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5/16/2005

 
Buena Vista Games Reinforces Commitment to Portable Games Space With New 'Disney on the Go' Titles

BVG to Launch Titles for Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance Based on Feature Film and Disney Channel Properties

BURBANK, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) , today announced its portfolio of new games for Nintendo GameBoy(R) Advance and Nintendo DS(TM), based on upcoming feature films and popular Disney Channel properties. Titles will be showcased at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 18-20, 2005 (Booth #900, South Hall, L.A. Convention Center).

BVG's Portable Games Line Up
* The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe --
Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance
* Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King -- Game
Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Chicken Little -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's That's So Raven 2: Supernatural Style -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's The Proud Family -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Cinderella: Magical Dreams -- Game Boy(R) Advance
* Disney's Lizzie McGuire & That's So Raven -- Nintendo DS(TM)
* Disney's Kim Possible: Kimmunicator -- Nintendo DS(TM)

"BVG's portable games business continues to thrive as we bring another strong line up of new titles to market in 2005," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "We will strengthen our leadership position in the handheld games space for kids and 'tweens with new titles based on upcoming feature films and the popular Disney Channel franchises. In addition, we will be extending our content onto additional platforms including the PSP(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM)."

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe -- Based on the epic tale of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the best-selling book series by C.S. Lewis and the forthcoming film by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, handheld games will release in tandem with the film's launch, holiday 2005, for Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance systems.

Disney's Chicken Little -- Based on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming 3D animated film "Disney's Chicken Little," the game invites players to visit Oakey Oaks and experience first-hand all of the humor, fun and heart-warming adventure portrayed in the film. Players will assume the roles of Chicken Little and his friends, Abby Mallard, Runt of the Litter and Fish out of Water, as they try to outwit the town bully Foxy Loxy, save the town from an alien invasion and try to reverse Chicken Little's reputation from zero to hero! Disney's Chicken Little will be available around the film's launch, holiday 2005, for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King -- Serving as the video game prequel to the imaginative world Tim Burton introduced in the film, this game tells the story of how Jack Skellington met Oogie Boogie and saved Halloween. Jack and his trusted pal Zero will embark on a journey to locate the source of bugs invading Halloween Town. With help from familiar faces, such as Sally, the Mayor, and the inventions of Dr. Finklestein, Jack discovers that the bugs are under the command of Oogie Boogie. It's up to Jack to rid the town of this new infestation and stop Oogie Boogie from carrying out his evil plot. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King will be available Halloween 2005, for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded

Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming feature film "Herbie: Fully Loaded," starring Lindsay Lohan, the action-packed video game will thrust players into the high-octane world of 3D stock car racing. The video game offers fans a chance to slip behind the wheel of one of the world's most beloved cars, Herbie the Love Bug, while enjoying fun power-ups, personalized racing moves, hazards and free replays of unlocked races. Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded is slated for a summer 2005 release for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Disney's Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc

Disney's Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc is the 3rd installment in the successful Disney's Lizzie McGuire franchise, based on the top-rated "Lizzie McGuire" television series airing on Disney Channel. Players reprise their roll as Lizzie and play to win the affection of the student body to become Homecoming Queen. With over 100 speed challenges taking place through 10 different levels, players must advance past obstacles, build friendships and gain popularity points to help Lizzie on her way to the homecoming dance. Disney's Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc is slated for release in summer 2005 for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible

Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible brings Kim Possible back to the Game Boy(R) Advance. Based on Disney Channel's popular animated television series "Disney's Kim Possible," the game offers a unique twist -- Kim is teamed with Ron Stoppable for the first time, and together, they battle evil villains such as Monkey/Gorilla Fist, Senor Senior, Jr., Shego and the evil Dr. Drakken to save the world! Players can switch between Kim and Ron and master their unique gadgets, such as the Grappling Hook, Sonic Mines, Rocket Rollerblades and more. Single and multi-player action make for varied game play over 3 expansive environments, and collectible trading cards and unlockable mini-games featuring Rufus, the naked mole rat, keep the fun going! Disney's Kim Possible 3: Team Possible is slated for release in summer 2005.

