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Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals for the DS Now Available

October 7, 2008

 

DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS EXCAVATES NEW INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES WITH SPECTROBES: BEYOND THE PORTALS

 

Sequel to Highly Popular Nintendo DS Game Now Available 

 

The portals to distant planets have opened and adventures lie ahead.  Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is now available at U.S. retailers.  Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is the sequel to Spectrobes, one of the best-selling third-party Nintendo DS™ games of 2007 with more than 1 million units shipped worldwide. 


Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals for Nintendo DS continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, planetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies, known as the Krawl.  The story surrounds the origins of mysterious portals that lead to distant solar systems and introduces new characters, including the dark Spectrobes. 

 

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is an ambitious and immersive Nintendo DS game that significantly expands upon the features of the original,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios.  “The Spectrobes franchise is a major focus for Disney Interactive Studios and this new release will continue to excite players worldwide.”

 

Overseen by Disney Interactive Studios’ Tokyo office and developed by Kyoto, Japan-based Jupiter Corp., the studio behind Spectrobes and the critically acclaimed The World Ends With You® from Square Enix, Inc., Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals has a wide array of new features.  These include a new story; two new battle types -- one with the Spectrobes and another with the main character, Rallen; a new, revamped three-dimensional perspective with a view from behind the character; a map to assist with exploration; new excavation features; more than double the amount of Spectrobes; and new Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and local wireless features.  Also, for the first time, the game includes the ability to play as Rallen’s partner, Jeena, to solve challenges during special missions.

 

The innovation from the first game continues with Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals.  Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection features include:  the debut of online battle; a variety of content available for download; and a robust global community site with player profiles, 50 achievable emblems, leaderboards and squads.  Players can form squads with their friends to determine the best player among them.  The Wi-Fi market feature enables players to list and sell their creatures to other players globally using in-game currency, known as Gura.  The local wireless features include battle modes for two or four players (either as two-player teams or individually); trading creatures and fossils; and transferring existing creatures from Spectrobes to Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals (two Nintendo DS systems required during the transferring process).


Code input cards, which were introduced with Spectrobes, have been redesigned and will be unveiled with the game.  The game includes a random pack of four collectible cards, each of which can be placed over the touch screen and used to enter a code with the stylus that unlocks new content.  Additional cards will be available in the future through individual retail offers and other offers.  In addition, the code input cards available from Spectrobes are compatible with Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals.

 

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals includes DGamer, Disney Interactive Studios’ innovative technology that provides a fun, connected online game community for Disney video game fans.  The DGamer features in Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals include 15 unlockable badges based on accomplishments in the game, Spectrobes-related outfits for players’ DGamer avatars and the ability to chat with friends using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or online at www.dgamer.com.

 

“We approached Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals with the expectations of significantly adding features and enhancing what was already a deep and successful first game,” said Kentaro Hisai, producer, Disney Interactive Studios Japan.  “Jupiter is among the best development studios for creating original role playing games and Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals will add to that reputation.”

 

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

 

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