D3Publisher, Nickelodeon To Release New Games for Holiday Season

D3Publisher (D3P) and Nickelodeon have partnered for two new video games, Victorious: Taking the Lead for Nintendo DS and Wii, and Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party for Nintendo DS.  Both games will release this holiday season and give kids the chance to be the star in a school play or throw magical fairy parties with their favorite television characters.

Victorious: Taking the Lead

Victorious: Taking the Lead, based on the hit Nickelodeon television series, is an adventure and exploration game where fans can be Tori Vega and star in a Hollywood Arts production. Tori really wants the lead role in the upcoming school play and fans can help her get the part by successfully playing through a variety of fun mini-games that are tied to the show. Fans will receive an inside look into the Victorious world where they can fully interact with cast members like Jade and Beck and visit their favorite show locations. The Wii version (rated “E10+”) was developed by High Voltage Software, and the Nintendo DS version (rated “E10+”) was created by 1st Playable Productions.

Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party

Girls will embrace the magic within and discover their inner fairy in Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party, through the enchanting story and exciting mini-games filled with fairies, fashion, friendship, and pets that fans love. Fans can star in the game as their own fairy, interact with their favorite show characters and enroll in the enchanting Alfea School.  They will form new friendships, perform spells, and plan unforgettable events that include a wondrous ball! The game is based on a brand new Winx Club modern fantasy adventure television series that will take the fairies of Alfea School on magical experiences and showcase a new art style with CGI episodes releasing this fall. Developed by 1st Playable Productions, Inc., this game is rated “E” and releases on October 30.

For more information about D3Publisher and these titles, visit www.d3publisher.us.

“Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park” Available for Pre-Order

Hot on the heels of the debut game Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo comes the new videogame from Mind Candy, Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, available on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Available at major retail stores beginning October 30, the all-new game is now available for pre-order at www.moshlingsthemepark.com. An interactive social online world for kids aged 6-12 years, Moshi Monsters provides children with a new form of entertainment, combining adoptable virtual pet monsters with social online gameplay.

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park takes fans on a journey into a new Moshi universe. The game invites players to explore locations as they work to rebuild the legendary Moshlings Theme Park. Fans can uncover secret codes online at MoshiMonsters.com, which will unlock special areas and content on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS systems. By achieving high scores in the DS game kids can also unlock exclusive content online at MoshiMonsters.com. Users of the Nintendo 3DS can interact with other Nintendo 3DS players via the StreetPass feature and play games to bring the Moshlings to life in a whole new dimension. Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park marks the first time fans can interact with characters via 3D technology.

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park also introduces fans to “Furnando“, a brand-new Moshling character, for the very first time. He is just one of 60 Moshling characters that take part in this journey to get the theme park back on track. In addition, every new Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS game comes with a free week-long membership to MoshiMonsters.com and a redeemable code so users also can interact with their new Moshling on the Moshi website.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Mentor InterActive Releases Think Smart Chess for Kids DS

Mentor InterActive, the company that merges entertainment, education, and technology, has launched Think Smart Chess for Kids DS. These games are not only entertaining, but also provide enriching experiences that build logical thinking skills through playing this video game.

Think Smart Chess for Kids DS is a fun and entertaining way to learn the world’s most challenging game. Players can lead their chess clubs in an exciting adventure, featuring challenging interactions and mini-games that teach and provide practice for all the different chess pieces and their special moves. Chess for Kids DS is rated E.

Mentor InterActive’s Think Smart games are available at mass and specialty retailers throughout North America and online sites. All Think Smart games can be viewed at www.thinksmartgames.com.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Cooking Mama Serves Up Combo Packs for Nintendo DS, Wii

Majesco Entertainment Company will launch Cooking Mama combo packs, including Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 & 2 on Nintendo DS and Mama’s 2-Pack on Wii, on August 14.

Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 for Nintendo DS allows players to master the kitchen in Cooking Mama then join Mama’s family on a wilderness getaway in Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures. Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 2 includes Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends, where players must satisfy Mama and her finicky friends, and Crafting Mama, where players pick up the scissors and paintbrush to get crafty.

Mama’s 2-Pack for Wii includes Cooking Mama Cook Off and Cooking Mama World Kitchen. The Wii Remote becomes a universal cooking tool to chop, grate, slice, stir, and roll in motion-based cooking activities. Developed by Cooking Mama Limited, Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 and 2 and Mama’s 2-Pack are rated E for Everyone.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Hotel Transylvania Comes Alive on Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS

This September, GameMill Entertainment will release Hotel Transylvania, an action-adventure video game based on Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming animated comedy Hotel Transylvania, for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems.

