Chicago – September 6, 2006 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced the development of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy for the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play as one of 15 characters from one of Cartoon Network's top-rated shows in the adventure/fighting game, which is also scheduled to be available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance this holiday season.
"The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is one of Cartoon Network's most popular programs and we've worked closely with the creator to ensure the game is full of Maxwell Atom's trademark look, feel and humor," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "We are very excited to also bring the mayhem to Nintendo's next–gen console."
"We have a long and successful relationship with Midway and we are pleased to be partnering with them to bring The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy to this exciting and highly anticipated new Wii gaming platform," said Christina Miller, vice president of U.S. consumer products for Cartoon Network Enterprises.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy for the Nintendo Wii is expected to utilize features that are unique to the Wii system. This includes use of the split controls, motion sensing and more. The Wii version is intended to support both the GameCube and Wii controllers. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy on the Nintendo Wii is also expected to include content–specific gameplay features that will be available only on the Wii platform. More details on these features will be released at a later date.
Please visit the Midway press site for new screenshots of the Wii version of the game.
About The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy videogame will set 15 of the popular television show's characters against each other in a fighting/adventure game. Whether players use Billy's berserk attack or Mandy's deadly smile, all of the characters will feature individual abilities based on their personalities. Players will be able to smash objects, destroy environments and battle in 20 fully interactive environments from the show.
Fans of the show will be given the chance to experience The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy in two different playable modes including Mission Mode and Battle Mode. Mission mode can be played as either a single–player or a two–person cooperative game, as players are taken through 45 missions with unlockable rewards. In Battle mode up to four players can choose characters, arenas, weapons and battle parameters to be the Last One Standing.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 89 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) Sunday–Thursday, Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late–night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18–34.
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 animation franchises including Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Adult Swim and more.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY AND MANDY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Cartoon Network. (s06)
"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of Nintendo. 2001 Nintendo. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
This press release contains "forward–looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the financial strength of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1. Business – Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and in more recent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward–looking statement, including, without limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Midway undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances.
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