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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 5, 2013 @ 3:00 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 ...

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk follows Ayesha Altugle, who has been living by herself in a workshop since her grandfather died and her younger sister went missing. She supports herself by making and selling medicine. As the story begins, she learns that her sister is alive, so she embarks on a journey to find her.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $49.99.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)

Set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate reveals the story of Gabriel's descendants. Trevor Belmont hunts down his father to avenge his mother's death. Gabriel is now Dracula, setting the stage for the ultimate father-son clash.

Key Features:

  • Learn more about the history of the Belmonts and explore the blood feud between the Belmonts and Dracula.
  • Choose from a few playable characters across different eras, each with different abilities.
  • Gamers pass on their characters' abilities in each era and discover the Belmont destiny
  • Engage in challenging fights against huge bosses, traverse these monstrous foes, and weapons and magical abilities.
  • High resolution and detailed 3-D graphics with side-scrolling areas and full 3-D sections.
  • Use magic and kill enemies to gain experience and earn combos and abilities.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $39.99.

Dollar Dash (XBLA/PC)

Dollar Dash is a multiplayer game that enables up to four players to battle as cartoon thieves who must grab bags of cash and deposit them in the getaway vehicle before it takes off. It offers 18 multiplayer maps, 20+ weapons, numerous power-ups, player customization, and fun tactics.

Dollar Dash is rated "E10+" for Everyone aged 10 and older by the ESRB and is available on Xbox Live Arcade and PC for 800 Microsoft points ($9.99).

MLB 2K13 (PS3/X360)

MLB 2K13 marks the chance for fans to hone their skills to prepare for the Perfect Game Challenge, which has awarded $3 million in prizes in the last three years.

Throughout April 2013, players compete, and the top four overall leaderboard finalists compete for the final $250,000 grand prize.

MLB 2K13 is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $59.99.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3/X360)

Move and attack like an expert ninja to defeat foes in fast-paced fights. New features include a ring-out system and unleashing characters' alternate Awakened form during a match. The title also includes many multiplayer options, including user-created tournaments, player and ranked battles, and viewing your opponent's details in customized player cards.

Step into the shoes of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and others during the Fourth Great Ninja War. Fights are punctuated with boss battles that include nefarious villains and massive beasts. Ultimate Decision moments appear at crucial moments within the campaign, allowing players to progress with different battle encounters.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99.

Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS)

Naruto Powerful Shippuden is based on the anime series Naruto Spin-off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals. The side-scrolling action fighting game stars Rock Lee and Naruto Uzumaki in two distinct adventures. Story mode places players into missions where they can experience scenarios from the anime plot. Like the TV anime series, each mission is a complete story and doesn't follow a specific order, so casual and young gamers can enjoy pick-up-and-play gameplay.

Enemies are quick, wily and powerful, requiring players to efficiently use their Chakra to attack and defend while utilizing the touch-screen to increase their strength.

Naruto Powerful Shippuden is rated "E10+" for Everyone aged 10 and older by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $39.95.

The Showdown Effect (PC)

The Showdown Effect is a multiplayer action title where every action movie from the '80s and '90s is happening concurrently. Players must dive, punch, quip, roll, shoot and slash their way to victory.

An amnesiac clone, a hard-nosed cop, a martial arts master, a teenage genius, and other action hero archetypes are thrown together with guns, explosives and witty one-liners. The Showdown Effect also allows up to eight simultaneous players to battle in a variety of free-for-all and team-based game modes.

The Showdown Effect is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and available on Steam for $9.99.

SimCity (PC)

After a 10-year hiatus, SimCity is back!

SimCity is the most expansive city management game yet. Multi-city gameplay across regions means hat players are no longer relegated to playing a single city. They can now manage and play up to 16 cities at once! Each city can have different specializations; they can share services and trade resources; and they can help or hinder each other.

SimCity has been rated "E10+" for Everyone aged 10 and older by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99.

The Sims 3 University Life (PC)

The Sims 3 University Life introduces a new college world so Sims can leave home and pursue higher education. Sims attend classes and prepare for exams, but they'll also meet new friends, join different social groups and make memories. Build new skills, engage in more activities, and experiment with major-specific objects.

The Sims 3 University Life introduces new venues, a campus quad, a lecture hall and new housing options, such as apartments, dorms, fraternities and sororities. Building influence within the three social groups leads to advantages, such as earning dream jobs.

The Sims 3 University Life is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $39.99.

Tomb Raider (PS3/X360/PC)

Tomb Raider explores Lara Croft's origin story and her ascent to a hardened survivor. Armed with her instincts and the ability to push her endurance levels, Lara fights to unravel the history of a dark island. The game also introduces a multiplayer campaign.

Tomb Raider is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $59.99.

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