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Monday, November 15, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2010 @ 3:42 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 ...

uDraw GameTablet (Wii)

With the uDraw GameTablet, the television becomes a virtual canvas for everyone from doodlers to accomplished artists, letting them create original artwork, enjoy drawing-based games, such as Pictionary - and even save their artistic creations on an SD memory card to print and share via e-mail with family and friends.

Debuting at retailers in time for the holidays, the uDraw GameTablet has a suggested retail price of $69.99 and comes bundled with a feature-rich drawing, coloring and art-based video game, uDraw Studio.

In addition, THQ is releasing two video games designed especially for use with the uDraw GameTablet. In the entirely new Dood's Big Adventure, gamers of all ages enjoy an exciting drawing-inspired side-scrolling adventure. And the uDraw GameTablet puts a new spin on the classic game of quick sketches and crazy guesses - Pictionary, which comes to video game consoles for the first time in more than two decades.

Already, Pictionary for the uDraw GameTablet has been hailed by Parenting, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping as one of the best Wii games for kids and families.  Both Dood's Big Adventure and Pictionaryhave a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.

"We're delighted to work closely with Nintendo on the uDraw GameTablet, which gives Wii owners a fantastic creative outlet this holiday season," said THQ Chief Executive Officer Brian Farrell. "uDraw makes a perfect, affordable holiday gift that encourages artistic expression alongside great gaming experiences that are fun for the whole family."

"The uDraw GameTablet is an amazing addition to the Wii and opens up its creative possibilities," said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. "THQ has shown enormous innovation with uDraw, which is not only a perfect holiday gift, but we think will become a 'must-have' for Wii owners for a very long time."

The uDraw GameTablet is a first-of-its-kind, innovative gaming accessory developed by THQ exclusively for Wiiand is now available at retailers across North America.  The uDraw GameTablet is expected to launch in Europe and other international territories beginning early next year. Additional uDraw video game titles are planned to release in 2011 and beyond.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (NDS)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! transports players to Mario’s new theme park, Mini-Land, where the lovely Pauline has been kidnapped by Donkey Kong. To rescue her, players must guide pint-sized Mini Marios through more than 200 levels, each filled with obstacles and traps set by Donkey Kong himself. Using simple stylus controls, players can place girders to cross pits, build conveyor belts, set springs or strategically place warp pipes to make their way to the next level. The new Mini Pauline joins the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series’ roster of familiar toys (including Mini Mario, Mini Toad™, Mini Princess and Mini Donkey Kong).

The Construction Zone feature lets users create their own unique levels and share them with others around the world. Players everywhere can access, download and play an ever-growing library of fan-created levels via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service. This feature provides a constant stream of new levels and fun. Players can also use a local wireless connection to send levels to nearby Nintendo DS users who also have a Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! game card.

Within Construction Zone is the new Challenge Mode feature, where Nintendo will issue level-creation challenges to players. For instance, one challenge might ask players to create a level using a certain number of items, while another might challenge them to create a level made using just one type of item. Everyone can download, play and vote for their favorite entries.

“Mario vs. Donkey Kong games are known for providing endless fun due to their unique combination of platform and puzzle elements along with the compelling usage of Mini Marios,” said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. “Play this latest hand-held adventure for just a few minutes and you’ll understand why it’s so hard to put down.”

The intuitive touch-screen controls of Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiand Nintendo DSi XLsystems make Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! accessible for anyone to pick up and play. A handy Help Mode lets users get information about special in-game items. If they get stuck trying to solve a level, they can even use the built-in Mini Guide to view a possible solution.

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