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TRON 2.0 Races to Gizmondo

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TRON 2.0 Races to Gizmondo

Tiger Telematics Inc. (TGTL) will develop Buena Vista Games’ TRON 2.0 for its new wireless, handheld Gizmondo platform. The game will be developed in-house by Gizmondo Studios, which was known as Warthog Games before being acquired by TGTL in October of 2004.

TRON 2.0 is a first-person action game based on Disney’s ground-breaking 1982 cult classic feature film about an arcade junkie who gets pulled into the internal world of a video game. The title was previously released on other gaming platforms but could offer some unique features on the Gizmondo. For instance, the device’s GPS function may give it the ability to take into consideration a player’s actual, physical location in a multi-player scenario. This would allow players to experience the disc-throwing and light cycle-racing action as if it was taking place on their block.

Powered by Microsoft Windows CE advanced real-time operating system, the Gizmondo boasts a 2.8-inch TFT color screen with a Samsung ARM9 400Mhz processor and incorporates the GoForce 3D 4500 NVIDIA graphics accelerator. In addition to gaming capabilities, the device offers multimedia messaging, an MP3 music player, an Mpeg4 movie player, a digital camera and a GPS chip for location-based services. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth for use in multi-player gaming and accepts MMC card accessories.

The Gizmondo was introduced to the U.S. market last week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. A late first-quarter 2005 retail rollout date will soon be announced. The device is the latest to enter the competitive hand-held market, which will soon see Nintendo’s leading Game Boy SP and DS units face a number of challengers, including Sony’s highly touted PSP (PlayStation Portable).

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