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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 1, 2009 @ 12:51 p.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:

Crayola Colorful Journey (Wii)

In Crayola Colorful Journey, players must use the creativity tools at hand to solve puzzles and help their character complete the quest. With no correct solutions, Crayola Colorful Journey encourages players to come up with imaginative ways to complete each puzzle.

Crayola Colorful Journey is an adventure game set in a 3D world that encourages imagination and creativity in problem solving using diverse and flexible game mechanics. Players transform the Wii Remote(tm) into crayons, erasers and more to create objects the characters can use. With several possible solutions, players are challenged to find their own answer to each puzzle. Bringing a virtual coloring book to life, the game transports players into a world where they take on the role of either Fillup or Violet on a quest across Crayola Land, visiting multiple environments over several levels. Spot, the Jack Russell Terrier puppy, tags along as helpful guide and companion.

"Crayola Colorful Journey offers an intriguing challenge for kids of all ages," says David Burchi, Senior VP of Content and Strategic Development of Crave Entertainment. "With no 'right' way to solve each puzzle, players have to use their imaginations. No two solutions will be exactly the same, offering endless replayability and opportunities to try out different ideas."

Major Minor's Majestic March (Wii)

Developed by NanaOn-Sha, the game marks the return of the creative team from the PaRappa the Rapper series -- legendary game designer and multimedia musician Masaya Matsuura and famed New York artist Rodney Alan Greenblat. In this Wii exclusive, players use the Wii Remote as a bandleader baton to recruit new band members, pick up special items, and most importantly, keep the tempo!

Players assume the role of Major Minor, a courageous young cat who inherits his great-great grandmother's magic baton and ultimately realizes his leadership potential at the front of the parade. Using the baton, players recruit 30 original characters to build their band as they march through seven whimsical locations. Twenty different instruments, including brass, woodwinds, and percussion, alter the resulting composition and challenge players to maintain the tempo with each new addition. Players are scored on how well their band maintains its rhythm and halts for obstacles that could otherwise throw the procession into disarray. Major Minor's musical menagerie plays more than 20 classic marching band songs that Masaya Matsuura's team has composed into original medleys for the game's variety of colorful environments. A unique Drill Mode also lets aspiring leaders dazzle the crowd with baton-twirling displays and a range of motions to match cheerleader commands. Featuring single player as well as cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, Major Minor's Majestic March offers an extravaganza of music and color that's as fun to watch as it is to play!

Major Minor's Majestic March for Wii is rated "E" for Everyone and is now available in stores at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Touch Mechanic (NDS)

Touch Mechanic introduces gamers to the exciting and competitive world of custom cars and teaches them what it takes to be a surgeon of the automobile. Gamers learn to change rims, repair damaged bumpers, replace mufflers and brakes, add aftermarket enhancements and perform paint and decal work on vehicles of all shapes and sizes while working their way to the top of the profession.

Touch Mechanic features an intuitive interface for performing repairs and upgrades such as installing screws, changing wheels, welding, sawing and painting. Through manipulating the stylus, players will become a master of all the tools and tricks of the trade.

Beginning as a young mechanic with an intriguing past, players find themselves under the wing of Captain Bob of Captain Bob's Auto Repair. Captain Bob mentors through several early repair jobs and even gives the mechanic his own car to upgrade and customize. The player earns money through repair work to upgrade his car and enters the new ride in custom car shows. With impressive showings in the competition, gamers gain the attention of bigger and better shops and eventually obtain a dream job with the top racing team on the circuit.

Adding to the realistic gameplay, throughout the 75 levels of Touch Mechanic players will enjoy fully rendered 3D automobiles. Touch Mechanic is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and is available for the SRP of $29.99.

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