February 21, 2012

Twain Harte, CA - February 21, 2012 - Grab your fishing rod, hook a lure, and get ready to catch the biggest, baddest fish around! Developed Big John Games and published by Reverb Publishing, Big Bass Arcade™ will be the best way to get your fishing fix when it launches this March exclusively for the Wii™ system. Following on the footsteps of the popular WiiWare™ version of the game, this retail release of Big Bass Arcade, allows players to get directly to the core of reeling in a big one by forgoing the tedious search for the perfect spot and bringing players directly to their prize. Big Bass Arcade puts the focus on timed events, big catches, and maximizing high scores, bringing an arcade approach to fishing and making this the most exciting fishing game for the Wii.

Big Bass Arcade goes back to the basics: letting players experience instant action and catch tons of fish.  Leveraging 17 years of fishing game experience and technology, Big Bass Arcade showcases incredible graphics, true-to-life fish behaviors, spectacular animations and second-to-none fish AI, all evident from the first cast. Additionally, players have more game control than ever before featuring two control options to choose from (Wii Remote™/Nunchuk™ motion controllers or the +Control Pad accessory) for casting, reeling, and controlling the fish-fighting action.

Big Bass Arcade is the latest version of the Big Bass Arcade franchise, currently available on Nintendo DSiWare™ and WiiWare. Looking better than ever, Big John Games is bringing more life to the visuals, great music, improved sound effects and flat-out more big bass action into this retail iteration than ever before, including:

  • 32 multi-day tournament events
  • 10 unique lakes
  • 7 catchable fish species, including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Muskie, Northern Pike, Bluegill, and Crappie
  • 40 fishing challenges from bass-only, any fish, single day to Catchem All!
  • Bonus casting challenges for each lake
  • Keep the Records coming with a progressive world record bass tracker

This March, join the North American Fishing Club and fishing fans around the world with the launch of Big Bass Arcade, rated E by the ESRB.

November 18, 2011

Minneapolis, MN, November 18th, 2011 – Big Bass Arcade from Big John Games will release November 24th, 2011 on the WiiWare™ service for 500 Wii Points™. Big Bass Arcade follows in the footsteps of previous best-selling fishing games developed by Big John Games, including Big Bass Arcade for the Nintendo DSi™, Zebco 3D Pro, FLW Professional Bass Tournament, USA Bass, and Trophy Bass 2007 for PC and XBOX.

Big Bass Arcade puts the fun and excitement back into fishing games. Big John Games utilized its 17 years of developing fishing video games to create thrilling life-like fish behaviors, spectacular visuals and second-to-none fishing action evident from the first cast. Use the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ as a virtual rod and reel to cast, reel, and control the fish fighting action.

Packed with features, Big Bass Arcade includes 5 fish species, 4 different lakes, 9 lures, 5 multi-lake tournaments, 20 challenges, free fishing, and a deep variety of fish size, weight and behavior. Reel in Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Bluegill, and Crappie. High scores are tracked for every event on your quest for the World Record Bass.

With a proven track record of success Big John Games is confident Big Bass Arcade for the WiiWare service is the perfect platform for taking the passion of fishing to a new level through unparalleled arcade action.  The number one objective Big John Games had for creating this game was to catch the Big Bass and lots of them! We have created a game that’s great fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Our Big Bass Arcade titles, first on Nintendo DSiWare  and now on WiiWare are my favorite fishing games we've developed." Ken Patterson, President of Big John Games said. "Big Bass Arcade appeals to fishing enthusiasts and video game players by capturing the adrenaline rush of fish fighting action in an arcade style game!"

Big Bass Arcade is rated "E" and will be available for download from the WiiWare service for 500 Wii Points.  Be sure to check out the game on November 24th, 2011, it belongs in your Wii tackle box.

For more information including the Big Bass Arcade trailer and screen shots visit http://www.bigjohngames.com/games/big-bass-arcade-wiiware

June 28, 2011

Do you like Music? It’s time to make some serious noise with Zivix’s innovative music creation/rhythm video game launching on WiiWare July 7, 2011!

Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 28, 2011 – Zivix Interactive and Big John Games announced today JustJam, their upcoming music creation/rhythm-video game hybrid coming as a digital download for the WiiTM. Available for download on the WiiwareTM service this July 7th, JustJam is an all new type of freeform rhythm game that lets players create their own musical mix across top genres including pop, rock, techno, alternative and hip hop tracks.

JustJam for WiiWare lets you be the band, mix and remix live music instantly. With your Wii Remote™, you can control 16 live jam’s featuring hundreds of exciting music tracks and sounds. Anyone can pick up and play music using either of two unique play styles that make it fun and easy to mix music live. Jam with music featuring your favorite genres and cool artists throughout six creative visual venues, as you score points and unlock content as you go.

“Many popular music-based games have lost their groove, but we continue to see a new breed of music gaming emerge, with dancing and singing features bringing more players back into the fold.” said Chad Koehler, Vice President of Zivix. “JustJam provides a completely new approach that brings the player even closer to the music where they can truly interact with the music, not just listen.”

JustJam was created to get everyone immediately playing with live music. There is nothing quite like JustJam; at the snap of the Wii Remote  you launch a guitar riff, a drum beat, or maybe some sound effects and vocals. Perform in the living room and show off your skills or simply kick back and relax to millions of musical combinations!

