LYON, FRANCE - 11 January 2007 - Atari today announced the forthcoming European release of NAMCO BANDAI Games' GUNPEY based on the original concept from gaming legend Gunpei Yokoi. Re-imagined for the current generation of advanced handheld consoles by developers and creators of Lumines (PSP) and Meteos (NDS), Q Entertainment, GUNPEY is a fiercely addictive and visually vibrant music-based puzzle game. GUNPEY for Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation® Portable (PSP) is scheduled for release across Europe in March 2007.
The gameplay in GUNPEY consists of rows of panels climbing upwards from the bottom of the screen which players must flip and move to connect the lines inside the panels. When a line spans the width of the screen the panels will explode making room for more. Think fast - it's game over if the panels rise all the way to the top of the screen. Each action by the player changes the game's music so that skilled players can even deliver their very own GUNPEY musical performance.
Both the Nintendo DS and PSP versions feature wireless head to head play, and a host of game modes such as Single screen, Double screen, new Break Rule, Time Attack and more, while each console has it's own range of specific modes and features. For example, PSP players can collect up to 40 vibrant 'skins' in the Challenge Mode, then 'mix' two Skins at the same time and become a GUNPEY DJ in the Double Skin Mode. Meanwhile, amongst the wealth of features available on the DS version, players can launch special attacks to temporarily disrupt their opponent's game and use the Sound Sets and Patternizer to create their own unique musical compositions.
GUNPEY for PSP and Nintendo DS boasts a dazzling array of mesmerizing music-based puzzle action which will test the nerve and the musical ear of any gamer on its release in March 2007. For more information about Atari's entire line up visit www.atari.com.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe SAS
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe is one of the companies comprising the newly formed BANDAI NAMCO Group, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. On 29th September, 2005, BANDAI Co., Ltd and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and deliver future growth. The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment operation involved in business fields ranging from toys, video game software and visual software to amusement machines & facilities and network content.
More information about NAMCO BANDAI Games, its products and services can be found online at www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/english.
About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari:
Infogrames Entertainment (IESA), the parent company of the Atari Group, is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (ISIN code: FR-0000052573) and has two principal subsidiaries: Atari Europe, a privately-held company, and Atari, Inc., a United States corporation listed on NASDAQ (ATARD).
The Atari Group is a major international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and in all existing game formats (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) and on CD-ROM for PC. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries.
The Atari Group's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).
For more information: http://www.atari.com
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