Arcade GameStick for Xbox 360(TM) and Xbox Live Arcade(TM) Brings
New Level of Control to Classic Hits and New Titles
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2006--Mad Catz Interactive,
Inc. (AMEX/TSE: MCZ), a leading third party video game accessory
provider, announced today that its Arcade GameStick(TM) for Xbox Live
Arcade, Xbox 360(TM) and PC will ship to major US retailers for
availability this holiday season. Through collaboration with Konami
Digital Entertainment, Inc. and PopCap Games, Mad Catz has introduced
a joystick controller bundled with three full Xbox Live Arcade games:
Frogger(R), Time Pilot(R) and Astropop(R).
"Our launch of the Arcade GameStick is consistent with our
strategy of developing new revenue streams from video game software
bundled with a unique controller," said Darren Richardson, President
and CEO of Mad Catz. "Retro-arcade games are a hot market segment,
especially on Xbox 360 Live Arcade, and this officially licensed Xbox
360 Arcade GameStick is the answer for anyone that values the control
and finesse that only a real joystick can provide."
"Frogger and Time Pilot are classic games that hearken back to the
heyday of the original video game arcade," said Yoshinori Aoyagi,
Manager, CEO Office at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Having
these strong Konami game licenses as part of Mad Catz's new Arcade
GameStick reinforces the product's appeal to arcade game fans as well
as provides the opportunity to introduce these popular game franchises
to new gamers."
"Take our unbeatable library of games and superior gaming platform
and match it with peripherals innovation - like what's found with the
Arcade GameStick - and it all adds up to an incredible gaming
experience that can't be found anywhere else," said Greg Canessa,
Group Manager of Xbox Live Arcade. "Now our gamers have a choice in
controllers and a new way to experience their favorite games."
Included in the Arcade GameStick package is a free Xbox Gold trial
membership and three top-selling Xbox Live Arcade titles. From the
vaults of Konami come the classic Frogger and Time Pilot. Widely
considered one of the best arcade titles ever, Frogger is a true
classic as players scoot a friendly frog across a busy five-lane
highway and over a perilous river to peaceful lily pads. Also from
Konami, Time Pilot sees the player assuming the role of a pilot of a
futuristic fighter, trying to rescue fellow pilots trapped in
different time eras. Astropop, from Popcap Games and Oberon Media, is
the most modern game offered in this collection and is a space-age
arcade puzzle game in which players use their magnetic ray to grab and
move colored bricks to form sets of three or more.
The Mad Catz Arcade GameStick will be available at all major
retailers in the United States and online. It has an MSRP of $59.99.
For more information visit www.madcatz.com.
About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a worldwide leader of innovative peripherals in the
interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz designs and markets a
full range of accessories for video game systems and publishes video
game software, including the industry leading GameShark brand of video
game enhancements. Mad Catz has distribution through most leading
retailers offering interactive entertainment products. Mad Catz has
its operating headquarters in San Diego, California and offices in
Canada, Europe and Asia. For additional information go to
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of
electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the
popular franchises Metal Gear Solid(R), Silent Hill(R) and
Castlevania(R), among other top sellers. The latest information about
Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation
is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary
offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami
Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under
the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami
Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com.
"Konami" is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.
Frogger (C) 1981 2006 Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
"Frogger" is a registered trademark of Konami Digital Entertainment
Co., Ltd. Published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Time Pilot
(C) 1982 2006 Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. "Time Pilot" is a
registered trademark of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
PopCap Games (www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform
provider of "casual games" - easy-to-play yet utterly entertaining and
engaging brain food enjoyed by players young and old, male and female.
Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, and has
approximately 100 employees in its Seattle, San Francisco and Dublin
offices. PopCap's games have been downloaded more than 200 million
times by consumers world-wide, and its flagship title Bejeweled(R) has
sold more than 10 million units across all platforms. PopCap games are
available for Web, PC, Mac, mobile phones, PalmOS and Windows Mobile
PDAs, Xbox Live Arcade, iPods, in-flight on leading airlines, as
scratch-off lottery tickets, and more. PopCap is the only casual games
developer with leading market share across all major channels,
including web portals, mobile phones, Xbox, retail, and PDA.
PopCap and PopCap Games are registered trademarks of PopCap Games,
Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property
of their respective owners, without intent to infringe.
(C)2006 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Xbox, Xbox
Live, the Live Logo, and the Xbox logos are registered trademarks or
trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
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