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Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:15 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 ...

Alice in Wonderland (NDS/Wii/PC)

Ten years after falling into Wonderland, the teenage Alice has fallen again. Now fans of this classic tale can join her in video games inspired by the highly anticipated Tim Burton film.

In the games, Alice and friends embark on a journey to save Underland, which has been taken over by the Red Queen's army. Full of imagination, creativity, and good vs. evil, Alice in Wonderland is a fun-filled adventure for everyone. Players explore multiple environments, including the Mushroom Forest and the Red Queen's castle filled with strange doors, passageways, false perspectives, and objects that come to life to enhance the journey.

"As we started developing the games, we wanted to give fans a chance to experience the beauty of Underland and explore this fantastical world," said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. "We also wanted to give kids a unique experience on the DS so we created two very different games."

Alice in Wonderland introduces fans to an entirely new style of innovative gameplay that will challenge the puzzle solving skills of experienced players, while making the adventures accessible and enjoyable for Underland's newest visitors. Along the way are lessons about the importance of friendships and loyalty, as well as self discovery. A variety of combat, puzzles and exploration will give all audiences something to enjoy and replay. In addition, Underland is famous for its familiar cast of characters and in the games, Disney Interactive Studios developers have followed suit, giving each "cast member" unique abilities to aid player in evading traps and solving puzzles.

The Wii and PC versions also feature an upgradeable combat system, in which players collect "impossible ideas" to unlock Underland's secrets. Players must carefully select the supporting characters and their abilities to defeat the many enemies set forth by the Red Queen and her army of cards.

The DS version introduces a new twist as players control a cast of Alice's diverse and enduring friends to guide her and combat the legions of the Red Queen's army. Creating their own path through Underland using the oraculum map, players lead, protect and help Alice on her quest. The DS version features an innovative art style and unique character abilities similar to those of the Wii and PC versions. Nintendo DSi players will use the system's camera to detect colors mapped to unlockable content when tasks are completed. Also included in the DS version is DGamer, the online community exclusive to Disney gamers on Nintendo DS, allowing players to connect with others and unlock additional items in their DS game.

Alice in Wonderland was developed by France's Etranges Libellules and is rated E 10+.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3/X360/PC)

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has received worldwide acclaim for its intense first-person modern warfare, spectacular destructible environments and seamless multiplayer experience supported by dedicated servers.

"We're extremely proud today to deliver a game that we feel is the best Battlefield experience to date. Fans of the series will be thrilled to get back in the sandbox, now with stunningly beautiful landscapes, supreme vehicle warfare and totally destructible environments. We are also so excited to welcome new FPS and action gamers who will find the gameplay spontaneous and refreshing," said Patrick Bach, Senior Producer for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Defined by its increasingly intense vehicular warfare, destruction, variety of weapons and huge sandbox environments, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 promises to be one of the finest online FPS games of 2010. Its dedicated servers that allow for smooth, seamless online play help it stand out among the competition. Developed using state of the art graphics technology, the PC version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the first title in the Battlefield franchise to be 3-D-ready, playable in DirectX 11, and support multiple monitors for properly equipped PCs.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is available now in North America and will be available in Europe on March 4, 2010 for the Xbox 360(R) videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and PC. Two all-new multiplayer maps for the game will also be unlocked today in North America at no extra charge (Included with purchase of new game, iternet connection required) with two more coming later in March. Available in the box, these map packs are unlocked by simply inputting a VIP code (included in the shrink-wrapped box. Those players that do not have a code can purchase one via the in-game store for $15. PC players will get the content as a game update. Internet connection required).

Deca Sports DS (NDS)

Featuring 10 all-new, innovative sports for portable gaming, Deca Sports DS will continue the original game's credo of, "the Everybody Sports Game." Like the other Deca Sports titles, Deca Sports DS will feature an all-new diverse selection of sports including golf, ping pong, cheerleading, bobsled and rugby, as well as offbeat and exotic sports such as arm wrestling, clay shooting, wall climbing, sky diving and sepak takraw. For added competitive fun, up to six players can join through DS Download Play. In addition to the new sports and multiplayer functionality, gamers will also be able to design their own teams by customizing uniforms, changing athlete abilities and even altering the physical characteristics of the athletes themselves.

"After having great success on Wii with Deca Sports and Deca Sports 2, we are happy to bring the franchise to the DS so fans can enjoy the game on the move," said Dai Kudo, Director of Consumer Products at Hudson Entertainment. "We're ready to make a whole new class of DECAthletes out of gamers everywhere."

