UNLEASH THE INNER ADRENALINE JUNKIE WITH TRACKMANIA® DS

5th November 2008

TrackMania DS is an insane arcade style racer that dares players to create their own adrenaline rush as they craft customised tracks for out-of-this-world racing. Corners, loops, speed boosts and skate park inspired design blocks are all available for custom track designing– then blast through it in awesome speed machines. Ascaron and 93 Games will release TrackMania DS on 21st November 2008 for everyone’s‘inner adrenaline junkie’.

The TrackMania track editor has become infamous in the world of arcade racing and is now finally available on Nintendo DS, providing infinite fun and constantly renewed gameplay. Players are given over 300 construction blocks to work with as they decide if a speed boost propels the car onto a jump, through a‘loop de loop’ or into a chicane. Up to four players can race on custom tracks using just one game cartridge via the local WiFi connection of the Nintendo DS. Tracks saved to the cartridge can also be freely exchanged with rival racers with an astoundingly fast data transfer function.

“Creating tracks is something TrackMania is famous for worldwide. We carefully ported this unique game feature to the DS, ensuring the experience was faithfully reproduced for handheld gamers. The result is a world class racing game where gameplay is only confined by imagination”, states Alan Wild, International Product Manager at Ascaron Entertainment.“In a sense, the gamer becomes the developer; they create the rush, excitement and extremity of the game for themselves and their mates.”

The Nintendo DS stylus is used to select and move construction blocks, with players given a 3D view at all times. Tracks can be tested in real time, with edit mode a simple click away for‘makeshift developers’ to continue building and refining their creation.

For a greater idea of the track editor, feast your eyes on the latest TrackMania trailer.

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http://www.trackmania.com/teaser_tmds

TrackMania DS will be released on 21st November 2008, bringing the extreme racing series to the handheld console.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / 93 Games

Web: www.Ascaron.com / www.trackmania.com

Developer: Firebrand

Release date: November 21st 2008

PEGI: 3+

Format: Nintendo DS

Genre: Racing

About Ascaron Entertainment

From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European“boutique” developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One and SACRED.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners. Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks and Blitzkrieg seriesof games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.

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About 93GAMES

Founded in 1996, 93GAMES is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, 93GAMES now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for 93GAMES in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. 93GAMES has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.

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For further press information please contact:

Stephen Denton / Sarah Holden

Media Safari

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