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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:39 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:

Boom Blox (Wii)

Boom Blox offers action-packed destruction that takes Wii play to a new level of enjoyment and creativity. Boom Blox is also available across major carriers for the mobile phone.

“Boom Blox was designed to be interactive, pure escapism, and fun for kids of all ages,” said Steven Spielberg. “My hope is that it will be a great shared family experience.”

In this high-energy game, players make their way through almost four hundred levels of strategic destruction! Kids and families will destroy their way through brain-twisting challenges with single player, co-op, and versus multiplayer options with no clean up required.

Joined by a cast of more than thirty wacky characters with distinct personalities and behaviors, players will be entertained by Marion “Fluffy” McCluck, the bomb blox-laying chicken and Boots Beaverton, who likes to make the bomb blox explode. These fun characters bring personality to the Tiki, Medieval, Frontier, and Haunted themed worlds.

Equipped with an easy-to-use in-game editor, Boom Blox allows kids to express their creativity by building and bringing to life their very own levels in Create Mode. Players can even remix any existing levels in the game in this unique mode using any props, blocks, or characters that have been unlocked throughout the game. Plus, their designs can then be shared with friends or used to challenge others to solve their newly created puzzle via WiiConnect24.

"As we developed Boom Blox, we realized that the possibilities with the puzzles were endless,” explains Louis Castle, Executive Producer. “We wanted to extend that element of wonder and discovery to players and even give them the chance to share those puzzles with their friends. We feel we’ve reached a new level of creative and immersive game play with the uniqueness of the Wii system and are looking forward to seeing what kids create.”

Boom Blox, rated ‘E’ for Everyone has a US MSRP of $49.99.

Speed Racer: The Videogame (Wii/NDS)

Based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by the Wachowski brothers, Speed Racer: The Videogame features the voices of Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer, Matthew Fox as Racer X and Christina Ricci as Trixie, who reprise their film roles as playable characters.

In Speed Racer: The Videogame, developed by Sidhe Interactive for the Wii and Virtuos for the Nintendo DS, players will race at amazing speeds to engage in “Car-Fu” battles to outmaneuver opponents as they jump, flip, smash and spin competing cars off the track. Select from 19 different drivers and their extreme cars as players take to the track in an effort to win the illustrious World Racing League cup. One of the first games compatible with the Wii Wheel, Speed Racer: The Videogame allows players to experience all the twists and turns of the film’s racing sequences first hand as they jump behind the wheel of Speed’s T180 race car the Mach 6, or the specially designed T180 race cars of more than 15 other characters, including Racer X, Trixie and other film favorites.

Speed Racer: The Videogame captures the action, look and feel of the high adrenaline arena racing developed for the movie in an accessible, fun-filled game with intense, rollercoaster-like race tracks. Award-winning composer Winifred Phillips, created an original score for the videogame, fusing rock, classical and retro beats into a truly unique game soundtrack.

Speed Racer: The Videogame, rated “E” for Everyone, is a fast-paced, action racer for kids of all ages, and available on Wii at the suggested retail price of $49.99 and NDS for $29.99.

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