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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 6, 2012 @ 1:43 p.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 ...

Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy - Commonwealth Forces (PC)

Commonwealth Forces is the first module to Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy, a tactical WW2 ground warfare simulation title. It includes new, meticulously researched and historically accurate UK, Canadian and Polish Free Forces units and formations, dozens of new scenarios and QuickBattle maps and two in-depth campaigns.

This module also brings you new German formations, such as the "Waffen SS" and the Luftwaffe Field Divisions. Several variants of the iconic Churchill tank, the Cromwell, Stuart and Firefly are included along with many other new units. The Germans see the mighty King Tiger and the Jagdpanther in their arsenal among several other additions.

CM:BN - Commonwealth Forces is starting at $35 and can be purchased via digital download, mail delivery, or both. Downloads are available immediately, physical copies are shipped via mail within seven days from the US location (within 14 days from our EU location for European customers).

Ownership of the base game, Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is required to play Commonwealth Forces.

Mass Effect 3 (PS3/X360/PC)

Mass Effect 3 thrusts players into an all-out galactic war to save mankind from an ancient alien race known only as the Reapers. Players assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who's willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite soldiers, each player decides how to take back Earth, from the weapons and abilities utilized to the relationships he or she forges or breaks.

Mass Effect 3: From Ashes is a downloadable content pack that's included in the Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition. In it, Commander Shepard discovers an ancient Prothean artifact that could turn the tide in the war to take back Earth. Players take on a dangerous mission during Earth's final hours to retrieve this critical piece of lost technology, and travel to a remote human colony to secure the artifact before the shadowy, pro-human organization, Cerberus, captures it for its own plans of domination. This optional content can be purchased on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and PC for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points.

Mass Effect 3 also features the Galaxy at War system, where players have the option to fight the galactic war on multiple fronts. The system includes the franchise debut of cooperative multiplayer, as well as two iOS-exclusive apps, the cover-based, third-person shooter, Mass Effect Infiltrator, and the Mass Effect 3 Datapad. Progress made in each of these components directly links back to the player's main campaign, helping Commander Shepard rally the forces of the galaxy to eliminate the Reaper threat.

The Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War feature can be activated via the Online Pass code found in every new copy of Mass Effect 3.

Major League Baseball 2K12 (NDS/Wii/PSP/PS2/PS3/X360/PC)

Major League Baseball 2K12 features a new dynamic ratings system designed to enhance the battle at the plate; revamped throwing system that makes fielding more realistic; new hit distribution system that allows for more varied and realistic hits; and an enhanced My Player mode. Additionally, this year 2K Sports announces the all-new MLB Today Season Mode that lets players complete an entire season at the same pace as their favorite MLB team. Using the powerful MLB Today engine, fans can track and compare their stats and record to their real-life counterparts. Gamers can play through their team's real schedule, one game a day, and see if they can play their way to a World Series title.

Major League Baseball 2K12 once again features the $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge. This year's contest begins on Major League Baseball's Opening Day, April 4, 2012, and it elevates the competition by staging a live, eight-person single elimination tournament to determine who walks away with the $1 million prize.

Major League Baseball 2K12 is rated E for everyone by the ESRB.

MLB 12 The Show (PSV/PS3)

MLB 12 The Show brings full PlayStation Move support in all gameplay modes, cross-platform save functionality between the PS3 and PS Vita versions, enhanced graphics and visuals with TruBroadcast presentations, revamped gameplay mechanics in the form of true ball physics, and Diamond Dynasty, a new mode that juggles aspects of team management, player progression, and online competition with more creative freedom.

MLB 12 The Show for PS Vita also features new touch-screen controls, including user interface navigation by tapping or sliding your fingers on the front touch-screen and additional gameplay controls using the rear touch pad controls, such as throwing the ball to specific locations, pitching commands, and running the bases.

New to MLB 12 The Show is the addition of Diamond Dynasty, a mode that allows players to build a team through virtual baseball cards and customize all aspects of that team by managing its performance, training, and budget against other players or against the CPU. Players acquire cards through pack purchasing, buying from other users, or through the Diamond Dynasty recycling system.

Road to The Show returns with a new assortment of training modes for base-running and fielding, along with a slew of new accessories. Ultra-realistic ball physics have also been added to this year's game.

MLB 12 The Show is "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB.

