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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 17, 2008 @ 2:46 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:

DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2 (Wii)

Featuring exciting new gameplay that combines the physically engaging, innovative and easy-to-pick-up-and-play mechanics of the Wii platform, the game offers four-player multiplayer, Wii Remote and Nunchuck support, smash hits from the last four decades, and entirely new modes.

DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2 is sure to be the life of the party as the all-new soundtrack features big hits such as "I Want Candy", "Umbrella", "Black or White" and "We Got The Beat," ensuring that the game will appeal to dance enthusiasts of all ages. The mutliplayer function allows for head-to-head battles in the Dance 'n' Defend Battle Mode where players use the Wii Remote to battle their opponents. Other new modes include the non-stop dance action in Course Mode, the ability to unlock hidden features in Groove Arena Mode and the all-new Hottest Training Mode. With brand new features such as the incorporation of your Mii, enhanced motion capture, new characters exclusive to the game, and new stages with enhanced effects on more than 50 unique dance environments, there is no party like Hottest Party 2.

After a decade as one of the most popular franchises in the music genre, DanceDanceRevolution® has transcended from a video game into a pop culture phenomenon. The game has been available on most consoles including all three PlayStation's, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Revolutionizing the get-up-and move concept for video games, DanceDanceRevolution® combines high-energy music with fun-filled gameplay. The game has swept into the pop culture psyche as it has had its own television program on CBS, is regularly featured on primetime television and music videos, has its own fan club and fan sites, is part of the physical education program in many school districts, and has been featured workout in fitness clubs across the United States.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Konami will also allow fans to move their feet to different beats on the Xbox 360 and the PS2 with the release of DanceDanceRevolution UNIVERSE3 and DanceDanceRevolution X, respectively.

DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2 is rated "E-10+" and is now available for the Wii for $69.99.

Mount & Blade (PC)

"The launch of Mount & Blade is almost a bittersweet milestone for us," said Armagan Yavuz, Lead Developer, TaleWorlds Entertainment. "While we're sad to see our work of passion come to a close, we're thrilled with the end product, and we know that Mount & Blade will redefine the standards of independent game development."

Mount & Blade is a single-player, third or first-person action/role-playing game set in the medieval war-torn land of Calradia. The game features groundbreaking horseback combat, intuitive swordplay, and a free-form environment in which players can roam freely to explore new cities, conquer foreign armies and earn a reputation as the realm’s most courageous warrior.

Mount & Blade is available for purchase in stores and for digital download at GamersGate, the leading digital distribution platform creating easily accessible gaming experiences for gamers worldwide.

DanceDanceRevolution X (PS2)

The "X" says it all as the game is being released as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the enormously popular and successful rhythm based game. The latest release for the PS2, DanceDanceRevolution X offers fans new characters, an original soundtrack, enhanced graphics, interactive gameplay, and innovative new game modes.

In DanceDanceRevolution X, players can dance their way through a soundtrack that is filled with over 70 major hits packed with brand new songs from some of today's top artists. Additionally, players can enjoy the ultimate club experience as they can dance to continuous DJ mixes of multiple songs. Featuring the brand new LAN Battle Mode, DanceDanceRevolution X lets up to eight players battle simultaneously through the LAN lines on their PS2. Also, in continuing the game's reputation for improving fitness levels, players can work up a sweat by customizing their own workout programs and, by plugging in the EyeToy USB Camera (for PS2) peripheral, they can put themselves in the game.

After a decade as one of the most popular franchises in the music genre, DanceDanceRevolution® has transcended from a video game into a pop culture phenomenon. The game has been available on most consoles including all three PlayStation's, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Revolutionizing the get-up-and-move concept for video games, DanceDanceRevolution® combines high-energy music with fun-filled gameplay. The game has swept into the pop culture psyche as it has had its own television program on CBS, is regularly featured on primetime television and music videos, has its own fan club and fan sites, is part of the physical education program in many school districts, and has been featured workout in fitness clubs across the United States.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Konami will also allow fans to move their feet to different beats on the Xbox 360 and Wii with the release of DanceDanceRevolution Universe 3 and DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party 2, respectively.

DanceDanceRevolution X is rated "E-10+" and is now available for the PS2. A stand-alone version of DanceDanceRevolution X will be available for $29.99, while the bundle, which comes complete with controller, will be available for $49.99.

Zoo Hospital (Wii)

As the first veterinarian game for Wii, Zoo Hospital lets animal lovers experience what it's like to treat and care for a myriad of exotic creatures including reptiles, mammals and birds, at a struggling zoo slated for demolition.

The animals in Aunt Lucy's zoo are getting sick and causing zoo attendance to decline. Unless she can turn things around, Aunt Lucy will lose her zoo to a local landowner who wants to build a mini-golf course. To help save the zoo and its inhabitants, players will use the Wii Remote to feed, treat and soothe 48 different animals from all over the world - from gorillas to monitor lizards to dolphins - including seven not featured in the companion DS game. Medical mini-games let players eliminate parasites, extract rotten teeth, battle microscopic germs and much more. Soothing and feeding each animal while following up on post surgical patients in their enclosures is as important as precise operations, since happy, healthy animals increase the Zoo Rating which in turn affects the number of visitors patronizing the zoo. Zoo Hospital also enables up to 2 friends to treat animals together in cooperative multi-player mode.

Developed by Torus Games, Zoo Hospital is rated E for Everyone and is available now for Wii at the SRP of $29.99.

Speed Racer: The Videogame (PS2)

Based on the Warner Bros. Pictures film, 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 PS2, players will race at amazing speeds and engage in “Car-Fu” battles to outmaneuver opponents as they jump, flip, smash and spin competing cars off the track. Select from 25 different drivers and their extreme cars as players take to the track in an effort to win the illustrious World Racing League cup. Speed Racer: The Videogame for PlayStation® 2 system allows players to experience all the twists and turns of the film’s racing sequences with new racers and a new PS2 exclusive track. Jump behind the wheel of Speed’s T-180 race car the Mach 6, or the specially designed T-180 race cars of other Speed Racer characters such as Racer X, Trixie and, exclusive to the PS2, fan-favorite Chim-Chim.

Speed Racer: The Videogame captures the action, look and feel of the high adrenaline arena racing developed for the film 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 is a fast-paced, action racer for kids of all ages and a 2008 Parents’ Choice Approved award winner. Speed Racer: The Videogame is rated “E” for Everyone and is available on the PS2 at the suggested retail price of $29.99.

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