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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2008 @ 6:55 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:

We Cheer (Wii)

Exclusively for Wii, the game delivers the fun and excitement of world-class competitive cheerleading, as players use motion controlled Wii Remotes™ as virtual pom-poms to perform choreographed routines to 30 smash-hit songs from popular recording artists such as Hilary Duff, Natasha Bedingfield, Moby and Paramore.

Giving players the chance to show off their moves in a nationwide cheerleading competition, We Cheer utilizes Wii Remotes as virtual pom-poms to deliver an incredibly immersive gameplay experience. Packed with authentic cheerleading moves, We Cheer challenges players to follow on-screen commands to successfully complete choreographed routines. Taking advantage of this wireless motion-based interface, We Cheer uses fun moves such as spins and twists to get the player’s whole body in on the action. Featuring a star-studded soundtrack packed with 30 master tracks from chart-topping artists spanning four decades of music, the game is sure to get players of all ages to wave their hands and stamp their feet.

Delivering a highly customizable play experience, We Cheer allows players to personalize the look of every cheerleader in their squad. From distinctive outfits to flashy accessories and hair styles, players will be able to recreate the look of squads from their school and favorite teams, or create entirely new designs. Letting players form real cheerleading squads with their friends and family, We Cheer allows for up to four players to participate in a variety of cooperative or competitive multiplayer modes to see who has the most team spirit!

We Cheer for Wii carries a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

Unsolved Crimes (NDS)

Fully utilizing NDS’ unique Dual Screen capabilities, Unsolved Crimes integrates three gaming elements - an action game, a 3D crime investigation and a crime quiz - to provide a truly distinctive gaming experience. Taking the role of a rookie detective in the New York Police Department, players will explore intriguing 1970s-inspired environments while they investigate the mysterious disappearance of Betsy Blake. Crime is rampant in the city and Unsolved Crimes detectives will encounter brain-teasing challenges and unique obstacles lurking around every corner. Unsolved Crimes features suspenseful cases spread throughout life-like interactive environments.

“Pipe Mania and Unsolved Crimes are two great examples of our dedication to providing quality entertainment for the entire family,” Karim Farghaly, vice president of sales, Empire Interactive. “Our U.S. presence has grown exponentially in 2008, and we believe these titles will introduce our label to new and diverse audiences, especially during the holiday season.”

Prepare to be fully absorbed by Unsolved Crimes, rated “T” for “Teen” with an MSRP of $29.99.

Pipe Mania (NDS/PSP/PS2/PC)

Pipe Mania is a fast-paced puzzle game in which players lay down a set of pipes on a tiled grid in order to keep the Flooze - a constant flowing substance that speeds up with progression - moving through the pipes as long as possible without overflowing. Players must be fast with their fingers and utilize quick forward thinking, precise coordination, and keen awareness to survive the infectious series of puzzles and quests. The original Pipe Mania was released in 1989, launching one of the most popular and successful puzzle franchises of all time. The new version offers a humorous storyline, quirky characters, expanded gameplay and new ways to enjoy Pipe Mania on a variety of gaming platforms.

“Pipe Mania and Unsolved Crimes are two great examples of our dedication to providing quality entertainment for the entire family,” Karim Farghaly, vice president of sales, Empire Interactive. “Our U.S. presence has grown exponentially in 2008, and we believe these titles will introduce our label to new and diverse audiences, especially during the holiday season.”

Pipe Mania is rated “E” for “Everyone” with an MSRP of $19.99.

CellZenith (PC)

Long into the future, the catastrophic Lunar War began over the ownership of the moon’s valuable colonies and starship fuel. At the end of the war, it was agreed upon that the CEL attack ships used would be deactivated and placed on CellZenith, an uninhabited station on Neptune. The Lunar Colony was created to oversee the deactivation of the CEL’s and control the distribution of the depleting starship fuel. On the final transportation of the CEL’s - the transportation cargo ship is shot down by an unknown source. Thankfully, the team was on the planet’s surface but now has no way home. It will be 2 months before a new transport ship arrives and with the CELs now mysteriously activated, it becomes a fight for survival to uncover the mystery of who is behind these attacks.

Expect to experience heated, close-up engagements where survival will seem like a distant dream. You lead a team of unique CEL units along with a larger, more powerful Carrier CEL (which can be boarded and piloted). Strategically picking your units before each battle will give you a tactical advantage over the enemy. CellZenith' vast levels will include objective tasks all while engaging an onslaught of fierce enemies. Your CEL has the ability to move in any direction while simultaneously shooting in another and can seamlessly change to a circle strafing mode, giving you a greater advantage while in combat.

