Atari's `Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective' Brings Popular TV Series to Game Boy Advance
Video Game Joins Impressive Roster of Official Licensed Products in the U.S.
BEVERLY, Mass. - Dec. 2, 2003 - Adding to its library of successful anime properties, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today announced the release of Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) for the Game Boy® Advance. From the licensors of Dragon Ball® and Dragon Ball Z®, Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) is based on one of the top-rated TV series for males 9-14 and can be viewed on the Cartoon Network.
The Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) franchise has already established itself as a hit in Japan, with approximately $273 million in life-to-date video game retail sales. According to Japanese magazine Brutus, the series is the sixth-best anime of all time. In addition to the animated series, the brand is supported in the U.S. by home video, as well as licensees in trading cards, action figures, apparel, and more.
"We are thrilled to be the first publisher to bring the Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) franchise to gamers in the United States," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari. "The popularity of the Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) series and FUNimation's dedication to delivering quality licenses made it a logical follow-up to our Dragon Ball Z® catalog of games."
Developed by Sensory Sweep Studios and Screaming Games, Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) tells the saga of Yusuke Urameshi and his struggle for redemption as he battles evil in both the universe of the living and the spirit world. In Spirit Detective, players guide Yusuke through exciting adventures taken directly from the popular series, chronicling approximately the first third of the hero's 112-episode animated journey.
Players can assume the role of six major characters from the show including Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, Botan and Kayko. Additionally, the game includes the major enemies from the television series' Spirit Detective Saga and offers more than 20 levels of gameplay. Beautiful artwork, real-time battles, several special attacks and a creative storyline will deliver the experience that Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) fans crave.
Rated 'T' for Teen, Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective(TM) for the Game Boy Advance is currently available for a suggested retail price of $29.99. For additional information on the Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) game, visit www.atari.com.