Crash Bandicoot debuts on Nintendo DS this fall with Crash Boom Bang!

Vivendi Games’ Sierra Entertainment has announced the development of Crash Boom Bang!, an exciting, humorous game that will allow players to roll the dice and dive into one of 40 action-oriented, outrageously funny, multiplayer mini-games, as they communicate with and bet against opponents through the never-before-seen “Touch Panel Communication” in-game feature. Developed by critically-acclaimed Japanese developer Dimps, Crash Boom Bang! will be available exclusively for the Nintendo DSâÂ?¢ system in October 2006.

“Crash Boom Bang! will provide the hilarious antics and fun gameplay that Crash Bandicoot fans have come to love, with a brand-new twist,” said Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vivendi Games. “Through the innovative Touch Panel Communication in-game feature that leverages the technology of the Nintendo DS, Crash Boom Bang! will also deliver a uniquely entertaining multiplayer experience unlike any other on the system.”

In Crash Boom Bang!, Crash and his friends embark on a worldwide race in a quest for its multi-million dollar prize. With hidden intentions of finding an ancient lost city and the famed magical “Super Big Power Stone” that grants its user one wish, the race’s sponsor Viscount Devil plans on using the contestants to solve the mystery. The map of the race checkpoints is based on the Viscount’s ancient map, and the evil Dr. Neo Cortex, also an invitee to the race, has figured out the Viscount’s master plan and in his own relentless pursuit for world domination, sets out to steal the map and retrieve the legendary stone. It’s up to Crash and his friends to win the big race âÂ?¦ and save the world!

Key game features in Crash Boom Bang! include:

Revolutionary “Touch Panel Communication” multiplayer gameplay

Communicate with players through never-before-seen touch panel message in-game feature (speech, sounds, characters)

Use wireless LAN to send customized messages mid-game and have fun teaming up with friends or distracting other players’ gameplay

40 Mini-games Taking Full Advantage of the DS Platform

3D graphics, touch screen, microphone, wireless network

Unique Betting Feature

Take player interaction to a new level by betting on outcomes of multiplayer games and earning points to purchase items that can enhance the gameplay experience

Item Collecting & Trading

Up to 80 items to collect, trade or use to alter gameplay scenarios

Trademark Crash Humor and Characters

Enjoy Crash’s wacky and zany sense of humor and play as one of 8 of your favorite characters including Crash, Coco, Crunch and Neo Cortex

Crash Boom Bang! is scheduled to be available exclusively for Nintendo DS in October 2006 for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

For more information, please visit the game’s official website at www.crashbandicoot.com.

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