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January 2021

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Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (PC)

From renowned real-time strategy developers Big Huge Games and Ensemble Studios, "Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" introduces gamers to Asian civilizations and a host of new gameplay features including new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic "Age of Empires" game styles, and the return of Wonders – a favorite gameplay element in "Age of Empires II."

"Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" and "Flight Simulator X: Acceleration" are available for the estimated retail price of $29.99 for Windows. "Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" is rated "T" for teens ages 13 and older and requires "Age of Empires III."

Chessmaster: The Art of Learning (NDS)

Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from his book, The Art of Learning. Players can then practice their newly developed skills in single-player mode or challenge their friends to a fun-spirited competition.

Key Features:

  • Guidance from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the basics from his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks them through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery.
  • Multiplayer mode: Players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS with a variety of games such as Progressive Chess and Los Alamos Chess.
  • Original DS mini-games: Each mini-game is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Masterpiece, in which players complete the picture using chess pieces to reveal the hidden squares; Pawn Charge, where players need to advance pawns across the board and avoid capture; and Chain Reaction, which requires that three pieces of the same kind be placed so that their paths of movement connect.
  • Rated play: Players have the chance to test their skills against a variety of opponents and establish their ELO ratings.

Chessmaster: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS is rated "E" for everyone and has a MSRP of $39.99.

Clive Barker's Jericho (PS3/X360/PC)

Clive Barker's Jericho is a spectacular, creative, blast from Barker's cannon of nightmares, and an interactive experience that mingles the darkest elements of his horror fiction with an ambitious, age-spanning story aimed at mature gamers, fans of Clive Barker and horror fiction enthusiasts.

Clive Barker's Jericho dispatches gamers to the Middle-Eastern city of Al-Khali, where the most ancient of evils has resurfaced; causing intense paranormal activity that has caught the eye of the military. Controlling the Jericho squad, an expert strike team skilled in both conventional and paranormal warfare, players fight their way through slices of time on a grueling journey as they make their way toward the heart of the evil. Along the way, gamers encounter the horrific armies of hellish denizens that now rule the city and corrupt everything they touch, and as they incrementally approach the source of evil, players will have to rely less and less on traditional weapons and instead focus on the combined psychic talents of the Jericho Squad.

A terrifying squad-based shooter based on an original concept by the master mythmaker, Clive Barker's Jericho, rated "M" for Mature, is available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Conan (PS3/X360)

Players will take on the role of Conan as he journeys through Hyboria, decimating his foes with a variety of deadly weapons, fighting styles, hand-to-hand combat and his surrounding environment.

"The long-standing strength of the brand and its resounding popularity make Conan an ideal property for the video game space," said Brad Carraway, director of global brand management, THQ. "The game allows players to take control of the famed barbarian and, for the first time, truly experience the visceral rush of becoming the ultimate warrior."

"As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Conan brand this year, we are pleased to offer our dedicated fans a new way to embrace the well-known barbarian," said Frederik Malmberg, President and CEO, Paradox Entertainment. "Conan's latest journey is certain to satisfy long-time Conan followers, as well as fans of action adventure video games."

Conan is an action adventure featuring a story of true evil and brutal, visceral combat. Inspired by Robert E. Howard's original stories, players will follow the journey of Conan as he fights an epic battle against a variety of enemies and an elusive power that threatens to consume the Hyborian world. Players will assume the role of Conan, taking advantage of a deep and gratifying combat system that offers a variety of deadly weapons, fighting styles and interactive environments to battle hordes of enemies. In addition, the Conan video game will harness the power of next generation hardware to deliver a cinematic gameplay experience, complete with special effects, lighting and a powerful, epic soundtrack designed to capture the essence of the Conan universe. The Conan video game joins a robust lineup of Conan products as the brand celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Conan, rated "M" for Mature, is now available at retailers throughout North America for the suggested retail price of $59.99.

Crash of the Titans (GBA/NDS/PS2/Wii/X360)

In Crash of the Titans, Crash's arch nemeses, Neo and Nina Cortex, have mutated the creatures of Whumpa Island into horrific abominations. Players must defeat the titanic monsters and put an end to their evil scheme. For the first time ever in a Crash game, our heroic bandicoot now has a powerful acrobatic fighting system and can even "hijack" an enemy to use its immense powers against the other enemies.

