REDWOOD CITY, CA– November 3, 2008 - Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm of Hudson Soft, today announced that its popular title, DECA SPORTS™ for Wii, has officially been named a Gold Award winner at the 2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children’s Products competition.
Now in its 18th year, NAPPA is the most comprehensive awards program for Children’s Products and Parenting Resources. More than a seal of approval, NAPPA is a juried competition that helps parents make the best buying choices for their families. Their independent panel of judges are experts in their fields with extensive professional experience working with children and parents. They evaluate hundreds of products to select the most fun, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate and enduring products so that parents can make the best purchasing choices for their families.
“It is a tremendous honor for Hudson Entertainment and DECA SPORTS™ to be named Gold Award winners by NAPPA,” said Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product Development at Hudson Entertainment.“This award signifies that DECA SPORTS™ not only provides great entertainment value for both children and adults, but that is also a family-friendly, nonviolent and enjoyable interactive fitness experience.”
Combining ten sporting events into one game, DECA SPORTS™ players can compete in beach volleyball, snowboard cross, badminton, basketball, curling, figure skating, archery, supercross, soccer and kart racing. DECA SPORTS™ offers an immersive experience for players of any age, motivating them to get off of the couch and up on their feet for hours of entertainment. The game offers a wide variety of sporting events and activities, some rarely seen in a video game. Designed with pick-up-and-play intuitive controls for the Wii Remote™ and in three sports, the Nunchuk™, DECA SPORTS™ also includes advanced controls for power spikes, curls, and mid air tricks for the gamer!
All ten sports support both single and multiplayer modes. Up to 4 players can compete on one system and in several events, co-op on the same team. Single player modes include Open Match, Tournament (one sport competition between eight teams), Deca League (ten sport decathlon between eight teams) and Deca Challenge (time/point based challenge mode). Team and player management is an important aspect of the game as certain players are better at certain sports. In the Deca League mode gamers must maneuver their players through ten sports as well as manage their fatigue levels through the competition. Awards are also a big part of the game, as the Locker Room feature allows players to keep track of their medals and trophies.
DECA SPORTS™ is rated E (Everyone) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
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The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) competition was created in 1990 to review children’s media. It has since expanded into two divisions:
• Children’s Products—including toys; music; software/video games and Web sites; books and magazines; DVDs; and storytelling/spoken-word recordings.
• Parenting Resources—including books, CDs, DVDs, maternity and baby gear, safety products, Web sites and a wide range of innovative products that make parenting easier.
When parents see the NAPPA seal, they know they can expect a high-quality, safe, useful and expert-approved product. NAPPA is administered by Dominion Parenting Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises. For more information, www.NAPPA.Parenthood.com.
About Hudson Entertainment, Inc.
Hudson Entertainment is the North American publishing arm of Hudson Soft, an international provider of games and entertainment content founded in 1973. Hudson Entertainment focuses on four key businesses: console games, digital download content, mobile games, and music. Hudson introduced best-selling videogame franchises including Bomberman, Bonk, and Super Adventure Island. Hudson's mobile division is a leading supplier of games and personalized content. Through numerous partnerships with record labels, Hudson has become a leading provider of hip-hop ring tones and mobile content. For more information on Hudson Entertainment, please visit www.hudsonent.com.
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