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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 18, 2009 @ 3:37 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:

Wolfenstein (PS3/X360/PC)

Combining intense action and stunning graphics, Wolfenstein picks upimmediately after the events of the award-winning Return to Castle Wolfenstein. In the newest chapter to the famed franchise, the Nazis' have returned to their dark experiments and unearthed a dimension that contains amazing powers, simply known as - The Veil. With the help of the resistance faction of the town Isenstadt, players return to enlist as super OSA agent BJ Blazkowicz to uncover the Third Reich's evil aspirations and stop them before it's too late.

"It's been great to work with Raven Software on an ambitious title like Wolfenstein," said Kevin Cloud, executive producer at id Software. "The latest chapter delivers an epic gameplay experience by seamlessly blending intense combat throughout a compelling sci-fi narrative that brings the occult underworld to life as only Wolfenstein can deliver."

As players embark on an all-new mission deep in the heart of the Third Reich, they will have access to an arsenal of upgradable conventional and sci-fi weapons, while battling a multitude of escalating enemies, from Nazi combat troops and super soldiers to paranormal forces and experimental creatures.

Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the Wolfenstein multi-player experience features the Axis and Resistance squaring off against each other in Team Deathmatch, Stopwatch or Objective based games. With three classes from which to choose, players can fight on the frontline as a soldier, heal their compatriots as a medic, or help gather objectives as an engineer all while using the Veil powers in special ways. Additionally, the persistent gold found within the multiplayer maps allows players to purchase upgrades for weapons and Veil powers on the fly, ensuring a deep and continuous variety of action along with tremendous replay value.

Wolfenstein, rated M for Mature, is now available nationwide on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Shorts (NDS)

Shorts hits stores the same week as Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated theatrical release of the same name. The film stars William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer and James Spader and is directed by Robert Rodriguez, whose past films include the blockbuster Spy Kids franchise and The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl. Now available in stores for the suggested retail price of $19.99, this platformer with classic puzzle elements features 26 replayable levels in three distinct episodes from the movie.

In Shorts, a magical rainbow rock that grants wishes falls from the sky and into the suburb of Black Falls. It is not long before these wishes go awry and chaos ensues. To save the town and defeat the greedy and evil Mr. Black, players take on the role of one of their four favorite characters from the movie -- Nose Noseworthy, Loogie Short, Toe Thompson and Helvetica Black -- each with their own special jump and unique ability. Players must use the stylus to draw their own platforms to avoid obstacles or as a protective shield while avoiding enemy attacks from booger monsters, bomb shooting crocodiles, sparking robots and more. Additionally, collecting energy balls powers each character's special ability, while alien friends, giant wasps and pterodactyls help them get to otherwise unreachable areas. With outrageous gameplay and enchanting characters, Shorts makes the perfect companion to the movie!

Developed by Artificial Mind & Movement, Shorts is rated E10+ and is in stores now.

Speed Zone (Wii)

Speed Zone is a breakthrough, futuristic racing gamefor the Wii races ahead of a cluttered field of me-too products - with an original, smartly designed racer with exhilarating game play.

Speed Zone breaks the limit for fast, smooth racing action, running at a sustained 60 frames per second. The game breaks new ground with an 8-player, split-screen option and support for the Logitech® Speed Force Wireless™ force feedback racing wheel. Speed Zone is the only game that supports up to four Speed Force Wireless wheels at one time.

Set on colorful planets, asteroids, and space stations, Speed Zone features three game modes - Solo, Race, and Battle – each with multiple goals and a progressive, level-unlock structure. A 3D, three-sided pyramid menu provides access to the game’s 30 levels.

Multiplayer options in Race and Battle modes allow for up to eight players using up to four of each type of supported controller, in any combination of Wii Remotes™ Nunchuks™, Classic Controllers, Nintendo GameCube™ controllers, Wii Wheels™, or Logitech Speed Force wheels.

n Solo mode, players try to ignite jet thrusters with boost pads to accelerate "into the zone,” with phantom cars and racing lines to help set lap records. Players can find secret pickups and shortcuts and earn bonus rewards by setting new best times. Bonus rewards can be used to buy new cars, skins, aerodynamic aides, and performance upgrades, which give the player the opportunity to go even faster when revisiting levels.

