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Ubisoft announces Style Lab for the DSi

posted 1 Jun 2009, 21:35 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 20 Jul 2010, 20:15 ]
Just as Ubisoft was praising their casual brands during their Keynote Address (i.e., the Petz and Imagine series), Ubisoft revealed a new DSi-exclusive game known as Style Lab to further capitalize on the success of the aforementioned titles. Targeted towards the tween market, Ubisoft promises that the game will "raise the bar" in this market and even plans on incorporating some online features.

Today Ubisoft revealed Style Lab, a new video game brand created specifically for the tween girl market in North America. Building upon Ubisoft's leadership on the Nintendo DS system, the Style Lab games were developed specifically to take advantage of Nintendo DSi's camera and web functionalities. Each Style Lab game will be focused on how tweens can virtually create their own style – from designing jewelry to exploring new hairstyles, looks and more.

With the new Style Lab line, Ubisoft, the no. 1 third-party publisher for Nintendo DS, including the popular tween brand Imagine® and the best-selling Petz® games, offers 8- to 12-year-old girls a full range of games that allow them to discover their own personal styles while having fun.

"Ubisoft's goal is to continue to raise the bar in the tween games market and create the best games in the genre,” comments Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing in the U.S. at Ubisoft. "We believe that Style Lab is a natural evolution for tween games by offering players an opportunity to experiment with their own personal style, and using the latest technology available to us, extend the experience online and beyond.”

The first two titles to be released under the Style Lab umbrella. Style Lab Makeover and Style Lab Jewelry Designer will take full advantage of the newest technology available on Nintendo DSi. This is includes the camera and game-to-web functionality, which allows players to extend their game experiences online and beyond. In Makeover, players use the DSi camera to take photos of themselves or their friends, and then use their own on-screen images to experiment with new hair and makeup styles. Jewelry Designer lets tweens experiment by virtually designing their own jewelry. Players can even upload their finished jewelry designs online and purchase actual products that were designed in the game.