In what appears to be an English localisation of a title that emerged in the pages of Famitsu magazine last month, Namco Bandai has announced its spin on the caring-for-an-animal game on the Nintendo DS, in the form of National Geographic Pandas.
They might be disappearing fast in the real world, but National Geographic Panda on the Nintendo DS will ensure that the ‘Giant Bear Cat’ will live on for a very long time to come - in virtual form, at least. The title gives players the chance to nurture and play with the creatures in the aptly named Panda Park. A daily allowance will be given to purchase food and other necessities, while treating the animals well will bring rewards such as toys, slides and swings.
Proving that games can be educational as well as fun, Panda includes a variety of editorial content from past issues of National Geographic, which’ll be served up daily.
“We are excited to partner with National Geographic to take the virtual pet genre to a greater level of immersion,” said Todd Thorson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “National Geographic Panda is a unique opportunity for two highly regarded companies to produce such an entertaining product. The amount of interaction and fun to be had with your panda beats everything else on the market.”
“Our first partnership with Namco Bandai is right in the National Geographic wheel house,” said Paul Levine, senior vice president, National Geographic Corporate Strategy, Development and Extended Platform. ,cite>“We’ve covered pandas for much of our 120-year history in all our media, and we’re thrilled to extend that into the world of gaming.”
National Geographic Panda is released this autumn.