TWO BRAND NEW ADVENTURES OUT OF THIS WORLD

London (8th May 2009)– Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces two brand new releases from TAITO® based on classic video game franchises. PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY™ will be released on Nintendo DS™ this summer, and SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2 will be available on Nintendo DS in the autumn.

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY is a match-three arcade puzzle game starring the loveable Bub and Bob dinosaur brothers from the hugely popular Bubble Bobble game. Players will embark on a magnificent adventure set in space as they help battle against powerful enemies who are trying to rule the entire universe. True to the original classic, players will shoot balls from the cannon located at the bottom of the screen, matching colours with the gaggle of bubbles at the top. Patience and perseverance not included but, the rewards will be generous!

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2 follows in the footsteps of last year’s critically acclaimed SPACE INVADERS EXTREME, which was regarded by many as the best remake of the original classic. This year the iconic Invaders are back again and this time the action is even more extreme! The game combines the essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio, overhauled gameplay details, and a whole new range of amazing power-ups.

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY– the story

An unmanned spaceship suddenly descends from the skies. Just for the fun of it, the brothers Bub and Bob board the ship and begin pushing buttons at random... Before they know it, the ship moves into action! Just then, a transmission comes over the ship's Comm. line --- A voice crying, "Help!"

Unknown to Bub and Bob, several planets have“doors” in their vicinity that lead to an alternate dimension. These doors have been opening, releasing a flood of bubbles that turn into hazardous space-debris; causing problems for the planets’ inhabitants. Because Bub and Bob's planet is the only one that doesn't have debris, it was decided that a small spacecraft would be sent there to call for help. Bub and Bob learn that to close the doors leading to alternate dimensions, they have to use Cosmo Bubbles: high-energy concentrations that float around outer space. So they set off to an area where Debris Bubbles drift, for within their numbers…the Cosmo Bubbles lie hidden out of sight!

The brothers get their hands on a Cosmo Bubble and arrive at a door that’s releasing Debris Bubbles… but lying in wait is a giant Boss protecting the passageway!

PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY– key features

• Enhanced Presentation - Even flashier Item Effects than the typical Puzzle Bobble that covers the screen as you enjoy gameplay without hindrance.

• Shops - Accumulate points in various modes, and use them to buy merchandise. Merchandise includes extra modes, sound test, staff roll bubbles&arrows

• Mini-games

Factory: A new mode you have to clear using a limited number of bubbles.

Pressure: A new mode in which you only have one bubble to clear the stage.

Puzzle: An addition to the normal puzzle.

 

• World View Construction - Following the 20+ year history of Bub’s world, this release has cameos from familiar characters

• Wireless Battles - Heat things up with 2-4 player multi-play through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection&DS Wireless Play connectivity.

• New Versus&Communications rules - Destroy and acquire special bubbles that appear in the top screen, then use them to torment your opponents with various Effects and give yourself the advantage!

 

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME 2– product overview and key features

By combining the essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio, overhauled gameplay details and a whole new range of amazing power-ups, the basic concept of the iconic SPACE INVADERS shooter from TAITO has transformed into a whole new way to take the fight to the alien invasion and get your name up in lights on the high score table!

 

• The differences between Space Invaders Extreme 2 and the previous release are:
    <*>New Additional Stages <*>Higher Stage Volume <*>Enhanced Games System <*>Enhanced Battle Play <*>New Beginners Course <*>New Time Attack Mode
• Additional features include:
    <*>Futuristic, techno-inspired graphic design takes SPACE INVADERS to new heights of presentation <*>Interactive, totally immersive sound scheme where sound effects are synchronised to match the beats of the music <*>Wide range of amazing new power-ups <*>Background movies <*>Ranking registration <*>Play a friend with Nintendo DS Wireless Play and DS Download Play and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

     

About TAITO Corporation

TAITO Corporation (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS®, and developed such fan favourites as EXIT™ and ARKANOID™. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries. More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com

About Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises– FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 47 million units worldwide– under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

About Square Enix Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. with offices in London. Square Enix Ltd. handles operations in Europe and other PAL territories including sales, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com

DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. in United Kingdom and/or other countries. PUZZLE BOBBLE GALAXY, ARKANOID, EXIT, SPACE INVADERS, SPACE INVADERS EXTREME, TAITO and the TAITO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TAITO Corporation in the United Kingdom and/or other countries. NINTENDO DS IS A TRADEMARK OF NINTENDO. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Square Enix Limited is a company registered in England&Wales under the number 3679704 whose registered office is Castle House, 37-45 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LS.


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