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November 25th - 2005


New Gaming Platform to Make Debut in Upcoming

‘Avatar Trading Card Game’ in January

CARLSBAD, Ca. – November 18, 2005 – Joining its current list of highly-successful gaming systems and trading card games, Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE) today announced plans to create and release Quickstrike – UDE’s newest gaming platform which allows multiple gaming properties to become fully compatible with one another. Quickstrike will make its debut in January with the launch of UDE’s new Avatar Trading Card Game – UDE’s newest trading card game based on Nickelodeon’s animated hit series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Quickstrike now joins the list of the industry’s top-tier gaming platforms such as the Vs. System – UDE’s unique engine designed and developed specifically to support Super HeroesÔ in one-on-one competition. The Vs. System retains its excitement in multiplayer play and is designed to support Sealed Pack and Booster Draft formats.

“The Quickstrike game engine has been praised for its innovation, ground-breaking design, and its ability to support many types of games," said Jeff Donais, Director of Upper Deck Entertainment Organized Play, and Research and Development. “The Organized Play team will heavily support this new gaming platform with programs such as hobby store leagues, tournaments, store prizes, judge support and premier level events at conventions across the country.”

The Quickstrike gaming engine allows two players to engage in lightning fast, one-on-one combat in a trading card game. Players will utilize new card technologies such as UDE’s unique slide-open Chamber Cards, which players can use to reveal hidden strength, powers and moves. Development of the game included testing by top professional TCG players from around the world to ensure that Quickstrike is carefully balanced for high-level competition, as well as casual play.

In May, UDE will release the new Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game, which utilizes the new Quickstrike gaming engine. The 235-card set will launch with The Briny Deep Starter Set and Booster Packs, which will be available at participating mass retail and hobby outlets across North America. The two-player starter set will be packaged in the new UDECK carrying case, and will feature two 30-card randomly assorted decks, two slide-open Chamber Cards, two game mats, and one rule book. The Booster Packs will feature nine randomly assorted game cards, and one Chamber Card in each pack.

Based on the series created by Michael DiMartino (“King of the Hill”) and Bryan Konietzko (“Invader Zim”), the Avatar Trading Card Game combines the amazing world of Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders, while centering on the adventures of Aang – a reluctant hero who must lead

the fight against the evil Fire Nation to restore balance in his war-torn world. Avatar fans can execute all signature bending moves of Aang and the entire cast with the Quickstrike gaming engine, which allows players to reveal hidden moves, and simulate all the action seen on the hit television series.

Race Day Releases!

November 23, 2005 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., creator of the runaway hit games HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, is proud to announce the release of Race Day™, the Nextel Cup game of NASCAR® racing action!

“Race Day is the perfect game for NASCAR fans of all ages,” said Mike Samora, vice president of Sales and Marketing at WizKids®. “You construct a car from one of 28 Nextel Cup drivers, plan your strategy and race all the way to victory lane!” Zoom to victory with Jimmie Johnson™ and the No. 48® Lowe’s Chevrolet®, or bump ahead with Mark Martin and the No. 6 Pfizer® Ford®!

Everything new players need to race comes in one low-priced (MSRP $3.99) Game Pack, including two cars and drivers, a track play mat, complete rules and a miniature die. Race Day is available wherever trading cards are sold. For a store locator, game information and more, visit www.racedaygame.com!

iANIME from Central Park Media for your video iPod

Central Park Media offers trailers as well as full-length episodes of anime titles they distribute on their Web site. FullStory

Hot for the holidays: Gift ideas for animation fans

For years, U.S. fans of Japanese animation, or anime, have had a difficult time pursuing their hobby. However, thanks to the popularity of the kid-friendly "Pokemon" and "Yu-Gi-Oh!" series, you can now find anime at many retail outlets. Here’s a selection of what's new for the holiday season: FullStory

2005 Annual Game Guide: Games Galore

Whether you want to score touchdowns, raise Nintendogs, hunt giant monkeys or shoot at Nazis, there's a game or two, or three, for you

The eyes are bleary. The fingers are gnarled. The backs are sore and hunched from the hours spent tapping on controllers, steering analog sticks and clicking keyboards in front of glowing screens. FullStory

It'll be an Xbox 360 holiday

New console expected to dominate seasonal sales

Without premiere videogame franchises such as Halo 2 or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in the fourth-quarter release pipeline this year, expect most of the commotion at retail to be generated by the Nov. 22 launch of the Xbox 360.

Of course, there also is a strong list of titles expected to ring up sales in line with last year’s holiday period. FullStory

Nintendo offers DS rumble pack online

When Nintendo released Metroid Prime Pinball, it included a Nintendo DS Rumble Pack, which essentially plugged into the GBA port of the system and vibrated at key points in the game. FullStory

Target to offer $99 Nintendo DS

While there is no indication that this is a universal price drop, the online Target catalog is marketing the Nintendo DS (type in “DS” in the search catalog linked via the picture to the right) as only $99 for the Electric Blue and Titanium-colored models. FullStory

Fall Out Boy makes a stop in Omaha with Nintendo Fusion Tour

Nov. 11 brought five of pop punk's finest veterans and newcomers to Sokol Auditorium. The Nintendo Fusion Tour made a stop to a sold-out crowd with what proved to be a fun-filled night of blood, sweat and tears. Well, not really blood or tears, but there was a lot of sweat and booze for the few people actually 21 or older. FullStory

Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 In Stores

Atari today announced the company has shipped Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 to retail outlets nationwide for the Nintendo DS.

"The release of Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 signifies the inaugural release of a Dragon Ball Z title for the Nintendo DS," said Matt Collins, Director of Global Brand Management, Atari. "We are pleased to partner with FUNimation to deliver authentic DBZ content for Nintendo's innovative handheld system, and we are certain that the unique features and thrilling battles will excite both DBZ and Nintendo fans alike." FullStory

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