Konami’s Def Jam Rapstar Hip Hop Video Game Now Available in North America

Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. and Autumn Games are proud to announce the highly anticipated arrival of Def Jam Rapstar, now available in North America for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Nintendo Wii. Developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Reality and Def Jam Interactive, Def Jam Rapstaris the first true interactive Hip Hop music game experience for consoles and focuses exclusively on Hip Hop, you and your social networks.

"Today is a special day for hip hop, gaming, and the music business. With the release of Def Jam Rapstar and the launch of our social networking platform at defjamrapstar.com, fans will have access to the most unique hip hop gaming experience ever created," stated Kevin Liles, President and CEO of Def Jam Enterprises. "Def Jam Rapstar enables you to party with your friends, express yourself with your favorite rap artists, and offers you a ticket to the biggest stage in the world. The music-based gaming business had a clear void with no product speaking directly to fans of Hip Hop. Def Jam Rapstar is the answer."

"Hip-Hop has been on the cutting edge of culture, sound and fashion for the past three decades," said Shinji Hirano, President of KONAMI (Americas). "KONAMI has been the leader in the music genre for years and collectively, with 4MM Games and Def Jam Interactive, we have succeeded in capturing the essence of Hip-Hop with Def Jam Rapstar. Together we are creating a ground breaking game that is a must-have game for all music fans."

"Today is just the beginning for 4mm as we launch our Constantly Connected Gaming™ approach to the Hip Hop world," stated Nick Perrett, CEO of 4mm Games. "Our ability to challenge the status quo in our industry is a testament to our pioneering partners in Konami, Def Jam Interactive, Autumn and Terminal Reality."

"Autumn Gamesâ?? mission is to empower creatives and give them the ability to produce cutting edge experiences that push boundaries," said Alex Collmer, CEO of Autumn Games. "From making you the star to its unique social networking integration, our partners at 4mm Games, Def Jam Interactive and Terminal Reality have delivered on this with Def Jam Rapstar."

The premiere emcee experience for video game consoles Def Jam Rapstar makes the world your stage by rhyming along to more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop tracks ever created. Use your console camera to record and customize your video using the in-game editing tools, then upload your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at www.defjamrapstar.com, where you can share your videos across your social networks, Battle other emcees, comment on videos and much more. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are.

Def Jam Rapstar offers a software only version of the game that retails for $59.99 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $49.99 on Wii, as well as a bundled version that includes software and one wired microphone for $69.99 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and for $59.99 on Wii.  

For more information of Def Jam Rapstar please go to www.defjamrapstar.com.



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