San Francisco, California-based interactive game developer Sifteo has secured a four-game contract with Nickelodeon to create titles exclusively for its next-generation Sifteo Cubes portable game system.
The first title, set for release this November, is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Slide. Sifteo has also partnered with game designer Richard Garfield, who created the popular card game Magic: The Gathering, to develop a Sifteo game for an early 2013 release.
Sifteo Cubes, which originally launched in September 2001, are motion-aware 1.7-inch blocks with full-color touch-sensitive LCD screens. Tapping into the notion of intelligent play, the cubes communicate wirelessly and react to each others proximity and players’ hand gestures. The portable Sifteo Base acts as an external hard drive storing players’ games, playing game audio and wirelessly communicating with the Sifteo Cubes. Adding cubes, up to 12 can be in play at once, allows users to unlock new levels, puzzles, and special characters.
The new Sifteo Cubes (sets include three cubes with four game titles pre-installed to the base) are now available for pre-order at Sifteo’s website www.sifteo.com, Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com and will begin shipping in November to retailers including Barnes & Noble and Toys ‘R’ Us.
Additional games can be purchased through Sifteo desktop software which can sync to the Sifteo Base when connected to a computer.