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Thursday, September 25, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2008 @ 11:05 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:

Warriors Orochi 2 (PS2/X360)

Shattering time and space, the venomous Serpent King Orochi kidnapped the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors in scheme to test his might. The heroes eventually defeated Orochi, but a mysterious alliance is hatching an otherworldly plan so that the Serpent King may rise again. Now a new group of warriors must join forces with history's finest in battle to stop this evil resurrection.

Warriors Orochi 2 takes place after the events of the original game. The game's main "Story" mode features storylines for the kingdoms of Wu, Wei, and Shu, and the Samurai Warriors, while a new Orochi storyline looks back to the first series of wars to expose some of the Serpent King's secrets. The game's newly added "Dream" mode features an original storyline different from that of Story Mode.

A new two-player "Versus" mode comes action-packed with four different games including "Tag Team" matches that pit individual fighters in lethal head-to-head combat.

The popular "Team Battle System" which lets players create their own three-person fighting unit returns for this sequel. At any given time, one warrior will be engaged in battle, while the other two are recuperating; restoring their Life and Musou Gauges.

Warriors Orochi 2 features an overwhelming lineup of over 90 playable characters from both franchises including Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme Legends , plus new characters from Chinese and Japanese history.

Developed by Omega Force, Warriors Orochi 2, rated "T", is for 1-2 players (Versus play).

Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals (PC)

An immersive, richly detailed suspense-adventure game based on the stories and art of famed graphic novelist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, “Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals” is a dramatic and thrilling 3D adventure set in a futuristic Paris. Developed under Bilal’s discerning eye by White Birds Productions, the studio founded by adventure game legend Benoît Sokal, the game deftly melds gorgeous graphics with thought-provoking puzzles.

Who watches and waits from high above this City of Light and what dark secrets lie buried beneath its fabled streets? In “Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals”, it is Paris 2023 and you are Alcide Nikopol, a struggling artist, devoted son, and political savior. The city is now a maze of mysteries, secrets, and clues that must be explored. When you learn your missing father may be alive, a possible pawn in a looming political battle between a power hungry dictator and the Immortals, you find yourself in a suspenseful adventure to find your father and thwart a dangerous conspiracy. As you search for answers from your humble artist’s apartment to grand palace corridors, through labyrinthine metro passages and fortified military towers, you become entangled in political intrigue and caught between two worlds, one of anarchy and one of Immortality.

Key Features:

  • A richly detailed futuristic universe inspired by famed graphic novelist Enki Bilal;
  • Thought-provoking puzzles requiring cunning and logic to protect yourself from the Immortals’ plans and thwart a dark conspiracy;
  • Interaction with 8 characters in 6 different environments, each made with several settings;
  • Beautifully rendered and visually compelling graphics;
  • Inspired soundtrack;
  • Immersive gameplay; and
  • Classic point and click interface.

Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, rated “T” for Teen, makes its retail debut at $29.99 (USD).

Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge (NDS)

Hamtaro and his friends make learning fun in Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge. Children will not only be entertained by the beloved hamster Hamtaro and his adorable cast of friends, they will also develop their memory, word comprehension, math skills, and many other abilities as they play through the twelve engaging interactive games. The game's easy-to-learn touch screen controls make the game fun and accessible for children of all ages. Parents can take an active role in their child's playing and learning with features that let them monitor their child's progress in each game, adjust the difficulty level to match their child's skills, monitor and control play time, and even reward their child with special items.

"Hamtaro is a classic, lovable character who not only entertains kids, but also helps them to grow and learn," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "Parents will love the developmental and educational aspects of the game, as well as the ability to monitor and reward their child's progress. Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge is sure to be a hit with parents and kids alike!"

A brain-training DS game geared at elementary-aged children, Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge, rated E for Everyone, will be available for an MSRP of $29.99.

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