Countdown To Kinect: 17 Controller-free Games Launch In November

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MEDIA RELEASE PR41786

Countdown to Kinect: 17 Controller-Free Games Launch in November


REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


           With exclusive dance, sports, action and party titles, the

Kinect launch portfolio offers something for everyone just in time for the

                                   holidays.


    Yoga, Zumba and dance. A hedgehog, sorcerer and lion cub. Rapids, moguls

and race tracks. Microsoft Corp. today unveiled 17 ways for you to jump into

the action with the final launch lineup of games for Kinect for Xbox 360.

Completely free from controllers, Kinect immerses you in dance, fitness,

racing, sports, action, adventure and party games, offering something for

everyone on your holiday gift list.





    "Together with the industry's most creative minds, we're launching Kinect

with a lineup of games that offers experiences like nothing before," said

Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "Kinect is

now a fundamental piece of the Xbox experience, and this is just the first

wave of remarkable games and entertainment we're bringing to market."


    Seventeen Kinect-enabled game titles from the industry's biggest

publishers will debut in November, including "Dance Central" (MTV

Games/Harmonix), winner of the Game Critics Best Original Game award at E3

2010. From the minds behind the ground-breaking "Rock Band" franchise, "Dance

Central" gets everyone off the couch and onto the dance floor, ushering in a

brand new era in music games.


    "'Dance Central' is a first-of-its-kind game that simply wasn't possible

without Kinect," said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix Music

Systems. "Kinect enabled us to breathe new life into the dance genre with an

extraordinary, full-body gameplay experience that anyone can enjoy."


    Family Game Night ... With a Kinect Twist

    Befriend a playful tiger cub, collect treasures from around the globe, or

cast a spell in the wizarding world. Whether adopting a new family pet in

"Kinectimals" (Frontier Developments Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios), or

embarking on a wet and wild rafting trip in "Kinect Adventures" (Good Science

Studio/Microsoft Game Studios), Kinect for Xbox 360 is the one gift the whole

family will enjoy this holiday season.


    - "Kinect Adventures" (Good Science Studio/Microsoft Game Studios),

      included with every Kinect sensor, Nov. 4. Float in outer space.

      Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountaintop obstacle

      courses. And dive into the deep sea to save a leaky underwater

      observatory - all from your living room. With "Kinect Adventures," you

      are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through

      exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations. "Kinect

      Adventures" is designed with something for everyone to enjoy and will

      be available with every Kinect sensor and Kinect bundle sold.


    - "Kinectimals" (Frontier Developments Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios)

      $49.99 ERP (U.S.)/$59.99 ERP (U.S.) limited collector's edition, Nov.

      4. "Kinectimals" invites children, their parents and animal lovers of

      all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world's most

      exotic creatures. Just like real pets, your feline cubs will come

      running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as "jump,"

      "roll over" and "play dead," and purr with joy when you scratch them

      behind their ears. Limited collector's editions of the "Kinectimals"

      game packaged with a 7" plush toy that unlocks a new animal and toy in

      the game will be available exclusively at select retailers.


    - "Game Party(TM): In Motion" (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment),

      $39.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 18. The popular party game value series comes

      to Kinect for Xbox 360. "Game Party: In Motion" lets players engage in

      true-to-life motions with 16 games appealing to people of all ability

      levels, ranging from sports such as Hoop Shoot and Darts to arcade and

      party games, including Rootbeer Tapper, Table Hockey and more.


    - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 The Videogame"

      (Electronic Arts/EA Bright Light), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 16. "Harry

      Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 The Videogame" is the most

      challenging yet, packed from start to finish with action and combat.

      Playing as Harry, you are on the run from the opening sequence,

      fighting for survival on a desperate and dangerous quest to locate and

      destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. And with 22 exclusive Kinect challenges,

      conjure the weapons of magical warfare where your motions make the

      magic, only on Xbox 360.