Nicktoons MLB 3D (3DS)

Players can step up to the plate with an outrageous roster of Nicktoons characters, including sophomore sluggers Aang, GAZ, Patrick Star, Ren Hoek, SpongeBob SquarePants and ZIM, and as well as rookie players Hiro Mightypaw and Jimmy Neutron, who are new to the Nicktoons MLB franchise. They'll take on — or play side-by-side with — 175 top players from all 30 MLB clubs.

Nickt-ons MLB 3D features 15 ballparks like the all-new Ook Park of Monkey Quest fame and Chase Field, the site of the 2011 All-Star Game. New gameplay modes allow players to create a custom All-Star match-up in Showdown; use the augmented reality (AR) feature to enhance their cutter in Frosty Freeze Toss; blast line drives at oncoming boulders in Rock 'N Roll and more. Nicktoons MLB 3D also supports wireless two-player action for the ultimate in head-to head competition. (Two Nintendo 3DS systems and two copies of the game are required for this mode.)

Nicktoons MLB 3D is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and available for the suggested price of $29.99.

The Sims 3: Showtime - expansion pack (PC)

The Sims 3 Showtime is the newest expansion pack to The Sims 3. Sims make their rise to fame in The Sims 3 Showtime as a singer, magician, acrobat or DJ, and build skills necessary to put on a showstopping performance. Honing talents, acquiring crowd approval and showcasing unique skills are just the beginning steps to becoming a mega-star. Sims also need to navigate the town's proprietors by auditioning to prove their talents are worthy of the stage. Successful auditions lead to larger and grander performance venues, where Sims showcase their skills and ultimately fulfill their fantasies of achieving superstardom.

New to the game is the option for players to customize their performance stages. Fog machines, spotlights and confetti are just a few of the stage props available. New areas are ready to explore in the town of Starlight Shores, where players can watch their Sims succeed or epically fail as they transition from one venue to the next. Using new on-stage objects, players can experiment within the performance careers to catapult their Sims to success or bestow the deadly grim reaper upon their fate.

The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion pack on PC/Mac is rated "T" for "Teen," has an MSRP of $39.99, and requires The Sims 3 base game to play. It's available in stores and as a digital download. The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition Expansion pack retails for $49.99 and includes special Katy Perry-themed in-game content and an exclusive poster. Also available is The Sims 3 Plus Showtime, which bundles The Sims 3 base game with The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion pack and retails for $49.99.

Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3/X360)

Street Fighter X Tekken delivers the ultimate tag-team match-up featuring 38 iconic characters from each franchise. With the addition of new gameplay mechanics, the fighting engine from Street Fighter IV has been refined to suit the needs of both Street Fighter and Tekken players alike. The power-packed game also sees the introduction of the innovative Gem system, a strategic new way to customize and enhance the fighting experience.

Street Fighter X Tekken also introduces an all-new Scramble Mode, where four separate players can control each of the four characters on screen, for the ultimate battle royale both online or offline.

Street Fighter X Tekken is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $59.99.

Top Gun: Hard Lock (PS3/X360/PC)

Top Gun: Hard Lock lets fans fly into the danger zone as an all-new crew of elite naval aviators taking air combat to new heights. Players engage in adrenaline-fueled dog fights to tailgate MiGs at Mach 2 and master the game's Hard Lock feature to perform high-G aerial combat maneuvers in order to destroy enemy pilots.

Featuring 14 playable planes, including a selection of licensed planes such as the iconic F-14 Super Tomcat, Top Gun: Hard Lock also features a single-player campaign that spans 15 exhilarating missions and an all-new modern-day storyline. Players can also compete online in an addictive multiplayer campaign that supports up to 16 players.

The game has been rated "T" by the ESRB. Top Gun: Hard Lock is available on PS3/X360 for an MSRP of $39.99. The downloadable Windows PC version is available at for $29.99.

Unit 13 (PSV)

With six elite operatives, you quickly and efficiently infiltrate enemy strongholds and complete objectives. Unit 13 was created for on-the-go play, featuring 40+ missions that play out in bite-sized chunks that highlight its portable focus. Each mission begs you to come back and try them again as the game's scoring system and leaderboard support show you exactly how you stack up against the competition.

The Daily Challenge feature provides you with a new mission every 24 hours and a fresh chance to be on top of the leaderboard. Cooperative multiplayer lets you tackle any of the game's 36 main missions and "near" support lets you share access to the elite High Value Targets with players around you.

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