Retail Radar: DS EndWar, Splinter Cell
Product pages up for unannounced portable editions of Ubisoft franchises; Brütal Legend gets an incentive for first 666 preorders.
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Between online product listings and Nintendo's own release schedule, it seems everyone except Ubisoft itself is convinced that the publisher is bringing its stealth-action game Assassin's Creed to the Nintendo DS.
Now product listings on GameStop's online store are suggesting that the publisher is bringing two more of its anticipated games to Nintendo's portable. DS editions for both Tom Clancy's EndWar and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction are listed on the retailer's Web site, with both titles expected to ship in March 2008 for $29.99 each.
These would not be the Tom Clancy franchise's first excursions onto Nintendo's latest portable. Super spy Sam Fisher first infiltrated the system during its first year on shelves in the poorly reviewed Splinter Cell Chaos Theory.
GameStop also has some attention-getting listings for games that are already announced, such as Double Fine Productions' Brütal Legend. Beyond offering up a few details on the rock-heavy game (which will apparently let players "play face-melting solos that actually melt the faces of your enemies"), GameStop is also offering a preorder bonus for the game on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first 666 people to order the hellishly themed game will receive a free Brütal Legend T-shirt with the logo on the front and protagonist Eddie Riggs on the back.
Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.