THQ today announced its plans to release the Kung Fu Panda 2 video game on Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 , uDraw GameTablet for the Wii and the Nintendo DS, in conjunction with the theatrical debut of the eagerly anticipated movie from DreamWorks Animation.
Players will find all-new ways to enter the world of Kung Fu Panda in the video game, including the unique ability to use Kinect to “become” Po on screen, as they seek to restore the balance of power and save kung fu forever.
Kung Fu Panda 2 the video game begins where the movie leaves off, as Po and the Furious Five venture out to save kung fu from a new evil threat. Only with Kinect for Xbox 360 will Po teach players key kung fu moves and train them for impending battles against new, never-before-seen enemies, co-created by THQ and DreamWorks Animation. Utilizing Kinect, players will then seemingly transform into Po as they block, dodge, duck, punch and kick, no controller required. Onscreen, Po follows their every move as the game takes them into some new terrains and environments.
“Kung Fu Panda 2 brings enormous innovation and creativity to build on the excitement of the movie,” said Mary Beth Haggerty, THQ’s Vice President of Product Development, Kids, Family and Casual Games. “The team brought unique elements to each platform so players can have a different experience with the same great story.”
Kung fu requires strategy and acumen, so on the PlayStation 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 lets players battle with moves such as “acu-punches,” “thunder strikes” and “kung fu curls” that incorporate problem-solving skills to help players master their talents under Po’s tutelage.
On THQ’s uDraw GameTablet for Wii, players will control Po with their stylus to fight and defend Gongmen City in story mode. The epic battles against old and new enemies will happen amidst a backdrop that players themselves will bring to life. In drawing mode, players can color various pieces of character art and objects which will in turn populate the story mode, making the game unique to the player. There are also several awesome mini-games that players can enjoy playing as the adorable baby Po.
On Nintendo DS, Kung Fu Panda 2 will allow players to command Po using the stylus and unleash awesome kung fu moves against enemies alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five: Tigress, Monkey, Crane, Viper and Mantis. In addition, the Nintendo DS version offers an addictive card game called “Five-Card Fu”, which can be played either alone or with a friend. The game is played on a 3×3 grid which contains nine squares. To get started, the player must select five cards from their in-game library and place one card in one of the nine squares. Each card will have a number ranging from one through nine on each side of the card. In order to win, the player must strategize on which square they will occupy first as well as which card to use. Once the player places a card in a square, the opponent will have to place a card on an adjacent square that beats the numerical value of the card the first player placed. The player that occupies the grid with the highest numerical value wins.
Throughout April and May, Kung Fu Panda 2 fans can find out more about the video game and sign up for “training” through online videos and training mini games by visiting www.kungfupanda2game.com. When they sign up for “training,” players will be notified by e-mail when each new video and games are available online.