Good thing we have a Wii... Build A Bear titles coming to Nintendo

by: Ben Berry -
My wife will turn 23 this month the same weekend PAX EAST makes its inaugural visit to Boston. Much like me when I walk into a Lego store, my wife reverts to about a 10 year old girl when we walk into Build A Bear. We She has a monkey, a huskie, and a lobster. The monkey has a tuxedo and came with us for the wedding.

I'm sure she'll be thrilled to learn that Activision is helping perpetuate the "stuffed animals dressed as people in a video game" movement with the release of unique Build A Bear titles for the Wii and DS on 3/23. Friendship Valley will be the title for the Wii release and Hugsville will be the DS game.

To be clear, we don't have a DS anymore, and even if we did; I'm not letting a game called "Hugsville" into my house. I have a feeling we'll be looking for a copy of Friendship Valley before too long though.

Hit the jump for the press release... if you dare.
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES UPCOMING BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP VIDEO GAMES FOR Wii AND NINTENDO DS
 
Kids and Parents Will Love Visiting Friendship Valley and Hugsville This Spring
 
Minneapolis, MN – March 12, 2010 – Activision Publishing (Nasdaq: ATVI), in association with Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc., today announced Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™ and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS™. Both titles will be available in North America on March 23, 2010.
 
In Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™, players can help make the town an even more “pawsome” place! Players choose from 13 characters as their new special friend and decorate their Cub Condo. Players can participate in a variety of mini games to win medals and meet new friends.
 
Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS allows players to create a new friend, just like in the stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop mascots Bearemy and Pawlette Coufur® guide players through eight different mini games, some of which allow players to construct their own Cub Condo or build their own vehicle.
 
“Visiting a real life Build-A-Bear Workshop store is great fun for any family,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing. “We want to bring this world to life on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, building on the elements that made the brand so popular.”
 
“We are pleased to be working with Activision to introduce these exciting games for Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nintendo fans,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley encourage friendship and creativity while allowing families to share in the Build-A-Bear Workshop experience from home.”
 
Both games have been rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. For more information visit www.activision.com.
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