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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT

Active Life Explorer (Wii)

Travel across the world map exploring untamed locations high and low and completing challenges to earn a bounty of treasure. Active Life Explorer includes dozens of action-packed adventures with support for up to eight players in fun cooperative or competitive challenges with multiple difficulty options to cater to all skill levels. In the multiplayer Party Mode, up to eight players can play in a series of activities that gives everyone a chance to get in on the action. One to four players can play through a Treasure Adventure Mode filled with dozens of missions as they uncover new uncharted lands on a world map. A versatile Free Play Mode offers easy access to individual challenges, while gamers looking for a challenge can put their skills to the test in the Treasure Trials Mode with a variety of objectives to complete.

Players can import their Mii characters or create their own in-game characters, which can be outfitted with different wardrobe options. With plenty of rewards such as special medals, outfits for in-game characters, and high score rankings, players have plenty of enticing reasons to come back for more.

Active Life Explorer for Wii is rated "E" by the ESRB and is available as a bundle including the game and one Active Life Mat Controller, or as a stand-alone game by itself for those who already have the Mat Controller.

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales (Wii)

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales features a large collection of pick-up-and-play games inspired by Disney-Pixar's popular Mater's Tall Tales animated short series. Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales brings Mater together with Lightning McQueen and the Cars gang for a new set of adventures, capturing the endearing sense of humor of everyone's favorite tow truck. Players will join Mater and his pals as they relive the wild stories he conjures up about hilariously unpredictable events that may or may not have taken place.

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales for Wii features more than 30 levels of play involving a variety of cooperative and competitive mini-games, designed to fully utilize the Wii controls.

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales is rated E by the ESRB with a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Dead Rising 2 - Soldier of Fortune DLC (PS3/X360/PC)

Live in your own '80s action flick as the new DLC gives players extreme firepower to plow through hordes of zombies with Chuck's new amped-up arsenal of guns.

All guns will now have increased firepower, better accuracy and their ammo capacity doubled. Nothing will get in Chuck's way as the pack will also include a new special "hail of bullets" attack, where mowing down masses of zombies will be easier and more fun than ever before.

The Dead Rising 2 Soldier of Fortune Theme Pack is available for 160 Microsoft points or $1.99.

DJ Hero 2 (Wii/PS3/X360)

Featuring the biggest dance, pop and hip-hop hits by the hottest artists everyone knows and loves remixed by world-class DJ's in an all-new way, the game's soundtrack delivers 83 unique creations only available in DJ Hero 2. Further immersing players into the music, the game offers a heightened level of creative input and allows everyone to add their own touch, directly impacting the beats they're spinning with freestyle scratching, crossfading and sampling. The game will also feature an all-new career-based Empire Mode where players start out as an up-and-coming DJ on the road to becoming the head of a major entertainment empire, all of which is founded solely on their success as a DJ.

Developed by FreeStyleGames for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii, DJ Hero 2 is rated "T" by the ESRB.

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP)

In a first for the series, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team invites players to launch themselves into punishing two vs. two combat on PSP system. Take on the deadly Dragon Ball Z legions solo, or team up with friends via Ad Hoc through single and multiplayer gameplay modes including Dragon Walker, Battle 100 and Survival.

In the new Dragon Walker Mode, players follow the entire epic Dragon Ball Z story arc from the Saiyan saga right up to the Majin Buu saga. Battle 100 Mode challenges players to triumph in the most earth-shattering encounters from the Dragon Ball Z world alongside newly-created scenarios in increasingly tough tests of skill and determination. You'll need stamina, strategy and Super Saiyan skills to win this fight!

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is rated "T" for Teen and carries an MSRP of $39.99.

EA Sports MMA (PS3/X360)

EA Sports MMA provides the definitive mixed martial arts experience, featuring multiple disciplines, rule sets, locations and fighters from all over the world. Players can fight in a ring, hexagonal or circular cage, and the MMA environment comes to life with ring girls, corner men and referees. Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. provides fighter introductions while Big John McCarthy officiates fights and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and commentator Mauro Ranallo call the action. Players can extend their gaming experience online through a first-of-its-kind feature, EA Sports Live Broadcast.

Through career mode, fighters will be able to train in locations around the world with legends of the sport such as Randy Couture, Pat Miletich, Rickson Gracie and Bas Rutten, visiting gyms in Japan, Brazil, Thailand and the U.S. While training internationally, players will teach their fighter new skills as they rise up the ranks to make it to one of the biggest stages in MMA – Strikeforce.

Key Features:

  • Fighter Share – Players can put themselves into the world of MMA training and fighting and begin the quest to become a champion. They can upload photos of themselves and use Photo Game Face to create their own, personalized roster of fighters. Display and share these create-a-fighters via Fighter Share by uploading and browsing other created fighters. In addition, through Fighter Share players can download and try out any fighters created by the passionate EA Sports MMA community.
  • Customize Your Own Fight Card – Become a promoter and set up a night of fights with your friends. With the ability to host four fights per card with up to 10 people connected*, players can challenge each other to fights, and talk trash while friends provide commentary to the fight.
  • Total Strike Control – Through an intuitive control system for striking, elbow, knees and kicks, players can go on the offensive with Total Strike Control, providing the utmost flexibility for their fighters. EA Sports MMA also provides the flexibility for those who prefer fighting using face buttons with the Classic Control scheme.

