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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 23, 2008 @ 2:51 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:

1942: Joint Strike (PSN/XBLA)

1942: Joint Strike takes inspiration and influence from the '80s 194X series of World War II-themed vertical arcade shooters. The art, sound and gameplay of the new game take cues from the original 194X games, but will stand out as its own unique entry. Gameplay will resemble the classic top down, vertical action that gamers expect, but enhanced with High Definition 3D graphics. Set in a World War II-themed locale, stages, vehicles and weapons have the look and feel of WWII with some stylistic differences.

The world in which 1942 takes place is not our own and the events that transpire are not historically accurate, nor are they intended to be. This is an alternate world where history and technology developed along their own paths. As a result, players will jump into the cockpits of WWII-era aircraft to take on huge waves of incoming enemy fire, dodging explosions and missiles while challenging huge bosses at the end of each stage. New co-op "Joint Strike attacks" combine the powers of two aircrafts into one devastating barrage.

The new 1942: Joint Strike features 2-player online cooperative play. Graphics and music have been similarly updated by Backbone Entertainment, the developers of this latest entry into the 194X series. There's also a brand new score for the game created by Norihiko Hibino, an international composer well-known for his work creating music for the Metal Gear series.

1942: Joint Strike is rated Teen by the ESRB and is available for 800 Microsoft Points or $9.99 on PlayStation Network.

Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns (NDS)

Izuna and her gang are back - and just in time for a wedding! Lured by the promise of free food (Why else would Izuna attend?), the festive event becomes a puzzling mystery when Izuna's sidekick Shino suddenly disappears, off in search of her long-lost sister. And making matters worse, the foreign gods have also arrived on Japanese soil, and they aren't very happy with the meddlesome, unemployed ninja. With disgruntled deities on the warpath, a sidekick to track down, and a missing sister out in the wild, it could all shape up to be one of Izuna's more exciting adventures. Sounds like a lot of work for a girl out of a job!

Key Features:

  • Play hardcore with Izuna - Get in the action by combining down-and-dirty old-school dungeon RPG play with the cutest girl ninja ever, for a "stimulating" RPG experience.
  • TAG team system - Take any two party members into a dungeon for a greater range of combat strategy. Combine power to unleash fierce TAG attacks.
  • More Izuna than ever before - Get everything that made the original game a fan favorite, plus more! This bigger, better package includes more dungeons, items, enemies, characters, as well as a wacky new story, side quests, and TAG team system.

Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns, rated "T" for Teen, is now in stores.

Mister Slime (NDS)

Tucked away in the deepest, darkest corner of the universe lies a seemingly peaceful world inhabited by strange and fascinating creatures. The Slimes and the Axons are the chief inhabitants of the planet, and they have brought chaos to the planet with constant bickering over the limited resources available to them. Every 40 years there are ritual battles held to redefine the territorial boundaries for each clan. No one, Axon or Slime, has had the courage to step up and stop this viscous cycle - until now.

Players enter the world as Slimey, a young slime determined to stop the violence between the warring clans. Using the touch screen and microphone capabilities of Nintendo DS, players must navigate the levels by stretching and manipulating Slimey's arms to grab hold of small anchor points scattered throughout each level.

Mister Slime is available at an MSRP of $19.99 and is rated "E" for everyone.

Order Up! (Wii)

An enjoyable blend of cooking and restaurant management, Order Up! puts players in the shoes of an up-and-coming chef as they perfect their dishes while building a culinary empire. There are over 80 recipes and four different restaurants to test players’ culinary skills, and to introduce them to a virtual smorgasbord of frantic cooking fun.

"The cooking genre has consistently produced titles that are primarily a series of slicing and dicing mini-games. With Order Up! we wanted to take the category beyond just recipes and create a full-featured experience that incorporated a fun storyline, humorous characters and ultimately, an engaging style of play," said Lee Cummings, Creative Director. "We are immensely pleased with the end result and believe Order Up! is a completely original game whose challenge and humor can be enjoyed by anyone."

As a promising new chef, players of Order Up! not only prepare the wide variety of dishes on the menu, but must handle the headaches and hazards of running a restaurant – not the least of which are the quirky and over-the-top personalities that players will encounter along the way. Prioritization is critical as players simultaneously prepare not one, but a multitude of dishes, each requiring a special set of ingredients and a variety of cooking techniques.

But help is available as players can hire (and fire) assistant chefs to delegate tasks in order to keep the meals coming and the customers content. But beware of the local restaurant critic and health inspector as they can make or break your restaurant career.

Developed by SuperVillain Studios, LLC., Order Up! is rated E for Everyone and is now available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Purr Pals (Wii)

A full-featured pet simulator, Purr Pals offers hours of interactive kitty cat fun as players adopt and customize their very own virtual kittens!

Adopt, raise and play with your own cute virtual kitten created from a selection of 40 breeds and hundreds of facial and body combinations. Players use their Wii Remote(tm) to groom, clean, feed and interact with their virtual pet by controlling a laser pointer, fishing string and other play items. Pet owners can also enjoy meow-a-long melodies or playing ping-pong and mini-games with their kitty. Customized indoor and outdoor environments and fashionable kitty accessories round out the furry fun, while competitions make for some friendly rivalry.

The game is currently available at retailers throughout North America for a suggested retail price of $29.95. Purr Pals has been rated "E" for Everyone.

Puzzle Quest: Revenge of the Plague Lord (XBLA)

In Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Revenge of the Plague Lord, gamers can adventure for hours of extended gameplay as one of four new Hero Professions (Bard, Rogue, Ranger and Warlock), collect scores of new spells and items, accept new quests, conquer new monsters and bosses and combat a brand new archenemy. The expansion pack further increases the full Puzzle Quest experience by adding three new Achievements and raising the character Level Cap to 60. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Revenge of the Plague Lord is available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 700 Microsoft Points.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Revenge of the Plague Lord are developed by Infinite Interactive Pty. Ltd. and are rated "E 10+" by the ESRB.

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