POP STARS AMI AND YUMI CONTINUE THEIR ROCK ‘N ROLL ADVENTURES AS D3PUBLISHER OF AMERICA
RELEASES HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI: THE GENIE & THE AMP EXCLUSIVELY FOR NINTENDO DS™
LOS ANGELES – June 27, 2006 – D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced the release of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie & the Amp based on Cartoon Network’s (CN) hit original series Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi™. Inspired by real-life superstar rockers Ami and Yumi, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie & the Amp chronicles the adventures of two very cool pop stars as they battle across 10 unique time periods such as Ancient Rome and the Wild Wild West to find the musical notes needed to play the ultimate world tour. Players will play as Ami or Yumi as they solve challenging puzzles, battle scary enemies and unlock fun mini-games in single player or multiplayer cooperative modes for up to two players through the wireless feature for the Nintendo DS. Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie & the Amp is available now in retail stores across North America for the suggested retail price of $19.95.
"The interactive fun and excitement of the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi show lends itself naturally to the world of video games," said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development for D3PA, "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie & the Amp has captured the energy and excitement of Ami and Yumi’s adventures in one place for gamers of all ages to enjoy."
"D3PA has really captured the musical and fantasy element of the Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi show," stated Christina Miller, VP U.S. Consumer Products for Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global merchandising arm of Cartoon Network. "D3PA has once again successfully transitioned the characters from the television show in the virtual world of video games."
Developed by Sensory Sweep and rated "E 10+" ("Everyone 10 and older" – with cartoon violence) by the ESRB, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie & the Amp introduces a brand new gaming genre – the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Brawler’. Players will utilize the dual screen capabilites of the Nintendo DS as they use the top screen to experience the action and use the bottom screen to strum their guitars and trigger special fighting moves. Players can upgrade the girls’ health, luck, attack power, or wealth by collecting ingredients to make sushi or play fun mini-games such as Crane Machine to win more money, stylish uniforms and view additional character models.
About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array of marquee animation franchises including Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,My Gym Partner is a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Adult Swim and more. Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 89 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
About D3Publisher of America, Inc
D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. D3Publisher of America’s strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems including Wii™, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ Game Boy® Advance, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us.
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