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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2010 @ 12:01 p.m. PST

Call of Duty: Black Ops (NDS/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

Call of Duty: Black Ops takes players around the globe, behind enemy lines, in the deepest and most intense Call of Duty experience ever. The title raises the bar for online gameplay with an arsenal of features, including unprecedented player customization fueled by an all-new in-game currency system, new Wager Match gameplay modes, Theater video recording capabilities to capture favorite gameplay experiences, Combat Training and more.

"From the beginning, we focused our entire studio on creating the most immersive Call of Duty experience ever," said Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia. "Treyarch wanted to give Call of Duty fans the ultimate entertainment package this year. Black Ops delivers an epic and cinematic single player experience, an incredibly deep multiplayer offering, and endless hours of co-op fun with Zombies."

The title's launch culminates a record-setting campaign, as anticipation for Call of Duty: Black Ops has continued to soar surpassing previous pre-order records. "We set a new record with reservations on Call of Duty: Black Ops with more than any other title in GameStop's history," stated GameStop senior vice president of merchandising, Bob McKenzie.

For the first time in the blockbuster series' history, Call of Duty: Black Ops brings players the immersive action in 3D. The title supports stereoscopic 3D via active shutter 3D glasses, delivering cinematically-intense, high-definition graphics set against a vivid audio backdrop in 5.1 surround sound, pulling players into the action like never before.

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PC is NVIDIA 3D Vision-Ready and supports stereoscopic 3D gaming using 3D Vision active-shutter glasses and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. For Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles, 3D features require a compatible 3D-ready HD TV.

Rated "M" (Mature – Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language) by the ESRB, Call of Duty: Black Ops is available on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PC. A version for Nintendo DS is available, from developer n-Space also titled Call of Duty: Black Ops and is rated "T" for Teen.

Collector's editions are also available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition features the RC-XD Surveillance Vehicle, delivering a fully-functioning remote camera that transmits both TFT color video and audio to its operator with a range of up to 200 feet. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition features a custom Black Ops limited edition medal, exclusive Avatar outfit as well as four playable zombie cooperative maps.

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike (Wii)

150 million years ago the world was dominated by powerful giant creatures: the dinosaurs. The Golden Age of Dinosaurs went through a great series of cataclysms that changed the surface of the planet forever. Survival became a perilous quest. With natural disasters wreaking havoc, chaos has taken over and the fight to become the top predator begins. Choose your dinosaur, evolve, survive and fight! Above all, dominate both nature and dinosaurs to restore balance and stop the extinction!

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike features spectacular combat and real-time fights at their very best. Engage in fast-paced fights with direct control over your giant creature. Perform real-time actions such as blocking, dodging, hitting and execute your new super combination attack. Players can explore three different breathtaking environments including tropical forests, deserts and mountains. Protect yourself from four different natural disasters while fighting, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Customize your favorite dinosaur and choose from 18 different species such as T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and Triceratops. Players can also challenge their friends and family by battling together in a rich variety of multiplayer modes for the whole family to enjoy including 4-player tournament mode, tag team battle mode or conquest mode.

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike is rated "E10+" for everyone 10 and older, and it's available for an MSRP of $29.99.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion (NDS)

In Beyblade: Metal Fusion on the DS, players compete against 19 other Beybladers in the World Championships. Featuring voice commands using the DS microphone and supporting 2-player competition via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or wirelessly using a single-card, Beyblade: Metal Fusion lets players battle for the rights to be the best. Players can play on various battle stadiums and utilize special attacks and winning strategies.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress (Wii)

The action is more thrilling than ever with Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress for Wii. The game features a complete game-specific story with the original characters from the show. The game is equipped with four-player "Battle Mode" competition allowing players to face off against three other human or AI controlled enemies, or play co-operatively with allies. Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress also includes a special DVD including a full-length episode titled, "Merci's Dangerous Trap" from Beyblade: Metal Fusion television series with art unique to the disc. The special DVD is exclusive to the limited edition Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress from November 9 or until supplies last for $39.99.

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence (NDS)

Become FBI agent Nicole Bonnet and try to reveal the killer in the shadows.

Get closer to the murderer, the truth and possibly your own death.

The mystery awaits you. Are you ready?

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence for Nintendo DS is rated "T" for teen and is available now for $19.99.

The Fight: Lights Out (PS3)

Exclusively for PlayStationMove on the PlayStation 3 system, The Fight: Lights Out takes players deep into the world of no-holds-barred fighting, challenging them to face off against a formidable lineup of rugged opponents as they brawl their way to the top of the underground fighting circuit. Taking the fighting genre to a new level of realism, The Fight: Lights Out incorporates PlayStation Move motion controllers and the PlayStation Eye camera to track players' movements with one-to-one precision and features optional stereoscopic 3D gameplay to create a wholly interactive and immersive bare-knuckle brawling experience.