"Having sold more than 40 million units worldwide, Crash Bandicoot is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time," said Pascal Brochier, president, global retail for Vivendi Games. "Crash fans and retailers have eagerly awaited Crash of the Titans, the first multi-platform Crash game to be released since 2005's Crash Tag Team Racing."

"Crash is a unique and immensely popular character," said Al Simone, senior vice president of Global Marketing, Sierra Entertainment. "We're thrilled to present an exciting new Crash with all new abilities, who still retains the daredevil attitude and striking sense of humor that has made him so popular over the years."

Key Features:

  • "Jack to Attack!" - Control, play and battle as 15 outrageous, original enemies, including titanic creatures such as Scorporilla, Ratcicle, Magamadon and Shellephant. Use each creature's special attacks and powers to defeat Neo and Nina Cortex.
  • Chaotic Co-Op Action - A feature that will get everyone involved! At any point in the game, a second player can join in the fun and unleash twice the bandicoot action to defeat the nefarious Cortex's.
  • Hyper-Dynamic Combat - In addition to Crash's classic spin, he now has the ability to use punches, flying kicks, counter moves and unlockable, upgradeable combos.
  • Up for Adventure - With an amazingly expanded move set, Crash can now interact with his surrounding world in completely new ways. Players can swing from ropes, wall-run and cause chaos with Crash's newfound freedom.

The Crash of the Titans game is now available at retail stores on the Wii/Xbox 360 for $49.99, PS2/PSP versions for $39.99 ("E10+" for Everyone 10 and older) and also on NDS/GBA for $29.99 and $19.99, ("E for Everyone").

EA Playground (NDS/Wii)

EA Playground is the ultimate party play experience, where bragging rights are at stake as you take on your friends and family in a variety of playground games ranging from the traditional classics to over-the-top fantasy games. Taking full advantage of the intuitive controls from both the Wii and Nintendo DS, the gameplay is customized to feel natural and physically engaging. Whether you are using the Wii Remote to time your toss in Dodgeball or blowing in the Nintendo DS mic to aim at wandering targets in Spitballs, every game is easy to pick-up and brings a new, fresh and exciting twist to playing videogames.

Young, old, male or female, hardcore gamer, casual or first time game player -- EA Playground has something for everyone. In addition to the fun multiplayer mode, you can also play by yourself in a rich single player experience. Explore the world, unlock new locations, uncover stickers, and challenge colorful in-game characters to a variety of playground games.

Featured playground games on the Wii:

  • Dodgeball - Take on your opponents in an attempt to knock them out of the game in this fast paced multi round experience. Up to four players can dodge, catch and throw lightning fast balls just like in real life.
  • Paper Racers - Throw and navigate your paper airplane through challenging playground courses, collecting power ups and other bonuses along the way in a race to the finish line.
  • Kicks - Take on your opponents in this fresh new experience where Soccer meets volleyball and goals are the result of spectacular aerial kicks!
  • Dart Shootout - Test your accuracy skills in this exciting game that has your shooting and blocking your way through the playground to the final boss battle.
  • Wall Ball - Enjoy this fast paced game of wall ball where the speed of the ball increases with each powerful shot. Strategically choose where you want to hit the ball and watch it rapidly ricochet by your opponent!
  • Slot Car Racing - Take on up to three opponents in this speedy slot car racing experience that has you flying through ramps, landing mega jumps and even getting a chance to zap your opponents off course!
  • Tetherball - Go head to head against your opponents in this tension mounting experience. Try to wrap the tetherball around the pole before your opponent does.

Activity games for the Wii:

  • Freethrows - While exploring the playground world, see how many baskets you can sink in 30 seconds and earn marbles.
  • Bug Hunt - During your world exploration if you see a bug, take out your net and give chase. Successfully swat and catch the bug and earn some rewards.
  • Dribbling – Pick up a basketball and bounce it in rhythm for a defined number of times before the clock runs out on you! If you're successful you'll earn yourself some more marbles.

Featured playground games on the Nintendo DS:

  • Dodgeball - Knock all the other kids out of the game (by beaning them with a ball) before they do the same to your team.
  • Hoops - Become the master of the basketball court while you try and score the most points.
  • Hopscotch - Test your rhythm and timing with this musical game of Hopscotch.
  • RC Racers - Race mini cars around an action-packed track, picking up valuable power-ups along the way.
  • Bug Hunt - You're on a mission to collect as many butterflies as you can but watch out for those nasty bees or you'll get stung!
  • Kicks - A free for all Soccer match where the objective is to score more points than your opponent
  • Skate & Sketch - Master these wacky tricks by connecting the dots as fast as possible when you're catching some serious airtime.
  • Spitballs - Search the playground for your target and when you've found them blow into the microphone to hit them with a spitball!
  • Trampoline - The sky's the limit in this game of balloon popping! Jump as high as you can and pop as many balloons as possible before your opponent

EA Playground, rated E (ESRB) and 3+ (PEGI) and is now available for Wii ($39.99), and NDS ($29.99).

