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Adventure Time on DS to be Released 'Late Fall'

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Time to get algebraic!

In March we told you that cult-favourite animated series Adventure Time was coming to DS, as confirmed by tweeting creator Pendleton Ward. He said he was looking forward to working closely with Wayforward Technologies, a developer with an excellent track record on the system; suddenly DS became a lot cooler in its old age.

The good news is that D3Publisher has now officially confirmed the release, which will be called Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!, of course. With a 'late fall' arrival promised, we'll let the press release below get you nice and excited.

Ready for a mathematical, algebraic, radical time? D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) today officially announced the upcoming release of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!, a video game based on the popular Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time. This is the first Adventure Time video game that will release on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Nintendo DS™ hand-held system late fall.

In the first licensed Adventure Time video game, Finn and Jake wake up one morning to find their trash stolen by the Ice King. Jake couldn’t care less about half-eaten bananas, crumpled up burrito wrappers, and old chicken diapers – but when they find out the Ice King is using their stolen goods to construct a Garbage Princess, the heroes embark on a fantastical adventure to teach him a lesson! Journey through the Land of Ooo in an offbeat adventure and discover perilous dungeons and unimaginable treasures, while playing as Finn and Jake in a unique action-adventure experience.

Working alongside the game’s developer WayForward is the series’ creator Pendleton Ward, who is designing a new storyline and quests for the game.

“Adventure Time fans have been asking for a video game to complement the series for some time, and we are working directly with Pendelton Ward, who has an amazing vision for the game,” said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P. “Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?! will be a fan’s golden ticket into the elusive Adventure Time universe and will capture the random fun and adventure we all love about the series.”

Adventure Time is the pop culture sensation, Emmy-nominated, top-rated show among kids, and its popularity continues to soar both on air and at retail. The series follows Finn, an adventure-seeking kid and Jake, his shape-shifting canine best friend, on their adventures in the Land of Ooo. The awesome duo save princesses, battle the notorious princess-kidnapper, the Ice King, party in Lumpy Space, fight in dungeons, and even befriend Marceline the Vampire Queen. Since the start of its fourth season, Adventure Time is the #1 program on Mondays on all television with kids 6-11.

“The rich and diverse characters in the Adventure Time world are absolutely perfect for a video game franchise and working with D3Publisher, WayForward and Pendelton Ward, we have a great team in place to bring it to life,” said Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products, Cartoon Network Enterprises. “This game will provide the Land of Ooo experience that young fans will love.”

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!, is currently rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB. Additional details about the game will be available in the coming months.

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User Comments (41)



ZEROGAME53 said:

Even though Adventure Time is awesome, I have a feeling this game is gonna be mediocre. But hey, at least somebody is making some kind of game based on Adventure Time.



Firejonie said:

Don't know if I should get the 3DS or DS version, didn't Pendelton Ward say that there would not be a 3DS version, yet one appears in the press release. Anyways hopefully this game turns out great like other Wayfoward titles.



Djrr-ific said:


I think it's just the DS version, and ofcourse you'll be able to play that game on a 3DS console.. I never saw anything about a 3DS version..?



Bobhobob said:

Insta-buy, even if it's terrible.
Also, if there really is a 3d one, like the press release sez, HECK YEAH!



StrawHatChopper said:

I really hope this turns out great. Since WayForward and Pendleton Ward are collaborating on it, I'm pretty excited!



HandheldGuru97 said:

For all wondering I just saw the boxart for the 3DS one over on GoNintendo. So there is a 3DS one, I will to see footage first.



ouroborous said:

General odds that this won't suck are pretty poor since as well all know, most games based on TV/movies/comics/etc are super-generic. However, if ANYONE can make this game not-suck, it would definitely be WayForward. So let's hope they go the extra mile and really make a great game. I'm very hopeful of the latter as I'm a big fan of Adv Time. Shame that it's only supposed to be a DS/DSi game and not full-on 3D. Why not take advantage of it? Personally I can't possibly get enough of the 3D effect in games and it just feels wrong to play just about anything that isn't 3D now.



OdnetninAges said:

Meh. Regular Show is the only Cartoon Network show I enjoy anyway. Everything else is on Adult Swim.

As far as the actual game, it might be decent if Wayforward is making it. But then I read the title and plot, and it makes me want to punch the wall because of how stupid it sounds.
But then again, a plumber saving the princess of mushrooms from a giant mutant turtle king sounds stupid too. Yet, the Mario series is always a blast, meaning that even though it sounds like it sucks, it might just be...a gem!
So at this point in time, we cannot judge a book by its cover.
We shall wait... But for now, I'm going to predict it getting:

A score somewhere between 5 & 7



TKOWL said:

It kind of annoys me at how overrated WayForward really is, whenever they're making a new game everyone thinks it's going to be perfect just 'cause their names are on it.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge was mediocre at best.



Haxonberik said:

Really hope its good, which could be, coming from WayForward, but it could as well be a mediocre cash-in



Wildvine53 said:

I'm glad they're using an original story, rather than just reusing past episodes. I can only hope we'll see garbage princess in the next season!
I'm hoping Wayforward brings over it's puzzle solving from A Boy and his Blob, I think it would be a perfect way to incorporate Jake's abilities into the game.



alLabouTandroiD said:

When i first heard about it i was surprised it's not Telltale making the game. Didn't know anything 'bout the series at that time and some days later i was zapping on the TV and you wouldn't believe it, there was Adventure Time.
I liked what i saw and hope WayForward really find a way to keep the fine humor intact. Can't wait to see more of this.
@Wildvine53: Brilliant idea, i love that game.



BattleBorn said:

Adventure Time and WayForward are kind of a perfect match and not entirely in a good way. Both the cartoon and the studio are comprised of talented people and have tremendous potential, but they are severely lacking in discipline and restraint. The cartoon needs more clever writing and less in-your-face stupidity. The studio needs to actually test and balance their damn games before putting them out (e.g. Bloodrayne Betrayal).



AbuJaffer said:

Hey, calm down guys... this could very well be a blueprint for how to make a great game based on a movie/tv series. They even added a 3DS version ( with actual 3D, which really shows a lot about how much effort Wayforward is putting into it.

When you look at the other things they've done, like the amazing translation work they've done in foreign countries (which was a huge surprise) and the support they give out to their fans, you get hope that the final game will be all right. Personally I'd buy it if it were anything higher than a 7, but that'll really depend on what the issues are; gameplay, humor, and length of the game are at the top of my list. I'm not expecting innovation or a large list of features, though I am expecting some stellar animations and artwork (WayForward has focused on "retro" games in the past, but if they can pull of "Boy and His Blob" animations their good).



SuperMinusWorld said:

If there's a 3DS version, I'll get that instead. But, WayForward's developing it so I'll buy it either way.



TheDreamingHawk said:

Despite the long title, I at least hope this game will be good. The last good licensed game I played was Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets on the Gamecube.

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