GoldenEye to be released on the Wii

Goldeneye
Goldeneye
With eight million copies sold and a legion of passionate fans worldwide, the Nintendo 64 version of GoldenEye defined multiplayer gaming for a generation of gamers in 1997.

Now, a new take on the legendary James Bond adventure arrives with Activision Publishing’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) all-new GoldenEye 007™, which was unveiled at Nintendo’s press briefing, held today during the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles.

Developed exclusively for Wii™ and based on the GoldeneEye film, GoldenEye 007 gives players the chance to use the lethal, gritty style of Daniel Craig’s James Bond to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world in an innovative, modern take on the legendary GoldenEye movie adventure. The game, which is slated for release this holiday season, is playable in Nintendo’s booth in the West Hall, #5407.

“GoldenEye for the N64 was one of the most acclaimed games and fans regularly cite it as one of the most influential and important titles in history,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “We’re thrilled to bring the new GoldenEye 007 to gamers around the world as an all-new adventure that seamlessly integrates nostalgic GoldenEye movie moments with innovative FPS gameplay and unique multiplayer action that is unrivaled on the platform.”

GoldenEye 007 features an unprecedented lineup of four-player split-screen MP options that encourage social gaming, including 40 total characters, 8 classic Bond characters, 5 maps, 3 standard modes and 16 special modifiers that allow gamers to create hundreds of game combinations. GoldenEye 007 also features online multiplayer for up to 8 players designed for seasoned FPS online gamers with unique modes and a robust XP system for unlockables and achievements. GoldenEye 007 also supports the Classic Controller Pro™ for gamers who want to play with standard FPS controls and the Wii Zapper™ for “point and shoot” gamers; players will have several control scheme options, allowing them to experience GoldenEye 007 on Wii any way they want.

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

Build-A-Bear
Build-A-Bear
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.

Nintendo Wii to stream Netflix

Netflix and the Wii
Nintendo of America Inc. and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq:NFLX] today announced an agreement that will allow Netflix members who are also owners of Nintendo’s Wii™ home console to instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix directly to their TVs. Netflix is scheduled to go live on the Wii console this spring in the United States at no additional cost to Netflix members who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month, a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection.

The partnership between the two companies will extend the reach of content streamed from Netflix farther than ever before, thanks to the mainstream popularity of the Wii console. Wii remains the fastest-selling home console in history, and reaches more consumers than any other device that currently supports streaming movies from Netflix. In December 2009, Nintendo sold well in excess of 3 million Wii consoles in the United States. Wii is the top-selling home video game system of this generation, and as such brings the Netflix experience to a broad and diverse mass market.

“Our research shows that 86 percent of all U.S. Wii consoles are located in the living room,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Wii console is the social hub around which friends and family members gather to play games and have fun. Soon both new and longtime Wii owners will enjoy the benefits of Netflix – and a variety of informational and entertainment options – by being Netflix members and connecting their consoles to the Internet.”

“Our goal is to offer Netflix members as many ways as possible to watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix right to their TVs and to give non-members more and compelling reasons to consider the service,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “Joining forces with Nintendo, which has been so immensely popular with consumers since its introduction, is a very meaningful step in that direction.”

With 11.1 million U.S. subscribers as of Sept. 30, 2009, Netflix continues to expand the ways in which its members can watch movies and TV shows streamed directly to TVs via a range of Netflix-ready devices such as the Wii console. Netflix memberships start as low as $8.99 a month, and members also can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. At the same time, consumers continue to demonstrate a preference for Wii consoles, which offer tremendous value, whether measured in fun games, shared experiences or the suggested retail price of just $199.99.

To enable their systems to stream content from Netflix, Wii owners will need a Netflix instant-streaming disc for the Wii console, which will be available at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers. The free disc looks and operates the same as a disc-based Wii game, and the entire user experience will feel natural and intuitive to Wii console owners. Netflix members and Wii console owners can now reserve a free instant-streaming disc by going to www.netflix.com/Wii. Once available in the spring, the discs will be delivered for free by first-class mail.

When the instant-streaming disc is inserted into a member’s Wii system, an array of movie and TV choices will be displayed right on their TV screen. These titles will be conveniently organized into a variety of categories based on members’ personal preferences and will include popular genres, new arrivals and members’ individual instant Queues. Using the Wii Remote™ controller, members will be able to choose a movie or TV episode to watch from their instant Queues or pick one directly from any of the lists. They will also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies, and will have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding their selection.

