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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 22, 2008 @ 4:53 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:

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (NDS)

Kicking off a bold new story in the series, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin imagines a dark future in which a devastating meteor strike has transformed the planet into a perilous battleground, fraught with disease and barbaric enemy forces. Players must use sharp turn-based strategy to lead their own heroic unit on a mission to restore humanity, rendered in an exciting new dual-screen graphics scheme.

Players can use local networking or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to enjoy limitless replay by designing and sharing their own maps or facing opponents in faraway places. Solo players can command their troops in a series of tactical skirmishes, while the Free Battle mode allows up to four players to challenge one another using one Nintendo DS system.

"Days of Ruin is much more than just a new chapter in the Advance Wars series," says Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Our core gamers continue to buzz about the game's post-apocalyptic storyline, new characters and stylized graphics that bring a totally fresh experience to the series. The focus on strategy beyond raw firepower makes it more rewarding than typical war games."

The Adventure Collection: Volume One (PC)

The Adventure Company is pleased to announce that The Adventure Collection: Volume One will be releasing to retail stores today, January 22, 2008, for the suggested retail price of $19.99USD.

Included in this collection are five of the top-selling adventure titles released by The Adventure Company:

  • Dead Reefs
  • Keepsake
  • Return to Mysterious Island
  • Nibiru: Age of Secrets
  • The Secret Files: Tunguska

This is a must have for any adventure gaming fan! If you've missed out on playing any of these games, this is your chance to purchase all five at once for an unbeatable price.

The ESRB Rating for this collection ranges from E (Everyone) to T (Teen).

Burnout Paradise (PS3/X360)

Burnout Paradise is built with an all-new open world design to provide the ultimate in freedom and discovery online(a) and offline. Players will be able to create their own personal driving experience, as you decide when and where the action begins. It is a totally seamless experience, as Burnout Paradise sets the new standard in online social gameplay. See your friends online with the EasyDrive Friends List and connect with them instantly without having to wait or exit your game. You can battle up to seven of your friends and grab their Mugshots, or join forces to complete more than 300 online challenges.

"Burnout Paradise is the natural evolution of the franchise as we wanted to give the player full control to create their own personal Burnout experience," says Alex Ward, Creative Director at EA Criterion. "The city really comes alive when players get together with their friends online, aggressively blasting through the streets at insane speeds to see who is king of the road. The team at EA Criterion couldn't be more happy and excited to be delivering a truly next generation Burnout title."

Burnout Paradise has been rated E10+ by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI, and will be available in Europe on Jan. 28.

Endless Ocean (Wii)

Endless Ocean contains everything you might find on a real ocean scuba dive. Divers can find dozens of different treasures, from gold bullion to ancient artifacts. The marine biology encyclopedia lets divers record the different animals they spot and learn facts about each one. Divers might encounter more than 230 types of creatures, including penguins, tropical fish, sharks, whales and trainable dolphins. The stunning visuals will make you feel like your TV has transformed into an undersea portal. Navigation is simple too: To swim, just point the Wii Remote and press the B Button; to examine an object, just point at it and press the A Button.

"Endless Ocean is a siren song for adventurers, family gamers and the just plain curious," says Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Kids will love meeting and cataloguing all the sea life they meet, while their parents can lose themselves in a seemingly unlimited underwater landscape."

When connected to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo's wireless gaming service, two divers who have exchanged Friend Codes can dive and explore their environment together. Divers can listen to diving music by international best-selling artist Hayley Westenra or play audio files from an SD card.

Mega Brain Boost (NDS)

Mega Brain Boost includes the best-selling Brain Boost Beta Wave and Brain Boost Gamma Wave, plus a never-before-released third game that includes additional drills designed to improve speed, accuracy and memory. Each game type offers four difficulty levels with 20 multiple choice problems in each. Upon completing a game series, players will receive overall scores for right brain development so they can track their progress. The game automatically adapts the difficulty to a player's skill level and includes a multiplayer option that lets friends compete head-to-head to determine who is the bigger brainiac. Mega Brain Boost packs three full games of brain-building fun onto one value-priced game cartridge, with each game specifically designed by renowned researcher Makota Shichida to promote cerebral development.

