DECODE Develops Nintendo DS Engine

Canadian children’s and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent. is extending its gaming technology development with an innovative project for the new Nintendo DS handheld gaming system. Working with Electron Jump, the company is developing an original gaming engine for the DS (Dual Screen). The multiplayer real time strategy engine is part of a prototype that is slated for completion by next September.

Other interactive initiatives for DECODE include an extension of its factual family show, Be the Creature, produced in conjunction with the Kratt Brothers and TeleQuebec. Using the illicos set-top box system, viewers can read through the Kratt Brothers’ journals, play trivia games and access images from the show.

In addition to the interactive TV application, DECODE Interactive is extending Be the Creature with a web project developed with assistance from The National Geographic Channel in the U.S., TeleQuebec and CBC. Also in the works are an extensive educational resource and an immersive PC role-playing game based on the show.

DECODE also has the recently launched Franny’s Feet Online, a Family.ca interactive environment based on the company’s popular preschool series about a young girl who walks a mile in someone else’s shoes in each episode. The animated web project was developed in conjunction with Family.ca, ABC Australia and the Bell New Media Fund.

Another DECODE show, Angela Anaconda, is being further exploited in the interactive realm with a trio of new deals with SuperRTL. The German broadcaster has signed a three-year renewal license for the Angela Anaconda website and has commissioned a new website starring Angela’s sidekick, Gina Lash. In addition, SuperRTL’s subscription-based site, Toggolino, will get new content developed by DECODE Interactive.