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MTV Games, Harmonix and EA Announce Rock Band for Wii on June

***One thing that the press release doesn't mention is whether there
will be any online functionality in the Wii version. That's a huge part
of the game on Xbox360 and PS3 with downloadable content and player
matches.*
*/The number one selling game in February 2008 is coming to Wii!*/*
*Cambridge, MA – March 24, 2008-- **Harmonix*, the leading developer of
music-based games, and *MTV Games, *a division of MTV Networks, which is
a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner
*Electronic Arts, Inc. *(NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced plans to release
the award-winning music video game */Rock Band/* on the Wii™ home video
game system from Nintendo in the U.S. and Canada on June 22, 2008 for
the suggested retail price of $169.99.
Rock Band for Wii will be released as a Special Edition bundle including
the software, drums, microphone and a wireless guitar. Stand alone
instruments will also be available on June 22^nd for people who want to
build their band one instrument at a time or want to play the drum
versus drum game mode. The game will feature 63 songs including five
bonus songs for Wii gamers to enjoy.
“The Wii’s success among casual and core gamers of all ages makes it an
ideal match for the cross-generational appeal of the music featured in
*/Rock Band/*,” says Bob Picunko, Vice President of Electronic Games and
Interactive Products, MTV.
“The social interaction and addictive nature of the */Rock
Band/*experience is a perfect fit for the Wii and will undoubtedly be
fun for the entire family,” says Steve Singer, licensing VP from Nintendo.
*/Rock Band /*is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to
interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to
put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning
to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.Featuring the most master
recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock
artists,*/Rock Band /*includes tracks that span every genre of rock
ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk.
*/Rock Band /*has garnered over 40 awards this year including Game
Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007and three awards at The 11th Annual
Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in
Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.
*/Rock Band /*is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by
the ESRB.
*/Rock Band /*is currently available on the Xbox 360™ video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft®, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer
entertainment system, and on the PLAYSTATION®2 computer entertainment
system.
EA is the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for */Rock Band/*.
For more information on */Rock Band/* and Harmonix Music Systems please
visit _www.rockband.com _ and
_www.harmonixmusic.com _.

* According to T/he NPD Group/ Retail Tracking Service/, Rock Band
ranked #1 in February 2008 by revenue/. This ranking /represents all the
Rock Band SKUs across platforms including Special Edition bundles.//

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