Netflix adds another dimension to the Wii console’s diverse online features, which range from downloadable new and classic games in the Wii Shop Channel, to online multiplayer gaming with games like Mario Kart™ Wii, to video highlights and information about titles for the Wii and Nintendo DS™ systems via the Nintendo Channel™.

Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun releasing on Wii

Family Party
Just in time for the winter games in Vancouver, D3Publisher is proud to announce the third in the Family Party series, Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun. Featuring 30 all-new winter-themed games for up to four players, Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun boasts a wide variety of engaging and addictive winter activities, including sports competitions, playground snow games, winter-themed puzzles and more. Unlockable challenges and characters add to the endless replay value of the newest game in the series that is the greatest value in family entertainment.

Storybook Workshop for the Wii is in stores

Storybook Workshop
Storybook Workshop
Storybook Workshop for the Wii™, an exciting new initiative in their family-friendly games catalogue to reach pre-school children, is now available in North America. Storybook Workshop immerses kids and their parents in 16 classic children’s fairy tales and fables and many other exciting features. Through the use of the included USB microphone, you can read along, record and play back readings of your favorite stories, including the most beloved tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop and around the world. Storybook Workshop’s unique microphone functionality will even magically change your voice to sound like the characters in the stories, including fairies, giants and robots! Continue the fun with your children in a lively sing-along room where nursery rhymes come to life right in front your children’s eyes, and watch as they learn rhythm, language, numbers and shapes in the exciting Play & Learn mode. Your kids can track their progress by using a virtual sticker pad, which will get pre-schoolers excited and motivated to continue to read and complete the stories.

In addition to all the wonderful reading attractions with Storybook Workshop, kids are able to create memories and tap into their creativity simply by using the sound of their voice and “painting” colorful masterpieces that they are able to display on their own personal virtual easel. With all this and more, Storybook Workshop will transform family story time into a wonderfully memorable, fun and enriching experience with your pre-schooler.

“As a parent, I know how hard it is to find fun and engaging activities to share with your kids,” said Shinji Hirano, Executive Vice President for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “With 16 bedtime story classics, voice-changing functionality, and the ability to bring your custom Mii avatar into the stories, Storybook Workshop provides kids with a unmatchable reading and learning experience that the whole family can enjoy together.”

Featuring a number of popular fairy tales, fables and songs including;

Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
Town Musicians of Bremen
The Golden Goose
The Happy Prince
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Row Row Row Your Boat
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Data East Arcade Classics for Wii to be released

Burgertime
Burgertime
Data East Arcade Classics for Wii™. The trailer gives both new and old school fans a sneak-peek at the 8-bit goodness and classic pixilation of 15 hall-of-fame arcade classics including BurgerTime and its sequel, Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory, Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Burnin’ Rubber, Heavy Barrel, Caveman Ninja and Magical Drop III.

Data East Arcade Classics fuses these influential and nostalgic titles with modern technology as players can now link their high scores to their Mii™ and accomplish 75 different goals across every game that unlocks a wealth of bonus material. Additionally, all 15 games support single player, 2-player head-to-head and co-operative multiplayer along with Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk, Classic Controller or GameCube Controller compatibility.

EA Sports releases Grand Slam Tennis for the Wii

Grand Slam Tennis
Grand Slam Tennis
Electronic Arts Inc., announced today that EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis is now available in North American retail stores and will be available worldwide by June 12, 2009. Developed specifically for the Wii™ by EA Canada, Grand Slam Tennis offers the deepest and richest tennis gaming experience at all four Grand Slams and is the only game to feature Wimbledon. Experience the thrill of playing on famed Centre Court or under the lights at the U.S. Open.

With authentic tennis motions, users will feel like they are actually playing tennis. They can vie for tennis immortality in Grand Slam Career mode by winning all four majors, a feat Roger Federer accomplished yesterday after winning his first French Open. With the win, he tied Pete Sampras with 14 career Grand Slam titles. Both are among the licensed players in Grand Slam Tennis, which includes some of the greatest in tennis history. John McEnroe appears exclusively in the game and graces the North American cover, along with Federer and Serena Williams. Joining the trio is a mix of current stars and legends who collectively own 136* Grand Slam singles titles.

As one of the first titles compatible with the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, the one-to-one motion in Grand Slam Tennis is taken to a higher and more authentic level. Gamers will be in full command of their players and in control every inch of the court with added shot depth and ball placement. In Europe, Grand Slam Tennis will be exclusively bundled with the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory.

