2K Play and Nickelodeon Launch Nickelodeon Fit for Wii™

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Fun and Fitness Unite Here


New video game designed with renowned physical education expert engages kids to exercise with their favorite Nickelodeon characters


2K Play and Nickelodeon Kids Launch fitness Fit for Wii™

Sydney Australia – December 9, 2010 – 2K Play and Nickelodeon have launched Nickelodeon Fit exclusively for the Wii™ system, which provides kids with an innovative and fun way to help them kick-start a healthy and active lifestyle alongside their favorite Nickelodeon characters. Nickelodeon Fit was created to motivate and engage children to participate in a series of exercises featuring their beloved characters from the top-rated Nickelodeon TV shows, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, and The Backyardigans.


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Featuring 30 games developed in collaboration with physical education and exercise science expert Dr. Jacqueline Goodway, PhD, Nickelodeon Fit includes games that target cardiovascular activity, core muscles, upper and lower body strength, balance, motor skill development, and coordination. By including a variety of exercises into one game, children can experience a full-body workout that is both fun and challenging. Activities use either the Wii Remote™ or the Wii Balance Board™ accessory and include trampolining with Dora, skateboarding with Diego, running with Kai-lan, jumping rope with The Backyardigans, participating in a relay race with all of the game’s characters, and much more.

“We know from research that in their early years, children learn the exercise patterns that will carry over to their adult lives,” said Dr. Goodway, chair of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) “Active Start” physical activity guidelines committee. “We hope that regular participation with Nickelodeon Fit will empower children to start on the road to an active and healthy lifestyle.”
In addition, Nickelodeon Fit encourages parents to get involved with their children’s exercise routine. Through the Fitness Stats tracking feature, parents can ensure their child is receiving a proper workout by monitoring total exercise time and intensity on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Nickelodeon Fit offers helpful fitness icons at the beginning of each exercise that indicate if the activity is vigorous, moderate, or light and which fitness categories are being targeted. Parents can also create custom workouts based on their child’s needs and interests, such as including more cardio or stretching games.
“We’re proud to deliver an interactive entertainment experience that provides a unique way for kids to get active and parents with the tools to help keep them active in their formative years,” said Steve Lux, vice president of business development for 2K Play. “By partnering with Dr. Goodway and Nickelodeon, we’ve created the perfect mix of physical education, entertainment and interactivity that we hope will make exercising fun and frequent for children.”
“Partnering with 2K Play and Dr. Goodway on this project is giving us the amazing opportunity to present the first Wii fitness games for preschoolers,” said Shaan Kandawalla, vice president, Digital Retail Games, Nickelodeon. “This innovative product is truly a family experience, encouraging our young viewers to stay active with their favorite Nickelodeon characters and enabling parents to get involved with their children’s exercises.”
Nickelodeon Fit was developed by High Voltage Software, Inc. and features voice actors from the popular Nickelodeon television shows. The game is tested by children for age-appropriateness and exercise fun. Nickelodeon Fit is rated G by the Australian Classification Board. SRP $69.95.

2K Play releases Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do on Kinect for Xbox 360

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2K Play’s Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do Delivers Full-Body, Controller-Free Family Fun Exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360  

Sydney – April 13, 2011 – When a Wily Wizard, Mischievous Monkey and Boastful Barker fit prominently into your family game night, it can only mean 2K Play’s Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do is now available in Australia & New Zealand exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360.


The latest in gaming technology allows players to actually speak to the Wizard to learn their future, challenge the Monkey to a “Cotton Eye Joe” dance-off and contemplate the Barker’s generous offer to swim in the Shark Tank.

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do features five theme-park alleyways—from Coaster Corner to Whirligig Way—housing twenty colorful midway games and attractions. Players of all ages can go for the Knockout Punch against a heavy bag that fights back, twist their body in Crash Test Dummy, leap into a space-age journey in Rocket to Mars, catch coins while roller-coasting down Gold Rush Mountain and much more.
“We built Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do from the ground up to take full advantage of the one-of-a-kind technology in Kinect for Xbox 360,” said Steve Lux, vice president for business development for 2K Play. “From the character-based voice recognition capabilities to the virtual reality effect you feel from playing a game of Granny Shot, the game has no equal in the world of family entertainment.”
Developed by 2K’s Cat Daddy Games, the studio behind the successful Carnival Games franchise that sold more than 7 million units worldwide, Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do also features midway classics like Alley Ball, Strength Test, Court King and Wheel of Chance. All manner of interactive prizes and surprises await players, including animated pet dragons, robot cowboys and flying bears.
The immersive experience is enhanced as gamers compete against friends and family playing as their Xbox avatars. Further, tickets can be redeemed to acquire a wide variety of outfits including Ninja, Swashbuckler, Viking and Wild West costumes. A special Carnival Games’ avatar collection will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace featuring a stylish array of Barker accessories and the game will be enhanced with downloadable content in the future.
As no family game night is complete without snacks, Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do includes a coupon for a free package of Jolly Time popcorn, redeemable at retailers throughout North America, and a recipe for Monkey Barker Popcorn Pops. The game is being supported by an extensive multimillion dollar marketing campaign, including television advertising on major networks and national programs such as "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars".
For more information on Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do please go to www.2kgames.com/2kplay or visit us at facebook.com/carnivalgames and twitter.com/2KPlay. This game has been rated G by the OFLC..
2K Play is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).

