25. Oct, 2004 19:46 (HKT)

Shipping today: Mario Tennis GC, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection (Xbox™), Hard Luck: Return of the Heroes (PS2™), Naruto Swing 3 Keychain Gashapon (toys) & more

The wild multiplayer action of the smash Nintendo 64 hit, Mario Power Tennis, returns with even more powerful shots and new, character-specific power-ups guaranteed to make for the craziest matches ever. Players of all ages can pick up the game and instantly start whacking tennis balls around and yet a deep level of challenge awaits those willing to master it. Build up more and more skill points as you play to use stronger and stronger shots with all kinds of spin.

Everyone's favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters are here! Donkey Kong and Bowser can hit insanely powerful Megaton Balls, finesse players like Shy Guy can use instant Tornado Returns and defensive masters like Luigi have all kinds of tricks in their bags.

Each of the 14 characters has a special strength. Peach, Daisy and Shy Guy are master technicians; Waluigi specializes in defense; Wario, Donkey Kong and Bowser rely on brute force; Koopa Troopa, Diddy Kong and Yoshi are speed demons; and arch-tricksters Boo and Bowser Jr. can put nasty english on their shots. Mario and Luigi are well-balanced characters, but it's a sign of the game's depth that they follow quite different strategies when controlled by the CPU. Luigi crowds the net, while Mario relies on a baseline game.

Mario Power Tennis is most realistic on the Peach Dome's regular, clay and grass courts, then quickly gets very crazy with bizarre courts inspired by Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, Donkey Kong, Bowser's Castle and Wario.

You choose from four difficulty levels, three ball speeds and three main modes: Exhibition, Tournament and Special Games. In Tournament, battle your way through eight-charcter playoffs.

Mario Tennis GC - also known as Mario Power Tennis outside of Japan - has started shipping today. Preorders have been cleared and new orders are welcome at US$ 59.90 only.

Get ready for the ultimate fighting game compliation with the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection which consists of Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Take control of all your favorite fighters like Ryu, Guile, M. Bison, Chun Li and more. Create your own custom matches by taking anyone of the different characters from all the various Street Fighter games and take on anyone from the Street Fighter universe.

Street Fighter Anniversary Collection for Xbox™ supports online battles via Xbox Live™ and due to W-Code technology can be played on NTSC/J as well as NTSC/U/C Xbox™ consoles. In stock now at US$ 48.90 only.

Additional releases from today include Spike's PlayStation2™ action adventure Hard Luck: Return of the Heroes as well as the PlayStation2™ US version of Konami's action game Neo Contra and Atari's US Gamecube™ game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus. For toy as well as Naruto lovers we received stock of Bandai's Naruto Swing 3 Keychain Gashapon.

As a small side notice from today, Microsoft has once more delayed shipment of Tecmo's online fighting hit Dead or Alive Ultimate. Due to a production problem, the title has now been announced for shipping coming week (November 3rd). The delay should affect the official Japanese version, the Asian version as well as Xbox Kasumi-chan Blue Edition.


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