The popular Spyro the Dragon games are branching out, and the first GBA game based on the series has just shipped.
Spyro the Dragon first appeared in a 3D platforming game on PlayStation, and has since won the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Now Universal Interactive is taking Spyro to new heights -- and new systems. The first non-PSX Spyro game is an isometric platforming adventure on Game Boy Advance, and it should be on store shelves by the end of this week. Here's what UI had to say about the occasion:
SPYRO: SEASON OF ICE FOR THE GAME BOY ADVANCE
Giant Dragon¹s Debut Adventure on Pint-Sized Platform
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., October 31, 2001 Universal Interactive confirmed today that Spyro: Season of Ice has shipped to stores nationwide. Appearing for the first time ever on a Nintendo³ handheld console and featuring an entirely new adventure, Spyro: Season of Ice for Game Boy³ Advance was developed by acclaimed studio Digital Eclipse Software, Inc.
Spyro¹s latest escapade begins when his vacation on Dragon Shores is abruptly interrupted by an urgent message informing him that Grendor the Rhynoc, a wicked wizard, has captured Zoe and frozen all the fairies throughout the Fairy Realms. Determined to save his frozen friends, Spyro embarks on an action-packed adventure that propels him through 25 enchanted levels including the Lava Prairie, Hummingbird Village, Honey Marsh, Roman Holiday and Star Park. Players control classic Spyro abilities such as gliding, flaming and hovering in vast, isometric 3D platform-jumping levels and fast-paced speedway rounds. Sparx the Dragonfly is playable in arcade-style top-down levels and buzzes his way throughout the game at Spyro¹s side. Filled with collectible gems, mini-games and all new bosses, Spyro: Season of Ice offers the complete Spyro gameplay experience.
"Universal Interactive recognized the strong appeal of the Spyro the Dragon franchise for the handheld market and made a strategic decision to publish an all-new adventure for the Game Boy³ Advance," said Jim Wilson, president of Universal Interactive. "Players will encounter lush environments, playful characters, unbelievably vivid colors, classic Spyro gameplay and just a touch of dragon humor!"
The Spyro the Dragon franchise has sold more than eight million units worldwide. Rated E for Everyone, the new action/platform title, Spyro: Season of Ice, is designed for players of all ages and is available at a SRP of $39.99.