Interactive publisher/distributor Ubisoft has announced that some of the leading actors from Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment's upcoming BEOWULF film will participate in the BEOWULF video game. Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson and Sebastien Roche will all provide their voices and likenesses for the video game. The reprisal of their film roles in the game marks the actors' first-ever appearance in a video game, and further demonstrates the close collaboration between Ubisoft, Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment.
For the first time, LOONEY TUNES shorts will be available for download in high definition via Xbox Live. Fifty episodes will launch today with 10 episodes in Spanish.
This move coincides with Microsoft's announcement of Xbox 360 Arcade, a lower-priced version of the game console geared toward families. Microsoft is also adding episodes of THE BACKYARDIGANS, BLUE'S CLUES and ICARLY to its Xbox Live library, in addition to downloadable games such as SHREK-N-ROLL and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: UNDERPANTS SLAM.
TOMY Corp. and D3Publisher of America Inc. announced that NARUTO: CLASH OF NINJA REVOLUTION for the Wii and NARUTO: PATH OF THE NINJA for the Nintendo DS have shipped to retail outlets. Based on episodes from VIZ Media's hit series, both games will be featured in a launch event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Nintendo World Store in New York's Rockefeller Center.
Celebrating today's first-time launch of Popeye on mobile phones, Namco Networks and Sprint announced a sweepstakes to promote Namco Networks' latest mobile game to consumers nationwide.
Sierra Online, a division of Vivendi Games, has set release dates for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, a space combat interactive game based on the popular television series produced by Universal Media Studios and airing on SCI FI Channel. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will be available for Windows PC via top online gaming portals and in retail stores Oct. 23, 2007, and will land on Xbox Live Arcade Oct. 24. The BATTLESTAR GALACTICA interactive game is produced under license from Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.
Features of the upcoming game include:
At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game-copying devices and modification chips that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS and Wii systems.
BlinkBox, a service that permits the legal sharing of clips from films and TV shows, has launched a beta site, C21 MEDIA reports. Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Aardman and Discovery are among those providing content for the site.
Mobile media company Player X and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group have launched a series of mobile video animations based on the hit 1980s television show KNIGHT RIDER. Series one of KNIGHT RIDER: TURBO BOOST (THE ANIMATED SERIES) consists of six tongue-in-cheek, three-minute "Retrosodes" inspired by the classic show. The news follows the recent announcement of NBC's plan to produce a new live-action series based on the property.
LucasArts announced the arrival of THRILLVILLE: OFF THE RAILS, the sequel to the #1 original family game of 2006. The game, which mixes outlandish roller coasters and wacky mini-games, adds a new lighthearted story and amps up the family-friendly mix with 20 new death-defying rides and incredible "WHOA Coasters."
Sony Computer Ent. America (SCEA) will introduce a new 40GB model of its PlayStation 3. Beginning Nov. 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience, the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the SPIDER-MAN 3 Blu-ray Disc (BD) from Sony Pictures Home Ent., and will be available in North America for $399. The company also announced that, effective immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499, $100 below the original launch price.
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: RENEGADE SQUADRON, the next installment of the best-selling STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT series of videogames, is now available at retail stores in the U.S. Developed exclusively for the PSP by U.K.-based Rebellion, STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: RENEGADE SQUADRON continues the immensely successful BATTLEFRONT series, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2004.
Square Enix Inc. announced that FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS, available exclusively for the PSP, is shipping to retailers across North America.
Multi-platform animation network Aniboom is launching a branded ad-supported animation channel on Joost, the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service.
Jerry O'Flaherty, a veteran of the videogame industry, has been tapped to direct Warner Bros.' bigscreen CG adaptation of THUNDERCATS, says VARIETY. O'Flaherty was an art director on Epic Games' GEARS OF WAR and UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 and Westwood Studios' COMMAND AND CONQUER series.
The story will be a coming-of-age tale for Lion-O as he becomes the leader of the Thundercats. The original series followed a band of humanoid cats as they fled their dying planet, Thundera, to arrive on Third Earth, where they faced the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra.
Spanish animation company Zinkia has inked a deal with videogame publisher and distributor Virgin PLAY to launch HELLO POCOYO!, the first console game based on the award-winning animation series POCOYO.
The deal, signed on the first day of MIPCOM, sees Virgin PLAY's v.2 PLAY label handling worldwide distribution rights for HELLO POCOYO! for Nintendo DS. The console game, which is currently in production at Zinkia's studio in Madrid, is set to debut in Spain in the first quarter of 2008.
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf Inc. and Nozomi Ent. have launched astroboy.rightstuf.com, the official website celebrating Osamu Tezuka's groundbreaking 1963 ASTROBOY anime series.
At astroboy.rightstuf.com, visitors can view the trailers, download ASTROBOY wallpapers and avatars, and listen to an exclusive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of THE ASTRO BOY ESSAYS, about the significance of Dr. Tezuka's works worldwide, the differences between the ASTROBOY manga and its anime adaptations, and Tezuka's love-hate relationship with his best-known creation.
Nintendo has gone green with the launch of CHIBI-ROBO: PARK PATROL for the Nintendo DS. As part of celebrating the environmental game, Nintendo is offering 500 tree seedlings to kids.
CHIBI-ROBO: PARK PATROL is one of the first games based on the growing environmental movement. In the game, players take on the persona of a cute little robot and clean up a park by planting flowers, building park equipment and defeating toxic enemies called Smoglings.
SPIDER-MAN: FRIEND OR FOE from Activision Inc. has arrived in stores. Throughout the game's original story and battles, players are challenged to defeat and then join forces with notorious movie foes including Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman, as well as others from the classic SPIDER-MAN family of characters, and embark on a global quest to overcome an evil threat.
SCI FI and Fallon Worldwide have enlisted the world's leading CG artists to create a unique online experience that transports viewers into the world of TIN MAN, the channel's wildly re-imagined miniseries take on L. Frank Baum's THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. INFINITE O.Z. (www.road2oz.com) is a Flash-enabled digital experience that uses ZoomQuilt technology to allow users to literally "dive" into the O.Z. (Outer Zone).
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. announces the launch of LOONEY TUNES: ACME ARSENAL for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 2 and LOONEY TUNES: DUCK AMUCK for the Nintendo DS.
qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.
Worldwide Biggies Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Act III Licensing to develop a series of games based on the 1987 cult film classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Marking the first time the film will be brought into the interactive entertainment arena, Worldwide Biggies will create a downloadable game entitled TRUE LOVE AND HIGH ADVENTURE - THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE GAME, as well as THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE DVD GAM" featured exclusively on the film's 20th Anniversary DVD Nov. 13, 2007 from MGM Home Ent.
After launching just one week ago, the SESAME STREET Podcast is the most downloaded video on iTunes. Since the launch on Sept. 18th, SESAME STREET fans are continuing to download the weekly video podcast based on the award-winning preschool series produced by Sesame Workshop.
With single-day sales of $170 million, Microsoft is pretty much hailing HALO 3 as the biggest thing since sliced bread, declaring it "the biggest entertainment launch in history." In comparison, SPIDER-MAN 3's opening day record was only $59.8 million. The blockbuster film's three-day total of $151 million doesn't even meet HALO 3's mark. Moreover, the 8.3 million units sold even beat the summer release of J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.