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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2010 @ 1:13 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 ...

Bejeweled 3 (PC)

Beyond sharp, high-definition graphics (1920 x 1200 in "ultra" mode) and a catchy new soundtrack, Bejeweled 3 boasts eight different modes containing a cornucopia of new game experiences. Among those, four our all-new "secret" modes (Butterflies, Diamond Mine, Ice Storm and Poker) provide exciting new interpretations of the Bejeweled theme. Proclaim your prowess across all the new modes and mini-games by maxing out 65 achievement badges and topping the high score lists, or check your progress with the fun statistics at the end of each game.

The four all-new modes of Bejeweled 3 are:

  • Butterflies: Match the butterfly gems to free them before they ascend the board. If they flutter all the way to the top, the spider wins!
  • Poker: Make matches to create poker hands, with better hands scoring more points. Avoid "outlawed" hands as the game progresses, or only a lucky flip of the coin can save you.
  • Diamond Mine: Delve deep beneath the earth by exploding gems to tunnel downward. Unearth gold, artifacts and Hypercubes to score big!
  • Ice Storm: Hold back the rising ice floe in this chilling, speed-based variation. Match gems quickly to keep columns of frost at bay.

Bejewled 2 is available on PopCap.com and major portal partners such as MSN Games, Pogo.com, Steam, GameHouse and WildTangent, as well as at retail outlets throughout North America at a suggested retail price of US $19.95.

Disney Sing It: Party Hits DLC (PS3)

Players can download three new songs with original music videos for Disney Sing It: Party Hits and rock the microphone to "Dance Forever" by Allstar Weekend, "According to You" from Australian guitarist Orianthi, and "Round and Round" by Selena Gomez and The Scene.

The downloadable song pack is available for $5.50. Songs from the pack can also be purchased individually for $1.99 each.

Disney Sing It: Party Hits is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available for PlayStation 3 and Wii at a suggested retail price of $39.99 as a standalone game or bundled with a Logitech microphone for $49.99.

Hello Kitty Seasons (Wii)

Hello Kitty Seasons for the Wii features fun and innovative gameplay that changes with the turning of the seasons. Whether diving into spring cleaning, dishing up ice cream to friends in hot summer weather, picking pumpkins during the brisk fall harvest or keeping friends warm with hot cocoa in the chilly winter, each new season brings a unique look and fresh challenges to Hello Kitty fans.

Players take part in an adventure through which they help develop a whimsical, colorful village while participating in exciting quests while the seasons change right before their eyes. Fans of all ages can unlock items to customize their avatar, upgrade their town and collect in-game items as they progress through the game.

Rated "E" for Everyone, Hello Kitty Seasons is available for Nintendo Wii with a MSRP of $29.99.

TRON: Evolution (NDS/PSP/PS3/X360/PC) / TRON: Evolution - Battle Grids (Wii)

TRON: Evolution has a story set around a series of seismic events within the Grid of TRON. Players control a security program, Anon, who must protect the digital world from Abraxas, a dangerous computer virus. Players will witness unique moments that are referenced or shown as the backstory of the thrilling "TRON: Legacy" story. The game features the iconic TRON vehicles – light cycles, light tanks and recognizers – and has high mobility combat using light discs. The multiplayer modes enable up to 10 players to take on each other online in a variety of maps with on-foot combat, light cycles and light tanks.

The PlayStation 3 version includes a stereoscopic 3D option for 3D-capable HDTVs and also supports the PlayStation Move motion controller during light cycle gameplay in story mode.

Free downloadable content is available through a one-time-use retail code in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC versions of TRON: Evolution. The content includes two multiplayer maps available now and a Sam Flynn multiplayer character skin, available Dec. 14, 2010. Additional premium downloadable content will be released in the future.

TRON: Evolution is rated T for Teen by the ESRB for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system and has a suggested retail price of $59.99. TRON: Evolution games (E10+) for the Nintendo DS and PSP are $39.99. The Games For Windows - Live version (Teen) sells for $29.99. A Collector's Edition for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is priced at $129.99 and features the game, an exclusive collectible illuminated light cycle model, protective case and vouchers for "TRON: Legacy" film tickets.

TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids for Wii features 15 minigames for as many as four players in the same room. Families and younger players can experience the story mode and track their results in the competitive arcade-style combat games.

TRON: Evolution - Battle Grids, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, for Wii has a $49.99 suggested retail price.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (PC)

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has returned, and the world has been reshaped by the devastation left in his wake. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. Players can now begin their journey to the new level cap of 85, discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

"Cataclysm adds an incredible amount of new content for players to explore, revitalizing the game world and building on everything we've learned since World of Warcraft launched over six years ago," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We thank all of our beta testers for helping make this our best expansion yet, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone in the new Azeroth."

The expansion can now be purchased at retail stores on DVD-ROM for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Win7 and Macintoshat a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD. A special Collector's Edition packed with bonus items is also available exclusively from retailers for a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is also offered as a digital download through Battle.net account management for $39.99 USD.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is now on sale in stores throughout North America, Europe, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and will be available beginning December 9 in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Yogi Bear: The Video Game (NDS/Wii)

In Yogi Bear: The Video Game, players can put on the hat and tie of the lovable Yogi Bear to discover and interact with the animal creatures and visitors of Jellystone Park. Players will be able to explore, jump, crawl, belly slide, sneak, and zip-line through majestic Jellystone Park locales in search of protected wildlife, adventure, and sometimes the distraction of a "pic-a-nic" basket or two! However, be careful, Ranger Smith doesn't tolerate disturbance of his campers and keeps a watchful eye over the park. Luckily there is Yogi Bear's trusty sidekick Boo Boo, to help Yogi get through difficult challenges and antics.

Yogi Bear: The Video Game is rated "E" by the ESRB and is available for the suggested retail price of $39.95 on Wii and $29.95 on Nintendo DS.

Your Shape Fitness Evolved DLC (X360)

There are two new programs for Your Shape Fitness Evolved:

  • The "Toned Body Program," to strengthen all your muscles and get a firmer body (320 MSFT points)
  • "Cardio Boxing Platinum," a new advanced level of the Cardio-Boxing class (400 MSFT points)
  • Bundled Pack: "Toned Body Program" and "Cardio Boxing Platinum" (560 MSFT points)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel Transer (Wii)

Mysterious characters from the Duelist Corp have descended on the island of Ragnarok and are looking to battle in the competition held by one of the game's original characters. This time, players do battle in the Duel of Legend Cup alongside franchise favorites Yusei Fudo and Jack Altus with more than 4,500 cards including Star Strike Blast. Build your deck and duel against your favorite characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's universe, including 20 new characters to interact with, throughout Story Mode and Free Duel. Players will compete through 13 duelist stages, each with a completely original honeycomb mapping system allowing for both linear and non-linear game play.

Dueling is the heart of the game and this game brings duelists together all across the world by allowing for heads-up dueling via Wii's Wi-Fi connection. In addition to online play, up to two players can duel locally as well.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel Transer is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB for Wii and is available at retail stores nationwide today for $39.99.

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