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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 29, 2011 @ 4:19 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 ...

Chime Super Deluxe (PSN)

Easy to play but hard to master, Chime Super Deluxe is a unique and addictive block puzzle game featuring an innovative music creation element. Players must cover a number of different grids with irregular shapes to form rectangular blocks called quads. Every shape and quad generates musical notes and phrases. As the grid is gradually covered, the song builds up in the background. Working their way towards that elusive 100% coverage, players create a unique remix every time.

Featuring new music from Sabrepulse, Plaid, Shlomo, Nathan McCree and Joe Hogan, Chime Super Deluxe also introduces a new multiplayer mode, an increase in the number of game grids, along with a complete graphical and gameplay overhaul making this the most visually attractive and refined iteration of the game.

Chime Super Deluxe is available on PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 for $9.99.

Country Dance (Wii)

Country Dance features more than 25 songs from country music's biggest names of past and present including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Johnny Cash, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw and more.

Country Dance is easily accessible to newcomers and familiar to fans of the popular rhythm dance genre of videogames. With integrated friendly cooperative modes, anyone can pick-up a Wii Remote and get moving along with their favorite dance partners. For more experienced players, the perfection mode assesses each dancer's skill and gives a score only when their move is a perfect hit.

Country Dance, rated E10+ for Everyone, is now available for $39.99.

Johnny Test (NDS)

Johnny Test is the TV series' first-ever full-length videogame and features all of the characters you've come to know and love, like Johnny's dog Dukey, his twin genius sisters Mary and Susan, next door neighbor Gil and villains Bling Bling Boy, Mr. Wacko, and Brain Freezer. Players can expect to encounter them all in the quest to save Johnny's hometown of Porkbelly in Johnny Test.

"I can't wait for everyone to see what experiments and trouble I get into in my new videogame," said Johnny Test. "Join me in my new game as I tamper with my sisters' 'real life simulator' machine and end up having to save the entire city of Porkbelly - I'm definitely going to need your help to get out of this mess, so pick up my game today and help me save the day!"

Currently in its fifth season, Johnny Test is one of Cartoon Network's most watched shows, featuring some of the most iconic and recognizable characters on the network. Johnny gets himself into a fantastically big mess in this side-scrolling platform adventure available everywhere exclusively on Nintendo DS. Join Johnny as he invariably runs into loads of precarious predicaments and pushes the limits of science and himself with the numerous laboratory gadgets trying to fix this experiment gone horribly wrong! Johnny and friends will have to break some rules in order to stop the bad guys and save Porkbelly - all before his parents find out, of course.

Key Features:

  • 12 Hilarious Levels! Play through 12 mind-bending levels of non-stop adventure, including a side-splitting story and video game parodies.
  • Alter-Ego Gameplay: Play as Johnny or as his alter egos: Johnny X or Trooper J!
  • Push the Limits: Speed limits, time limits, physical limits – test them all with a fantastic collection of gadgets fresh from the laboratory and power-ups galore!
  • Customize Yourself: Change Johnny's mood and ego as you play through each different level, utilizing his attitude to help advance in each situation.

Johnny Test, rated E, is available in North America today for $29.99 USD, and in Europe September 2011.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (PSP)

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a new stand-alone story in The Legend of Heroes series and the first of the Trails in the Sky games under an exclusive partnership with renowned Japanese developer Nihon Falcom, who celebrates their 30-year anniversary this month.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky opens in the quaint and peaceful town of Rolent in the Liberl Kingdom, home to a small local branch of an independent peacekeeping coalition known as the Bracer Guild. The adventure follows two young aspiring bracers known as Estelle and Joshua as they traverse the countryside to become full-fledged members of this elite organization. As they embark on their quest, their journey will take them from one corner of Liberl to the other, unraveling along the way a sinister government conspiracy determined to overthrow the throne, and threatening the very peace the bracers seek to uphold.

Boasting over 50 hours of gameplay and featuring an engaging narrative that encompasses everything from politics and economics to local laws and tourism, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky constitutes the ultimate portable adventure. On top of its meticulously crafted world where all actions and characters are accounted for throughout the story, the game also features a deep and customizable combat system, a massive cast of characters from all walks of life, a variety of landscapes, an in-game newspaper that receives updates as the story progresses and much more.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is rated "T" for Teen and is available exclusively for the PSP system.

Mayhem (PS3/X360)

Featuring a 3D gameplay option compatible with any TV and a unique graphic novel aesthetic, Mayhem boasts 20 levels in five arenas and four exciting game modes, including Demolition Derby, an intense battle to be the last one standing; Banger Racing, a no holds barred free-for-all to land in the pole position; Domination, a sumo wrestle style fight to knock opponents into the dreaded pit; and Eliminator, a pole position race with a twist - players must cross the finish line at the front of the pack or be annihilated. Up to eight users can brawl at a time online or two local players can go head-to-head on a splitscreen.

