FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES and LONDON – March 5, 2009 – Capcom® Mobile, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, and NEXTOY, LLC today announced their intention to bring the hit puzzle game KENKEN® to mobile platforms worldwide. Dubbed "sudoku with a brain,” KENKEN has become a certified phenomenon with more that 1.5 million puzzle books sold and regular puzzles appearing in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Readers Digest and on NYTimes.com.
"In this exclusive agreement Capcom Mobile is honored to be bringing the next big puzzle franchise to mobile devices worldwide,” said Midori Yuasa, president, Capcom Interactive, Inc. "Mobile devices are the perfect platform for puzzles, and we look forward to giving new players and those franchise fans the opportunity to the play KENKEN on the go”.
The first KENKEN game from Capcom Mobile, called KENKEN: Train Your Brain!, will feature more than 250 puzzles, and will be available on mobile devices across Europe and North America by the end of April 2009.
The brainchild of Japanese Math teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto and made famous by puzzle master Will Shortz, KENKEN requires simple arithmetic calculations and logic to decipher the ingenious puzzles. Translated as "wisdom squared” in Japanese, KENKEN involves addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. With difficulty levels from beginner to advanced, KENKEN puzzles improve logical thinking, concentration and perseverance.
What People Are Saying about the KenKen Puzzle:
• "The most addictive puzzle since sudoku" - Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor
• "The successor to sudoku” – The Times UK
• "My latest puzzle love: KenKen” - Stephen Shankland, CNet News
About NEXTOY, LLC
Nextoy, LLC was founded in 1981 by Robert Fuhrer. For over 30 years, Nextoy, LLC has been connecting original toy and game ideas with the people who market them. Currently Nextoy, LLC serves as product placement specialists in the fields of toys and games, publishing, gifts and novelties. Nextoy, LLC clients include: Hasbro, Mattel, SpinMaster, The Sharper Image, Uncle Milton Industries, Crayola, Bandai Japan, Irwin Toy, Basic Fun, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, Capcom, Goliath Games, Seven Footer Press, and Winning Moves Games. For more information on KenKen or Nextoy please contact email@example.com.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Tokyo, Korea and Hong Kong, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company website, www.capcom.com.
About Capcom Interactive, Inc.
Established in November of 2005 with the mandate of bringing Capcom's celebrated IP to mobile platforms in North America and Europe, Capcom Interactive, Inc. maintains development and business offices in Los Angeles, London and Toronto. The company has published several mobile games based on Capcom's celebrated intellectual property, including Resident Evil TM , Street Fighter TM , Mega Man TM and Devil May Cry TM . In addition, CII has become extremely adept at bringing licensed IP to market as illustrated by the fantastic performance of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Are Smarter Than A 5TH Grader? TM in North America, as well as the success of Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old? TM and University Challenge TM in Europe. For additional information on the company and its offerings, please visit www.capcommobile.com.
Capcom, Mega Man, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. and/or Capcom Interactive, Inc., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective holders.
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