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''The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' (ALL) Ships

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:03 a.m. PST

Buena Vista Games announced today that the company has shipped more than 2 million units of the multiplatform video game to retail outlets in the two regions.

"'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' video game launch marks the largest self-publishing initiative executed to date by Buena Vista Games," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "There is great excitement building for the release of the film and that buzz has helped ignite an event atmosphere at retail for the video game. By building upon and expanding the Narnia entertainment experience, BVG is playing an important role as the next content creation engine for the company."

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" video game takes the classic story from the renowned book from C.S. Lewis to new heights by bringing the feature film's cinematic experience to life in a stunning interactive adventure. Players can take on the role of each of the four Pevensie heroes -- Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy -- to battle the White Witch's sinister minions in team-based, action-packed combat.

In the action/adventure console and PC versions, players take on 15 levels of combat and puzzle-solving game play. The console and PC games also feature seamless integration of film footage with game play and includes extensive use of voice talent from the film.

"The ever-expanding video game marketplace is of great interest to me," said Andrew Adamson, the film's director. "It was such a thrill to work with the Buena Vista Games and Traveller's Tales teams to provide creative input for the video game, which has resulted in a beautiful translation of the film into an epic interactive experience."

"Transitioning from the movie into the video game area is an uplifting experience because every person who has read the book has longed to go to Narnia," said Douglas Gresham, stepson of author C.S. Lewis. "With the video games, people can not only visit Narnia but they can control the heroes' actions. In a sense, they can invent their own adventure within Narnia."

In addition to strong retail support throughout North America and Europe, the game is receiving positive reviews from video game critics. IGN.com, a leading online video game site, recently awarded "The Chronicles of Narnia" video game the prestigious IGN.com Editor's Choice Award, an 8.3 out of 10 review score and described the title as "a near perfect example of how to make a movie-based video game the right way."

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC is developed by Traveller's Tales and is rated "T" for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube versions carry a suggested retail price of $49.99. The PC version carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. The Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions are developed by Amaze Entertainment. The Nintendo DS version has an ESRB rating of "E10+" for Everyone 10 and older and carries a suggested retail price of $34.99. The Game Boy Advance version is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

About "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" film

Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media Present "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" is a spectacular live-action/CGI motion picture adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved literary classic. The film marks the first live-action directorial effort for Andrew Adamson (director of the Oscar(R)-winning "Shrek" and "Shrek 2"), who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Emmy Award-winner Anne Peacock (HBO's "A Lesson Before Dying") and scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film is produced by Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Mark Johnson.

Lewis' timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy -- in World War II England. The children enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of "hide-and-seek" in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.

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