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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Ships for Handheld Videogame Platform

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) has shipped handheld videogames based on Walt Disney Pictures' feature film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, to retail stores in North America, in time for the film's release on July 7, 2006.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST lets gamers embark on a high-seas adventure that parallels events from the upcoming summer blockbuster film release," said Graham Hopper, svp/gm, Buena Vista Games. "As one of the most successful handheld video game publishers, BVG looks forward to offering gamers the opportunity to take the action from the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise with them wherever they go."

Developed by Amaze Ent., PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST comprise three unique swashbuckling third-person action/adventure videogames in which players engage in action that reflects the cunning world of the film franchise with an abundance of disloyalty, humor and revenge.

The PSP system version, BVG's first game for the platform, enables gamers the opportunity to control Captain Jack Sparrow. Players may utilize strength and speed attacks to take down enemies as well as "dirty moves," typical of pirate fighting. The PSP system version also features multiplayer ship battles for up to four players via local wireless. Ship battle gameplay contains 10 maps and offers GameShare mode (only one game disc needed to play on multiple PSP systems).

In the Nintendo DS version, players embark on a daring adventure as each of the three main characters Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Each character has his or her own signature fight move. The Nintendo DS version also includes three two-player mini-games that may be played via local wireless. The mini-games include WALK THE PLANK, BOOM BARGE and SHOOT THE MONKEY.

The Game Boy Advance version lets players take the helm of the Black Pearl as Captain Jack Sparrow in three-dimensional seafaring action to battle other ships or sail to 15 islands. It includes 50 side-scrolling adventure maps.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST for the PSP system and Nintendo DS are rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The PSP system version carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. The Nintendo DS version carries a suggested retail price of $34.99. The Game Boy Advance version has an ESRB rating of E10+ for Everyone 10 and older, and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG, (www.bvg.com) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Co. BVG publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform videogames and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market.

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