Atari today announced a deal which sees the European publisher enter into partnership with Japanese publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. to co-publish a range of handheld titles in Europe. The relationship will bear fruit in summer 2006 with the European release of a number of games previously launched in the US and/or Japan. The five titles for Nintendo Game Boy Advance™ and one for Nintendo DS™ were released in the US in 2005 and are coming to Europe for the first time.
“Thanks to our extensive European distribution network, European gamers will be able to discover and play these games for the first time this summer,” said Jean-Michel Perbet, President, Atari Europe.
Details of the first six titles to be released in Europe are as follows:
Ace Combat Advance™ (GBA) The renowned licence comes to GBA, with 12 new missions of tactical airborne combat across detailed, destructible environments.
Atomic Betty™ (GBA) Based on the cartoon series and stuffed with action, puzzles, rocket ships, gadgets, weapons and five playable characters each with their own unique skills.
Popeye™: Rush for Spinach (GBA) The spinach-loving hero hits the smallest screen alongside Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Brutus to compete in frantic races across detailed landscapes. Features four player link mode multiplayer.
Sigma Star Saga™ (GBA) An epic space battle RPG combining the rich storyline and exploration of an RPG with an action-packed shooter battle system.
Rebelstar: Tactical Command™ (GBA) An enhanced and engrossing turn-based strategy game incorporating advanced abilities and tactics, destructible environments and 2-player tactical battles.
Dig Dug™ Digging Strike™ (NDS) Combines gameplay from the original Dig Dug and Dig Dug II and makes use of the NDS dual screen to deliver a range of fun stages, cool weapons and all-new mini-games.
For more information about Atari’s entire product line up, visit www.atari.com.