Ed, Edd n Eddy: Scam of the Century (NDS)

Ed, Edd and Eddy are in a heap of trouble when they find their Book O' Scams stolen and in the hands of none other than their enemy Captain Melonhead and the other kids of the cul-de-sac. The game features all the popular characters, items and locations from the much-loved animated show on Cartoon Network, as well as original content for all-new experiences with Ed, Edd and Eddy. Gamers will implement unique attacks, abilities and collectibles matched to each Ed's personality and traits.

In Ed, Edd n Eddy: Scam of the Century, the Eds' schemes are exposed and the rival kids are dEDD-set on turning the scamming plans against the Eds. Gamers will play as all three Eds as they experience the side-scrolling action adventure. Players can use the bottom DS screen to activate inventory items and implement special attacks. Additionally, they can blow into the microphone to save a chosen Ed from peril and gain minigames as a reward for collecting, hoarding and then spending quarters just like the Eds. In Ed, Edd n Eddy: Scam of the Century, players will have a ton of fun taking on the roles of their favorite pre-teen misfits and will ultimately work to thwart the other kids to get the Book O' Scams back!

Ed, Edd n Eddy: Scam of the Century, rated "E", is developed by Art Co., Ltd. has a suggested retail price of $29.95.

The Eye of Judgment (PS3)

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Japan, The Eye of Judgment presents a new style of gameplay where collectable trading cards are placed in front of the PSEye for their respective creatures to battle on screen. Each trading card is embedded with a CyberCode, a proprietary technology that allows PS Eye to read the cards and cause the trading card character to materialize on screen. Players use mana, the form of currency used to summon creatures, as they take turns strategically placing cards and summoning creatures to take control of the board. The winner is the first player to conquer five of the nine squares of the "9 Fields" battle mat. With more than 100 different trading cards available at launch, the gamer's task is to create a deck of 30 cards that will facilitate the player's rule of the board as they deploy their cards more skillfully than their opponent.

"Wizards of the Coast brings experience and credibility to the table as the market leader in the collectable card game industry," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "Combined with the immense power of PS3 and the new PS Eye camera, we collectively looked to deliver a revolutionary spin on the trading card game genre. The ability to visually interact with cards built around a new franchise will bring in core trading card fans and video gamers alike."

The Eye of Judgment presents unique means for players to interact with opponents, never before offered to collectable card gamers. In addition to giving consumers the opportunity to compete with other players physically in the traditional manner, consumers now have the ability to challenge PS3 or battle opponents in the global community via PS Network, an advantage for trading card gamers looking for a worthy opponent. For the first time, players can take their physical set of cards and play a trading card game head-to-head as well as solo against five different levels of AI, or log onto PS Network and find a match from anywhere across the globe, anytime they wish.

With a retail price of $69.99 MSRP, The Eye of Judgment will be bundled with PS Eye, 9 Fields battle mat, stand, a starter deck of 30 cards, and a booster pack of 8 cards. More than 100 different collectable characters and spells will be available in additional booster packs and in pre-constructed decks with cards varying from common to uncommon to rare and ultra rare. Major retail chains will offer the booster packs for a suggested retail price of $3.99 and five different theme decks for approximately $14.99. Expansion sets featuring hundreds of new characters and spells will be available on a regular basis, offering new challenges and thousands of combinations for players to build and customize their perfect deck.

"The release of The Eye of Judgment is a fantasy come true for trading card and video game fans," said Christy Newton, director of marketing at Hasbro. "The game blends cutting edge PS3 and PS Eye technology with the strategic element of trading card game play. It delivers an unprecedented experience that brings fantastic trading-card based creatures to life on screen in a way that players have been dreaming of since childhood."