In Race mode, players compete against seven computer-controlled AI cars. Battle Mode is an all-out, futuristic demolition derby, using some spectacular weapons. Players can fry opponents with a Tesla ray or obliterate them with a plethora of other weapons, including rockets, missiles, photon guns, chain guns, and mines. Defensive pick-ups include shock-jumps, shields, and a stealth cloak.

Speed Zone comes from UK-based Awesome Play Ltd., a studio headed by renowned developer Archer Maclean.

Spectrobes: Origins (Wii)

Spectrobes: Origins lets players control interplanetary patrol officers Rallen or Jeena in the first Wii installment for Disney’s top-selling Spectrobes franchise. Players will find, train and command more than 100 mysterious Spectrobes, while unlocking their unique powers in order to save the galaxy. Spectrobes: Origins features exciting two-player cooperative play made specifically for Wii that allows players to team up and battle together; an all new 3-D fossil excavation mode; and special collectible code input cards that provide secret codes to unlock hidden items and new creatures.

Spectrobes: Origins takes this popular franchise to the next level, giving fans a whole new experience on Wii,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “The opportunity to explore and battle through the Spectrobes universe on Wii makes Spectrobes: Origins a must-have for action/adventure and RPG fans of all ages.”

Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed in Tokyo by Genki Co., Ltd., Spectrobes: Origins, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Mystery of the Mary Celeste (PC)

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste, developed by Media Art, is a casual adventure game where you most solve one of the greatest real-life mysteries ever.

In the most intriguing true maritime mystery, in 1872, a merchant ship, The Mary Celeste, was found unmanned and abandoned. The crew was missing but the ship was untouched, the weather was beautiful, the lifeboats were still present, but where had everyone gone? The Mary Celeste herself was in perfect condition and still under full sail, with over six months of food and water still on board. The ship’s cargo was intact and the personal belongings of the crew and passengers were still in place, including valuables. To this date, the crew was never seen or heard from again, and what happened to them is often cited as the greatest mystery of all time.

In the game, the player takes the role of Mary Morehouse, an ancestor of the person who found the original Mary Celeste, as she joins guests and crew of the Mary Celeste II on its maiden voyage. Shortly after the boat leaves the dock strange events start to happen. Explore the mysterious theories behind the disappearance of the original Mary Celeste while trying to save yourself from a similar demise. Sail the seas in this haunting adventure, The Mystery of the Mary Celeste.

Key Features:

  • Immersive Atmosphere
  • Spooky Scenes
  • Explore the Mary Celeste and her ghostly counter part as you work to save yourself from the same fate suffered by her original crew
  • Solve puzzles, find needed items to save the two ships from disaster
  • Find clues and enjoy a ghostly tale that explores the real life theories of the disappearance of the Mary Celeste’s crew.

“Casual games are the perfect media for people to immerse themselves in real unsolved mysteries,” said Lloyd Melnick, Merscom’s Chief Customer Officer. “and this is probably the most interesting mystery ever. Games will love this title.”

Merscom's The Mystery of the Mary Celeste is currently available on major casual game portals worldwide, and will be available later this year in Europe and North America.

Sudoku Ball: Detective (NDS/PC)

Sudoku Ball: Detective puts a new spin on one of America’s favorite puzzle games with a unique and entertaining detective twist. Inspired by murder mystery games and famous English detective stories, Sudoku Ball: Detective puts you in the role of a small town detective on the trail of a murderer. Each puzzle you solve along the way represents a separate stage of the investigation. Search through clues, pick locks, investigate evidence in the lab, and close in on catching your suspect!

Additional Game Features for Sudoku Ball: Detective Include:

  • Challenging story mode with 20 levels
  • Three difficulty settings from beginner to expert
  • Unique 3D Sudoku Ball feature for an entirely new puzzle experience
  • 240 Sudoku puzzles and additional story puzzles

Sudoku Ball: Detective is now available for NDS and PC, and will be released on Wii in September.

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