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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2008 @ 5:16 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:

Sonic Unleashed (X360)

Sonic Unleashed is an action-packed adventure filled with classic fast-paced gameplay and beautiful internationally-inspired locations taking full advantage of the newly developed proprietary Hedgehog engine built specifically to ensure stunning graphics and seamless gameplay.

Developed by Sonic Team in Japan, Sonic Unleashed is filled with classic 2D/3D gameplay and incredibly fast daytime action. The game features new moves that make Sonic even faster including the Sonic Drift (to corner quickly without losing speed), Ring Energy (faster speeds brings more ring energy), QuickStep (to move side to side without losing momentum), and Sonic Boost (uses Ring Energy to give Sonic a speed boost)- each allowing Sonic to reach unparalleled high speeds. Sonic Unleashed also introduces the Werehog – Sonic’s dark alter ego who comes out when the moon shines bright. Within the nighttime levels, players can take advantage of the Werehog’s strong and flexible arms to fight tough enemies as well as to climb and swing reaching all new heights in each level.

Sonic Unleashed takes players around the world to beautiful environments inspired by stunning exotic jungles and beaches, New York City, Africa, China and the Arctic snowy plains and more. In this epic adventure, Dr. Robotnik has once again wreaked havoc and, using the Chaos Emeralds, awakened a shadowy force known as the Dark Gaia. When the Dark Gaia wakes, he breaks apart the world, leaving Sonic to bring the planet back together. But the power used to wake this evil creature has also impacted our hero. When the nighttime arrives, Sonic transforms into the Werehog. Playing both daytime and nighttime levels, players will explore amazing environments and uncover a series of alternate paths, all with the goal to re-unite Sonic’s fractured world.

Sonic Unleashed is currently available for Xbox 360, Wii and the PS2. The game will be available for the PS3 in December 2008.

Chrono Trigger (NDS)

Today, players will be reunited with one of the most critically acclaimed titles in RPG and video game history, now remastered exclusively for NDS. Available on a portable platform for the first time, this newly enhanced edition of Chrono Trigger maintains all of the game's original elements while introducing dual-screen presentation, Touch Screen functionality and an all-new addition to the multiple endings that this innovative title offers.

Chrono Trigger was originally released in 1995 on the Super NES® and has shipped more than 2.7 million copies worldwide. It continues to wow critics and players alike, having been named "Best RPG" and "Best DS Game" at this year's E3 2008 Media and Business Summit.

One of the most compelling handheld titles available this holiday season, Chrono Trigger offers a multifaceted storyline, artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and a memorable soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda. Players can now teleport back in time to re-experience the groundbreaking gameplay of the epic RPG that started it all!

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, starting Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

Key Features :

  • A masterpiece with an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time
  • An inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills
  • Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world
  • Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, Chrono Trigger makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual-screen presentation and Touch Screen functionality
  • Brand-new dungeons and an Arena mode add exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic

Chrono Trigger, rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) will be available at North American retailers for t$39.99.

Ultimate Band (NDS/Wii)

Jamming alone or as a member of a band, aspiring rockers of all ages can advance from garage-band beginners to stadium-filling superstars. Disney has brought together a track list of popular favorites and combined it with accessible gameplay to deliver to fans video games with great value and hours of fun. Both games use only the Wii controllers or Nintendo DS stylus to rock making the purchase easy on the wallet this holiday season.

Available in time for the holidays, Ultimate Band invites players to jam to contemporary favorites like “Steady As She Goes” or “Fell In Love With a Girl” to hard rocking classics like “My Generation” or “Whip It.” There are no expensive single-purpose accessories to buy; Ultimate Band, developed by Fall Line Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, players use Wii controllers and the Nintendo DS stylus. The Nintendo DS version even allows players to create their own musical masterpieces, laying down tracks for lead, rhythm and bass guitars as well as drums.

“Disney’s Ultimate Band is a great entertainment value this holiday for anyone who loves music and games,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president, global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “No matter what instrument you choose - guitar, drums, bass or front man, you’ll only need a Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ to start rocking out. DS players need only their stylus to reach rock stardom in Ultimate Band.”

