VIZ Media Licenses and Distributes New Hamtaro Video Game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

May 13th 2011

Kids' Favorite Hamsters Leap Into A Fun Interactive Mobile Universe

San Francisco, CA, May 13, 2011 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that it has licensed the rights for a HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES video game for the Apple iPhone™, iPod™ Touch and iPad™ to Egg Ball Games. Viz Media is the official North American distributor of the iApp game, which is available now; the game is available also in Latin America and Europe. To learn more about HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES, please visit: www.VIZ.com/apps.

HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES features 3 colorful and original game environments and dozens of levels. The game is Facebook enabled and offers an interactive Game Center for posting personal and worldwide high scores. Players can also unlock 9 exclusive HAMTARO wallpapers to further customize their iPhone.

“We're very excited to bring HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES to North American iPhone and iPad users,” says Aadil Tayouga, Licensing Analyst. “This game launches the much-loved hamster character into the interactive mobile digital realm, and we look forward to introducing him and his friends to a whole new generation of players.”

Based on the popular 1997 manga (graphic novel) and TV series (more than 350 episodes) which has been broadcast in 40 countries, the HAMTARO application will captivate both children and adults as they help Hamtaro and his friends collect items they need to rack up big scores and unlock new levels.

In HAMTARO: LITTLE HAMSTERS, BIG ADVENTURES, Pashmina, Cappy and Sandy meet Hamtaro at the Ham-Ham club to ask him for help. Players follow Hamtaro across multiple environments in order to recover lost objects and satisfy their Ham-Ham friends as quickly as possible.

Based on a simple Match-3 principle, the game is composed of a 7 by 7 grid of elements, where players must align at least 3 identical items to create a "bag" of each kind. At the bottom of the grid, 3 friends are waiting for the "bag" of a specific item that players must give them before they lose patience. The real skill comes when creating combos, which can multiply scores. The bigger the combo a player creates, the greater the score! Each Ham-Ham also has its own special power to help players on missions. Discover them all and use them wisely to achieve the best score!

About EggBall

Founded in 2010 by 3 video games professionals, Egg Ball is a game publisher and developer based in Paris, whose main goal is to provide gamers around the globe with fun games with a real emphasis on appealing graphics and engaging. With five games under their belt, Egg Ball is working on new original stories in more and more fun games in an increasingly dynamic environment. Not limited to the video game industry, Egg Ball also dev elops a wide range of other multimedia mobile for business or marketing on all platforms. Website: http://www.eggball-games.com

About Viz Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact Viz Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at www.VIZ.com.


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