Upper Deck, Nick Making Avatar Card Game

While many hit anime shows for kids begin life as trading card games, one is poised to leverage its television success with a foray into the gaming world. Upper Deck Ent. (UDE) and Nickelodeon have announced plans to create and distribute a new trading card game based on Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon’s latest original animated series.

Slated to hit retail across North America in February, the Avatar trading card game will be the first collectible card game to use UDE’s new QuickStrike game engine, which features lightning-fast, one-on-one card combat moves. The title will also be compatible with future releases on the QuickStrike system.

Like the TV series, the Avatar trading card game will plunge gamers into the amazing world of Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders. The story centers on Aang, a reluctant hero who must lead the fight against the evil Fire Nation to restore balance in his war-torn world. Fans can execute all of Aang’s signature bending moves with UDE’s new foil Zenemental cards. There will also be slide-open chamber cards, which allow players to reveal hidden moves.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The series premiered last February and is currently the top-rated regularly scheduled television program in its timeslot among kids 2-11. The second season will debut on Nickelodeon on March 17, and the first of five season-one DVDs will be available on January 31. For more information on the Avatar trading card game and other Upper Deck Ent. products, go to www.upperdeckentertainment.com.