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March 25, 2005

Santa Monica, CA – March 23, 2005 – Handheld gamers are getting a double dose of action with the release of Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Spider-Man 2 the game and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix for the PlayStation Portable Entertainment Platform (PSP).  Developed internally by Activision’s Vicarious Visions and Shaba Games respectively, both games are among the first PSP titles to hit North American retail shelves and are currently available nationwide.  The PSP will be released on March 24.


“We are excited to have two of our biggest brands available as launch titles for the PSP,” said Kathy Vrabeck, president of Activision Publishing.  “Designed to leverage the processing power of the new platform, Spider-Man 2 and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix deliver deeper gameplay experiences and graphical advancements that take handheld gaming to the next level.”


In Spider-Man 2 the game players must master new combo moves as they protect the city of Manhattan from the nefarious Doc Ock and other classic Marvel villains by swinging, jumping and wall-crawling through 19 new levels that extend beyond the film.  Featuring an unprecedented depth of gameplay, players experience original storylines and battle through graphically rich 3D environments.  The game, which is based on the blockbuster feature film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, leverages the PSP’s processing power to deliver the most realistic Spider-Man experience on a handheld platform. 


Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix takes players on an all new skating blitzkrieg where they embark on the ultimate road trip from Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 in addition to wreaking havoc in four never-before-seen city-levels – Las Vegas, Atlanta, Kyoto and Santa Cruz -- that feature original goals, level changing events and unlockable characters.  For the first time, players can live the Tony Hawk console gaming experience on a handheld device as they join either Tony Hawk or Bam Margera on a World Destruction Tour where they nail insane tricks with lightning speed or slow motion focus control, pull off mischievous pranks, and conquer sick terrain through 13 single-player levels, or face off against up to three friends in 10 wireless multiplayer games. 


Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix, was developed by Shaba Games and is rated “T” (Teen – with blood, crude humor, language, suggestive themes, use of alcohol and violence).  Spider-Man 2 the game was developed by Vicarious Visions and is rated “T” (Teen - with violence).  The suggested retail price of both titles is $49.99.




SAN FRANCISCO – March 23, 2005 — Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s leading video game publishers, announced that Lumines for the PSP™ handheld entertainment system is now available at all major video game retailers. Lumines was created by renowned developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi and jointly developed by Bandai Company Ltd. and Q ENTERTAINMENT. Lumines has an ESRB rating of “E10+” for Suggestive Themes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99.

Since the U.S. announcement of Lumines, it has currently been the most popular PSP system title on all three leading video game websites: GameSpot, IGN and GameSpy*. It has also received spectacular review scores from USA Today, and GameSpot. USA Today named Lumines “the best game for the PSP” handheld system and gave it four out of four stars – the only PSP system launch title to receive a perfect score. According to GameSpot, “Lumines may very well be the greatest Tetris-style puzzle game since Tetris itself,” with a superb 9 out of 10 review score. Lumines also received IGN’s Editor’s Choice Award.

“Ubisoft is thrilled to have Lumines as its premier launch title for the PSP handheld system,” said James Regan, director of new business development at Ubisoft. “Lumines offers the player many ways to use the PSP handheld system’s innovative features; it’s incredibly fun combination of puzzles and music makes this game a ‘must-have’ for every PSP owner.”

Lumines takes full advantage of the PSP system’s vivid colors, sound and wide-screen features. Players delete sequences of 2x2, or larger, square blocks of the same color, and simultaneously groove to evolving musical scores of rock, techno and pop through the built-in stereo speakers. Numerous levels of graphics and music are available with single-player, wireless multiplayer and bonus modes. Players will earn changeable skins and can increase their number of collectible characters as they progress in the game. Lumines will bring a musical puzzle-fusion experience to all PSP handheld system owners.

*Ranking based on the aggregated unique visitors on GameSpot, IGN and GameSpy since March 1st – Source Gametrax and Gamermetrics.

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