With Tennis Party mode, a fun and social tennis gaming environment comes to life for multiple players. Using a variety of unique rule twists, a dozen party games can be played including “King of the Court”, “Tag Team” and “Drops and Lobs”. With online capability, connect with new opponents and add to your country’s point total on the Battle of the Nations leader board.

Not only does Grand Slam Tennis combine fun and social gaming, its great way to stay active and in shape. The fitness component allows players to track the calories burned after each match. Personal goals can be set and managed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, adding a new dimension to the total tennis experience.

Charm Girls Club video game to be released for Wii

It’s all about fun, friendship, and charms, as the Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced its new, original video game franchise for girls: Charm Girls Club. Girls will be immersed in the fabulous Charm Girls’ world where they collect sparkly, virtual charms as they complete challenges that are sassy, fun, and relevant to their world. EA will release four Charm Girls Club titles this fall including Charm Girls Club Pajama Party for the Wii™, and three titles for the Nintendo DS™: Charm Girls Club My Perfect Prom, Charm Girls Club My Fashion Mall and Charm Girls Club My Fashion Show.

“Charm Girls Club celebrates everything that’s fun about being a girl,” said Sarah Handley, Senior Director of Marketing, EA Play Label. “Girls are gamers too and EA wants to provide them with games that are fun, fabulous and appeal to their interests.”

In the Charm Girls Club games, girls are introduced to their new BFFs, the Charm Girls. The Charm Girls guide players through the games, give them a helping hand, and get their back when the evil Queen B’s try to intervene. Girls begin by customizing their own Charm Girl character that represents their unique style. Girls can choose from thousands of trendy and stylish combinations, customizing their entire look from head to toe, including their facial features, hair, make-up, wardrobe, shoes and even their accessories!

Collecting virtual charms is key in Charm Girls Club. Challenges that a girl completes can earn her a shiny new virtual charm that she will add to her virtual charm jewelry box. Special multiplayer charms can also be earned when playing with friends. Girls can show off their new charms to one another and see who collects them all.

Each Charm Girls Club game presents its own unique scenario that will have girls grinning from ear to ear. In Charm Girls Club Pajama Party for Wii, girls can play with the Charm Girls, or with as many as seven friends, for the ultimate interactive slumber party experience. Girls will have an all night gigglefest playing more than 30 hilarious games like Bed Bounce, Pillow Fight, Speed Hair Teasing, and many more. Using the Wii Remote’s motion-sensing technology, CHARM GIRLS CLUB Pajama Party takes classic pajama party games and activities to a whole new level.

And there’s even more fun to be had for girls on the go with three Charm Girls Club titles for the handheld Nintendo DS system. In Charm Girls Club My Perfect Prom, girls choose the perfect dress, the perfect date and play through dozens of zany activities before attending the big night! In Charm Girls Club My Fashion Show, girls select their models and the most awesome outfits in a series of wild challenges to see who rules the virtual runway. In Charm Girls Club My Fashion Mall, girls manage the mall and tackle wacky mall mishaps everywhere from the food court to the accessories boutique to the nail salon.

“Zephyr: Rise of the Elementals” is currently in development for Wii and Xbox 360 video game systems

Zephyr: Rise of the Elementals is currently in development for Wii™, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

Sinister forces have deceived you to believe that your destructive behavior will save an epic hero. In reality, you’re working for evil. Take control of a dynamic tornado as you tear through open environments, chewing up the landscape and spitting out everything in your path. The more you destroy, the bigger you grow as you work against time based, collection and point challenges in the search for hidden elements and enemies from another world. Zephyr provides expansive sandbox type gameplay and real time destruction allowing gamers to destroy what they want, when they want, where they want!

Zephyr delivers humor filled missions and varying objectives, ranging from blustery mischief at a local trailer park to gale force feats in the middle of sprawling cityscapes. Diverse action packed gameplay provides both casual and hardcore gamers the ability to tear through towns in beautifully stylized high definition action! Double the destructive power by playing co-operative multiplayer where two players drive through environments picking up and tossing everything standing in their way in an effort to do battle against the evil Omegaton. The items in a player’s path range from the usual rusted tractors and rustic farms, to the strange and unexpected as you tear your way through increasingly complex and crowded areas around the world. Through large open worlds, users can take control of how objects are damaged and destroyed with the active destruction game mechanic. For added replayability, players can complete multiple missions and destroy different objects within environments to maximize each level and earn extra points.

Zephyr: Rise of the Elementals is being developed by Loose Cannon Studios and will be released in North America this Fall, for more information, please visit: www.konami.com/zephyr