Treasure's "Ikaruga" Launches On Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday and Void Star Releases New Downloadable Content for "Poker Smas

LONDON– Monday 7th April, 2008 - The Japanese arcade hit“Ikaruga” receives the full Xbox LIVE Arcade treatment and is poised to launch on the platform this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.

“Ikaruga” is a fast-paced scrolling shooter with a twist– players must constantly switch their ship’s polarity to maximize their damage output and avoid incoming enemy fire of the opposite polarity.

The Xbox LIVE Arcade version features a two-player co-op mode both locally and over Xbox LIVE. Newcomers can also easily bring their skill up to speed by using the game’s slow motion training mode.

The game is a perfect combination of beautiful, manga-style storytelling and challenging arcade heroics, all brought to life in a gorgeous HD environment.

Gamers itching to obtain a moment of“Ikaruga” glory will be wise to master the chaining system that detects when enemies of the same polarity are destroyed consecutively. Doing so will reward players with huge score bonuses, which will be key to topping“Ikaruga’s” leaderboards.

The ability to relive a particularly harrowing battle is also possible thanks to the game’s record and replay function, which is new to the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game.

From the Japanese developer Treasure,“Ikaruga” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more details on“Ikaruga” please visit:

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/i/ikarugaxboxlivearcade

Independent developer Void Star Creations unveils two new downloadable content packs for their hit Xbox LIVE Arcade title,“Poker Smash” this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. The new content includes two Action Mode Environments in the Environment Pack and an additional 15 Puzzles in the Puzzle Pack, giving“Poker Smash” players a total of 13 immersive environments and 70 mind bending puzzles. The“Poker Smash” Environment Pack and Puzzle Pack will each be available for 100 Microsoft Points.

“Poker Smash” is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more details on“Poker Smash” please visit:

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/p/pokersmashxboxlivearcade

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