The Eye of Judgment takes place in a war struck land where elves, wizards, dragons, and other magical beings populate the nations of Fire, Wood, Earth and Water. Long ago advances in sorcery and science lead to the invention of Summoning Cards and were then employed as weapons of war. The cards contain a powerful magic that binds the memory of remarkable beings and momentous events into their mystic circuitry. When a trained summoner channels mana through the card, the memory is given life. The fighting between the nations continued for years until one day, ancient tools created by man, the Bioliths, began a concentrated attack on the living, throwing the nations of Fire, Wood, Earth, and Water into further chaos. The player yields the power of the cards as a summoner to restore order to the land.

Designed specifically for PS3 and featuring huge advances in USB camera and microphone technology, PS Eye is set to revolutionize the experience of both interactive gaming and online communication on PS Network. Expanding on the market-leading heritage of EyeToy USB camera for PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the sophistication of PS Eye naturally complements the advanced features and capabilities of PS3. PS Eye offers an all-new four microphone array, incorporating multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced echo canceling and background noise suppression which allows for clear audio chat in even the noisiest environments. It also features a frame rate of up to 120 frames per second which allows for super-smooth video and sophisticated low light operations so that the rooms don't need to be brightly lit. In addition, SCEA will make the EyeCreate software available for download for free via PS Network. EyeCreate is a video capturing and editing program for exclusive use with PS 3 and PS Eye.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated The Eye of Judgment "T" for "Teen."

Flight Simulator X: Acceleration (PC)

"Flight Simulator X: Acceleration" adds a wealth of new content such as three exciting new aircraft including the F/A-18A Hornet, a new multiplayer racing mode, more than 20 new missions and DirectX 10 capabilities that enhance environmental effects such as bloom, water realism and virtual cockpit shadowing.

"Flight Simulator X: Acceleration" is rated "E10+" for everyone 10 and older and requires "Flight Simulator X."

Front Mission (NDS)

The origin of the Front Mission series has been localized for North America for the first time in this classic handheld saga. Front Mission introduces exciting new features, such as dual screen presentation and multiplayer modes, that update the classic that gave birth to seven renowned sequels. Utilizing Touch Screen functionality, players command a squad of customizable mechs known as wanzers and direct them through turn-based skirmishes across the battlefields of the 21st century.

"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to present Front Mission to our North American audience," said producer Koichiro Sakamoto. "We have recreated this classic masterpiece utilizing dual screen presentation and stylus-driven controls, allowing players to experience the intuitive gameplay in a whole new way."

Front Mission focuses on the conflict over Huffman Island, located in the neutral zone between two superpowers known as the Oceania Cooperative Union (O.C.U.) and the Unified Continental States (U.C.S.). Players can experience the Second Huffman Conflict from the perspective of Royd Clive, the leader of the O.C.U. mercenary outfit "Canyon Crows," or Kevin Greenfield, the commanding officer of the U.C.S. Special Forces squad "Black Hounds." Through intense missions against wanzers, tanks, attack helicopters, and giant mobile weapon platforms, the true motives behind the war over Huffman Island will be revealed.

Front Mission, rated E10+, will be available at retailers for a suggested retail price of $34.99.

Hannah Montana (NDS/Wii)

"Response to Hannah Montana is nothing short of a global sensation and bringing fans new, highly innovative experiences within these video games provides a fun and engaging way to express creativity and interact with favorite stars," said Craig Relyea, vice president, marketing for Disney Interactive Studios. "Players can showcase their talent via these two titles, whether it's creating music to share with friends or perfecting their dance steps to Hannah's songs."

Hannah Montana: Music Jam for Nintendo DS defines the meaning of musical creativity in video games as players help Miley Stewart and her alter ego, Hannah Montana, learn how to play musical instruments to compete against her rival, Savannah Star. Players enter the Music Jam Video competition and compete against Savannah Star using their Nintendo DS touch screen to master the guitar and drums. In a mix of adventure and creative modes, players control Hannah as she composes her Music Jam Video entries and learns a little something about what it means to be a true star.

Players can also explore their own musical talents in the innovative Creative Play mode. By using the stylus and Nintendo DS touch screen, players can create and share their own original songs using lead, bass and rhythm guitars, and a complete drum kit. Up to four friends can get together and use the touch screen to play each of the different instruments and form a band via wireless connection. Once songs have been created, players can even produce music videos to share with friends. They can customize 12 different scenes, choosing from a wide array of backdrops, special effects, lighting, outfits and dance moves starring Hannah Montana.

Whether gamers are new to the music scene or more musically adept, this is the title to push anyone's musical boundaries this holiday season. Hannah Montana: Music Jam is rated "E" for everyone and is available in stores now for $29.99.

Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour for Wii gives fans the chance to dance alongside Hannah Montana at venues around the world, including Tokyo, Rome and Sydney, using the innovative Wii Remote and Nunchuk style controllers to more than 15 of her hit songs.

Players dance with their Wii controllers as Hannah moves on stage to "wow" devoted fans and earn points to go shopping at world famous locations. Offstage, players can mix and match items from Hannah's closet to create ensembles for her performances. Fans can also interact with familiar characters from the show including Lilly, Oliver and Jackson as Hannah embarks on her worldwide tour.

Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour is rated "E" for everyone and will be available on November 13 for $49.99.

Mega Man ZX Advent (NDS)

Mega Man ZX Advent follows two heroes, Grey and Ashe, on two separate but intertwining adventures as they search for answers amidst a chaotic war between humans and robots. They will fight against a menacing, evil force in a battle unprecedented in the Mega Man series.

The title takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS features to enhance the action-packed gameplay and story line of the popular series. A dynamic "Biometal" system is central to gameplay, allowing players the ability to change into several forms, including eight bosses, each with a variety of unique abilities and powers. With a touch of the Nintendo DS screen, players can easily switch back and forth between the Biometal and Map navigation screens. Bosses can be fought in several different ways, testing players' skills and rewarding them with nearly 24 different items depending on how they take on a boss. Further gameplay options are available as players explore and open up new areas of the map.

"The team listened to fan feedback to design a game that would appeal to Mega Man fans old and new," said Jack Symon, director, brand marketing, Capcom Entertainment. "It was evident that we needed to create a game that is uniquely made for the Nintendo DS while still delivering a great Mega Man action game."

Mega Man ZX Advent for the Nintendo DS is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

MotoGP 07 (PS2)

As an officially licensed MotoGP title, MotoGP 07 for the PlayStation 2 system features all the riders, bikes, teams and tracks from the 2007 season. Players can faithfully re-create the excitement and passion of the sport and experience the rivalries and competition synonymous with the world's premier motorcycling championship, as they ride for glory. Compete in a full season, create your own customized season, or select a one-off race either on your own or against a friend.

Whether gamers are new to the racing genre, fans of four-wheeled racers looking for a new challenge or veterans of motorcycle games, the diverse handling models of MotoGP 07 will allow players of varied skill levels to access and enjoy the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP. Riding aids will provide newcomers to the series with the confidence to push their bikes to the limit. Experienced players will have the option to independently control front and rear brakes as well as the rider's position, making them feel at one with their bike as they enter and exit the tightest of hairpins inches from the tarmac, before stepping on the gas to reach speeds of well over 200 MPH. Plus players can also adjust the AI of their race opponents, modifying speed and ability to match their own riding level and create a more balanced race.

Featuring a comprehensive set of 100 trials, each available at three difficulty levels, MotoGP 07's Challenge Mode will test and hone players' skills. Events include slalom challenges where players handling abilities are put to the test as they navigate a series of gates placed the length of the circuit and time trials which challenge players to beat the lap record for each circuit.

Key Features:

  • Riders and their bikes, teams and all 18 official tracks from the 2007 season faithfully and painstakingly re-created
  • Unique Game modes including - Championship / Quick race / Time Attack / Challenges/ Multiplayer
  • Selectable riding models to suit your skill-set and style
  • A variety of immersive and challenging opponent behavioural models to select depending on ability
  • Challenging weather effects
  • Accurate physics models based on real data
  • Motorbike sound-effects recorded from actual MotoGP bikes
  • Developed by Italian developer Milestone, a company with a proven track record and passion for producing high quality racing games for console and PC

MotoGP 07 for the PlayStation 2 is rated E for Everyone and carries and MSRP of $29.99.

Namco Museum Remix (Wii)

Remix delivers a collection of nine arcade classic games such as Super PAC-MAN, Xevious and Dig Dug and five updated hits with modern graphics and new controls using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk such as Rally-X and Galaga at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Delivering more than a quarter-century of gaming history, Namco Museum Remix features original versions of nine arcade hits as well as five remixed classics to delight gamers of all ages. Using the Wii Remote, players can use new motion-based controls to experience these remixed classics in an all new way, and even use their own custom Mii characters in heated multiplayer gameplay sessions. In between games, players can explore the expansive Museum Hub to practice their moves with PAC-MAN and see the sights around the museum.

