Two popular Cartoon Network shows are the subject of new video game licensing deals. Los Angeles-based D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) has picked up the rights to Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and Midway is set to launch a new childrens product line with games based on aka Cartoons Ed, Edd n Eddy.
Marking its first major licensing contract with Cartoon Network, D3PA will develop the first Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi title for Nintendos Game Boy Advance. The company also has rights to produce games for consoles and PC platforms over the next five years.
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is an animated series based on real-life Asian pop stars Ami and Yumi, who have become an international sensation with their band, Puffy. The show was created by Cartoon Networks own senior VP of original animation Sam Register, who serves as exec producer with Tramm Wigzell. Glendale, Calif.-based Renegade Animation produces the Flash-animated toon, now in its second season on Cartoon Network.
Meanwhile, Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures is set to arrive this fall 2005 for PlayStation2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC. Midway says the game will closely mimic the look and feel of the show, throwing in lots of slapstick humor, a frantic pace, crazy art direction and outrageous fun with familiar characters Sarah, Jimmy, Jonny 2×4 & Plank, Kevin, Nazz, Rolf and the Kanker sisters.
The game will feature tag team gameplay that allows players to control all three title cartoon characters at the same time and swap the lead character on the fly to take advantage of each Eds unique abilities. Gamers can also execute special all-Ed formations such as the "Trampol-Edd," "Tower-of-Eddy" and "Batter-Ed."
In keeping with the series, Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures will ask players to pull off wacky scams such as selling snowcones and collecting jawbreakers. Completing these scam objectives will unlock new areas of the game.
Created by toon rebel Danny Antonucci at aka Cartoons in Vancouver, Ed, Edd n Eddy has been a popular staple of the Cartoon Network lineup since it premiered in January of 1999.