Deca Sports DS will cost $29.99 and is available in gaming retail outlets everywhere.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP)

Following the epic journey of a young boy whose adventures to become the Dragonmaster eventually set him on a path to save the world of Lunar, this classic RPG masterpiece has been reborn with all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack. This re-imagined entry welcomes a new audience to the unforgettable series, with added story elements sure to intrigue returning fans.

An entirely revamped iteration of the classic RPG, Lunar: Silver Star Story, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony was developed by Game Arts and will launch exclusively on the PSP system. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99, while the Limited Edition version, which includes a CD soundtrack and a set of 13 exclusive "bromide" collector cards highlighting the girls of Lunar, will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.99. A digital download version of the game will also be available on the PlayStation Store for a retail price of $29.99 starting March 4.

Major League Baseball 2K10 (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)

Marking the 10th anniversary of the franchise and featuring cover athlete and All-Star third baseman, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Major League Baseball 2K10 will highlight the intense battle between pitchers and hitters like never before.

"We have supreme confidence in the vast improvement of Major League Baseball 2K10 this season," said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K. "With the all-new My Player career mode and integration of MLB Today, along with our retooled pitching and hitting mechanics, we aren't holding anything back. We're also incredibly excited about rewarding one lucky fan with a million dollars for pitching a perfect game."

From the mound to the plate, Major League Baseball 2K10 will give fans the ability to paint the corners with Total Control Pitching, and to work the count with Total Control Hitting, featuring an all-new defensive swing mechanic to foul off pitches. With the integration of MLB Today, gamers will now be delivered real-time results, standings, news and stats to ensure timely commentary that reflects what's actually going on in Major League Baseball. Fans can also become a living legend with the all-new My Player career mode by creating a player, choosing a team and playing their way from a Double-A Minor LeagueTM team into the Hall of Fame. Additionally, popular baseball analyst John Kruk will join the team to provide more in-depth commentary, giving Major League Baseball 2K10 the first ever three-man broadcast booth in a baseball video game.

2K Sports will also offer fans the thrilling opportunity this season to win an unprecedented cash prize in the amount of $1,000,000 for being the first person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10. In order to accomplish this rare feat, contestants will need to master all facets of this year's improved pitching and hitting controls, while documenting the action. Fans will be able to participate in the contest beginning on March 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM PST and ending on May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT. This special contest, sponsored by 2K Sports, is available for the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live and PS3 through the PlayStation Network.

Developed by K Sports' Visual Concepts studio, Major League Baseball 2K10, rated E for Everyone, is now available for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii and NDS. Major League Baseball 2K10 will be available for PC on March 9.

MLB 10 The Show (PSP/PS2/PS3)

Widely considered the most authentic baseball game available, MLB 10 The Show hurls fans further into the Major Leagues, providing an unrivaled simulation with ultra realistic, broadcast quality gameplay bringing players as close to the action as possible. With exciting new key features and enhancements to the critically acclaimed title, MLB 10 The Show is poised to continue the franchise's reign as the premier MLB licensed game on any platform.

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, San Diego Studio, this year's title promises to deliver another immersive baseball gaming experience complete with a "Catcher Mode" option leading the new features in "Road to The Show," complete MLB All-Star Break activities including the always popular Home Run Derby, improved online multiplayer, and unmatched stadium realism and ambiance with incredibly detailed graphics and animations that help bring the baseball experience to life.

"As the industry leader, we continue to deliver the richest and most immersive baseball experience available," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "MLB 10 The Show's new feature set coupled with our team's unsurpassed attention to detail continues to raise to bar for authenticity and true-to-life gameplay. It's a must have for sports fans and an experience only available on PlayStation."

The long awaited Home Run Derby leads the deep features list in MLB 10 The Show for the PS3 system. Fully implemented in the season modes and available as a stand-alone feature, Home Run Derby follows the MLB rules and flow allowing players to see who is the king of the long ball.

The MLB Futures Game will also be available within season modes in its correct time frame (just before the Home Run Derby), as well as fully functional online leagues. The new online season leagues will save and display MLB player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-man roster functionality.

Additional new features for the PS3 game include "Catcher Mode," where players can be the ultimate field general and have the ability to call the game as the catcher in "Road to The Show" career mode. MLB 10 The Show will also offer daytime transitional lighting, a newly added "Movie Maker" menu giving the user the ability to select multiple replays to add to and edit a single movie, and 11 new stadiums. Five new Minor League parks will be introduced, as well as a selection of classic stadiums available on the PS3 system for the first time including Forbes Field, Crosley Field, Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman Park, and Griffith Stadium.

