NAMCO BANDAI PARTNERS TO DISTRIBUTE‘EASY PIANO’,THE FIRST DS GAME WITH A REAL KEYBOARD

LYON, FRANCE– 29 July 2009– NAMCO BANDAI Partners today announced that it will distribute the new game from publisher Game Life,‘Easy Piano’. The fun and educational new game lets players enjoy the most realistic piano experience ever on DS thanks to its unique 8-note full-octave keyboard peripheral. The various game modes will guide players’ first steps in the piano world and offer the chance for more practiced players to play all-time classics. The game is scheduled for release in November 2009 in Europe and PAL regions.

Whether you are playing along with different tracks from the game or learning the piano, for the first time on DS players will be able to practice on a real keyboard and be tutored in the correct finger movements and skills required to become a mobile virtuoso. The 8-note piano keyboard peripheral represents a complete musical octave, but players will have access to a full three octave range while playing. Players can also choose from piano, guitar or a number of other instruments included with the game depending on how the mood takes them or what their chosen musical opus demands.

The game’s tracklisting contains 40 of some of the world’s most famous songs, spanning time and genres to offer something for everyone. Discover how to play Mozart, or Beethoven then switch styles to hammer out Bohemian Rhapsody, Bittersweet Symphony, Every Breath You Take or even The Jingle Bells theme tune. With 2 different difficulty modes, everyone can have fun testing and improving their keyboard skills.

The creation mode allows players to record up to four 3-minute-long masterpieces, with tools giving everyone the chance to enhance their creativity. Beginners can use simplified staves to assist and practice, while those with more honed skills can get straight into recording their live performances. After listening and correcting the work of one hand, players will then be able to add a second hand to the recording.

The lesson mode is specifically designed for people discovering the wonders of piano playing for the first time, with a series of 10 involving lessons and a host of mini-games to teach the basics of playing and music in a way that never fails to entertain.

About NAMCO BANDAI Partners

NAMCO BANDAI Partners, one of the industry’s leading video game distribution companies, is wholly owned by NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. The company operates in 50 countries excluding North America (USA and Canada) and Japan, and distributes titles from NAMCO BANDAI Games, Atari and other major publishers on an international and local basis.

About Game Life

Created in January 2007 , Game Life is an original actor on the hand-held and next gen consoles. Our status as a“production company” is new in the video games industry.

This approach is based on quality and long term investment, hence our titles are developped on production periods long enough to ensure their quality, originality and potential.

All our games are created in collaboration with external development studios, amongst the most talented of the planet. Our will is to deliver accessible, user-friendly and of course, exciting games, that can be shared with family and friends.

Horse Life 1 et 2 on Nintendo DS is already a worldwide success with 500 000 units shipped to date.

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