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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 5:13 a.m. PST

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:

We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Glory of Heracles (NDS)

For centuries, the mighty heroes and wondrous tales of ancient Greek mythology have mesmerized children and adults around the globe. In Glory of Heracles players can encounter these legendary characters and fantastical settings in a new video game for the hand-held NDS and NDSi systems. Already popular in Japan, Glory of Heracles marks the North American debut of an engaging, action-filled series that packs boundless appeal for core gamers and casual players alike.

Glory of Heracles immerses players in a rich role-playing adventure written by Kazushige Nojima, known to gaming fans as one of the creative minds behind classic games such as Final Fantasy VII and the original Kingdom Hearts. Combining original storylines with familiar characters and scenarios from Greek mythology, Glory of Heracles invites players to assume the role of a noble hero who washes up on the shores of ancient Crete with no memory of who he is or how he got there. To restore his memory, players must roam the countryside in search of clues, obtain powers from the great gods and battle a slew of monsters and villains along the way. Historic locations such as Athens and Sparta are among the dazzling 3-D environments players can explore as they interact with fascinating characters and work to recover the hero’s identity.

“There are many gamers who view role-playing games as the ultimate genre,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “And in Glory of Heracles, they’re going to find a new world, a mix of memorable characters, imaginative storytelling and epic battles. New gamers will also find that this title is a great way to get acquainted with RPGs.”

Available exclusively for the portable Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems, Glory of Heracles lets players choose between the stylus or the control pad and buttons to control the heroic protagonist’s movements. The game’s turn-based adventure is enhanced by an extensive glossary that provides background details on a wealth of characters and locations. Players can also complete optional mini-game challenges on the touch screen to help power up for intense battles.

Section 8: Seek and Destroy Map Pack (X360/PC)

“The addition of downloadable content actively extends the lifecycle of our partners’ games” said Melanie Mroz, CEO of SouthPeak. “As one of the fastest growing publishers in the interactive entertainment industry, SouthPeak is committed to the introduction of new elements to existing lucrative games; they are fundamental to our success as we continue to grow our business.”

Players will be able to fight for control of a geothermal energy plant on the salt flats of New Madrid in “Devil’s Backbone” and battle in the narrow confines of a hazardous valley on the planet Titan in “Hornet’s Nest”. “Azure Basin” is set high atop a mountain plateau where a massive hydroelectric dam sits astride the map, with combat ranging from both inside and outside of the facility.

The “Seek and Destroy Map Pack” is available now for 560 Microsoft Points. To purchase this new Downloadable Content, select “Downloadable Content” from the Main Menu in-game and follow the instructions.

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