‘JONAS’ and ‘Sonny with a Chance’ Video Games Invite Fans Onstage, Backstage and Beyond

JONAS for the Nintendo DSBURBANK, Calif. — In two of the Disney Channel’s biggest hits, “JONAS” and “Sonny With A Chance,” the storylines take viewers on and off-stage with the Lucas brothers to see how they live their everyday lives, and backstage with the hilarious cast of the “So Random” sketch comedy show. Two new Nintendo DS™ titles from Disney Interactive Studios will make those experiences come to life. Available today in retail stores nationwide is JONAS for DS, while Sonny with a Chance is currently being developed for release in spring 2010.

“Both JONAS and Sonny with a Chance will deliver fresh new interactive experiences for fans,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Filled with memorable moments with favorite characters, these DS games allow players to deepen their engagement with both shows with hours of lighthearted fun.”

JONAS for DS is inspired by the Disney Channel Original Series starring the Jonas Brothers, whose characters juggle everyday school and family life as it collides with the pop star world. The game lets fans play as three of the hottest rock stars on the planet, Nick, Joe and Kevin Lucas. Players help the band, JONAS, tear up the stage in six concerts, hang out with friends Macy and Stella, and visit locations such as the brothers’ firehouse and school as seen on the TV show.

JONAS also features popular tunes sung by the Jonas Brothers on the show, including “Live to Party,” “Keep It Real” and “Why,” which players can jam to in performance mode. In addition, players can customize the brothers’ outfits for cool looks in school and in performance mode. In story mode, players collect musical notes to power up their guitars and then strike the right guitar chords to overcome obstacles.

Sonny with a Chance for DS is inspired by the show within a show called “So Random,” a popular sketch comedy show for kids. Sonny Munroe, played by Demi Lovato, is the talented 16-year-old who moves from Wisconsin to Los Angeles to join the cast. The game gives players the opportunity to experience completely random and humorous events with the “So Random” cast, Sonny, Tawni, Nico, Grady and Zora, as they compete in more than 40 mini-games, with two designed exclusively for Nintendo DSi.

Inspired by familiar episodes seen on “Sonny With A Chance,” the mini-games include pie throwing, puzzle solving, races, rhythm-based games and other “So Random” themed activities. Successfully completing these mini games puts players in the lead to win the most fan mail. Along the way, players also interact with their show producer Marshall and their rival Chad. They can also run around a game board inspired by locations from the TV show – the “So Random” and “Mackenzie Falls” sets, prop room, cafeteria and more. Additionally, players can customize characters with memorable costumes from the show. Sonny with a Chance will launch in 2010, timed to coincide with the second season premiere of the Disney Channel series.

Both JONAS and Sonny with a Chance include access to DGamer, the online community exclusively for Disney gamers on Nintendo DS, allowing them to chat with other players and unlock additional items in their game. In JONAS, DGamer enables players to customize their avatars in iconic outfits worn by Nick, Joe and Kevin on the “JONAS” TV show or mix and match JONAS-inspired clothing items to create new looks.

Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by Altron Corporation, JONAS is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available now in retail stores nationwide. Also being developed by Altron Corporation, Sonny with a Chance is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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