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Monday, October 5, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:37 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 ...

Wii Fit Plus (Wii)

Wii Fit Plus invites all members of the household to make individualized workout routines according to their own unique schedules, activity preferences and fitness goals. For people of any age, background or lifestyle, Wii Fit Plus helps take the “work” out of your workout.

Experienced users and newcomers alike will look forward to every Wii Fit Plus session, thanks to a host of new features and enhancements. In addition to all of the original Wii Fitaerobic, yoga, strength training and balance activities, Wii Fit Plus features more than 20 new activities to step up the fun, including skateboarding and a Segway course. To suit each user’s schedule, workouts can be set to any duration in five-minute intervals up to an hour, and users can choose from specialized routines that focus on specific fitness goals or target areas. Also, players can now see an estimated amount of calories burned during each workout while tracking their overall progress. Another new feature even incorporates animals by letting players track their pets’ weight and create custom Mii™ characters for them.

“As the fast pace of the holiday season kicks in, Wii Fit Plus delivers an unbeatable at-home fitness option,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Whether people have specific fitness goals or just want a fun way to stay active, they can create a personalized, productive workout routine that they’ll actually look forward to each day.”

Wii Fit Plus makes use of the innovative Wii Balance Board accessory, an easy-to-use device that detects players’ movements as they enjoy games like Obstacle Course and Perfect 10. Players can also incorporate the Nunchuk controller in activities such as Kung Fu. Wii Fit Plus and the Wii Balance Board are available in a single product package at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Wii users who already own the original Wii Fit can purchase the Wii Fit Plus software separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99. Also, Wii Fit Plus automatically reads and incorporates existing Wii Fit user data, providing a seamless transition for experienced players.

Nanoscope (PC)

Nanovor was launched online on August 3, bringing the free-to-play Online Battle Game for PC to market . Complemented by online and TV advertising, Nanovor has gained rapid adoption with kids, especially 7-12-year-old boys. Now, the Nanoscope extends the battle offline, allowing players to connect up to four handhelds for head-to-head combat with friends. Monsters literally jump between Nanoscope devices during battle and play thousands of combat animations.
 
In addition, the Nanoscope offers two exclusive ways to play solo and train your Nanovor to be stronger, faster, and more powerful.  Four arcade-style mini-games are included for free with the Nanoscope, while Solo Battle cartridges allow kids to practice their battle strategies against pre-loaded Nanovor swarms in single player battles.
 
Providing the first truly connected play experience, Nanovor lets players download their collection of monsters from the Online Battle Game onto the Nanoscope via a USB connection, allowing them to take the battle offline, anywhere. Everything players do on the Nanoscope is connected back to the online game, establishing character persistence and an unbroken circle of play.
 
Ultimately, the Nanoscope is the one of the most high-tech products on the toy aisle, delivering unprecedented connected play that combines the best elements of digital entertainment and offline social interaction.
 
“We’ve already seen significant interest and adoption among our target audience for the Nanovor Online Battle Game,” said Jordan Weisman, founder and CEO of Smith & Tinker. “The release of the Nanoscope will bring our vision for Nanovor to life, giving kids an immersive game and story that seamlessly connects online and face-to-face play into one cohesive experience unlike anything else available online or in the toy aisle. The cool graphics, awesome battle animations and social play pattern are all part of how the Nanoscope enriches and completes the Nanovor experience.”
 
While the battling monster game is at the heart of Nanovor, the property and its science based-story has grabbed kids imaginations. Using a “transmedia” story telling approach, which Weisman pioneered at 42 Entertainment and with his co-written NY Times best-selling novel “Cathy’s Book,” the Nanovor story incorporates secret Web sites, hidden unlock codes, and active email addresses and phone numbers that encourage players to discover the Nanovor fiction and become immersed in the content in unexpected ways. Additionally, Nanovor includes numerous forms of entertainment for kids including animated webisodes – 14 of which have been released online to date, with new episodes releasing every Friday afternoon. A graphic novel and Nanovor Field Guide will be released throughout 2009.
 
Explore the world of Nanovor and begin playing, or pick up a Nanoscope at a major retailer near you. The Nanoscope has a suggested retail price of $49.99, and Solo Battle cartridges are $7.99. Kids can purchase Nanocash, the game’s virtual currency used to buy more monsters, online or as pre-gift cards at select retailers.

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey (NDS/Wii/PC)

Created by Ludia Inc., "Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey” is the ultimate search-and-find adventure for the entire family, as players explore the unique and wondrous lands in search of Waldo, his friends and other hidden objects.

In the game, players look for Waldo and friends, in addition to hundreds of hidden items in twelve different magical worlds that unlock via a central map that becomes increasingly animated as players progress. "Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey” can be played in single- or multiplayer mode, in Easy and Normal challenges to suit players of all ages and skill levels. Gameplay is enhanced through a variety of power-up features where players unleash different special effects to gain an advantage over opponents or enhance their own search capabilities.

Power-ups include:

  • Wacky Paint: Splatter colorful paint onto your opponent's screen to obscure the view.
  • Thunder Clap: Cast thunder onto your opponent and make the screen shake.
  • Frosty: Freeze the search window by encasing it in ice.
  • Sparkly: Keep your eyes on the twinkle and glitter effects to detect items.
  • And many more!
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