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Nintendo

Platform(s): Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii, WiiU
Genre: Hardware

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Monday, November 16, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 16, 2009 @ 5:21 a.m. PST

Nintendo Co., Ltd., an interactive entertainment company based out of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 3.1 billion video games and more than 526 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

Packed with beloved characters and remarkable new features, New Super Mario Bros. Wii takes the classic side-scrolling adventure of the Super Mario Bros. series and gives it a manic multiplayer boost. Featuring free-form multiplayer action, players can save their companions from danger or literally toss them right into it. While controlling Mario, Luigi or one of two playable Toad characters, players can jump in and join a friend’s Story Mode game at the start of any level. The game also features two dedicated multiplayer modes, Coin Battle mode and Free For All mode, that let players easily select their favorite stages and compete across a variety of objectives. Each copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii comes in a red case with a foil-stamped cover.

Among the new features in New Super Mario Bros. Wii is Mario’s ability to transform into Penguin Mario, which allows him to toss snowballs and slide on his belly at breakneck speed. Players also can hop onto a Yoshi™ character and use his tongue to eat enemies, items and fireballs. The game also makes use of the Wii console’s unique motion controls, allowing players to tilt the Wii Remote™ controller to control seesaw platforms or shake it to send Mario skyward in his new Propeller Suit.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii introduces a new feature called Super Guide that offers players optional game-play tips if they are having trouble getting past particular parts of the game. Super Guide lets players watch as a computer-controlled Luigi character makes his way through any stage that the player finds difficult. At any time in the video, the player can take control of Luigi and complete the stage at his or her own pace.

“As the holiday season draws near, it feels especially appropriate to offer consumers a new Mario adventure that they can enjoy together with family and friends, for the first time in the series’ illustrious history,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “New Super Mario Bros. Wii has something special for everyone, and lets players of all abilities explore the imaginative world of the Mushroom Kingdom like never before.

WorldShift (PC)

WorldShift offers an exciting combination of a bold, immersive world, fierce and hectic action, and a unique gaming system that allows for faster ramp up.

"We are thrilled to bring this attention-grabbing PC game to retail in North America," said Howard Horowitz, Founder of Got Game Entertainment LLC. "RTS players are fiercely loyal to the genre and we know they are highly anticipating this game. In addition, we think that players who have been somewhat hesitant to pick up an RTS previously will find WorldShift to be easily accessible and quite addictive as well."

WorldShift is a next-generation, cyber-fantasy RTS game set in a dark future of Earth, where after a mysterious object from space hits the planet and releases the Plague, many civilizations are wiped out. Now the remaining population must defend itself against the Tribes, successors of early humans, who were affected by the Plague. WorldShift is designed to be quick and very easy to learn and play. It offers hectic, fierce encounters all around the Earth and a fascinating story uncovering ancient secrets about the true nature of the mysterious object from space known as the Shard, as well as the mysteries of the Plague. WorldShift also introduces many features new to the genre including modifiable factions, unique cooperative multiplayer gameplay and more.

Features:

+ Quick action with easy to learn RTS
+ Modifiable factions
+ Emphasis on co-op play (boss raids similar to multiplayer RPG)
+ Fast and furious multiplayer
+ Fascinating story uncovering ancient secrets
+ Thousands of items and powerful relics to collect and build your own tactics
+ Random maps for infinite exploration
+ Epic, dangerous missions with great rewards
+ 3 playable races

WorldShift, rated "T" for Teen, is now available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $39.99 (USD).

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble (PSP)

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble is the simple story of a young man and his quest to reach the top of the ranks of high-school delinquents, preferably by climbing up a pile of his enemies' mangled bodies. Take control of (Player Name Here) Sakamoto and guide him through the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, you'll learn about life, love, and laser eyes. The tourist-trap city of Kyouto becomes both your playground and your stomping grounds as you pummel your way through over 47 bancho rivals in this free-roaming brawling melee.

As a high school misfit on a class trip, your mission is clear: claim your territory, beat the crud out of anyone who says otherwise, and make a name for yourself as the most dangerous, most intimidating, most lethal teenage miscreant loose on the streets of an unfortunate Japanese city.  Fights are mostly what you'd expect from such a premise, meaning they are filled with extreme, wanton violence and deft fist-foot-forehead management.  Oh, and lasers shooting from your eyes.

Key Features

  • How will you choose to spend your time? -- You have 7 days to wander through the city of Kyouto and discover all it has to offer a teenage hoodlum like you; every minute counts! Travel around and interact with a diverse population.  Pick a fight with virtually anyone, but beware the consequences... and the cops.  With too much to see and do in a single playthrough, you'll definitely need to plan on return visits.
  • Badass gameplay -- Becoming the one bancho to rule them all requires a wide repertoire of fighting moves, and you have an entire nation's worth to learn and incorporate into your strategy. Fling insults and hurl punches as you try to take down Japan's 47 banchos.  Then, customize your fighting menu with their region's special moves!
  • Extra game modes -- Two-player co-op ad hoc mode lets you run around with a friend to gain additional experience. Night Out mode lets you sneak out of the hotel after curfew to challenge Yakuza roaming about the town.

Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, rated "T" for Teen, is now available on PSN and in stores for of $39.99.

Foto Frenzy: Spot the Difference (NDS)

Foto Frenzy: Spot the Difference, developed by Sanuk Studios, is a modern variation of the classic spot-the-difference photo game.

“With numerous game modes, local wireless connection single-cart, four player capability, and close to 5,000 different game scenarios, this game is a gem,” said Steve Newton, President of Storm City Entertainment.  “It is the consummate ‘pick up and play’ handheld game.” 

Players are shown two pictures, an original, and one with subtle changes, and are tasked with finding the differences while battling the clock or opponents.  The game features hundreds of photographs, each with numerous differences to increase replay desirability as players work their way through mounting difficulty levels.  There’s also a puzzle minigame, customized levels, and interactive capabilities that allow players to interfere with opponents gameplay to increase their personal chances of winning.

“This is truly a product with unlimited appeal,” added Susan Kain-Jurgensen, CEO of Storm City.  “We have game tested this in every demographic, from Seniors to tweens, boys, girls, diehard gamers, and casual players.  No matter who the player is, the result is the same.  They love the game.”


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