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

by: Ben Berry -
More On: Build-A-Bear: Friendship Valley Build-A-Bear: Hugsville
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.
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.