Club Penguin™ Ready To Slip And Slide Into The Hearts Of Francophone Kids

Club PenguinKelowna, British Columbia, Canada – March 23, 2009 – Following its phenomenal success with millions of children and parents around the globe, the virtual world of Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com) has opened its igloo doors to the francophone community.

The new French language version of Club Penguin (www.clubpenguin.com/fr) is supported by francophone staff in Europe and Canada who understand the unique cultural references of the French audience and can provide timely and responsive moderation and customer support.

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Disney to Video Game Developer: Thanks, but no THQs.

According to G4, Disney, whose video game producing units have recently succumbed to a taxing economy, has opted to not renew its licensing agreement with THQ who has been producing games based on the Disney/Pixar properties through UP. THQ has most recently come into the spotlight with its share of hardship and will no doubt feel the blow from this latest move. It’s expected that Disney will start developing future properties in-house beginning with Toy Story 3. Full article here.

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Disney Interactive Studios Announces ‘Groundbreaking’ Racing Game – Split/Second

Split Second Logo

BURBANK, Calif. — Racing to the finish line takes on added excitement when competitors trigger destruction on the track to take out their opponents. Disney Interactive Studios today announced Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Developed by Black Rock Studio, Split/Second is scheduled to be released in early 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows-based PC.

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THQ Announces Plans for Global Release of Disney-Pixar’s Up Across All Major Video Game Platforms in Spring 2009

Action Adventure Game Will Take Players to the Unexplored Worlds of South America to Encounter Exotic Animals and Villainous Enemies.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. today announced its plans to bring the Up video game, based on the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. Up is currently in development across seven game systems, including Wii(TM) home video game system, Nintendo DS(TM), Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and Games for Windows(R) and Mac.

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Sony Hopes to Woo Girls With Hannah Montana PSP

Due out in July, Sony announced a lilac version of the PlayStation Portable as a key component of the Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack earlier today. If the lilac doesn’t woo the tweens, they’re hoping the 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo does it. If for some reason that doesn’t work, they’ll tempt tweens by including several episodes of Hannah Montana in the UMD format. In the unlikely event that’s not enough, the pack will also include a yet-to-be-named rhythm based Hannah Montana game exclusive to the pack. And if plans A-D somehow don’t capture the market, the surefire Plan E will: stickers! The Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack will retail for $199.

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NYCC09: Friday’s First Impressions

My Experience at the New York Comic Con 2009 on Friday

An Overhead View of (Most) of NYCC09

An Overhead View of (Most) of NYCC09

Just getting into the show proved to be one of the biggest challenges of the day. Despite passes being offered in advance as early as Wednesday, it seemed most waited until today and probably with good reason: the Jacob K. Javits Center is just too far out of the way for a casual visit (by mass transit, it requires a substantial ride by subway followed by a micro-substantial bus transfer – at least for me anyway). I arrived to an incredibly long and intimidating line (here I’m thinking Space Mountain, maybe even post-refurb). When I thought I was being offered some reprieve by security who started sending folks upstairs, starting with me,  it turned out I was being sent to another full line. All in all it took probably about an hour to get my credentials, but I must say this show has grown a lot in terms of size and maturity and they handled it all very well. (more…)

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LeapFrog and Disney Introduce New Zippity™ System For Preschoolers

news-21840-716857a5aacefc7399364beb21613ad4613x700 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF) and Disney Consumer Products (NYSE: DIS) are proud to announce their first co-developed product, the start of a planned line that expands the duo’s existing relationship. Set to launch in summer 2009, the ZIPPITY high–energy learning system is the first interactive TV-based gaming system for preschoolers that combines full body movement, music, education and fun. By joining forces to introduce the ZIPPITY system, LeapFrog extends its innovation and leadership beyond handheld educational gaming and reading to movement-based learning and Disney grows its presence in the preschool segment, complementing its award-winning Playhouse Disney programming with meaningful toy lines. (more…)

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Ready For Some 4 Player DDR Action? Wiiiiiiiiiii

DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves features some of the most popular Disney characters of all-time including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy along with enhanced graphics and 40 favorite Disney tunes. Players have to complete dance challenges in order to unlock more and more music. For a more personalized experience DanceDanceRevolution: Disney Grooves allows players to customize their very own Miis with special Disney costumes in its Dressing Room mode. To be released April 2, 2009 and available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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