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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 14, 2009 @ 6:16 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:

NCAA Football 10 (PSP/PS2/PS3/X360)

NCAA Football 10 brings the excitement of college football to fans across the nation like never before with the all-new Season Showdown. In this new mode, every game counts as fans declare their loyalty to a favorite school and give the ultimate show of support in a nationwide competition for pride. After choosing a school to represent, players can earn credits for their school by playing NCAA Football 10 and through new web-based games. Millions of college football fans around the country will be on a mission to prove their school is number one with NCAA Football 10’s Season Showdown.

TeamBuilder is an all-new, online create-a-school feature that revolutionizes the user’s ability to produce personalized content for NCAA Football 10,which was announced last month at E3. With the capability to upload logos and numerous customization options for uniforms, fields, rosters, and much more, TeamBuilder gives users the opportunity to design completely original teams with infinite possibilities. A football fan’s dream, TeamBuilder enables users to experience the excitement and pageantry of college football, defined by their own personalized creations. Since its launch, fans have logged onto the TeamBuilder website and created teams at an astonishing rate, averaging seven per minute during the first two days. More than 160,000 teams have been created, ensuring there is an unprecedented amount of content for fans to use in-game beginning today.

Television sports reporter Erin Andrews is featured as the host of Road to Glory, a new mode in NCAA Football 10 for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Road to Glory is a broadcast-style video presentation in which Andrews and Kirk Herbstreit chronicle your career as a college student athlete. For the first time ever, players actual in-game highlights are featured in these broadcast-style presentations. Plus, an all-new, completely redesigned 3-D dorm room prominently displays triumphant moments through photos, trophies, NCAA Football news and more.

With all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools represented in the game, NCAA Football 10 offers fans an exciting way to experience the thrill of authentic college football year-round. NCAA Football 10 brings the college football atmosphere to life with enhanced stadiums packed with school colors, cheerleaders and mascots. Enjoy the sights of game day with new on-field band formations, field goal nets, flags waving in the wind and camera flashes exploding during pivotal moments.

NCAA Football 10, rated “E” for everyone, is available for the Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and the PSP.

Birthday Party Bash (Wii)

Birthday Party Bash gives savvy moms and dads a complete “Party–in-a-Box,” including themed games, invitations, and offers from Duncan Hines®, Party City®, and Evite®,plus a how-to guide on planning a fun and original party for their kids.

Jeanne Benedict, a national lifestyle party expert, author, and TV host, will help kick-off the launch of Birthday Party Bash with her unique take on do-it-yourself party planning. Benedict is scheduled to be a guest on local morning television and radio news shows around the country in the coming days to share tips for planning an affordable and fun birthday bash that both parents and kids will enjoy.

Birthday Party Bash for Wii brings back the art of the party in the most entertaining and cost-effective way,” said Benedict. “The game is a fantastic birthday solution for busy moms and dads because it includes everything from invitations to entertainment that you can use as a blueprint for a truly memorable party.”

In Birthday Party Bash, up to 12 party goers can whack, roll, splash, pop, scribble, climb, jump, and shimmy their way through more than 20 birthday games, including Piñata Blast, Duncan Hines Cake Stacker, Pin the Tail, Hot Potato and Birthday Blowout. The birthday boy or girl can also choose from ten party theme rooms to set the scene for an unforgettable bash, from “Pirates,” complete with sword and treasure chest, to “Princess,” with a royal castle, a fancy crown, and unicorn. When it’s time to break for cake, a lively rendition of the traditional “Happy Birthday” song will play for everyone to sing along in karaoke-style, with a virtual cake on screen.

Birthday Party Bash debuted this week on a special televised pre-sale event on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) to coincide with the multichannel retailer’s own birthday celebration. In addition, a promotion for the game will appear on millions of boxes of Duncan Hines confetti cupcake baking mix this fall. Birthday Party Bash has already received a thumbs-up from web sites such as GoodHousekeeping.com, RealSimple.com, and Kaboose.com, with additional reviews expected this summer as busy moms around the country transform their living rooms into “Party Central.”

With the average cost of a child’s birthday party now approaching $500, 2K Play partnered with Duncan Hines, discount party super store Party City, and Evite.com, the leading online invitation website, to offer parents a money-saving, whole-party solution. Birthday Party Bash includes:

  • A guide filled with tips on planning a birthday celebration;
  • 12 packed-in, ready-to-mail party invitations;
  • Customized Birthday Party Bash on-line invitations from Evite.com;
  • An easy-to-follow recipe and photo of an exclusive Birthday Party Bash cupcake tower from the best-selling authors of the “Hello, Cupcake!” book of fun cupcaking techniques; and
  • In-the-box coupons from Duncan Hines and Party City to help outfit the party with decorations, party supplies and dessert.

Birthday Party Bash, rated E for Everyone, was developed by 2K’s Cat Daddy Games studio for the Wii has a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships (PC)

Lauded for its message of empowerment for girls, the Nancy Drew PC game series has surprised pundits by appealing to non-traditional audiences consisting of grandmothers, college students and working moms in addition to the primary girl audience. That mainstream appeal has lead to yearly sales growth for the series and ultimately a 40% market share within its category.

Adds Her Interactive CEO and president, Megan Gaiser: “I think the true power behind our games and the reason for their success lies in the ability to convey the positive traits of Nancy Drew – intelligence, determination, independence and resourcefulness – to the person playing the games. That is a very empowering feeling for our audience and when combined with thought-provoking gameplay, results in a series of games that are as unique as they are fun.”

The new game, Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships, hits at a time when Nancy Drew has never been more relevant as the character was recently cited as being an inspirational influence to several Supreme Court justices including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and recent nominee, Sonia Sotomayer, as well as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

In the game, Nancy, is joined by her best friend Bess and George, and the player gets to see them as animated characters for the first time in the series. When they all travel to the Bahamas for a fun-filled vacation Bess is suddenly kidnapped and held for ransom. Depending on the scene, players assume the role of either Nancy or George as they unlock treasure chests, decrypt a riddle book and explore dangerous underwater shipwrecks with the hope of finding the missing artifact needed to rescue Bess. During the quest for the lost treasure, players find themselves immersed in a variety of classic Bahamian activities such as diving, sailing and interacting with native wildlife.

Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships, rated “E” for Everyone, is available at retailers nationwide, and from the Her Interactive website for a suggested retail price at $19.99.

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