Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! to release on Wii and DS

Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!
Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!, a new action puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii™ and DS™ systems. Created and first launched by Giochi Preziosi in 2005 as an action figure product line, the highly successful Gormiti toy brand and TV franchise will be expanding to interactive entertainment systems later this year.

Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! features characters and locations from the popular Gormiti TV show, now airing on Cartoon Network, co-produced by Marathon Media & Giochi Preziosi. The action starts as a character named Razzle, while cleaning the library, accidentally knocks some old books into a Portal. These books tumble down to the ‘Island of Gorm’ where a never ending battle is going on between vast armies inspired by the elemental forces of nature. The books eventually land at the feet of Magmion, the evil Lava Gormiti. Magmion reads the book and learns of an old legend which talks about reuniting five sacred amulets which have been scattered across Gorm. Once reunited these amulets allow the holder to open an inter-dimensional portal to Earth! The Lords of Nature need to use all their unique powers to hinder Magmion’s plans and save Earth. The game recreates the beautifully illustrated island of Gorm, where the Lords of Earth, Sea, Air and Forest are charged with stopping the evil Magmion from wreaking havoc.

“The Gormiti license has grown tremendously since created in 2005 and we are excited at the opportunity to deliver the first interactive gaming experience for fans of the franchise,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “The development team is looking forward to adapting the Gormiti storyline into a rich and entertaining video game that will allow players the ability to interact with their favorite characters in a new way.”

Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! will feature a story and arcade modes that both versions share, with the Wii version allowing two players to play together co-operatively. Both the Wii and DS titles feature a wealth of key landmarks from the television series, as players directly control three of the Lords of Nature within a group. Using the individual skills of each Lord, players battle Magmion’s minions using melee ‘Super’ attacks, or powerful long-ranged moves, and can switch between their various skills with ease. Gameplay is enhanced featuring jigsaw and sliding tile puzzle games, wherein tiles or jigsaw pieces relating to each of the main characters must be collected and assembled. When completed, the image then reveals an interactive 3D interactive character. All FMV sequences in Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! are voiced by actors from the cartoon show, and once unlocked, a full 40 minutes of action can be watched together.

Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! is scheduled for release in Q3 2010 for Nintendo Wii and DS systems.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Titles Now Available for Wii and Nintendo DS

Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), in association with Build-A-Bear Workshop®, today announced that Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™ and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS™ are now available.

“Our aim is to give families the magic of Build-A-Bear Workshop at home, anytime they want,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing.

Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop, added “We are pleased to be working with Activision to introduce these exciting games for Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nintendo fans. Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville encourage friendship and creativity while allowing families to share in the Build-A-Bear Workshop experience at home.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS allows players to create a new friend, just like in the stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop mascots Bearemy and Pawlette Coufur® guide players through eight different mini games, some of which allow players to construct their own Cub Condo, build their own vehicle or personalize their own new friend.

In Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™, players set out to make Friendship Valley furbulous by decorating the town and competing in mini-games with their special furry friend. They can choose one of 13 different stuffed animals then can take pictures of their friend and use the pictures to decorate the village.

America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS coming March 28th

America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
The kitchen tends to be a social hub of the household. It’s a favorite place to gather, relax, laugh and socialize, whether you’re cooking or eating. Starting March 28, a new software release from Nintendo will make it simple for families and friends to create a fun, festive vibe in their kitchens any time they want. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS™ family of portable game systems not only offers a wealth of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes but also encourages cooks of any age or experience level to share in the social fun of preparing a meal together.

America’s Test Kitchen is widely recognized as a trusted brand for recipes that everyday cooks can easily master and enjoy. Cooking experts take care of the trial-and-error of cooking for you. With America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking, expert and novice chefs alike can select from 300 rigorously tested recipes – covering appetizers, desserts and everything in-between – and prepare them using interactive step-by-step instructions. Users can browse the recipes in several ways, including by ingredients, difficulty or cooking time. A wide range of age-appropriate kitchen tasks means everyone in the household can get in on the action.

“America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking proves that you can never have too many cooks in the kitchen,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The experts at America’s Test Kitchen have taken the guesswork out of cooking, allowing you and your fellow cooks to relax and enjoy the moment. The results are as fun as they are delicious.”

