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Disney's Toontown Online Launches In Japan

by Thomas on April 19, 2004 @ 10:51 a.m. PDT

Walt Disney Internet Group today announced that its critically acclaimed Disney's Toontown Online is now available in Japan through a distribution deal with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation (NTT West). Hailed as the first downloadable massively multiplayer (MMP) 3D online game for kids and families, Disney's Toontown Online first launched in the U.S. in June 2003.

In Japan Disney's Toontown Online is now available to the 4.9 million subscribers to FLET's (B FLET's and FLET's ADSL), a high-quality broadband access service provided by NTT East and NTT West. The Japanese version of the game offers all of the same characters and unique game functionality as the popular U.S. version, but is a standalone MMP environment.

"We have had a very successful collaboration with NTT and built a great relationship while designing and developing our Disney BB broadband service. We're pleased to extend the relationship and bring this innovative game to their customers," said Mark Handler, executive vice president and managing director, International, Walt Disney Internet Group. "Response to Toontown in the U.S. has been strong and clearly there are a number of International markets ripe for new MMPs."

Disney's Toontown Online has continued to gain marketplace momentum in the U.S. since its launch in June 2003 and has been attracting gamers of all ages and levels. The game has been recognized with numerous industry awards including: Computer Gaming World's MMPORG of the Year, 2003; the 2003 Webby Award as the People's Voice Award Winner in the Kids Category; and, the All Star Software Award from Children's Software Revue Magazine. Information and 3-day free trials of the domestic service are available at www.Toontown.com.

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