Disney's That's So Raven 2: Supernatural Style

Based on Disney Channel's "That's So Raven" television series, Raven is back in an all-new adventure for the Game Boy(R) Advance, Disney's That's So Raven 2: Supernatural Style. Fans will have the chance to take on the role of the eccentric lead character, Raven, who has a psychic ability to glimpse into the future and get herself into some crazy predicaments. Raven is joined by her friends and family, Chelsea, Devon, Eddie, Cory and Dad who help her get out of sticky situations packed over 20 levels and 6 environments. On her way to the season's premiere fashion show, Raven is diverted in a series of hilarious escapades where her adventures take her from school to the mall, off to the zoo, a science fiction convention and to a concert. Along the way, she needs to collect accessories to complete her fashion line, use her psychic visions to solve puzzles and learn to use the camera and hone her paparazzi skills. It's going to take clever disguises and insightful premonitions to hit the runway in time! Disney's That's So Raven 2: Supernatural Style is slated for release in summer 2005.

Disney's The Proud Family

Disney's The Proud Family is based on Disney Channel's award-winning television series of the same name. Players take on the role of Penny Proud as she adventures through town and tries to earn enough money to buy her parents the ultimate anniversary present. Spanning over six different environments, Penny only has six days to complete this task. With the right resources, some street smarts, hard work and a little luck she might just be able to get the cash she needs the old fashioned way. The game includes mini-games and side missions such as helping Suga Mama practice her moves for the Seniors Wrestling Event, Tag-Team (SWEAT) Tournament, spin jammin' jams as a DJ, boogie down at the Hip Hop Dance Contest and more. Disney's The Proud Family is scheduled to release in fall 2005 for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Disney's Cinderella: Magical Dreams

Disney's Cinderella: Magical Dreams is a platform-action, side-scrolling game where players can relive highlights of the classic story during gameplay. Help the Fairy Godmother transform items necessary for Cinderella to go to the Royal Ball in style. Watch as the mice go on a dangerous quest to find material for Cinderella's dress, have lots of fun with the Fairy Godmother's bubble arcade puzzler and ballroom dance the night away with Cinderella and the Prince. When the clock strikes midnight, the player must outrun the king's search party as they race back to Cinderella's chateau. Player's can choose to play as Cinderella, the mice or the Fairy Godmother, with changing gameplay styles based on each character. The game will include up to three minutes of video footage taken directly from the highly anticipated "Cinderella" DVD that is being released at the same time as the video game in fall 2005 for Game Boy(R) Advance.

Disney's Lizzie McGuire & That's So Raven

Disney's Lizzie McGuire & That's So Raven brings together two of Disney Channel's top rated shows in this action-packed duo for Nintendo DS(TM). These pick-up-and-play games are chock full of fun and take quick thinking and lightning fast reflexes! Fans can choose to play as Lizzie as she attempts to gain popularity and become Homecoming Queen, or as Raven as she hones her dance moves for the school talent show. The games include over 100 different speed challenges, bonus rounds and the ability to trade cards wirelessly with friends. Players can also play through the entire game in Story Mode, or for more replayability go directly to their favorite micro game in Challenge Mode. Disney's Lizzie McGuire & That's So Raven Combo is scheduled to release in fall 2005.

Disney's Kim Possible: Kimmunicator

Disney's Kim Possible: Kimmunicator for Nintendo DS(TM) brings Kim Possible, everyone's favorite crime-fighting cheerleader, into her latest 3D action-packed adventure. Players join Kim in a multi-part adventure that combines non-stop action and tongue-in-cheek humor with numerous appearances and cameos by classic Kim Possible villains. Over 15 action-packed levels, players can hack villains' computers, assemble gadgets and unscramble area maps for Kim with the Kimmunicator through the Touch Screen and microphone. Drakken is back and managed to kidnap Wade, forcing him to develop yet another Doomsday Device and depriving Kim of a key resource in her fight against evil at the same time! Step in as Wade's replacement and help Kim (and Rufus the naked mole rat) go undercover to rescue Wade and foil Drakken's fiendish plans before it's too late! Disney's Kim Possible: Kimmunicator is scheduled to release in fall 2005.

About Buena Vista Games

Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to www.buenavistagames.com

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(TM), (R) and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. (C) 2004 Nintendo.

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks and "PSP" is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

CONTACTS:
Buena Vista Games, Inc.
Angela Emery
818-553-3923

Bender/Helper Impact
Lindsay Plotkin
(310) 694-3137
lindsay_plotkin@bhimpact.com

Source: Buena Vista Games, Inc.

CONTACT: Angela Emery of Buena Vista Games, Inc., +1-818-553-3923; or
Lindsay Plotkin of Bender/Helper Impact, +1-310-694-3137,
lindsay_plotkin@bhimpact.com, for Buena Vista Games, Inc.

Web site: http://www.buenavistagames.com/




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