LOS ANGELES - Sep. 13, 2005 - D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software today announced its first game for the Nintendo DSâ„¢ will be based on Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) hit animated series Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumiâ„¢. The game is anticipated to be released in Q1 2006. D3PA recently announced that it would release Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for Nintendo's Game BoyÂ® Advance in Q4
"We continue to be impressed with the outstanding ratings performance of the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi show," said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development for D3PA. "Cartoon Network's commitment to the franchise, both on-air and with consumer products, solidified our decision to move forward with an all new DS version of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for early 2006."
"Kids today not only enjoy but, frankly, expect to find their favorite character properties available to them on multiple entertainment platforms," added John Friend, senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises. "D3PA has proven to be an exceptional creator and marketer of innovative electronic games based on a variety of original characters. We're very excited to see how they will translate Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi's musical, comedy and fantasy action elements into their first-ever Nintendo DS release."
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for the Nintendo DS introduces a brand new gaming genre - the 'Rock 'n' Roll Brawler' - targeted primarily for kids 6-11. This
action packed adventure allows players to call upon the powers of rock and roll to defeat their enemies as they travel the globe using only their
instruments as weapons! With the Nintendo DS, action is presented on the upper screen while the actual control takes the form of a guitar located on
the Touch Pad, and players can enjoy the action solo, or with 2-Player WiFi cooperative mode. Other game features of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi for the
Nintendo DS include:
Â· Familiar locations from the TV episodes, where players fight off crazed fans, talent suckers and other bands
Â· A chance to earn popularity points with the fans as well as gifts by rocking out on stage
Â· Upgrades to guitars and accessories at shops found in each level that unlock new combos
Â· Quirky mini-games such as make your own sushi, which Ami and Yumi can eat or feed to their pet cats
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 88 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.
D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3Publisher, with headquarters in Tokyo. 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 and the major console platforms including Game BoyÂ® Advance, Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢, Nintendo DSâ„¢, PlayStationÂ® game console, PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, PSPâ„¢ portable entertainment system and the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3p.us.