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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2008 @ 3:09 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:

Time Hollow (NDS)

In this original, time-bending adventure, players are allowed to explore the past and present simultaneously, solving mysteries of the present as they learn about events of the past.

In Time Hollow, players take on the role of Ethan Kairos, who is on a quest to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of his family. As players begin their journey, they come across a Hollow Pen, an extraordinary object that has the amazing ability to open portals to the past. Using the stylus pen and touch screen for the DS, players utilize the Hollow Pen to explore the past and present simultaneously in order to help Ethan find his parents.

Time Hollow reveals a deep storyline featuring key scenes created by AIC, the famous anime studio with the producer and director of Blood+ and Gundam SEED, respectively. The sprawling mystery also features a variety of interesting characters that come to life via the words of Junko Kawano, scriptwriter for Suikoden IV.

Time Hollow, rated "T" for Teen, is now available and retails for $29.99.

Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked! (Wii)

The latest installment in the Lost in Blue series allows players to explore the mysteries of the island with the help of trusty pets and new friends as they search to find a way out or make a new life there forever.

In Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked!, players find themselves stranded on a mysterious island filled with lush forests, ancient ruins, and an active volcano. Fighting the elements to stay alive, they explore the island, gather food and hunt dangerous wildlife. Colorful 3D graphics make the island environment, weather systems, and various items more realistic than ever, and dependable pets help gather items and also provide added entertainment by playing music or dancing throughout the game.

As the first next-gen title in the series, Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked! takes full advantage of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls. Immersing the player in a survival adventure like never before, the title also allows gamers to realistically practice survival tasks with more than 30 mini-games including fishing, carpentry, fire-making and other all-new cooperative games.

"The Lost in Blue franchise has developed a very loyal legion of fans and immense critical acclaim," said Anthony Crouts, vice president of marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Bringing it to the next generation and maximizing the uniquely interactive capabilities of Wii allows us to greatly enhance the graphics and the innovative gameplay elements, making this the most immersive title in the survival adventure series to date."

Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked!, rated "E 10+" for Everone 10 and up, is available for an MSRP of $29.99.

King's Bounty: The Legend (PC)

King’s Bounty: The Legend is an adventure with tactical turn-based battles and RPG elements unfolding in a fairytale fantasy world, a world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses.

The player controls one character, leading him through the gameworld, exploring it, commanding armies in battle and accomplishing various scripts and bonus quests. The game progression falls into two separate parts – Adventure and Combat. In adventure mode, the player controls the character in real-time, taking him through the adventure map seeking treasure, and completing challenges. In combat mode, the player takes on the role as warchief, leading their troops through battle in a chess-like format.

Game Features:

  • Classic real-time (adventure) meets turn-based (battles) gameplay
  • Rich fantasy setting, storyline with a lot of twists and an unexpected ending
  • Players have three types of characters to choose from – Warrior, Paladin and Mage. Each of them with unique characteristics and abilities
  • Huge game world with dozens of locations and battlefields – both on the surface and in dungeons
  • The game world isn't static - enemies don't just sit and wait for the hero to arrive, they pursue their own and try to get in the player's way

King’s Bounty: The Legend has shipped to retailers in North America for the suggested price of $39.95.

Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy (PC)

“Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy offers a new twist to adventure games by incorporating the legendary teachings of Nostradamus,” said Cal Morrell, president of Encore. “Players will immediately be captivated by the stunning graphics and gripping game play that Nostradamus has to offer.”

Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy, a game produced by Microids and developed by Kheops Studio, TOTM Studio and Mzone Studio, is set in Salon de Provence, France during the French Renaissance in 1566. Catherine de Médicis, the mother of King Charles IX, has paid a visit to her doctor, Nostradamus, hoping to find a cure for her deadly curse. Nostradamus is too fatigued to help, but his daughter Madeleine offers to disguise herself as her brother, to help the queen mother. Madeleine will encounter a string of murders and political intrigue that could destroy the French royal family. Use your wits and courage to save France and change the course of history forever!

Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy, rated T for Teen, is the first and only game to feature the legendary Nostradamus and his prophecies and makes it’s North American debut with a $29.99.

SingStar Pop vol. 2 (PS2)

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studio’s London Studio, SingStar Pop vol. 2 is available both as a stand-alone disc and packaged with two high-quality USB microphones. As in previous SingStar titles, SingStar Pop vol. 2 provides an interactive social singing experience by incorporating technology that recognizes pitch, tone and rhythm to accurately score players as they perform to the original recordings and real videos from popular artists.

Hours of fun and ideal for entertaining-at-home, SingStar Pop vol. 2 allows players to perform as solo singing icons in single-player mode or share the spotlight with friends in multiplayer modes, including cooperative Duet Mode, one-on-one Battle Mode and the team-based Pass-the-Mic. Players also can easily access any of the song lists from the SingStar PlayStation 2 catalogue with the disc swap feature which allows seamless transition between titles.

SingStar Pop vol. 2 isn’t the only title that SingStar fans have to look forward to this fall as two new additional PlayStation 2 installments will release in October. SingStarâ Country will make its PlayStation 2 debut with a strong line-up of songs from today’s newest and hottest country artists including Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Kellie Pickler and many others.
SingStarâ Legends also will take center stage with a mix of celebrated artists including Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and Nirvana.

In addition, SingStar for the PS3 will be expanding its catalogue in October with SingStar Vol.2 for the PS3 featuring a variety of today’s popular artists including Eminem, Radiohead, Paramore, Pink and more.

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