Dragon Blade shipped exclusively for Wii

dragon_blade_-_wrath_of_fir.jpg(Press release) – D3Publisher of America, Inc. today announced that Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire has shipped to retail stores across North America.

Designed specifically for the Wii system, Dragon Blade is a 3rd person action-adventure game where players unleash the magical powers of a fierce dragon, creating a unique and visually stunning weapon through their sword and arms. Players will utilize an intuitively designed, two-handed Wii control scheme and use both arms simultaneously to emulate the dragon’s arms, wings, tail, fire-breathing head and more as they embark on an epic fantasy adventure in more than 20 unique environments in 5 visually stunning worlds. Dragon Blade is available for the suggested retail price of $39.95.

“Gamers have been asking for fun, original games on the Wii and D3PA has answered their call with Dragon Blade,” said Alison Quirion, vice president of marketing, D3PA. “Dragon Blade stays true to its game design roots by focusing on the pure beat-em-up, arcade style action that gamers love while taking full advantage of the Wii controls to achieve as close to one-to-one motion as possible so players will truly experience the action like never before.”

Featuring an original story by Richard A. Knaak, one of the best-selling authors behind the immensely popular Dragon Lance series as well as other popular series based on Warcraft, Diablo, and the Age of Conan, Dragon Blade immerses players in a compelling storyline and richly detailed fantasy worlds. Players will use their dragon powers and hundreds of combat options to battle colossal enemies and embark on quests to upgrade their weapons and make them even more powerful over time.

Both Joystiq and IGN have said the game has sleeper potential. I will post my impressions after some hands-on time tomorrow.