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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:24 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 will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Hasbro Family Game Night 2 (NDS/Wii)

Hasbro Family Game Night 2 for the Wii brings five top-selling favorites to the console platform, including: Operation, Jenga, Bop It, Pictureka, and Connect 4X4. Up to four players can jump into original gameplay modes for each of the games or they can enjoy new modes which include "Jenga Chance Blocks" where players hammer escaping blocks or remove "Bomb Blocks" before they explode. The title also offers a GameShow Party mode, where players are transported to a live GameShow in front of an in-game studio audience, with Mr. Potato Head as the host, while players play as their own Wii Mii characters. As host, Mr. Potato Head beckons players to spin the Challenge Wheel to determine which game they will play.

"EA is committed to bringing friends and families together around the TV for engaging, wholesome interactive entertainment," said Chip Lange, Vice President and General Manager of EA's Hasbro Division. "With Hasbro Family Game Night 2, we've added some great game experiences to our line-up that range from a zany GameShow mode to addicting family classics like Operation, Bop It and Pictureka. We're sure Hasbro Family Game Night 2 will provide lasting memories and enjoyable times this holiday season."

In addition to the incredible game lineup, Hasbro Family Game Night 2 allows players to add some personal flair to the fun by using their Mii characters, choosing new environments and customizing Mr. Potato Head & Mrs. Potato Head with several unlockable themes, such as Tokyo Gamer or Wild West. The title also brings out the competitor in almost everyone as players try to outpace one another in their quest for winning the coveted "Gold Potato" trophy to add to their collection.

For those who like to take their fun with them, Hasbro Family Game Night for the NDS includes Battleship, Connect 4, Operation, and Bop It. Like its Wii counterpart, the Nintendo DS version allows players to engage in traditional play modes as well as fun, new modes. For example: "Connect 4 Power Chips" offers specialty chips like the "Bomb Chip" that destroys all adjacent chips, or the "Double Chip" which doubles your score! Nintendo DS players who hone their skills can look forward to winning trophies and unlocking fresh, new environments.Hasbro Family Game Night for the Nintendo DS offers wireless and/or single-cart multi-player fun.

"Game fans will be thrilled to see even more classic Hasbro-branded games re-imagined for digital platforms with Hasbro Family Game Night 2 for the Wii and Hasbro Family Game Night for the DS, which bothoffer consumers a powerful new blend of content and value," said Mark Blecher, Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming at Hasbro. "The lineup of games will instantly inject digital fun into a family gathering or serve as great on-the-go travel entertainment as consumers head into the holidays."

Hasbro Family Game Night 2 for the Wii carries an MSRP of $39.99 and Hasbro Family Game Night for the NDS has an MSRP of $29.99. Both titles are rated E for Everyone.

iCarly (NDS/Wii)

iCarly lets fans of Nickelodeon's hit television series join the cast of iCarly in a virtual experience.Inspired by the show's theme of using technology to be creative, iCarly has special features for the NDSi that let players interact with their surroundings using the system's camera and microphone.

"iCarly encourages creativity with its great characters and storylines," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "The iCarly video game incorporates these elements from the TV show into an energetic gameplay experience that is non-stop entertainment!"

"Part of what has made iCarly the top show with kids and teens is allowing them to participate in their viewing experience through the website," said Steve Youngwood, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. "This game extends that concept even further by tapping into kids' creativity to provide them with endless fun."

In the iCarly video game, players help Carly, Sam, Freddie and the other characters from the hit TV series craft all-new "webisodes" of the show in an original storyline written exclusively for the game. Over 80 frenetic challenges--presented as show segments - capture the creativity of the series, and allow players to collaborate with the show's main characters through new adventures. The innovative iCreate mode provides opportunities for gamers to add their own unique touches to the webisodes by swapping out props, characters, color schemes, audio, intros, outros and more. Up to four players can either compete or cooperate together on Wii to complete the skits and earn Web-Cred, which can then be used to purchase new items, props, accessories and locations from in-game virtual websites.

Nickelodeon's iCarly - a web show within a show - ranks as the number-one program on all of television with kids between the ages of 2 to 11, year to date.

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