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February 9th - 2007

Urban Rivals Offers Pojo Readers Free Booster Pack

Urban Rivals, the online trading card game (www.urban-rivals.com) is offering Pojo Readers free boosters of Urban Rivals Cards. All you have to do is type the Promo Code “pojo” during registration. When you register on urban rivals, 20 credits will be added to your account and you'll be able to get a booster of your choice in the shop.


Munich, 1923. Two years have passed since Ed Elric's sacrifice ripped him out of his world and into ours, separating him from his younger brother, Alphonse. In that time, his research into rocketry has allied him with Alphons Heiderich, who oddly resembles his brother. When Ed saves a quiet Gypsy girl with the power to read minds, he is pulled into a plot by the Thule Society and the burgeoning Nazi Party that could drag both worlds into war! FullStory

YouTube To Post Japanese Copyright Warning

Just barely responding to copyright complaints from Japanese media, YouTube will display a Japanese-language notice warning against uploading copyrighted material.

Naruto fans of the world look out: The Man wants to pull the plug on your YouTube fix. FullStory

Two months later, Nintendo number one in next-gen consoles

Two months have passed since the release of the Nintendo Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3, and a look back on how both consoles have been doing around the globe is in order. FullStory

Nintendo patents games console phone

Forget about the iPhone, does anyone fancy an nPhone? Yes, Nintendo has successfully patented a handset design that incorporates not only all the usual phone buttons but also a trio of game controller keys too. FullStory

Spain and Italy to get their own WoW TCG

Upper Deck Entertainment, the same company that brought us the Yugi-Oh card game, is happy to announce that fans of the game in Spain and Italy can now enjoy the card game. Accordingly, it's also planning to release local versions of it on April 11. At the moment, the card game is available only in English, French, German, and now also in Italian and Spanish. FullStory

'Burning Crusade' Expands Already Massive 'World of Warcraft'

This T-rated add-on to the world's most-popular online fantasy game is bigger and better than ever. It's well worth the $29.99 price and roughly $15 monthly subscription fee. FullStory

DC Comics Licenses World of Warcraft

DC Unlimited, the new brand launched by DC Comics to license and promote the world's greatest pop culture characters and stories, has announced the release of a line of action figures based on World of Warcraft, the popular Blizzard Entertainment Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). The collectibles will be unveiled this month at New York's American International Toy Fair and will be distributed worldwide in both mass market and specialty channels. FullStory

World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Strategy Guide Now Available from Killer Guides

With the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Guide game strategy publisher Killer Guides adds the first expansion of Blizzard's World of Warcraft expansion to its portfolio. On over 100 pages players receive a collection of hints and advice on how to beat the game add-on. The World of Warcraft hint book is now available as a .pdf download for $24.99 on http://www.killerguides.com. FullStory

Outsourcing your 'Warcraft' skills

E-mail to a friend Printer friendly version Increase font size According to an estimate from a company called Power-levels.com, it would take someone starting from scratch 768 hours to reach the highest level you can hit in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

These game consultants sell what are known as power-levelling services. Essentially, that means that for a fee, they will take over your account in any one of a large number of online games and put in the work required to get you where you want to be. FullStory

D&D offers grant to up-and-coming Dungeon Masters

They may have been dateless to the prom, but Dungeons & Dragons aficionados, closeted or otherwise, now have the opportunity to hone their inner-dwarf or cleric for up to $1,000 in a grant from the game's founder, giving the stigmatized, pasty and patronized the last laugh.

Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc. and the owners of Dungeons & Dragons, will award 20 monetary prizes to college students across the country, as well as award one winner the title of Dungeons & Dragons Club of the Year and a visit from a D&D game designer and genuine Dungeon Master. FullStory

Burger King thinks inside the Xbox for bigger profits

The world's second-largest burger chain said Tuesday its fiscal second-quarter profit jumped 41 percent to $38 million. Company officials cited consistently strong Value Meal sales and the video-game giveaway program for the positive report. FullStory



January 31, 2007 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc. announced today the release of HorrorClix™: The Lab, the first expansion for the insanely popular HorrorClix collectable miniatures game (GMG).

HorrorClix: The Lab combines bizarre creatures from across sci-fi horror worlds, including alien greys, dinosaurs, misshapen experiments and, of course, zombies! The set also features exciting new plot twist cards, victim tokens and abilities, with a total of 96 new monsters to collect, some of which can turn victims into their servants using the minion mechanic.

“Traditionally, when your monster slays a victim, the victim is simply removed from the map,” said WizKids® EVP of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, Joe Hauck. “Now you can slay the cheerleader then make her slay the world.”

HorrorClix: The Lab is available in Booster Packs (MSRP $7.99) that each contain four random figures, four matching monster cards, one plot twist card and one victim token. Each HorrorClix: The Lab case includes enough prize support for four weeks of in-store events, with an additional 12 weeks provided FREE from WizKids though Diamond Comic Distributors, Alliance Game Distributors or ordered from the WizKids retailer In-Store Play website.