Namco Museum Remix includes the following five remixed games:

  • Galaga Remix: Take aim with the Wii Remote and help PAC-MAN make it to the end of several treacherous space tracks, shooting down aliens and helping him to jump over obstacles. Up to four players can play together for even more shooting action.
  • Gator Panic Remix: Use the Wii Remote to whack hungry gators before they can take a bite out of PAC-MAN's pal! Up to four players can play together for tons of gator-smacking fun.
  • Pac 'N Roll Remix: Help PAC-MAN roll through obstacle-filled environments and collect enough Pac-Dots to move on to the next stage in this adaptation of the Nintendo DS cult classic.
  • Pac-Motos: Take control of PAC-MAN as he attempts to knock his enemies off of platforms suspended high in the sky. Swing the Wii Remote for extra-powerful attacks and even go head-to-head with up to three friends in the game's competitive multiplayer mode.
  • Rally-X Remix: Hop into PAC-MAN's speedy go-kart and race around the track, collecting flags while avoiding pesky enemies and oil slicks. Hold the Wii Remote sideways and turn it like a steering wheel to make it through the stages in style, and even use your own Mii characters in fun four-player match-ups!

Namco Museum Remix also includes the following nine arcade classics:

  • Cutie-Q: Originally released in 1979 – Use your paddles to bounce your ball into attacking ghosts in this game by PAC-MAN creator Toru Iwatani.
  • Dig Dug: Originally Released in 1982 – Dig underground tunnels and use your pump to inflate enemies while avoiding falling rocks in this all-time arcade classic.
  • Galaxian: Originally released in 1979 – A precursor to Galaga, shoot flying aliens as they move in formation to attack you.
  • Gaplus: Originally released in 1984 – Blast waves of enemies and collect power-ups in this sequel to Galaga.
  • Mappy: Originally released in 1983 – Control Mappy, a police mouse, as he attempts to bring a band of criminal cats to justice. Bounce on trampolines and open or close doors to dodge chasing enemies, all in an attempt to retrieve valuable items from the cats' mansion.
  • Pac & Pal: Originally released in 1983 – Pick up all the items in the stage while avoiding enemies as you play alongside PAC-MAN's ghost friend.
  • Pac-Mania: Originally released in 1987 – Collect fruit and Boost Pellets while jumping over ghosts in PAC-MAN's first 3D adventure.
  • Super PAC-MAN: Originally released in 1982 – Collect keys to open hidden stores of fruit and turn into Super PAC-MAN for extra speed and chomping power.
  • Xevious: Originally released in 1982 – Use a heavily armed aircraft to destroy enemies and targets in the air and on the ground.

Namco Museum Remix is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB.

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution (Wii)

"Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution provides fighting game fans and Naruto followers with the best fighting game available for the Wii, and Naruto: Path of the Ninja delivers the classic RPG experience that Naruto fans have been missing," said Mark Shinohara, executive vice president, TOMY Corporation. "We are very proud to be launching these original games in the US first, both deliver experiences that will satisfy both gamers and Naruto fans alike."

"Our Naruto releases for Nintendo systems have proven to be huge titles for us, topping the sales charts time and again and we expect that Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution and Naruto: Path of the Ninja will continue that track record," said Bill Anker, vice president of business development and licensing, D3PA.

Developed by Eighting, Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution includes all new character animations, new special attack animations and for the first time new interactive environments. The game takes advantage of the Wii system by allowing players to launch attacks with the Wii Remote using Ninja-like movements, and features special mini-games created exclusively for use with the Wii Remote.

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and will include 20 characters – including some that have yet to be featured in the Clash of Ninja game series. The fast-paced ninja action for up to four players will have nine different gameplay modes including Story Mode, Single Player and Multiplayer modes.

Naruto: Path of the Ninja (NDS)

Naruto: Path of the Ninja is the first Role-Playing Game (RPG) for Naruto in North America and features a unique time based combat system in which players must determine each character's strengths and use them accurately to help them defeat the enemy. Choosing from six available characters, players will be able to explore the Village Hidden in the Leaves and the world of Naruto as they roam across forests, fields, rivers and mountains encountering bosses that they defeat by using over 90 different special techniques.

Developed by TOSE, Naruto: Path of the Ninja is rated "E 10+" for cartoon violence by the ESRB.

