Santa Monica, CA – August 21, 2006 – Activision, Inc. is delivering big-time fun to the palm of gamers' hands this fall with a diverse line-up of titles for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance platforms. Players will experience the untamed West in GUN Showdown, gear up for high jinx and hilarity in Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts!, swing into action in Marvel's Spider-Man: Battle for New York, and relive classic console gaming in Activision Hits Remixed, the ultimate compilation of Atari 2600 games.
"Today, handheld gaming is more popular than ever before and our fall line-up is reflective of gamers' unique tastes and interests," said Will Kassoy, senior vice president of global brand management. "Whether they want to experience new adventures with popular Super Hero and movie characters or relive their earliest memories of gaming, we're delivering top quality entertainment experiences."
In Gun Showdown for the PSP system, players shoot, knife and dynamite their way through a free-roaming action adventure set against the backdrop of the old West. As a gunslinger working both sides of the law, gamers will dole out vengeance and showdown against corrupt lawmen, a murderous preacher, a renegade army psychopath, and merciless outlaws. The handheld experience includes new wireless multiplayer and quick-play modes, PSP system exclusive missions, and gameplay features. Gun Showdown is rated "M" ("Mature" – Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language and Use of Alcohol) by the ESRB.
Spider-Man: Battle for New York allows players to take on the role of their favorite Marvel Super Hero, Spider-Man, and one of his famed nemeses, Green Goblin, in an original storyline which builds upon their legendary comic book rivalry. For the first time in a handheld Spider-Man game, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance players can personalize their experiences by choosing what abilities and powers to upgrade and when, such as Spider-Man's web maneuvers or Green Goblin's fire attacks, as they progress through the game. Playing as both good and evil, gamers will experience levels packed with frenzied action, in-depth combat and a host of unique super moves as they embark on the ultimate quest to save New York City from almost certain disaster. Spider-Man: Battle for New York is rated "E10+" ("Everyone 10+" - Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! is an all-new adventure based on the woodland creatures from DreamWorks Animation's hit film "Over the Hedge." Fan favorite Hammy the squirrel leads RJ the raccoon, Verne the turtle and all-new forest friends on another daring trip into the 'burbs. When Hammy's beloved cable TV goes out, his buddies have to scramble through the neighborhood to restore the signal—and Hammy's happiness. Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! for the Nintendo DS is rated "E" ("Everyone" – Comic Mischief) by the ESRB, and the GBA version is rated "E" ("Everyone") by the ESRB. The PSP version is not yet rated.
Activision Hits Remixed lets PSP system gamers relive the dawn of home console gaming while on the go by delivering over 40 of the biggest Atari 2600 titles, such as Pitfall, Kaboom!, Chopper Command, Stampede, Keystone Kapers, to the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system. With the game's multi-player supported classics, players can choose whether they want to game together utilizing a "Game Share" feature that allows two friends to play together using only one copy of the game or take turns on one PSP system or play via the game's wireless functionality. Activision Hits Remixed also features a rockin' 80's themed soundtrack, modernized front-end graphics, classic game manuals which include tips and photographs, and a host of retro unlockables. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. More information about Marvel can be found at www.marvel.com.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.47 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
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