New York, New York, August 7, 2007 - SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced the release of musika, an original music visualizer game, on the iTunes Store for play on Apple's fifth generation iPod. musika is a fresh and innovative experience that creates beautiful visuals using the title of any song. Users can simply enjoy the imagery, or play along by pressing the center button in time with the letters in the song's name to advance to more difficult levels displaying different visual effects. Utilizing each user's iPod music library, this is a "one button" game for everyone.
musika was created by NanaOn-Sha President Masaya Matsuura, the creative force behind the first modern music video game 'PaRappa the Rapper' for the original PlayStation. The title has been developed in collaboration with Method Solutions for the iPod.
"The iPod is a device that revolutionized music and it is now poised to be a progressive gaming platform," said Masaya Matsuura, President of NanaOn-Sha. "Many years ago Apple's tools first opened my eyes to the power of music and multimedia, so it's exciting to release my first game for this device."
"musika is a natural extension of our existing relationship with the iPod and iTunes, and represents another step in our ongoing campaign to broaden our reach in the area of music-based mobile entertainment," said Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business&U.S. Sales, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. "It's great to work with Masaya Matsuura and Method Solutions as to introduce this exciting new game, and we look forward to bringing musika to iPod users worldwide via iTunes."
musika is now available for purchase through the iTunes® store for $4.99.
About SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.
Like a fresh breeze spreading originality and fun, NanaOn-Sha has employed music, images, and games as a means to bring smiles to the world since 1993. Beginning with uniquely original games such as 'PaRappa the Rapper' (for PlayStation®, 1996) and more recently with the hit series 'Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop' (for Nintendo DS™, 2005, 2006), NanaOn-Sha has extended it's project realm further; including the creation, development, and production of music for the Robot Pet AIBO, and CG animations for educational TV shows broadcasted nationwide.
About Method Solutions LLC
Method Solutions LLC is a video game production company that develops exciting and exceptional video games on consoles, PCs, and wireless phone handsets. The Method management team brings a distinguished history of shipping innovative, profitable digital media products for the movie, videogame, edutainment and media hardware markets. Method Solutions' goal is to redefine and extend game play, interactivity, and immersion to create experiences that set new industry standards.
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