To "play as Aang… in [an] action-packed videogame" as press notes detail, will not necessarily be a new experience for eager fans.
However, given that the new THQ-developed title Avatar: the Last Airbender – Into the Inferno offers gamers the chance to relive the animated series' final moments, herein lies the chance to experience Aang's final battle with the vicious Fire Lord perhaps like never before.
Just released this October for high-performance gaming platforms, and scheduled for a slightly later release for handheld, Avatar: the Last Airbender – Into the Inferno drops fans of the series into Nickelodeon's fantasy throwdown, where Aang and his loyal allies are forced to prepare to fight Fire Lord Ozai's terrible army of firebenders. The new videogame release will reportedly track the entire Third Season of Avatar: the Last Airbender from start to conclusion, taking players all of the way through to the final battle.
Special game mechanics to accommodate one or two-player modes for the original animation's martial arts moves, Sky Bison adventures, use of gliders, and other sorts of new and nifty tricks (such as "Bending Bombs," that allow players to use the elements as projectile weapons). Into the Inferno is already available for purchase for the Sony PlayStation_2 ($19.99) and Nintendo Wii ($29.99) gaming consoles. Varying release schedules peg the availability of a Nintendo DS version of the game -- which will sport characters in comical SD-form -- anywhere from mid to late-November 2008
The Nintendo DS game is rated "E" for everyone/all audiences, while the two platform-versions of Into the Inferno are rated "E10+" for everyone aged 10 and older.
With a healthy variety of mini-games; such as re-playable "Ember Island" game, and a four-player volleyball game on the DS; THQ is hoping to keep Avatar fans as entertained with the new gaming adventure as they aim to keep them intrigued with the new title release. Avatar: the Last Airbender – Into the Inferno was developed by THQ, Inc.'s Brisbane, Australia-based studio.
Learning the special techniques from impassioned new masters, being able to bend all four elements, and interacting with a combative environment that poses a few young heroes the task of stopping mass genocide at the hands one crazed dictator… Avatar: the Last Airbender returns, even if in just videogame form.
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Related Avatar News at Animation Insider:
■ "'Avatar: the Last Airbender' Series Finale Scores Big Ratings" at AnimationInsider.net (07/2008)
■ "Nick's "Avatar" Animation at the 2008 NY Licensing Expo" at AnimationInsider.net (06/2008)