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Thursday, November 5, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 2:55 p.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 ...

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PSP)

Ghostbusters: The Video Game, based on the smash hit motion picture franchise, is penned by original Ghostbusters writers and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and reunites many of the original cast members to recapture the unique blend of humor and fright that established Ghostbusters as a pop culture sensation.  In collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and acclaimed development studios Terminal Reality and RedFly Studios, Atari published this completely all-new chapter of the blockbuster Ghostbusters saga to advanced gaming platforms to coincide with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the film’s original theatrical release.

Set two years after Ghostbusters 2, with Manhattan once again overrun by ghosts and supernatural forces, the game also features performances from fan favorites such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) and Brian Doyle-Murray (lending his voice as Mayor Jock Mulligan).

 Ghostbusters: The Video Game on the PSP® systems offers the ability to switch between four equipment sets to access eight unique proton pack functions and use gadgets like the PKE Meter and Paragoggles to scan and analyze targets. Get pulled into the world of the paranormal, unleash your blast stream and tear it up on the go. Ghostbusters: The Video Game for PSP system is rated E10 and is currently available for the recommended retail price of $29.99.

A great holiday gift, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is also currently available at retailers across North America for reduced prices on most consoles including the Xbox 360 ($39.99), PC ($19.99), PS3 ($39.99) and Wii ($29.99). The PS2 ($19.99), and NDS ($19.99) are also available for the holiday season.

Creature Defense (PSP)

Get ready to defend your territory with Creature Defense, the new title that combines strategic “Tower Defense” gameplay with card-based gaming.

Creature Defense is perfect for strategy gamers who are looking for the next step in the popular ‘Tower Defense’ subgenre,” said Mike Pepe, Director of Marketing at Hudson Entertainment.  “The beautifully drawn cards will also strike a chord with anyone who ever played Magic: The Gathering, DuelMasters or other fantasy cards games.”

Creature Defensewill place gamers in a variety of stunningly illustrated worlds where they will be tasked with defending their land from invading attackers.  After creating a deck where players take into consideration the types, tolerability and elements of the enemy, the onslaught begins and continues until adversaries are defeated, or the land falls.  Special skills and attacks are added to the player’s arsenal as the game goes along.  With new levels and attributes to explore, as well as 50 types of Monster Cards drawn by well known illustrators available for download, Creature Defenseis an ongoing adventure for strategic minded gamers.

For even more strategy, Creature Defense will feature characters from the Eye of Judgment universe! An all new collaboration between Hudson and Sony Computer Entertainment America will enable players to use 3 popular characters in their Creature Defense lineup!

Published by Hudson Entertainment, Creature Defense can now be downloaded for $7.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Crystal Defenders (PSPgo)

In a land ruled by might and magic, peace is ensured by the benevolent power of the crystals. When a young moogle charged with guarding these crystals learns of an evil presence gathering on the horizon, he calls upon heroes from the far corners of the realm to join forces and stand against this new threat.

Wielders of blade and bow, keepers of arts arcane, unite! As darkness draws nigh, only you can protect the light that binds us. The fate of Ivalice lies in the hands of...the Crystal Defenders!

Crystal Defenders is a defensive simulation game in which players deploy characters from the Final Fantasy Tactics series onto a variety of different maps to battle wave after wave of encroaching monsters. The first game in the series, Crystal Guardians, was released in Japan for mobile phones in January 2008. In December of the same year, iPhone 3G, iPod touch and iPod versions were released under the new name, Crystal Defenders. In January of 2009, the latest version of Crystal Defenders was released for Nintendo’s WiiWare service in Japan.

Crystal Defenders is simple and easy to learn--monsters will enter an area and march through it until they are defeated or reach an exit, at which time they will steal one or more crystals. It is up to the player to decide—by pausing the action at crucial moments—when and where to deploy various jobs such as Black Mages or Soldiers that will attempt to defend the party’s crystals. Factors such as map terrain, monster strengths and weaknesses, job attributes, and more will play a crucial role in determining what steps a player should take.

Crystal Defenders for the PSPgo is now available through the PlayStation Store for $9.99.

Military Madness: Nectaris (PSN)

Military Madness: Nectaris features the same strategic gameplay that Military Madness players have come to expect, along with new features such as 3D graphics, four-player online or local team / vs. multiplayer, an all-new customizable Commander unit, leaderboards and more.

