Just six months after launching a dedicated, 24 hour Nickelodeon channel to more than 1.5 million subscribers across southern Africa, MTV Networks International, a division of Viacom, will expand the brand across multiple media platforms.
SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE: BEACH PARTY COOK-OFF has shipped to retail stores throughout North America exclusively for Nintendo DS from THQ. Based on Nickelodeon's upcoming episode airing in April, SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE, the new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS cooking game offers a full menu of quirky and innovative dishes that can only be prepared SPONGEBOB-style.
SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE: BEACH PARTY COOK-OFF is rated E for everyone and is available at the suggested retail price of $29.99. This game is also expected to be available in Europe and Australia later this month.
Warner Bros. has launched "WATCHMEN - 6 Minutes to Midnight."
Visit the site and enter your name to experience a 10-minute long interactive trailer for WATCHMEN. You will enter the world of WATCHMEN, interact with one of the characters, and unlock exclusive content from the film.
SEGA Europe, SEGA of America, and Madrid-based Pyro Studios will create a game based on its upcoming animated film, PLANET 51. The PLANET 51 game will be available in winter 2009 for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.
Ubisoft has acquired the publishing rights for SIX FLAGS FUN PARK from former publisher Brash Ent. Partnering with theme park company Six Flags, Ubisoft will release the game for Wii to North America stores on March 10, 2009.
Activision Publishing and Corus Ent.'s Nelvana Enterprises will develop and distribute video games based on the toy and action animated television series BAKUGAN. The first BAKUGAN game will be released for Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 in fall 2009.
Interactive entertainment company Ludia will create video games based on publishing phenomenon and ultimate world traveler, WHERE'S WALDO?.
Through the exclusive multi-year deal with rights-holder Entertainment Rights, the pop culture icon will leap from the pages of his best-selling books to engaging new games for consoles, PC/Mac, iPhone and iPod touch -- for the first time. The first in the game series, WHERE'S WALDO?: THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY is slated to launch across several major platforms later this year.
Toon Radio has plans to turn over a portion of its broadcast schedule over to its listeners.
Toon Radio is setting aside Friday evenings for its listeners to use as they please. This new block will be called Open Source, in reference to the software community of the same name. Open Source will allow listeners and bloggers alike to have their own audio clips and podcast recordings play on Toon Radio's audio stream.
Littleloud's latest Flash game delivery for the upcoming WATCHMEN movie has just gone live at www.minutemenarcade.com.
It’s a web-based 1980s-style arcade game to promote the movie release. The cabinet is stationed inside the Gunga Diner, in 1986, where you can play as the Minutemen and enter your high score onto a global leader board.
The game was made over a six-week period from scratch and all of the assets from the 3D build of the diner through to the character sprites were created in-house.
Midway Games has entered into a strategic relationship with Ubisoft to publish WHEELMAN, the open-world driving game starring action-film star Vin Diesel as an expert driver for hire.
Ubisoft will handle sales, marketing, and distribution of the title in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Midway will continue to direct the development of the title and retains all future rights to the franchise and will sell the title in all other European territories.
Robot Ent. has formed a new game development studio in Plano, Texas. Founded by many of the original founders of Ensemble Studios, Robot has a staff of 45 comprised entirely of former Ensemble employees. Robot's team developed the hit franchise AGE OF EMPIRES, selling over 20 million units worldwide, and the soon-to-be released HALO WARS for Xbox 360. Tony Goodman, the founder of Ensemble, is the CEO of Robot.
Electronic Arts is developing Hasbro's G.I. JOE brand to all major console and handheld gaming platforms in summer 2009 to coincide with the theatrical release of the G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA live-action movie from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, which opens in theaters August 7, 2009. EA will unveil a "first look" of the G.I. JOE video game at Hasbro's Showroom at Toy Fair on February 15-17, 2009 in New York City.
Game enthusiasts and Joss Whedon fans alike need not wait for the series premiere of the highly anticipated new drama DOLLHOUSE Friday, Feb. 13 (9:01-10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX to begin to unravel the show's mythology. "Dollplay," an innovative and unique online participation drama invites Whedonites, crime buffs and FOX fans to solve an intriguing mystery now unfolding at www.fox.com/dollhouse and www.rprimelab.com.
SEGA of America, SEGA Europe and Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising have revealed new details of their increasing portfolio of upcoming games based on Twentieth Century Fox's ALIENS universe.
SEGA will publish an all-new ALIENS VS. PREDATOR (working title) game in early 2010. The game is currently in development with independent developer Rebellion, creators of the original 1999 ALIENS VERSUS PREDATOR; a legendary title that went on to define an entire generation of multiplayer gaming.
Conservation International entered into a three-year partnership with Kango on the TALES 4 TOMORROW (T4T) brand, which combines animal conservation with games for kids in an online virtual world.
The T4T toy line will be exclusively distributed by Fiesta to specialty and gift channels, and will include eco-friendly plush toys, trading cards and the interactive website www.tales4tomorrow.com. While online, kids will be able to help choose CI projects to save endangered species.
Reel FX Ent.'s first virtual world, WEBOSAURS, will launch in spring 2009. The brave new world boasts customizable 3D dinosaur avatars, a game-filled prehistoric environment, and educational "Webosodes" from international wildlife expert Nigel Marven.
Electronic Arts and Paramount Digital Ent. have delayed the release of THE GODFATHER II videogame, now coming out April 7 in North America and April 10 in Europe.
Amberwood Ent. and Xenophile Media have launched the ROLLBOTS ONLINE GAMING EXPERIENCE accessible through YTV.com.
This fully immersive experience will allow kids to create their very own RollBot avatar to explore Flip City and the world of ROLLBOTS, which is featured in the YTV original series.
ROLLBOTS ONLINE is available at www.rollbots.ytv.com and the series premiered Saturday, February 7 at 7:30am on YTV's CRUNCH.
Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal auto insurance company, announced the recent launch of its newest micro-site related to Esurance's partnership with Paramount Pictures' May 8 theatrical release of the new film STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. Visitors to http://www.esurance.com/StarTrek can view exclusive content about the upcoming STAR TREK movie, gain access to unique "out of this world" downloads, enter one of the galaxy's most unique contests for a chance to win a trip to the movie's premiere, and more.
Award-winning writer Marv Wolfman has joined the creative team at WildStorm Productions that is working with Sony Online Ent. to bring the DC Universe to life on PlayStation 3 and PC with DC UNIVERSE ONLINE (DCUO)
Nickelodeon is launching its first-ever series of iPhone and iTouch applications in the Apple iTunes App Store, featuring content based on iconic television series SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, DORA THE EXPLORER and ICARLY. Nick will also launch extensions of its online gaming sites -- Shockwave.com and AddictingGames.com -- on the iPhone, including streaming mobile video applications and games.
Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. have revealed that hip-hop artist and actor Common, actor Thomas Kretschmann, actress Paz Vega and Oscar-nominated film star Terence Stamp will lend their vocal talents to the highly anticipated videogame WANTED: WEAPONS OF FATE, based on Universal Pictures' blockbuster action-thriller WANTED.
The fate of the earth and the survival of the human race hang in the balance in the TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN videogame from Activision Publishing. Based on Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS property and the upcoming film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the game propels players straight into an adrenaline-pumping battle for supremacy across the globe where every second and every choice makes the difference between mankind's salvation and annihilation.
Cookie Jar Ent. has selected online game distributor Acclaim Games as the exclusive global distributor for the online fantasy adventure game MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS. Acclaim is set to start managing MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS before the end of March. Current MAGI-NATION players' accounts will migrate to Acclaim during this period, with all in-game items and points acquired going with them.