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'Death Jr.: Root of Evil' (Wii) Officially Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 15, 2008 @ 3:17 a.m. PST

Take on the role of the Grim Reaper’s teenage son, Death Jr., as he and his friend Pandora, whilst arguing over a cocoon they’ve collected for a school biology project, accidentally release an evil and powerful spirit called Furi. Eidos is bringing Death Jr. 2 to the Wii with 480p support, split screen co-op, voiceovers, improved textures and more.

Death Jr.: Root of Evil immerses gamers in the extraordinary adventures of Death Jr., the Grim Reaper's son, and his daring school sweetheart Pandora, as they journey through the world with their brave and freakish cohorts: Stigmartha, Smith & Weston, Seep, and Dead Guppy. They set off to find something cool for their school biology project, but along the way, they accidentally unleash Furi, a woodland nymph who's bitter that her transformation into the ultimate force of evil has been interrupted. With her corruptive power over nature, Furi kidnaps DJ's Dad and releases swarms of creepy creatures into the world. Players embark on an adventure, playing either as DJ or Pandora, to free the Grim Reaper and rescue their town before Furi's appetite for evil consumes them all.

"Eidos is proud to bring the console debut of the Death Jr. series to Wii, with a new simple control scheme, intuitive aiming system, and polished graphics that enhance the game's action platform experience," said Robert A. Lindsey, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eidos Inc. "Death Jr.'s vibrant stylized art and quirky intelligent characters, combined with the new split-screen cooperative mode, makes Death Jr.: Root of Evil appealing to a wide-reaching audience that has embraced Wii."

“Death Jr.: Root of Evil is a compelling and action-packed game experience coupled with lots of humour as gamers play as the Grim Reaper’s misfortunate teenage son,” said Ray Livingston, Brand Manager at Eidos. “Played solo or together with a friend, Death Jr.: Root of Evil is a great addition to your Wii collection if you enjoy fun-filled, challenging platform games.”

Death Jr.: Root of Evil takes on a whole new level of challenge and fun on the Wii, offering dual-weapon attack modes that give players complete control of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in melee and ranged combat. With over 45 varieties of enemies, players will have their skills tested while swinging at nearby enemies in melee combat with the enhanced motion sensing on the Wii Remote using DJ's famed scythe or Pandora's whip. The versatility of the Wii Remote allows for precision targeting with active aiming to shoot down airborne, burrowing, distant or close combat enemies, and players can also unlock new attack combos, and build and upgrade projectile weapons. The intuitive camera system takes full advantage of the Wii Remote for full-3D camera control.

Death Jr.: Root of Evil offers 19 levels of rich adventures and in co-op mode, gamers will discover more weapons, combat moves, and story elements, while exploring the mysterious world of Death Jr. even further. With increased resolution for more lush and vivid environments, newly added special effects, and remodeled characters, Death Jr.: Root of Evil for Wii delivers the most vibrant and humorous adventure ever.

Death Jr.: Root of Evil releases exclusively on Wii this spring 2008 (North America) and summer 2008 (Europe).

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