"Having grown geometrically smarter after playing the first two Brain Boost games, I expect that the additional training hours I've logged with Mega Brain Boost will expedite my Mensa invitation," said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations, Majesco.

Mega Brain Boost is rated E for Everyone, and is now available for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

One Piece: Unlimited Adventure (Wii)

"One Piece for the Wii continues NAMCO BANDAI Games' commitment to produce stellar licensed anime-based games," said Todd Thorson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, NAMCO BANDAI Games America., "One Piece: Unlimited Adventure recreates all the action, characters, and charm of the show to make the perfect adventure game."

While sailing the open sea, an island mysteriously rises from deep beneath the ocean waves, leaving the swarthy Straw Hat Pirates stranded on a strange land. As players take control of their favorite One Piece characters they will uncover hidden secrets, lost treasure and exciting battles.

Using the innovative Wii Remote and Nunchuck controller, players will twist, turn and swing to vanquish the nefarious enemies infesting the mysterious island the Straw Hat Pirates have found themselves stranded on. Up to eight different Straw Hat Pirates are available to control in Adventure Mode, each with their own unique special moves such as Luffy's "Gum Gum Storm," and Nami the Navigator's "Cyclone Tempo." Swashbucklers eager for more can unlock over 40 playable characters to test their might in Survival Mode and go toe-to-toe against all comers in Vs. Mode. With a brand new story, additional playable characters, new outfits, items, and attacks to unlock, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure marks the spot for true adventure on and off the high seas.

One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is rated "T" for teen by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.99.

Pirates of the Burning Sea (PC)

"After years of hard work by our top-notch crew, we are thrilled to announce players can now conquer the virtual Caribbean, circa 1720, in Pirates of the Burning Sea," said Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software in Seattle. "Working together with SOE's Platform Publishing, we are able to launch this game simultaneously in the U.S. and Europe and release localized versions in English, French, Spanish and German, allowing players from all over to captain a ship in this world full of swashbuckling and high-seas adventure."

Players start by joining the French, Spanish, English or Pirate nations as a naval officer, freetrader, privateer or pirate. At sea, players can blow enemy ships out of the water. On land, players can engage in a world of action and peril rife with sword fights. A unique economy lets players become captains of industry, running mines, lumber mills, shipyards and other large-scale operations. Players produce all the various goods needed to supply others with the raw materials to conquer the Caribbean, one port at a time. A player-generated content system lets gamers create their own sail and flag designs and even model their own ships.

Set in the New World circa 1720, PotBS recreates a dramatic time of conflict and riches with action for every play style, from epic ship combat to building an empire. With more than one thousand missions per nation, dozens of ports to explore, and the entire Caribbean as their domain, players will find an online experience like no other.

Features:

  • Join one of four nations (Pirate, English, French, or Spanish)
  • Every player is the captain of their very own ship in massive naval battles
  • Duel other players to control more than 80 conquerable ports in the Caribbean
  • Explore the world and make a name for yourself with more than 1,000 missions per nation
  • Economy driven by players, who manufacture and sell all ships and equipment found in the game
  • Take command of more than 50 historical ships
  • Design your own flags and sails
  • Build your very own or customize any of the ships in-game to your liking
  • Choose from three different combat styles -- deadly and formal Fencing, flashy, dual-wielding Florentine or rowdy and treacherous Dirty Fighting
  • Participate in epic PvP sea battles with up to 25 players per side

Pirates of the Burning Sea is available today at participating retail outlets worldwide and as a digital download through for a suggested retail price of US$49.99, with a monthly subscription fee of US$14.99 plus applicable taxes.

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