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French Buddy

Learn to parlez Français with the DS's help.

07 November 2008

Buddy II. – With „BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés“ the cool coach turns the most beautiful language of the world into a ‚petitesse‘.

Little brother? As if! The second part of the language training series doesn’t fall short of his awarded predecessor in any way. Braingame sticks to its well-proven and successful formula: with Larousse as a guarantor of quality in combination with the unmistakable BUDDY character the edutainment title „BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés“ conjures an air of Paris onto the world’s most popular handheld console.

Parlez-vous Français? If so, you are in good company! About 100 million people across all continents and in more than 50 countries speak this universal language. Whether it is France, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean or Central Africa – everywhere conversation is held in French. This time, catering for beginners as well as advanced learners, Braingame sent, in co-operation with Larousse, the coach with the crazy hairdo and the cheeky smile on a trip to France. With its comprehensive exercises in grammar, vocabulary and dictation this one-of-a-kind language trainer meets the demands of the levels A1 and A2 in the common European framework of reference for languages and thus is the perfect companion for the first 3 years of learning French.

Bonne chance! With its mixture of grammar, dictation and vocabulary „BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés“ provides linguistic insight. In more than 1000 grammar exercises on topics like „pronouns“, „adverbs“, „tenses“ or „plural formation“, combined with a well-arranged classification of self-contained lessons, the demanding supreme discipline shows itself from its best side. Upwards of 1000 vocabulary games introduce modern French in a lively way including a wide range of sayings and phrases that are typical for the country. And for those who in the end still do not understand the meaning of „faire un pied de nez“ there is a comprehensive dictionary with a thematically listed vocabulary that won’t leave any questions unanswered – so nobody will thumb their nose at them.

Mastered superbly! Of course also the follow-up to the winner of the „Comenius“ and „GIGA-Maus“ awards offers a great deal of extras. In the dictation part native speakers support BUDDY and useful auditory skills are introduced by working with intelligent handwriting recognition and voice output. Tests provide optimal monitoring of progress and the language experts of Larousse guarantee for the up-to-dateness and suitability for daily use of the French vocabulary with their experience and expertise. Last but not least the seamless integration of all Nintendo DS™ features provides a relaxed learning atmosphere anytime and anywhere. Therefore every break may become a short trip to Paris and be it on the bus, in the living room or in the park – with „BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés“ there’s always a piece of France with you. As usual, BUDDY moderates with a relaxed attitude, checks regularly on the learning progress and motivates the individual player with witty animations. BUDDY’s cheerful and cheeky world has a distinct recall value while providing high levels of identification with the game character. BUDDY is a friend for life. And as an old French saying goes: „A person who has no friends lives only half way. “

Upshot: A rich potpourri of exercises, the very likeable coach BUDDY and his carefully animated world, the professional methodology and language quality guaranteed by Larousse make „BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés“ a must-have for both young and old French language learners. Living in fear of the next holidays in France? Pas du tout!


• Specially developed for Nintendo DS™

• Both for beginners and advanced learners

• Meets the demands of the levels A1 and A2 in the European framework of reference for languages

• More than 1000 grammar exercises

• More than 1000 vocabulary exercises

• Individual documentation of learning progress

• Intelligent handwriting recognition and voice output

• Unique look & feel

Product Information:

Product: BUDDY Francese/BUDDY Francés

Genre: Vocabulary and language coach

System: Nintendo DS TM

Publisher: Braingame / Deep Silver

Distributor: Koch Media

Release: tbd

PEGI: 3+

RSP: 39,95 €

About Braingame

With the creation of the genre „learning adventure“ in 1996 Braingame Publishing GmbH set a milestone in the edutainment line. The multiple award-winning and million times sold games are the base for the company's success and prove that it is possible to combine learning with fun.

By now the Braingame portfolio contains high-quality 3D adventures, award winning titles for children and families as well as unique info- and edutainment products - for both PC and Nintendo. Setting a great value on both current and exciting content, Braingame also stands for the application of the newest technologies combined with best quality. That is what the experienced team of educationists, scientists, media and game designers stands for. Braingame products are published worldwide – with great success.

About Deep Silver

Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all computer and video gamers who enjoy and share a passion for thrilling gameplay in modern game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver products are designed to equally appeal to professionals and beginners, children and adults.

Deep Silver has published around 40 games since 2003, including the most successful adventure of 2006, Secret Files: Tunguska, the bestseller ANNO 1701 (co-published with Sunflowers), the challenging CrossworDS knowledge puzzle game, the horse simulation Horse Life DS, and the soccer MMO World of Soccer Online. Current developments include Warhammer® - Battle March™ (in cooperation with Namco Bandai), the action role-playing game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (in cooperation with Ascaron), S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, the sinister Chernobyl shooter for PC, and the new game from the Piranha Bytes team. Deep Silver's own developing studio opened in 2007. For more information please visit

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and movies on DVD). The company's own sales activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe, and it has formed strategic alliances with numerous software and games manufacturers: Ascaron, Braingame, D3P, G-Data, Gamelife, Kaspersky Lab, Lexware, Namco Bandai, Pinnacle, Square Enix, Sony Online Entertainment, System3, etc. Headquartered in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns publishing and distribution branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the USA.

For further information, please contact:

Koch Media / Deep Silver

Amy Curtin (

Head of Marketing and PR

Tel: ++44 870 027 6524

Christopher James Stevens (

Marketing & PR Executive

Tel: ++44 870 027 6505

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