Atari Inc. and Marathon Animation have released the TOTALLY SPIES! videogame to U.S. stores for the Game Boy Advance. This is the first game based on the TOTALLY SPIES! hit animated TV series that stars three teen super-spies from Beverly Hills, who fight international crime. Airing since 2001, Totally Spies! is seen in more than 100 markets worldwide, including the Cartoon Network in the USA.
"Atari recognizes brands with specific appeal and converts them into mainstream interactive entertainment," said Steve Tucker, director of Global Brand Management, Atari. "The TOTALLY SPIES! franchise is one that will continue to grow globally, and we are excited to release the first TOTALLY SPIES! videogame."
"Fans across the U.S. can now fully immerse themselves in the non-stop thrills and excitement of Totally Spies! with a truly interactive gaming experience," said Marathon Animation president Vincent Chalvon-Demersay. "With its engaging, fast-paced action and widespread appeal among both boys and girls, TOTALLY SPIES! perfectly lends itself to interactive games, which invite fans to be part of the non-stop adventure that is the series' hallmark."
TOTALLY SPIES! features three hip Beverly Hills girls Clover, Alex and Sam who all share a flair for fashion and live double lives as they become international secret agents for the World Organization of Human Protection (WOOHP). The series aims to empower girls, while celebrating their tech-savvy lifestyles, as the irrepressible spy girls use all manner of techno gadgets to inadvertently stop world crises ... while still managing to get their homework done. Gamers will follow five story-based levels, which combine fun and fast-paced puzzles, racing and fighting.
TOTALLY SPIES! is rated 'E' for Everyone and available at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Paris-based Marathon, operated by Olivier Bremond, Pascal Breton and Chalvon-Demersay, is a leader in international TV program production and distribution. Marathon Animation is one of France's top producer of animated programming and one of the genre's leading producers worldwide. Marathon Animation's strategy is to concentrate on long-running series with high ratings and merchandising potential in association with French, American, German, Canadian and Italian partners. In addition to television, Marathon Animation has extended the worldwide Totally Spies! franchise to include hundreds of products in the areas of publishing, toys, video, interactive, apparel and other innovative activities for children.
New York-based Atari (www.atari.com) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER, THE MATRIX (ENTER THE MATRIX and THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO), STUNTMAN and TEST DRIVE; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's BLUE'S CLUES and DORA THE EXPLORER and DRAGON BALL Z. Atari Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Ent. SA, the largest interactive games publisher in Europe.