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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2009 @ 3:09 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:

My DoItAll (NDS)

The first of its kind lifestyle game designed for both boys and girls, My DoItAll is an all-in-one entertainment device that gives players the ability to have fun and interact with friends through customization capabilities, mini-games, and voice changer and sound effect applications. Players can also stay organized and up-to-date with a robust calendar and reference tools.

“As the first original IP development out of our North American office, My DoItAll is the perfect all-in-one DS title for players of all ages,” said Laura Yoshioka, director of consumer software at TOMY Corporation. “As we expand our video games library, we will continue to adhere to TOMY’s commitment to delivering quality interactive entertainment.”

My DoItAll packs friends, fun and organization in a single lifestyle game for Nintendo DS. The fun begins when players personalize their very own avatar with a variety of customizable features, followed by creating a privacy protected Friend Card that includes details such as contact information, likes/dislikes, and personal data. As players proceed in the game, My DoItAll becomes a treasure chest of exciting applications to explore. For players on the go, the game utilizes the wireless capabilities of Nintendo DS, allowing a 6-player wireless connection to participate in questionnaires, plan social activities, and play mini-games. The busiest players around can also keep their schedule organized through the use of their very own manageable calendar. Additionally, My DoItAll features a voice changer that records with the microphone, as well as a sound effects machine comprised of over 25 sounds. To complete the all-in-one package, players can keep a journal and utilize reference tools such as a calculator, periodic table and world map in order to become the ultimate whiz-kid.

My DoItAll is rated “E” for Everyone and is available on Nintendo DS for an MSRP of $29.99.

Retro Game Challenge (NDS)

Retro Game Challenge is based on the original Japanese TV series, Retro Game Master, now adapted as an '80s handheld gaming adventure produced by Namco Bandai Games.

Travelling back to the 1980's, play as a young child forced by the evil "Game Master" Arino to test your gaming skills in a variety of retro-style videogames including shooters, racing games, platformers and an epic role-playing game. Once you are able to master every challenge presented by the evil Arino, return to the beginning to play any of the eight games in its entirety.

To toughen your quest to defeat Arino, the challenges get increasingly more difficult with each one you conquer. Not only do the in-game magazines provide cheat codes to help you warp through complicated levels, but they also offer a virtual history lesson on the videogame industry. The fake '80s news stories cover actual trends and milestones in the industry from the '80s, including the meteoric rise and fall of new game releases.

Retro Game Challenge, rated "E" for Everyone, is now available for $29.99.

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (PC)

In the third episode in the series, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst, players first explored the mysterious 19th century mansion constructed by Charles Dalimar as a symbol of affection for his love, Emma Ravenhearst. In the newest episode, Return to Ravenhearst, Emma`s soul is free, but her ghost has delivered a dire warning: evil still lurks in Ravenhearst Manor.

"We are proud to be Big Fish Games' retail publishing partner," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Our companies have collaborated seamlessly to make Mystery Case Files a top casual franchise and I am confident that Return to Ravenhearst will appeal to fans of the franchise and bring in new gamers that are looking for an engaging mystery to unravel."

"Activision is an exceptional partner. They understand the power of the Mystery Case Files brand and how to address its expanding audience at retail," said Pat Wylie, vice president of Big Fish Games Studios. "Mystery Case Files has generated mass-market popularity akin to what Myst achieved in 1991 and The Sims in 2000. Combining an accessible game mechanic, immersive storyline and live orchestra soundtrack, Return to Ravenhearst is unsurpassed in the market."

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst is available now at retailers for $19.99.

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