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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 8, 2009 @ 3:53 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:

Ninja Blade (X360)

FromSoftware, well-known for their work on “Armored Core” and the “Tenchu” franchise, presents a fresh twist on the classic ninja legend with “Ninja Blade.” In this modern epic, ninjas fuse traditional skills with modern technology, and intense action and battle scenes take place atop modern-day Tokyo skyscrapers and building tops.

In “Ninja Blade,” gamers must guide Ken Ogawa to defend Tokyo, and ultimately humanity itself, from terrifying monsters and their genetically mutating disease. Armed with an extensive arsenal of specialized ninja weapons, tools and skills, such as Ninja Vision and Todomé Attack, players must fight insurmountable odds and once again bring peace and order to Tokyo. Players will find themselves living an action movie experience as they directly interact with in-game cut scenes through quick-time events scattered throughout integral parts of the storyline, making for fast-paced action and an interactive cinematic experience.

Fans are encouraged to visit www.stoptheinfected.com to check out a prequel manga (comic) created by VICE magazine that traces the missions that took place before current times, when Ken Ogawa and the G.U.I.D.E. team fought to contain the infected.

Ninja Blade, rated ‘M’ for Mature, has an estimated retail price of $59.99.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PS3/X360/PC)

In conjunction with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, Tigon Studios and acclaimed developer Starbreeze Studios, Atari is bringing the franchise – featuring Vin Diesel reprising his role as anti-hero Riddick – to the new generation of consoles for the first time.

The Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena contains a brand new full-length Riddick campaign in addition to a high-definition pixel-by-pixel remake of the universally acclaimed title Escape from Butcher Bay. In addition to the thrilling, visceral single player action, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena brings Riddick into the multiplayer arena for the first time, with six intense online multiplayer combat modes including the unique Pitch Black mode.

Reprising his role as Riddick, Vin Diesel brings his unique vocal talent to The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, creating a powerful anti-hero with a talent for chilling one-liners. Diesel is joined by a high caliber cast of actors including Lance Henriksen, Wade Williams, William Morgan Sheppard, and Michelle Forbes who brings depth and weary malevolence to Riddick’s chief adversary on the Dark Athena, Captain Revas. Starbreeze Studios’ proprietary ‘vo-cap’ technology ensures that every nuance of the actors’ vocal and physical performance ends up in the game, creating a uniquely absorbing experience.

In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick, as played by Diesel, using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror. The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures’ films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero.

Playable demos of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for both Xbox 360 and PS3 are currently available for download, showcasing the game’s evocative art style, exceptional production values, and the breadth and ferocity of gameplay.

Featuring the series’ signature blend of stealth, action and gripping narrative, all presented in glorious high- definition, the highly anticipated new chapter in the Riddick saga is available at retail in North America for the Xbox 360 ($59.99), PS3 ($59.99) and PC ($49.99).

Hammerin' Hero (PSP)

In Hammerin' Hero, if it moves, hammer it! Smash your way through 12 distinct levels, including city streets, an amusement park, a TV studio, a baseball stadium, and more. With ad-hoc multiplayer, players can hammer with a friend to compete for the best score on each level.

Hammerin' Hero marks the triumphant return of Gen, everyone's favorite justice-bringing carpenter! Help Gen fight off Hyosuke Kuromoku and his evil construction company before they can evict Gen's neighbors from their homes! Gen will have to use a variety of jobs-from DJ to baseball player-through 12 diverse stages if he hopes to thwart the all-out attack of the Kurokomu Group and win the hearts of the people, even if it sometimes means giving them the tough love they need to solve their own problems.

Key Features

  • Wacky side-scrolling beat 'em up - Play as Gen-san as he hammers away at corporate evil across Japan and the world in this vibrant, action-packed platformer. The comic adventure unfolds fully-voiced in English and Japanese.
  • Be more than a hammerin' hero - Choose from a variety of jobs, including sushi chef, baseball player, and diver, to give Gen different costumes and attacks as he fights through 12 crazy stages. Along the way, make allies in battle, collect loads of items, and even unlock two more playable characters!
  • Ad-hoc multiplayer - 2 players can play together and compete for the best score on each level over ad-hoc wireless play. Why hammer alone when you can hammer with a friend?

Hammerin' Hero, rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and Older, is in stores now for $29.99.

Emergency: Disaster Rescue Squad (NDS)

Somewhere in the city, people are in need. Only a Rescue Unit Chief with a calm head can coordinate the relief effort! Destineer announces today that “Emergency: Disaster Rescue Squad,” the emergency response game for NDS, has shipped to stores! Command and coordinate your units on the ground and rescue those in need and save lives! Take control of firefighters, police officers and paramedics as you respond to life or death situations that require a clear head and quick thinking.

Features

  • Command Center: Take charge of 15 different unit and vehicle types as you respond to over 20 unique catastrophes in five heart-pounding campaigns.
  • Real World Scenarios: Be the first on the scene at real world emergencies like gas explosions, traffic accidents, natural disasters and more!
  • Complete Control: Use the Nintendo DS stylus to mobilize your units on the ground.
  • Be a Hero: Each disaster you encounter requires quick wits and a steady hand. Do you have what it takes to rescue all victims and keep your own team safe as well?

Emergency: Disaster Rescue Squad is available now for NDS.

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