MLB 10 The Show once again raises the overall level of detail and realism from customizable fan chants, to jumbotron animations, to crowd atmosphere. Not to be outdone, stadium ambiance will be improved with the addition of HR/splash counters, fireworks, steam, noisemakers, towels, thunder sticks, crowd reaching over the rails, and crowd detail, such as interaction with vendors and placing Ks.

Online multiplayer has also vastly improved this year to bring more of that competitive fire out amongst friends. First and foremost, the game will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions and bandwidth has been reduced to help the speed and flow of online gameplay. Along with the core online league play, where gamers can customize leagues including choosing players, teams, and length of schedule, MLB 10 The Show will now offer fully functional online season leagues. The new online season leagues will save and display MLB player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-man roster functionality. Alongside this will be weekly live roster updates, available every week throughout the entire MLB season, tracking roster changes, addition of new MLB players (with correct attributes), and player attribute updates to reflect hot and cold streaks. The Show will offer the ability to view every game you've ever played online, complete with opponents, box scores, and game logs.

The gameplay in The Show has been enhanced considerably with improved logic, animations, and presentations resulting in a wider variety of hit types (including more choppers), ball collision improvements enabling bounces off of any part of the batter's body, comebackers to the mound, ability to rob HRs, and more -- all new aspects of the gameplay that not only look great, but feel right.

The popular "Road to The Show" mode returns to The Show with version 4.0 featuring the addition of two new interactive training modes, new settings, and new presentations. Interactive training will consist of a set of mini-games designed to improve a player's fielding and pitching ability, adding to last year's introduction of batting and base running training. "Franchise Mode" also returns to the game, including the 40-man roster, salary arbitration, waiver transactions and September call-ups.

For fans who want to take The Show on the go, MLB 10 The Show for the PSP and PSPgo systems delivers big baseball action in the palm of your hand by utilizing core gameplay features found on the PS3 system version.

Exclusive for PS2 system is the unrivaled "Player Creator," providing users with endless possibilities for creating players, including everything down to their player's face with EyeToy. Users can also adjust their personal rituals, swings, and even emotions as they create and place themselves in the heat of a pennant race.

Project Runway (Wii)

The Project Runway video game, based on the mega hit TV program, is making its way "from the runway" into retail stores.

A must-have "accessory" for series fans; Project Runway the videogame puts players in the role of aspiring fashion designers. Similar to the show, "designers" are presented with a range of theme challenges as they create fashions, select models, and style them with hair, make-up, and accessories. Players can then go from designer to model and show off their creations and work their way down the runway using the Wii Balance Board accessory. Capturing the true essence of Project Runway, the title features the show's key talent Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia as well as eight contestants from season six including reigning Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva.

In addition to the core reality show competition, the Project Runway video game for Wii includes a variety of fun, family friendly game features inspired by the content from the show. These include:

  • a Wii Balance Board-compatible catwalk game
  • an interactive garment studio
  • a fashion career mode
  • hair and make-up studios
  • a high-profile fashion photo shoot

This fashion forward title, developed by Tornado Studios, is currently available for Wii and will also be available on PC March 9, 2010.

SpongeBob's Boating Bash (NDS/Wii)

In this four-player family-friendly "crash-n-bash" multi-playergame, players cause mayhem in the wacky world of Bikini Bottom as they drive customizable boat mobiles, compete against their favorite SpongeBob SquarePants characters in zany arenas, and collect boat parts in order to earn their boating license.

After failing to pass Ms. Puff's boat mobile driving class 78 times, SpongeBob SquarePants remains determined to finally earn a boat mobile license but is tricked into taking the wacky "Learn to D.R.I.V.E." course offered to him by a shady shark named Seymour Scales. SpongeBob has no idea that the course literally will steer him in zany directions. SpongeBob's Boating Bash will introduce an off-the-wall driving adventure that will have players swerving to avoid obstacles, crashing into other boat mobiles to win a race, all the while collecting boat parts to earn points. Driving behind the wheel of customizable boat mobiles, players will wreak havoc and demolish their opponent's boats to ultimately be the last one standing.

SpongeBob's Boating Bash, rated E for everyone, is available at the suggested retail prices of $39.99 (Wii) and $29.99 (DS/Nintendo DSi).

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