    Off the Couch and Into the Gym

    Kinect gives you all new ways to swing, sweat and step up your workout

with a range of exclusive dance and fitness games. From martial arts and yoga

to a variety of activities in "Your Shape: Fitness Evolved" (Ubisoft) to the

iconic personal trainers of "The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout" (THQ),

you've never had a living room workout like this before.


    - "Your Shape(TM): Fitness Evolved" (Ubisoft), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4.

      With Kinect for Xbox 360 and "Your Shape: Fitness Evolved," you will

      experience the most advanced fitness technology available, your way and

      on your schedule. The advanced feedback system detects when your body

      is out of alignment and coaches you to correct your form. Personalize

      your workout, challenge your friends and share your progress while

      achieving real results.


    - "Dance Central" (MTV Games/Harmonix), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. From

      the creators of "Rock Band" comes the next great music experience:

      "Dance Central," the first controller-free, body-tracking,

      fully-immersive dance video game that helps you take your moves to the

      next level. Featuring more than 90 routines and 650 dance moves, every

      routine has authentic choreography for beginners and experts alike to

      master, alongside a killer soundtrack that spans today's current pop,

      hip-hop and R&B artists. You won't just learn the dance moves - you'll

      own the dance floor.


    - "The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout" (THQ), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4.

      Based on the hit television show, "The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout"

      comes to Kinect offering the ultimate workout experience. Complete your

      fitness program using the interactive motion control sensors providing

      real-time feedback. From a body analyzer and recipes to personalized

      tips and a video diary to track your journey, "The Biggest Loser

      Ultimate Workout" fitness game has it all to drop the weight and change

      your life.


    - "DanceMasters" (Konami), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. The pioneer of the

      franchise that started the dance game craze, Konami introduces a brand

      new way to experience music and rhythm. The next generation in full

      body dancing is finally here.


    - "EA SPORTS Active 2" (EA SPORTS), $99.95 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 16. "EA

      SPORTS Active 2" with Total Body Tracking will combine motion tracking

      from Kinect and heart rate data from the included wireless heart rate

      monitor to provide true fitness results. Users will be able to track

      and share their workout data online through automatic uploading from

      their online connected Xbox 360 consoles to their personalized EA

      SPORTS Active profile.


    - "Zumba Fitness(R)" (Majesco), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 18. Join the

      party with Zumba Fitness(R), a one-of-a-kind, dance fitness workout set

      to sexy, high-energy Latin and international music! Find your rhythm

      and let go as Zumba instructor fan favorites Gina Grant, Tanya

      Beardsley and Zumba's creator Beto guide you through 30 routines that

      will work you into a sweat and make you forget you're even exercising.


    Co-Op or Compete? The Choice Is Yours

    Step onto the field with the first generation of sports games that turn

you whole body into the controller. Want to play soccer? With Kinect, you use

your feet - not your thumbs! Hone your skills solo, or compete with friends

at home and afar over Xbox LIVE. Beach volleyball, boxing, skiing and more -

Kinect offers something for athletes of every stripe.


    - "Kinect Sports" (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios) $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov.

      4. The first controller-free sports game that lets you physically

      compete with friends over Xbox LIVE, "Kinect Sports" is so real, you

      will almost feel the wind in your hair as you fly over hurdles and the

      sand in your toes as you set, bump and spike your way to volleyball

      victory. With six full sports - Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Track &

      Field, Boxing, Bowling and Table Tennis - "Kinect Sports" is the only

      title with a Team vs. Team mode, allowing the whole family to play in a

      fast-paced tournament style competition.


    - "DECA SPORTS FREEDOM" (Hudson Entertainment), Price TBA, Holiday 2010.

      Hudson Entertainment is taking sports to the next level with 10 sporting

      events you play using your own body in "DECA SPORTS FREEDOM." No

      controller necessary - just move yourself as if you were playing the

      sport in real life. Spin, throw and smash your way to victory across

      all of the included events: Tennis, Boxing, Archery, Paintball, Beach

      Volleyball, Dodge Ball, Kendo, Mogul Skiing, Snowboard Cross, and even

      Figure Skating!