JustJam for WiiWare Features:

  • 16 Music Tracks (Jams)
  • 6 Dynamic Venues flowing to your tune
  • Play with the Mixing board or go Freestyle
  • Save, Edit and Remix your Performance
  • Multiple Profiles
  • Share your performance by saving  on the Wii Remote
  • Gain Experience Points and unlock more musical power
  • New Downloadable Jams

JustJam will be launching on WiiWare in July 7, 2011 and is rated ‘E’ for Everyone. For more information about JustJam and other Zivix music products please ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us at www.zivix.net.  Also, check out the Jam Music Network of products at http://jammusicnetwork.com/JustJamWii.html.

For more information including the JustJam trailer and screen shots visit the JustJam page.

About Zivix

Zivix, LLC combines innovation, technology and entertainment through gaming software and music peripherals. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Zivix is an entertainment software developer and publisher that has also created a patented finger-sensing technology that enables a new generation of digital guitars. Our core mission is to converge the experience of playing an instrument and real musical interaction through accessible, fun and rewarding products for everyone. For more information, please visit www.jammusicnetwork.com or www.zivix.net.

About Big John Games

Big John Games is an independently owned video game development studio located in Edina, Minnesota. Its team of game designers, engineers, artists, and animators are dedicated to developing great games for all audiences. Over the years, the Big John Games staff has partnered with leaders in the game publishing industry to produce numerous successful video entertainment products. Big John Games is proud to be an authorized developer for the Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™, and Wii™ systems.

Zivix Media Contact

Reverb Communications

Steven Hopper

steven@reverbinc.com
(209) 586-1495 x110

May 2, 2011

Minneapolis, MN, May 2, 2011 – Big Bass Arcade from Big John Games will release May 16, 2011 on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service for 500 Nintendo DSi Points™. Big Bass Arcade is the brainchild of Ken Patterson, President of Big John Games, who has developed a number of best-selling fishing games, including Zebco 3D Pro, FLW Professional Bass Tournament, USA Bass, and Trophy Bass 2007 for PC and XBOX.  These successful fishing action games have combined sales of over one million units to date.

Big Bass Arcade puts the fun and excitement back into fishing games. Big John Games leverages 17 years of fishing game experience to bring you incredible fish behaviors, spectacular animations and second-to-none fish AI evident from the first cast, additionally, players have more game control than ever before! There are two control options to choose from (stylus or +Control Pad) for casting, reeling, and controlling the fish fighting action.

Packed with features, Big Bass Arcade includes 7 different lakes, 9 lures, 3 multiple lake tournaments, 42 events, high scores for each event, and the elusive World Record Bass.

With a proven track record of success Ken is confident Big Bass Arcade for the Nintendo DSiWare service is the perfect platform for taking the passion of fishing to a new level through unparalleled arcade action.  In his own words Ken believes, “The number one objective we had for creating this game was to catch the Big Bass and lots of them!” We have created a game that’s flat out fun and enjoyable for everyone.

“This game is special, by far my favorite fishing game that we have created.” Ken said. “Big Bass Arcade appeals to fishing enthusiasts and video game players by capturing the adrenaline rush of fish fighting in an arcade style game!”

Big Bass Arcade is rated “E” and will be available for download from the Nintendo DSiWare™ service for 500 Nintendo DSi Points™.  Be sure to check out the game on May 16th, 2011, it belongs in your Nintendo DSi™ 'tackle box'.

For more information including the Big Bass Arcade trailer and screen shots visit the Big Bass Arcade page.

October 28, 2010

Minneapolis, MN, October 28, 2010 – Race the clock to find hidden objects in cleverly arranged scenes! Big John Games has partnered with Capstone to bring Spot It to the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. See how many objects you can spot in 10 different puzzles. Vibrant graphics make spotting objects fun and challenging. Exciting features include:

Hundreds of hidden objects: Spot hundreds of hidden objects in 10 themed puzzles including Outdoor Sports, Board Games and Fun with Food.

Pass around play: Compete against friends in the pass around play. Up to four players can race to find 10 objects cleverly hidden within a puzzle. Each player has to spot the objects, then pass it on to the next player. See who can get the best score!

Track high scores: Find objects fast to score the most points. Three levels of difficulty provide unlimited replay value.

Spot It is rated E for Everyone and will be available for download on DSiWare™. For more information including the Spot It trailer and screen shots visit http://www.bigjohngames.com/games/spot-it-challenge

September 21, 2010

Minneapolis, MN, September 21, 2010 – In the aftermath of a devastating global conflict to control revolutionary Thorium fuel cell technology, the existence of mankind is faced with a new threat.  The Thorions, a technically advanced super species of Thorium powered machines once developed to wage war for mankind, have now turned against them. To stop the Thorions from destroying mankind altogether, you must develop the right tactics to drive them from their conquered land. Take control of the outcome as Thorium Wars proves to be the ultimate test for the survival of the fittest. Exciting features include:

Futuristic Vehicle Shooter: Blast through waves of Thorions using five powerful vehicles across twelve exciting missions.

Exotic Battlefields: Navigate your way through a wide variety of combat environments including deserts, lush valleys, oceans, air, and space.

Devastating Enemy Mechs: Face the terrifying army of Thorium beasts ranging from swarms of Redeye Drones to the bone crushing Manticore Walker.

Thorium Wars is set to release on October 8, 2010 for 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ and is rated USK 12+ and PEGI 7+. For more information including trailer and screenshots for Thorium Wars visit http://www.bigjohngames.com/games/thorium-wars-euro.