San Diego, June 1, 2009
Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or“the Company”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today an extensive new range of accessories compatible with the Nintendo Wii console, Remote, and Nunchuk™, aimed at delivering value and entertainment to Wii owners everywhere.
New offerings will include a Mad Catz Remote, Mad Catz Z-Chuk, Mad Catz Wireless Z-Chuk, Mad Catz Blaster with Integrated Z-Chuk, Mad Catz PowerUp Charging Stand for Wii Fit™, and Mad Catz RetroCON Controller for Nintendo Wii. It is anticipated the new Remote, Z-Chuk, and Wireless Z-Chuk will begin shipping in June 2009. It is anticipated the PowerUp Charging Stand will begin shipping in August 2009. It is anticipated the Blaster and RetroCON will begin shipping in September 2009. The new Mad Catz range delivers value, fun and quality to suit a wide range of gamers’ needs.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented,“With the addition of the Wii-compatible controllers and accessories, Mad Catz rounds out its line of accessories. Mad Catz can offer an range of products including power and charge systems, cases, controllers and unique licensed solutions to both our retail partners and consumer. Our new Nintendo Wii compatible Remote and Z-Chuk offer value and quality to the gamer. We are proud to be offering controllers on all current gaming platforms including: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii.”
Planned new products in the range include:
• Mad Catz Remote for Nintendo Wii:
Offering full motion control and sleek aesthetics, the Mad Catz Remote for Nintendo Wii is compatible with all current Nintendo Wii software and accessories designed for the official Nintendo controller. It works with up to four Mad Catz Remotes or a combination of official controllers and Mad Catz Remotes simultaneously. Available in a range of colors and providing impressive battery life from two AA batteries, the Mad Catz Remote for Nintendo Wii comes complete with wrist strap.
• Mad Catz Z-Chuk for Nintendo Wii:
Compatible with both the Mad Catz Remote and the official Nintendo Controller, the
Mad Catz Z-Chuk provides comfortable gaming for all players. High quality analog thumbstick delivers accurate gaming control and the full range of striking colors ensures gamers that their Z-Chuk looks as good as it performs!
• Mad Catz Wireless Z-Chuk for Nintendo Wii
Take the lead with the Wireless Z-Chuk from Mad Catz. Offering a similar comfort factor to the wired Z-Chuk controller, the wireless model further enhances your gaming experience by removing the wired connection between the Z-Chuk and Remote. The Wireless Z-Chuk communicates with the Wii Remote via a 2.4GHz link and features an internal rechargeable battery which charges directly from the console’s USB port for up to fifteen hours of wire-free entertainment per charge.
• Mad Catz Z-Chuk Blaster for Nintendo Wii
Get set for action with the Mad Catz Blaster with Built-In Z-Chuk. Featuring a built-in Z-Chuk controller molded to the grip the sleek‘pistol style’ Blaster is fully compatible with both the Mad Catz Remote and official Wii controller. Innovative‘Dual-Trigger’ design provides gamers with a choice of two triggers, one operating the A Button and one operating the B Button to ensure maximum compatibility with a wide range of software. Removing the need for additional Nunchuk controllers, (a pass-thru port is included should gamers wish to connect an additional Nunchuk), the new Mad Catz Blaster with Built-In Z-Chuk is ideal for both gun games and first person shooters (FPS) alike.
• Mad Catz Wireless RetroCON Controller for Nintendo Wii
Classic control meets modern engineering with the all-new Mad Catz RetroCON. Ideal for GameCube™ games, Virtual Console™ software or Wii games that favor traditional controllers, the Wireless RetroCON communicates with the Wii Remote via a 2.4GHz connection to offer high speed wireless gaming.
• Mad Catz PowerUp Charging Stand for Nintendo Wii Fit
Power-up your work out with the Mad Catz PowerUp Charging Stand for Wii Fit. The PowerUp Charging Stand combines discrete storage with a unique charging solution, safely housing the Wii Fit Balance Board in an upright position. Additionally, the PowerUp Charging Stand comes complete with a rechargeable Battery Pack which fits directly into the Balance Board battery compartment and automatically charges every time you store your Board away. The PowerUp Charging Stand will store and charge your Balance Board with or without a Silicon Skin attached and comes complete with an oversized easy Eject Button for convenient operation. Additionally, the PowerUp Charging Stand features a useful pass-thru USB port, allowing users to charge any USB-compatible accessory including the Mad Catz rechargeable battery pack for Nintendo’s Wii Remote.
For further information please contact:
Alex Verrey: Global PR&Communications Manager - t. +44 (0) 1908 336 538
Michael Greco: Vice President of Marketing - t. +1-619-321-3564
Joseph Jaffoni, Norberto Aja and Jim Leahy
Jaffoni and Collins Incorporated
About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a global leader in providing innovative peripherals for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz designs and markets accessories for videogame systems and publishes videogame software, including the industry-leading GameShark videogame enhancements, under its Mad Catz, GameShark and Joytech brands. Mad Catz also designs and markets mice, keyboards, headsets, PC gaming controllers and other PCperipherals through its Saitek brand, and designs, manufactures and markets proprietary portable earphones under its AirDrives brand. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices across Canada, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com, as well as www.gameshark.com, www.airdrives.com, www.saitek.com and www.joytech.net.
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