Flip's Twisted World (Wii)

Featuring an original score from video game legend, Tommy Tallarico and the voice talent of Anthony Stewart Head, Flip's Twisted World follows the adventures of Flip, who messes with a forbidden magic book and gets sucked into a crazy cubed universe where up and down are just a matter of perspective. With a simple flick of the wrist using the Wii Remote, players can rotate the environment 90 degrees in any direction, opening new paths and possibilities; an obstructing wall can turn into a path and a pit can turn into a corridor. In their journey, players travel through six bizarre, puzzle worlds: a celestial backwater, a fractured castle, a dense jungle full of booby-trapped temples, a frozen arctic wasteland, a network of subterranean lava caves and an intricate clock tower in the sky. Along the way, Flip will encounter both friendly and menacing creatures as he collects magical items and powerful weapons like the Ice Spray, Zapper or Water Cannon. Players can also unlock goodies and alternate costumes and learn more about the secrets of the magic universe's past by finding pieces of The Master's lost journal.

Developed by Frozen North, Flip's Twisted World for Wii is rated E and available for the suggested price of $29.99.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja - Storm 2 (PS3/X360)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja - Storm 2 immerses players in the mythical world of ninja with rich content and engaging gameplay. While there are two sides to every story, the game has three. Encompassing the Naruto Shippuden story arc, players will live the adventure through the eyes of Naruto, Sasuke and Jiraiya.

In addition to these fan-favorite ninja, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja - Storm 2 will include over 40 playable warriors for more larger-than-life battles. As an added bonus, Lars Alexandersson, of Tekken 6 fame, will appear as an unlockable guest character.

Players will not only be able to travel through the stomping grounds of Hidden Leaf Village, but also Orochimaru's Hideout and Mount Myoboku. For the first time in the Ultimate Ninja series, online versus play will be available to let budding ninja flex their jutsu muscle against the world.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja - Storm 2 is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $59.99.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PS3/X360)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 delivers an experience that adheres to the core values of the franchise: skill, realism and freedom to play.The new, specially designed control system allows total control over every element of play. Soccer balls can now travel anywhere with surgical precision thanks to a 360-degree passing ratio that offers unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, and throw-in.

The game is further enhanced with the addition of new camera angles and over 1000 new animations to emphasize the stunning visuals, slickness and variety of movement that a real match showcases. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 also debuts online elements for its praised Master League where players can bid against each other for the world's best players and build a squad that can compete with the best against online peers from across the globe. Additionally, big game atmosphere is guaranteed with stunning crowds and a wide range of chants and cheers tied into the on-field action. These are just a few of the numerous upgrades and enhancements that will bring fans and sports gamers closer to the real thing than ever before.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is rated E by the ESRB and is available for an SRP of $59.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Saw II: Flesh & Blood (PS3/X360)

Saw II: Flesh & Blood puts players in the shoes of Detective Tapp's estranged son Michael, who is trying to understand his father's death. Through a series of seemingly unconnected events, the reunion may not be a happy one as he has become Jigsaw's next victim. In advancing through the story, players will face mind-bending puzzles, as they navigate their way through Jigsaw's terrifying world, and defend themselves against his minions. In order to survive Jigsaw's games, players must use their intelligence and desire to live in order to survive.

Saw II: Flesh & Blood is available in North America.

Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival (NDS/Wii/PC)

In Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival with gameplay steeped in math skills, including number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.

The learning game encourages early literacy and math skills and introduce kid-friendly "gameplay helpers" to simplify gameplay controls making them more accessible for children's small hands and developing skills.

Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure (NDS/Wii/PC)

Elmo and Zoe head to the zoo in Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, where they explore exciting zoo habitats and play games based on a variety of literacy skills. Players learn such skills as letter identification, letter sounds and word families in the Aquarium, Savanna, Jungle, Wetlands and Arctic habitats.

The learning game encourages early literacy and math skills and introduce kid-friendly "gameplay helpers" to simplify gameplay controls making them more accessible for children's small hands and developing skills.

Time Crisis: Razing Storm (PS3)

Time Crisis: Razing Storm delivers the most intuitive point-and-shoot experience ever as players have the option of using the PlayStation Move motion controller or Guncon 3.

An influential and dangerous international military organization decides to declare war against the United States. The government deploys elite task force S.C.A.R. to South America for the purpose of capturing the mastermind behind this conflict. The future of the free world depends on these special operatives. Can they stop these terrorists before it is too late?

Featuring four extensive gameplay modes, Time Crisis: Razing Storm combines the series' traditional shooting action with fully destructible environments. Arcade Mode provides the perfect coin-op adaptation to experience the adrenaline rush of annihilating an onslaught of enemies. In the game's free-roaming Story Mode, players can take cover and shoot at-will in a variety of new stages. New to the series, a multiplayer Online Battle Mode will allow up to eight friends from around the world to participate in cooperative and competitive fun. Sentry Mode offers up to four players the offline opportunity to stop prisoners from escaping during a penitentiary riot that unfolds in the beginning of the main story.

Rounding out the package, Time Crisis: Razing Storm includes two additional games: Deadstorm Pirates and Time Crisis 4 Arcade Version.

Time Crisis: Razing Storm is rated "T" by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Vanquish (PS3/X360)

Vanquish delivers a new sense of game merged shooting and action in a finely balanced manner. The story of Vanquish is set in the near future. Russia and the United States are vying for ownership of the world's fast-depleting energy resources and the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target – New York.

Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battlesuit. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies. Sam is the ultimate weapon, a perfect combination of destructive firepower and superhuman speed and agility. Sam will fight his way through the enormous, open environments of the space station. The most advanced, futuristic city in the skies becomes home to the action.

Vanquish is available in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is rated M for Mature by ESRB.

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