Hotel Transylvania is Dracula’s five-stake resort where monsters and their families are free to be themselves without humans bothering them. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, until one ordinary guy stumbles onto the hotel and takes a shine to his daughter Mavis. Featuring a wide variety of locations, puzzles, and boss battles, the game provides film viewers with a way to interact with the movie characters.

Developed by Way Forward, Hotel Transylvania is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Scholastic Launches Compilation Packs for Nintendo

Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic, Inc., announced the release of three compilation game packs for Nintendo’s gaming platforms: I Spy Two Game Pack for Wii, and I Spy Two Game Pack and Smart Games for Kids Two Game Pack for Nintendo DS. Each game pack includes bestselling titles from Scholastic Media’s interactive portfolio and will be available this fall.

The I Spy Two Game Pack for Nintendo DS includes two award-winning titles from the I SPY franchise: I Spy Fun House and I Spy Universe. Together, the games feature more than 50 riddles and more than 200 levels of play for seek-and-find fans of all ages. To escape the topsy-turvy world in I SPY Fun House, players must earn tickets by completing games, riddles, and the Prize Popper challenge. I SPY Universe takes players on a different kind of puzzle-solving adventure with a trip through the I SPY cosmos. Players unlock new planets and explore the universe while searching for more than 400 objects in 36 I SPY riddles and playing six brain-teasing games.

I Spy enthusiasts can continue the brain-teasing fun with more than 70 riddles and more than 60 interactive mini-games in the I Spy Two Game Pack for Wii, which includes Ultimate I Spy and I Spy Spooky Mansion. Ultimate I Spy takes players through a wonderland where they search above and below objects to solve riddles, puzzles, and mini games. I Spy Spooky Mansion offers thrills and chills with a trip through a haunted mansion.

Also for Nintendo DS is the Smart Game for Kids Two Game Pack, which features the My Amusement Park and Digging for Dinosaurs DS games. Kids run their own entertainment venue in My Amusement Park. Players can choose from four themed building rides, food venues, and special attractions in their park. Digging for Dinosaurs challenges players with a variety of mini-games that range from simulated paleontological digs to dinosaur battles, all while learning facts about 21 different prehistoric species.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

“Brave” Video Game Now Available from Disney/Pixar

Brave: The Video Game, inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie Brave, is now available for PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Windows PC/Mac. The game is a third-person, action adventure where players can challenge destiny and change their fate as Merida, voiced by the film’s actress Kelly Macdonald. Brave: The Video Game, which is rated E, offers a variety of gameplay options, including single-player as Merida, co-op mode with a will-o’-the-wisp, and a special Bear mode. With Kinect for Xbox 360 and the PlayStationMove motion controller for PS3, gamers can feel as if they are using a bow and arrow.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Go on a Royal Journey with Disney Princess Video Game

Disney Interactive will release Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure on September 25. The new video game will be available for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC/Mac.

In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the Princess worlds, and they will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom. As the Fairy Godmother’s apprentice, players must pursue the imps into each kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm and change them back into friendly sprites. Each Princess world allows players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters who guide them through missions. Players can also customize their avatar—changing the avatar’s skin tone, hair texture, eye color, etc.—and room in the Fairy Godmother’s castle,  as well as utilize gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

New LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes to Save the Day

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are partnering to create LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The game is now available in North America for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, the Wii, Windows PC, Nintendo DS/Nintendo 3DS handheld systems, and PlayStation Vita handheld system. The video game is a sequel to LEGO Batman: the Videogame.

In LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, gamers team up with Batman, Robin, and other classic superheroes such as Superman, Wonderwoman, and the Flash. Players embrace the roles of the Caped Crusader, Boy Wonder, and others to go against Lex Luthor and The Joker.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was designed for ages 10 and up.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

New Releases from GameMill Entertainment

Pillow Pets video game

GameMill Entertainment announced the release of the Pillow Pets game for Nintendo DS, available in North America this holiday season.

The game, based on the children’s line of plush pillows from CJ Products, which transform into snuggly companions, invites gamers to jump, fly, buzz, and explore Dreamland, the imaginative world where the Pillow Pets characters thrive. Players can customize and personalize Pillow Pets by adding hats, glasses, and more.

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