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (GBA/NDS/PS2/Wii)

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots features 11 playable characters from the most popular Nickelodeon animated shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Danny Phantom, Tak and the Power of Juju and Ren and Stimpy. Making their video game debut in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots are new squad members Tak (Tak and the Power of Juju) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy). Players will experience five different worlds as they work to defeat Professor Calamitous and his vast army of evil toys based on the Nicktoons Heroes. In addition, players will utilize all-new mech suits in their effort to defeat the Nicktoons evil duplicates. Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots also features two-player cooperative modes, as well as special Hero Zones customized so that the Nicktoons can utilize their unique abilities, such as SpongeBob's "Tongue Sliding" and Tak's "Jungle Gymnasium".

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, rated "E," is available at the suggested retail prices of $49.99 (Wii), $29.99 (PS2, NDS) and $19.99 (GBA).

Painkiller: Overdose (PC)

The popular high-energy, frantic-styled gameplay is back. The sequel to the eventual prequel is packed with tons of fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled single player and multiplayer levels of mayhem. Painkiller: Overdose brings with it 8 innovative demonic weapons, mind-bending physics, lightning-player maps, over 40 demented and sickly-twisted monsters from Hell and gigantic end bosses.

"FPS fans - get ready for another gory dose of intense painkilling action!" said Albert Seidl, president of the JoWooD Group. "We have worked closely with the talented development team at Mindware Studios to bring what started out as a community mod to a full-fledged shooter that we are all very excited about."

Painkiller: Overdose has an ESRB rating of "M" for Mature in North America and will sell for a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations (NDS)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations is the third installment in the popular courtroom battle series from Japan features the completion of Phoenix Wright's story, as players explore both the past and present of the idiosyncratic lawyer.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations players star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix faces the toughest prosecutor yet, as the mysterious hard-boiled "Godot" will try to take him down at any cost. The complete story of Phoenix Wright comes together as truths are revealed in twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay.

Players must collect evidence, survey crime scenes, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. With the return of the popular "pysche-lock" interrogation tool from the previous title, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All, players will have to overcome even more intense courtroom standoffs in order to close the case.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations for Nintendo DS is rated T for Teen and carries an MSRP of $29.99.

Rhythm n' Notes (NDS)

Rhythm n' Notes is the perfect game for musicians who want to stay in practice, or for those who want to learn music in a light and fun way. Lessons in the game teach time signatures and chords on drums and piano, while encouraging players to recognize musical timing, rhythmic patterns, and notes. With gameplay that starts off easy, but grows gradually more complicated as you progress, Rhythm n' Notes will captivate your musical senses.

"Rhythm n' Notes is the perfect game for new and advanced musicians," said Mark Johnson, Vice President of Production and Marketing at Agetec, Inc. "With multiple difficulty levels, this game is great for people who want to practice their musical skills on the go and have a great time doing it."

A distinctive musical learning tool, Rhythm n' Notes is rated E for Everyone, and is available now for $19.99.

The Sims 2 Castaway (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii)

New and old fans of The Sims will now be able to leave the urban jungle for an uncharted island filled with sandy beaches, green lagoons, explosive volcanic mountains and more! Will your Sims choose to survive and thrive on a tropical island or begin planning their escape back to civilization? The choice is yours in The Sims 2 Castaway!

As The Sims 2 Castaway begins, players will have the opportunity to create a crew of Sims. And in true Sims fashion, each character brings a unique skill, humor and quirkiness to the crew, promising an entertaining adventure in this new island environment! Upon setting sail, a storm quickly approaches casting your Sims overboard on a beautiful beach all alone. Having no other items but the shirt on his back, your Sim will embark on a tropical journey, choosing to either subsist on the beautiful island or flee altogether. Will your Sim choose to reunite with the crew and enlist the help of clever monkeys to make a flourishing community with the Musician, Doctor, Park Ranger and more? Or will they follow the treasure map island to island in search of clues that will eventually lead them to freedom? How your Sims survive, or thrive, is up to you.

Studio Head of The Sims Label, Rod Humble, said, "Whether you're spending hours collecting resources to build the ultimate island hut, or passing time taming wild boars with your crew, there is a new adventure for all types of players this holiday season in The Sims 2 Castaway. The gameplay is magnificently tailored to each of the four platforms – we can't wait to see how players are going to help their Sims survive and thrive on this beautiful, uncharted island."