    - "MotionSports(TM)" (Ubisoft), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. Grab your

      friends and rush the living room - it is time to catapult into the wide

      world of "Motion Sports." Race down the slopes of a Super G slalom,

      score a mind-blowing penalty kick, duck-and-run your way to a

      game-winning touchdown, or throw punches at the champ as you test your

      skills in more than 40 awesome sports challenges. "Motion Sports" live

      in-game commentary will follow your hits and misses, as you compete to

      go from local hero to a global sports phenomenon.


    Thrills, Spills and All-Out Action

    Get your adrenaline fix with new, controller-free ways to race and

rumble. Kinect removes the barrier between you and your games, delivering

action and excitement like nothing you've experienced before.


    - "Kinect Joy Ride" (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios), $49.99 ERP (U.S.),

      Nov. 4. "Kinect Joy Ride," the first controller-free racing game, will

      take you and your friends on the ride of your lives - no driver's

      license required. "Kinect Joy Ride" combines wild kart-racing

      excitement with the effortless fun of full-body gaming possible only

      with Kinect for Xbox 360. Go solo, or compete with up to eight players

      over Xbox LIVE to take on the world.(1)


    - "ADRENALIN MISFITS" (Konami), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. "Adrenalin

      Misfits" thrusts gamers into unbelievable fantasy worlds with exciting

      sideways stance, boarding battles in amazing environments. It's not just

      a race, it's a battle!


    - "Fighters Uncaged" (Ubisoft), $49.99 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. Charge head

      first into the vicious world of illegal free fighting tournaments, where

      you will use every muscle in your body to battle your way to the top.

      Forced into a secret tournament, Simon must use what he learned from

      his father, an ex-boxing champ, as he faces off against violent

      combatants who will brutally unleash a range of mixed martial arts

      attacks to take him down. No guns. No blades. Your body is the deadly

      weapon.


    - "SONIC FREE RIDERS(TM)" (SEGA) $49.95 ERP (U.S.), Nov. 4. "Sonic" is

      speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike

      any other. Become your favorite character as you jump on your board and

      compete in adrenaline-fueled races against tough competition. For the

      first time, use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way

      through a range of stunning courses.


    Unbelievable Value

    For less than the price of four tickets to see "The Nutcracker" this

holiday, Kinect is a gift that awakens the living room all year round with

laughter, camaraderie, and the simple joy of new experiences shared with

family and friends. The all-in-one Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect includes

the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect sensor and "Kinect Adventures," priced

at $299.99 ERP (U.S.). Or for those who have an Xbox 360 console(2) at home,

the stand-alone Kinect for Xbox 360 priced at $149.99 ERP (U.S.) includes the

Kinect sensor and "Kinect Adventures" and works with the 42 million Xbox 360

consoles currently in homes worldwide.


    Amazing Entertainment

    So much more than just games, Kinect brings entertainment to life in

magical new ways, offering controller-free TV, movies, music and sports and

connecting family and friends from coast-to-coast with video chat from the

comfort of the living room. With Xbox LIVE, jump right into a movie in

instant-on 1080p high-definition simply by saying "Xbox, play," or thumb

through millions of songs from Zune with just a wave of your hand. With

cutting-edge experiences for movie buffs, music lovers, sports gurus and

gamers alike, Kinect and Xbox 360 bring the living room of the future home

this holiday(3).


    About Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. This

November, with the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social

gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play - no controller

required. Xbox 360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as the

largest on-demand library of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV

shows and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment center of the

living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with a leading social network

of 25 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless entertainment

experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. More information

about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.


    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in

software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize

their full potential.


    (1) Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for online multiplayer.


    (2) 190 MB of storage required.


    (3) Xbox LIVE Gold membership and additional subscriptions and/or

requirements may apply for video chat, Zune Pass music, ESPN on Xbox LIVE,

and instant-on 1080p HD. See http://xbox.com/live.


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