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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 17, 2011 @ 8:42 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 ...

Cake Mania Main Street (NDS)

The franchise's fourth Nintendo DS installment brings the mania back to Bakersfield as Jill and her friends franticly work to revitalize Main Street and save their hometown.

Cake Mania Main Street features 100 levels of fast-paced gameplay marked by the series' signature time management mechanic. For the first time ever, players can expand beyond the bakery and manage new shops including Jack's Burger Barn, Risha's Flowers and Tiny's Sumo Sushi. These new downtown businesses boast more than 50 upgrades each that players can purchase with cash earned from wacky new customers. Buy all new savory recipes that include over 35 unique ingredients that will keep customers coming back for more!

Cake Mania Main Street for Nintendo DS is rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and up, and is available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Crysis 2 - Retaliation Map Pack (X360/PC)

Retaliation features four maps that introduce new iconic locations to the fun, addictive and fast-paced multiplayer campaign that helped make Crysis 2 a critical and commercial success. New maps in Retaliation include "Park Avenue", "Transit", "Shipyard" and "Compound".

Retaliation is available for download on the Xbox 360 and PC for 800 Microsoft points or $9.99.

Fable III (PC)

Storytelling comes to life as "Fable III" for Windows puts gamers in an epic journey that will see them rise from revolutionary to ruler and beyond. Action- adventure seeking fans can expect the same great content found in the Xbox 360 version, such as a sleek 3-D interface and world map that comes to life before their eyes; dynamic single-player and cooperative modes; and characters voiced by Hollywood's brightest stars, including John Cleese, Simon Pegg, Michael Fassbender, and Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley – all wrapped up in a riveting narrative that will test the boundaries of morality.

The Windows version of "Fable III" comes packed with extra goodies for PC fans, including the addition of a new and more challenging "Hardcore" mode, all in-game content and quests from the Xbox 360 Limited Collector's Edition, full 3-D functionality*, and access to both "Fable III" game add-ons, "Traitors Keep" and "Understone Quest Pack."

For PC fans, the journey of a lifetime starts today with the launch of "Fable III" for Windows, digitally through Games for Windows Marketplace and Steam, and at retailers across North America for $49.99 USD.

Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts DLC (X360/PC)

An expedition into the unspoiled wilderness of Utah's Zion National Park goes horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. In Honest Hearts, the decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.

Honest Hearts is available for download on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points and Steam for $9.99

L.A. Noire (PS3/X360)

L.A. Noire is a crime thriller that is the story of Cole Phelps, a decorated World War II veteran and newly-minted detective in the LAPD. Set amidst the boom of Hollywood's Golden Age, players must search for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals to solve a series of cases based on real world incidents. As he rises through the ranks of the LAPD, Phelps comes face-to-face with the corrupt heart of Los Angeles: from fallen starlets to double-dealing police officers and the vast reaches of the criminal underworld – and finally, the darkness of his own personal demons.

L.A. Noire features MotionScan, a groundbreaking technology which captures every nuance of a real actor's facial performance, delivering the most lifelike characters ever seen in a video game and creating brand new gameplay out of the art of interrogation.

In a world first, L.A. Noire was honored as an Official Selection by the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival for its uniquely cinematic approach to gameplay and rich, deep narrative.

L.A. Noire, rated M for Mature, is currently available in North America for $59.99, and will release internationally on May 20, 2011.

SpongeBob SquigglePants (3DS)

The bubbly world of Bikini Bottom pops to life, giving fans an innovative experience with its vibrant, three-dimensional display. The new 3-D adventure features unique art styles varying from world to world, including "B-Movie," inspired by the thrilling days of drive-in movies and stylish horror films, "Sketch Bob," which gives the seaworthy inhabitants of Bikini Bottom a freehand style look; "Simply Bob," a stylized and abstract interpretation of life under the sea—and many others. The game also features a never-before-seen art style, Icon Bob, which adds even more replay value.

Patchy the Pirate serves as a live-action host, guiding players through the game and making surprise appearances to interact with players as they tackle more than 100 nanogames — offering an added level of under-the-sea fun.

SpongeBob SquigglePants for the Nintendo 3DS is available for the suggested retail price of $39.99.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)

CD Projekt RED is very proud to announce that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has arrived at retail. The content-rich Premium Edition can now be found on store shelves around the world. In addition, fans who prefer the convenience of downloading can opt for the Digital Premium Edition. Enthusiastic gamers pre-ordered 151,182 units, one of the highest final totals in recent memory for any PC game.

To make The Witcher 2 even more enjoyable, CD Projekt RED is introducing "DLC 4 FREE", a program of no-charge downloadable content packs for registered users. The first one, which adds a side quest called Troll Trouble, is already accessible. The next free DLC can be expected later this month, and a third in June, with more to follow.

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