Konami Digital Ent. Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with 4Kids Ent. Inc. to develop video games based on the anime series Shaman King. The show airs on 4Kids’ Saturday morning FOX BOX toon block on Fox.
Under the agreement, Konami intends to publish games for both PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance, slated to ship to North American retailers in summer 2004 and roll out in Europe in 2005. The company previously developed video games based on 4Kids’ popular anime series Yu-Gi-Oh!, airing on Kids’ WB!
Shaman King first appeared in comic books in 1998, when it was serialized in Shonen Jump, distributed by Japanese publisher Shueisha. It has since sold more than 20 million comic books and was added to the U.S. version of Shonen Jump in March 2003.
The property centers on a young student named Yoh, who is also one of the chosen few who can communicate with ghosts and spirits. When he teams up with a ghost named Amidamaru, he begins his incredible quest to be crowned Shaman King in the Grand Tournament held only once every 500 years. For more information on Shaman King, visit www.foxbox.tv/shamanking.