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Marvelous Entertainment USA And Xseed Games Announce E3 Lineup

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I love getting these press releases for E3 lineups only to see a bunch of DS and Wii games in the list. Sigh…well for those who love portable last gen gaming, here you go!:

Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games

Join Forces to Announce E3 2008 Line Up

Independent Game Publishers to Showcase Stellar Portfolio of Titles

on Wii(tm) and Popular Handheld Systems

Torrance, Calif., (July 11, 2008) – Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games
today announced its E3 plans which include a stellar line up of games for both
Nintendo platforms, the Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as the PSP(r)
(PlayStation(r)Portable) system. Both companies will display their portfolio of
upcoming titles at E3 2008 which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center
from July 15th – 17th. E3 attendees are invited to visit the Marvelous Entertainment
USA and XSEED Games booth located at Concourse Hall Pavilion #427.

”We’re very pleased to be able to give the North American audience a
sneak peak at our upcoming lineup,” stated Yasuhiro Wada, Managing Director
of Marvelous Entertainment. “This is just the beginning of some of the great
games that we’ll be releasing in the US under our Marvelous Entertainment USA
banner.”

“It’s been an amazing year for us, and we feel that we’re well
positioned going into E3,” said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games.
“We’ve got a fantastic partnership with Marvelous Entertainment which
we greatly appreciate, and the overall line up of titles we’re showcasing is
strong and diverse, which we’re exceptionally excited about.”

Games being shown under the Marvelous and XSEED Games partnership are:

Avalon Code DS

From the creative minds behind Rune Factory and Harvest Moon with the development
studio responsible for the Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV DS remakes comes
Avalon Code, an action RPG boasting incredible graphics, a deep and engrossing
story, and innovative game play mechanics. Using the main character’s
‘Book of Prophecy’, players can modify the rules of engagement during
battle as well as weapon and monster attributes. The player even has control over
the story as it changes depending on which gender the player chooses to play as,
enhancing the ability to immerse themselves into the story. Avalon Code DS is
scheduled for release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star
Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

Rune Factory: Frontier Wii

From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first
installment of Rune Factory for a home console. Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune
Factory: Frontier features stunning graphics and takes full advantage of the
Wii’s unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe.
Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to
choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether it’s growing crops,
expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the
experience is unique to each player. Rune Factory: Frontier Wii is scheduled for
release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a
subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

LITTLE KING’S STORY Wii

Little King’s Story has an art style that is very ‘story-book’
in look and a magical fairy tale quality that will intrigue and delight gamers.
The storyline, visual look, and lyrical music of Little King’s Story, work in
concert to transport players to an interactive, enchanting, fairy tale world. By
combining gameplay elements from life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure
genres, the many aspects of creating a vast kingdom come to life! As King, players
will manage and involve their townspeople in the goals of creating this new
territory; enlisting them to dig for treasure, build new buildings and otherwise
better their community. Of course, leadership is a two-way street, so as King,
players will try to conquer rival nations to create a single unified kingdom, while
also granting the requests of townspeople at whim. The game transforms the Wii
Remote(tm) to a royal scepter and offers players the chance to be the best
king in the world! Little King’s Story Wii is scheduled for release Winter
2008. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of
Marvelous Entertainment.

VALHALLA KNIGHTS 2 PSP system

Sequel to the popular Valhalla Knights, Valhalla Knights 2 promises to give fans of
the original game a vast and expansive world to explore, and the customization tools
to create the ultimate battle party. This action RPG (Role Playing Game) sequel adds
new races, job classes, weapons, magic spells, foes, armor and more to the Valhalla
Knights universe, all within an engrossing story arc. Controlling and choosing
character aspects such as skills, race and appearance, players engage in real-time 6
on 6 battles, reliant on tactical combat strategies to achieve success. Supporting
2 player ad hoc network play, gamers can engage in Co-op and Versus modes with
friends, or simply trade items and weapons. Valhalla Knights 2 PSP system is
scheduled for release Fall 2008.

Separately, XSEED Games will unveil the company’s first official support of
the Nintendo DS with three titles:

Populous(tm) DS

Based on the original Populous PC classic from Electronic Arts, Populous DS brings a
re-imagination of the classic game, which pioneered the God simulation genre.
Featuring touch-screen controls that utilize the dual-screens, players manipulate 5
elementally-imbued gods, each with their own unique miracles, within an extensive
single-player campaign. Within the multiplayer wireless mode, up to 4 players can
unleash earthquakes, tidal waves and raging volcanoes onto rival players’
lands. Populous DS is scheduled for release Fall 2008. The game will be published
in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.

KORG DS-10

Designed after the famous KORG MS-10 music synthesizer, KORG DS-10 is a
music-creation program for professional and aspiring musicians alike. The sound
sources in the KORG DS-10 come from KORG, one of the world’s top musical
instrument producers, and no effort was spared in the replication of creating
high-quality sounds. The Nintendo DS’s touch-screen controls are utilized to
the fullest to provide an authentic feel and operability across a dual-screen layout
that is unsurpassed in portable music creation. A 6-track/16-step sequencer enables
precise control and provides a wide range of musical possibilities, and up to eight
DS units can be linked via wireless connection to play together or to exchange
sounds and songs. KORG DS-10 is scheduled for release Fall 2008.

Retro Game Challenge

An original game based on the popular Japanese GAME CENTER CX TV series, Retro Game
Challenge reinvents how classic games are played. Featuring a story-driven
progression, players complete short challenges in a wide-variety of fictional
retro-games. Specific challenges in shooting, racing, action and even an epic
role-playing game are integrated into the story, while the in-game magazines offer
cheat codes as well as fake 80’s news stories paying tribute to the rich
history of the gaming industry. Released to raving reviews as Game Center CX:
Arino’s Challenge in Japan, the game received a Gold Award from Famitsu with
a 33/40 review score. Retro Game Challenge is scheduled for release Winter 2008.

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