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Monday, May 24, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 24, 2010 @ 5:26 a.m. PDT

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 ...

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 sends players on a remarkable interstellar adventure designed to please fans and series newcomers alike.

Like the original Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 lets players take control of Marioas he travels to a host of imaginative planets, collecting Power Stars and striving to rescue Princess Peach from the malevolent Bowser. This new installment enhances the action with an array of new power-ups, gravity-defying levels and inventive game options. For the first time in this series, players can hop on the back of Mario’s pal Yoshi, who aids him on his quest in select stages. Also, players now can choose to play as Mario or later in the game in select stages as his brother, Luigi.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 brings so many fun new elements to the franchise,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our developers have created entire new worlds filled with great characters, inventive power-ups and that distinctive Mario charm.”

New power-ups in Super Mario Galaxy 2 include Cloud Mario and Rock Mario, which enable Mario to create temporary cloud platforms or smash through obstacles as a boulder. With the Spin Drill, he can tunnel from one side of a planet to another. Items such as the new Dash Pepper and Blimp Fruit give Yoshi the power to move around in unusual ways, like running up vertical walls or floating to new heights. Yoshi can also use his tongue to grab enemies and items, or to swing across dangerous chasms. In addition to Power Stars, players can collect Comet Medals that unlock even more challenging levels.

For friends who enjoy gaming together and have an additional Wii Remote controller, Super Mario Galaxy 2 offers the Co-Star mode that was introduced in the original Super Mario Galaxy, but with even more ways to interact. This mode allows two players to team up and cooperate as they zoom from planet to planet, where the second player controls a Luma that can defeat enemies, grab coins and pick up Starbits. Super Mario Galaxy 2 also features in-game guides that illustrate how to perform certain moves and clear tricky levels, lending players of any experience level a helping hand as they progress through the game.

City Builder (Wii)

Based in a colorful animated world, City Builder is an easy to play, fun to master puzzle game for the whole family.  All ages will enjoy building a larger than life cartoon city, encountering some crafty critters including Big Foot, Mole Man and Aliens, intent on slowing them from growing their city across multiple maps and continents.

"City Builder is a fun game that blends the excitement of puzzle solving with strategy inspired gameplay of city construction games to create an open-ended puzzler where anything can happen," said Virginie Grange, Business Development at Virtual Play Games. "We've brought our unique spin on the genre by adding wacky characters and environments with compelling puzzles to entertain kids and challenge parents alike." said Darrell Benvenuto, General Manager at Collision Studios.

With over 100 puzzles, each city has three interconnecting layers to build in cities across multiple continents, mini games that use the Wii Remote™ and more than 20 hours of gameplay, City Builder is a huge value just in time for summer break.

City Builder for Wii is now widely available for a suggested retail price of $29.99. It is also available on PC.

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