The Fight: Lights Out also offers both online and offline multiplayer options, allowing players to take on a friend in local split-screen battles or put their skills to the test against fighters from across the country in online multiplayer throw downs. Utilizing The Fight: Lights Out's calorie counter feature, players can also enter their height, weight and age into their profiles to calculate approximate Body Mass Indexes (BMI), allowing the game to help them keep track of the calories burned as they work up a sweat delivering brutal beat downs.

The ESRB rates The Fight: Lights Out "T" for teen.

Football Manager 2011 (PC)

Football Manager 2011 has more new features than ever before. Debuting in this game is a new live contract negotiation system, with a host of new contract clauses. And by working with a multitude of real-life football agents, Sports Interactive gained an insight as to how these negotiations can be made as realistic as possible in-game. Prepare to meet different types of agents in your contract talks; each with their own personality so will therefore need a different approach.

With the implementation of the most intuitive training system in the series history, there is a new match preparation area of training so that managers can give their team specific areas to focus on in the lead up to a match. There are also more basic training schedules for players, and 14 different individual skill areas that you can focus your players on. Interaction with players, staff and the board have gone to a whole new level, with a host of new boardroom and backroom requests, a new player interaction module that allows the manager to have private conversations with players, as well as public conversations regarding players at other clubs.

Players will see a number of improvements to the 3D Match Engine implemented for this year's release. With over 100 new animations added, as well as more player emotions, new player models, new stadiums, pitch textures, improved lighting, floodlit night matches, more goal celebrations and lots of other extras which improve what was already the best match simulation on the market. One of the most requested new features, Dynamic League Reputation, also debuts in this year's game. Through Dynamic League Reputation, as teams get stronger and perform better on a continental level, the league they play in will also get stronger, attracting more players to want to play in the league and a more accurate modeling of the changing face of world football.

The PC version of the game will also include the ability to publish achievements and goals to social networking sites. Players can upload videos directly to a YouTube account. This will also include videos from the new match engine camera angle, dubbed the "TV camera" due to it being a moving and more zoomed in camera, much like you'd see when watching a match on TV. Other new features include a revamped media module, which will keep the managers better up to date with events going on in their football world, as well as being more customisable than ever before.

With all of these new features and more, Football Manager is set to retain its position as the most realistic, most played, annually best selling, and highest reviewed football management simulation in the world.

Hot Wheels Racing Circuit (PC)

Hot Wheels Racing Circuit allows players to design their own car with multiple paint schemes, body styles, and accessories. With these custom cars, players challenge friends to races and tournaments on out-of-this-world race tracks. Compatible on both PCs and Macs, the first two tracks are free to all users, while access to premium tracks along with exclusive rims, colors and other accessories are available with a $29.95 annual subscription.

Hot Wheels Racing Circuit is a 3D-rendered video game that features multiple play levels with rich imagery that resonates with boys. Players can join multiplayer games hosted by friends or other members, host their own race or play in single-player mode. With an upgrade to premium membership, users will have access to even more options to enhance their vehicles and participate in thrilling race tracks that will test players' racing prowess like never before.

Key Features:

  • Racers can choose from a multitude of different cars – from off-road vehicles with giant tires, to hot rod trucks with V10 engines, to fast-paced two-seater convertibles – that are as powerful as they are slick.
  • Weaponry choices will derail the competition with options such as missiles, fireballs and electromagnetic energy (of course, each weapon only harms the vehicle, not the virtual driver).
  • Players can outfit their vehicles with cool accessories such as power boosters to enhance speed, fusion batteries for extra power, and rims to give cars that extra flair.
  • In addition, a ton of bold paint colors will help players create a personalized ride designed to awe other racers in the Custom Showroom. Once the car is in the Showroom, other players engage with the community by rating member's cars.
  • Send friends one-to-one Challenges by selecting from a number of competitive modes including time, score or race position.

Just Dance Kids (Wii)

Just Dance Kids features over 40 fun dances created by choreographers and is led by kids, showcasing some of the biggest pop and hip hop hits re-recorded by kids. Younger kids will love dancing to their favorite TV shows and television personalities, including The Wiggles and Yo Gabba Gabba. There are also classic kids' songs for even the youngest kids that will want to play.

Pick-up-and-play mechanics make it easy for kids of all ages to participate. Players can play dance party mode (songs that continuously play), freeze and shake mode (shaking the Wii Remote or freezing for extra points) and team play mode allowing kids to dance together for a team score.

Progression tracking allows parents to log calories burned, time played, and tracks a playlist of their child's favorite songs. Just Dance Kids is exercise in disguise, providing kids with a healthy workout while having fun right at home!

Just Dance Kids is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB and available for an MSRP of $29.99.

