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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 8, 2009 @ 3:08 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:
  • Darkest of Days (X360/PC)
  • Go Play City Sports (Wii)
  • LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition (PS3)
  • Mini Ninjas (NDS/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)
We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Mini Ninjas(NDS/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

Developed by IO Interactive, Mini Ninjas will take you on a journey to feudal Japan where you’ll join Hiro, Futo, and the rest of the ninja clan on their biggest ninja adventure ever, as they embark on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos.

“We are really excited to be launching Mini Ninjas.  It has been a fantastic adventure giving life to these fierce little guys.”  Niels Jørgensen General Manager of IO Interactive.  ”The game came from a deep passion within IO to develop something completely different and new for a wider audience.  We really hope that people will enjoy the game as much as we do."

Mini Ninjas is rated Everyone 10+ with Cartoon Violence and Crude Humor.

LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition (PS3)

The new Game of the Year edition features LittleBigPlanet’s award winning “Play, Create, and Share” gameplay experience along with a number of bonus additions, including 18 never-before-seen levels developed by select LittleBigPlanet fans, free downloadable content packs with themed levels and costumes, and exclusive access to the upcoming ModNation Racers online beta.

Since its launch last October, LittleBigPlanet has been widely praised and critically acclaimed with more than 80 industry awards worldwide, 15 of which have been for Game of the Year categories, with awards ranging from the top gaming critics to prestigious organizations such as the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).  The fans have spoken as well embracing the sharing nature of the game to the point where more than 1,000,000 user generated levels have been published to the PlayStation®Network since LittleBigPlanet hit shelves.  Put another way, one new level has been created roughly every 21 seconds since launch.  This special edition will celebrate these achievements while debuting 18 new bonus levels created by LittleBigPlanet fans from around the globe.  Each creator was hand picked by developer Media Molecule based on previous levels that these enthusiasts have created and shared online.  Once identified, all 18 consumers were commissioned and monetarily compensated to design a completely new environment for the LittleBigPlanet world, allowing each fan to truly become an amateur video game developer. 

LittleBigPlanet has become a principal franchise for the PlayStation brand and the Game of the Year edition is a celebration of the overwhelming support we have received for the ‘Play, Create, and Share’ movement since the launch of this title last October,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA.  “The inclusion of these original levels and bonus content will give new players significant added value and a taste of the ‘Share’ experience from the best creators all around the globe.”

The LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year edition will also include seven free downloadable content packs to expand SackBoy’s wardrobe, deliver new action packed gameplay, and offer a larger variety of “Create” materials.  These packs include: Metal Gear Solid Level Pack – featuring the “Paintinator” ($5.99), Metal Gear Solid Costumes ($5.99), Monsters Costumes ($2.99), Monsters Pack ($3.99), History Costumes ($2.99), History Pack ($3.99), and Animals Costumes ($2.99) – all as priced on PlayStation Store.  In addition, limited quantities of the game will include a PlayStation Network voucher code to download the upcoming ModNation Racers online beta – PlayStation’s newest “Play, Create, and Share” title, a classic kart racing game with a creative twist.  All bonus content is valued at over $30, offering fans an enhanced experience at no added expense.

LittleBigPlanet has made a tremendous impact on the gaming industry as well as general consumers around the world by allowing players to interact through the LittleBigPlanet online community via shared levels and objects, rankings, and user comments.  The "Play, Create, and Share" movement continues to connect families and friends while the game’s expanding influence is seen in the growing popularity of the SackBoy character who has been embraced by countless fans, young and old, around the globe. 

Developed exclusively for the PS3 system by Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet allows players to control the iconic and customizable SackBoy as they “Play, Create, and Share” their masterpieces in a stitched-together, 3D-crafted material world.  LittleBigPlanet invites players of all ages and skill types into an innovative and imaginative experience where they can explore and play through developer and user-generated levels.  Additionally, players can use the same design tools, materials, and stickers Media Molecule built the actual game with to shape or build objects and entire game levels.  Players can then share these creations with the LittleBigPlanet community online via PlayStation Network. 

LittleBigPlanet features cooperative multiplayer gameplay, which allows up to four players the opportunity to play and complete their levels offline with friend at home or play online with other members of the community. 

Darkest of Days (X360/PC)

Have you ever wondered what could happen if time travel was a reality? Have you ever thought about the possibility of going back in time to rewrite history for the better? That possibility is a reality in Darkest of Days, where players will travel back and forth through the annals of time to relive some of mankind's most dire hours. By fighting through terrible events such as The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest conflict of the Civil War, and both World War I and II, the player will attempt to save certain key individuals who were never meant to become involved in these truly monstrous events and save history from those who would attempt to change it.

“For me and everyone else here at Phantom EFX and 8monkey Labs that have been working on Darkest of Days for the past three years, it’s almost hard to believe that launch day is already upon us,” said Aaron Schurman, CEO of Phantom EFX and lead writer for Darkest of Days. “We’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into this game, and we’re extremely proud of what we have accomplished. We feel that Darkest of Days is not only a fantastic game on its own merits, but that it will serve as a breath of fresh air into the somewhat crowded FPS genre and give players across the world a truly memorable, exciting gaming experience.”

Key features

  • Wreak Havoc with Future Weapons in Antiquity:Darkest of Days. While not every battle and situation will allow you to wield weapons from the future, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to unleash futuristic fury on your unsuspecting foes. Something nearly every gamer that’s ever played a shooter based in the past has always wanted is the ability to bring a futuristic weapon back through history and kick some major butt. How differently would Custer’s last stand have turned out if the General was equipped with an M-16 assault rifle? You’ll be able to answer questions like this in
  • Brand New Engine: The dedicated team at 8monkey Labs has created an all-new, groundbreaking game engine known as Marmoset. The Marmoset Engine not only breaks from the all-too present Unreal engine FPS clones flooding the market, but also allows for some amazing graphical capabilities. You’ll fight through epic battles filled with literally hundreds of NPCs on the screen at the same time, all with an advanced AI and all without a hint of graphical slowdown and all set against wide-open environments that are lushly detailed and dynamically lighted.
  • Compelling Storyline: Darkest of Days is a compelling, action-packed first-person shooter to be sure, but it’s not just mindless run-and-gun, blow ‘em up gameplay. You’ll have to not only think about how to approach certain key battles and situations, but you’ll also have to take care when fighting – certain key people that were never meant to die will be marked with a special blue aura. If you kill them, you’ll face dire consequences…

Darkest of Days, rated M for Mature, is available for purchase for $49.99 on the Xbox 360 and $39.99 on PC at most major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Gamestop. Darkest of Days will also be available for purchase online from as well as larger online retailers such as Digitally distributed copies will be available as well from Steam, Direct2Drive, Digital River and other outlets.

Go Play City Sports (Wii)

Players take to the streets with six classic city-based games: Stickball, Street Hockey, Kickball, Shootout Soccer, Handball and Jump Rope. Authenticity is brought to the game via courts made out of manhole covers, fire hydrants and parked cars. With Wii Balance Board(TM) compatibility, players get active, showing their skills to gain respect as the best athlete in the city. Go Play City Sports also boasts team-based and head-to-head multiplayer options, as well as custom character creation and a fully explorable single player environment.

Developed by Digital Embryo, Go Play City Sports, rated E for Everyone, is now in store for $29.99.
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