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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 12, 2011 @ 12:30 p.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 ...

DanceDanceRevolution (X360)

DanceDanceRevolution on Xbox 360 features two new gameplay modes filled with non-stop dancing action. In Dance Off mode, up to four players can take to the dance mat, each taking turns similar to a dance battle. The winner is the dancer who can step and dance accurately to the arrows. Special gimmicks await players to add an extra level of challenge as well. Club Mode is a feature designed for the more hardcore DanceDanceRevolution fan, challenging players to dance four to 20 songs back-to-back with varying difficulty levels depending on how well they perform. If the player changes the option to non-stop, they can keep dancing, regardless of the Dance Gauge.

DanceDanceRevolution for Xbox 360 comes fully equipped with the Visual Jockey, a feature that awards dancing pros with new on-screen graphics for a more engaging gameplay experience. For those advanced DanceDanceRevolution jockeys, the game also features a high-difficulty level, the Challenge Level, with diagonal arrows added to the standard up, down, right and left arrows. Additionally, players can use their Xbox Live Vision camera to appear in-game and watch themselves dance on screen.

DanceDanceRevolution boasts a vast song roster with 20 licensed tracks spanning decades of hits from "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang to "crushcrushcrush" by Paramore and "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. DanceDanceRevolution also includes more than 30 original songs by Konami's original artists, and download new songs and add them to their playlist through Xbox Live.

DanceDanceRevolution is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is available on Xbox 360 for the SRP of $39.99 and comes bundled with a DanceDanceRevolution dance mat controller.

Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga (X360)

Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga represents the definitive version of the Divinity II saga and offers gamers a tremendous wealth of content. A fully realized fantasy world, inhabited by nuanced, well-written characters, serves as the setting for a rousing tale of a long absent nemesis rising up to threaten an already war-torn realm. In addition to numerous quests to solve, secrets to uncover, and new abilities to master, The Dragon Knight Saga also allows players to take to the skies as a powerful, fire-breathing dragon.

Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, plus the bonus soundtrack CD and art book, are only $39.99.

Elements of War (PC)

In Elements of War, players command both contemporary and futuristic weapons as they battle for the destiny of a near-future United States. The game features 12 extensive missions spread across 12 maps, each mission challenging the player's tactical skills as they battle the enemy faction for control of the battlefield.

Elements of War is a real-time strategy (RTS) unlike any other – where players' armies manipulate the forces of nature to rain down destruction on their foes, or gain tactical advantage by transforming the battlefield. Set on Earth in the not-so-distant future, Elements of War focuses on a conflict for the survival of humanity that ensues after a secret military weather control experiment sets in motion a near-complete global climate collapse. Three factions battle on American soil for control of fearsome weather-based weapons, granting them the power to use tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, torrential rains and other forces of nature as weapons of war.

Key Features:

  • Three Diverse Factions – Battle in a near-future America as the "Ravens" (the U.S. military trying to protect the secret experiment), the "EEB" (a European coalition that invades to capture the nature-based weapons) and the "Patriots" (a paramilitary force, fighting for their country's survival) collide
  • Control the Weather, Control the World – Six weather-based weapons allow players to dominate and transform the battlefield with tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other elements of war, impacting supply lines, slowing troop movements and devastating the enemy
  • A Visually Stunning Battlefield – A modern graphics engine beautifully renders highly detailed units, while realistic destruction physics create a believable theater of war
  • Conventional and "What if" Weaponry – More than 40 realistic and fictional units and weapons from the American, Russian and European military arsenals
  • Challenging Campaign, Massive Theater of War – Fight across a challenging 12 mission campaign, each massive map offering diverse tactical challenges

Fantastic Pets (X360)

Fantastic Pets brings animals to life in a way unlike any other pet simulation game. Augmented reality technology makes it possible for players to see themselves in real time on the TV screen interacting with a pet they have created – as ordinary as a puppy or as whimsical as a dragon – that respond to their gesture and voice commands, similar to how they would interact with a real pet.

As the first augmented reality game on Kinect for Xbox 360, Fantastic Pets provides an entirely different gaming experience for the family. Players start with four animals – dog, cat, horse and lizard – that can be morphed into imaginative creations from mystical unicorns to ferocious dragons. Once players have created their very own fantasy pet, they enter a world in which they can play with their pets through several mini-games that range from fetching, grooming, and feeding their pets to a series of mini-games that include popping piñatas, partaking in talent shows and many others.

Fantastic Pets is rated E for everyone and is available at the suggested retail price of $49.99.

LEGO Battles: Ninjago (NDS)

LEGO Battles: Ninjago continues the highly successful LEGO Battles video game brand and introduces kids and the young at heart to an epic tale of good versus evil, exciting battles and quirky LEGO humor. Along the journey, fans will master the art of Spinjitzu — a frenetic, tornado-like spinning combat technique — to battle enemies both new and recognizable to the LEGO world.

True to the LEGO build-and-play video game experience, LEGO Battles: Ninjago allows gamers to build and customize their Spinjitzu armies, deploy ninjas on missions and use magical spells to unleash special attacks on enemies. Lone warriors can test their skills in a story line that allows them to play as "good" and "evil" single-player campaigns, as well as test their skills in a variety of Battle Mode challenges.

Gamers can also enjoy additional hours of fun by challenging friends in local wireless DS multiplayer showdowns by battling as either heroic Ninjas, villainous Skulkins, or as one of the bonus hidden hero characters.

LEGO Battles: Ninjago is rated "E" for Everyone and is available for the Nintendo DS system for $29.99.

Magicka: Vietnam DLC (PC)

Answer the call of duty to take up arms against the Goblin-Cong, trudging through a napalm-scorched battlefield with a bad company of up to four wizard GIs, and earn new medals of honor and achievements as you eliminate scores of enemies with not-so-wizardly machine guns and a new napalm Magick, liberate prisoners from POW camps, and escape to a Huey before it gets shot down by a pistol—all of this, of course, in your stylish robe fatigues and hood-friendly helmet.

Key Features:

  • Vietnam themed game world with a twist
  • 2 Challenge maps (1 scenario challenge & 1 survival challenge)
  • New Vietnam themed enemies
  • Many new Vietnam era weapons
  • Stylish GI Wizard robe
  • New Magick – Napalm strike
  • Innovative and dynamic spell casting system with thousands of possible combinations
  • Up to four player co-op in all game modes as well as single player option
  • Experience the parody and satire of a cliché fantasy world/jungle war

The Magicka: Vietnam DLC is now available on all leading digital distribution platforms for $4.99.

SpongeBob SquigglePants (Wii)

SpongeBob SquigglePants gives fans of the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants character a unique experience utilizing the innovative functionalities of the uDraw. The result is a fast-paced, frenzy entertainment experience that will have players test their reflexes and agility.

Delivering more than 100 frantic "Nanogames," SpongeBob SquigglePants challenges players with super swift gameplay that will let them use the uDraw in myriad ways as they draw, tilt, tap, drag, press and flick their way through six zany worlds.

In SpongeBob SquigglePants, players might have to flick the uDraw stylus to toss a flying disc to Larry the Lobster in "Flying Disc of the Deep"; tilt the GameTablet to help SpongeBob blow out all the birthday cake candles in "That Takes the Spongecake"; or draw a quick line between two cliffs to create a bridge for Plankton to cross and grab his coveted Krabby Patty in "A Bridge Abridged." These are just some of the scores of quirky tasks players will experience.

SpongeBob SquigglePants is rated E for everyone and is available exclusively on uDraw GameTablet for Wii, with a suggested North American retail price of $29.99.

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