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'Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Ships to Stores

by Judy on Oct. 11, 2004 @ 7:32 a.m. PDT

THQ and Nickelodeon today announced Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams for the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube and Game Boy Advance has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America.

The predecessor to this title, Tak and the Power of Juju, was the first property released under THQ and Nickelodeon's agreement to create new cross-media intellectual properties for initial release in the videogame space with the express intent of migrating the properties to other entertainment media.

"We are delighted that the success of Tak, the first title in our unprecedented 'games first' agreement with THQ, has lead to a sequel for this holiday," said Steve Youngwood, senior vice president, Nickelodeon Media Products Group. "Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams is sure to draw gamers back to the brand with a more mature Tak, amazing dream elements, new Juju powers and unique spirit animals."

"Creating a sequel to the Tak property has been a huge initiative for THQ and Nickelodeon across both our organizations," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president, North American sales and distribution, THQ. "We're thrilled with the enthusiasm we've received for Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams at retail and look forward to consumers' response to an all-new Tak adventure."

About Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams:

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams will continue following Tak on his adventures against evil. However, players will take on the role of a more experienced Tak as he goes on an epic adventure that will require him to learn all new Juju magic in order to recover the Nightmare Scepter and defeat the evil shaman, Tlaloc. Players will maneuver Tak, armed with new Juju abilities. He will master the ancient Juju magic of animals, allowing him to morph into creatures and accumulate the power of a Spirit Animal. This innovative sequel will also feature massive linear environments and a returning cast of favorite characters, along with four brand new Jujus and the introduction of Jibolba's brother, JB. All new Nightmare Creatures and magical Woodies will also help to further the action. In addition, Tak will be outfitted with new Juju powered artifacts, including the powerful Dream Shaker, which affords him the power to close dream rifts.

Avalanche Software developed the console versions of Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams. THQ's internal studio, Helixe, developed the Game Boy Advance version.

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