Chessmaster for NintendoDS Hits the Store Shelves Today!


UBISOFT ANNOUNCES CHESSMASTER: THE ART OF LEARNING HAS SHIPPED TO STORE SHELVES AND CHESSMASTER: GRANDMASTER EDITION HAS GONE GOLD
The World’s Most Popular Board Game Available Soon
on Nintendo DS and Windows PC


SAN FRANCISCO – October 23, 2007 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Chessmaster®: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS™ system has shipped to store shelves and that Chessmaster®: Grandmaster Edition for Windows® PC has gone gold (shipping Oct. 30). In both games, Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from his groundbreaking book, The Art of Learning (Free Press). Players can then practice their newly developed skills in single-player mode or challenge their friends to a fun-spirited competition via LAN or Internet.

Features include:

* Guidance from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the basics from his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks them through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery.

* Multiplayer mode: Players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS with a variety of games such as Progressive Chess and Los Alamos Chess. In the PC version, there are 12 multiplayer options, including Limited Shuffle and Pocket Knight.

* Original DS mini-games: Each mini-game is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Masterpiece, in which players complete the picture using chess pieces to reveal the hidden squares; Pawn Charge, where players need to advance pawns across the board and avoid capture; and Chain Reaction, which requires that three pieces of the same kind be placed so that their paths of movement connect.

* Rated play: Players have the chance to test their skills against a variety of opponents and establish their ELO ratings.

Chessmaster: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS is rated “E” for everyone and has a MSRP of $29.99. Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition for Windows PC is also rated “E” for everyone and has a MSRP of $39.99. Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition is shipping to store shelves on Oct. 30.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com or www.chessmaster.com.

© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Chessmaster, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Portions of Chessmaster Academy instructional content, including those based on The Art of Learning, © 2007 Josh Waitzkin LLC. TM, ® and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2004 Nintendo.

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