Ultimate Band for Wii allows players to create a band with their own look, style and attitude. By perfecting their musical skills and polishing their act, players can advance their musical careers from playing in the garage to performing before thousands of screaming fans on sold-out stages within the infamous RockDome. Choosing their own stage look and clothing, players can create unique characters that reflect their own personalities and ambitions. As they advance along the path to superstardom, players unlock new songs, venues and accessories that can be used to customize their band members. Players can add a fifth player as the “Effects DJ” and through mini-games on the Nintendo DS version of “Ultimate Band,” trigger fireworks, lights and other effects within the Wii game.

Ultimate Band for NDS is a rhythm-based music game with a built-in recording studio. Players can jam to current and classic songs using the drums, lead guitar, bass guitar or rhythm guitar. Players can also create their own original songs using the DS touchscreen and stylus to lay down tracks for each instrument and apply creative mixing effects. Ultimate Band for Nintendo DS also includes DGamer functionality which will allow players to engage with others in a secure online community via their DS (Wi-Fi or local wireless connection) or computer.

Ultimate Band has ESRB ratings of E10+ on Wii ($49.99) and E for Everyone on the NDS ($29.99), and is available this holiday season.

Legendary (PC)

Legendary is Spark Unlimited’s latest shooter that places you in the role of art thief Charles Deckard as he tries to undo the world-destroying chaos created by unleashing the mythological beasts of Pandora’s Box.

Windows PC users can now join the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 owners as they experience the mystery, mythology, and massive destruction that centers on Deckard’s opening of Pandora’s Box. With secret societies battling over control of the Box, players will be thrust forward into an adventure that spans the world as they guide Deckard from one devastated location to the next as he fights against griffons, werewolves, minotaurs, and more in an effort to stay alive long enough to stop the creatures, and the societies, from taking over the world.

Legendary, rated M for Mature, is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Winx Club: Mission Enchantix (NDS)

Making its series return to NDS, Winx Club: Mission Enchantix provides new and exciting gameplay with a mix of puzzles and exploration, as well as an expanded Magic Closet mode that offers young fans an adventure full of fantasy, fashion and magic.

Based on the hit animated children's television series Winx Club, broadcast by 4Kids Entertainment, Winx Club™: Mission Enchantix introduces young gamers to an exciting new story mode featuring ten enchanting chapters of the popular TV show's season three storyline. With an expanded game world, players can battle numerous beasts and monsters on their journey to defeat the evil Lord Baltor using a wide range of magical moves and spectacular spells. Players are also introduced to six addictive new mini-games ranging from puzzles to dance to action.

Featuring more than one hundred unlockable pictures, videos and songs from both the American and European versions of the television show, Winx Club: Mission Enchantix allows gamers to enjoy hours of uninterrupted gameplay and entertainment. Adding to the excitement of this fun-filled adventure classic, players can listen to music from the Winx Club 2 soundtrack, view clips from season three of the show and watch videos of their favorite Winx Club fairies.

Using an enhanced dress up mode, young fashionistas can also design outfits for their Winx fairies choosing from an assortment of cute tops, bottoms and shoe combinations from the Magic Closet mode. Players can share these exciting and colorful creations with friends through all the multiplayer capabilities of Nintendo DS.

Winx Club: Mission Enchantix, rated "E" for everyone, has a suggested retail price of $19.99.

NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)

"NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 is the fantastic end result of a close collaboration between the NPPL, Activision, and top professional paintball players," said Scott Pierce, NPPL CEO. "No paintball game has ever been this real - it masterfully captures the competitive intensity that makes paintball one of the most popular extreme sports in the world."

Paintball is an extraordinarily deep sport that requires teamwork, strategy, and precision, something the game accurately represents. NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 features multiple game modes (including woodsball-based gameplay), officially licensed gear, and authentic tournament locations and field layouts from the NPPL, the Millennium European Paintball Series, and the XPSL. Players can perfect their skills as they progress from a rookie to pro in career mode and take on the best paintball teams in the world, or get online for an adrenaline rush of cutthroat multiplayer action. With deep design contributions from the NPPL, San Diego Dynasty and Bob Long, motion-captured player movements, and cutting edge ballistics, the level of detail and realism in this game is unmatched.

"NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 is a blast for both paintball fanatics and first person action fans looking for something fresh," said Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. "We're ecstatic to redefine the paintball experience in videogames."

NPPL Championship Paintball 2009, rated E 10+ for Ages 10, is available now for a suggested retail prices of $49.99 for Xbox 360 and PS3, $39.99 for Wii, and $29.99 for PS2.

Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (NDS)

“Club Penguin has grown tremendously and the roll-out of products for kids to extend their experience beyond the computer has been a huge success,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force takes that one step further by taking a popular storyline from the virtual world and expanding it onto the DS.”

In Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force for NDS, players become agents of the Elite Penguin Force, waddling their way through secret missions, solving mysteries and connecting with the online world of Club Penguin in new ways. Players will use both familiar and all-new gadgets, accessories, disguises and vehicles as they set out on new missions to investigate puzzling events in the world of Club Penguin.

Players can even earn coins while playing on Nintendo DS and upload them wirelessly to their online penguin accounts. In addition, each game comes packaged with a redeemable code that allows players to gain special access to the top secret EPF Command Room, which is only available to DS players online at

Other features of Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force include three all-new mini-games – Snowboarding, Dance Challenge and Snow Trekker – as well as three fan-favorites from the virtual world that have been adapted to utilize the DS touch-screen – Cart Surfer, Jet Pack Adventure and Ice Fishing. Weekly newsletters, polls and upcoming seasonal missions will be available for download via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force also includes access to Disney’s DGamer, which allows kids to engage with other Disney game players using their NDS or home computer via the DGamer web site.

Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by 1st Playable Productions, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force has an ESRB rating of E for Everyone.

Cake Mania: In The Mix! (Wii)

Cake Mania: In The Mix! introduces all-new characters, motion-based cake customization and a unique co-op mode that allows up to four players to join in the baking madness at once.

Building upon the success of the hectic, time-management style gameplay of the original Cake Mania and the branching storyline of Cake Mania 2, Cake Mania: In the Mix! lets players use the Wii Remote™ to manage all aspects of Jill Evans' bakery business. Players will serve a myriad of all-new demanding customers-including ninjas, pregnant moms and leprechauns-and can then use cumulative bakery earnings to purchase more than 50 unique kitchen upgrades to expand their business. In the Mix! also features nine brand new locations, an Endless Baking mode and 4-player cooperative play. Players can even design custom cakes and then send Digital Greeting Cards of their cake creations to friends online via WiiConnect24!

Developed by Gorilla, Cake Mania: In The Mix! for Wii is rated E for Everyone and now available for a suggested retail price of only $29.99.

Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (NDS/PS2/Wii/PC)

In Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp, players embark on an amazing summer adventure at the Roberts Stables. While learning to groom, feed, and care for their horse, players can take riding lessons across five different equestrian disciplines, explore a vast island, undertake time trials and join in fun tasks like gathering blueberries for a slumber party in the bunkhouse. Players can train, ride and jump with five different horse breeds, each with unique characteristics and abilities, as you undertake time trials and fetch challenges. You can even unlock stylish new riding outfits and earn medals and ribbons for outstanding performances.

Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp is available now for a suggested retail price of $39.99 on Wii, $29.99 on PC and NDS, and $19.99 on PS2..

Music Wars Rebirth (PC)

Music Wars Rebirth is the creation of Antuan Johnson who is happy to be bringing his music industry simulator to Wolverine Studios. Music Wars Rebirth allows players to create and manage their own record label by giving them the opportunity to both manage the financial state of their company as well as managing aspects of the artists signed to their label. The in-depth game play allows the user to track all aspects of the career of an artist as they take them from unknown talent to global superstar while catapulting their label to the top of the music industry.

Music Wars Rebirth is available exclusively from the Wolverine Studios webstore for $24.95.

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