must take down Red Section, a deadly para-military group, attempting to steal Project Dark Mirror, a classified government project. In a deep and engaging storyline, the player learns secrets and mysteries about Gabe's past never before mentioned in the Syphon Filter series. Logan uses all his skill and weapons, including the ability to take down multiple targets simultaneously using any tactic in his arsenal. Vision enhancements allow players to track enemy movements, both visual and invisible, in complete stealth before deciding how to takedown and eliminate enemies with target lock or precision aiming.

Featuring high tech gadgets, weaponry, and snap-to-wall mechanics, players have the opportunity to maintain stealth when they choose, while lining up shots before risking exposure to enemy fire. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror's realistic look is attributed to a multitude of technologies, including "rag-doll physics" where Gabe and enemies react realistically to blast damage and other types of attacks, highly detailed texture and dirt maps and improved goggle effects. With textures and character models smoothed and remodeled specifically for PlayStation 2 and utilizing full progressive scan, the detail, realism and feature animations Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror maintains the visual standards of a PlayStation 2 game.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, developed by SCEA's Bend Studio, is rated "T" for "Teen."

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