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Tecmo Releases More Information On Its Holiday Lineup

by Neal Ronaghan - September 4, 2008, 6:24 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Robocalypse and Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff are Tecmo's DS releases while SPRay and Rygar: The Battle for Argus are their Wii holiday releases.

Tecmo recently announced their Nintendo releases for the rest of 2008. They currently have four games on the horizon for Nintendo platforms this holiday season: Robocalypse; SPRay; Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff; and Rygar: The Battle for Argus.

Robocalypse, a real-time strategy game for the DS, is due out on October 28. Robocalypse is rated "E10+" and features a storyline written by a writer and director on SpongeBob Squarepants.

Tecmo brings a spirited prince named Ray to Wii with SPRay, which is also set for release on October 28. Ray has control over two different liquids that he uses to save his village in this action-platformer. SPRay will retail for $39.99, ten dollars cheaper than the usual $49.99 price tag.

Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff, a revival in the classic football series, is set for release this November and is rated E for Everyone.

The last game, Rygar: The Battle for Argus, brings the PS2 action game to Wii with new controls and added features. It is due out this December.

Action? Check. Sports? Check. RTS? Check. Platformer? Check. Tecmo® Has It All This Holiday Season

An Array of Games Set for Release on the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™

TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading video game developer and publisher Tecmo® today announced a holiday lineup filled with a variety of games in several genres, promising hours of fun and excitement for every gamer in the family. From an update of everyone’s all-time favorite football game to an adventure with a Greco-Roman gladiator, Tecmo has it all!

Tecmo’s holiday lineup will include the following four titles:

ROBOCALYPSE™ (Nintendo DS / October 28, 2008)

Developed by Vogster™ Entertainment, Robocalypse is an innovative, new, real-time strategy (RTS) game for the Nintendo DS. Featuring robotic armies equipped with unique weaponry, Robocalypse offers deep strategic warfare and a twist of humor.

A technological breakthrough for the Nintendo DS, Robocalypse features over 50 A.I. driven units with advanced distributed path-finding, dynamic music and stunning 3D particle effects. Supporting these advancements is a hilarious storyline penned by Jay Lender, a writer and director for the acclaimed cartoon series SpongeBob Squarepants™, and Micah Wright, known for his writing contributions across multiple mediums.

Early previews of Robocalypse have been very positive, with the title receiving the runner-up spot in July for IGN’s Best of E3 2008, Best Strategy Game for Nintendo DS.

Robocalypse has been rated "E10+" by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and will carry a suggested retail price of US $29.99. For the latest information on this wacky but challenging title, please visit www.robocalypse.com.

SPRAY™ (Wii / October 28, 2008)

An action-platformer game packed with puzzle elements, SPRay features a unique gameplay mechanic involving the use of several liquids that are sprayed onto the game universe.

Players will play a spirited prince named Ray who must save his village from a banished evil queen who’s returned to capture and enslave the villagers. After donning a magic crown which summons two liquid spraying spirits, he sets out to defeat the evil queen and her army of anti-matter soldiers. The key will be to skillfully use the "angelic" and "wicked" spirits to spray water, oil, slime and other liquids on enemies and surfaces to solve puzzles and wipe out evil. SPRay also features several amusing mini-games in multiplayer mode, where up to four players can challenge themselves in games using various liquids.

SPRay has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). The game will carry a suggested retail price of US $39.99. Additional information will be available at www.spray2play.com.

TECMO BOWL®: KICKOFF (Nintendo DS / November 2008)

Based on the most popular Tecmo Super Bowl™, Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff will deliver to long time fans and newcomers easy to employ controls, fun, huge plays and exciting cut-scenes. The classic, over-the-top, all-American football game enables players of all levels to engage in a fun filled, fast paced, arcade style of football.

Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff brings a host of new features that will further enhance the gameplay experience, including full customizable teams, super abilities, optional stylus control, Wi-Fi and wireless multiplayer. The title offers a good hit of nostalgia for old time arcade fans while implementing new elements to keep the Tecmo Bowl experience fresh and alive!

In July, the title earned IGN’s Best of E3 2008, Best Sports Game for Nintendo DS as well as a runner-up spot for 1UP’s Best of E3, Best Nintendo DS Game.

Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and will carry a suggested retail price of US $29.99. Additional information will be available at www.tecmobowlgame.com.

RYGAR®: THE BATTLE OF ARGUS (Wii / December 2008)

The legendary warrior, Rygar, is back! A story set in the Greco-Roman era surrounding a noble warrior attempting to save Princess Harmonia, players must bring the Island of Argus back to peace and annihilate the Titans using the "Diskarmor." In Rygar: The Battle of Argus, intuitive use of the Wii Remote allows players to effectively control the powerful weapon to destroy enemies and maneuver on, around, over, and under obstacles.

Rygar: The Battle of Argus is packed with action and adventure, spanning various unique zones and light puzzle solving. This Wii remake of the PlayStation®2 classic brings new enemies, techniques and an all-new Gladiator Mode, specifically equipped for the versatile swinging movement of the Wii Remote.

Rygar: The Battle of Argus has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Additional information will be available at www.rygargame.com.


I assumed Rygar had been canceled.  The premise of such an old game being ported to Wii was always dubious, and it's now clear they have added practically nothing except waggle control.  I recommend checking out the (horrible) screen shots we just added.  This was a fun, though unremarkable, PS2 game.  I think you'd be much better off picking up that version for five bucks than paying $40 for a cynical Wii port.

NinGurl69 *hugglesSeptember 04, 2008

Looks better than the Dead Rising screenshots.

Tecmo did a better job taking these screenshots than Nintendo did for Disaster: Day of Crisis.

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