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Frogger Returns to Release This Fall on PSN, WiiWare

Frogger comes back to the video game world in Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.’s upcoming release, Frogger Returns. In the latest addition of the video game series, players try to guide Frogger from the bustling city back to his home marsh. The soon-to-be-released game will feature enhanced 3-D graphics, a new camera angle, and new levels. Obstacles include streets, sewers, and subways, while new power-ups will premiere–– such as time reverse, invincibility, and time freeze–– to aid Frogger toward his destination. Players are able to race against the clock, as well as compete with friends by showing off their best scores. Nintendo WiiWare and Playstation Network users will be able to download Frogger Returns later this fall. For more information, visit...

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The Canadian Group Becomes Latest Licensee for Bella Sara

Hidden City Games, Inc., the publisher of Bella Sara, has signed a licensing agreement with The Canadian Group for the children’s entertainment property. The Canadian Group is a manufacturer and distributor of puzzles, games, activities, and novelty items. Bella Sara currently has a family of products including trading cards, DVDs, toys, books, video games, games, and puzzles through various licensing...

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New Video Game Rental Service for Kids Premieres

A new online video game rental service for kids,, has launched. The service allows families to rent children’s educational video games, such as LeapFrog and VTech, in the same way as popular rental service Netflix. Parents can search for video games by a specific educational skill, such as learning addition, and have them delivered to their mailbox. Rental packages start at $9.99 for one game a time. If a child becomes attached to a particular game, SmartyRents’ love it option allows renters to keep the game by purchasing it at a reduced...

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The Bridge Direct Names New GM

The Bridge Direct, Inc., a startup by former Play Along president Jay Foreman, has named George Vorkas as the company’s general manager of new business development. In this role, Vorkas will develop new business opportunities and act as the direct liaison with the company’s major clients. Previously, Vorkas managed supply chain projects in his more than seven-year term at Li & Fung. He also served as head of Monogram International, a senior executive at Toy Biz, and as director of research & development of...

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Toys “R” Us to Add FAO Schwarz Boutiques in Stores

Beginning November 1, more than 500 Toys “R” Us stores will premiere FAO Schwarz in-store boutiques, filled with the company’s selection of toys. The boutiques will be located in the front of the 585 nationwide stores, guarded by the famous FAO Schwarz toy soldier, and featuring toys at price points ranging from $2.99 to $64.99. FAO Schwarz has also re-launched its e-commerce website, Online shoppers can access a virtual version of the Muppet Whatnot Workshop that is offered in its flagship store in New York City. In the workshop, customers can customize their own Muppet Whatnot puppet by choosing from a series of bodies, hairstyles, eyes, noses, and costumes. FAO Schwarz will be sending out its holiday catalog to customers beginning November 10. To learn more FAO Schwarz and its holiday offerings, visit...

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