LOS ANGELES – Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 – May 9, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced two new video games in its popular Winx Club series: Winx Club: Join the Club for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system and Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance handheld video game system. Based on the popular animated series currently airing on 4Kids TV, both games let players use their magic powers to cast fabulous spells and enjoy fast paced mini-games in a world of fashion, glamour and friendship.
Winx Club: Join the Club Drawing players into a new adventure, Winx Club: Join the Club for the PSP system follows the fabulous fairies as they try to thwart the plans of the fearsome Lord Darkar. Hungry for power, Darkar is searching for the four pieces of a mysterious emblem that will grant him incredible magical abilities. Called into action from the Alfea School, the Winx Club must secure the pieces of the emblem before Darkar can complete his frightening plot. Join the Club lets players take full control of the Winx Club, choosing to embark on the story-based adventure or enjoy mini-games such as running through obstacle courses, casting spells and skiing down tree-lined slopes. After each activity, players can return to their dorm room to decorate it with accessories, trophies and pets that they have obtained, imparting their own sense of style to the room. Players can also trade items via local wireless connection to get accessories and outfits that will make their room or character look just right.
Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex Letting players immerse themselves in the world of the hit animated series, Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance follows the girls as they interact with familiar friends and villains and travel to magical locations such as the Alfea School, Cloud Tower and Red Fountain. In the Nintendo DS version of the game, players will experience the game's story through a series of side-scrolling flying segments, using their magical powers to blast enemies and to clear obstacles. Players can also use the touch screen to switch between characters at any time in the game, strategically using each character's unique abilities to solve puzzles and defeat opponents. In between the action, players can enjoy character-specific mini-games and also design new clothing patterns with the Nintendo DS touch screen to share with friends through a local wireless connection.
In the Game Boy Advance version of The Quest for the Codex, the girls must stop the nefarious Lord Darkar before he takes over the universe through mini-games that affect the flow of the game's storyline. Each girl has her own unique mini-games and can call on her friends to for help by collecting Secret Charmix items throughout the game. Players can also unlock different outfits for their Magic Closet to wear and trade with friends through the Game Boy Advance Link Cable by achieving high scores in each mini-game.
Scheduled to launch this fall, Winx Club: Join the Club and Winx Club: The Quest for the Codex will be available to play at Konami's booth (#800) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo May 10 – 12, 2006. For more information on the game, please visit: www.konami.com/gs.
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/gs.
About Rainbow S.p.A.
Rainbow is the pioneer in Italian animation and also one of the largest animation studios in Europe. An award-winning talented crew consisting of the creator, directors, scriptwriters, artists, special effects and 3D designers, plus a fully dedicated sales and licensing force, have resulted in Rainbow's quick growth. Today Rainbow S.p.A. is a leader in Europe for the creation of quality and top-rated animation shows with hugely successful licensing results.Other animation series in Rainbow's portfolio include: Monster Allergy, Tommy & Oscar & Prezzy.
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About 4Kids Entertainment
Headquartered in New York City with international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing. 4Kids, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides domestic and international merchandise licensing; product development; television, film, music and home video production and distribution; media planning and buying; and Web site development. For further information, please visit the Company's Web sites at www.4KidsEntertainment.com and www.4Kids.TV.