America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking offers practical information and advice throughout the cooking process. Prompts appear within each recipe to clarify terms that might be unfamiliar to some users, while audible instructions and how-to videos provide valuable guidance along the way. The handwriting-recognition feature in the America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking software allows users to record their personal notes on recipes.

Because chefs often have their hands full, America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking makes great use of the hardware features of the Nintendo DS family of portable systems. Thanks to each system’s built-in microphone, every person in the kitchen can use voice commands to navigate the software while they cook. And when multiple Nintendo DS users are preparing a meal together, they can wirelessly transmit select recipes between systems, even if only one user has a copy of the game card.

The new Nintendo DSi XL™ system also adds to the social experience of cooking and makes the America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking software really come to life. Nintendo DSi XL has screens that are 93 percent bigger than those on the Nintendo DS Lite system, and include the ability to be viewed from a side angle. That means everyone in the kitchen can get a good look at the recipe as they perform their various cooking tasks.

Both America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking and Nintendo DSi XL go on sale on March 28. The software is available at a suggested retail price of just $19.99.

Zhu Zhu Pets for Nintendo DS is out now

Zhu Zhu Pets
Zhu Zhu Pets
Zhu Zhu Pets™ for Nintendo DS, based off of the cuddly “Toy of the Year”-winning hamsters, is out now. The initial shipment of the game includes a Collectors’ Edition baby hamster named Baxter and is available while supplies last.

“Zhu Zhu Pets for Nintendo DS is arriving at a great time for the property,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing. “After winning ‘Toy of the Year’, everyone is eager to see the next phase of their favorite toy.”

Gary Miller, President, GameMill Publishing, added, “This game delivers loveable hamsters, fun adventures and everything that Zhu Zhu Pets fans will love to play.”

“The Zhu Zhu Pets ‘Zhu-niverse’ is growing exponentially and fans are having a lot of fun with each evolutionary step,” said Natalie Hornsby, Vice President of Marketing, Cepia LLC. “We are extremely pleased to take this first step in our partnership with GameMill and Activision.”

Zhu Zhu Pets for Nintendo DS allows players to care for and play with their favorite hamsters, including Mr. Squiggles, Num Nums and Chunk. Players can lead their hamsters through more than 30 twisty, loopy levels on a skateboard, in a car or spinning in a hamster ball. After so much adventure, hamsters are sure to get tired and hungry and will need lots of care and love. Players can to make sure their hamsters get snacks, exercise, sleep and lots and lots of love!

Zhu Zhu Pets was the best-selling toy last holiday season and recently won three industry awards at the 10th annual Toy Industry Association Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, including the 2010 “Toy of the Year,” “Girl Toy of the Year” and “Innovative Toy of the Year.”

Zhu Zhu Pets for Nintendo DS is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available for Nintendo DS at the retail price of $29.99. For more information visit www.activision.com or www.gamemillpublishing.com.

NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 has shipped for the Nintendo DS

Naruto Shippuden
Naruto Shippuden
NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 has shipped to retail stores nationwide exclusively for Nintendo DS™. The latest installment to the popular Ninja Council series of videogames, NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 introduces players to action-packed ninja adventures with wireless multiplayer battles for up to four players. Based on the enormously successful animated series from VIZ Media, NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 is the first DS game to feature the NARUTO Shippuden story arc in North America, allowing fans to play as Naruto and his friends in the next generation of the series.

“NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 drives the series in a new direction by taking the classic features of the Ninja Council series, mixing in new, updated characters and intense battles, and creating an all-inclusive NARUTO title that gamers are sure to appreciate,” said Laura Yoshioka, director of consumer software at TOMY Corporation. “The integration of these classic and new features combined with the all new storyline exclusive for Nintendo DS creates an immersive Naruto experience unlike any other.”

Set two and a half years after the events of the classic NARUTO series, Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village only to find out about the threat posed by the mysterious Akatsuki organization. Gamers follow an older and more powerful Naruto and his friends on the quest to rescue Gaara from the sinister organization in all-new, action-packed adventures. As the storyline advances and unfolds, players are able to choose their allies and form a three-man squad with special jutsu techniques to ward off looming danger. Aspiring ninja can also track down enemies through several tough platform levels and explore previously unreachable areas. Dedicated franchise fans and new NARUTO fans alike can experience fierce ninja battles by utilizing the DS touch screen to unleash their unique jutsu attacks.