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Monday, April 20, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:20 a.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:

Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii)

Combining high-speed racing thrills with gravity-defying stunts and support for online action via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the game pushes the full-throttle fun of the Excite franchise into the red.

Expanding upon the fast-paced action of Excite Truck, Excitebots: Trick Racing puts players in command of wild robotic vehicles styled to look like animals and insects. Players must drive, sprint and fly around the track to earn stars, performing wild stunts to boost their score while racing with an incredible burst of speed. The game puts the built-in wireless features of the Wii system to use, allowing as many as six friends to compete online using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Players can also trade ghost data via WiiConnect24 and challenge each other to outdo their most dazzling tricks. Excitebots: Trick Racing uses the Wii Wheel accessory to let drivers pick up and play with ease, combining familiar steering motions with unique special moves such as turbo bursts, power slides and huge jumps.

As if tearing around the track wasn’t entertaining enough, Excitebots: Trick Racing also engages players in a set of wild in-race mini-games. Drivers may find themselves smashing through a set of bowling pins, hitting a clown in the face with a pie, hitting a baseball or assembling a sandwich by twisting the Wii Wheel to maneuver their racer through a series of specific ingredients – all while navigating the track and trading paint with opponents for position. For longtime gamers and newcomers alike, these unexpected twists help to distinguish Excitebots: Trick Racing from other racing titles and extend the game’s replay value well beyond the finish line.

“Excitebots: Trick Racing offers a perfect blend of action and imagination,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The fast-paced game play and competitive challenges will satisfy racing fans, while the unique vehicle designs and unexpected mini-games make it unlike any other driving game.”

Wii owners without a Wii Wheel accessory can play Excitebots: Trick Racing using a standard Wii Remote controller. Broadband access is required for online play.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

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