“We’re happy to be bringing Military Madness to a new generation of gamers on the PlayStation 3,” said Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Digital Download at Hudson Entertainment.  “With robust online multiplayer, deeper strategy thanks to the customizable Commander unit, Military Madness: Nectaris is going give budding military commanders something to strategize about.”

With up to four-person online or local multiplayer available in vs. or team battles, Military Madness masters can compete with each other across the world.  Multiplayer maps are also specifically designed to be balanced for 2, 3 or 4 players.  The addition of the multiplayer-specific Commander unit allows players to customize their strategies before a battle by spending points to select abilities that improve the Commander unit itself, improve friendly units or disrupt enemy units. 

Within a year of its original release on the TurboGrafx-16 in 1989, Military Madness won awards for “Best Military Strategy Game” and “Best War Game.”  The game features two opposing forces with near-future military equipment battling it out on the Moon.  Each level is a distinct map with a hex grid, on which players take turns moving their units in an effort to win by destroying all enemy units or taking over the enemy headquarters.  Like the original game, Military Madness: Nectaris players strategize by the placement and movement of units, make use of terrain advantages and predict enemy movements to outsmart the enemy.

Military Madness: Nectaris is now available on PlayStation Network for $9.99.

Press Your Luck 2010 Edition (NDS/Wii/PC)

Press Your Luck 2010 Edition features single- or multiplayer modes so that more people can get in on the fun andplay together. Additionally, the game allows players to design and customize theirown personal avatar. The game has been created by Ludia and is licensed byFremantleMedia Enterprises (FME).

Press Your Luck is a true-to-life revival of the famous game show from the 80'srendered with a dynamic new design. Players assume the role of one of the threecontestants competing to win by answering a series of trivia questions correctly, toearn "spins” on the Big Board of cash and prizes. All of the elements of theoriginal TV game show, including thousands of general knowledge trivia questions tochallenge players, are included, as well as animations of the memorably mischievousWhammy character to punctuate the game. Whichever player ends the game with thehighest earnings wins, while successfully avoiding the dreaded Whammy or risk losingit all. Additionally, there are a host of special unlockable items to rewardplayers for progress in the game.

Consumers can play mini-games that replicate the game show experience, as well asenter for chances at real prizes at the Press Your Luck 2010 Edition website, which also include The Price is Right and Family Feud.

Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom (PS2/Wii)

“Whether rowing with your Wii Remote in an exciting Dragon Boat race or caring for Dora’s adorable puppy Perrito on NDS, we’re kicking off the holiday season with our most creative and innovative lineup of preschool Nickelodeon games to date,” said Steve Lux, vice president of business development for 2K Play.

"With these new releases, we’re bringing imaginative play, exploration and teamwork to life for preschoolers in an interactive fashion," said Shaan Kandawalla, vice president, digital retail games at Nickelodeon.

In Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Super Game Day for consoles, players team up with Kai-lan and her friends Rintoo, Tolee and Hoho in action games, including Butterfly Bonanza, Soccer Challenge and YeYe’s Movin’ and Groovin’. Ni Hao, Kai-lan: New Year’s Celebration for DS allows gamers to match colors and shapes to march in a parade, cook dumplings and put on a dazzling fireworks display.

Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom for consoles is based on the prime-time Nickelodeon television event. Players help Dora locate missing crystals in order to restore color to a village that has fallen under an evil spell. Gamers fly with butterfly wings, perform tricks with a magical wand and, for the first time, can play as Boots. Dora Puppy for DS lets you care, train and play with Perrito as you attempt to win a trophy in the Big Puppy Competition.

The Backyardigans for DS takes preschoolers on a music-filled adventure. Players can sail the high seas as pirates, blast into outer space as intergalactic garbage collectors, and capture evil villains as masked superheroes.

Each game features voice actors from the popular Nickelodeon television shows. The games were reviewed for age-appropriateness, fun-factor and quality, and the packaging features a “Kid-Tested” seal. In addition, while supplies last, purchasers of specially marked Wii games will be entitled to a one month free subscription to Nick Jr. Boost, the online service with a focus on learning.

The titles for the PS2 system and Wii were developed by High Voltage Software, Inc. and the NDS titles by Black Lantern Studios, Inc. The games are rated from EC for Early Childhood to E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Suggested retail prices are as follows:

  • The Backyardigans (DS): $29.99
  • Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom (Wii): $39.99
  • Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom (PS2): $19.99
  • Dora Puppy (DS): $29.99
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Super Game Day (Wii): $39.99
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan Super Game Day (PS2): $19.99
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: New Year’s Celebration (DS): $29.99
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