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Monday, November 2, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:19 a.m. PST

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 ...

Rabbids Go Home (NDS/Wii)

Featuring a new wacky storyline, diverse gameplay, and intuitive controls, RabbidsGo Home has the zany Rabbids wreaking havoc on the Humans in pursuit of their questto make it the moon. The DS and DSi version will feature a differentgameplay experience where players will solve a variety of puzzles and brain teasersin an effort to collect as much stuff as they can to build a giant pile all the wayto the moon.

The Rabbids first comedy-adventure will take them to the moon or bust! Those crazyRabbids have an infallible plan: collect all the human stuff they can find, heap itonto a giant pile and literally climb home to the moon. But not so fast! The Humansrevolt, unleashing the Verminators whose only objective is to exterminate theRabbids.

Rabbids Go Home game features for the Nintendo Wii(TM) include:

  • To the Moon or Bust! – Absurd & hilarious storyline that could only come from theRabbids® universe. Control two Rabbids and their shopping cart and collect varyingsizes of human Stuff to build a sky-high pile of junk in their quest to reach themoon.
  • In the Wii RemoteTM – Gobble up Rabbids inside your Wii Remote and customize yourvery own Rabbid avatars to play with instantaneously…in-game!
  • Over 40 Missions and 15 Environments in a World Full of Wackiness – Scour throughsupermarkets, race across rooftops, jet past airports and boost through the Bayouwhile scaring the Humans right down to their undies – literally!
  • Wreak Havoc with a Friend in Co-Op Mode – Have a friend help you progress throughthe game thanks to both useful and hilarious "Cannonball/Stunt Rabbid” gameplay.
  • Live Inside a Cartoon! – Encounter a cast of colorful, oddball characters andexplore a remarkable parody of the modern world as if you were living inside aninteractive cartoon!

Rabbids Go Home game features for the Nintendo DS(TM) and DSi(TM) include:

  • The Rabbids First Puzzle-Adventure Game: The Raving Rabbids, using a shoppingcart, will have to solve the puzzle of each level and collect as much stuff as theycan to build a giant pile to their home… the moon!
  • Stir up funny chain reactions in 150 brain teasers based on physics and funny Rabbids characters. The goal is to lead a shopping cart to the Toilets, collectingas many maximum resources as possible on the way.
  • 15 tricky levels to actually build a huge pile to the moon: Test your reflexes andyour skills with the stylus!
  • Challenge mode: Four delirious challenge modes of 20 levels each, apart from thestory mode and with different rules and objectives. Create hilarious situations bygetting rid of those Raving Rabbids or making them fly! But be careful to not missthe TV show.
  • Exclusive level editor: Create your own puzzles and share them with your friendsand the whole RGH community! Also download other players' puzzles for hours ofadditional gameplay.
  • My Rabbids (only on Nintendo DSi): Use the camera to take a picture, and customizeit with funny Rabbid animations to make your friends laugh!

Rabbids Go Home for the Wii is rated "E10+” and has an MSRP of $49.99, while the DS and DSi is rated "E” and has an MSRP of $29.99.

Style Savvy (NDS)

Nintendo’s Style Savvy puts you in the role of the manager of a chic clothing boutique. Your customers look to you to help find cool outfits that match their style while staying within their budget. The game, which launches today exclusively for the portable Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems, blends elements of fashion smarts and business know-how with the fun of finding ways to help people look their best.

Style Savvy inspires players to help customers express their style and creativity, all while managing a store, including budget and inventory,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The game includes more than 10,000 clothing items, shoes and accessories, which invite endless creative possibilities.”

Style Savvy includes 16 different in-game designer labels, each with its own distinct style and price point. The customers who visit your shop have different personalities, needs, interests and budgets, and it’s up to you to make them look their best in your clothes so they come back for more.

Once your store collects enough money, then it’s time for you to go shopping to replenish your stock. You’ll find different clothing options and styles available at various times of the year, as the game adapts to the change in real-world seasons based on the calendar settings of your Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi system.

If you make a local wireless connection, you can invite up to three friends who have Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi systems and copies of the game to compete in a fashion runway contest to see who has the best eye for fashion. If two players have the Style Savvy game, and are within 30 feet of each other, they can connect their Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi systems locally to visit each other’s stores.

To celebrate the launch of Style Savvy, Nintendo held a fashion challenge and runway show on Oct. 29 at JCPenney in Manhattan. Ten mother-daughter teams competed to see who had the savviest style. Virginia F. and her daughter, Dontaya M., of New York walked away with the grand prize: a $500 JCPenney gift certificate, a gift bag from Sephora, two Nintendo DSi systems, two copies of Style Savvy, and clothes and accessories from the event.

Style Savvy players will also be able to access Charlotte Ronson Designer Downloads created by top designer Charlotte Ronson. Players with wireless broadband Internet access will be able to download items from her fall 2009 line directly into the game. It’s yet another way that Nintendo gives consumers the tools to completely customize their video game experiences.

Wine Tycoon (PC)

Wine experts predict that the 2009 Bordeaux vintage could be one of the best on record, thanks to September’s perfect weather conditions. How do weather conditions affect wine? How do you make a successful wine? If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to own your own vineyard and make your own wine, you can now do so from the comfort of your home and for just about twenty bucks with Got Game Entertainment’s “Wine Tycoon”. In this just released simulation game for your PC, you can create the vineyard of your dreams in the famous wine regions of France. Commanding operations from your very own French chateau, you must build your winery, plant and tend your vines through all four seasons of the year, and hire staff to harvest and process your grapes to produce French wines such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Pinot Gris and Champagne, all in the ultimate goal of becoming a wealthy wine baron.

Published in North America by Got Game Entertainment, and developed in the UK by Virtual Playground, makers of popular “tycoon” games, “Wine Tycoon” derives its authenticity and accuracy from enviable research done by Virtual Playground’s Colin Courtney, the company’s development director and CEO.

“Over the years I have gained a passion for wine, and had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, visiting top vineyards and Champagne houses,” said Courtney. “With the help of two other researchers, we have pulled together the information needed to make this game as accurate as possible, while keeping the game flowing and fun.”

With two levels of game play -- Career and Free Play, both with a tutorial for those who want it -- “Wine Tycoon” allows you to either patiently develop your gaming and wine-making skills, or roll up your sleeves and jump right in with just the funds to start a vineyard from scratch. “Wine Tycoon” also features an interesting and informative bonus Wine Encyclopedia with a glossary of wine terms and concise descriptions of French wines, grape varieties and wine regions.

After your grapes are harvested, sorted, and pressed, it is then, during the fermentation process, that you can control the flavor and quality of the wine, by blending different wines together. Further, some wines will command a better price if they are aged while other wines are best drunk young. As your winery grows in size and reputation, you will get a steady stream of buyers knocking on your chateau door with offers to buy, but is their offer the best? That’s for you, the wine tycoon, to decide!

“Wine Tycoon” makes its retail debut at $19.99 (USD) and is rated “E” for Everyone (Alcohol Reference) by the ESRB.

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