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XSEED to Publish Ivy the Kiwi? in America

Prope's latest title will be released on the Wii and DS in America this summer.

XSEED announced earlier this week that they plan to publish Prope's latest title, Ivy the Kiwi? on Wii and DS. Prope is known for its work on both Let's Tap and Let's Catch, and is headed up by Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Yuji Naka.

Ivy the Kiwi? is a unique title that features the titular character in a hand-drawn world. At all times, Ivy is moving forward, and it is up to the player to redirect the baby bird's path via a drawn out vine.

Throughout the level, players will be tasked with collecting feathers by using the full spectrum of abilities and level items available.

Players will have over 100 levels to conquer in the single-player mode, as well as a multiplayer offering for up-to-four players locally on both Wii and DS, with players requiring only a single card on DS.

The game will be available sometime this summer in America.

Press Release

XSEED Games Secures North American Publishing Rights for Ivy the Kiwi? for Nintendo DS and Wii

Independent-Minded Game Publisher Hatches Deal with Legendary Game Creator Yuji Naka and PROPE to Release Innovative New Platform Action-Puzzle Game

Torrance, Calif., (May 3, 2010) – XSEED Games today announced it has secured publishing rights to Ivy the Kiwi?, an all-new IP created by legendary game talent Yuji Naka, best known for his development ties to Sonic the Hedgehog. Developed by PROPE, an independent studio led by Yuji Naka, Ivy the Kiwi? follows the storybook adventures of a lonely baby bird Ivy as she traverses beautiful 2-D landscapes and challenging obstacles in search of her mother.

“I am thrilled to work with XSEED Games on this special new game property,” said Yuji Naka, CEO and President of PROPE. “This game idea has been something that I’ve had in my mind so I’m really looking forward to entrusting Jun Iwasaki and his talented team to bring Ivy the Kiwi? to market so that fans can have an opportunity to engage with the endearing cast of characters and experience the magical world of Ivy.”

Under the terms, XSEED Games retains exclusive North American publishing and distribution rights to Ivy the Kiwi? for Nintendo DS™ and Wii™. The game is currently under development and is scheduled for release in North America in Summer 2010.

“We are honored to be working with Mr. Yuji Naka on Ivy the Kiwi?,” said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. “He is a legend and one of the most well-respected game creators; his vision for Ivy the Kiwi? is one that we are deeply excited by and supportive of, so we look forward to collaborating on such an amazing game.”

Players of all ages are instantly drawn to the plight of Ivy, introduced to the charming bird through an unfolding storybook style, first seen as her orange head and beak break out of her shell and cries for her mother. Receiving no response, Ivy sets off through a dreamy forest, meeting many birds but none who share her resemblance. As she wanders, she stumbles upon a single glowing red feather and the first clue of her mother’s whereabouts.

Presented in a beguiling storybook-like art style, Ivy the Kiwi? utilizes a unique control scheme on both the DS and Wii to guide Ivy through her daunting journey. Ivy moves back and forth freely and independently of the player through timed 2-D side-view landscapes, and is guided by the use of vines created and controlled by either the stylus or Wii Remote™ as players aim to collect more orange feathers through the stages to boost their overall score. These stretchy vines herd Ivy forward, upstairs, over walls and dangerous spikes and other menacing obstacles. Multiple vines may be created and used in conjunction, and an existing vine can be pulled in a slingshot motion to propel flightless Ivy skyward or forward as a projectile to drill through barriers and enemies. Vines bend and flex with the motion of the stylus or Wii Remote, but pulled too far and they snap!

Ivy the Kiwi? features over 100 hundred stages for both the DS and Wii versions. In addition to the single-player storyline, up to four players can compete using a single-card via local wireless connection on DS or in split-screen mode on Wii.
Currently in production, Ivy the Kiwi? will be released in North America by XSEED Games on DS and Wii during Summer 2010.



Our Take

Nick DiMola Director

05/05/2010 at 10:56 PM

I've had the opportunity to play this game, and it's really fantastic. I'm not sure at what price it'll release here, but $20 for either edition seems like a pretty reasonable price given the content.

Depending on my ambition, I might throw together a review for you guys soon, so let me know if you're interested.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

05/07/2010 at 01:00 AM

No, Pixlbit needs something scandalous to get comments and traffic going again.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

05/07/2010 at 07:15 PM

It's comments that needs some work. Seems like everyone wants to read, but doesn't feel much for discussion.

Sometimes they make me talk to myself!

Regardless, I'll also be playing the import version, so Nick and I will at least talk about it at some point, too.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

05/07/2010 at 10:38 PM

Shut up Jason Ross, go back to making pornographic movies.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

05/08/2010 at 05:31 PM

Well, I know how much you like them, so I suppose I better!

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Press Release

XSEED Games Secures North American Publishing Rights for Ivy the Kiwi? for Nintendo DS and Wii

Independent-Minded Game Publisher Hatches Deal with Legendary Game Creator Yuji Naka and P...