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Monday, March 10, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 10, 2008 @ 5:21 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:

Chicken Hunter (NDS)

Chicken Hunter asks players to use their allotted ammunition to shoot incoming birds to earn points before time runs out. The more difficult a chicken is to target, the more points it is worth. Chicken Hunter features three game play modes: Classic Shooter, Puzzle and combined Puzzle and Shooter. There are also two un-lockable bonus games for players to enjoy.

Chicken Hunter originally launched in Germany as Moorhuhn X and quickly developed a league of fans who found the zany and precocious chickens entertaining and comical. Bringing the mischief and mayhem to the Nintendo DS(TM) will certainly broaden the game's already impressive audience. According to VG Chartz, the Nintendo DS has sold 67.54 million units to become the leading console among players -- 21 million units have been sold in the U.S. alone.

"Chicken Hunter is not only a fun game, but we feel that it meets the needs of our target demographic while bringing quality content to the Nintendo DS platform," said Mark Cottam, CEO of MumboJumbo.

With a new report from the Entertainment Software Association finding that 38 percent of gamers are female, and the majority of female gamers are playing the Nintendo DS, Chicken Hunter should prove to be a perfect fit for the casual game market.

Chicken Hunter retails for $19.99 and is rated 'E 10+' for mild cartoon violence.

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (Wii/PSP/PS2)

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection simulates some of the most memorable tables from the golden age of pinball in stunning, photorealistic 3D. Working closely with Williams to ensure authenticity of each of the games, the collection is highlighted by some of the most popular and innovative Williams pinball tables, including Gorgar, the first-ever talking pinball machine, Black Knight, which introduced "Magna-Save" and Bonus Ball, and Space Shuttle, which took the pinball industry by storm in 1984. Every table has been meticulously recreated to bring players the visuals, sound effects and gameplay that made these games legendary successes. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection harkens back to the arcades of the 1980s.

In Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection, players can spend as little as two minutes on a quick pinball challenge, or delve deeper into the game, gaining rewards in a token-based system as they unlock rewards like new balls and mirror play. Single-player Arcade and Challenge modes provide hours of solo entertainment, and a Multiplayer mode lets players face each other head-on.

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection is available for PSP, PlayStation 2 and Wii.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

When Mario appears in a new game, people perk up. But when loads of characters from across the Nintendo universe battle alongside such video game icons as Sonic The Hedgehog and Solid Snake, people take charge! Featuring a host of playable characters, special items, stages and music, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is an encyclopedia of Nintendo's video game history, making it the biggest and deepest brawl of them all.

This innovative fighting game, the first Super Smash Bros. game for Wii, ups the ante with several exciting new modes and wireless features. By logging onto Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, players can now enjoy online battles with friends near and far. An extensive new single-player mode is perfect for solo brawlers who want to hone their skills. A sprawling adventure mode called "The Subspace Emissary" lets players jump and brawl their way through enemy-packed side-scrolling levels, meeting up with other characters, watching incredible cinematics and taking on massive bosses -- solo or in a cooperative two-player mode. And, of course, there's the series hallmark: elaborate, action-packed battles that pit up to four players against one another in a brawl to see who's the last one standing.

"The excitement around Super Smash Bros. Brawl is contagious," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "It's a delight to see how the creators have taken an already irresistible series and made it even deeper and more fun for Wii. We're just as thrilled as the fans are."

Online battles aren't the only wireless boost in this latest Super Smash Bros. installment. With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, players also have the ability to share photos, swap replays, team up for challenging minigames and even create their own stages to share with friends or submit to Nintendo. Every day, Nintendo will offer one of these fan-created stages for players everywhere to try out.

For an even more customized Brawl experience, players can select their favorite music and choose the control scheme they like best, whether it's the Wii Remote alone, Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Classic Controller or Nintendo GameCube controller. All these options give players a virtually endless amount of ways to play, a fact that makes Super Smash Bros. Brawl one of the most anticipated games of 2008.

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