A round launch

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Sean the undead is back from the trance-like realm of the Wii to report on available launch titles...and Midway has some fun stuff for the kids.  Happy Feet, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and The Ant Bully are all out for Nintendo's newest creation.  I haven't played any of them yet, but they look like a sure bet for stocking suffers.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that it is shipping four titles for Nintendo's newest home console, the innovative Nintendo Wii™. Happy Feet the videogame and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy are available at a U.S. MSRP of $49.95 each, and Rampage®: Total Destruction™ is available at a U.S. MSRP of $29.95. The Ant Bully the videogame is expected to ship shortly after the launch of the Nintendo Wii and will have a U.S. MSRP of $49.95.

"The unique features of the Nintendo Wii should appeal to a wide audience of gamers, as well as attract new players," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "Midway's initial Wii titles will offer something for everyone, with the Wii–mote controlled characters from Happy Feet the videogame and The Ant Bully the videogame, or the multiplayer madness of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Rampage Total: Destruction."

All four of Midway's initial Wii titles make use of the Nintendo Wii's motion–sensing controller. In Happy Feet the videogame, players can control the main character Mumble by moving the controller up, down, left and right while he swims and belly'sleds. Flicking the controller in the correct direction will help Mumble dance. The Ant Bully the videogame, Rampage: Total Destruction and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy all use sweeping motions to help onscreen characters grab, kick, roll or throw.

About Happy Feet the Videogame

Midway's immersive videogame puts the player in the "tap shoes " of Mumble, a young penguin born into a nation of singing Emperor penguins where each needs a heart song to attract a soul mate. Unfortunately, Mumble is the worst singer in the world... however, as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer!

Based on the general storyline of the film, players will be able to experience life from the point of view of Mumble through music, dance and interaction with friends and enemies in his world. Through the course of the game, Mumble will grow from a small fluffy toddler into a tall, sleek, confident adult as he belly–sleds, dances, and swims through Antarctica on an amazing adventure. The exciting game play features a number of different play modes and is complemented by a playful and lively music soundtrack.

For more information on Happy Feet the videogame, please visit www.happyfeet–game.com .

About Rampage: Total Destruction

Rampage: Total Destruction for the Wii™, will allow players to choose from 40 unlockable monsters, and seven international cities, including Chicago, Hong Kong and London. Players will start with six characters available, including the original terror trio of George, Lizzie and Ralph, and graduate to new crazy monsters hidden throughout the various 3D city environments, such as Sarah the Spider, Plucky the Chicken and Fifi the Rabid French Poodle.

Virtually everything in the Rampage: Total Destruction environments can be damaged, broken, and utterly destroyed with plenty of hilarious results. Aided by power-ups, all monsters are capable of acquiring a number of upgrades throughout the course of a single campaign. Rampage: Total Destruction allows multiple players to compete or cooperate as they battle through the levels.

For more information on Rampage: Total Destruction please visit http://www.rampagegame.com.

About The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy videogame pits the characters from the popular Cartoon Network original–series against each other in a fighting–adventure game, filled with mayhem and chaos. In battle mode, up to four players can use a multitude of weapons in destructible arenas, like the Desert of Doom and the Underworld, to battle it out to be the last one standing. Players also have the option to play on their own or with a friend in mission mode. Mission mode offers a series of 54 missions where players can unlock new weapons, power–ups and characters like Hoss Delgado and the Boogey Man.

For more information on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy please visit http://www.midwaycartoon.com/.

About Midway Games

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.

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