London– October 20th , 2008 - Midway Games Ltd., a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), today announced a European distribution deal for the new music rhythm game, PopStar Guitar™, from XS Games.
Featuring songs from top pop music stars including 3 Doors Down, Simple Plan, Blink 182 and many more, PopStar Guitar allows players to unlock their inner pop celebrity and star as the lead guitarist in their very own band. Expected to ship in November 2008, PopStar Guitar will be available for Wii™, featuring the AirG, an exciting new peripheral that turns the Wii Remote into an air guitar.
“The popularity of music rhythm games is at an all time high, but to date the games have primarily featured hard core metal, classic and alternative rock music,” said Steve Grossman, chief executive officer of XS Games.“With popular songs from today’s top pop artists, PopStar Guitar is a game the whole family can enjoy. We’ve also created a dynamic new air guitar game play experience with our AirG peripheral for Wii, allowing players to have a blast as they unleash their inner pop star.”
PopStar Guitar developed by Broadsword Interactive features a single player Career Mode, along with single player and multi-player mini-games. The game takes the player on a musical journey that starts with forming a garage band to playing at 25 unique venues and eventually performing in the worldwide“Battle of the Bands” contest. Twelve playable characters are featured in the game and can be customized to give the band its own unique look. PopStar Guitar features 60 pop songs, including several masters performed by the original artists.
Martin Spiess, Executive Vice President - International, Midway Games Ltd, said,“PopStar Guitar is perfectly aligned with the mainstream console demographic and the genre performs particularly well in Europe. We believe that Midway’s dynamic marketing approach will ensure the game is one of the year’s successes.”
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Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
About XS Games
XS Games is a leading publisher of entertainment software with a quality portfolio of multiplatform games for Wii™, PLAYSTATION®2, Nintendo DS and PC. XS Games has publishing operations across North America and Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK) and Australia.
NINTENDO DS, Wii AND THE Wii LOGO ARE TRADEMARKS OF NINTENDO.
About Broadsword Interactive
Broadsword Interactive established in 1995 is a leading developer of entertainment software based in Aberystwyth, Wales. The company designs and develops software for all current consoles as well as PC and iPhone.
POP STAR GUITAR and AIRG are trademarks of XS Games Ltd.
NINTENDO WII is trademark of Nintendo.©2006 Nintendo.
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