El Segundo, Calif.– April 12, 2010– Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Gormiti: The Lords of Nature!, a new action puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii™ and DS™ systems. Created and first launched by Giochi Preziosi in 2005 as an action figure product line, the highly successful Gormiti toy brand and TV franchise will be expanding to interactive entertainment systems later this year.
Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! features characters and locations from the popular Gormiti TV show, now airing on Cartoon Network, co-produced by Marathon Media&Giochi Preziosi. The action starts as a character named Razzle, while cleaning the library, accidentally knocks some old books into a Portal. These books tumble down to the‘Island of Gorm’ where a never ending battle is going on between vast armies inspired by the elemental forces of nature. The books eventually land at the feet of Magmion, the evil Lava Gormiti. Magmion reads the book and learns of an old legend which talks about reuniting five sacred amulets which have been scattered across Gorm. Once reunited these amulets allow the holder to open an inter-dimensional portal to Earth! The Lords of Nature need to use all their unique powers to hinder Magmion’s plans and save Earth. The game recreates the beautifully illustrated island of Gorm, where the Lords of Earth, Sea, Air and Forest are charged with stopping the evil Magmion from wreaking havoc.
“The Gormiti license has grown tremendously since created in 2005 and we are excited at the opportunity to deliver the first interactive gaming experience for fans of the franchise,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.“The development team is looking forward to adapting the Gormiti storyline into a rich and entertaining video game that will allow players the ability to interact with their favorite characters in a new way.”
Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! will feature a story and arcade modes that both versions share, with the Wii version allowing two players to play together co-operatively. Both the Wii and DS titles feature a wealth of key landmarks from the television series, as players directly control three of the Lords of Nature within a group. Using the individual skills of each Lord, players battle Magmion’s minions using melee‘Super’ attacks, or powerful long-ranged moves, and can switch between their various skills with ease. Gameplay is enhanced featuring jigsaw and sliding tile puzzle games, wherein tiles or jigsaw pieces relating to each of the main characters must be collected and assembled. When completed, the image then reveals an interactive 3D interactive character. All FMV sequences in Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! are voiced by actors from the cartoon show, and once unlocked, a full 40 minutes of action can be watched together.
Gormiti: The Lords of Nature! is scheduled for release in Q3 2010 for Nintendo Wii and DS systems. For assets and more information, please visit www.konami.com/downloads.
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About Marathon Media
One of the pillars of the powerful International audiovisual group, Zodiak Entertainment, Marathon Media is the number one French animation producer and one of the sector leaders internationally. The company is based in Paris and managed by Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel. Its hit parade of international successes includes Gormiti, Spiez, Monster Buster Club, Martin Mystery, Team Galaxy, and Marsupilami, not forgetting, of course, the worldwide success, Totally Spies!. Its extraordinary track record on TV has carried over into merchandising, offering a wide range of toys, video, multimedia, stationery, publishing, etc.
Marathon Media's programs are distributed by Zodiak Entertainment Distribution.
About GIOCHI PREZIOSI
About GIOCHI PREZIOSI: Giochi Preziosi is a very successful European toy group founded by Enrico Preziosi. The Group, run by Dario Berté and Oddone Pozzi, is the market leader in Italy and one of the four largest worldwide players in the toy industry. Its activities cover a wide range of toy products but also include back to school, snack foods, clothing and other consumer products aimed at the youth market. Giochi Preziosi is based in Italy with subsidiaries in France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Eastern Europe. The recent acquisition of the English distributor Flair and the establishment of Giochi Preziosi U.S.A., Inc.- a wholly owned subsidiary - in January 2008, will enable the Group to gain a leading role also in these markets, strategic for its development policies. www.giochipreziosi.it
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