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Thursday, October 23, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 23, 2008 @ 5:16 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:

Transformers Animated: The Game (NDS)

Based on Hasbro andCartoon Network’s animatedtelevision series, Transformers Animated: The Game delivers an exciting action-adventure experience, allowing players to take control of their favorite Autobot characters as they work together to reclaim lost fragments of the Allspark, the source of all Transformers life.

“Transformers Animated: The Game adds to the mystique and success of the Cartoon Network’s animated television series, by extending the Transformers universe onto NDS,” said Kim Salzer, vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. “We are thrilled to continue our incredible collaboration with Hasbro, and bring yet another innovative, interactive experience to fans of this highly-successful Transformers franchise.”

Providing an experience that extends beyond the animated series, Transformers Animated: The Game thrusts fans into the action with gameplay elements that include platforming, blasting through Decepticon-controlled hoverbots, solving side-scrolling puzzles and slot-car racing-inspired driving challenges. Players instantly switch between AUTOBOT team members to work out a number of teamwork-based puzzles in up to 20 different levels. They’ll race through a fictitious 22nd century Detroit, dodging on-coming traffic while seamlessly converting between robot and vehicle-form, utilizing the special abilities of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Prowl. Working as a team and combining the abilities of each character is the key to reaching the ultimate goal – intercepting the missing pieces of the Allspark before the Decepticons.

Transformers Animated: The Game, developed by Artificial Mind and Movement, is rated “E” (Mild Fantasy Violence).

Celebrity Sports Showdown (Wii)

Celebrity Sports Showdown is an all-new intellectual property from the new EA SPORTS Freestyle brand featuring 10 celebrities and allows up to 4 players to compete in 12 outdoor sports games. Play as your favorite celebrity such as Keith Urban, Fergie and Avril Lavigne, and athletes like Paul Pierce and Mia Hamm in the ultimate party game for the holidays. Get off the couch and get into the action with fun and easy-to-play controls designed specifically for the Wii.

Experience the fresh air of the outdoors and the thrill of competition as you battle it out in this no-holds barred entertainment spectacle. Get your feet wet and paddle through rapids in Wild Water Canoeing and hold on tight as you fly behind a speed boat for some wild Inner-Tubing! Get out of the water and onto the court as you hit away in Beach Volleyball and Smash Badminton, or take aim at your opponents in Arena Dodgeball. Cool down while you hit the slopes in Slalom Showdown or sweep past your opponents in Curling. Get a bird’s eye view scaling a wall in Cliff Hangers or flying through the sky in Air Racers. Perfect your aim and nail the targets in Rapid Fire Archery, then gauge your strength in the gladiator-style Joust Duel, and hold on to the reins of a champion thoroughbred all the way to the finish line in Hurdle Derby. With such a variety of sports to choose from, Celebrity Sports Showdown is the ultimate party game experience.

Featured Celebrities:

  • Fergie
  • Paul Pierce
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Mia Hamm
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Keith Urban
  • Reggie Bush
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Sugar Ray Leonard

Featured Games:

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wild Water Canoeing
  • Inner-Tubing
  • Hurdle Derby
  • Slalom Showdown
  • Joust Duel
  • Cliff Hangers
  • Curling
  • Smash Badminton
  • Arena Dodgeball
  • Rapid Fire Archery
  • Air Racers

Celebrity Sports Showdown, rated E for Everyone and 3+ by PEGI, is now available for the Wii with an MSRP of $39.99.

Ten Pin Alley 2 (Wii)

A fun and exciting game for casual and competitive bowling lovers alike, Ten Pin Alley 2 allows players to turn their living room into a bowling alley party. With the engaging interactive play of the Wii Remote, players can simulate the bowling experience without ever having to lift a bowling ball.

Ten Pin Alley 2 offers a multiplayer mode allowing up to four players to participate in the action. With nine new characters and six lively environments, players are guaranteed to keep the lanes rocking with this updated bowling classic. Five different game modes have been added including free play and tournament style play, where the stiffest competition is assured to test player's skills. With more than one hundred trick shots to master, Ten Pin Alley 2 delivers a strike every time.

Developed by Other Ocean Interactive, Ten Pin Alley 2 has an ESRB rating of E and a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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