PR: D3Publisher of America to Bring Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 to Video Game Systems
D3Publisher of America to Bring Cartoon Network’s Hit Show Ben 10 to Video Game Systems This Fall with Ben 10: Protector of Earth
D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) announced today that it will bring Cartoon Network’s hit original series Ben 10 to video game systems for the first time this fall with Ben 10™: Protector of Earth for the Wii™ home video game system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. In Ben 10: Protector of Earth, players take on the role of Cartoon Network’s popular everyday-kid-turned-superhero, Ben Tennyson. Using the power of the Omnitrix, which has embedded itself on Ben’s wrist, players will be able to battle as one of five popular alien heroes from the show – soon to be revealed! By taking on these amazing powers, players can save the world through the game’s diverse challenges, puzzles and skirmishes.
“Ben 10: Protector of Earth authentically portrays characters from the hit animated series, including Ben, Gwen and Grandpa Max, evil Kevin 11, the Forever Knights and even Ben’s arch-enemy Vilgax,” said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development for D3PA. “The Omnitrix’s most popular alien heroes will be accessible as playable characters, and a familiar summer vacation storyline including all-new locations and content for players will immersegamers in Ben’s world like never before!”
“Taking the action-packed world of Ben 10 to the next level and creating an immersive gaming experience for our fans is really exciting for us,” said Christina Miller, vice president of Consumer Products for Cartoon Network Enterprises.“D3PA has a proven talent for turning Cartoon Network’s popular characters into authentic and well-designed video games.The variety of powerful action play in Ben 10: Protector of Earth will engage players of all levels and keep them coming back.”
At first glance, 10-year-old Ben looks like your average, everyday kid, but upon closer inspection it’s plain to see he’s the world’s youngest action hero, stopping evildoers from Earth and space! With the help of the Omnitrix, Ben can transform into heroic alien forms with extraordinary powers. The evil Vilgax, with the help of Kevin 11 and the Forever Knights, has set in motion a plan to capture the Omnitrix and the world is in danger … Ben 10: Protector of Earth is an exciting game full of familiar characters on a quest to stop Vilgax and save the day!
Ben 10: Protector of Earth for Nintendo DS is under development by 1st Playable Productions, LLC. All other versions are under development by High Voltage Software, Inc. The game is currently rated “RP” (“Rating Pending”) by the ESRB and is slated for release in Fall of 2007.
The Emmy®-winning Ben 10 on Cartoon Network has a devoted fan base with over five million boys tuning in each month over the summer and millions more logging on to play Ben 10 games online. Building on that momentum, the network has also announced two long-form movies for the show, which will debut later this year.
The series has also been doing well at retail with a top-selling, award-winning toy line and numerous deals in place for consumer products including sporting goods, apparel and home furnishings.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel’s growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array of marquee animation franchises, including Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd and Eddy, My Gym Partner is a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Adult Swim and more.
About D3Publisher of America, Inc.
D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc., with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. D3Publisher of America’s strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems, including Wii™, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ Game Boy® Advance, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us.