REDWOOD CITY, CA– June 20, 2008 - Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm of Hudson Soft and GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest video game and software entertainment retailer today announced that a post-launch tournament for the recently launched DECA SPORTS for Wii™ will be held at GameStop’s Tournament Store in San Jose, on 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd. Saturday, June 28 from noon to 3 p.m. As part of the special event, Hudson Soft’s popular games master and all-around character, Takahashi Meijin (Master Higgins), will make his first appearance in the U.S. since 1990.
Three separate tournaments for DECA SPORTS will be held between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on June 28. Participants will compete for prizes, Hudson Entertainment games and more. Master Higgins will also be on-hand as a special guest and will be giving advice on the game. To sign up for the tournament players need only arrive early to register for tournaments at 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm. Registration and participation are on a first-come, first-registered basis.
Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan in 1959, Toshiyuki Takahashi joined Hudson Soft in Japan in 1982 and was officially appointed“Master” by Hudson in 2006. Meijin became Hudson Entertainment’s most beloved and well-known employee in the 1980’s when the Adventure Island series’ character“Master Higgins” was created based on the real-life Meijin. The character, a square-jawed man who wears only a red baseball cap with the Hudson Soft trademark bee and a Hawaiian-style grass skirt and rescues his mate from aliens, sorcerers, witch doctors and much more went on to star in multiple sequels and has become a legend in classic gaming circles. Master Higgins occasionally makes appearances throughout Japan and also maintains a popular blog www.16shot.jp, but has not made an appearance in the U.S. for almost 20 years. He will be here supporting the recently released Wii title, DECA SPORTS.
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. Featuring 10 sporting activities which support both single and multiplayer modes, the sports include beach volleyball, snowboard cross, badminton, basketball, curling, figure skating, archery, supercross, soccer and kart racing. 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 League (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 has been rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.
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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About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. is the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer. The company operates 5,453 retail stores in 16 countries worldwide. The company also operates two e-commerce sites, GameStop.com and EBgames.com, and publishes Game Informer ® magazine, a leading multi-platform video game publication. GameStop Corp. sells new and used video game software, hardware and accessories for video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells PC entertainment software, related accessories and other merchandise. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website: http://www.gamestopcorp.com.
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