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Ignition Signs 'Zoo Keeper' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 16, 2004 @ 12:11 p.m. PST

Ignition has secured North American and European rights to publish Zoo Keeper, a puzzler from developer SUCCESS Corporation that will be one of the first Japanese launch titles for Nintendo's highly-anticipated new handheld video game system - the Nintendo DS.

Using the Touch Screen, players tap the Nintendo DS stylus to swap the positions of animals on the screen to create lines of three or more of the same type. These animals are then "captured," allowing other animals to fall into their place. This easy-to-pick-up and intuitive system is complimented by a unique look designed by the popular the Japanese developer.

Zoo Keeper includes a variety of play modes to ensure that gamers have depth of gameplay. Players also can take advantage of the DS Wireless Communication to play simultaneous two-player modes that only requires one Nintendo DS Zoo Keeper Game Card.

"Zoo Keeper is perfectly suited for the Nintendo DS with its use of both the Touch Screen and wireless communication capability," says Ken Gratz, Product Manager, Director of Product Development at Ignition USA. "Its simple-yet-addictive gameplay will appeal to young and old alike, much like the Nintendo DS itself."

"Ignition is a small, but focused team of passionate gamers who have shown the ability to cherry pick quality games," adds Mr. Yoshinari, President of SUCCESS. "And we are delighted to be given the chance to work with such a team."

Features:

  • Wireless Communication capability for two-player (Single-Card Play)
  • Five different game modes
  • An input system ideally suited to the Touch Screen
  • An instantly understandable and intuitive game system
  • Incredible visuals
  • Highly relevant plot involving an actual zookeeper

Zookeeper will be available late in December for the Nintendo DS system, with a suggested retail price of $39.99.

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