Monster High: 13 Wishes was released on October 8, in partnership with Universal Pictures. This third feature-length film from Monster High introduces a new ghoul, Gigi Grant, who comes to Monster High to grant the ghouls 13 wishes. There will be a line of themed dolls, toys, and a video game available at retailers nationwide. Monster High: 13 Wishes is available on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
Electronic Arts is developing a SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack for Mac and PC that will be arriving on November 12. The expansion lets players transform their cities as they take a journey 50 years into the future, and to shape them using new technologies and experimental urban planning techniques.
Players will have the option of creating a utopian society underpinned by clean technology under the auspices of the Academy, or to encourage OmegaCo, a giant corporation, to strip-mine natural resources and pollute. Meanwhile, for the first time in the franchise’s history, cities can be built vertically with enormous, multi-zone MegaTowers that extend high into the sky.
Education and research are also factors in the game, and can help players discover new technologies that make their cities less polluted, less reliant on natural resources, managed day-to-day by service drones, and fueled by green energy. Whenever players have finished deciding whether they want their Sims living together in harmony, they can unleash new disasters exclusive to the expansion pack.
Spin Master Ltd. has released Tech Deck, a mobile video game based on its popular line of finely crafted fingerboards for iOS and Android. Tech Deck, developed by Free Range Games, is a free-to-play skateboarding title that combines the immersive thrill and excitement of pulling off perilous feats with the style and finesse of street skating.
Tech Deck features fast-paced, tap, hold, and slide mechanics that challenge players to chain together combos, grinds, aerials, and holds. The title also includes a roster of upgradable skaters to choose from as well as local legends. More than 100 officially licensed decks are represented, and Tech Deck owners can use their mobile devices to scan some of their real-life collections into the game and use them to skate.
The Wonderful 101 has launched on September 15 for the Wii U console. It is filled with characters, led by Wonder-Red. Players can meet other heroes that will join the team, such as the Wonder-Blue and Wonder-Pink.
By drawing certain symbols on the screen or with the right control stick, players combine multiple heroes in a Unite Morph. Players can recruit citizens to become heroes in battle. The more citizens players recruit, the more powerful their Unite Morph attacks become. Players can also track and recruit the rest of the Wonderful 100 such as Wonder-Guitar, Wonder-Locomotive, Wonder-Signal, and Wonder-Toilet.
The in-game Wonderful Mart lets players spend O-Parts acquired during battles to unlock additional Unite Morphs, as well as new abilities and upgrades.
In addition to the single-player mode, The Wonderful 101 offers a co-op multiplayer mode for up to five players. The Wonderful 101 can also be purchased and downloaded in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has partnered with Mattel Inc. for the global distribution, sales, and trade marketing of the upcoming Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver video game launching on September 17 in North America for Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC.
In Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver, players join the ranks of Team Hot Wheels and compete in dozens of fast-paced, replayable challenges highlighting the driving styles of the different teams. Featuring 24 Hot Wheels vehicles and set in four under-the-radar test facilities around the world, the game pushes players to their limits to see if they have what it takes to become Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver.
Mattel is also bringing the Hot Wheels brand to life with a real-life crew of stunt drivers taking stunt-driving to the next level with never-before-seen, gravity-defying stunts in life-size Hot Wheels cars. This year, Mattel continues to introduce new Hot Wheels content, including a 22-minute World’s Best Driver movie on the Hot Wheels YouTube channel and HotWheels.com.
Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver is being developed by Firebrand Games.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are partnering to create LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The game is now available in North America for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, the Wii, Windows PC, Nintendo DS/Nintendo 3DS handheld systems, and PlayStation Vita handheld system. The video game is a sequel to LEGO Batman: the Videogame.
In LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, gamers team up with Batman, Robin, and other classic superheroes such as Superman, Wonderwoman, and the Flash. Players embrace the roles of the Caped Crusader, Boy Wonder, and others to go against Lex Luthor and The Joker.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was designed for ages 10 and up.
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Cars fans can race around the world this summer and hone their spy skills. Disney Interactive Studios has released Disney•Pixar’s Cars 2: The Video Game, available on all major gaming platforms.
The game, based on the soon-to-be-released movie Cars 2, will have players take on dangerous missions, attempt to become the fastest race car in the world, and use their espionage skills in combat racing and battle arenas. Avalanche Software developed the game in collaboration with the filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios.
Players can choose to play as one of more than 20 different characters, including favorites like Mater and Lightning McQueen. Players are emerged in the Cars universe and in different locales around the world, including London, Tokyo and Italy.
Hyperkin, a third-party developer of video game peripherals, has announced the upcoming launch of the SupaBoy Handheld Video Game Console designed for SNES game cartridges. Equipped with a 3.5-inch screen, the SupaBoy is designed to look like one of the original SNES controllers and has a port built into the top that plays original 16-bit SNES cartridges.
There are two front loading ports that are compatible with full-size SNES controllers and video/audio out, allowing up to two players to play the SupaBoy on a regular TV screen.
Ubisoft has just announced the development of Rocksmith, a new video game franchise. Rocksmith is the first and only game where players can plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack into an Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3, or a PC, and play through an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs.
Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level and game design that makes reading music visually fun and intuitive, Rocksmith engages experienced musicians and those who are picking up a guitar for the first time. The game includes a library of music from classic rock bands to current artists, such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones.
Developed by Ubisoft, Rocksmith is slated to be released in the second half of calendar year 2011. For more information on Rocksmith, follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rocksmithgame, or visit www.rocksmith.com.