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction (NDS/Wii/PSP/X360)

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction brings the bright lights, roaring engines and crushing action of the popular touring show straight to fans' fingertips. Players will get behind the wheel of 28 of their favorite Monster Jam monster trucks, including Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, and Grinder, or design their own, one-of-a-kind monster truck with a wide variety of customization options.

In single player mode, the goal is to become the best and beat all of the rest! Players will battle in real Monster Jam events in eight authentic stadiums on the path to the Monster Jam World Finals. In head-to-head multiplayer, players can compete against friends and family to earn ultimate bragging rights as the best monster truck driver.

This game is available now and rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. Building on the realism, Wii owners can customize their experience with a Monster Jam steering wheel and sticker kit for $39.99 MSRP. The Nintendo DS version comes with a limited edition buildable K'NEX Micro Grave Digger construction toy for $29.99 MSRP.

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (NDS)

The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. Micah is an adventurer with an unusual secret: he's half monster! He'll have to unite the humans and the Univir in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both!

Rune Factory 3 introduces a number of exciting new features to the Rune Factory series: befriended villagers will now join you in battle and lend you their unique skills, players can transform Micah into his monster form to unleash a savage new arsenal of fighting moves, and the game's new multiplayer mode lets up to three players work together to conquer unique dungeons packed with rare items and fearsome monsters.

Rune Factory 3 is rated E10+ by the ESRB and available at an MSRP of $29.99.

SingStar Dance (PS3)

Taking the franchise's successful vocal-based gameplay to the next level, SingStar Dance introduces a new dance feature that now allows players to sing or dance along with their favorite chart-topping hits and authentic music videos. As players follow the on-screen choreography, the accurate PlayStation Move motion controller tracks their dance moves with 1:1 precision, scoring them on accuracy and skill. SingStar Dance features 30 energetic tracks by today's hottest artists like Lady Gaga, La Roux and Black Eyed Peas, as well as classic hits by artists like Run DMC, The Jackson 5 and Cyndi Lauper. Supporting up to four players, using two PlayStation Move motion controllers and two microphones, SingStar Dance delivers an engaging and entertaining experience for the whole family. SingStar Dance is available in stores today for $39.99.

The SingStar Dance Party Pack, priced at $39.99, includes the SingStar Dance game in addition two SingStar Microphones and a SingStar USB converter, giving consumers everything they need to immediately start singing along with the entire SingStar Dance track list at one value-added price.

The ESRB rates SingStar Dance "T" for teen.

The Sly Collection (PS3)

The critically acclaimed Sly Cooper series returns on the PS3 as The Sly Collection, featuring remastered versions of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, and Sly 3 Honor Among Thieves. Originally developed for PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, all three classic hits have been remastered in high definition and stereoscopic 3D available on a single Blu-ray Disc, delivering crisp picture quality and stunning visual graphics. Additionally, the Blu-ray Disc compilation includes four PlayStation Move enhanced mini-games, expanding the gameplay and introducing Sly Cooper and his gang to a new fanbase.

Originally developed by Sucker Punch Productions and remastered by Sanzaru Games, The Sly Collection sees the mischievous raccoon and his gang of eccentric friends pull off daring heists and thrilling missions from across the globe. The Sly Collection masterfully blends stealth, thievery, combat, strategy and exploration into one huge game.

The ESRB rates The Sly Collection "E" to "E 10+".

Tap and Teach: the Story of Noah's Ark (NDS)

Tap and Teach: the Story of Noah's Ark is an interactive storybook designed to improve the reading skills of 3-6 year old children via a fully narrated read-along version of one of the most well-known stories of all time. Charming interactive illustrations depicting adorable characters and creatures bring each reading session to vivid life, all the while extending vocabulary and letter and word recognition. In addition to the storybook aspect of the program, supplemental activities include exercises in spelling, creativity, music and more.

"Noah's Ark marks the availability of the first game in our strategy to gain market share in the broad interactive educational sector," said Melanie Mroz, President and CEO of SouthPeak Interactive. "The interactive educational space provides us with an exciting outlet in which we can leverage our proven publishing and marketing expertise as well as our top tier retail partnerships to establish a foothold in an existing growth market."

Tap and Teach: the Story of Noah's Ark, rated E for Everyone, is now available exclusively on Nintendo DS for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 (Wii)

Built from the ground up for Wii, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 opens a new chapter in the air combat genre, offering an intense co-op experience for flight enthusiasts of all levels and engaging players in every aspect of near-future jet fighter conflicts.

While the entire game can be played in two-person co-op (with the second player functioning as the back-seat pilot helping to defend airplanes and take down enemies), there's also a multiplayer mode with a classic arcade feel that can be enjoyed by up to eight players simultaneously.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 includes a multitude of modes in addition to the Campaign mode. Players can test their dogfight skills against enemies, go retro with a classic arcade-style top scroller, challenge in-story characters who are flying their trademark aircraft to prove who's the best, and much more!

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 for Wii is rated T for Teen with an MSRP of $29.99.

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