Regardless of their destiny, your Sims will explore a variety of new environments, from lush green jungles and dark spooky caves to forbidden plains and more! In addition to new environments, Nintendo DS players will also hone their Sims survival skills such as spear fishing, fire starting and bug squashing in one of the six fun mini-games. Whether your Sims are collecting unusual shells for crew members, crafting furniture out of palm leaves or creating dry shelter out of bamboo, what you build and collect makes all the difference!

The Sims 2 Castaway ships today on the Wii, NDS, PS2 and the PSP to retail stores across North America and Europe.

Trainz Railwayz (PC)

Trainz Railwayz will combine two new titles in the Trainz line of games, and will also include as a bonus the best-selling Trainz Railroad Simulator (modified to be Vista compatible).

Trainz Railwayz includes two new titles from the Trainz line of games, with each one centered on a particular period in railway history or a particular track type. Included in Trainz Railwayz will be the Harlem Line Edition and the Metropolis Edition.

The Harlem Line Edition is a representation of New York's Harlem Line. Activities will consist of historically accurate commuter and departmental operations typical of those seen from the early 80s to the present day. Each session is designed to reflect the real-life atmosphere of the locality and the services. The Metropolis Edition, designed by Roger Cabo, is among the most stunning displays of Trainz ever created, focused on a modern city tramway and with beautifully realistic graphics.

Trainz Railwayz, rated "E" for Everyone, is developed by Auran Games and has a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 (PC/Mac)

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008, the most comprehensive soccer management game, returns with fully updated 2007-2008 game stats. Players are challenged to manage one of 5000 possible soccer clubs from around the world including teams from the top international divisions. Clubs from 50 countries are available for management, making Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 a truly global game.

"With its additions and upgrades, Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 is definitely the game to have for true soccer fanatics," says Elliott Chin, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "This game gives fans of the sport unprecedented access to the inner workings of the game of soccer and the strategy behind the sport."

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 features a greatly improved match engine. To create the most accurate soccer team management simulation possible, Sports Interactive Ltd. used the combined coaching knowledge of former Irish international player Ray Houghton as well as tools used by numerous real-life managers. International team management has been completely revamped, with new ways to interact with in-game soccer reporters, international roster updates, player interaction, international scouting, improved pool selection, and captain selection. A brand new advisor system helps players make sound decisions through various areas of the game. A new perfected navigation system and an updated tutorial all make Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 the most accessible Worldwide Soccer Manager yet, without losing any depth for the more experienced player.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 is available for both the PC and Apple Macintosh and is available for purchase on and via digital download at

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)

Legend has it that a revered pirate named Barbaros once stole the world's treasure and hid it on a mysterious island. Though no one knows of its exact location, stories about the untold riches that lay in wait have been passed down through the ages, driving pirates from all walks of life to pursue the alluring prizes. One of these treasure seekers, a young apprentice pirate named Zack happens upon a mysterious talking skull, the skull of Barbaros himself. Barbaros promises to reveal the key to the island, if Zack will help to lift the curse he is under.

Players will explore a variety of wondrous environments and stages, solving puzzles and interacting with the world in search of a legendary pirate ship and the ultimate pursuit of becoming the greatest pirate the world has ever seen. Inventive gameplay mechanics and controller movements allow players to move and open objects, transform enemies into items, unlock new pathways and navigate through perilous stages based on a variety of themes including Jungle Ruins, Frozen Temple, Volcano Cavern and more, each with multiple sub-areas. Players will use the Wii Remote controller in various ways - rotate handles, turn keys to open doors, play a piccolo and much more in order to solve the progressively difficult puzzle stages and collect key items that will lead to the legendary pirate ship.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure for the Nintendo Wii is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $39.99

Zoo Hospital (NDS)

Developed by Torus Games, Zoo Hospital puts players in the exciting role of a zoo intern who must examine and treat 40 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles.

"Zoo Hospital is the perfect game for anyone who loves animals given its huge variety of patients and authentic background information on each species," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing, Majesco. "For the first time, DS players can treat wild and exotic animals, and enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction when patients regain their health."

In Zoo Hospital, players begin with 10 wild animal species that range from chimp to eagle to endangered fossa. Gamers must identify and treat their ailments, while checking vital signs and learning how to calm stressed patients. Players use the Touch Screen and stylus to tackle challenging medical mini-games, including: administering injections, applying ointment, bandaging appendages, pulling teeth, x-raying organs and much more. A two-player cooperative mode also allows friends to team up to treat their animal charges.

Zoo Hospital is rated E for Everyone and currently available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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