CellZenith features a campaign mode where you will engage in 30 different story-driven levels to seek out and defeat the unknown force and escape back to Earth. Also included are 14 Instant action maps and four highly addictive minigames.

Features:

  • 35 different CELs (ships)
  • 30 Campaign levels
  • 4 Addicting Minigames
  • 14 Instant Action maps
  • 15 powerups
  • 19 secondary weapons
  • 5 Adjustable difficulties (Easy - Expert)
  • 6 intense boss battles
  • Control friendly CEL’s to gain a tactical advantage
  • Destructible environments
  • Interactive environment
  • Dynamic Weather
  • Ability to upgrade main CEL

CellZenith can be purchased from Direct2Drive or GamersGate for $14.99.

Princess Debut (NDS)

Princess Debut continues Natsume's commitment to publishing family-friendly interactive entertainment. Perfect for girls of all ages and skill levels, the rhythm and adventure title offers girls the chance to step into an enchanting world where they are the princess of a magical kingdom.

"Parents looking for an age-appropriate video game either right now or as a holiday gift this year need to look no farther than the DS section of their local video game store," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "Princess Debut is the perfect addition to any family's library of Nintendo DS titles. The game has a wonderful story, fun characters, and some of the most beautiful and fluid dancing ever seen in any game."

In the game, players find themselves in a fantasy world where they have 30 days to get ready for the big ball; they'll have to master their dance moves and win over one of the six handsome princes to be their partner. They'll meet and woo the princes through the game's large, branching storyline. Once the player convinces a prince to be their dancing partner, it's time to go out on the dance floor! By utilizing the Touch Screen, players guide their character gracefully across the dance floor while matching their partner's rhythm. All of the dances in the game are taken from motion-captured professional dancers, so the game is just as impressive to watch as it is fun to play.

Princess Debut offers four modes of play including Story, Ballroom, Practice, and Movie. With 20 outfits to find, 14 unique endings to experience, and 18 different kinds of music and dance styles to choose from (including Waltz, Latin Dance, Tango, Ballroom, and much more), there's no shortage of things to see and do!

Princess Debut is the perfect holiday gift for any girl who has always dreamed of becoming a princess and finding her own Prince Charming! Princess Debut is now available exclusively for the Nintendo DS.

Princess Debut, rated E for Everyone, has officially shipped to retail for an MSRP of $29.99.

Commander: Napoleon at War (PC)

Commander: Napoleon at War is the newest game in the Commander series, taking the acclaimed design introduced in Commander - Europe at War to the next level. Building on the international success of its predecessor, Commander: Napoleon at War brings the same simple and intuitive gameplay mechanics to the Napoleonic era, creating a different and even more compelling gaming experience.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “We’re thrilled to work with Slitherine and Firepower again to deliver this great new title in the Commander series. Napoleonic fans and strategy gamers who enjoyed the fun and intuitive gameplay of Commander – Europe at War will be right at home with Commander – Napoleon at War.”

In Commander: Napoleon at War, players must use the combined arms of infantry, cavalry and artillery combined with the innovations and strategies of the Napoleonic wars to secure victory. Play on a beautifully rendered map of Napoleonic Europe, where terrain and weather play a large role and mud and snow may bog down your army at a crucial time. Logistics are also modelled, with supply lines, resources and sieges and the use of privateers and naval superiority to stifle trade routes. Players have twelve unit types to choose from as well as fifteen research paths, and eight immersive historical campaigns from 1805 through 1815!

Features include:

  • 8 immersive campaigns (including a full 1805-1815 campaign) starting from Napoleon’s war with Austria, Russia and Britan in 1805 up to the 100 days campaign ending at Waterloo in 1815.
  • Take control of Napoleon's forces or the Allied Coalition who opposed him, including Britain, Prussia, Austria and Russia.
  • Huge map covering all of Europe and stretching from Canada and the United States all the way to the Urals and the Middle East in beautiful historical detail
  • Choose from up to 15 different historical research paths for each country in five general areas (Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Navy, Warfare)
  • Spend Money, Manpower and Horses to build new units and recruit historical leaders, choosing from twelve different unit types ranging from Light Infantry to Frigates.

Can Napoleon’s ambition be denied or will the flag of the Empire of France fly throughout the continent? It is up to you to write the story of the Napoleonic Wars in Commander: Napoleon at War!