February 1, 2007 (SEATTLE) - WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, announced today its agreement with Bungie Studios and Microsoft to develop a new collectable miniatures game (CMG) called Halo® ActionClix™.

The Halo ActionClix, CMG brings the incredible content of the Halo universe to the tabletop via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine. Players familiar with HeroClix and HorrorClix™ will be able to jump right into the action and enjoy brand-new game mechanics, including weapon swaps, figure respawning and vehicle-based combat.

"Expanding the Halo universe into the Clix CMG world is a perfect fit for
the franchise," said Brian Jarrard, director of Franchise and Community
Affairs at Bungie Studios. "WizKids' commitment to quality and authentic detail ensures that these new Halo ActionClix figures will appeal to collectors and CMG players alike."

The first Halo ActionClix set will feature more than 80 unique miniature
figures from the Halo universe, including preview content from Halo 3. A number of vehicle packs are also being produced, including a big surprise planned for San Diego Comic-Con this July. Figures will be sold in randomized Booster Packs. The vehicles and a Starter Game will be sold in a diorama display format.

"We are proud to be associated with a great brand like Halo," said Lax
Chandra, WizKids® president. "We are always looking for ways to push the envelope with our games and content. The phenomenal Halo video game play and universe provided us with an excellent spring board for innovation in tabletop miniatures gaming. We are very excited about this release."

The Halo ActionClix CMG is expected to be released at retail in September 2007, with special Prerelease figures available at San Diego Comic-Con July 26 - 29, and at Gen Con Indy August 16 - 19.


February 07, 2007 (SEATTLE) - WizKids Inc., a subsidiary of Topps and the creator of runaway hit games such as HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, announced today that it will release a new collectable game called the Star Wars™ PocketModel™ trading card game (TCG). The agreement is an expansion of Topps’ current licensing agreement with Lucas Licensing.

“The Topps Company and Lucas Licensing have enjoyed a successful 30-year licensing partnership and are proud to extend our license to include trading card games,” said Ira Friedman, Topps vice president of Publishing and Licensing.

The Star Wars PocketModel TCG combines the best features of classic TCGs with those of constructible strategy games™ (CSGs), a category that WizKids® pioneered for kids. This TCG innovation allows players to use characters and action scenes from the movies on their cards to help control their fleets of PocketModel ships as they attempt to destroy each other’s objectives. This exciting, easy-to-learn game derives its content from all six Star Wars movies, making it possible for fans of all generations to enjoy battling for control of the galaxy!

“Topps trading cards were the very first Star Wars–licensed products,” said Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing. “We are pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Topps to include both WizKids and trading card game products. We are excited for Star Wars fans because there has never been a product quite like this before.”

Following in the tradition of WizKids’ successful Pirates CSG, no Starter is required for game play. Each Game Pack (SRP $4.99) contains four to eight styrene constructible vehicle models, six game cards, two micro dice, assembly instructions and complete rules.

“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to create trading card games for a property with the history and popularity of Star Wars. Our first directive has been to develop a truly innovative card game that young Star Wars fans can enjoy,” said Lax Chandra, WizKids president. “The excitement generated by kids during our testing of the PocketModel TCG has exceeded our expectations on all accounts.”

The Star Wars PocketModel TCG is expected to be released at retail in June 2007, with a preview and samples available at Star Wars Celebration IV, May 24–28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.



New York, N.Y. (February 9, 2007) – This Saturday, February 10th, leading children’s entertainment powerhouse 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) and Yu-Gi-Oh! designers Konami, will unveil three brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card designs created by three talented kids on 4Kids TV. The Yu-Gi-Oh! “Design your Destiny Card Contest” which launched in October, gave fans the chance of a lifetime to submit their very own original drawing and name for a new Yu-Gi-Oh! monster in hopes of getting their dream design made into an official trading card. The contest drew an impressive tens of thousands of entries, making it one of the most successful mail-in contests ever for 4Kids TV. The three winning designs and card names chosen will be incorporated into an official Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card to be released in a November 2007 Booster Pack.

Contest winners were selected from three age categories, ranging from ages 3 to 17 by a panel of 4Kids judges. Along with getting their card published in a Yu-Gi-Oh! booster pack, winners will receive a Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force Video Game, by Konami. Additionally, kids can go online to www.4kids.tv to see the winning designs and check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! Design Your Destiny Card Contest On-line Viewers Gallery where fans can rank their favorite card entries. Fans can also enter for a chance to win a Yu-Gi-Oh! Upper Deck prize pack. Visit www.4kids.tv for details.

The magic of Yu-Gi-Oh! has been captivating kids of all ages since the late 1990s when it debuted as a comic strip in Japan. Ten years later, Yu-Gi-Oh! has grown into an international sensation, complete with an anime TV series, the biggest trading card game in the world, video games and an endless line of merchandise.

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007

Air time: 10-11am ET

Channel: 4Kids TV (4Kids Entertainment’s four-hour programming block on Saturday mornings on Fox affiliates nationwide.)

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