D3Publisher Announces New Video Games for the Holiday Season

Rise of the Guardians

D3Publisher will release Rise of the Guardians for Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Xbox on November 20. Players can enjoy an action-packed video game based on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film. Players can dive into the adventurous worlds of North, Tooth, Bunnymund, Sandman, and Jack Frost; unlock power-ups; and gain weapon upgrades while fighting the evil force in Tooth’s Palace, North’s Workshop, and Bunnymund’s Warren.

Ben 10: Omniverse

In partnership with Cartoon Network Enterprises, D3Publisher will release Ben 10: Omniverse, based on the TV series. The video game will be available for Wii U, Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS. The game gives fans the option to play in single-player or two-player co-op mode for all of the platforms except Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3Ds. Players can dive into battle as Young Ben or Teen Ben in this E10+ game releasing this fall.

Top Hand Rodeo Tour

Also new is Top Hand Rodeo Tour, available exclusively for Kinect for Xbox 360. The game allows four players to enjoy the sport as professional cowboys competing on the rodeo circuit. This interactive experience includes bull riding competitions, tie-down roping, mounted shooting, team roping, and barrel racing. The game is rated E10+ and will be available for purchase this fall.

Licensed Toys: A Growing Phenomenon with Year-Round Appeal

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

Character licenses based on blockbuster movies have the ability to propel products to stratospheric success, creating memories that last a lifetime for millions of fans. Recent sales for licensed toys reflect this growing phenomenon: last year, licensed toys and games were up 2 percent from 2010. For the first half of this year, those numbers have climbed further to 27 percent of total toy sales.

“Kids love bringing movies to life through play, whether they are re-enacting storylines, imagining new plot developments, or emulating their favorite superheroes and villains,” said Adrienne Appell, trend expert at the Toy Industry Association (TIA). “Playthings related to the biggest blockbusters are sure to be on the wish lists of kids throughout the year and well into the holiday season.”

TIA has been tracking many of the family friendly movies that have toy and game tie-ins on its ToyInfo.org website. The following are a few examples from this year so far… and a sneak peak at what’s coming this fall:

The Avengers (May)
Toys and games related to The Avengers encourage kids to get into the spirit of the fast-paced movie. Considered by many to be the break-out movie and toy property of the year, strong toy sales are anticipated to continue during the holiday season following the Sept. 25 release of the DVD and Blu-Ray.

  • Bubble Blaster: The Avengers (Imperial Toy)
  • Game Strike Hulk (Hasbro)
  • 21-inch Avengers Skateboard (Bravo Sports)
  • Marvel Mini Basketball Hoop Set (Franklin Sports)
  • The Avengers Mini Muggs Action Figure two-pack (Hasbro)

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