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Rising Star Games' Q1 2010 line-up

Releases to include Animal Kororo, the "mind-meltingly mental" Half-Minute Hero, Fragile Dreams, Avalon Code, My World My Way, Rune Factory Frontier, Papermates and Way of the Samurai.

21 November 2009 - Rising Star Games, Europe’s most prolific publisher of Japanese-originated games, will begin 2010 with a bang, as the publisher announces its first eight titles for its first quarter of next year.

Rising Star Games’ first-quarter releases – confirmed to Hoshi members ( HYPERLINK "http://www.risingstargames.com/hoshi" "_new" www.risingstargames.com/hoshi) last night – cover all formats and all genres. Including one title from affiliate label Gamebridge, the release schedule offers staggering diversity, and include the firm’s first Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles.

“With seven games released from February to April, we’re about to embark on Rising Star Games’ busiest period to date,” says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. “And it’s a real case of quality and quantity – with Fragile Dreams (the title known as ‘Fragile’ in Japan), Half-Minute Hero and our first PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles, it’ll be a brilliant start to what will be our best year ever.”

Highlights from February include the mind-meltingly mental Half-Minute Hero on PlayStation Portable. This brilliantly original title fuses classic gaming mechanics with bite-sized 30-second gaming to create one of the format’s most audacious twists on the RPG genre. Animal Kororo, a ludicrously cute puzzle game will be published on DS.

March sees the release of Fragile Dreams, one of 2010’s most anticipated Wii titles. A game of unrivalled atmosphere, charm and beauty, it looks set to be the format’s definitive entry into the adventure genre. Avalon Code, My World My Way and Rune Factory Frontier complete a busy month for Rising Star Games.

Gambridge titles include February’s Way of the Samurai 3, which sees Rising Star Games debut on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Way of the Samurai series has been hugely popular in Japan, and this latest incarnation marks its most accessible outing yet. With an engrossing storyline which sprawls across ancient Japan, this historic action adventure marks the first appearance of the series on next-generation home consoles.

Rising Star Games 2010 release schedule so far:

February 2010

• Animal Kororo (NDS)

• Half-Minute Hero (PSP)

• Way of the Samurai 3 (Gambridge, Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3)

March 2010

• Avalon Code (NDS)

• Fragile Dreams (Nintendo Wii)

• My World My Way (NDS)

• Rune Factory Frontier (Nintendo Wii)


For further information, screenshots and press samples (when available), please contact:

Harry Cole (Premier PR)


Yen Hau (Rising Star Games)


France - Namco Bandai partners

Emilie Berndt


Germany – Koch Media

Andrea Stepper


Spain – Namco Bandai partners

Helena Careaga



Giovanna Cosentino


Benelux - Cld Distribution

Philippe Coopmans


Nordic – Bersala

Johan Lenngerd


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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Sony PSP™, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese publisher/developer Marvelous Entertainment and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its fifth staggeringly successful year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com

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