30 Things My Dad Taught Me by Ian, Paul and Denis Baker

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Book: 30 Things My Dad Taught Me by Ian, Paul, Denis Baker

An extraordinary book about our dad, your dad - and you

What did your dad teach you?...


“If something is worth doing, do it right the first time.”, “You won’t catch anything if your line’s not in the water.”, “Don’t be so serious about everything.”, “Save for the future, it will come along soon enough.”.


These are just some of the words of wisdom contained in the heart warming 30 Things My Dad Taught Me. Throughout their lives, authors Ian, Paul and Denis Baker learnt many things from their extraordinary dad and 30 Things is a result of their promise to turn his wisdom into a book for countless families to enjoy.


30 Things is full of quotes, personal stories and pages for you, your own father and your son or daughter to add their own “30 things”. It is a truly unique and special book inspiring you to search your mind and recall the lessons you’ve learnt from your dad and appreciate that dads are also one of greatest mentors, friends and guides.


30 Things is the perfect gift for Father’s Day - “It’s like a big card, that you buy, read the nice printed words in it, and then add your own words before giving it to your dad.” say the brothers.


Full of timeless pearls of wisdom that have been passed through the generations from fathers to sons, 30 Things will make a beautiful, personal gift that every dad will treasure and share with his family forever.



Denis Baker is a newspaper columnist and public speaker who has also worked in education, employment and training. He has written books on subjects ranging from employment to sport.


Ian Baker is a retired automotive technician and tireless community worker who has been deeply involved with getting young people into sport and supporting the elderly. He and his wife Denise have four children and four grandchildren. Ian loves fishing, lawn bowls and the Sydney Swans.


Like his brother Denis, Paul Baker held senior roles in the education, employment and training sectors and was involved in voluntary work helping homeless people in western Sydney. He died in 2010 after a year long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Mary, their two children and four grandchildren.



Exisle RRP $24.95
Published August 2011


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June 25, 2011, in honor of Global Smurfs Day, Smurfs fans in 11 cities around the world set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period in Multiple Venues, it was announced by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures Entertainment.


The worldwide events were organized by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs®, which will be released in Australia on September 1 (TAS), September 8 (QLD), September 11 (NSW, VIC, WA, SA).

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As worldwide audiences turned out to celebrate the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs, fans came to events dressed as Smurfs (white Smurf hat, white pants and shoes, and body painted blue). Adjudicators from Guinness World Records confirmed that a total of 4,891 people dressed as Smurfs in 11 locations simultaneously around the world, claiming a new title for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period in Multiple Venues. The previous record had been 2,510 people dressed as Smurfs.
The global record was set by people dressed as Smurfs in Brussels, Belgium; Athens, Greece; Scheveningen (The Hague), Holland; Dublin, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Warsaw, Poland; Moscow, Russia; Johannesburg, South Africa; New York, USA; and London, UK.
Commenting on the announcement, Weinstock said, “It’s a thrill to see so many people turn out to be a part of this true fan moment in Smurfs history. Breaking a Guinness World Record on Global Smurfs Day is a testament to the enormous appeal and popularity of these beloved characters.”
Aleksandr Vypirailenko, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, added, “We are impressed by the level of coordination and timing required to pull off this truly global record attempt. With 11 cities, each with hundreds of people dressed as Smurfs – and it all happened simultaneously. We apply the same strict rules and exacting approach to every record that we recognize, and it’s exciting to see that this record was not simply broken, but smashed.”
In addition, people around the world observed Global Smurfs Day, from lit monuments in Brazil to a fun-filled family event at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. In France, Smurf figurines inhabited Paris’s garden of the Champs de Mars (in front of the Eiffel Tower).

For more information about Global Smurfs Day, please visit www.GlobalSmurfsDay.com. You may also download photos from the worldwide events at www.globalsmurfsdayeventphotos.com.



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A brand new Hi‐5 adventure!

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 Hi5 Happy House


You're invited to the most exciting play date ever with a visit to the Happy Hi‐5 House!


Childrens entertainment: Hi-5 new DVD Happy House, ABC new release  

You can open up the Hi‐5 toy box and discover what's inside from tumbling teddies to five little piggies and pirate fun! Then head to the backyard for some backyard adventures with your favourite friends Hi‐5!!


Casey, Fely, Lauren, Tim and Stevie can’t wait for you to join them at the most playful place on earth ‐ the Happy Hi‐5 House!!




* Released 6 January 2011 * SRP: $19.95 * CERT: G * DURATION: 77 mins * DISCS: 1 *




Childrens entertainment: Hi-5 new DVD Happy House, ABC new release

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