Mortal Kombat: Kollection (PS2)

MKK is a special collector's edition box set combining three recent Mortal Kombat titles from Midway's award winning video game fighting franchise into one explosive package.

Mortal Kombat is one of the most prolific franchises in videogame history that has captured fans with a distinct vision of visceral combat since 1992. The series has become one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time, with more than 26 million units sold worldwide. As a bridge between Mortal Kombat’s illustrious past and the series’ imminent leap to next-generation consoles – with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe – the release of Mortal Kombat: Kollection offers a compelling anthology for fans and new players alike.

“Mortal Kombat has become a household name thanks to the millions of dedicated fans across the world,” said Miguel Iribarren, senior vice president - publishing, Midway. "With the PlayStation®2 still holding the highest market share of any home console, this Kollection allows fans and collectors of the series to play three recent titles for one low price as we ramp up for the highly anticipated launch of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe."

Mortal Kombat: Deception

With an innovative fighting system, arena death-traps, and two fatalities per character, Mortal Kombat: Deception was voted Best Fighting game of 2004 by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and Gamespot.com. Also included are Puzzle Kombat, an addictive “MK-style” puzzle game, Chess Kombat and the single player Konquest adventure mode. The first MK game with online play, Mortal Kombat: Deception proved to be one of the pivotal entries in the series.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an Action/Adventure title driven by intense single- and multi-player gameplay that is set in the period between the franchise's original title, Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat II. As in Mortal Kombat: Deception, background interactions, multiple fatalities, and action-based puzzles play an important role in the player's quest for an "outstanding" victory as they maneuver through remodeled, classic Mortal Kombat environments. In franchise tradition, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks also features an impressive line-up of well-known characters that make frequent appearances as enemies, in boss battles and during several additional in-game interactions.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Winner of the 2006 “PS2 Fighting Game of the Year” from IGN, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is the latest chapter in Midway's best-selling video game fighting franchise. With a roster of more than 60 characters as well as the ability for players to create their own fighters and take them online, Armageddon is the most complete Mortal Kombat game to date. Adding in the ability for players to create their own fatalities, the brand new Konquest Adventure mode and the “MK-style” Kart racing game called Motor Kombat round out the biggest Mortal Kombat game ever.

Packing more punch, fatalities and characters into one box than ever before, Mortal Kombat: Kollection features Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon®, and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and is expected to be available for a U.S. MSRP of $29.99 exclusively for the PS2.

Combat Arms (PC)

With the addition of the highly anticipated "Black Market," the new in-game cash item shop, gamers now have access to new female and male mercenaries, customized items and "fresh start" options to help fulfill missions. Combat Arms is available free for download at http://combatarms.nexon.net. Gamers can also experience Combat Arms at the E for All consumer show on Oct. 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Combat Arms incorporates character options and built-in clan and Web 2.0 community features into its fast-paced game play. Now, with the commercial launch and the game's Black Market, players have even more ways to personalize the game and further distinguish their look on the battlefield. New mercenaries, Mei, the first female character, and Deckland, can be hired for 30 days as an added character. Each comes with an allotment of 50,000 Gear Points for players to create their mercenary's own gear loadout. Players can also opt to use the same weapons for their mercenary as their base character. The game also introduces a revamped melee system with several new melee weapons, such as the Ninjato and the Machete. Gamers will have the option to purchase these new weapons with Nexon Cash. New aesthetic gear such as the FG-1 Fire Mask, Boonie Hat and the Tactical Backpack, will also now be available for purchase.

"Combat Arms had a great beta run, with players of all levels loving the fast-action FPS game play and in-game community features for ranking and challenging other players," said Min Kim, vice president of marketing for Nexon America. "With this launch, gamers now have access to additional play options that help the player stand out without compromising the fairness of play."

Players and clans can now also use Nexon Cash to purchase name changes and statistic resets through the Black Market. The reset function allows players who have improved within the game a chance to deliver a more accurate representation of their current skill level without having to restart an account and lose their hard earned rank. Additionally, Clans can further distinguish their squad by creating their own Clan Emblem, which will be permanently displayed to all other players both in-game and on the official Web site.

These are the first items for purchase in the Black Market, but players can expect additional variety in the future. To date, Combat Arms has expanded its free content to feature more than 40 weapons, eight maps, four game modes, and robust character and weapon customization features, and will continue to enhance and upgrade both its free and paid offerings with bi-monthly content updates.

Interested gamers can sign up for free.

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