Ivy the Kiwi? Gets Release Date

Unique platformer is on the way

XSEED Games have just announced that their upcoming Wii and DS releases of Ivy the Kiwi have officially gone gold and are set to be released at North American retailers on August 24th.

Ivy the Kiwi is a unique platforming title created by legendary Sonic creator Yuji Naka along with his Prope Studio developers and is set to retail for $29.99 for the Wii version and $19.99 for the DS release.

We'll have a full preview of both the Wii and DS versions of the game early next week, but until then you can check out the press release below for more information on the titles, along with a host of the latest screenshots on the individual game pages.

You can also check out www.ivythekiwi.com for more information on the games.

XSEED Games is pleased to announce today that Ivy the Kiwi? has gone gold and will begin shipping to retailers across North America August 24th, 2010. Ivy the Kiwi? will be available on Wii for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and on Nintendo DS for the suggested retail price of $19.99. Developed by PROPE, the development studio led by the legendary creator of Sonic Yuji Naka, Ivy the Kiwi? is rated “E” for everyone.

An eye-catching game inspired by classic children’s tales and hand-drawn art, Ivy the Kiwi? follows the storybook adventures of lonely baby bird Ivy as she traverses beautiful 2-D landscapes and challenging obstacles in search of her mother and identity. In a nod to classic adventure tales and heroines before her, Ivy begins her journey against great odds and with a grand entrance—a great fall from the sky. From the forest floor amidst a bed of leaves, her journey begins. It becomes quickly apparent that Ivy is alone. Frightened and unable to fly, she sets off through a dreamy forest on foot—or is it claw? Many creatures peek from behind leaves and rocks to investigate the mysterious little creature, but none with the same fiery red coloring as she. As she wanders, Ivy stumbles upon a single red feather, the first clue to her mother’s whereabouts and the catalyst of the little heroine’s quest.

Players of all ages are encouraged to aide Ivy on her journey, utilizing the Wii Remote or Nintendo DS stylus to create the stretchy and flexible vines that propel Ivy forward, over and through obstacles before her. Players encounter crows, rats, raindrops and more, all of which aim to hinder Ivy’s progress. But every story’s hero finds a way, and Ivy soon finds an ally in the unlikeliest of places—the strange vines that erupt forth to guide, protect and propel her on her way. As skill improves, players must more carefully and quickly manipulate the trusty vines in new ways and utilize the game’s distinct mode of transport.