Ubisoft Releases “The Smurfs Dance Party” Video Game

Ubisoft recently released The Smurfs Dance Party for Wii, based on this summer’s 3-D family movie. In the video game, characters from the film, including Smurfette, Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Brainy, Gutsy, and Gargamel, as well as up to four players, dance along to a wide selection of popular songs.

Featured tracks include “Just The Way You Are,” Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys,” and original songs from The Smurfs, including “Smurfberry-licious” and “Gargamel.” Toys “R” Us is carrying an exclusive edition that includes a bonus track, “Walking on Sunshine.”

Other new Smurfs-themed games include The Smurfs for Nintendo DS and The Smurfs & Co. for Facebook.

Rocksmith Lets Players Use Real Guitars

Ubisoft has just announced the development of Rocksmith, a new video game franchise. Rocksmith is the first and only game where players can plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack into an Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3, or a PC, and play through an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs.
Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level and  game design that makes reading music visually fun and intuitive, Rocksmith engages experienced musicians and those who are picking up a guitar for the first time. The game includes a  library of music from classic rock bands to current artists, such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones.
Developed by Ubisoft, Rocksmith is slated to be released in the second half of calendar year 2011. For more information on Rocksmith, follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rocksmithgame, or visit www.rocksmith.com.

Ubisoft To Include Special-Edition Glove with Initial Michael Jackson Video Game Launch

Ubisoft has announced a special launch and pre-order offer for its upcoming video game Michael Jackson The Experience. The company will include a special-edition glove, reminiscent of the one worn by the King of Pop, with the initial release of the Wii version of the game. The special edition gloves will only be available for no additional cost at launch or if the game is pre-ordered.

Michael Jackson The Experience allows fans to dance to the late pop star’s greatest hits in environments inspired by his music videos and live performances. To date the playlist includes Bad, Beat It, Billie Jean, Black or White, Dirty Diana, Earth Song, Ghost, Rock with You, Smooth Criminal, Speed Demon, The Girl Is Mine, They Don’t Care About Us, Thriller, Who Is It, and Workin’ Day and Night.

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Ubisoft and Aardman to Joint Produce Rabbids Pilot, Shorts

Ubisoft and Aardman are teaming up to produce a pilot and several shorts based on Ubisoft’s video game characters, the Rabbids. In addition to video games, the characters have been featured in a series of viral internet videos and as plush toys.

Aardman Digital, Aardman’s in-house digital agency, and Ubisoft previously worked together on the Raving Rabbids brand, creating the website dedicated to the upcoming video game Raving Rabbids Travel In Time, to be released November 21 in the U.S.

Ubisoft Unveils Holiday Season Releases

Interactive entertainment company Ubisoft is releasing several additions to its existing series of games, in addition to introducing new games this holiday season across media platforms.

Battle Tag

Ubisoft introduces a laser tag-inspired game: Battle Tag. Set for release in late November in North America, the game is designed with 20 different game plays, and includes a port that connects to a PC, allowing the computer to act as “game master.”

Players use guns that are complete with RFID technology to store information. The guns have a 300 meter radius from the port, which acts as a base for the game. Sets come with ammo packs and medic packs that recharge ammo and life points when connected to the guns. Additional guns, bases, ammo, and medic packs will be available for purchase in addition to the basic set.

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Ubisoft Enters Toy Market, Premieres Battle Tag

Ubisoft is entering the toy market with the debut of Battle Tag, which was unveiled at last month’s E3: Electronic Entertainment Expo. Battle Tag combines a laser game that you can play at home or outside with a shooter game, featuring accessories such as game items and bonuses.

In the game, players can reload their guns with the ammo boxes or increase life points with the game’s medikit. The main differences between Ubisoft’s Battle Tag and a traditional laser tag game is the videogame-like accessories and a PC that acts as the “Game Master.”  The Game Master challenges players, gives updates, and keeps track of score.

Michael Jackson Gets New Singing, Dancing Game

Ubisoft and The Estate of Michael Jackson have joined together to announce the holiday release of a performance-based Michael Jackson game. The game will feature hits songs, such as Billie Jean and Beat It, as players sing and dance like the pop star.

The game will be available on Microsoft’s Kinect (Project Natal) for the Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3 system with PlayStation Move support, Nintendo’s Wii, Nintendo’s DS, and PlayStation’s PSP.

This is the first Michael Jackson game to be released since Sega Genesis’ Moonwalker in the early ’90s.

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CBS Adds Highly Rated TV Series to Video Game Roster

CBS Consumer Products (CBSCP) announced production of two new video games based off CBS’s NCIS and the CW’s America’s Next Top Model television series. Global production for the video games is headed by Ubisoft and dtp young entertainment, respectively.

In America’s Next Top Model video game, players assume “control of one of 10 aspiring models” as she makes her way through challenges, photo shoots, catwalks, and more. The video game follows the format of the television series, with participants being voted off, and is available now on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii consoles. A Canadian and Australian version have been announced, as well.

NCIS, developed by Ubisoft for worldwide release on all major consoles and internet distribution, hits shelves next year.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 11/17/09

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Ubisoft Partners with ASPCA and Honor Society for Petz Sharing and Caring Month

Ubisoft is teaming up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and pop band Honor Society for the launch of new Petz games and Sharing and Caring Month. The new video games for Nintendo DS will allow users to care for their virtual “petz” and send them to other Petz games via wireless interconnectivity. Users can also share their pets on UbiWorld, www.ubiworld.com.

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