MIDWAY ANNOUNCES FIVE EXCLUSIVE TITLES FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS
Custom Designed Games Include Cruis'n™ and Game Party for Wii™ and Ultimate Mortal Kombat® and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for Nintendo DS™
CHICAGO, IL - June 27, 2007 - Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, today announced that five new titles are in development exclusively for Nintendo systems. Only for Wii, experience the rebirth of action racing with Cruis'n and a collection of classic skill games with Game Party. Ultimate Mortal Kombat, The Bee Game and a title based on Cartoon Network's top-rated, kids animated series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends are all in development exclusively for Nintendo DS. All of the titles are custom designed to take full advantage of the unique controls and interface of the Wii and Nintendo DS and are scheduled to be available in 2007. In addition to these newly announced products, Midway has recently released Mortal Kombat®: Armageddon for Wii and Touchmaster for Nintendo DS.
"The Wii and Nintendo DS require games that are innovative and take full advantage of a unique control scheme to offer a truly different type of gameplay experience," said Matt Booty, executive vice president - worldwide studios, Midway. "We are very excited to be bringing classic Midway franchises such as Mortal Kombat and Cruis'n along with powerful licensed content like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends to the massive installed base of Nintendo system owners."
"Nintendo is very excited to be working with Midway to have these great brands and new products come exclusively to Wii and Nintendo DS," said George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America Inc. "These new games paired with the unique controls of Wii and Nintendo DS will continue to expand videogames to new audiences."
Midway's 2007 Nintendo line up with expected ship dates include:
Ultimate Mortal Kombat (Nintendo DS, November) -- Ultimate Mortal Kombat combines the visceral thrills of the classic Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and the addictive puzzle action of the Puzzle Kombat component of Midway's best-selling Mortal Kombat: Deception® in a single DS-friendly package. With new record-keeping capability, and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection multiplayer, players will be able take UMK anywhere for fighting action on the go.
Cruis'n (Wii, November) -- An all new version of the classic Midway arcade racer, Cruis'n is coming exclusively to the Wii. Choose your ride from an impressive lineup of licensed cars and experience a rush of adrenaline as you race opponents through twelve different street circuits using the Wii Remote to steer and perform outrageous stunts. Win races and earn upgrades including: turbos, body kits, neon and nitrous, allowing you to create the ultimate ride.
Game Party (Wii, November) -- Game Party for the Wii is a collection of classic skill games from around the world, from American sports venues to European gathering spots. Using the Wii's unique control interface, you can play classics such as darts; modern favorites such as table hockey and hoop shoot, or participate in multiplayer trivia contests. More than a half dozen games are available. It's the ultimate party game.
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders (Nintendo DS, November) -- For the first time on the Nintendo DS experience the fun of Cartoon Network's hit show in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders, playing as head mischief-maker Blooregard Q. Kazoo. Goo has done it againher overactive imagination has conjured up a group of diabolical cosmic invaders, the Space Nut Boogies. They've raided Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and taken Madame Foster hostage in search of The Greatest Thing in the Universe, and it's up to you to stop them! Play as Bloo as you explore the Foster's house, sneak past the Space Nut Boogie guards, and gather Mac, Coco, Eduardo and the rest of the gang to rescue Madame Foster!
The Bee Game (Nintendo DS & Game Boy® Advance, November) -- The Bee Game for Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance lets players experience the adventures of Maya the Bee and her friend Willie as they search for their friends. A strong storm has blown through corn poppy meadow and some of the residents of the hive are now missing! Help Maya and Willie by taking on challenges and completing mini-games to find clues in the meadow, dark forest, blue pond, deep caverns and the garden to locate the other bees.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Wii, Available Now) - Custom designed with all new controls and available for the first time ever on the Wii, players will be able to experience the latest chapter in Midway's award-winning, best selling video game fighting franchise, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. With the most complete roster ever, including more than 60 fighters from the entire Mortal Kombat universe (past, present and future), a revolutionary Kreate-A-Fighter mode and Kreate-A-Fatality mode, plus Konquest mode and a brand new Endurance Mode, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon promises to be the most complete, intensely lethal, fighting experience ever!
Touchmaster (Nintendo DS, Available July) -- The wide variety of highly interactive mini-games made Midway's Touchmaster a favorite in bars and arcades across the country are now available whenever, wherever with Touchmaster, exclusively for Nintendo DS. Touchmaster is a natural fit for the touchscreen and stylus of Nintendo DS, and is perfect for a quick gameplay session. There's something for everyone to choose from, with a wide variety of 23 Midway's classic Touchmaster games, including Trivia, Solitaire, Gem Slide and Mah Jongg. With the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, players can connect to the Midway Tournament Network® for high scores, tournaments and daily rankings.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
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