Exciting NHL hockey action pairs up with fun new features and Wii
VANCOUVER, June 12 /CNW/ - 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that the
next iteration of the popular hockey franchise, NHL 2K9, will be coming to the
Wii(TM) console from Nintendo this fall. As the first and only officially
licensed NHL and NHLPA video game for Wii, NHL 2K9 will offer fans the fun
opportunity to play like the pros using the Wii Remote(TM) controller as a
hockey stick, and enjoy playing hockey in a wholly unique and entertaining
experience like never before.
"Nintendo is thrilled to have 2K Sports' NHL 2K9 on the Wii platform this
season," said Steve Singer, VP of Licensing at Nintendo of America Inc. "This
title has been highly anticipated by our Wii consumers who will now be able to
use the Wii Remote to face-off, play hockey, and fire a slap shot in their
In celebration of NHL 2K9 for Wii, Nintendo's most iconic video game
character, Mario(TM), will be walking down the red carpet during the 2008 NHL
Awards tonight at the Elgin Theatre, 6:15 p.m. ET in Toronto. Fans in
attendance will also have the special opportunity to meet and greet Mario and
have their picture taken with him.
"It's our goal this year to bring the fun back to hockey video games,"
said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "NHL 2K9 for Wii includes the full
feature set as available on other platforms, and added Wii Remote controls and
other exciting features specific for the Wii console will allow dedicated fans
the opportunity to fully enjoy and embrace NHL hockey in a brand new
NHL 2K9, being developed by Visual Concepts, is not yet rated by the
ESRB, and will be available this fall for Xbox 360(R) video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii console from Nintendo,
PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, and PlayStation(R)2 computer
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is a
global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive
entertainment software games for the PC, PLAYSTATION(R)3 and PlayStation(R)2
computer entertainment systems, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Xbox
360 and Xbox video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Wii,
Nintendo DS(TM), Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. The Company
publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar
Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play, and distributes software, hardware and
accessories in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary.
Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.
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