Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Movie Tie-In Games Coming To Nintendo Wii And Nintendo DS

Majesco have announced that Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Movie-Tie in Game is coming out on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii in December 2009.
In the game, you get to choose whether you want to play as Alvin And The Chipmunks or the Chipettes, and play at various concert locations where you build up your fanbase and beat records untill the final ultimate performance at Hollywoods Super Duper Dome.
Both DS and Wii versions have local multiplayer where you can compete against each other.

Press Release/Fact Sheet

Everyone’s favorite musical acts, Alvin and The Chipmunks and The Chipettes, their friendly girl-group rivals, are on a world tour featuring performances by each band and including duets, to break attendance records and build up their fan bases. Musical sparks are ignited as The Chipmunks and The Chipettes square off, jet around the world and perform together in the ultimate concert finale at Hollywood’s Super Duper Dome.

After earning over $360mm worldwide at the box office, Alvin and the Chipmunks are back! Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel brings the world’s smallest and most mischievous musical acts to WiiTM and Nintendo DSTM. Launching around the second major motion picture coming out this Christmas, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel lets you play as Alvin and The Chipmunks or their girl-group counterpart, The Chipettes, in a variety of pulse-pounding concert locations that will challenge your rhythmic skills to the limit. Feature in a dramatic finale performance to win the hearts and minds of fans at Hollywood’s Super Duper Dome.

Key Features
Enjoy playing as your favorite loveable, but mischievous, singing groups from the cartoon series and movies in a unique storyline

Freedom to switch between unlocked locations with the associated music tracks which feature either The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, Theodore) or The Chipettes (Brittany, Jeannette, Eleanor), or a duet by both the bands, each with their own distinct personalities.

Prove you have rhythm and timing in the main game and in 3 micro-games utilizing the Wii Remote and Nunchuk with WiiTM and stylus with Nintendo DSTM

Features the Grammy Award and American Music Award winning songs from the Alvin and the Chipmunks library, each song’s difficulty based on such things as tempo and complexity

Jet across the world and rock the house in 1 of 25 concert locations on WiiTM and 1 of 11 concert locations on Nintendo DSTM in cities like New York, London and Sydney

2 global modes of difficulty, Normal and Expert, are available for replay and can be changed anytime during your game

Multiplayer Party mode lets you play as your favorite Chipmunk or Chipette and compete locally with up to 2 friends on WiiTM and collaborate locally with up to 3 friends on Nintendo DSTM
Play your favorite unlocked songs while watching the music videos in Jukebox Mode
Earn attendance records by filling stadiums with thousands of adoring fans

EDISON, N.J., August 3rd, 2009 -Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Fox Licensing) and Bagdasarian Productions, today announced Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel for Wii and Nintendo DS. Featuring everyone's favorite musical group--Alvin and The Chipmunks and their girl group rivals The Chipettes making their videogame debut--this rhythm action game challenges players' timing and musical skills as they perform in a variety of concert locations. Developed by ImaginEngine, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel launches this December in advance of Twentieth Century Fox's theatrical release of the same name that opens on Christmas Day."The first Alvin and The Chipmunks film was a box office hit that earned more than $360 million worldwide," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. "As a family movie event, the holiday sequel is positioned for similar success and we are excited to offer those fans the ability to interact with The Chipmunks and The Chipettes in a whole new way."

"For all those people who loved Alvin, Simon and Theodore in the first film, there's even more to love now with the introduction of The Chipettes," said Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media Licensing for Fox Licensing. "Majesco has done a great job translating the characters and music into a fun game that the whole family can enjoy together."
"Janice and I wanted to make sure the game captured The Chipmunk and Chipette personality and we recorded nearly 500 different lines of dialog for the game," said Ross Bagdasarian, CEO of Bagdasarian Productions.

In Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, players can play as Alvin and The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, Theodore) or The Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor). Musical sparks ignite as they jet around the world, rock the house in 25 concert locations on WiiƤ and 11 in the Nintendo DS version, and perform together in the ultimate concert finale. Featuring songs from the Grammy and American Music Award-winning Alvin and The Chipmunks library, the game lets players use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk or Nintendo DS stylus to keep the rhythm in the main game and in three mini-games. Players will gain thousands of fans by keeping the band on tempo through songs that grow more challenging and complex.

Offering hours of replayability and family fun, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquelprovides gamers the freedom to redo their performance in any of the venues with the associated music tracks that feature The Chipmunks, The Chipettes, or a duet with both bands. After beating the game in Normal Mode or breaking six attendance records, Expert Mode will be unlocked offering an even higher level of difficulty. In addition, Jukebox Mode lets players enjoy their favorite unlocked songs while watching music videos, and Multiplayer Party Mode lets them play with up to two friends on Wii or up to three friends on Nintendo DS.

After finishing as one of the most successful family films of 2007 and scooping up the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award-Winner for "Favorite Movie" - Alvin and The Chipmunks is officially back at the top of the charts. The extended Alvin and The Chipmunks merchandising program is bolstered by the extraordinary success of the DVD release that sold over 2.6 million units in its first 24 hours of availability and the original motion picture soundtrack Alvin and the Chipmunks (Razor & Tie/FOX Music), which has spent 55 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart peaking at #5. The soundtrack has been certified platinum and recently won an American Music Award for Favorite Album - Soundtrack category. Alvin and The Chipmunks released a follow up album, UNDENIABLE, in November 2008.

The 2007 theatrical release of Alvin and The Chipmunks raked in more than $360 million in worldwide box office receipts, earning $45 million in its opening weekend alone. The DVD garnered huge success with over 12 million units sold to date to become the #1 selling family DVD of the year. Its success followed a legacy of hits for the brand including 6 Grammy Awards, 18 Grammy Nominations, 14 Gold and Platinum albums and 5 Emmy Nominations. The brand currently boasts 95% awareness with moms with kids 2-11, 94% awareness with men 18-49 and 96% awareness with women 18-49.

All licensing agreements and future product introductions are made possible through collaboration between Fox L&M and Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. - son of the Alvin and The Chipmunks creator - and his wife and partner, Janice Karman, who are the creative team behind The Chipmunks as well as the voices for The Chipmunks and Chipettes the past 30 years and again for this game.
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is expected to release this December on Wii and Nintendo DS. For additional information about Majesco's exciting line of products, please visit: http://www.majescoentertainment.com/.

About Bagdasarian Productions
A leading producer of high quality, family-oriented programming, Bagdasarian Productions, helmed by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, is best known for its ownership of Alvin and The Chipmunks, The Chipettes, and other related characters. Originally created in 1958, The Chipmunks are now among the very few characters with a multi-generational, international following.

About Twentieth Century FOX Licensing & Merchandising
A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century FOX Licensing and Merchandising licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century FOX Film Corporation, Twentieth Television and FOX Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century FOX Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

About ImaginEngine
ImaginEngine is a leading brand in the development of quality children's titles and value software. The studio is known for its award-winning, commercially successful CD-ROMs, online, and casual games. ImaginEngine specializes in creating entertaining tools and experiences for kids and adults to enjoy and use to express themselves in software and the online world. The studio has shipped over 155 titles across major learning platforms. ImaginEngine is a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, and is located in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit: www.imaginengine.com.

About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on leading console and portable systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama and Cake Mania 2 for Nintendo DS, and Cooking Mama World Kitchen and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009 for Wii. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com/. @Majesco is on twitter at www.twitter.com/majesco.

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