Drivers can choose from 120 different vehicles in six different classes: Muscle, Sedan, Wagon, Coupe, Trucks and Monster Trucks, and earn 'Mayhem Points' to unlock new levels by smashing into an opponent's vehicle resulting in a loss of parts or even explosions. By earning boost from collecting parts knocked off other vehicles, players receive 'Ramming Speed' rendering them nearly unstoppable. As an added bonus, minigame challenges, such as Pit Pusher, Duck Shoot, Rear Wrecker, and Part Collector, are also encountered throughout Mayhem to test players' automotive fortitude.

Mayhem, rated E10+ for ages ten and up, is now available for Xbox 360 and PS3 for $39.99. Each game will come packaged with retro anaglyph glasses so players have the option to view all the outrageous crashes and explosions in 3D on any television.

Moon Diver (PSN)

At the dawn of the 22nd century, an evil power brought inanimate objects to life, and they turned on humanity. Bridges, automobiles, cities – the whole of humanity's creations were all compelled to turn on their makers. Mankind's fears of apocalypse became reality!

Hidden amongst humanity's survivors, an elite unit of specially trained ninja known as Moondivers has been lying in wait for orders to reclaim the planet.

Today, those orders arrived. Today, the battle to retake Earth begins.

Moon Diver was created by Koichi Yotsui, the visionary game designer behind Strider. Moon Diver certainly pays homage to its side-scrolling ancestor with hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses, but the game also innovates in a number of ways, including: entirely modern three-dimensional graphics; a dynamic and intuitive character experience and leveling system; four-player local and online co-op with the ability to instantly drop in and out; and finally, a number of unique, selectable, upgradeable and cooperatively combinable character special abilities called "MoonSault Combinations," which can dramatically alter the field of play at any moment – from powerful area-of-effect attacks to critical passive power boosts to simple, yet effective, invisibility.

Key Features:

  • The Diver System allows players to jump in or out at any time, for a maximum of up to four players total. Guest players are awarded experience points for helping out.
  • Combos increase in power and intensity based on the number of players. Collect new combo moves by picking them up on the map or fulfilling certain requirements.
  • Adjust the difficulty level at any time with the Chaos Accelerator. Higher levels are rewarded with enhanced visuals and greater experience points. Players set the challenge rating as they see fit.
  • 12 stages to explore and master.
  • Local and online co-op for up to four players.
  • Character designs by Roberto Ferrari (Tatsunoko).

Moon Diver is rated E10+ and available for download on the PlayStation Network for $14.99.

NASCAR The Game 2011 (PS3/X360)

NASCAR The Game 2011 captures the thrill and spectacle of NASCAR with a complete field of 43 cars and drivers, 23 authentic tracks, full damage modeling, realistic wrecks, pit stops and truly authentic details from pre-race flyovers to victory spinouts.

Players now have full access to renowned NASCAR drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. Fans also have the ability to create their own driver, embarking on a career that will gain sponsors, endorsements, friends and foes. The driving style of each driver has been meticulously recreated and the game factors in point standings, past encounters and team affiliations as players progress through to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.

On the track, rivalries flare as players draft, bump and rub at incredible speeds. Additionally, high impact crashes, collisions and debris must be navigated with split second decisions to achieve glory at the checkered flag. There is also split screen two player action and 16-player online racing* for the ultimate challenge against friends. Customizable options and settings make NASCAR The Game 2011 the most accessible racing game available for fans of every skill level.

Exclusive GoDaddy.com paint schemes and garage signage have been integrated and are available by retrieving unlock codes at GoDaddy.com/Danica or GoDaddy.com/Mark. A partnership with Sprint brings enhanced game replays, a special unlockable Sprint decal pack and even Miss Sprint Cup into the game. Additional game content, video and special features can be found at GoDaddy.com and on Sprint NASCAR's mobile app and website.

NASCAR The Game 2011, E for Everyone, is available now on Xbox 360 and PS3 for $59.99 MSRP and on the Wii later this Spring for $49.99 MSRP.

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed (PS3/X360/PC)

Shift 2 Unleashed takes the revolutionary true driver's experience to the next level with an all-new rendering engine and graphics overhaul, innovative helmet camera, night racing, and authentic degradation of tracks and cars.

Exclusively featuring the newly-unveiled Pagani Huayra supercar, players will experience all the violence, energy and excitement of race day in this groundbreaking authentic racing experience. Shift 2 Unleashed also takes the innovative rivalry-generating Autolog technology pioneered by Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and connects friends and foes together in head-to-head races and player statistic match-ups to add new layers of depth and detail to the intricate customization and tuning of the simulation series.

Shift 2 Unleashed is now available in North America and will be available April 1 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The 3rd Birthday (PSP)

Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the "Twisted." An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year.

The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists – Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

The 3rd Birthday drops players into Manhattan in the year 2012. Hideous creatures known as the Twisted have come from the future to feed on humans – a resource they exhausted in their own era. Aya, a strong yet complex female protagonist, is the only candidate compatible with the Overdive system, and the only hope humanity has against its looming annihilation. True to the tradition of Square Enix games, The 3rd Birthday delivers a uniquely told story with riveting visuals that are unmatched among portable games.

