AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - (Business Wire) Let the games begin! THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced the planned April 12th release of a fast-paced, party-style video game inspired by Fox's upcoming animated 3D movie event RIO, its comedic and heartfelt characters, infectious energy, and inspiring music. From Blue Sky Studios, the makers of the blockbuster ICE AGE film series, RIO arrives in theaters everywhere on April 15. The video game will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system, and the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems.
“RIO's humor, compelling characters, thrilling story, colorful characters and wonderful music inspired us to create a unique and imaginative game experience,” said Martin Good, THQ's Executive Vice President of Kids, Family and Casual Games.
“RIO is one of the biggest family film events of the year and is tailor made to be enjoyed through a video game that will bring the same experience to gamers of all ages,” added Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, New Media for Fox Consumer Products.
On Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii systems, up to four players can compete with each other in 40 mini-games as one of the six playable characters from the film: Blu, Jewel, Pedro, Nico, Raphael, and Eva. Players can compete in five unique modes as they journey through Rio to win first place in the ceremony at the Carnaval ceremony. Rio also features quick “jump in, jump out” gameplay, allowing players to enter and exit a game as they please – making it perfect for family and party fun.
For on-the-go excitement, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi™ versions offer a completely different game from the console version via a rhythm-based adventure. As the main character from the film, Blu, players can use their stylus to discover Latin and hip hop beats as they navigate through 20 levels and seven colorful locations. Rio also features four fun mini-games where players will be able to party with the other characters from the film.
For more information on RIO, please visit www.riovideogame.com or www.thq.com.
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