AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced that the RIO video game is scheduled to be available on April 12, for a suggested retail price of $29.99 across all platforms: Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system, and the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems. RIO is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older on the console systems and E for everyone on Nintendo DS.
Inspired by Fox’s upcoming 3D event, RIO – THE MOVIE, the video game translates the film’s scope and grandeur, which is alive with color, music, adventure and fun, into a series of fast-paced mini-games that up to four players can enjoy.
“RIO is such a fun movie that we wanted to bring a creative, imaginative approach to making a movie-based game, one that can be enjoyed by players of every age and skill level,” said Martin Good, THQ’s Executive Vice President of Kids, Family and Casual Games. “The colors, the music and great humor of RIO – THE MOVIE inspired us to create a really unique game experience.”
“We know that once audiences see RIO – THE MOVIE they’re going to want to extend the adventure and fun outside of the movie theatre, and this game is the kind of exciting entertainment experience that is sure to deliver,” said Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, Global New Media, Fox Consumer Products.
On the Wii and PlayStation®3 systems, up to four players can compete with each other in 40 mini-games as one of the six playable characters from the film: Blu, Jewel, Pedro, Nico, Raphael, and Eva. Adding to the fun, the Xbox 360 platform offers three additional exclusive mini-games. Players can compete in five unique modes as they journey through Rio to win first place at the Carnival ceremony. RIO also features quick “jump in, jump out” gameplay, allowing players to enter and exit a game as they please – making it perfect for family and party fun.
For on-the-go excitement, the Nintendo DS version offers a completely different experience from the console version via a rhythm-based adventure. As the main character from the film, Blu, players can use their stylus to discover Latin and hip hop beats as they navigate through 20 levels and seven awe-inspiring locations. RIO also features four fun mini-games where players will be able to party with the other characters from the film: Blu, Jewel and Luis.
About RIO – THE MOVIE:
RIO – THE MOVIE, is a multi-cultural experience and motion picture event. You’ll meet a domesticated Macaw named Blu, who travels to the faraway and exotic land of Rio de Janeiro to find Jewel, the only other bird of his species. Not long after Blu and his owner / best friend Linda arrive in Rio, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers and with the help of a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds, Blu will have to learn to fly, escape the kidnappers, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had. The film’s music and dance sweep us along on the characters’ colorful journeys.
RIO – THE MOVIE flies into theaters April 15, 2011 and boasts an amazing voice cast including Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, will.i.am, Jake T. Austin, Rodrigo Santoro and Jamie Foxx. The film also features an all-star musical cast including multi-platinum, Grammy® Award Winner will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas), Jamie Foxx, Taio Cruz, Brazilian bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes and a film score composed by John Powell (Grammy Award® Winner for Happy Feet).
For more information on RIO – THE MOVIE, please visit www.rio-themovie.com
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