The 3rd Birthday features characters designed by Tetsuya Nomura, famous for his work with the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises, and the celebrity voice talents of Yvonne Strahovki, of NBC's Chuck, and Jensen Ackles, of the CW's Supernatural. The talented cast creates compelling character development and storytelling that will keep players emotionally engaged as they help Aya fulfill her role as the only person who can save mankind from the menace of the Twisted and rediscover her lost past.

Key Features:

  • Exciting new chapter for Aya Brea from the popular Parasite Eve series: An engaging, all-new tale of survival horror set in a ravaged New York City
  • A true action-RPG hybrid: Resist the Twisted's vicious onslaught in a third-person shooter, with a heavy dose of character progression and customization
  • Strategic gameplay: The new Overdive System gives players a tactical advantage as they make split-second decisions on the battlefield
  • All-star production staff: Including producer Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy series), director Hajime Tabata (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII), character designer Tetsuya Nomura (Kingdom Hearts series), art director Isamu Kamikokuryo (Final Fantasy XIII) and music by Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts series)

The 3rd Birthday is available at North American retailers and the PlayStation Network for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (Wii/PS3/X360)

For the first time in franchise history, players can experience the rich history and tradition of the Masters Tournament and begin their own journey to become a Masters champion.

In addition to the opportunity to play Augusta National Golf Club, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters offers a series of enhanced and innovative features, including a completely revamped career mode, all-new caddie system, fresh broadcast presentation, new courses and PGA Tour golfers. For the first time ever, EA Sports laser-scanned every hole at Augusta National Golf Club to provide players with the most authentic digital representation of the Masters Tournament. Every tree, every azalea, and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail.

Key Features:

  • Career Mode: Beginning a career as an amateur, players work their way through Q School, the Nationwide Tour, and the PGA Tour.
  • Caddie Mode: Players pair up with their own caddie, who provides strategic advice to help them become a more successful golfer.
  • Masters Moments: Players relive and play through memorable, historic moments of the Masters and see where they measure up against some of the sport's greatest legends.
  • Courses and Players: Players can choose to play as or against more than 20 professional golfers, including new additions Zach Johnson (2007 Masters champion), Rickie Fowler (2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year) and Bubba Watson (2011 Farmers Insurance Open champion). In addition to Augusta National Golf Club and its Par 3 course, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters features 14 of the world's most celebrated courses, including Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Australia), St. Andrews Links, and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For the first time, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters for the Wii will feature Wii Balance Board functionality. Designed to promote golfer balance, the feature allows players to earn "Balance Points" to activate a power shot. Mini-golf, a family-friendly mode which originally debuted in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, is available again with the inclusion of five courses, including a new Boardwalk style layout.

Augusta National Golf Club, its Par 3 course and 19 courses are included in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 Collector's Edition, developed exclusively for PlayStation 3 while 25 courses are featured on the Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters retails for $59.99 on Xbox 360, the PS3, and $49.99 on Wii. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 Collector's Edition is available for $69.99. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will go on sale worldwide on April 1.

WWE All Stars (PSP/PS2//Wii/PS3/X360)

WWE All Stars bridges generations with a fun, fresh and fast-paced experience inside the virtual ring. Delivering one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a WWE videogame, WWE All Stars includes current-day WWE Superstars and legendary talent such as John Cena, The Rock, Andre the Giant, Triple H, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, The Miz, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rey Mysterio, and for the first time ever in a THQ-produced WWE videogame, "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Each roster member boasts a distinctive and highly stylized appearance, adding to the overall atmosphere and attitude exuding from the on-screen action.

WWE All Stars encompasses a fun, intuitive and approachable gameplay style, creating a highly competitive environment and an engaging spectacle. Packed with high-flying and hard-hitting action, players explore a variety of responsive quick and strong grapples, standing and running attacks, as well as combination sequences. Everyone on the power-packed roster is equipped with individual abilities, signature moves and renowned finishers to create the ultimate in-ring experience. In addition, offering four classes of competitor – Acrobat, Big Man, Brawler and Grappler – WWE All Stars provides players with WWE Legends and WWE Superstars who have distinct advantages and techniques to which other classes do not have access, including specific combinations and unique abilities.

WWE All Stars also recognizes the greatest matchups in WWE history may not have happened yet – until now. In Fantasy Warfare Mode, players will pick a side – WWE Legends or WWE Superstars – and compete in a series of fantasy matches that pit WWE talent with similar personal or in-ring attributes against one another to determine the greatest of all time. Informative and engaging video packages produced by WWE set up each of the pairings and match objectives.

"Satellite" from DGC/Interscope Records recording artist Rise Against will be prominently used in the WWE All Stars campaign. The song is from the band's new album, Endgame, which was released on March 15 and is available at online and retail outlets worldwide.

Offering a unique, bold and energetic gameplay experience packed with an incredible roster of legendary talent and current-day WWE Superstars, WWE All Stars, rated "T" for Teen, is available for the suggested retail prices of $59.99 (X360 and PS3), $49.99 (Wii) and $39.99 (PS2 and PSP) in the United States.

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